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The Undefeated
Alexander, Kwame

Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal
A 2020 Newbery Honor Book
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We Are Water Protectors
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A Place Inside of Me
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My Rainy Day Rocket Ship
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A Boy Named Isamu
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A Different Pond
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A Friend for Henry
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A Girl Like Me
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A is for Activist (Hardcover)
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A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asa
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A New Kind of Wild
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Sky-Blue Bench
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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
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Abuela HB
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A young girl and her grandmother celebrate their home and relationship in this magical story. Winner of the Parents' ChoiceAward!

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Abuela (Paperback)
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A young girl and her grandmother celebrate their home and relationship in this magical story. Winner of the Parents' Choice Award!

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Alicia and the Hurricane: A Story of Puerto Rico
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All Around Us
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All Around Us begs to be shared over and over.--Yuyi Morales
A transcendent, perfectly gorgeous book.--Naomi Shihab Nye
ALSC Notable Children's Book

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All the Way to Havana
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All the Way to the Top
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2021 Schneider Family Book Award Honor

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Alma and How She Got Her Name
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A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book

What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from -- and who she may one day be.

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Alone Like Me
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