NPR's 100 Best Books For Young Readers: Shoppable List

During the summer of 2020, NPR polled its audience about their favorite books for young readers. The submissions were curated into a list of 100 must-reads by a panel of authors, publishers, librarians, and other book lovers.

We were so impressed by this list that we wanted to give our customers the opportunity to browse it with links to purchase the various titles! Check out the NPR article here for information about the selection process, as well as a short blurb about each title.

Happy reading!

The Snowy Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670654000
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers -

Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780060254926
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Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

The Old Truck Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781324005193
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Published: Norton Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781572842243
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Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Miss Rumphius Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670479580
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 1982

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses Cover Image
By Paul Goble, Paul Goble (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689716966
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Published: Aladdin - March 31st, 1993

Hello Lighthouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316362382
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

Tar Beach Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780517885444
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Published: Dragonfly Books - December 3rd, 1996

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Harlem Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780590543408
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 1st, 1997

Antiracist Baby Board Book Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593110416
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Published: Kokila - June 16th, 2020

Goodnight Moon Cover Image
By Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780060775858
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Published: HarperCollins - January 23rd, 2007

Freight Train Board Book Cover Image
By Donald Crews, Donald Crews (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780688149000
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 20th, 1996

Good Dog, Carl (Classic Board Books) Cover Image
By Alexandra Day, Alexandra Day (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689807480
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Published: Little Simon - February 1st, 1996

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780399226908
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Published: World of Eric Carle - March 23rd, 1994

But Not the Hippopotamus Cover Image
By Sandra Boynton, Sandra Boynton (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780671449049
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Published: Little Simon - November 30th, 1982

Brown Baby Lullaby Cover Image
By Tameka Fryer Brown, A. G. Ford (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374307523
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - January 14th, 2020

Go, Dog. Go! (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780394800202
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

The Napping House board book Cover Image
By Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544602250
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2015

Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399257742
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

Story Boat Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Rashin Kheiriyeh (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735263598
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Published: Tundra Books - February 4th, 2020

Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Jabari Jumps Cover Image
By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763678388
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Published: Candlewick - May 9th, 2017

The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

Sulwe Cover Image
By Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534425361
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

I Am Enough Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062667120
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 6th, 2018

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780688128975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 24th, 2006

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family Cover Image
By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316519007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Each Kindness Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399246524
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 2nd, 2012

Wherever I Go Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534419193
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338157826
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 25th, 2019

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689711732
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 15th, 1987

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780688040741
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 23rd, 2007

My Papi Has a Motorcycle Cover Image
By Isabel Quintero, Zeke Peña (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553410
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

Drawn Together Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator), Dan Santat (Cover design or artwork by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484767603
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

Meet Yasmin! Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781684360222
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2018

Hair Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525553366
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Published: Kokila - May 14th, 2019

A Different Pond (Fiction Picture Books) Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781623708030
Availability: Backordered
Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

The Boxcar Children (The Boxcar Children Mysteries #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780807508527
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 1989

Stellaluna Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780152062873
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2007

Corduroy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140501735
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Published: Puffin Books - September 30th, 1976

The Story of Ferdinand Cover Image
By Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140502343
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Published: Puffin Books - June 30th, 1977

A Sick Day for Amos McGee Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596434028
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 25th, 2010

Mother Bruce (Mother Bruce, Book 1) (Mother Bruce Series #1) Cover Image
By Ryan T. Higgins, Ryan T. Higgins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484730881
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 24th, 2015

The Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street) (Little Golden Book) Cover Image
By Jon Stone, Michael Smollin (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780307010858
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Published: Golden Books - December 31st, 1999

Blueberries for Sal Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670175918
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers -

Bowwow Powwow Cover Image
By Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781681340777
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 1st, 2018

Catwings Return Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780439551908
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 1st, 2003

An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484799673
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - May 2nd, 2017

Henry and Mudge: The First Book (Henry & Mudge) Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Suçie Stevenson (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780689810053
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Published: Simon Spotlight - June 1st, 1996

Mercy Watson to the Rescue Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763645045
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Published: Candlewick - December 22nd, 2009

Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545581608
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Published: Graphix - August 30th, 2016

Strega Nona (A Strega Nona Book) Cover Image
By Tomie dePaola, Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780671666064
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 1979

The Mitten Cover Image
By Jan Brett, Jan Brett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399252969
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - October 5th, 2009

The Stinky Cheese Man: And Other Fairly Stupid Tales Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780670844876
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 1992

A Big Mooncake for Little Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316404488
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2018

Beautiful Blackbird Cover Image
By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780689847318
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 1st, 2003

Extra Yarn Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061953385
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 17th, 2012

The Princess in Black Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763678883
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2015

The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales Cover Image
By Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
$13.00
ISBN: 9780679843368
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 4th, 1993

A Wish in the Dark Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536204940
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Published: Candlewick - March 24th, 2020

My Father's Dragon Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780440421214
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Published: Yearling - December 27th, 2005

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Chicka Chicka Book, A) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442450707
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Published: Little Simon - August 28th, 2012

A is for Activist Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9781609805395
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Published: Triangle Square - November 19th, 2013

The Gruffalo Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142403877
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Published: Puffin Books - March 2nd, 2006

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395259399
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 12th, 1977

Bark, George Cover Image
By Jules Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062051851
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Published: Michael di Capua Books - June 3rd, 1999

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads Cover Image
By Bob Shea, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439757
Availability: Backordered
Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 7th, 2014

Ada Twist, Scientist Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419721373
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 6th, 2016

The Book with No Pictures Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741713
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Published: Dial Books - September 30th, 2014

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems and Drawings Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780060256678
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2014

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062742469
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Published: HarperCollins - January 16th, 2018

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read Cover Image
By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524768287
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 7th, 2020

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452103143
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Published: Chronicle Books - January 14th, 2014

Frog and Toad Are Friends (I Can Read Level 2) Cover Image
By Arnold Lobel, Arnold Lobel (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780064440202
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2003

Little Bear (I Can Read Level 1) Cover Image
$4.95
ISBN: 9780064440042
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Published: HarperCollins - February 18th, 2003

Juana and Lucas Cover Image
By Juana Medina, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781536206395
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Published: Candlewick - March 5th, 2019

Dory Fantasmagory Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147510679
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Published: Puffin Books - July 7th, 2015

Junie B. Jones #1: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Cover Image
By Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9780679826422
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 28th, 1992

Ivy & Bean – Book 1 (Ivy and Bean Books, Books for Elementary School) Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780811849098
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2007

Clementine Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780786838837
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 15th, 2008

Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Novel #1) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Nina Mata (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547600564
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 28th, 2020

The Trumpet of the Swan Cover Image
By E. B. White, Fred Marcellino (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064408677
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Published: HarperCollins - September 1st, 2020

From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062875853
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780440420477
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Published: Yearling - March 13th, 2007

New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

The Wild Robot Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316382007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1 Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780593225233
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 7th, 2020

Betsy-Tacy Cover Image
By Maud Hart Lovelace, Lois Lenski (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780064400961
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Published: HarperCollins - August 14th, 2007

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter Cover Image
By Astrid Lindgren, Patricia Crampton (Translated by)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780140317206
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Published: Puffin Books - February 5th, 1985

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780142408889
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Published: Puffin Books - September 6th, 2007

Stargazing Cover Image
By Jen Wang, Jen Wang (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250183880
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

The Jumbies Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781616205928
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

Murder Is Bad Manners (A Wells & Wong Mystery) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481422130
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 26th, 2016

Better Nate Than Ever Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534429130
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

Prairie Lotus Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328781505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 3rd, 2020