Discover fresh titles reflecting all LGBTQIA+ readers this Pride!
In the first picture book written by a DACA dreamer, Morales tells her own powerful and vibrant immigration story!
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star Nicola Yoon is back with her eagerly anticipated third novel!
Picture book biographies for the classroom, storytime, and summer reading!
Perfect for readers of James Patterson's Middle School series and Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate series!
Graphic novel fans will rejoice with the return of their favorite characters!
The Magic Tree House Research Adventure Fair will teach research and presentation skills, create excitement around nonfiction, and teach students about community resources!
Summer love is timeless, and we’re falling head over heels for these YA romance novels!

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Summer Reading 2021

Thank you educators! You brought passion and enthusiasm to your students this year despite many challenges. We know reading is essential and enjoyable, and we’re thrilled to share our recommendations for teachers, librarians, and independent summer reading. Watch this author video for recommendations. Then add some of our recommendations to your lists and download activities and guides to help you prepare for the following year. If you have any questions, book recommendations, or summer reading ideas to share, email us at

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Uma Wimple Charts Her House Educators’ Guide

Uma’s been making charts since she was a little kid. But when her teacher gives the class Uma’s dream assignment—to make a chart of their own homes—she is thrown for a loop. Filled with charts and graphs galore, Uma Wimple Charts Her House will inspire excitement for data and diagramming. This guide was written for educators to help students become familiar with charts, graphs and maps. Many of the activities in this guide are also easily adaptable for at-home learning.

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Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing By Nicola Yoon

Evie Thomas doesn’t believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with a broken heart, eventually.

As Evie tries to understand why this is happening, she finds herself at La Brea Dance studio, learning to waltz, fox-trot, and tango with a boy named X. X is everything that Evie is not: adventurous, passionate, daring. His philosophy is to say yes to everything — including entering a ballroom dance competition with a girl he’s only just met.

Falling for X is definitely not what Evie had in mind. If her visions of heartbreak have taught her anything, it’s that no one escapes love unscathed. But as she and X dance around and toward each other, Evie is forced to question all she thought she knew about life and love. In the end, is love worth the risk?

Author Spotlight

Kate Messner

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Pond, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the PondThe Brilliant Deep, and How to Read a Story; novels that tackle real-world issues like BreakoutAll the Answers, and The Seventh Wish; mysteries and thrillers like Capture the Flag, Eye of the Storm, and Wake Up Missing; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series; and the popular Ranger in Time chapter book series about a time-traveling search and rescue dog.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate was a TV news reporter as well as an educator who spent fifteen years teaching middle school English. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all 46 Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines.

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