Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins by James Dean (Hoopla ebook and audiobook)

New York Times Bestseller! Bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a groovy rendition of the classic favorite children's song "Five Little Pumpkins," sung by cool cat Pete and perfect for Halloween.

 

 The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano (Hoopla movie and ebook)

In a world where the only good pumpkins are round pumpkins Spookley the Square Pumpkin is a mistake, an outcast, a weed! Shunned by the other pumpkins because of his odd shape, Spookley is befriended by Edgar, Allan, and Poe, three hilarious spiders, who convince Spookley that square or not, he is a pumpkin and every pumpkin has a right to be the Pick of the Patch on Halloween. A square pumpkin the Pick of the Patch? Not if Big Tom and Little Tom can help it. These two pumpkin-bullies use every trick imaginable to cause Spookley to suffer one humiliating defeat after another. Encouraged to continue by kindly Jack Scarecrow and his bat side-kicks, Boris and Bella, Spookley continues on his quest, but isn't sure he has what it takes until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire patch. As the storm rages, Spookley watches the round pumpkins blow uncontrollably across the patch towards a raging river, and realizes - It's fine to be round while the weather is fair, but there are times it's better to be a square!

 

 Don't Push the Button: A Halloween Treat by Bill Cotter (Hoopla ebook)

Don't miss this delightfully spooky holiday companion to Don't Push the Button! Everyone knows that trick-or-treating is the best part of Halloween. But that one house looks kind of scary...wait, why are you walking toward the creepy house?! Whatever you do, do NOT ring that doorbell!

 

 5-Minute Halloween Stories by various authors (Hoopla ebook)

The perfect treat for Halloween, this treasury of spooky stories is packed with thrilling adventures. With four scary stories, and fun illustrations on every page, this collection is a great gift. Plus, each of these spooktacular stories can be enjoyed in just five minutes, making it perfect for bedtime, story time, or anytime!

 

 Creepy Carrots (Hoopla movie)

In this hilarious picture book, The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch as a rabbit fears his favorite treats are out to get him.

 

 Vegetables in Halloween Costumes by Jared Chapman (Hoopla ebook)

It's Halloween! All the vegetables are excited to dress up for Carrot's Halloween party. There are spooky costumes and scary costumes. Costumes for feeling fancy and costumes for feeling goofy. But which costume should Carrot wear? DING-DONG! Guests are arriving, but Carrot's still wearing underwear! At the very last second, which costume will Carrot grab? This next board book in the Vegetables series delivers lots of laughs and celebrates the silliness and fun of dressing up all year round.

 

 Dino-Halloween by Lisa Wheeler (Hoopla ebook)

Trick or treat! Join your favorite dinosaurs as they visit a haunted house, carve pumpkins, make costumes, and more! Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott come together again to show how these fun-loving dinos celebrate Halloween.

 

 My First Halloween Bedtime Storybook by Disney Books (Hoopla ebook)

Read along with Disney! With this collection of spooky Halloween stories, little ones will be tricked and treated off to sleep with some of their favorite Disney and Pixar characters.

 

 The Cat in the Hat knows a lot about Halloween (Hoopla movie)

The Cat in the Hat takes Nick and Sally on a Halloween ride filled with howlers and shockers and scary fandangles, big laughs and music and fun from all angles! Their fright-filled adventure takes them deep into the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet where Nick and Sally discover the very best Halloween costumes ever.

 

 Happy Halloween, Mittens by Lola Schaefer (Hoopla ebook)

Mittens the kitten wants to help Nick get ready for Halloween. But when Mittens tries to paint spooky faces, put up spooky cobwebs, and make orange cookies, he makes a mess instead! Halloween activities take center stage in this sweet beginning reader about Mittens. This My First I Can Read Book is perfect for shared reading with toddlers and very young children. Basic language, word repetition, and whimsical illustrations make this book just right for the emergent reader.

 

 Curious George Haunted Halloween by H.A. Rey (Hoopla ebook)

Hang on to your hats! George gets spooked when he spends his first Halloween in the country and hears the legend of No Noggin-a headless scarecrow that kicks people's hats off on Halloween! The man with the yellow hat tells George it's just a legend, but with the help of his friends Allie and Bill, George is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and find out once and for all if No Noggin really exists. This early reader features a festive bonus activity for even more Halloween fun with George!

 

 How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace (Hoopla ebook)

There's a monster in my closet, with claws, and teeth, and hair, and tonight, I'm going to scare him! He lives just right through there...Is there a monster living in your closet? Are you brave enough to catch him? Parents and children will love sharing this fun and inventive picture book, which reminds us that things aren't always as scary as they seem. In the end, maybe the monster is just looking for a friend!

 

 Click, Clack, Boo! By Doreen Cronin (Hoopla movie/readalong)

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween. So he draws the shades, puts on his footy pajamas, and climbs into bed. But do you think the barnyard animals have any respect for a man in footy pajamas? No, they do not. For them, the Halloween party has just begun. And we all know these critters far prefer tricks over treats. There are big surprises in store for Farmer Brown! This title includes read along subtitles.

 

 Franklin's Halloween (Kanopy movie)

In "Franklin's Halloween", it's Halloween and everyone's buzzing about. They all can't wait for the Halloween party. When strange noises and ghosts appear, Franklin thought it was Bear until he heard he was home with a cold.

 

 It's Halloween, Franlin (Kanopy movie)

Franklin and Beaver help each other conquer their fears to navigate Aunt T's spook-tacular Halloween Maze.

 

 Max's Halloween (Kanopy movie)

Ruby wants Max to be a Little Prince for Halloween but Max wants to be a Vampire.

 

 Los Gatos Black on Halloween (Kanopy movie)

The monsters crowd the Haunted Hall. Los monstruo throw a monstrous ball. This lively poem introduces a spooky array of creatures and Spanish words to little ninos everywhere.

 

 A Very Brave Witch (Kanopy movie)

One Halloween, a little witch decides she'd finally like to see what this special night is about. As soon as she makes a new friend, she discusses how much fun trick or treating with humans can be.

 

 Space Case (Kanopy movie)

Funny things happen when a creature from outer space visits Earth on Halloween. This zany story of a small space traveler and the young boy he befriends is vividly brought to life through lively animation and an upbeat musical score.

 

 Peppa's Halloween Party (cloud library ebook)

It is the spookiest time of year! Peppa and her family play outside in the leaves, carve pumpkins, and dress up in costumes for a Halloween party with all of their friends!

 It's Halloween by Richard Sebra (cloud library ebook)

Carefully leveled text and fresh, vibrant photos engage young readers in learning about why and how we celebrate Halloween. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions and a photo glossary help build nonfiction learning skills.

 Unicorn Day by Diana Murray (Hoopla eBook)

The most important rule of Unicorn Day is to have fun, fun, fun! The unicorns are celebrating their favorite day of the year, complete with rainbows, cupcakes, butterflies, and all sorts of joyful things. But when it's revealed there's an impostor in their midst, the party comes to a screeching halt... Will the unicorns welcome all and continue their fun in all its glittery glory?

 Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki (Hoopla eBook)

A boy lists all the reasons he wants a pet dragon and describes how he would take care of it. Includes tips for selection (why you shouldn't choose a three-headed dragon), discipline (what to do if your dragon misbehaves), and diet (why you should never give a dragon broccoli).

 Today I'll Be a Unicorn by Dana Simpson (Hoopla eBook)

Who wouldn't want to be a unicorn? You get to trot majestically through meadows, perch high up on rainbows, and wear tiaras made of starlight. Phoebe lists all the wonderful things she'll get to do and can hardly contain her excitement about having a tail and magic horn. That is, until she learns that unicorns like to eat hay instead of pizza. Maybe she'll be a unicorn tomorrow instead!

