Check out these back-to-school themed reads for all ages from the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Number Circus by Sylvie Misslin, illustrated by Steffie Brocoli
Which shapes are balancing on the mouse’s head? How many people in the audience are wearing red? These questions and many more bring the “number circus” to life in this colorful, brain-boosting mathematical adventure. The lift-the-flap book encourages and reinforces early math skills such as counting 1 to 10, number recognition, quantity and size. FOR AGES 3-7

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman
With a constant refrain of “All are welcome here,” this colorful picture book follows a diverse group of students throughout their school day. It serves as a gentle reminder to all children that however they eat, play or pray, they are an important part of their school community. Told in rhyme, this story is a great read-aloud to spark discussion about how our differences make us stronger. FOR AGES 4-8 

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Maps of the World: An Illustrated Children’s Atlas of Adventure, Culture, and Discovery by Enrico Lavagno, illustrated by Sacco and Vallarino
Originally published in Italy, this book was recently translated into English. Children and adults alike can use this beautifully illustrated atlas to learn about our amazing and diverse world. Full of colorful illustrations and fascinating facts about the continents, countries and skies, “Maps of the World” inspires the explorer in all of us. Also included are links to downloadable maps for use on computers or tablets. FOR AGES 8-12

New Kid by Jerry Craft
Jordan Banks just wants to fit in. But as one of the few students of color at his new private school, he soon finds himself not quite fitting in at school or at home. Switching between Jordan’s own sketches and his first-person narration, this graphic novel is a funny and honest exploration of privilege, race and friendship. FOR AGES 9-13

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, edited by Ibi Zoboi
“Black Enough” is a collection of 17 short stories about what it’s like to be a black teen in America today—urban or rural, gay or straight, wealthy or living in poverty. With stories by some of the most prominent authors currently writing for teens, this book is a diverse anthology perfect for reading in short bursts. Contributors include Justina Ireland (“Dread Nation”), Jason Reynolds (“Long Way Down”), Nic Stone (“Dear Martin”) and Ibi Zoboi (“American Street”). FOR TEENS

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ONLINE RESOURCE

EBSCO Discovery Service
EBSCO Discovery Service is a one-stop search engine that allows users to search multiple Columbus Metropolitan Library premium resources at one time. Rather than searching individual databases, online journals, magazines and encyclopedias, patrons can use a keyword search that will return results from each applicable database. Cardholders can access this new tool by selecting “Articles” from the dropdown search menu on CML’s homepage.

Kiley Orchard is a teen information services specialist at the Main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.