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Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace

by Nan Marino Roaring Brook Press (April 15, 2013)

In Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino, eleven-year-old musical prodigy, Elvis Ruby, was supposed to win the most coveted reality show on television, Tween Star. None of the other contestants even...


Marco Impossible

by Hannah Moskowitz Roaring Brook Press (March 18, 2013)

In Marco Impossible by Hannah Moskowitz, best friends Stephen and Marco attempt a go-for-broke heist to break into the high school prom and get Marco onstage to confess his love for (and hopefully steal the...


I'm Not a Girl

by Maddox Lyons, Jessica Verdi & Dana Simpson Roaring Brook Press (August 03, 2020)

Based on a true transgender identity journey, the picture book I'm Not a Girl is an empowering story from writers Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi about a boy who is determined to be himself, illustrated by Dana...


Pickle

by Kim Baker & Tim Probert Roaring Brook Press (September 03, 2012)

This is the story of THE LEAGUE OF PICKLEMAKERS

Ben: who began it all by sneaking in one night and filling homeroom with ball-pit balls.

Frank: who figured out that an official club, say a pickle-making club,...


Three Squeezes

by Jason Pratt & Chris Sheban Roaring Brook Press (August 03, 2020)

When you could neither talk nor stand

life's hourglass still filled with sand,

I gently held your tiny hand

and gave it three soft squeezes.

When you awoke within the night

And cried from fear and called for light,...


The Girl Is Trouble

Girl is Murder #2

by Kathryn Miller Haines Roaring Brook Press (July 02, 2012)

Iris Anderson and her father have finally come to an understanding. Iris is allowed to help out at her Pop's detective agency as long as she follows his rules and learns from his technique. But when Iris uncovers...


The Girl Is Murder

Girl is Murder #1

by Kathryn Miller Haines Roaring Brook Press (July 18, 2011)

Iris Anderson is only 15, but she's quickly mastering the art of deception in this YA novel for fans of Veronica Mars.

It's the Fall of 1942 and Iris's world is rapidly changing. Her Pop is back from the war...


The Mouse Family Robinson

by Dick King-Smith & Nick Bruel Roaring Brook Press (August 18, 2008)

GET READY TO EMBARK ON A TINY ADVENTURE!

"You mean you're going to have a baby?" "Babies." The Robinsons are expecting...trouble, that is. With six newborn mousekins and more to come, the whole family is terrified...


Maxine Banks is Getting Married

by Lori Aurelia Williams Roaring Brook Press (September 27, 2010)

Lori Aurelia Williams, the acclaimed author of When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune, presents an honest and endearing YA novel about what happens when a headstrong seventeen year old from Houston, Texas convinces...


Blue Like Friday

by Siobhan Parkinson Roaring Brook Press (March 17, 2008)

NOT EVERYONE SEES THE WORLD THROUGH THE SAME LENS. From the author of Something Invisible comes this funny and poignant novel about the hues of friendship.

Spunky Olivia and eccentric Hal are an unlikely pair....


The Breaking News

by Sarah Lynne Reul Roaring Brook Press (April 09, 2018)

When devastating news rattles a young girl's community, her normally attentive parents and neighbors are suddenly exhausted and distracted. At school, her teacher tells the class to look for the helpers--the...


Hooked

by Tommy Greenwald & David McPhail Roaring Brook Press (January 08, 2018)

A boy and his dad discover all they have in common on a fishing trip in Hooked, a sweet picture book about father-son bonding by Tommy Greenwald with illustrations by David McPhail.

Joe loves fishing. He loves...


Leave Me Alone!

by vera brosgol Roaring Brook Press (September 12, 2016)

A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book that The New York Times calls "both classic and ultracontemporary," Leave Me Alone! is an epic tale about one grandmother, a giant sack of yarn, and her ultimate quest to finish her...


Now

by Antoinette Portis Roaring Brook Press (July 10, 2017)

This is my favorite cloud. . .because it's the one I am watching.