 Be a Good Dragon by Kurt Cyrus (Hoopla eBook)

When Enzo the dragon catches a cold, it's no mere sniffle. No indeed! His coughs and sneezes set fields aflame and barns on fire. The villagers are fleeing their farms and the townsfolk are up in arms. What's a poor fire-sneezing dragon to do? As it turns out, a royal magician has just the right medicine to help Enzo get rid of his cold. And soon, with a little bit of Abbra-ka-brew, Enzo is feeling better and ready to head back to his dragon den. 

 I am a Unicorn! by Michaela Schuett (Hoopla eBook)

Frog truly believes he is a unicorn. He has a rainbow-colored (clip on) tail, a pretty horn (party hat), and he can fly, too (on the swings). Goat keeps telling Frog he is NOT a unicorn. But when you truly believe-POOF, sometimes magic happens.

 When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore (Hoopla eBook)

On a beautiful day at the beach, a young boy brings his bucket, shovel, and imagination, and builds a perfect sand castle. Right away, a dragon moves in. The boy decides to befriend his dragon and they spend time roaming the shore, flying a kite, braving the waves, defying bullies, and roasting marshmallows-all while Dad is busy sunbathing and Mom is engrossed in her book. Unfortunately, no one believes the boy when he tries to share the news of this magnificent creature. That's when the mischief begins, and the dragon becomes a force to be reckoned with. While adults will recognize the naughty antics as a ploy for attention, children will dissolve into giggles as the dragon devours every last sandwich, blows bubbles in the lemonade, and leaves claw prints in the brownies. Maybe the dragon really is running amok on the beach, or maybe it's a little boy's imagination that is running wild.

 Five Little Mermaids by Sunny Scribens (Hoopla eBook)

Five mermaids guide a whimsical journey through the oceans, counting down from 5 to 0. Includes notes about mermaid legends, marine animals.

 How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace (Hoopla read along)

Last week I saw a mermaid. It's not something I'd pretend! I'd really like to catch her, so she could be my friend. But how to catch a mermaid? You don't learn this in school. We'll need to build a gentle trap and start near the tide pool. Many claim to have caught a mermaid, but can YOU?

 Sir Pete the Brave by James Dean (Hoopla eBook)

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings readers a new story about the most gallant cat around-Pete! This time Pete is a knight on an adventure to save a pal in Pete the Cat: Sir Pete the Brave. When Lady Callie, the most awesome harpist in all the land, goes missing, it's up to Sir Pete to save her. But when he ends up trapped in a dragon's lair, Lady Callie might have to do the saving.

 The Twelve by Cindy Lin (Hoopla eBook)

Usagi can hear a squirrel's heartbeat from a mile away, and soar over treetops in one giant leap. She was born in the year of the wood rabbit, and it's given her extraordinary zodiac gifts. But she can never use them, not while the mysterious, vicious Dragonlord hunts down all those in her land with zodiac powers. Instead, she must keep her abilities-and those of her rambunctious sister Uma-a secret. After Uma is captured by the Dragonguard, Usagi can no longer ignore her powers. She must journey to Mount Jade with the fabled Heirs of the Twelve, a mystical group of warriors who once protected the land. As new mysteries unfold, Usagi must decide who she stands with, and who she trusts, as she takes on deadly foes on her path to the elusive, dangerous Dragonlord himself.

 Pinkalicious: Dragon to the Rescue by Victoria Kann (Hoopla eBook)

When Pinkalicious and her friends want to roast marshmallows at a backyard camping party, it's too windy to keep the campfire lit! Luckily, Pinkalicious has a friend who can help. It's Gertie the dragon to the rescue!

 Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro (Hoopla eBook)

With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure - the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Easy-to-read language and illustrations on nearly every page make this series perfect for a wide range of ages. In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it's up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what's wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it's too late?

 The Dragon's Boy by Jane Yolen (Hoopla eBook)

Before the legendary Arthur became king, he took lessons from a dragon . . . Artos is a lonely child, teased or ignored by the other boys in the castle of Sir Ector. One day, he follows Sir Ector's runaway hound into a mysterious, dark cave, where he encounters a dragon who offers him the gift of wisdom.   Both frightened and intrigued, Artos becomes the dragon's student and gains what he's always longed for: the friendship and respect of other boys. Under the guidance of the dragon, Artos's life begins to take shape in a way he could never have imagined. But has Artos really learned everything the dragon has to teach? And what does the dragon mean when he refers to him as "Artos Pendragon," or "Arthur son of dragon"?

 Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O'Connor (Hoopla eBook)

Fancy Nancy is ready for the spotlight! Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, couldn't be more excited about their upcoming dance show. After all, it's all about mermaids, and who knows how to be a fancy, glamorous mermaid better than Fancy Nancy herself? But when another ballerina wins the coveted role of the mermaid, Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Can Nancy bring fancy flair to her role, even though it isn't the one she wanted? And when disaster strikes right before the big ballet, who will step into the spotlight?

 Curse of the Night Witch by Alex Aster (Hoopla eBook)

Twelve-year-old Tor Luna was born with a leadership emblem, just like his mother. But he hates his mark and is determined to choose a different path for himself. So, on the annual New Year's Eve celebration, where Emblemites throw their wishes into a bonfire in the hopes of having them granted, Tor wishes for a different power. The next morning Tor wakes up to discover a new marking on his skin...the symbol of a curse that has shortened his lifeline, giving him only a week before an untimely death. There is only one way to break the curse, and it requires a trip to the notorious Night Witch.

 The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn (Hoopla eBook)

For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away. One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn't have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn't born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead. When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed. A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns.

 Ember and the Ice Dragon by Heather Fawcett (Hoopla eBook and audiobook)

A stunning middle grade fantasy about a girl who used to be a dragon and her adventure to save her new home-from Even the Darkest Stars author Heather Fawcett. Perfect for fans of the Nevermoor and His Dark Materials series.
Ember St. George is a dragon. At least she was before her adoptive father-a powerful but accident-prone Magician-turned her into a human girl to save her life. Unfortunately, Ember's growing tendency to burst into flames at certain temperatures-not to mention her invisible wings-is making it too dangerous for her to stay in London. The solution: ship Ember off to her aunt's research station in frigid Antarctica.

 The Dragon of Lonely Island by Rebecca Rupp (Hoopla eBook)

Hannah, Zachary, and Sarah Emily are spending the summer at their great-aunt Mehitabel's house on faraway Lonely Island. There, in a cave hidden high above the ocean, they discover a fabulous creature: a glittering three-headed golden dragon with a kind heart, an unpredictable temper, and a memory that spans 20,000 years. Transported by the magic of the dragon's stories, the children meet Mei-lan, a young girl in ancient China; nineteenth-century cabin boy Jamie Pritchett; and, in more recent times, Hitty and her brother, Will, who survive a frightening plane crash on a desert island. In this fluidly written novel, Rebecca Rupp explores what three children from the present learn from the past - and from an unlikely but wise and generous friend.

 The Dragon's of Ordinary Farm by Tad Williams (Hoopla eBook)

Tyler and Lucinda have to spend summer vacation with their ancient uncle Gideon, a farmer. They think they're in for six weeks of cows, sheep, horses, and pigs. But when they arrive in deserted Standard Valley, California, they discover that Ordinary Farm is, well, no ordinary farm. The bellowing in the barn comes not from a cow but from a dragon. The thundering herd in the valley? Unicorns. Uncle Gideon's sprawling farmhouse never looks the same twice. Plus, there's a flying monkey, a demon squirrel, and a barnload of unlikely farmhands with strange accents and even stranger powers. At first, the whole place seems like a crazy adventure. But when darker secrets begin to surface and Uncle Gideon and his fabulous creatures are threatened, Lucinda and Tyler have to pull together to take action.

