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As life has slowed in many ways in these past weeks -- despite our having much to contemplate and occupy our minds -- I find it more crucial than ever to use paths of human connection to still our minds and lift our spirits. One of the best ways to do that is through reading. Books connect us to people, places and worlds beyond our own, take us on journeys of the imagination, and give us opportunities to grow even while being still. 

Children’s literature is a treasure trove of inspiration, giving us messages of hope, joy and resilience. Here are a few wonderful books to occupy the minds and spirits of the young people in your life. I highly recommend that adults read these, too. Even if you don’t have a child with you in your current isolated state, these books will give you a well needed pick-me-up.

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ISBN: 9781534446069
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 17th, 2020

We all want to believe in miracles. This heartfelt new tale takes its inspiration from the real-life story of the Friendship Train that arrived in Texas in 1949, a gift from the people of France as thanks to Americans for the train of supplies sent to the people of France to help them recover from the devastation of WWII. A young girl whose father has never returned from the war wants to believe a miracle will arrive on that train. This beautiful story will remind you that the connections of the heart cannot be broken.

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ISBN: 9780062955975
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

What a delightful surprise to fall in love with a book about Pigeons! The only family that Coo has ever known are the pigeons that live atop the factory roof. Though she loves them dearly, she is unlike her family in that she cannot fly away as they can, and the world below is a frightening one. When one of her family is injured in an attack by a hawk, she must face her fears and venture out into the world of creatures who walk on two legs to get him help. This beautiful tale is ultimately about friendship and family, and about finding your way in the world while being true to yourself.

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ISBN: 9781534414914
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Aladdin - March 10th, 2020

Lose yourself in this fun adventure about a group of orphaned kids from all corners of the world who have been recruited by a British Spy (code name Mother) to join the City Spies in Scotland.  Their mission, of course, is to save the world from an evil villain as they learn to become a family, find the best in each other, and face their own fears by supporting each other.

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By Louis Sachar, Tim Heitz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062965387
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: HarperCollins - March 3rd, 2020

Although kids cannot attend their own schools right now, they are invited to join the zany world of Mrs. Jewel’s 30th floor classroom in this entertaining tale by one of the best. When an ominous cloud appears over the school, their wise teacher insists that “cloud or no cloud,”  the kids take the ultimate test that will allow each student’s unique abilities to shine. Resilience and courage abound and will bring a smile to all.