This is my favorite tree. . .because it's the one where I'm swinging.

This is my favorite tooth. . .because it's the one that is missing.

Follow...


Tea with Grandpa

by Barney Saltzberg Roaring Brook Press (April 14, 2014)

Spending time with Grandpa is always fun.

Singling, laughing, eating, and playing.

And when it's time to say goodbye,

It won't be for long because

He's never too far away to have tea.

In this sweetly simple, rhyming...


The Little Guys

by vera brosgol Roaring Brook Press (April 01, 2019)

An adorable cautionary tale from Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol

We are the Little Guys.

Yes, we are small. But there are a lot of us.

Together we are strong, and we can get all we need.

The Little Guys might be...


Special Delivery

by Philip C. Stead & Matthew Cordell Roaring Brook Press (May 11, 2015)

Sadie is on her way to deliver an elephant to her Great-Aunt Josephine, who lives completely alone and can really use the company.

She tries everything from mailing the elephant to boarding a plane, a train,...


Make a Wish, Henry Bear

by Liam Francis Walsh Roaring Brook Press (April 29, 2019)

New Yorker cartoonist Liam Francis Walsh's Make a Wish, Henry Bear is the story of a young bear, a birthday wish gone awry, and a new friendship to set things right.

Henry Bear has very unusual parents.

They...


My Mommy Medicine

by Edwidge Danticat & Shannon Wright Roaring Brook Press (February 25, 2019)

My Mommy Medicine is a picture book about the comfort and love a mama offers when her child isn't feeling well, from renowned author Edwidge Danticat.

Whenever I am sick,

Or just feel kind of gloomy or sad,

I can...


Boats for Papa

by Jessixa Bagley Roaring Brook Press (June 29, 2015)

Buckley and his Mama live in a cozy cabin by the ocean. He loves to carve boats out of the driftwood he finds on the beach nearby.

He makes:

big boats

long boats

short boats and

tall boats,

each one more beautiful...


Oh No, Bobo!

by Phil Gosier Roaring Brook Press (January 21, 2019)

When Bobo steals, and then breaks, the zookeeper's flashlight, his best friend Fifi only has one thing to say to him:

YOU'RE IN TROUBLE!

While Fifi runs around taunting Bobo and telling everyone about what Bobo...


Saturday

by Ian Lendler & Serge Bloch Roaring Brook Press (July 18, 2016)

Want to know the best things about Saturdays?

Lots of books!

Rocket ship rides to the moon!

Top secret projects (that might not go exactly as planned)! And so much more . . .

Saturdays are the best even if you have...


Old Dog Baby Baby

by Julie Fogliano & Chris Raschka Roaring Brook Press (October 10, 2016)

old dog

lazy

lazy

lying on the

kitchen floor

here comes baby

baby

crawling through the

kitchen door

Follow the antics of a curious baby and his silly old dog in this funny, rhythmic, and joyful picture book from Julie...


Grandpa Green

by Lane Smith Roaring Brook Press (August 29, 2011)

From the creator of the national bestseller It's a Book comes this Caldecott Honor Book, a timeless story of family history, legacy, and love.

Grandpa Green wasn't always a gardener. He was a farmboy and a kid...


What Are You Waiting For?

by Scott Menchin & Matt Phelan Roaring Brook Press (May 15, 2017)

What are you waiting for?

Is it quiet?

Does it have wings?

Will I miss it if I blink?

Join a badger and a rabbit in this simple tale about the wonder of anticipation that follows the two friends in search of a...


Love, Mama

by Jeanette Bradley Roaring Brook Press (January 01, 2018)

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley's debut picture book Love, Mama is perfect for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of...


Niño Wrestles the World

by Yuyi Morales Roaring Brook Press (June 03, 2013)

Señoras y Señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño!

Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move!

No opponent is too big a challenge...