 The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver (Hoopla eBook and audiobook)

Cordelia Clay loves the work she and her father do together: saving and healing the remarkable creatures around Boston at the end of the nineteenth century. Their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and diggles, and Cordelia loves every one of them.But their work must be kept secret-others aren't welcoming to outsiders and immigrants, so what would the people of Boston do to the creatures they call "monsters"? One morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared-along with nearly all the monsters. With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, Cordelia must set off to find out what happened to her father, with the help of her new friend Gregory, Iggy the farting filch, a baby dragon, and a small zuppy (zombie puppy, that is).

 

 The Mermaid Girl by Xequina (Hoopla eBook)

A series of big storms flood the sea town where Camila lives and she finds a tiny, newborn mermaid in a puddle of water. Camila adopts her and names her Mermary. She tells no one, especially her mother, a marine biologist who would take the mermaid away for research and study. Camila is extremely shy and the mermaid becomes her only friend. She reads everything she can about mermaids and earns the nickname "The Mermaid Girl" from her classmates. Before long, rumors spread of a mermaid in the lake. Now Camila has to figure out how to protect Mermary not only from scientists but from people who want to do more than just catch a glimpse of a mermaid.

 Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems (Kanopy animated book)

Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur...and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway. One day - for no particular reason - they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then - for no particular reason - they decided to go...someplace else. They are definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl.

 The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone (Kanopy animated book)

A classic folktale about the hard-working hen and her freeloading friends.

 Lon Po Po by Ed Young (Kanopy animated book)

In this Chinese version of the classic fairy tale, a mother leaves her three children home alone while she goes to visit their grandmother. When the children are visited by a wolf, pretending to be their Po Po, or granny, they let him in the house, but ultimately are not fooled by his deep voice and hairy face. Combining ancient Chinese panel art techniques with a contemporary palette of watercolors and pastels, this powerful story brings lessons about strangers, trust and courage to a new generation.

 And Then I Turned into a Mermaid by Laura Kirkpatrick (Cloud Library eBook)

Molly Seabrook's dull seaside life is turned upside down when she turns 13 and is let in on the family secret: she's PART-MERMAID! Molly isn't exactly thrilled. Not only does she already have to dress up as a fish to promote the family seafood restaurant, but now she actually is part fish? Growing up is hard enough without sprouting a fish tail in math class, or disguising your gills from the cute boy at the ice cream stand. Will Molly sink or swim as she attempts to hide her (Very Weird) new double identity?

 You Don't Want a Dragon! by Ame Dyckman (Cloud Library eBook)

Our protagonist wishes (much to the narrator's continued chagrin) for a pet dragon. Though initially thrilled, the kid quickly discovers that dragons aren't quite as awesome as they originally thought. From the scooting to the digging to the fire-breathing, our Kid is dismayed that they still haven't found their perfect pet. Little do they know, that pet might just be right around the corner . . .

 The Madre de Aguas de Cuba by Adam Gidwitz (Cloud Library eBook)

In Cuba, it is believed that a mysterious water serpent--the Madre de aguas--is responsible for providing and protecting the fresh water of the island. But the serpent is missing, and a drought has gripped the island. Uchenna, Elliot, and Professor Fauna fly to Cuba and endeavor to rescue the Madre de aguas. Unfortunately, it tries to kill them. Meanwhile, the Schmoke Brothers' goons are driving around Havana, dumping pink sludge into the sewers. What is going on? Can Elliot and Uchenna end the drought? Stop the Schmokes? Or will the creature they are trying to save just eat them instead?

 Unicorn Diaries: Bo's Magical New Friend by Rebecca Elliott (Cloud Library eBook)

Bo Tinseltail loves going to Sparklegrove School with the other unicorns. Every unicorn has a magical power. Bo is a Wish Unicorn with the power to grant wishes. Bo has lots of friends, but one thing Bo wants more than anything is a best friend. When a new unicorn named Sunny Huckleberry pops into the forest, will Bo's big wish finally come true? And what will Sunny's Unicorn Power be?

 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (Cloud Library audiobook)

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the river bank, and of having nothing to do...when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran by her. Alice did not think it so very strange to hear the Rabbit say to itself, \"Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!\" But when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat pocket and then hurried on, she started to wonder! Running after the strange fellow, she was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole. Down jumped Alice after it (never considering how in the world she was to get out again) and she tumbled into a curious world inhabited by the Mad Hatter, the Ugly Duchess, the Mock Turtle, the Cheshire Cat, and more…

 Bloom by Doreen Cronin (Tumblebook)

A glass kingdom is no place for a Mud Fairy. Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out. But when the glass castle begins to crack, then cracks some more, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy, but they can’t find Bloom anywhere. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevieve, whose sole task until now has been to polish the Queen’s crystal sugar spoon—to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom. But it will take the two girls working together, along with a mighty dollop of self-confidence—and some very messy hands—to accomplish the extraordinary.

 Burro's Tortillas by Terri Fields (Tumblebook)

Cross The Little Red Hen with a burro and his friends and you get a humorous Southwestern retelling of a childhood favorite, Burro finds it hard to get any help from his friends as he diligently works to turn corn into tortillas. Young children will love the repetition; older children will enjoy the book s many puns. In addition to its Southwestern flavor, the delightful story imparts an accurate picture of the traditional way that tortillas are made. A Spanish/English glossary and a simple recipe for making tortillas are included in the For Creative Minds section.

 The Bully Goat Grim by Willy Claflin

In the wacky world of Maynard Moose, storyteller Willy Claflin brings us Bully Goat Grim who has a case of “Random Hostility Syndrome.” He meets his match in Baby Troll. Her heart is pure, her mind is sharp, and she knows how to handle a bully! In addition to the Fractured Moose English glossary, there are Grown-up Words included to help everyone follow the action.

 When Dad Showed Me the Universe by Ulf Stark (Hoopla ebook)

Tonight, Dad wants to show Ulf something very special: the universe. On the way, they learn that sometimes the most important things are right under your nose.

 

 Holiday an episode of Joe and Jack (Kanopy animated TV show)

When Joe and Jack overhear Mum say that Dad really needs a holiday they set out to provide everything he might want in the way of sun, sea and sand - all in their own back garden. A mishap with a watering can puts a real dampener on their 'make believe' holiday until Mum and Gracie arrive home with a big surprise.

 

 Daddy Long Legs by Nadine Brun-Cosme (Hoopla ebook)

An endearing tale about a little boy who wants to be sure. "See you this afternoon," says Daddy when he drops off Matthew at kindergarten. But Matthew says, "What if, this afternoon, the old green car doesn't start?" Thus begins a series of what-ifs that Matthew poses to all of Daddy's ideas about how he'll fetch him, each one more fantastic than the last: he'll come by teddy bear, by the wings of birds, by dragon! Finally, Daddy says he'll use his own two long legs, the ultimate reassurance that he'll come back for Matthew, no matter what!

 

 Father Bear Comes Home an episode of Little Bear (Kanopy animated TV show)

Little Bear tells his friends that Father Bear is coming home with a present for him. His friends think that Little Bear will have a mermaid at his house.

 

 A Wild Father's Day by Sean Callahan (Hoopla ebook)

When the kids give Dad a card that says, "Have a wild Father's Day," Dad knows just what to do. He says, "Let's act like animals all day long!" They all hop on the bed like kangaroos, run like cheetahs at the park, and swing like monkeys at the playground.

 

 Date with Father Bear an episode of Little Bear (Kanopy animated TV show)

Little Bear and Father Bear have a date for an adventure. Little Bear tries to wait patiently for Father Bear to wake up.

 

 It's Father's Day, Franklin an episode of Franklin (Kanopy animated TV show)

Franklin is so excited at making the perfect Father's Day gift for Mr. Turtle that he spends the whole day creating one and paying no attention to Dad.

 

 My Dad is Amazing by Sabrina Moyle (Hoopla ebook)

My Mom Is Magical, featuring a magical unicorn, and My Dad Is Amazing, featuring a mythical yeti, are joyful tributes to just how amazing parents (and their kids!) are.

