BB&N Building Diverse Bookshelves

BB&N’s “Building Diverse Bookshelves” is a campaign to add 100 donated books each year to the Lower School libraries and classrooms.  Our aim is to reflect and honor the lives of all young people through books.  The books, which have been selected by teachers and librarians, are compelling works of children's literature that feature diverse characters, and help start and strengthen family conversations about diversity and inclusion across all areas of difference. By purchasing these books for BB&N through Belmont Books, you are also helping our local economy and supporting a local indepent business.

When you order a book online to donate to BB&N, please select the delivery option "Pick-Up in Store." Then pay online using your credit card or PayPal, and leave an order comment noting that this is a donation for BB&N's Building Diverse Bookshelves Campaign. Please place a separate order for personal purchases.

Selvakumar Knew Better Cover Image
By Virginia Kroll, Xiaojun Li (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781885008367
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Published: Shens Books - February 1st, 2009

Tsunami Run The bright December morning dawned like any other. The Ramakrishnan family went about their daily business, but their scruffy yellow dog, Selvakumar, felt something in the air. When a low rumbling noise began to fill the village, Papa climbed on the roof to see what was happening. What he saw was a wall of water rushing toward the shore.

The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681190549
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - September 12th, 2017

The Great Shelby Holmes may have finally met her match in this humorous sequel to Elizabeth Eulberg's fresh twist on Sherlock Holmes.

The Daybreak Bond Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681194790
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - September 12th, 2017

Mori and her friends Julia, Benji, and Theo have never seen life beyond the walls of their perfect society, Old Harmonie. That changes when their new friend Ilana is threatened by the rules that are supposed to keep them all safe. They escape together, hoping to find help in Boston with Dr. Agatha Varden, one of Old Harmonie's pioneering founders.

Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace Cover Image
By Harris, Ward Jenkins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481489386
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - September 5th, 2017

From "the Muslim Justin Bieber" (NPR) Harris J comes a picture book that celebrates spreading peace, love, and happiness throughout the world, using the lyrics of his international YouTube hit of the same name.

Robinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545731669
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 26th, 2017

A boy who loves adventure.

A mysterious ocean journey.

A remote island wilderness.

Discover what surprises await in this beautiful dreamlike exploration of courage and loneliness, independence and friendship.

Let's Celebrate Diwali Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631774218
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Published: Mascot Books - December 1st, 2015

A Family Is a Family Is a Family Cover Image
By Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554987948
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 13th, 2016

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways -- but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681190518
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - September 6th, 2016

Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

The Firefly Code Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619636361
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 3rd, 2016

Mori and her friends live a normal life on Firefly Lane in their utopian community, Old Harmonie. In a world this safe and perfect, they've never had to question anything . . . never had to wonder about how their lives came to be. Until a new girl named Ilana moves in. She's so perfect that Mori and her friends are curious . . .

Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic Cover Image
By Armand Baltazar, Armand Baltazar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062402363
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 10th, 2017

For fans of Rick Riordan and Brian Selznick, author-artist Armand Baltazar introduces Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic, the first in a new science fiction/fantasy series that explores a world painted new by the Time Collision. Integrating art and text, this epic and cinematic adventure features more than 150 full-color illustrations.

We're Sailing Down the Nile: A Journey Through Egypt Cover Image
By Laurie Krebs, Anne Wilson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781846861949
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Published: Barefoot Books - March 1st, 2008

There is so much in store on this incredible journey - enormous statues and temples, the legendary Sphinx, tombs and mummies, and of course the Great Pyramids. With seven exciting destinations, a god or goddess on each page, and informative notes at the end, you will be an Egypt expert in no time.

Write to Me: Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind Cover Image
By Cynthia Grady, Amiko Hirao (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580896887
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - January 9th, 2018

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807573167
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2000

In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars.

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781572842243
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Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

A Newbery Honor Book
A Caldecott Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Book
An Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor Book
A Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Book

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story Cover Image
By Reem Faruqi, Lea Lyon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884484318
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 1st, 2015

*Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People 2016, a cooperative Project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children's Book Council*

Winter Candle Cover Image
By Jeron Ashford, Stacey Schuett (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781939547101
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Published: Creston Books - November 11th, 2014

When each family at the diverse Juniper Court apartment complex needs something to light up the dark of winter, the stumpy, lumpy candle provides a glow brighter than the fanciest taper, revealing the true spirit of each holiday it illuminates.

