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Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex
This is a fun book that will help kids understand important lessons for living in our world. With some very amusing robots, it explains the difference between facts and opinions, the importance of getting all the facts before taking action, and the necessity of respecting the opinions of others.
Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian
I love books like this one that are fun to read and will make kids laugh, but also address important topics. This is a wonderful book about a kid with a great imagination who is starting at a new school with a message about acceptance. Illustrations and word art will appeal to many readers.
Chirp by Kate Messner
Mia has just moved to Vermont where she meets new friends and becomes involved in helping her grandmother save her cricket farm. There's a mystery at the center of this novel, but it's also a story of friendship and family and finding one's voice to speak out. This is a timely, relevant, and empowering novel that will help middle grade readers understand issues related to boundaries and what to do when someone makes them feel uncomfortable.
Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
This is a poignant story of hope, courage, and compassion. Max wants to know more about his mother who left when he was a baby, but his family won't talk about it. When he learns his family has helped lead those who are fleeing their country to safety, he agrees to be a guardian for a young girl who wants to be reunited with her sister and, in doing so, hopes to find answers about his past. This is a relevant and beautifully written book. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy. It publishes in March.