 

 A Day with Papa by Kitty Richards (Hoopla ebook)

Read along with Disney! Papa Bunny is always telling Thumper to eat his greens or to be nice to others. One day, Thumper is having too much fun to listen. But then, Thumper comes to realize why his father said what he did and decides to make things right. With word for word narration, children can follow along with the lyrical text and adorable illustrations.

 

 Just Helping my Dad by Mercer Mayer (Hoopla ebook)

From getting rid of a beehive to working in the yard and going to the store, Little Critter wants to be the world's best helper. Things might not always go as planned, but that doesn't stop Little Critter from trying his hardest!

 

 A Father's Day Thank You by Janet Nolan (Hoopla ebook)

Harvey doesn't know what to get his father for Father's Day. It's especially hard when his older sisters and brother seem so sure that their presents are his favorites. Laurie Ann gives him a tie--every year! And Martin always gives him a box of nails. Nadine says Dad loves golf balls. How do they know he likes these presents so much? Because every year Dad gives them each a hug and says, "Thank you." And they say, "You're welcome." The night before Father's Day, Harvey remembers all of the nice things his dad helped him with that week. He picks up a crayon and starts to draw. And when Harvey gives his dad his present, it's Harvey who has said, "Thank you." And it's his Dad who responds, "You're welcome."

 

 Franklin Flies His Kite an episode of Franklin (Kanopy animated TV show)

Franklin is disappointed when his kite doesn't compare to his Dad's and decides to try to fly his Dad's kite - but it gets smashed.

 

The Berenstain Bears: Father's Day Blessings by Mike Berenstain
Papa Bear and Gramps are the best dads in Bear Country and the cubs want to show their love. Working together with Mama and Gran, a special fishing trip and picnic are planned for Father's Day. Will Papa and Gramps bring in a big catch of fish ... or will they catch something else even better?

 Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons (Hoopla animated book)

On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there's nothing like going down home." Down home is Granny's house. Down home is where Lil' Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil' Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history. All the kids have to decide on what tribute to share, but what will Lil' Alan do?

 Papa Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

This follow-up to the best-selling Mama, Do You Love Me? (over one million copies sold in 15 languages!) captures the universal love between a father and child. Set in Africa and featuring the Maasai culture, the beautiful watercolor illustrations, lyrical text, and enduring message are sure to make this another instant classic.

 Gator Dad by Brian Lies

From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day.

A Scarf for Keiko by Ann Malaspina

It's 1942. Sam's class is knitting socks for soldiers and Sam is a terrible knitter. Keiko is a good knitter, but some kids at school don't want anything to do with her because the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor and her family is Japanese American. When Keiko's family is forced to move to a camp for Japanese Americans, can Sam find a way to demonstrate his friendship?

 

What Will You Be, Sara Mee? by Kate Aver Avraham

Will she be an artist? A cook? A writer? Sara Mee is turning one, and her family and friends gather for her tol, or first-birthday celebration. Food and presents abound, but most exciting of all is the traditional Korean prophecy game, called the toljabee, which predicts what Sara Mee will be when she grows up. A book for all cultures, WHAT WILL YOU BE, SARA MEE? celebrates siblings, community, and the blending of traditions.

 

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas by Natasha Yim

In this Chinese American retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," a careless Goldy Luck wreaks havoc on the home of a family of panda bears. She eats up the littlest panda's rice porridge, breaks his rocking chair, and rumples all the blankets on his futon. When Goldy takes responsibility for her actions, she makes a new friend (and a whole plate of turnip cakes!) just in time for Chinese New Year.

 

A Kid’s Guide to Asian American History by Valerie Petrillo

Hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduce children to the diversity of Asian American cultures and teach them about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Asian American history. This book is broken down into sections covering American descendents from various Asian countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, India, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Topics include the history of immigration from Asian countries, important events in U.S. history, sidebars on famous Asian Americans, language lessons, and activities that highlight arts, games, food, clothing, unique celebrations, and folklore. Kids can paint a calligraphy banner, practice Tai Chi, fold an origami dog or cat, build a Japanese rock garden, construct a Korean kite, cook bibingka, and create a chalk rangoli. A time line, glossary, and recommendations for Web sites, books, movies, and museums round out this multicultural guide are also included.

Lon Po Po by Ed Young (also available as an audiobook on Hoopla)

In this Chinese version of the classic fairy tale, a mother leaves her three children home alone while she goes to visit their grandmother. When the children are visited by a wolf, pretending to be their Po Po, or granny, they let him in the house, but ultimately are not fooled by his deep voice and hairy face. Combining ancient Chinese panel art techniques with a contemporary palette of watercolors and pastels, this powerful story brings lessons about strangers, trust and courage to a new generation.

They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn't blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn't know, she hasn't seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur? One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again. But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that.

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

Meet Kiranmala: Interdimensional Demon Slayer. (Only she doesn't know it yet.)On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey . . . until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents' fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place not of this world.To complicate matters, two crush-worthy princes ring her doorbell, insisting they've come to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and battle demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld and the Rakkhoshi Queen in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it . . .

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

In this Newbery Medal-winning book set in 12th century Korea, Tree-ear, a 13-year-old orphan, lives under a bridge in Ch'ulp'o, a potters' village famed for delicate celadon ware. He has become fascinated with the potter's craft; he wants nothing more than to watch master potter Min at work, and he dreams of making a pot of his own someday. When Min takes Tree-ear on as his helper, Tree-ear is elated - until he finds obstacles in his path: the backbreaking labor of digging and hauling clay, Min's irascible temper, and his own ignorance. But Tree-ear is determined to prove himself - even if it means taking a long, solitary journey on foot to present Min's work in the hope of a royal commission . . . even if it means arriving at the royal court with nothing to show but a single celadon shard.

Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim

Ruby is unlike most little girls in old China. Instead of aspiring to get married, Ruby is determined to attend university when she grows up, just like the boys in her family. Based upon the inspirational story of the author's grandmother and accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, Ruby's Wish is an engaging portrait of a young girl who strives for more and a family who rewards her hard work and courage.

Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin

It's easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables? Author/illustrator Grace Lin recalls such a garden in this charming and eloquent story. The neighbors' gardens look so much prettier and so much more inviting to the young gardener than the garden of "black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few little yellow flowers" that she and her mother grow. Nevertheless, mother assures her that "these are better than flowers." Come harvest time, everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known. As the neighborhood comes together to share flowers and ugly vegetable soup, the young gardener learns that regardless of appearances, everything has its own beauty and purpose.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai

Hà has only ever known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope-toward America.

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Shorty and his family, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, have been forced to relocate from their home to Camp. One day Shorty's dad looks out across the desert and decides they should build a baseball field. Fighting the heat, dust, and freezing cold nights, the prisoners need something to look forward to, even if only for nine innings. So in this unlikely place, surrounded by barbed-wire fences and guards in towers, a baseball league is born. And Shorty soon finds that he is playing not only to win, but to gain dignity and self-respect.

Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun
Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself by following the "Rules of Cool." At Lakeview, Pippa juggles old and new friends, an unrequited crush, and the pressure to perform academically and athletically while keeping her past and her family's laundromat a secret from her elite new classmates. But when Pippa begins to receive a string of hateful, anonymous messages via social media, her carefully built persona is threatened. As things begin to spiral out of control, Pippa discovers the real reason she was admitted to Lakeview and wonders if she can keep her old and new lives separate, or if she should even try.

The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated. When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Mountain, books provide what real life cannot-constant companionship and insight into her changing world. Books, however, can't tell Anna how to find a true friend. She'll have to discover that on her own. In the tradition of classics like Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books and Eleanor Estes' One Hundred Dresses, this novel subtly explores what it takes to make friends and what it means to be one.

Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Skies by Sandra Dallas

It's 1942: Tomi Itano, 12, is a second-generation Japanese American who lives in California with her family on their strawberry farm. Although her parents came from Japan and her grandparents still live there, Tomi considers herself an American. She doesn't speak Japanese and has never been to Japan. But after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, things change. No Japs Allowed signs hang in store windows and Tomi's family is ostracized. Things get much worse. Suspected as a spy, Tomi's father is taken away. The rest of the Itano family is sent to an internment camp in Colorado. Many other Japanese American families face a similar fate. Tomi becomes bitter, wondering how her country could treat her and her family like the enemy. What does she need to do to prove she is an honorable American? Sandra Dallas shines a light on a dark period of American history in this story of a young Japanese American girl caught up in the prejudices and World War II.

Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris

Ten-year-old Tua-Thai for "peanut"-has everything she needs at home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, except for one thing she's always wanted: a sister. In the market one day, Tua makes an accidental acquaintance-one with wise, loving eyes, remarkable strength, and a very curious trunk. And when Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it's clear this elephant needs her help. Together, the unusual team sets off on a remarkable journey to escape from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling night market to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and finally, to the sanctuary of an elephant refuge, this clever girl and her beloved companion find that right under their noses is exactly what each has been searching for: a friend.

 

A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O'Brien

Dara's grandmother, Lok Yeay, is full of stories about her life growing up in Cambodia, before she immigrated to the United States. Lok Yeay tells her granddaughter of the fruits and plants that grew there, and how her family would sit in their yard and watch the stars that glowed like fireflies. Lok Yeay tells Dara about her brother, Lok Ta, who is still in Cambodia, and how one day she will return with Dara and Dara's family to visit the place she still considers home. But when a phone call disrupts Lok Yeay's dream to see her brother again, Dara becomes determined to bring her grandmother back to a place of happiness. Anne Sibley O'Brien's dreamlike illustrations beautifully complement this fictional story based on real-life experiences.

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when--as the eldest daughter--she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn't lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens--after an accidental run-in with the son of her village's corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family's servant to pay off her own family's debt. Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal--especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

One, Two, Three Dim Sum by Rich Lo

This book features traditional Chinese food items paired with numbers in both English and Chinese. Illustrated by Rich Lo, you'll learn two is for chopsticks, five is for egg rolls, and nine is for sweet buns, and since the numbers are shown in both simplified and traditional Chinese and English, learning is both easy and fun.

Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi

Flying the Dragon tells the story of two cousins in alternating chapters. American-born Skye is a good student and a star soccer player who never really gives any thought to the fact that her father is Japanese. Her cousin, Hiroshi, lives in Japan, and never really gives a thought to his uncle's family living in the U.S. Their lives are thrown together when Hiroshi's family, with his grandfather (who is also his best friend), have to move to the U.S. suddenly. Skye resents that she is now "not Japanese enough," and yet the friends she's known forever abruptly realize she is "other." Hiroshi has a hard time adjusting to life in a new culture, and resents Skye's intrusions on his time with Grandfather. Through all of this is woven Hiroshi's expertise, and Skye's growing interest in, kite making and competitive kite flying, culminating in a contest at the annual Washington Cherry Blossom Festival.

Suki's Kimono by Chieri Uegaki

The joyful story of a young girl who dances to her own drumbeat, and in doing so teaches others about the richness of diversity.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Told from four intertwining points of view-two boys and two girls-the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball. They aren't friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms. The acclaimed and award-winning author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls writes with an authentic, humorous, and irresistible tween voice that will appeal to fans of Thanhha Lai and Rita Williams-Garcia.

A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang

A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world. As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong girl's world. She moves into a new home with her family and encounters both birth and death. As this curious girl explores life inside her house and beyond, she collects bits of the natural world. But who are her treasures for? A moving picture book debut from acclaimed Hmong American author Kao Kalia Yang.

Chicagoland Detective Agency by Trina Robbins

Raf knows Megan is trouble from the moment she steps into his mom's pet food store asking for a tarantula. But there's one thing you can count on in Chicagoland: weird things happen several times a day. Megan is a vegetarian, manga-reading haiku writer. She definitely doesn't fit in at Stepford Academy, her new summer school. The other students are happy to be in class. Too happy. And everyone looks and acts exactly alike. That's weird. Megan is determined to dig into Stepford's secrets, but soon she's in way too deep. Raf may be the only human being she knows who can help. But with zombified students, very mad scientists, and the school psychiatrist on their trail, they're going to need a whole lot more help.

Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

When he was a young man, Allen Say's grandfather left his home in Japan to explore the world. He began his journey by crossing the Pacific Ocean on a steamship, then wandered the deserts, farmlands, and cities of North America. Allen Say lovingly tells the story of his own family's cross-cultural history in elegant watercolor paintings that earned him a Caldecott Medal in 1994. This twentieth-anniversary edition of the modern classic features read-aloud audio and an introduction by Allen Say.

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

On the outside, Yumi Chung suffers from #shygirlproblems, a perm-gone-wrong, and kids calling her "Yu-MEAT" because she smells like her family's Korean barbecue restaurant. On the inside, Yumi is ready for her Netflix stand-up special. Her notebook is filled with mortifying memories that she's reworked into comedy gold. All she needs is a stage and courage. Instead of spending the summer studying her favorite YouTube comedians, Yumi is enrolled in test-prep tutoring to qualify for a private school scholarship, which will help in a time of hardship at the restaurant. One day after class, Yumi stumbles on an opportunity that will change her life: a comedy camp for kids taught by one of her favorite YouTube stars. The only problem is that the instructor and all the students think she's a girl named Kay Nakamura--and Yumi doesn't correct them.  As this case of mistaken identity unravels, Yumi must decide to stand up and reveal the truth or risk losing her dreams and disappointing everyone she cares about.

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park

Prairie Lotus is a powerful, touching, multilayered book about a girl determined to fit in and realize her dreams: getting an education, becoming a dressmaker in her father’s shop, and making at least one friend. Acclaimed, award-winning author Linda Sue Park has placed a young half-Asian girl, Hanna, in a small town in America’s heartland, in 1880. Hanna’s adjustment to her new surroundings, which primarily means negotiating the townspeople’s almost unanimous prejudice against Asians, is at the heart of the story. Narrated by Hanna, the novel has poignant moments yet sparkles with humor, introducing a captivating heroine whose wry, observant voice will resonate with readers.

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki

Hana has signed up to play the violin at the talent show, even though she's only had three lessons. Her brothers predict disaster. But Hana practices and practices, inspired by her grandfather, or Ojiichan, who played the violin every day when she visited him in Japan. As Hana takes the stage, doubt is all she can hear, until she recalls her grandfather's words of encouragement, and shows the audience how beautiful music can take many forms.

All About the Philippines: Stories, Song, Crafts and Games for Kids by Gidget Roceles Jimenez

This family-friendly Phillipines children's book is packed with fun facts about Filipino culture, history, and daily life! All About the Philippines takes you on an incredible journey across the colorful island nation of the Philippines with Mary, Jaime and Ari--three Filipino cousins who look totally different and yet are the best of friends. You'll visit their homes, their schools, their families, their favorite places, and much more. They'll show you how kids in different parts of the Philippines come from many different ethnic groups and have very different cultures--each with its own traditions, languages and beliefs--and yet, they are all 100% Filipino! This children's book, aimed at kids ages 8 to 12, brings them on an exciting trip though some of the most fascinating islands on earth.

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel (available on Hoopla)

Part 1 of the Frog and Toad series (also available as an audiobook)

Picked by Miss Ellen! Celebrate the power of friendship with Frog and Toad. From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other-just as best friends should be. These five adventurous tales are perfect for Level 2 beginning readers.

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Hoopla animated short video)

Picked by Miss Ellen! George likes to please his mother, but when she tells him to bark he says "meow" and "quack-quack" and "oink" and "moo" - until she takes him to the vet, who finally figures out what's going on with George. Or does he? Children will roar with laughter at this funny, silly story, told by the master of foolishness and farce.

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Ellen! The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra's Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder. Perfect for a child's bedroom bookshelf or for a classroom reading circle!