I Have the Right to Be a Child Cover Image
By Alain Serres, Aurelia Fronty (Illustrator), Helen Mixter (Translator)
ISBN: 9781554981496
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Published: Groundwood Books - May 22nd, 2012

With a very simple text accompanied by rich, vibrant illustrations a young narrator describes what it means to be a child with rights from the right to food, water and shelter, to the right to go to school, to the right to be free from violence, to the right to breathe clean air, and much more.

Windows Cover Image
By Julia Denos, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690359
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 17th, 2017

Walking his dog at dusk, one boy catches glimpses of the lives around him in this lovely ode to autumn evenings, exploring your neighborhood, and coming home.

Donovan's Big Day Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Mike Dutton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781582463322
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Published: Tricycle Press - April 26th, 2011

Donovan's two moms are getting married, and he can't wait for the celebration to begin. After all, as ringbearer, he has a very important job to do. Any boy or girl with same-sex parents--or who knows a same-sex couple--will appreciate this picture book about love, family, and marriage.

Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780810989719
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2010

Neighbors gather on a hot summer day for a joyful block party: Kids play double Dutch; men debate at the barber shop and play chess; mothers and aunts cook up oxtail stew, collard greens, and other delicious treats; and friends dance and sway as jazz floats through the streets.

By Stacy B Davids, Rachael Balsaitis (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780692512456
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Published: Upswing Press - November 7th, 2015

Annie loves her plaid shirt and wears it everywhere. But one day her mom tells Annie that she must wear a dress to her uncle’s wedding. Annie protests, but her mom insists and buys her a fancy new dress anyway. Annie is miserable. She feels weird in dresses. Why can’t her mom understand? Then Annie has an idea.

A Bike Like Sergio's Cover Image
By Maribeth Boelts, Noah Z. Jones (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763666491
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 4th, 2016

Finders keepers, right? When Ruben picks up someone's lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing.

My Name Is Yoon (Rise and Shine) Cover Image
By Helen Recorvits, Gabi Swiatkowska (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374351144
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - July 13th, 2010

Getting to feel at home in a new country

Most People Cover Image
ISBN: 9780884485544
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - August 15th, 2017

Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella Cover Image
ISBN: 9781885008411
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Published: Shen's Books - May 1st, 2014

Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella takes readers to the remote mountains of Southeast Asia, to the traditional home of the Laotian Hmong. All essential Cinderella elements are here--startling transformation, a kind-hearted but mistreated central character, and an evil stepfamily.

Julián is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 23rd, 2018

In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393061314
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 1st, 2005

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs, and Steel is a brilliant work answering the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. This edition includes a new chapter on Japan and all-new illustrations drawn from the television series. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers.

Black Like Me Cover Image
By John Howard Griffin, Studs Terkel (Foreword by), Robert Bonazzi (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780916727680
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Published: Wings Press (TX) - September 1st, 2011

On October 28, 1959, John Howard Griffin underwent a transformation that changed many lives beyond his own--he made his skin black and traveled through the segregated Deep South. His odyssey of discovery was captured in journal entries, arguably the single most important documentation of 20th-century American racism ever written.

Jabari Jumps Cover Image
By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763678388
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 9th, 2017

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.

A Different Pond Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Thi Bui (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781623708030
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

A 2018 Caldecott Honor Book that Kirkus Reviews calls "a must-read for our times," A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event - a long-ago fishing trip. Graphic novelist Thi Bui and acclaimed poet Bao Phi deliver a powerful, honest glimpse into a relationship between father and son - and between cultures, old and new.

The Water Princess Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399172588
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel's childhood, a young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399546839
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Published: Philomel Books - January 23rd, 2018

Narrated by Destiny, this heartbreaking -- and timely -- story of refugees escaping from war-torn Syria is masterfully told by a foreign news correspondent who experienced the crisis firsthand.

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ISBN: 9780062689900
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 2nd, 2018

Told entirely in text messages, this addictive new series from the acclaimed author of My Life in Pink & Green is perfect for fans of Lauren Myracle and Wendy Mass.

Black Panther the Young Prince Cover Image
ISBN: 9781484787649
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Published: Marvel Comics - January 2nd, 2018

Black Panther. Ruler of Wakanda. Avenger.This is his destiny. But right now, he's simply T'Challa-the young prince.Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation.

