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Otis P. Oliver Protests

Keri Claiborne Boyle (author) Daniel Duncan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166783

Otis P. Oliver is taking a stand. He is NOT taking another bath--ever. But when your opinions matter to the rest of the family about as much as the opinions of the family dog (who, it's worth mentioning, only has to bathe once a month), you have to get serious. So Otis borrows a spiffy suit from his dad and rouses a rabble of neighbor kids to stand up for what the know is right: a bathtub ban. This hilarious story about standing up for what you believe in, compromise, and family will have readers of all ages ready to hit the pavement for their cause--whatever it may be.

Stagestruck: Showstopper

Anya Wallach, Lisa Fiedler (author)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781634704229

With the help of her sister and friend Austin, 12-year-old Anya puts together a kids' summer theater troupe, the Random Farms Kids' Theater, recruiting area kids as actors and crew members for a musical revue. Acting as director, Anya navigates the ups and downs of a showbiz life, including preparing scripts, finding a venue, and handling ticket sales, not to mention calming the actors' insecurities and settling conflicts. It's a lot of responsibility for a 12-year-old but Anya pulls it off. Book 2 opens two days later. Now after a successful first show, Anya turns her attention to the troupe's second show. But trouble rears its head almost immediately when their beloved barn venue is jeopardized. How can they put on a production without a theater? Is the second show doomed before they ever start rehearsal? This series is closely based on the real-life experience of Anya Wallach, who began a summer theater "camp" in her parents' basement when she was just sixteen years old.

What If I'm Worried about COVID-19?

Emily Dolbear (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503853201

Addresses the social and emotional needs of kids during the COVID-19 pandemic: their fears, anxieties, and how to manage stress in various ways. Additional features include informative captions, interesting factual sidebars, suggested activities, a phonetic glossary, resources for further research, information about the author, and an index.

How Can I Help During COVID-19?

Emily Dolbear (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503853195

Provides brief information on how the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads, as well as offers prevention guidelines for ways children can do their part to slow the spread. Additional features include informative captions, interesting factual sidebars, suggested activities, a phonetic glossary, resources for further research, information about the author, and an index.

Cocaine: Affecting Lives

Holly B. Martin (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846395

Introduces young readers to the dangers of cocaine addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of cocaine abuse and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

Methamphetamines: Affecting Lives

K. A. Artanne (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846456

Introduces young readers to the dangers of a methamphetamine addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of methamphetamine abuse and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

E-Cigarettes: Affecting Lives

Jeanne Marie Ford (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846401

Introduces young readers to the dangers of e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of e-cigarette use and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

Alcohol: Affecting Lives

Amy C. Rea (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846388

Introduces young readers to the dangers of alcohol addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of alcohol abuse and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

Marijuana: Affecting Lives

Janie Havemeyer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846449

Introduces young readers to the dangers of marijuana addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of marijuana use and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

Inhalants: Affecting Lives

Amy C. Rea (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503846432

Introduces young readers to the dangers of an inhalant addiction and shows ways that users have found help. Learn about the physical and mental effects of inhalant abuse and its negative impact on lives. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, an infographic, critical thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, an index, and sources for further research.

Doing Your Part: Serving Your Community

Kelly Rodgers (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781480751538

We live in communities to have better lives. In a community, people help one another. There are many ways to help someone in need. You can volunteer your time, donate things, and recycle. It feels good to help other people! Colorful images, supporting text, a glossary, table of contents, and index all work together to help readers better understand the content and be fully engaged from cover to cover.

Hand to Earth: Saving the Environment

Jessica Cohn (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383342

Help readers make a difference by encouraging them to learn about the various ways the environment needs our help and the things they can do to reduce their carbon footprint. Readers will learn about the effects of pollution, fossil fuels, renewable and non renewable resources, deforestation, and recycling through interesting images and charts and informational text. This nonfiction title features a glossary of terms and a list of helpful websites that encourages children to take part in helping the environment in many different ways.

Hand to Paw: Protecting Animals

Jessica Cohn (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383335

Encourage readers to learn about the various animals that need help and what they can do to make a difference through volunteerism in this inspiring nonfiction title. Readers will discover different programs and organizations that work to protect animals, animal habitats, and endangered species through vibrant images and charts and informational text. Featuring a list of helpful and useful websites, this nonfiction title encourages readers to take part in animal activism in any way they can--from baking homemade dog biscuits to exploring careers that help sick or injured animals.