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Ellen! Who wears oven mitts, an apron, and a puffy hat? Who uses safety glasses and a saw? Clothes and special gear associated with an array of different professions appear on a clothesline, with an accompanying four line stanza asking the reader to guess what job that person does. Turn the page, and the worker wearing and using the featured items is revealed.

Johnny Boo, the Best Little Ghost in the World by James Kochalka (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Ellen! Johnny Boo and his pet ghost Squiggle enthusiastically frolic and roughhouse, having ghost races and drinking melted ice cream, but they often accidently hurt each other's feelings, and have to comfort and console one another. When the giant pink and yellow Ice Cream Monster bumbles into their lives, they go into a mad panic ... until they discover that he's actually quite friendly.

I Must Have Bobo by Eileen Rosenthal (available on Tumblebooks)

Picked by Miss Ellen! When Willy woke up there was trouble. Where was Bobo? Willy needs Bobo. But, Earl the cat likes Bobo, too. A favorite toy is hard to share... even when it’s a sock monkey. With sparse text and a modern-nostalgic vibe, this retro-fun book about friends (sock monkeys) and frenemies (devious cats) is an ode to favorite toys everywhere. Oh, Earl! Leave Bobo alone.

Older Than the Stars by Karen Fox (available on Tumblebooks)

Picked by Miss Ellen! In a way, we are all as old as the universe itself. In fact, every bit of every one of us was created in the Big Bang, billions of years ago. Stunning illustrations and lively verse tell the story of the cosmic connections that tie human beings to the beginning of the universe. Simple, informative prose provides additional facts.

 Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band by Kwame Alexander (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Debbie M.! When a jazz-loving rooster sets his sights on winning a barnyard talent show, he realizes he can't do it as a solo act. He's up against the talents of Mules Davis's cool duo and Ella Finchgerald's singing group. Acoustic Rooster calls on friends like pianist Duck Ellington, singer Bee Holiday, and percussionist piggy Pepe Ernesto Cruz. Together, the foursome makes beautiful music as they rock the barnyard. And while they may not win first prize, Acoustic Rooster realizes he has the world's best jazz band and that's all that matters. 

Shampoodle by Joan Holub (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Debbie M.! It's picture day at the dog park. But before the first photo can be taken, an exuberant pack of pups needs a bit of grooming. So they’re off to Shampoodle, the local pet salon, where the eager dogs simply cannot sit still. And when some curious cats stop by, things go from messy to mayhem. Shampoodle is perfect for animal lovers and children who are just starting to read on their own, taking their cues from lively art and bubbly, rhymed text.
 

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman (available on Kanopy)

Picked by Miss Debbie B.! There is someone at the zoo making hilarious mischief you won't want to miss!

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Reynolds (available on Kanopy)

Picked by Miss Debbie B.! Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming little boy in the forest. When she brings him home, her mother cautions her "children make terrible pets." Can Lucy prove her wrong?

Chicken Little (available on Kanopy)

Picked my Miss Debbie B.! A classic story of Chicken Little and her bird-brained friends who think the sky is falling.

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Debbie B.! Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee, are enjoying a peaceful camping trip when all of a sudden they find themselves plunging down a mountain and teetering on the edge of a huge waterfall! How will they find their way out of this slippery situation? Chris Van Dusen, the creator of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee, has filled this new adventure with charming illustrations and a playful, rhyming text.

Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Debbie B.! A huge bear is wandering through the forest - but wait a minute! Who's that he's hugging? A beaver? And a moose? And a bird? And a tree? Welcome to the world of Big Bear Hug, a contemporary fable about a bear who has an appetite for hugging everything in sight - even creatures that bears have been known to eat. The environmental message of Big Bear Hug is both funny and powerful, while simple enough to engage very young children and show them the awesome power of a hug.

A Library Book for Big Bear by Kady MacDonald Denton (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Debbie B.!  Bear does not want to go to the library. He is quite sure he already has all the books he will ever need. Yet the relentlessly cheery Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, thinks different. When Bear reluctantly agrees to go with his friend to the big library, neither rocket ships nor wooden canoes are enough for Bear’s picky tastes. How will Mouse ever find the perfect book for Bear?

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Carol! A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pet (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Vathsala! Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable; she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

The Ninjabread Man by Katrina Charman (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Vathsala! In a terrific twist on the original tale of The Gingerbread Man, follow the amazing Ninjabread Man as he dips and dives out of danger!

Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by James & Kimberly Dean (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! It's a party, a party, a perfect pizza party! That's what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping-pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete's perfect pizza be ruined? There's only one way to find out!

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa...oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble. The award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels! has created an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-out-of-your-nose tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems (movie available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! When Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, he can't wait to devour it. But then along comes a sly duckling who wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird?

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems (movie available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Rashmi! Wilbur is different from the other Naked Mole Rats in his Colony, because he wears clothes - and he likes it!. But what will happen when Grand-pah, the oldest, wisest, and most-naked Naked Mole Rat ever, discovers Wilbur's secret?

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae (available on Hoopla)
Picked by Miss Rashmi! Gerald the giraffe longs to dance like everyone else, but his legs are too skinny, and he just can't seem to get it right. At the Jungle Dance, all the other animals make fun of him, and he almost believes he is a failure, until one friend's encouragement shows him how his uniqueness can make him the best dancer of all.

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin Jr (movie available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Rashmi! One hundred and one numbers race each other up the apple tree. As the numerals pile up, suddenly bad bumblebees come buzzing. Which number will save the day?

Fire Truck vs. Dragon by Chris Barton (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Rashmi! It's the wackiest rivalry ever, when the fire-breathing ruler of the skies and the fearless fire truck go head to head in an epic battle of fire vs water! Who will win?

Stone Soup by Jon J Muth (available on Kanopy)

Picked by Miss Rashmi! This traditional story retold with three Chinese monks as the tricksters searching for the meaning of happiness. They soon discover that the more you give, the more you get and that happiness can be found in the most simple of endeavors.

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion (available on Kanopy)

Picked by Miss Joanne! In this charming classic story, Harry runs away before bath time and plays outside until he changes into a black dog with white spots. Back home again, he must use all his wits and tricks to convince his family who he really is.

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman (available on Kanopy)

Picked by Miss Joanne! Officer Buckle knows more about safety than anyone in the town of Napville. But whenever he tries to share his safety tips, nobody listens - until the day the Napville Police Department buys a police dog named Gloria, who has her own way of demonstrating safety tips.

Corduroy by Don Freeman (available on Kanopy)

Picked by Miss Joanne! A lovable stuffed bear, who longs for someone to take him home, launches a storewide search for his missing button lest someone mistake him for "used."

I Need a New Butt! by Dawn McMillan (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Joanne! A young boy suddenly notices a big problem - his butt has a huge crack! So he sets off to find a new one. Will he choose an armor-plated butt? A rocket butt? A robot butt? Find out in this quirky tale of a tail, which features hilarious rhymes and delightful illustrations. Children and parents will love this book - no ifs, ands, or butts about it!

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Anne! It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!,is just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. 

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt (available on Cloud Library, also as an audiobook)

Picked by Miss Anne! Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! Accidentally built sideways and standing thirty stories high (the builder said he was very sorry for the mistake), Wayside School has some of the wackiest classes in town, especially on the thirtieth floor. That's where you'll meet Bebe, the fastest draw in art class; John, who only reads upside down; Myron, the best class president, ever; and Sammy, the new kid-he's a real rat. More than nine million readers have laughed at the wacky stories of Wayside School. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Wayside School!

Ghost by Jason Reynolds (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Ellen! Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (available on Cloud Library, also as an audiobook)

Picked by Miss Ellen! An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War II, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars. Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.

