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Starting this month on a positive note, there’s a new title from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. There are superheroes in our midst! In I Am Every Good Thing (ISBN 9780525518778 HRD, 9780525518785 EBK), the confident narrator is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He has big plans, and he's creative, adventurous, smart and funny, plus he’s a good friend. This upbeat, empowering book asks readers to slow down and really look and listen, when somebody tells you--and shows you--who they are. Check out the video introduction from the author here.



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Staff Picks

Hello, Moon! A Yoga Moon Salutation for Bedtime

Written by Sarah Jane Hinder | Sounds True | October 27, 2020 | 9781683646228 | Hardcover | $17.99


This is the latest yoga picture book from the illustrator of Good Night Yoga and Good Morning Yoga! With rhyming text and beautiful illustrations children will get connected with their bodies and calm their thoughts as they relax into naptime or bedtime. Read More.

The Talk

Edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson | Crown Books for Young Readers | August 11, 2020 | 9780593121610 | Hardcover | $16.99


In The Talk, thirty diverse, award-winning authors and illustrators--including Renee Watson, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, and Adam Gidwitz --engage young people and their families in frank conversation about racism, identity and self-esteem. Featuring stories, essays, poems and art filled with love, acceptance, truth, peace and an assurance that there can be hope for a better tomorrow, this collection is an inspiring resource for families, book clubs and educational settings published in partnership with Just Us Books, a black-owned children's publishing company that's been in operation for over 30 years. Read More



Liz Van Doren


Meet the creative mind! This month, we are profiling Liz Van Doren, VP, Executive Editorial Director at Highlights for Children. She played a key role in bringing the Highlights Activity Bingo program to us this year. Click through to read about all of the fascinating things that she and Highlights have been up to!

CATS In Your Library

Meet Alison Curtin

Alison Curtin is the Children’s and Teen Services Special Collections Project Manager in Baker & Taylor’s Public Library Sales group. Learn all about Alison here.



Meet Pam Day

Pam Day is the editor of Growing Minds, CATS Series and a number of other catalogs and microsites hosted by Baker & Taylor. Learn all about Pam here.



Meet Bobbie Bensur

Meet Bobbie, Children’s and Teen Services Manager for the Eastern Region. Learn all about Bobbie here.




Meet Rita King

Meet Rita King, Children’s and Teen Services Manager for the Western half of the country. Learn all about Rita here.




Enter to win a 12-copy floor display of What We’ll Build!

From acclaimed author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers comes the companion to the #1 New York Times bestseller Here We Are. Inspired by the birth of his daughter, What We'll Build is a rhythmic and heartwarming father and daughter story. Enter to win here. Contest ends 09/30/2020. 

New Titles

Digging For Words

Angela Burke Kunkel | Schwartz & Wade | 9781984892638 | Hardcover | $17.99 | 9/8/2020

An inspiring celebration of perseverance, community and the power of books, based on the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez.

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Butterflies Belong Here

Deborah Hopkinson | Chronicle Books | 9781452176802 | Hardcover | $18.99 | 8/4/2020

In this story of community conservation, a girl finds a home in a new place, and a way to help other small travelers: migrating Monarch Butterflies.

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Scared of the Dark? It's Really Scared of You

Peter Vegas | Chronicle Books | 9781452180694 | Hardcover | $17.99 | 8/18/2020

You may be afraid of the dark... but did you know that the dark is actually afraid of YOU?

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In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees

Susan Kuklin | Candlewick | 9780763679606 | Hardcover | $24.99 | 5/12/2020

Five refugees recount their courageous journeys to America; and the unimaginable struggles that led them to flee their homelands; in a powerful work from the author of Beyond Magenta and We Are Here to Stay.


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The Very Last Leaf

Stef Wade | Capstone | 9781684461042 | Hardcover | $17.95 | 8/1/2020

The Very Last Leaf is a perfect book for the start of a new school year, the arrival of autumn, or any period of transition in life.


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Animal Exploration Lab for Kids

Maggie Reinbold | Quarry Books | 9781631597329 | Paperback | $22.99 | 6/16/2020

Animal Exploration Lab for Kids teaches kids about animal classifications, adaptations and habitats. Each lab in the book is designed to help kids build new knowledge and skills around animal science.

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