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481443876
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 23rd, 2018

"A visually striking, enlightening picture-book biography." --Booklist (starred review)

"An absolutely indispensable illustrated biography that will remind readers of all ages that it's never too late to pursue their dreams." --School Library Journal (starred review)

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Arts in the Ancient Americas Cover Image
By Joanne Pillsbury (Editor), Timothy Potts (Editor), Kim N. Richter (Editor)
ISBN: 9781606065488
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Published: J. Paul Getty Museum - September 26th, 2017

This volume accompanies a major international loan exhibition featuring more than three hundred works of art, many rarely or never before seen in the United States. It traces the development of gold working and other luxury arts in the Americas from antiquity until the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century.

Between the Lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399246883
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 13th, 2018

This thought-provoking companion to Nikki Grimes' Coretta Scott King Award-winning Bronx Masquerade shows the capacity poetry has to express ideas and feelings, and connect us with ourselves and others.

They She He Me: Free to Be! Cover Image
ISBN: 9781945289064
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Published: Reflection Press - October 11th, 2017

Tournament Trouble (Cross Ups #1) Cover Image
By Sylv Chiang, Connie Choi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781773210094
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Published: Annick Press - March 13th, 2018

An exciting new middle reader series from a debut author. All twelve-year-old Jaden wants to do is be the best at Cross Ups, the video game he and his friends can't stop playing. He knows he could be--if only he didn't have to hide his gaming from his mom, who's convinced it will make him violent.

Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062673602
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 2nd, 2018

Starred reviews hail Streetcar to Justice as "a book that belongs in any civil rights library collection" (Publishers Weekly) and "completely fascinating and unique” (Kirkus). 

Ruby's Chinese New Year Cover Image
By Vickie Lee, Joey Chou (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250133380
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - December 26th, 2017

Kerry James Marshall: Mastry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780847848331
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Published: Skira Rizzoli - May 3rd, 2016

The definitive monograph on contemporary African American painter Kerry James Marshall, accompanying a major traveling retrospective. This long-awaited volume celebrates the work of Kerry James Marshall, one of America's greatest living painters.

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338159318
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 27th, 2018

A room locked for fifty years.
A valuable peacock ring.
A mysterious brother-sister duo.
Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together.

The Night Diary Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735228511
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Published: Dial Books - March 6th, 2018

In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595583260
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Published: New Press - April 8th, 2008

A completely revised edition of James W. Loewen's classic retelling of American history, based on six new textbooks and including an all-new chapter on the recent past

The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338185706
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 27th, 2018

(Only she doesn't know it yet.)

The Secret Kingdom: NEK Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art Cover Image
By Barb Rosenstock, Claire A. Nivola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763674755
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 13th, 2018

The incredible story of the world's largest visionary environment: the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, kept secret by outsider artist Nek Chand for fifteen years.

The Journey of Little Charlie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545156660
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 1st, 2018

Twelve-year-old Charlie is down on his luck: His sharecropper father just died and Cap'n Buck -- the most fearsome man in Possum Moan, South Carolina -- has come to collect a debt. Fearing for his life, Charlie strikes a deal with Cap'n Buck and agrees to track down some folks accused of stealing from the cap'n and his boss. It's not too bad of a bargain for Charlie...

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626728585
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Published: Roaring Book Press - January 16th, 2018

In her first middle-grade novel, award-winning picture book author and illustrator Angela Dominguez tells a heartwarming story based on her own experiences growing up Mexican-American.

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763696047
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 3rd, 2018

Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.

Team Bff: Race to the Finish! #2 (Girls Who Code #2) Cover Image
By Stacia Deutsch, Reshma Saujani (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780399542527
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Published: Penguin Workshop - October 31st, 2017

Perfect for fans of The Babysitters Club and anyone interested in computer science, this series is published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code

The Tea Dragon Society Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620104415
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Published: Oni Press - October 31st, 2017

A fan-favorite fantasy that follows the story of a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.

Lights, Music, Code! #3 (Girls Who Code) Cover Image
By Jo Whittemore, Reshma Saujani (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780399542534
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Published: Penguin Workshop - March 13th, 2018

Perfect for fans of The Babysitters Club and anyone interested in computer science, this series is published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code

Rock Star #1 (Jada Jones #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780448487519
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Published: Penguin Workshop - September 19th, 2017

Fans of Princess Posey and Ivy and Bean will enjoy engaging with science-loving Jada Jones in this easy-to-read chapter book.

The Friendship Code #1 (Girls Who Code #1) Cover Image
By Stacia Deutsch, Reshma Saujani (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780399542510
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Published: Penguin Workshop - August 22nd, 2017

Perfect for fans of The Babysitters Club and anyone interested in computer science, this series is published in partnership with the organization Girls Who Code