Bigby Bear by Philippe Coudray (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Ellen! Bigby Bear lives peacefully in the lush mountains where he was born. Struggling to figure out nature and its elements, Bigby engages in silly experiments of all kinds. Accompanied by his loyal rabbit friend, he gives us the secret to living a happy, simple life: to follow your curiosity, and make friends along the way.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Vathsala! It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Debbie M.! Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it...somehow.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (available on Cloud Library, also as a graphic novel)

Picked by Miss Debbie M.! "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks... The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I'm delivering," announces dreadlocked 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother, Jordan, are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood. He's got mad beats, too, that tell his family's story in verse in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Carol! Told from four-year-old Laura's point-of-view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. 

The Magician's Elephant by Kate Dicamillo (avaiable on Tumblebooks)

Picked by Miss Carol! What if? Why not? Could it be? When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. 

Geronimo Stilton: the Discovery of America (available on Tumblebooks)

Picked by Miss Carol!  Geronimo Stilton is a talking mouse who lives in New Mouse City on Mouse Island with his friends and relatives. In this series of comics, Geronimo Stilton travels through time in order to defend history from his arch nemeses, the Pirate Cats. These devious felines plan to travel back in time in order to change history to make them supreme rulers of Mouse Island! 

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good old-fashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A Christmas Carol to Mary Poppins, the four Willoughbys hope to attain their proscribed happy ending too, or at least a satisfyingly maudlin one. However, it is an unquestionably ruthless act that sets in motion the transformations that lead to their salvation and to happy endings for not only the four children, but their nanny, an abandoned baby, a candy magnate, and his long-lost son too. 

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui Sutherland (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy -- a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide, quick! Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming - and addictive - introduction to a series.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (available on Cloud Library)

Melding the entirely true and the wildly fictional, Dead End in Norvelt is a novel about an incredible two months for a kid named Jack Gantos, whose plans for vacation excitement are shot down when he is "grounded for life" by his feuding parents, and whose nose spews bad blood at every little shock he gets. But plenty of excitement (and shocks) are coming Jack's way once his mom loans him out to help a fiesty old neighbor with a most unusual chore — typewriting obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his utopian town. As one obituary leads to another, Jack is launced on a strange adventure involving molten wax, Eleanor Roosevelt, twisted promises, a homemade airplane, Girl Scout cookies, a man on a trike, a dancing plague, voices from the past, Hells Angels... and possibly murder. 

Word of Mouse by James Patterson (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Ellen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his "mischief" (which is the word for a mouse family) and has to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls, and terrified people, it's hard for a young, lone mouse to make it alone. When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang (available on Cloud Library)

Picked by Miss Ellen! Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed.Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Ellen! Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's had to be, ever since their mother, Cecile, left them seven years ago for a radical new life in California. But when the sisters arrive from Brooklyn to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile is nothing like they imagined.

 The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Ellen! The winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, from Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata. There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck-which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family. Summer knows that kouun means "good luck" in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it.

New Kid by Jerry Craft (available on Hoopla)

Picked by Miss Anne! Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds-and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

Unicorns and Germs by Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay

In the sixth book, an earthquake shakes Zoey's house. Or maybe it's a unicorn-quake? An enormous new friend arrives in a lot of pain, and it's getting worse every day. Zoey must work with her mom and Sassafras to find a cure -- and quickly!

Why We Keep Clean by Rosalyn Clark

How important is washing your hands and other body parts? Find out how keeping clean helps us stay healthy! Lively, carefully leveled text, age-appropriate critical thinking questions, and colorful photos help young readers learn about healthy habits.

 Be a Virus Warrior: A Kid's Guide to Keeping Safe by Eloise Macgregor

As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world, it's left many adults and children searching for answers about how they can stay safe. By focusing on facts presented in a relatable way rather than fear, this illustrated guide to health and safety gives children the tools they need to understand what's happening in the world and to discover how they can become a virus warrior. Facts about coronaviruses are paired with essential information about social distancing, personal hygiene, and the things we can control in uncertain times, creating a learning experience designed to reduce anxiety. 

Germs are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick

Sneezes, coughs, runny noses, spills, and messes are facts of everyday life with children. And that's why it's never too soon to teach little ones about germs and ways to stay clean and healthy. This book is a short course for kids on what germs are, what they do, and why it's so important to cover them up, block them from spreading, and wash them down the drain. Simple words complement warm, inviting, full-color illustrations that show real-life situations kids can relate to. A special section for adults includes ideas for discussion and activities.

 

Healthy Habits, Healthy You by Lisa Greathouse

This vibrant science title gives readers insight into how they can form healthy habits. Be a healthier you!

Keep It Clean: Achoo by Cecilia Minden

An easy reader nonfiction series that teaches important lessons about germ control and staying healthy, this title focuses on using tissues.

Wash Your Hands by Katie Marsico 

The My Healthy Habits series provides the earliest of readers a foundation in developing healthy habits. Wash Your Hands explores the importance of good hand-washing practices in a simple, engaging way that will help readers develop word recognition and reading skills. 

Wash Your Hands by Nate Yoke

"Wash Your Hands" is an entertaining story/song combination perfect to teach young learners the importance of washing their hands. Children are encouraged to lather up and wash their hands for about the time it takes to sing the ABC Song. What a great way to reinforce this important healthy habit! Adorable art will engage young children as they follow along "word-for-word" and sing-along with each page.

Keep it Clean: Time to Wash Up by Cecilia Minden

Level 1 guided reader that teaches students how to prevent the spread of germs by washing hands and the importance of cleanup.

Keep it Clean: Get Well Soon by Cecilia Minden

Level 1 guided reader that teaches young readers about what happens when they get sick and what they can do to speed their recovery.

Keep It Clean: Germ Free by Cecilia Minden

Level 1 guided reader that teaches students how to prevent the spread of germs by washing hands and the importance of cleanup.

Look Out for Germs by Katie Marsico, Jeff Bane

The My Healthy Habits series provides the earliest of readers a foundation in developing healthy habits. Lookout for Germs explores the importance of good hygiene in a simple, engaging way that will help readers develop word recognition and reading skills.

Use a Tissue by Katie Marsico, Jeff Bane

The My Healthy Habits series provides the earliest of readers a foundation in developing healthy habits. Use a Tissue explores the importance of sneezing etiquette in a simple, engaging way that will help readers develop word recognition and reading skills.

 Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle by Cecilia Minden (available on Hoopla)

Part of a series, each book sends the reader on a fact-finding mission, posing an initial challenge and concluding with questions and answers. Through engaging, interactive scenarios, learners can experiment with text prediction, purpose-driven research, and creative problem solving all critical thinking skills while learning about ways to care for our planet.

 It's Earth Day, Cookie Monster- by Mary Lindeen (available on Hoopla)

On Earth Day, people celebrate what makes Earth special. Follow Cookie Monster and his friends from Sesame Street as they learn to be kind to Earth, on Earth Day and every day! Learn who started Earth Day, why it's important, and the different ways people celebrate it, from having a parade to cleaning up a park.
 

Mr. King's Things- by Geneviève Côté (available on Hoopla)

Mr. King likes new things. When his stuff gets the slightest bit old, he just tosses it into the pond. But when a pond monster frightens Mr. King, he must think of new ways to deal with old messes - with delightful results!

They Say Blue- by Jillian Tamaki (available on Hoopla)

In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn't blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn't know, she hasn't seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at. 
 

Earth-Friendly Earth Day Crafts- by Veronica Thompson (available on Hoopla)

Part of the Green STEAM series

Crafty readers will delight in celebrating Earth Day by making age-appropriate, Earth-themed projects from odds and ends they already have! Turn recycled paper into a beautiful bloom barrette, give old shoes new life with painted shark portraits, and build a beehive out of used straws. Easy to follow steps and color photographs provide inspiration and guidance as you create. Step-by-step instructions pair with photos of in-progress and finished crafts. 

