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Misty Copeland based the characters in Bunheads on the ballet friends she grew up with. Setor Fiadzigbey/G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers hide caption

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Misty Copeland Celebrates Ballet's Beautiful Friendships In 'Bunheads'

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"I am / a nonstop ball of energy. / Powerful and full of light. / I am a go-getter. A difference maker. / A leader." Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James/Penguin Young Readers hide caption

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A New Picture Book Reminds Black Sons: You Are 'Every Good Thing'

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"I dug my fingers there and here and stretched my arms like ropes. I threw my body through the air and caught myself in all the ways I'd imagined, a bright path of thinking." Yao Xiao/Make Me a World hide caption

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This Book Teaches Kids 'How To Solve A Problem' Like A Rock Climber Would

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"Of starbursts brighter than fireworks, you are a child of the universe." Raul Colón/Random House Children's Books hide caption

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This Bedtime Book Helps Kids Find Their Place In The 'Universe'

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Random House Books for Young Readers

A Little Girl Didn't Like Her 'Bedtime Bonnet,' So Mom Wrote A Book To Help

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HMH Books for Young Readers

A Haunting Home Movie Inspired Lois Lowry To Write 'On The Horizon'

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"The Paper Kingdom," Papa said. "Didn't we tell you before? This is the land of the Paper King!" Pascal Campion/Random House Books for Young Readers hide caption

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Behold: The Magic Of Take Your Child To Work Night

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Tundra Books

When 'Here' Is Home, But 'Here' Keeps Changing — A Family Flees In 'Story Boat'

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Norton Young Readers

Ever Wonder About That 'Old Truck'? 2 Brothers Wrote Its Backstory

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McSweeney's Publishing

'Chicken Of The Sea' Is So Wacky — Of Course It Was Created By Kids

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Happy Winter Solstice! At Last, We've Made It To 'The Shortest Day'

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Tradewind Books

This Book Teaches Kids The Concept Of 'Boonoonoonous' (It's A Good Thing)

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Parker Curry, 4, takes in Amy Sherald's painting of Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Parker has co-authored a book with her mom called Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment. Mhari Shaw/NPR hide caption

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In 'Parker Looks Up,' A 2-Year-Old Shares A Moment With Michelle Obama

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"You are not so different," squawked Seagull, who flew overhead. "You both cast long shadows." Michaela Goade/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers hide caption

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A Sailor Meets A Fisherman In 1534: It's An 'Encounter,' Not A Discovery

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A Boy And A Pup Come To One Another's Rescue In 'The Dog Who Lost His Bark'

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has written a children's book called Just Ask! inspired by her desire to help kids embrace diversity. "If you don't know why someone's doing something, just ask them," she says. "Don't assume the worst in people." Rafael López/Philomel Books hide caption

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'Just Ask!' Says Sonia Sotomayor. She Knows What It's Like To Feel Different

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Kokila

'My Papi Has A Motorcycle' Pays Loving Tribute To A California Childhood

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La La La, text copyright 2017 by Kate DiCamillo, illustrations copyright 2017 by Jaime Kim. reproduced by permission of the publisher. Candlewick Press, Somerville, Mass. hide caption

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One Word Builds A World In 'La La La'

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When author Andrea Davis Pinkney decided to write a book about a sit in, her husband Brian Pinkney asked, "How am I going to illustrate this, Andrea? They're just sitting." She told him: "Well, honey ... I'm sure you'll think of something." And he did. The lunch counter in Sit-In "takes on a life of its own," she says: It's a roller coaster, it's a road, it's a character in the story. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers hide caption

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The Pinkneys Are A Picture Book Perfect, Author-Illustrator Couple

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