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Teacher's Talk 2022

Each year we choose books with impact, books that teach something to us, for our annual Teacher Talk newsletter. These books are beyond special and include books guarenteed for storytime success, hard-hitting middle grade, and more!

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Once Upon a Forest Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593380147
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Published: Random House Studio - February 8th, 2022

The little marmot who stars in this wordless picture book has always been a gardener, and when she and her bird friend catch sight of a forest fire, they decide to use their skills on a larger scale, setting out to replant the forest.


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The Great Zapfino Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534411548
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Published: Beach Lane Books - April 5th, 2022

When the great daredevil Zapfino loses his nerve, his shame causes him to leave the circus. The Big Top isn’t the only dangerous place though, and Zapfino overcomes his fear when a fire causes him to complete his fateful stunt.


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Chester van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme Cover Image
By Avery Monsen, Abby Hanlon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780759554825
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2022

When Chester Van Chime forgets how to rhyme, the students in storytime will love to help out. This book will have them shouting out rhymes and having great times! A must have for any storyteller.


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Ear Worm! Cover Image
By Jo Knowles, Galia Bernstein (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536207835
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Published: Candlewick - January 25th, 2022

Everyone dances to their own tune in this musical picture book and students will have a blast following along from Little Worm’s shimmy to Fox’s rah-rah trot.


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Have You Seen Gordon? Cover Image
By Adam Jay Epstein, Ruth Chan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534477360
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2021

What happens when the people you’re seeking in I Spy don’t want to hide? This picture book lets kids know it’s okay not to play…in a fun and interactive way.


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See the Dog: Three Stories About a Cat (See the Cat) Cover Image
By David LaRochelle, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781536216295
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Published: Candlewick - September 14th, 2021

This wildly entertaining early reader breaks the fourth wall as Cat follows the narrator’s prompts and substitutes for Dog…to some success.


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Friends Do Not Eat Friends: Ready-to-Read Graphics Level 1 (Thunder and Cluck) Cover Image
By Jill Esbaum, Miles Thompson (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534486515
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Published: Simon Spotlight - June 29th, 2021

Thunder the T-Rex looks forward to eating the small bird-like dinosaur in his path, but gets thrown for a loop when Cluck doesn’t run from him and starts insisting that the reason he can’t eat him is because they are now friends. This Ready-to-Read Graphic is a lot of fun for anyone.


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Friendbots: Blink and Block Make a Wish (I Can Read Comics Level 2) Cover Image
By Vicky Fang, Vicky Fang (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780063049444
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Published: HarperAlley - June 22nd, 2021

When Blink starts looking for gold, Block is skeptical, but Blink settles for a lucky penny and his wish comes true: he finds a friend.


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Fighting Words Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781984815705
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Published: Dial Books - August 10th, 2021

Della’s mom is in prison, her mom’s boyfriend sexually assaulted her, and her sister attempted suicide in their foster home. In a powerful story that needed to be told, Bradley addresses all of these heavy topics, shining a specific light on consent and the courage it takes to speak out.


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How to Become a Planet Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781643752617
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 19th, 2022

Thirteen-year-old Pluto is depressed. Can’t get out of bed, doesn’t want to eat, not able to talk to friends, full-on depressed. How to Become a Planet gives readers a good view of depression and how hard it is when everyone wants just wants you to go back to being who you were.


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Allergic: A Graphic Novel Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338568905
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Published: Graphix - March 2nd, 2021

Maggie is lonely in her family and desperately wants a dog to call her own, but when she breaks out in hives at the shelter, she has to abandon that plan. In this middle-grade graphic novel, Lloyd takes a very real look at how allergies affect our lives.


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Answers in the Pages Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593484685
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2022

In three interconnected storylines, Answers in the Pages looks at a book challenge in a middle school classroom through the story of a book being challenged, the story of the book that IS being challenged, and the story that inspired the book that is being challenged. A timely and relevant read


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The Other Merlin (Emry Merlin #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593351024
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 21st, 2021

This retelling the King Arthur myth is a really fun read and speaks a lot to inequalities and prejudices in gender, sexuality, and class.


Iron Widow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735269934
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Published: Penguin Teen - September 21st, 2021

The Henna Wars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624149689
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Published: Page Street Kids - May 12th, 2020

Firekeeper's Daughter Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250766564
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 16th, 2021

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Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741447
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Published: Dial Books - February 16th, 2021

An adorable water droplet is the protagonist in this fact-filled tale about the various paths water takes and the different forms it can be found in.


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Ducks Overboard!: A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans Cover Image
By Markus Motum, Markus Motum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536217728
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Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

Hundreds of shipping containers are lost overboard every year, and in 1992 one of those shipping containers spilled 28,000 rubber ducks into the ocean. Ducks Overboard follows a possible path one of those ducks took through the seas as it explains the facts of plastic in our oceans.


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The Snail with the Right Heart: A True Story Cover Image
By Maria Popova, Ping Zhu (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703494
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 2nd, 2021

Celebrating science and the poetry of existence, this is a true story about time and chance, genetics and gender, love and death--all made more accessible to the young imagination in the concrete, finite life of one tiny snail named Jeremy


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The World's Most Pointless Animals: Or are they? Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780711262416
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Published: Happy Yak - July 20th, 2021

If one of your students were to hijack a field guide, it would probably look something like this. Even though one of your students did not hijack this field guide, they’ll still get a kick out of the writer’s edits…and hopefully learn a thing or two, too.


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