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Rafael wants to protect his toys from his little sister, Essie. Gathering materials from around the house, he builds a wall tall enough and wide enough to keep her out. But will it be strong enough? And what does Essie really want? A playful exploration of physical space and geometry, featuring Chicanx characters and a glossary of Spanish words.

Jenny Lacika grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she loved finding amazing rocks, catching lizards, and reading. Later she attended MIT and worked in the energy industry in Boston. After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and became a mother, she was drawn back to children's literature. She writes about topics she identifies with, such as STEM, disability, and Chicanx culture. This is her first book.

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Join Olivia, Mei, and Manny as they explore measurement by growing plants, three-dimensional thinking by blowing bubbles, spatial reasoning by finding the perfect produce at the farmers' market, and fractions by sharing marshmallows. 

Grace Lin is the award-winning author and illustrator of The Ugly Vegetables, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Grace is a Newbery Honoree, a Caldecott Honoree, and a Geisel Honoree, and a winner of the Children's Literature Legacy Award. She lives in Florence, Massachusetts.

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It’s bedtime, and Marco’s toys are causing a ruckus and won’t settle down in their bins. Marco observes, compares, and groups, but the animals refuse every classification he uses to sort them. Finally he combines math with empathy to get the most important result: maximum snuggles.

Sara Levine is a veterinarian, author, and educator who loves animals, books, and books about animals. Her picture books include Flower Talk, Bone by Bone, Fossil by Fossil, and Tooth by Tooth, which received the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books and was recognized by Bank Street College as a Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Luís likes to brag – but when he insists he's got more Brazilian snacks than Lia, can his twin sister prove him wrong? Is a bag of biscoitos de polvilho really more than a pair of coxinhas de galinha?

Originally from Brazil, Ana Crespo moved to the United States to pursue a master's degree in education. Ana is the author of The Sock Thief: A Soccer Story, which won an International Latino Book Award, and the My Emotions & Me series.

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It’s Luna’s birthday, and that means the whole family gets to go out for dim sum—Luna’s favorite. But when a whoosh-splat leaves three siblings with five pork buns, how can they share fairly? Should some siblings get more than others? Or should they cut the buns into smaller and smaller pieces so everyone gets the same amount?

Natasha Yim was born in Malaysia, grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong, and now lives in California. She is the author of many picture books, including Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, The Rock Maiden, and Mulan's New Year. Her favorite type of dim sum is egg custard tarts.

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For the Hindu holiday of Raksha Bandhan, Bina is determined to make beaded bracelets for her brothers all by herself. She finds out which colors her brothers like and dislike and sets to work. Working with her every-other-one beading pattern causes Bina to discover something new about patterns—and her brothers.

Rajani LaRocca is a book lover, doctor, and foodie who was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area. She is the author of the middle-grade novel Midsummer's Mayhem. This is her first picture book.

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When two sisters look up at the stars, Aarti sees the Big Dipper, but little Usha sees the Big DIGGER. And cousin Gloria sees the Big Kite! Could they all be right? A playful introduction to rotation, geometry, and spatial relationships, featuring Indian American characters and a note about cultures and constellations.

Amitha Jagannath Knight has lots of experience with sister squabbles, as she grew up with an identical twin. (They are still best friends.) Amitha lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and two cats. This is her debut book.

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Bo wants to find the perfect container to show off his traditional marbles for Cherokee National Holiday. It needs to be just the right size: big enough to fit all the marbles, but not too big to fit in his family's booth at the festival. 

Art Coulson is Cherokee from Oklahoma and comes from a family of storytellers. Some of his earliest memories are of listening to stories and reading books on his grandmother's lap. Art now writes his own books for young readers, including Unstoppable: How Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Defeated Army. He lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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It's powwow day! But River can't dance this year. Not like she could before she got sick. As she struggles with her physical limits, she also struggles with frustration, sadness, and loneliness. But as she watches her sister, her cousins, and her friends dance the jingle dress dance, she realizes they're not dancing for the judges; they're dancing to pray for everyone's health, including hers. She may not be ready this year, but she will dance again.

Traci Sorell writes award-winning fiction and nonfiction for children featuring contemporary characters and compelling biographies, including We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga and We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma, where her tribe is located.

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When Elliott Michener was locked away in Alcatraz for counterfeiting, he was determined to defy the odds and bust out. But when he got a job tending the prison garden, thoughts of escape were replaced with new interests and skills—and a sense of dignity and fulfillment. Elliott transformed Alcatraz Island, and the island transformed him.

Emma Bland Smith thinks the best thing about writing books is getting to visit lots of cool places for research—like Alcatraz. She is a public librarian, a book blogger, and the author of many children's books, including Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West.

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From snorkeling to freediving, SCUBA, submarines, and Challenger Deep, discover the different technologies scientists use to explore the ocean in this deep-sea STEM picture book. 

Michelle Cusolito won the 2016 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children's Book Award for an early version of Flying Deep. Michelle has worked as a fourth-grade teacher, a curriculum specialist, and an adjunct professor.

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Follow honeybee rescuer Mr. Nelson as he expertly removes a colony of bees from Mr. Connery's barn (with a vacuum!) and helps it relocate back to a hive. Photographs of Mr. Nelson’s operation bring this thrilling honeybee rescue to life.

Loree Griffin Burns is an award-winning writer who holds a PhD in biochemistry. Each of her books draws heavily on both her passion for nature and her experience as a working scientist. She is the author of You're Invited to a Moth Ball, Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island, Citizen Scientist: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery in Your Own Back Yard, and Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It.

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This modern retelling of the classic Yiddish folktale and Caldecott Honor book It Could Always Be Worse asks: What do you do when the school lunchroom gets too crowded?

Michal Babay is a former teacher and elementary school resource specialist who decided to follow her writing dreams. She is the author of I'm a Gluten Sniffing Service Dog and lives in California with her husband, three kids, three dogs, one cat, and a bearded dragon named Gus Pirate Potato. 

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