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In this Wampanoag story told in a Native tradition, two kids from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learn the story of Weeâchumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving. 

Danielle Greendeer is a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation and works in the areas of tribal governance, cultural perpetuation, and food sovereignty. She lives in Mashpee, Massachusetts.

Anthony Perry is a Chickasaw citizen and author of Chula the Fox, an award winning middle-grade historical-fiction book. He lives in London.

Alexis Bunten, Yu'pik and Unangan, authored the award-winning nonfiction book, So How Long Have You Been Native? Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide. She lives in Monterey, California.

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Jillian's totally on board with her new stepdad—but his mom, her new Bubbe, is a tougher sell. When Jillian joins Bubbe for some mom-mandated matzo ball soup making, she realizes she has room in her heart (and at her dinner table) for one more grandmother.

Sarah Aronson is the author of Just Like Rube Goldberg, the middle grade series, The Wish List, and YA novels Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe. She holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Anita is making flan for Abuelo’s birthday, but when she accidentally breaks Abuelita’s treasured flan serving plate from Cuba, she struggles with what to do. Anita knows it’s right to tell the truth, but what if Abuelita gets upset?

Adriana Hernández Bergstrom is a Cuban-American artist and children’s literature author-illustrator. She has studied at University of Miami and RISD. Adriana enjoys languages and lives in Florida. Abuelita and I Make Flan is her debut picture book. 

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A little girl is moving far away from Grandma. Neither wants to say goodbye. But when Grandma brings the girl into her sewing room, she shows her that they have the longest, strongest thread in the whole world to keep them connected.

Inbal Leitner studied classic animation at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design in Jerusalem. She uses varied techniques such as acrylic, pastels, watercolor, printmaking, collage and mixed media in her artwork. Inbal lives in Cambridge, England, with her family.

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When Yossel’s family flees anti-Jewish pogroms in Russia and immigrates to the American Southwest, he worries about making a new home and new friends. In his family's new store next to the Navajo reservation, Yossel watches their neighbors pass through. He learns lots of words, but he's still too afraid and lonely to try talking to anyone. Making new friends is hard, especially when all your jokes are in a different language. 

Kathryn Lasky is the acclaimed author of dozens of books for young readers, including Tumble Bunnies, Hatchling, the bestselling Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, and Sugaring Time, a Newbery Honor book. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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A group of neighbors never talks to one another because they've all made assumptions about each other. Camila the chicken's house is too noisy, Mr. Martínez the fox seems so straight-laced, Felipe the mouse is nervous, and Pepe the ogre—well, you know about ogres. But one day, Mrs. Paquita's internet connection goes out. That starts a domino effect of neighbors helping neighbors. Soon, everything changes.

Rocio Bonilla holds a BFA and worked in advertising for many years before founding her own company, Erase una vez, through which she creates murals for children's rooms. She both wrote and illustrated What Color Is a Kiss? and Little Bro, Big Sis, and wrote and co-illustrated Max and the Superheroes.

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Five ostriches run, stomp, and hide from a sneaky lion. . . . But a surprise ending reveals that the lion is only trying to play hide-and-seek! The back of the book includes five fun facts about ostriches and an idea for a game that will inspire your little readers to get moving, too.

Barbara Barbieri McGrath has written more than twenty books for children, including Five Flying Penguins, The Little Red Elf, and many bestselling math concept books. Her love for writing, children, and making learning fun was the inspiration for her first children's book, The M&M Brand Counting Book, which has sold over one million copies.

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The class photo is scheduled for the end of the day—can everyone's favorite teacher, Sarah Jane Hartwell, keep them looking neat and tidy? A thrill-a-minute addition to the bestselling Jitters series which reminds us that looking your best means looking like yourself, imperfections and all!

Julie Danneberg is the author of John Muir Wrestles a Waterfall, Monet Paints a Day, and Family Reminders, as well as the best-selling Jitters Series. She is a retired middle-school teacher.

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The Menashes love latkes and applesauce during Hanukkah. But a blizzard begins and erases any hope that they’ll harvest potatoes and apples in time. When a stray cat and dog show up, there’s not a lot of food to offer them, but kindness prevails, and they’re invited in. It turns out that the dog—Latke—and the cat—Applesauce—save the day.

Before Fran Manushkin became a writer, she worked as an editorial assistant at Harper & Row with Ursula Nordstrom and Charlotte Zolotow. When Fran speaks at schools, she shows children her messy manuscripts and talks about how much stubbornness and good humor it takes to accomplish anything in life. She is the author of more than 75 books for children over her four-decade career.

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Kara and Amanda are best-friend cousins. When Kara leaves the city to move back to the Rez, the girls are both heartbroken. They’ll see each other at the reunion next summer—but that’s a long time to be cousinless. And when the reunion rolls around, Amanda and Kara are stricken with sudden shyness. Will she be happy to see me? Are we still best friends? But of course, it’s like no time has passed at all. At the end of the reunion, they swap the dolls their magúu made for them, promising to be forever cousins.

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laurel comes from an intertribal background of Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian. Laurel received both a BA in psychology and an MA in community counseling and family studies from the University of New Mexico. She began writing by crafting curriculum for community advocacy involving Native teen leadership and later for children newly diagnosed with mental health challenges. Today, she writes picture books with modern Native themes that reflect Native children’s cultural experiences and everyday life, showing Native children that they have a perspective that is unique and powerful. 

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