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)
Grades 2-5 and third in the "Bat" series.
Bat grows anxious as his third-grade year comes to an end and the time to release his pet skunk, Thor, out into the wild approaches. (Publisher) (Amy 1/22)
Darkus Cuttle has taken care of his father ever since his mother died, but one day his father vanished from a locked vault at the Natural History Museum, and now he lives with his eccentric uncle--but one day he finds a large and unusually intelligent and self-aware beetle, and soon he and his two friends are caught up in a struggle to protect an intelligent super species of beetles. (Amy 2/20)
Black boy joy is...Picking out a fresh first-day-of-school outfit. Saving the universe in an epic intergalactic race. Finding your voice—and your rhymes—during tough times. Flying on your skateboard like nobody’s watching. And more! From seventeen acclaimed Black male and non-binary authors comes a vibrant collection of stories, comics, and poems about the power of joy and the wonders of Black boyhood.
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)
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)
"Alder has always lived in his cozy little house in Southern California. And for as long as he can remember, the old, reliable, comforting walnut tree has stood between his house and the one next door. That is, until a new family—with a particularly annoying girl his age—moves into the neighboring house and, without warning, cuts it down. Oak doesn’t understand why her family had to move to Southern California. She has to attend a new school, find new friends, and live in a new house that isn’t even ready—her mother had to cut down a tree on their property line in order to make room for a second floor. And now a strange boy next door won’t stop staring at her, like she did something wrong moving here in the first place. As Oak and Alder start school together, they can’t imagine ever becoming friends. But the two of them soon discover a series of connections between them—mysterious, possibly even magical puzzles they can’t put together. At least not without each other’s help."--Amazon.com.(Amy 1/22)
Biography of amazing children's author/illustrator/puppet maker, Ashley Bryan as he shares pictures, poems, and letters, of his experience being a Black soldier during World War II. Bryan, who is 98 years young has celebrated beauty and love throughout his career and exudes this in his art and writing for children. Love this memoir.
So fun and for grades 4-6. Thisis a great adventure story of a little witch who starts her own delivery service using her broom driving skills. She meets characters of all kinds and learns about her own strength and has support from her kitty co-pilot, Jiji! Highly recommend. (Amy 3/22)
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)
Super cute series called Royal Rescues for grades 1-3.
When Princess Bea discovers a beautiful pony alone on the beach, she is determined to find its owner, but the pony won't stay put! Can Bea find its home before it runs into trouble?
Another series by this author for this grade range is "Kitty". (Amy 1/22)
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)
Coretta Scott King Award author honor (2011) -
In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them. (Publisher)
I could not stop rooting and believing in Lanesha, Mama Ya-Ya, TaShon, and Ginia in this eye opening, powerful, and tender story. (Amy 12/21)
Pura Belpre Honor author.
From publisher -
Twelve-year-old Quijana is a biracial girl, desperately trying to understand the changes that are going on in her life; her mother rarely gets home before bedtime, her father suddenly seems to be trying to get in touch with his Guatemalan roots (even though he never bothered to teach Quijana Spanish), she is about to start seventh grade in the Texas town where they live and she is worried about fitting in--and Quijana suspects that her parents are keeping secrets, because she is sure there is something wrong with her little brother, Memito, who is becoming increasingly hard to reach.
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)
Grades 4-6 - gotta' love a book about quadruplets who are 11 and find a baby pig and try to care for it inside their house! A book about caring, friendship, family, and cute a cute little piglet named Saucy...until she's 100 pounds cute! (Amy 3/21)
"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)
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)
Whenever Jake and Marisol get together, adventure follows. They have their late Nana to thank for that. Her epic trips and treasure hunts were legendary. With the whole family reuniting for one last summer vacation at Nana's home, the cousins are prepared for an extraordinary trip of their own. Following a map Nana left behind, Jake and Marisol sneak out to a nearby lighthouse, then accidentally slip into another world! The World Between Blinks is a magical place, where all sorts of lost things and people wind up. Everywhere they turn, the cousins find real mysteries from history and a few they thought were just myths, from pilot Amelia Earhart to the fabled city of Atlantis. But the man who holds the key to Jake and Marisol's journey home doesn't want to be found . . . and if the cousins don't catch him fast, they could end up lost in this world. (Jennifer 1/22)
Great series from Animal Planet called Animal Planet Adventures and for grades 1-3.
"Life is a zoo, literally, for twin sisters Ava and Rosie when their family moves to the Fieldstone Zoo. Now the zebras seem upset and a pregnant pronghorn has gone into hiding. Will the twins' knowledge of animal behavior help them solve the mystery in time for the arrival of the pronghorn babies?"--Back cover. (Amy 1/22)
Super cute series called S.O.S. Society of Substitutes for grades 1-3.
Oh no! Noah--part time classroom pet, full-time evil mastermind--has his paws set on setting free all the animals at the city zoo. Good thing that when there's a problem, there's no substitute for the super substitute teachers of the S.O.S. (Amy 1/22)