MARIA RECOMMENDS - SPRING 2021 GRADES K - 8

Spring is finally here and I'm excited about all the new books that are arriving every day. This list represents my favourite new titles and is organized by category. The list begins with picture books, first novels, junior fiction, graphic novels, intermediate fiction and non-fiction. If you can't find what you're looking for, just let me know and I'm happy to help. [email protected]

Happy Spring!

Book cover of I DO NOT LIKE YOLANDA
I DO NOT LIKE YOLANDA
By: zoey abbott | Published: March 2021

Bianca likes stamps and writing letters and going to the post office. . . she does not like Yolanda, who works there. A relatable story about facing y...

Bianca likes stamps and writing letters and going to the post office. . . she does not like Yolanda, who works there. A relatable story about facing your fears and giving people a second chance for fans of Miss Nelson Is Missing and My Teacher is a Monster. When Bianca gets stuck in Yolanda's line at the post office, she expects the worst: scowls, claws, teeth . . . This is what she gets for having a five-letter day. She might not survive . . . Or will Yolanda surprise her? This hilarious story explores fear and kindness, in that order, when Bianca decides to overcome her terror and ask Yolanda very nicely how her weekend was... and learns that Yolanda is not scary, she's a delight! A truly lovely book about questioning your assumptions and reaching out to another person, no matter how scary they might be.

Theme: LETTERS

  • ISBN
    9780735266513
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$21.99
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Book cover of PIERRE & PAUL - DRAGON
PIERRE & PAUL - DRAGON
By: caroline adderson | Published: April 2021

Pierre and Paul are back for another imaginative bilingual adventure Pierre and Paul are back for another adventure! Pierre speaks French and Paul spe...

Pierre and Paul are back for another imaginative bilingual adventure Pierre and Paul are back for another adventure! Pierre speaks French and Paul speaks English, but that doesn't stop them from being friends and exploring together. Today is garbage day, so the duo sets out to find hidden treasures in the trash. Treasure map in hand, they encounter poisonous swamps, dark forests, a dragon, and even a tsunami! (Or maybe just a garbage truck driving through a puddle). When the tsunami sweeps away their treasure map, they think all is lost--until they finally find a treasure lying out in plain sight. Told half in French and half in English, this second book in the Pierre & Paul series uses simple phrases and clues in the illustrations to make the story accessible to readers in both languages. Full of imagination and playful illustrations, this vocabulary-learning tool is an engaging story of friendship.

Theme: Diversity

  • ISBN
    9781771473286
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$18.95
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Book cover of WHEN MOM'S AWAY
WHEN MOM'S AWAY
By: layla ahmad | Published: April 2021

There is a little girl whose mom is a busy doctor. When her mom has to be in quarantine--sleeping on a cot in their garage to keep the family safe fro...

There is a little girl whose mom is a busy doctor. When her mom has to be in quarantine--sleeping on a cot in their garage to keep the family safe from the virus--the little girl does her best to be brave. She and her dad make dinner together, and she helps bring groceries to her grandparents...making sure to wave so they know it's her!In the evening they join their neighbours, banging pots and pans on the doorstep to thank the doctors and nurses around the world for their hard work. But the highlight of the day is when mom comes home, and they wave to each other through the window.

Theme: Pandemic

  • ISBN
    9781772601756
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$18.95
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Book cover of LAXMI'S MOOCH
LAXMI'S MOOCH
By: shelly anand | Published: March 2021

After Laxmi's friend Zoe points out the hairs on her lip, Laxmi is very self-conscious until her East Indian parents help her to accept and celebrate ...

After Laxmi's friend Zoe points out the hairs on her lip, Laxmi is very self-conscious until her East Indian parents help her to accept and celebrate her appearance.

Theme: Diversity, #OwnVoices, Self Esteem

  • ISBN
    9781984815651
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$23.99
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Book cover of PHOEBE DUPREE IS COMING TO TEA
PHOEBE DUPREE IS COMING TO TEA
By: linda ashman | Published: June 2021

Abby is anxious to host the perfect tea party for a friend she idolizes, but life serves up a sweet taste of the fun to be had when perfection is off ...

Abby is anxious to host the perfect tea party for a friend she idolizes, but life serves up a sweet taste of the fun to be had when perfection is off the table. Have you met Phoebe--Miss Phoebe Dupree? Phoebe's as perfect as perfect can be. To Abby, her friend Phoebe can do no wrong. Phoebe is speedy. Phoebe is smart. She's equally brilliant at science and art. So when the budding hostess invites Phoebe over for a tea party, everything from the sugary treats on the menu to Abby's dog, Louie, must be, well . . . perfect. But when life--and possibly Louie--send a clear message to let loose, the girls indulge in a perfectly imperfect playdate. Linda Ashman's vivacious rhyme and Alea Marley's inviting illustrations serve up a classic tale of enduring friendship at a tea party that will leave readers wanting to pull up a chair.

Theme: Friendship

  • ISBN
    9781536204834
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$22.99
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Book cover of HOORAY FOR HELPERS
HOORAY FOR HELPERS
By: mike austin | Published: October 2020

Celebrate first responders in this timely, action-packed picture book featuring firefighters, doctors, police officers, and other brave helpers in act...