Wait

by Antoinette Portis Roaring Brook Press (July 13, 2015)

As a boy and his mother move quickly through the city, they're drawn to different things. The boy sees a dog, a butterfly, and a hungry duck while his mother rushes them toward the departing train. It's push...


Big Cat, Little Cat

by Elisha Cooper Roaring Brook Press (March 13, 2017)

A 2018 Caldecott Honor book

There was a cat

who lived alone.

Until the day

a new cat came . . .

And so a story of friendship begins, following the two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the...


Our Car

by J.M. Brum & Jan Bajtlik Roaring Brook Press (August 20, 2018)

There's nothing better than taking a drive in Dad's car.

Join our protagonist and his dad as they go to the carwash, drive through a rainstorm, are tickled by the wind, and more in this bold and sweet story of...


Tessa Takes Wing

by Richard Jackson & Julie Downing Roaring Brook Press (July 23, 2018)

It's almost morning and everyone's asleep. Everyone except Tessa.

Quiet as a mouse, Tessa takes flight . . . UP . . . UP until she's flying high above her crib. Her first stop: her sister Maggie's blue elephant!...


In Plain Sight

by Richard Jackson & Jerry Pinkney Roaring Brook Press (September 19, 2016)

Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it's Grandpa whom Sophie runs to.

"Here I am, Grandpa!"

"Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"

As Sophie and her...


Is That You, Eleanor Sue?

by Tricia Tusa Roaring Brook Press (December 03, 2018)

Saturdays are dress-up days when Eleanor Sue

Climbs out the window . . .

Tiptoes over to the front door . . .

And rings the doorbell.

Ding dong.

When her mother answers, she doesn't see Eleanor Sue. She sees

A cranky...


Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas

by Yuyi Morales Roaring Brook Press (October 17, 2016)

Señoras y señores, niños y niñas, the time has come to welcome the spectacular, two-of-a-kind . . . LAS HERMANITAS!

No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Las Hermanitas, Lucha Queens!...


Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life

by Shelley Tougas Roaring Brook Press (October 09, 2017)

A life on the prairie is not all its cracked up to be for one girl whose mom takes her love of the Little House series just a bit too far.

Charlotte's mom has just moved the family across the country to live...


Thornhill

by Pam Smy Roaring Brook Press (August 28, 2017)

Parallel stories set in different times, one told in prose and one in pictures, converge as a girl unravels the mystery of the abandoned Thornhill Institute next door.

1982: Mary is a lonely orphan at the Thornhill...


Finders Keepers

by Shelley Tougas Roaring Brook Press (August 31, 2015)

From the author of The Graham Cracker Plot, a story about two friends playing finders keepers for the missing loot of Al Capone.

Christa spends every summer at the most awesome place in the whole world: her family's...


The Graham Cracker Plot

by Shelley Tougas Roaring Brook Press (September 01, 2014)

Meet Daisy Bauer and her sometimes best friend, Graham, who are determined to break Daisy's dad out of prison in this hilarious middle-grade debut.

No one believes her, but Daisy Bauer knows her dad has been...


Out of Order

by Betty Hicks Roaring Brook Press (April 13, 2015)

One million American children become part of blended family every year. What happens to stepsiblings when the oldest child suddenly becomes the middle child, and the youngest even younger? Out of Order delivers...


Get Real

by Betty Hicks Roaring Brook Press (April 13, 2015)

Dez is unusually neat. Her mom and dad are unusually messy. They like Cheez Whiz and swamps. Dez likes elegant food and grand pianos. How can she even be related to them? And how can Dez help her best friend,...


Choices

by Deborah Lynn Jacobs Roaring Brook Press (April 13, 2015)

SHIFTING BETWEEN MULTIPLE REALITIES A teenage girl consumed by guilt over her brother's death tries to find a universe in which he is still alive.

Sticky notes rim the mirror in rainbow colors. REMEMBER. DON'T...