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Award-Winning Children’s Books

These children’s books aren’t just loved by readers, they’re acclaimed by critics as well! From awards including the Caldecott Medal to the Newbery Medal, pick up these timeless stories with your kids.

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    Stop! Bot! Book Cover Picture
    Stop! Bot! Book Cover Picture

    Stop! Bot!

    by James Yang

    In this very young picture book mystery, a little boy out for a walk with his family stops to show a building doorman his new “bot”: “I have a bot!” Only he doesn’t have it for long, because it floats up out of his hands like an escaped balloon. “Stop! Bot!” Springing to action, the kind doorman runs up to each floor of the building to try and catch it — along with the help of each floor’s resident. But while everything looks normal at first, every floor (and resident) is a little more wacky and unusual than the last! Musicians, baseball players, zoo animals, and finally a very large monkey all play a part — but will they rescue the Bot before it’s too late?!
    Stop! Bot! Book Cover Picture
    Stop! Bot! Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    The Night Diary Book Cover Picture
    The Night Diary Book Cover Picture

    The Night Diary

    by Veera Hiranandani

    It’s 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn’t know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it’s too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can’t imagine losing her homeland, too. But even if her country has been ripped apart, Nisha still believes in the possibility of putting herself back together.
    The Night Diary Book Cover Picture
    The Night Diary Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $8.99

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    Firebird Book Cover Picture
    Firebird Book Cover Picture

    Firebird

    by Misty Copeland

    In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl–an every girl–whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl’s faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.
    Firebird Book Cover Picture
    Firebird Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: 25th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: 25th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963: 25th Anniversary Edition

    by Christopher Paul Curtis

    When the Watson family—ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron—sets out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don’t realize that they’re heading toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history. The Watsons’ journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: 25th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: 25th Anniversary Edition Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $8.99

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    The Tale of Despereaux Book Cover Picture
    The Tale of Despereaux Book Cover Picture

    The Tale of Despereaux

    by Kate DiCamillo

    Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives.
    The Tale of Despereaux Book Cover Picture
    The Tale of Despereaux Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $8.99

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    Holes Book Cover Picture
    Holes Book Cover Picture

    Holes

    by Louis Sachar

    Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestseller is a modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner–or just under your feet!
    Holes Book Cover Picture
    Holes Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $8.99

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    Double Bass Blues Book Cover Picture
    Double Bass Blues Book Cover Picture

    Double Bass Blues

    by Andrea J. Loney

    Nic is an aspiring musician whose life spans two different worlds–his suburban school where he wows his friends in orchestra, and the busy city streets of his home where he’s jostled by the crowd. Nic makes his way home from a busy day at school with a double bass on his back, the symphony of his surroundings in his heart, and a sweet surprise for the reader at the end of his journey.
    Double Bass Blues Book Cover Picture
    Double Bass Blues Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Looking for Alaska Book Cover Picture
    Looking for Alaska Book Cover Picture

    Looking for Alaska

    by John Green

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A modern classic, this stunning debut marked bestselling author John Green’s arrival as a groundbreaking new voice in contemporary fiction.
    Looking for Alaska Book Cover Picture
    Looking for Alaska Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $12.99

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    Owl Moon Book Cover Picture
    Owl Moon Book Cover Picture

    Owl Moon

    by Jane Yolen

    Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind’s close relatiohship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr’s soft, exquisite watercolor illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading alound and sharing at bedtime.
    Owl Moon Book Cover Picture
    Owl Moon Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $17.99

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    Merci Suárez Changes Gears Book Cover Picture
    Merci Suárez Changes Gears Book Cover Picture

    Merci Suárez Changes Gears

    by Meg Medina

    Winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, this coming-of-age tale by New York Times best-selling author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.
    Merci Suárez Changes Gears Book Cover Picture
    Merci Suárez Changes Gears Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $7.99

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    When You Reach Me Book Cover Picture
    When You Reach Me Book Cover Picture

    When You Reach Me

    by Rebecca Stead

    Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter—a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone. It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.
    When You Reach Me Book Cover Picture
    When You Reach Me Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $7.99

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    Dear Martin Book Cover Picture
    Dear Martin Book Cover Picture

    Dear Martin

    by Nic Stone

    Justyce McAllister is a good kid, an honor student, and always there to help a friend. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.
    Dear Martin Book Cover Picture
    Dear Martin Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $9.99

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    His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture
    His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture

    His Dark Materials

    by Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman’s trilogy is a masterpiece that transcends genre and appeals to readers of all ages. His heroine, Lyra, is an orphan living in a parallel universe in which science, theology, and magic are entwined. The epic story that takes us through the three novels is not only a spellbinding adventure featuring armored polar bears, magical devices, witches, and daemons, but also a richly detailed and marvelously imagined world, complex and thought-provoking enough to enthrall adults as well as younger readers.
    His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture
    His Dark Materials Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $36.00

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    The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Book Cover Picture
    The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Book Cover Picture

    The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

    by Junauda Petrus

    Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
    The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Book Cover Picture
    The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $9.99

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    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture
    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture

    Brown Girl Dreaming

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.
    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture
    Brown Girl Dreaming Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $10.99

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    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Cover Picture
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Cover Picture

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    by Mildred D. Taylor

    Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story–Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Cover Picture
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $19.99

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    Last Stop on Market Street Book Cover Picture
    Last Stop on Market Street Book Cover Picture

    Last Stop on Market Street

    by Matt de la Peña

    Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don’t own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
    Last Stop on Market Street Book Cover Picture
    Last Stop on Market Street Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.99

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    We Are Okay Book Cover Picture
    We Are Okay Book Cover Picture

    We Are Okay

    by Nina LaCour

    An intimate whisper that packs an indelible punch, We Are Okay is Nina LaCour at her finest. This gorgeously crafted and achingly honest portrayal of grief will leave you urgent to reach across any distance to reconnect with the people you love.
    We Are Okay Book Cover Picture
    We Are Okay Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $10.99

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    Wonder Book Cover Picture
    Wonder Book Cover Picture

    Wonder

    by R. J. Palacio

    August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
    Wonder Book Cover Picture
    Wonder Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $16.99

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    The Snowy Day Book Cover Picture
    The Snowy Day Book Cover Picture

    The Snowy Day

    by Ezra Jack Keats

    No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.
    The Snowy Day Book Cover Picture
    The Snowy Day Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $7.99

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    Bud, Not Buddy Book Cover Picture
    Bud, Not Buddy Book Cover Picture

    Bud, Not Buddy

    by Christopher Paul Curtis

    The Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning classic about a boy who decides to hit the road to find his father—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, a Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree.
    Bud, Not Buddy Book Cover Picture
    Bud, Not Buddy Book Cover Picture

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    $8.99

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    The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition Book Cover Picture

    The Sun Is Also a Star

    by Nicola Yoon

    Natasha believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. Daniel is always living up to his parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when they meet, fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of them.
    The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition Book Cover Picture
    The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in Edition Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $12.99

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