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Beach Party Surf Monkey
by Chris Grabenstein

Things are looking up for the Wonderland Motel. Not only did P. T. and his friend Gloria save the family business by forestalling foreclosure in Welcome to Wonderland (2016), they’ve persuaded a Hollywood director to shoot his new film there. What could go wrong? Nearly everything!

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top-10-Biographies-youth-2017_f1.jpgTop 10 Biographies for Youth: 2017
by Sarah Hunter

This batch of the best biographies for youth, reviewed in Booklist between June 2016 and February 1, 2017, features a wide range of historic figures, from activists and writers to athletes and musicians.

top-10-Biographies-adult-2017_f1.jpgTop 10 Biographies: 2017
by Donna Seaman

The most exceptional biographies reviewed in Booklist since our last Spotlight on Biography, in June 2016, provide new perspectives on women and men who transformed their worlds, from a long-reigning monarch to a baseball genius, an artist, a Native American leader, writers, and scientists.

audiobook-preview-spring-2017_f1.jpgSpring Audiobook Preview: 2017
by Joyce Saricks

Get ready for spring with this list of upcoming audiobooks, slated for release from February through June 2017. They are organized under adult and youth subheadings, with adult titles further grouped under general fiction and nonfiction and more specialized genres.

now-hear-this-Gardner_f1.jpgNow Hear This: Grover Gardner
by Joyce Saricks

Grover Gardner’s wonderfully companionable narration and impeccable performances—rich in accents, dramatic tension, and emotional depth—immerse listeners in the world of all he reads, from the Old West to outer space and from fiction classics to nonfiction biographies and histories.

column_every-book_f1.jpgEvery Book Its Reader: Diversity and Readers’ Advisory
by Neil Hollands

A major benefit of reading is its capacity to build empathy, to allow us to vicariously try on the thoughts and experiences of others, in the process finding common ground on some issues or better understanding our differences on others.

core-Picture-Book-Refugee_f1.jpgCore Collection: Picture-Book Refugee and Immigration Stories
by Sarah Hunter

The world is a complicated place, sometimes even a terrifying one, and although the impulse to protect children from the ugly parts of the world is natural, the prevalence of news reports and photojournalism means it’s unlikely they’ll be in the dark for long. As kids encounter immigrants and refugees in the news, their neighborhoods, or their classrooms and inevitably begin to ask questions, a picture book can be a perfect way to start a conversation.

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