Ages 8-12 - Ok, there just can't be a cuter, braver, more adventurous mouse than Celeste, except for maybe Ralph S. Mouse (by Beverly Cleary). Who wouldn't want to live in Abe Lincoln's pocket and learn to read and write with your tail? (Amy 4/21)
Charlotte the rabbit takes readers through a wonderful story of the scientific method and a pursuit of a cure. She also consults the "Comprehensive Compendium of Carrot Conditions". A fun scientific story! (Amy 6/20)
Multiple awards winning book! Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider. (Amy 6/20)
Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.
Recommended by Amy (1/18)
A great intro for kids on germs and health. The book strikes a balance between silly and serious and gives kids a close-up view of microbes in the world. Good for elementary ages. (Erin 4/19)
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied. (Publisher)
An invaluable author and another excellent book by her is "Before She Was Harriet" - a children's biography about Harriet Tubman. (Amy 7/21))
When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.
Recommended by Amy (1/18)
"A picture book based on a true story about a young First Nations girl who was sent to a residential school. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite the efforts of the nuns to force her to do otherwise. Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis' own grandmother, I Am Not a Number brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to"--
Recommended by Amy 1/18)
Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand. (Amy 3/21)
Oh my! What a brave kitty...wait, Leonard is an alien that wanted to arrive on Earth to be a Yellowstone National Park Ranger. Thank goodness he is rescued by courageous Olive! What a wonderful adventure. I also suggest reading "I, Cosmo" by the same author about a dog...just to be fair. (Amy 7/21)
Can't go wrong with a Margi Preus title! This cute adventure story sees our little red squirrel, Jean Pierre Petite Le Rouge (little red squirrel) stowing away in one of the canoes traveling from Montreal to a faraway trading post in 1792. Adventure and friendship abound in this brave little book. (Amy 4/21)
Fans of the Lemoncello series will enjoy the next adventure! "Mr. Lemoncello is at it again, this time with an escape-room-style TV game show, and the kids from Alexandriaville return to compete. Kyle and his friends enter the competition to break out of the Lemoncello library, now using the Fictionasium, a 3-D augmented reality game that makes stories come to life." (Booklist Reviews) - (Jennifer 4/21)
Ages 8-12 - Newbery Honor book in 2020 -
Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian hometown is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the family members who were left behind as she adjusts to a new life with unexpected surprises. (Publisher) (Amy 3/21)
"Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California"--
Recommended by Amy (1/18)
"Because kindness ins stronger than fear." This is a beautiful book for exploring the immigrant story with young children. Animal friends help each other in welcoming a new friend into their community and they all had come from somewhere else as well. (Amy 6/20)
Best-selling author Jacqueline Davies tells the story of two unlikely friends: Sydney and Taylor, a skunk and a hedgehog who strike out to discover the great unknown, despite how afraid they are of it. (Publisher) (Amy 3/21)
"Prepare for a journey into a world filled with what so many crave -- the sweet savoring of a chocolate drop. A drop that can melt even the most troubled realities. But in this nuanced, heartrending story, before good can emerge, there is destruction, the bombarding of a people, their culture, heritage, sacred beliefs, and the very soul that drives their traditions. " -Amazon (Jennifer 3/19)
Fifth-grader Eric's life transforms when he encounters a unicorn in the woods around Chinaberry Creek and discovers a special veterinary clinic that cares for "supernatural exotic patients." (Publisher)
"In her second novel, Z is thrilled to be going on the road to help her mom film a documentary. She might even get to interview her vlogging idol, Winter Costello, at VidCon! Eager to share her summer adventure with her friends and vlog fans, Z keeps her phone and camera at the ready. But she finds that working on a real film set takes more focus than she expected. When her love of connecting online threatens to ruin her chances of connecting in real life with her idol and fans, Z faces the ultimate test: Can she survive off-line and learn to #liveinthemoment?"--Amazon.com.