Celebrate first responders in this timely, action-packed picture book featuring firefighters, doctors, police officers, and other brave helpers in action! First responders are on the way! Every day, brave helpers are on full alert, ready to rescue people and animal friends in need. They work on land, go underground, and even parachute down from the sky. Buckle up and cheer for these heroes as they go the distance to keep everyone safe. With bright, colorful art and labels of rescue vehicles and equipment in the style of Richard Scarry, this introduction to and celebration of first responders packs FUN and FACTS. Look inside for a Q&A with a real firefighter and an emergency supplies list! Ready for more action? Check out Fire Engine No. 9 and Rescue Squad No. 9!

Theme: Community

  • ISBN
    9781524765620
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$23.99
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Book cover of ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTOR
ALL OF THE FACTORS OF WHY I LOVE TRACTOR
By: davina bell | Published: March 2021

Frankie McGee's mother takes him to the public library, where she tries to persuade him to choose a book about cars, heliciptors, or anything else whi...

Frankie McGee's mother takes him to the public library, where she tries to persuade him to choose a book about cars, heliciptors, or anything else while he insists on yet another book about tractors.

Theme: Transportation

  • ISBN
    9780063019188
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$21.99
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Book cover of END IS JUST THE BEGINNING
END IS JUST THE BEGINNING
By: mike bender | Published: April 2021

The end of one thing is just the beginning of something new in this innovative picture book--and in life! Starting a book at the end may seem confusin...

The end of one thing is just the beginning of something new in this innovative picture book--and in life! Starting a book at the end may seem confusing. But prepare to have your mind blown, because the end isn't really the end--it's just the beginning of something new! We all face difficult endings--it's an inescapable fact of life. Now Mike Bender offers a comforting and inspiring message about new beginnings. Accompanied by Diana Mayo's beautiful and gentle illustraions, this story is perfect for read-alouds and graduations and will make a wonderful gift for all ages.

  • ISBN
    9781984896933
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$23.99
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Book cover of BALLEWIENA
BALLEWIENA
By: rebecca bender | Published: September 2021

The award-winning creator of the Giraffe and Bird books introduces Dotty the dancing dachshund to celebrate the gifts of those who struggle to "sit" a...

The award-winning creator of the Giraffe and Bird books introduces Dotty the dancing dachshund to celebrate the gifts of those who struggle to "sit" and "stay" Dotty the dachshund knows she was born to dance ballet. When told to sit, she does a plié. Asked to stay, she does an assemblé. Fed up with Dotty's lack of discipline, Mrs. Austere sends her to the Canine School of Obedience, but Dotty just can't seem to learn. Heartbroken, the little dog flees to the park--where an unexpected new friend is waiting. Could he know the secret to helping Dotty dance out her dreams with her own kind of discipline? In Ballewiena, author-illustrator Rebecca Bender, creator of the award-winning Giraffe and Bird books, introduces a new volume of animal hi-jinks. Tucked into the witty language and amusing antics is a perceptive note of encouragement for anyone who was made for activity in a world that expects stillness.

Theme: Self Esteem, Humour

  • ISBN
    9781772781373
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$22.95
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Book cover of THOUSAND WHITE BUTTERFLIES
THOUSAND WHITE BUTTERFLIES
By: jes betancourt-perez | Published: January 2021

Newly arrived from Colombia, Isabella's first day of school in the United States is cancelled because of snow and when Isabella notices a girl playing...

Newly arrived from Colombia, Isabella's first day of school in the United States is cancelled because of snow and when Isabella notices a girl playing outside she makes a new friend, despite the language barrier.

Theme: Immigration

  • ISBN
    9781580895774
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$19.99
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Book cover of SAM'S 1ST WORD
SAM'S 1ST WORD
By: bea birdsong | Published: February 2021

Baby Sam is ready to say her first word, but the adults in her life keep missing her pronouncement.

  • ISBN
    9780316452441
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$22.99
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Book cover of RILEY CAN'T STOP CRYING
RILEY CAN'T STOP CRYING
By: stephanie boulay | Published: March 2021

While his sister tries everything to help, a young boy isn't sure why he can't stop crying in this transitional picture book.

Theme: LGBTQ2S+, Gender Identity

  • ISBN
    9781459826380
  • Binding
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$19.95
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Book cover of DADDY & DADA
DADDY & DADA
By: ryan brockington | Published: May 2021

Families can come in all shapes and sizes, and this heartwarming picture book affirms that no matter what your family looks like, love is the most imp...

Families can come in all shapes and sizes, and this heartwarming picture book affirms that no matter what your family looks like, love is the most important part!

Theme: LGBTQ2S+, Diversity, Family Relationships

  • ISBN
    9780316427029
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$22.99
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Book cover of OUR SHED
OUR SHED
By: robert broder | Published: May 2021

A father teaches his daughter about woodworking and she contributes imagination and fun as they build a shed together.

Theme: Environment

  • ISBN
    9781632172648
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
Retail Price:
$17.99
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Book cover of FRED GETS DRESSED
FRED GETS DRESSED
By: peter brown | Published: May 2021

The boy loves to be naked. He romps around his house naked and wild and free. Until he romps into his parents' closet and is inspired to get dressed. ...

The boy loves to be naked. He romps around his house naked and wild and free. Until he romps into his parents' closet and is inspired to get dressed. First he tries on his dad's clothes, but they don't fit well. Then he tries on his mom's clothes, and wow! The boy looks great. He looks through his mom's jewelry and makeup and tries that on, too. When he's discovered by his mother and father, the whole family (including the dog!) get in on the fun, and they all get dressed together.

  • ISBN
    9780316200646
  • Binding
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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$23.99
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