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Browse the titles below and find stories that will take you on a journey to a new place. Some fiction, some nonfiction, all focus on a story of leaving somewhere behind for a new life.

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90 miles to Havana by Enrique Flores-Galbis
Also available in: e-audiobook

When unrest hits the streets of Havana, Cuba, Julian's parents must make the heartbreaking decision to send him and his two brothers away to Miami via the Pedro Pan operation. But when the boys get to Miami, they are thrust into a world where bullies seem to run rampant and it's not always clear how best to protect themselves.

Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Offers an account of the first fourteen years of the author's life in poems, telling of her time spent between her mother's native Cuba and her home in Los Angeles, until the revolution in Cuba dramatically alters relations between the two countries she loves.

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The books below are set in many different places. Use them to take a trip, somewhere new and exotic, or somewhere familiar. 

When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana's excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Includes a note on the true story of Columbia's BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.

The sky of Afghanistan by Ana A. de Eulate

A little Afghan girl dreams of peace spreading throughout her country.

Gauchada by C. Drew Lamm

A necklace is lovingly passed from one person to another, traveling much farther than the Argentine gaucho who made it will ever go.

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Check out a variety of musical stylings to play in the car. Warning: musical taste will vary, and not all albums are suitable for listening on repeat until a child finally tires of them.

This CD, designed to entertain babies in the car, contains a selection of classical music with catchy, yet complex musical patterns, without startling loud bursts or over-stimulating sounds.

Turn turn turn [sound recording] by Elizabeth Mitchell

Two of the foremost makers of handmade, independent, and family friendly music join forces for a collaborative album. Among the tracks is a new version of the classic song Turn Turn Turn written specifically for children by Toshi Seeger.

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Many of these nonfiction titles include actual digging, but others just dig up the facts. Many could be used to earn your Make History badge instead. 

Examines how a team of scientists and historians unearthed a Maryland homestead from the 1600s and details the painstaking work required to restore the ruin to its former glory.

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True stories can be especially compelling, but if nonfiction's not your thing, try a different format. Graphic novels can put a new spark in real life events. The following suggestions are either straight nonfiction or based on true stories. 

Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

Journey into Mohawk Country by Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert
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Classic stories are told, retold, then changed and retold again. Rediscover some of your favorite stories in a new way. Try a print format to earn your Geek Out Bookworm badge, and look for an audio-visual version to earn your Geek Out eLectrified badge. Although these classics are usually considered children's stories, grown-ups are welcome to join in the fun.

Bonus: find your own adapted classic and share on Social Media #CYSreturnofthefun. 

Peter Pan

Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
Also available in: e-book

Film Adaptations: Disney Animated Peter Pan; Live Action Peter PanPeter Pan Live; Neverland; Pan (coming 2016)

The original adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up.

Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

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Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman

When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates.

A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one's inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are good friends until they learn there is only one drop of maple syrup left and begin a frantic race through the refrigerator in an effort to be the first one to get there.

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Earn your Hit the Road Badge or your Animal Lover Badge when you travel with these animals on the move.

When a young Wilson's warbler named Sammy wakes up one morning, ready to start his first migratory journey to Panama, he finds that the other warblers have already left, so he looks for help from other animals, who each have their own way of getting through the winter.

Two little birds by Mary Newell DePalma

Two little birds make their first grand migration south, and later return home to start new families.

"Little Gray loved his lagoon and the humans who came to visit him there. One day, Mama announces that they must swim north to a far-away sea. At first he is sad to leave his home, but Little Gray soon realizes the importance of their journey. What happens along the way and how does Little Gray help his mother? Swim along with Little Gray as he finds the way to this special, food-filled sea."--.

Searching for something spooky, strange, or downright scary? Try one of these titles. Some are more silly than spine-tingling, but you'll find your fill of ghosties, ghoulies, and long-legged beasties.

Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

Bone dog by Eric Rohmann

Sam, very sad after his dog Ella dies, is persuaded to go out trick-or-treating and is surprised and delighted when Ella--his very own bone dog--comes to save him from a group of rowdy skeletons.

Leo : a ghost story by Mac Barnett
Also available in: e-book

Leo is a friendly house ghost--but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.

Browse this list to find titles with more in-depth information on real people who have impacted history. To find other biographies, you can do a Shelf Location search for "JBIO."

How did Jon Scieszka get so funny? He grew up as one of six brothers with Catholic school, lots of comic books, lazy summers at the lake with time to kill, babysitting misadventures, TV shows, and jokes told at family dinner.

In graphic novel format, a young girl describes her experiences growing up in China, beginning with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976.

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