Hand to Heart: Improving Communities

Jessica Cohn (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433383328

Introduce readers to the various ways they can participate in volunteerism with this nonfiction title. Readers will discover many different charities and programs, including The Salvation Army, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, and Doctors Without Borders through vivid images, charts, and informational text. This nonfiction title aids in encouraging children to make a difference in their own communties by writing to newspapers or politicians or by participating in fund-raising and various programs or charities.

Experience Media

Jean C. Lawler (author)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634403764

Managing the daily influence of technology, including knowing when to ‘unplug,’ allows kids to bring balance to their lives. This leads to deeper friendships, more focus at home and school, and higher success in learning.

Experience Nutrition

Jean C. Lawler (author)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634403740

Growing plants and vegetables and studying food sources can help children make good food choices, which is likely to result in overall healthier lives. Readers will learn skills for choosing food wisely.

Power Down For Fitness

Marko Galjasevic, Deborah Wood (author)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634404105

Power Down for Fitness presents easy-to-follow poses for kids and informational notes for adults who dare to join them in stretching for fitness.

Experience Mindfulness

Jean C. Lawler (author)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634403757

Being in the present moment, aware of what’s going on right now, helps kids be more focused, more patient, and likely to make better decisions for themselves. Readers will learn basic skils for being self-aware.

First Dance

Lea Taddonio (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624022227

Lola Jones does not think her big brother's best friend and basketball teammate, C.J Kline, knows she's alive, until one magical night at a high-school dance changes everything. Book #1 in the series

A Calf Named Brian Higgins

Kristen Ball (author)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781947159006

Thirteen-year-old Hannah Higgins is convinced her summer is ruined when she is forced to travel to Africa and work in a remote village in Kenya with her mom and uncle. Never having been to a developing country, she finds the food challenging and the community filthy. She has to live without electricity or running water. Then she is told she must attend school. Just when she thinks nothing could make this trip any worse, she learns people there are dying of hunger and preventable disease. Hannah becomes frustrated and wants to help, but when poverty threatens the lives of people she loves, all she wants to do is go home.

Second Dad Summer

Benjamin Klas (author) Fian Arroyo (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781947159266

Jeremiah just wants a normal summer with his dad. But his dad has moved in with his new boyfriend Michael who serves weird organic food and is constantly nagging him. Worst of all, Michael rides a bicycle decorated to look like a unicorn. This is not the summer Jeremiah wanted. But Jeremiah soon learns that being a family comes in many surprising forms.

Movie Mishaps

Nancy K. Wallace (author) Amanda Chronister (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781614805526

Third grade is so much fun! But when Mr. Kim assigns a community service project to his class, Abby Spencer has some trouble. She searches everywhere for a place to volunteer, but all the good jobs are taken! When she offers to help Mrs. Mackenzie at Evergreen Library, she finds the best job of all. Soon all of her friends want to help at the library, too. The Book Bunch is formed just in time to save Mrs. Mackenzie's Movie Night from becoming a disaster!

Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters

Ginger Garrett (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599345

Twelve-year-old Lizbeth always has a plan, and those plans have usually worked—until now. No matter what she tries, she can't get rid of her dad's new girlfriend, Claire. And when she and her mom move, Lizbeth has to join a sixth-grade class already in progress, where her teacher makes her wear a name tag and she's seated with three notorious "weirdos." When faced with mandatory participation in a school talent show, Lizbeth and the Weirdos decide to create self portraits. Reluctantly, Lizbeth finds herself becoming friends with people she thought she had nothing in common with—and coming to terms with the things she can't control.

Life's Challenges

Felicia Law (author) Rupert van Wyk (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781913688646

Growing up offers young people guidance on the factual, emotional and problematic aspects of puberty. They are encouraged to keep their bodies fit, to adopt good eating habits and to take care of their appearance. They also learn more about the physical and emotional changes that occur at this time.

What It Takes to Be a Pro Hockey Player

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645820451

Life on the ice sounds pretty cool, but it’s not all fun and games. This book is a frank and fascinating look at what it takes to play pro hockey, from starting young to building skills, staying in shape, balancing school and sports, and the importance of having an agent. Chapters cover the history of the game, a day in the life of a pro hockey player, the risks of playing such a rough, aggressive sport, and the annual battle for the Stanley Cup. Each chapter features attention-grabbing photos and examples from the lives of well-known players. A Fun Facts section includes more facts, plus anecdotes and lore unique to the game.