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Check Out Our Four New Titles!

We at Read to Them are constantly on the lookout for books that will enhance our existing catalog. As we step properly into the new year, we are so excited to share four books that have been added to our library– ready and available for your next school-wide or district-wide read! Check them out: 

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The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Kelly Pousette 

Books can take us to faraway places, and this one is no exception. Journey along with Duane, the friendliest of polar bears, as he explores the Very, Very Far North. Dan Bar-el brings us more than a travel tale of snow and ice. Duane accumulates a disparate group of friends – from a science-loving snowy owl to a rambunctious arctic fox – and together they learn to navigate friendships with respect and care.  

This gentle story is told with beautiful turns-of-phrase from Bar-el, and Kelly Pousette’s charcoal drawings will delight even the youngest listener. So wrap up in a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa and experience the coziness of The Very, Very Far North. 

Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor 

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Aurora Petrequin and Frenchie Livernois are each other’s person, fitting together perfectly even though Aurora has a tendency to blurt things, while Frenchie does not speak at all. The friends have always truly seen each other while most people shush Aurora and overlook Frenchie. But when Frenchie disappears from school after drop-off, the entire small town steps up to search the Maine wilderness and find him. 

Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? is a can’t-miss tale of family, friendship, resilience, and the power of understanding. This storytelling masterclass moves between the past and present with multiple points of view. By the book’s final line, readers of all ages are sure to find new impressions on their hearts in the shape of Aurora and Frenchie – and an unforgettable piebald deer.  

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Three Good Deeds by Vivian Vande Velde 

“You, young man, are in serious need of a good lesson.”

To impart that lesson, the town’s witch transforms Howard-the-boy into Howard-the-goose. The only way for him to transform back is by performing three truly good deeds. This challenge sends Howard on a sprightly and humorous quest to learn how to empathize with others, and ultimately how to protect and care for them.  

Author Vivian Vande Velde delivers important lessons about kindness and selflessness with a light, playful, and endearing touch, resulting in a timeless story that will charm children and adults alike.  

Violet and Jobie in the Wild by Lynne Rae Perkins 

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“She looked inside, for her brave self. She knew it was in there somewhere.” 

Violet and Jobie are two small mice evicted from their cozy human home and released into the wild where they have no choice but to find their inner bravery. Starting out with the limited knowledge collected from the human-house television set, they get valuable guidance from a wise old mouse named Zolian. Violet and Jobie learn about the unexpected world around them: what foods they can eat, what predators to avoid, and how to make friends. More importantly, they learn that even though life isn’t always “twirly maple seeds,” it is always mysterious, exciting, and unpredictably fulfilling.  

Come along with our little mice friends and your families will learn important lessons wrapped in quirky animal encounters in this warm and engaging tale. 

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