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“I noticed several weird things about the surfboarding cat.” Jackson can’t believe it when his imaginary friend rides a wave back into his life after being gone for several years. With his family facing the prospect of homelessness again, Jackson feels completely in over his head with these harsh realities…but maybe the oversized Crenshaw can help right things once again. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee book by Katherine Applegate.
What happens when two world-class pranksters end up in the same boring town of Yawnee Valley, where counting cow moos is a popular pastime? The pranks become even bigger and better than they’ve ever been before! This is a hilarious story about cows, pranking, being yourself, and making new friends. youtu.be Illustrated by Kevin Cornell Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In ...
Born into slavery and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, John Roy Lynch overcame many obstacles to become a powerful leader in the United States government; all before the age of 26! While many in the South resisted the changes brought on by the end of the Civil War, John Roy Lynch worked and educated himself to ensure that he could help others in his position to be truly free. This beautifully illustrated biography introduces you to an amazing individual and the amazing age he lived through. youtu.be A Picture Book by written by Chris Barton and Illustrated by Don Tate http://www.http://www.chrisbarton.info http://www.dontate.com https://www.eerdmans.com
Do you believe in magic? What about a whole magical circus? Micah is convinced his grandpa’s stories of the mysterious Lightbender are real. More than that, he desperately needs a miracle of magical proportions to save Grandpa Ephraim. Past and present collide in one stupendous journey that defies logic and illuminates the imagination. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley.
What do an antelope, an octopus, and a mosquito have in common? Cars of course! Three friends from the barrio love working on cars. Con muchas ganas, they enter a contest that is out of this world. Will they be able to win the coveted Golden Steering Wheel Award and enough cash to open their own garage? youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul the Third.
Detectives come in all forms -- big, small, smart… feathery? Four sleuthing chicks, Dirt, Poppy, Sweetie and Sugar, investigate the appearance of a mysterious object that just may be a UFO. Filled with humor, heart, and a frequently fainting squirrel, join these crazy chicks for their first big adventure! youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
Imagine you are living a nice life in Hawaii when your parents come home and tell you, “We are going to live on the Moon for three years!” Sounds like an adventure, right? Without many friends and not much to do, it’s actually pretty boring. Until one emergency bathroom run, where the only other person you see ends up dead the next day. Was it an accident? Or is there a murderer on Moon Base Alpha? One thing’s for sure: life has gotten a lot more interesting... youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Space Case by Stuart Gibbs.
In this series of paired verses, author Nikki Grimes paints a picture of a girl discovering her mother’s childhood memories captured in her poetry. Mama’s poems reveal her memories from Captain Grandpa’s Air Force career. The poems bring the girl closer to her mother, who is also serving in the military, as she writes her own reflections as a gift to her mom. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Poems in the Attic by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.
After one of her mom’s “nights of culture” at a roller derby tournament, Astrid cannot wait to put on skates and join a junior derby camp. What she never realized was just how difficult roller derby could actually be! Lots of bruises, even more hard work, new teammates, and friends all unite in this high-adrenaline graphic novel. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.
How can a four hundred year old dessert be fine? When it is prepared and shared by four families from four different centuries. Attentive readers will delight in the repeating phrases and illustrations; young chefs will notice changing kitchen techniques. It’s a delicious romp through time down to the last lick of the bowl! youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee book A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Who do you turn to for advice when your dad loses his job, and you have to move to a run-down farm left to the family by Great Uncle Jim? Your dead abuelita, of course. First time author Kelly Jones weaves letters, lists, quizzes, and diagrams into an amusing look at raising a very unusual flock of chickens. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath.
You may have heard of the sword in the stone…but what about the spork in the scone? Joey hadn’t either, until he is transformed from a normal boy into a rat who unlocks the mystic sword Ratscalibur. Now, tasked with saving his newfound friends and facing a foe of unspeakable evil, Joey is going to need strength, courage, wit…and a whole lot of ragic. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb.
Lily and Salma would not have met if it weren't for Lucky, Lily's blind dog. Salma and her family are migrant workers in town only for blueberry season. Together the "star friends" help prepare Salma to be the first Blueberry Queen from outside the community while also raising money to help Lucky. You will eat up this heartwarming story and wish there were more! youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord.
Have you ever noticed that humans have puzzling behavior? Bowser has, but he still knows his human is “off the charts.” A checkered past, street smarts, a sensitive nose, and sharp eyes are just a few of the talents that make him a first class detective. No longer living on the streets, this loveable mutt helps his newfound owner solve a mystery and find a hidden “treasure” in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Woof by Spence Quinn.
It is a dark time for Hiawatha. He has lost everything to the evil Chief Tadodaho and seeks revenge. Then the Great Peacemaker visits him with a message of peace for the 14th century Iroquois. With David Shannon's stunning illustrations, musical icon Robbie Robertson tells the story of the founding of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy and the Great Law of Peace, both milestones in American history. youtu.be Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquo...
Ben Franklin enthralled the world with his inventions and discoveries in America during the Revolutionary War. At the same time, Dr. Mesmer was baffling the people of Paris with his claims to magically cure illnesses with a force he streamed from the stars. Was this force too good to be true? Using the scientific method, Ben Franklin sets out to discover the truth in this mesmerizing nonfiction picture book. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Mesmerized by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno.
Chess was born in a cage, submerged in the deadly Fog that now cloaks almost the entire earth. Because of this, he now has valuable powers that allow him to travel in places others cannot, powers which the evil Lord Kodoc wants to exploit. In order to survive, Chess and his crew must evade the evil Lord, negotiate with dangerous air pirates, and flee their old home to a safer realm they aren’t even sure exists. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Fog Diver by Joel Ross.
It begins with a boy and a book, three princesses, a witch’s curse, and a harmonica bound with magic . . .Pam Munoz Ryan weaves a tale that begins in the Black Forest at the turn of the 20th century and journeys into the lives of three different families weaving an adventure blending history and magical realism. youtu.be Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee book Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
How can living in a purple house with a stepmom and falling asleep in class teach you to face your greatest fears? Our character ends up in a strange place with big ugly bugs, scary bunnies, and close friends where nightmares abound. But can dreams also come true? You may just start sleeping with the lights on after reading this book. youtu.be Nightmares by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller | Strange Dreams - YouTube
Harriet Hamsterborn is a hamster princess with a reputation...a reputation for being crazy. Rather than living an uneventful life of royalty, she cashes in on the invincibility bestowed upon her at birth. Until she is twelve, when she will prick her finger on a hamster wheel and lose her power, Harriet decides to live a life of adventure without fear. In this fractured fairy tale, Harriet is empowered in unexpected and very entertaining ways. youtu.be Sleeping Beauty gets a feisty, furry twist in this hilarious new comic series from the creator of Dragonbreath! Find out more about Hamster Princess at http:...