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#ArmMeWithBooks List

What is a must-read for young people growing up in these times of lockdown drills and school shootings? 50 award-winning authors share their recommendations.

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William H.G. Butler Middle School

William H.G. Butler Middle School is a graphic novella created for Instagram. Inspired by real news & research, this story examines the Orwellian realities that could face schools in an America without gun reform. "The format of the narrative is very clever … it feels very connected to our techno-cultural moment. And what makes the whole thing work is the deadpan satire of the piece."–Josh Neufeld, Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comics journalist.

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Grandma’s Great Gourd

An interactive storybook app that brings alive the award-winning picture book Grandma and the Great Gourd by best-selling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Featured in USA Today’s report on children’s apps that highlight diversity. Common Sense Media "Best Book App for Kids" pick and winner of Tech with Kids "Best Pick App" Award. 

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An award-winning literacy game which connects sight word learning, art making, and storytelling. Recognized as one of 20 Best EdTech Tools of 2016 by Common Sense Media and featured in the New York Times “10 Children’s Apps for Summer Road Trips.”

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Dentist Bird: A West African Folktale

Literary Safari’s first interactive book app based on a Liberian folktale and a picture book retelling of How Plover Bird Came to Clean Crocodile's Teeth by Michael Richards. Explore the sights and sounds of Liberia’s rainforest while helping one clever bird cure a crocodile of his terrible toothache! It is a Parents' Choice Foundation Recommended App.

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