Trash Revolution- by Erica Fyvie, Bill Slavin (available on Hoopla)

Where did all our "stuff" come from? And where does it go when we're done with it? Kids find out by tracking the life cycles of typical items in a school backpack - water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals and electronics. Though they all end as waste, there are lots of decisions to be made along the way. And kids will see that there's an important, constructive role they can play by making choices that are good for them - and for the planet! A cotton T-shirt. A plastic water bottle. A cell phone. Kids will never look at their stuff the same way again!

Forest Talk- by Melissa Koch (available on Hoopla)

Trees are essential. They provide water, shelter, and food for millions of plant and animal species, including humans. They deliver proven health benefits, and they capture and store carbon, which combats climate change. Yet trees are in trouble. Forests are struggling to adapt to climate change, and deforestation is a major threat. Recently, researchers and citizen scientists made the surprising revelation that trees communicate with each other through an underground system of soil fungi and other methods. Complex social networks help trees survive and thrive by transferring resources to each other, sending defense signals, communicating with their kin, and more. Meet the tree scientists and learn more of their fascinating discoveries.

 

Join the No-Plastic Challenge! by Scot Ritchie (available on Hoopla)

Learn about the problem of single-use plastic - and what to do about it.

On his birthday, Nick challenges his friends to spend the day without using any single-use plastic. This means they bring their own cloth bags, say no thanks to plastic straws and decorate with paper streamers instead of balloons. 
 

The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess (available on Hoopla)

This sweet rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be stewards of the Earth.

 

Curious George Plants a Tree by H.A. Rey (available on Hoopla)

George loves to go to the science museum. So, when he finds out that the museum is planning a "Green Day" dedicated to recycling and planting trees, and George is curious and wants to help out! But little monkeys eager to help can sometimes become little monkeys getting into trouble. When George begins to find and recycle things around town that aren't quite ready for the recycle bin, he gets into a jam. Thankfully, George isn't the only one who wants to help-the whole community can't wait to lend a hand-and help George and the museum plant some trees

Earth Day Every Day by Lisa Bullard (available on Hoopla)

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What can you do to make every day Earth Day? Do your part to be a planet protector! Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina in the Planet Protectors series, part of the Cloverleaf Books™ collection. These nonfiction picture books feature kid-friendly text and illustrations to make learning fun!

Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day by Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss Glasser (available on Hoopla as an eBook or Audiobook)

Being green is important to Nancy-so important that she wants her family to take care of the Earth morning, noon, and night!

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (available on Kanopy)

The story of Miss Rumphius, who made the world a more beautiful place with a handful of seeds.

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming (available on Kanopy)

Spring is here in this cheerful introduction to the seasons. Frogs leap, tadpoles wriggle, geese waddle, and minnows scatter.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (available on Kanopy)

A young child and her father search the moonlit woods for the Great Horned Owl.

My Garden by Kevin Henkes (available on Kanopy)

A girl dreams of creating a garden full of chocolate rabbits, flowers that change colors, seashells and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

Franklin's Earth Day (available on Kanopy)

Franklin's over-zealousness nearly ruins the classes' Earth Day project.

These Bees Count- by Alison Formento, Sarah Snow (available on Hoopla)

How do bees count? The bees at the Busy Bee Farm buzz through the sky as one big swarm, fly over two waving dandelions, find three wild strawberries dripping tasty nectar… As the children in Mr. Tate's class listen, they learn how bees work to produce honey and make food and flowers grow. Bees count-they're important to us all. Alison Formento's gentle message is illustrated with Sarah Snow's bright, realistic papercuts.

Curiosity Quest Goes Green (available on Kanopy)

Curiosity Quest Goes Green is an upbeat, family, educational program on PBS that explores what viewers are curious about....In Curiosity Quest Goes Green, each episode is also dedicated to raising awareness of earth-friendly issues.

EPISODES INCLUDE: recycling all different types of materials, worm farming, rescuing wild animals, backyard composting, the effects of plastics in our oceans, Battery Recycling, Fishing for Energy, Green Surfboards, Green Your Home, Lunch Tray Recycling, Polystryrene, Clothing Recycling, and more!

Earth to Luna (available on Kanopy)

Luna is an imaginative kid with a love of science and nature who learns how stuff works with her little brother and pet ferret. At the end of each episode they act out what they learned to their parents.

 

 Pizza PetePete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party - by Kimberly and James Dean

After inviting his friends over for a pizza party, Pete piles his favorite pepperoni topping on the pie he is making, but when his guests arrive and add their own toppings to the pizza, Pete begins to wonder if his perfect pizza will be ruined.

Chirri & ChirraChirri & Chirra Underground - Kaya Doi

Chirri and Chirra discover a network of tunnels behind a hole in their basement wall and visit moles, enter caves full of glowing flowers, poke at the roots of growing plants, traverse a subterranean lake, and spend the night with a family of badgers!

Cyril and Pat - Emily Gravett

What will Cyril do when he discovers that his best friend is a rat and not another squirrel?

 Bruce's Big Storm - Ryan T. Higgins

Grumpy Bruce the bear does not like neighbors, but is forced to help when a big storm draws them all to his home.

 What Kind of Car Does a T. Rex Drive? - Mark Lee

Uncle Otto is a used car salesman, who, with the help of his niece and nephew, finds the perfect vehicles for his dinosaur customers.

 Bloom Boom! - April Pulley Sayre

An exploration of flowers found in the desert, woodlands, gardens, and meadows introduces the parts of flower, different habitats, and specific species.

 A Normal Pig - K-Fai Steele

When a new pig comes to school and starts to point out all the ways Pip is different, she worries that her appearance, tastes, and all the things she loves are not what what normal pigs do.

 Octopus Stew -

Ramsey dons his superhero cape to rescue Grandma from the huge octopus she is trying to cook--or is he simply telling a story? Includes author's note on the story's origin and a recipe for Octopus stew.

 Because - Mo Willems

A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert.

 The Pigeon Has to Go to School - Mo Willems

The pigeon must go to school, but frets about math, learning the alphabet, heavy backpacks, and what the teacher and other birds will think of him.

The next great Paulie FinkThe Next Great Paulie Fink Ali Benjamin

Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink.

 New Kid - Jerry Craft

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

 Beverly, Right Here - Kate DiCamillo 

Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it's not running away. It's leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn't want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn't want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can't help forming connections with the people around her, and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes.

Penny and her sledPenny and Her Sled Kevin Henkes

 Penny has a new sled, but will it ever snow?

Shouting at the rainShouting at the RainLinda Mullaly Hunt 

Delsie loves tracking the weather, living with her grandmother, and the support of friends and neighbors, but misses having a "regular family," especially after her best friend outgrows her.

Song for a whaleA song for a Whale - Lynne Kelly 

Twelve-year-old Iris and her grandmother, both deaf, drive from Texas to Alaska armed with Iris's plan to help Blue-55, a whale unable to communicate with other whales.

Juana & Lucas : big problemasJuana & Lucas: Big ProblemasJuana Medina

When Juana's mother starts spending lots of time with her new friend Luis, Juana worries that these new developments will mean lots of change for her and her dog Lucas.

Dear Sweet PeaDear Sweet Pea - Julie Muphry

Thirteen-year-old Patricia, widely known as Sweet Pea, navigates her parents' unconventional divorce and finds herself in the unlikely role of her town's advice columnist.

 Look both ways : a tale told in ten blocksLook Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten BlocksJason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and weaves them into one funny, poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

Guts Guts Raina Telgemeier 

 Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

 Back to School with Betsy - Carolyn Haywood

 Third-grader Betsy and her friend Billy seem to be always getting into scrapes both inside and outside of school.

Back to School Bigfoot - Samantha Berger

The school year is about to start, and Bigfoot is worried about all the things that could go wrong--but he also remembers that all his friends will be there.

Click, Clack, Quack to School! (A Click Clack Book)Click, Clack,Quack to School - Doreen Cronin, Ill. by Betsy Lewin

When Farmer Brown and the animals are invited to Farm Day at school, he instructs them to be on their best behavior, forgetting that school can be like a barnyard.

 The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson, Ill. by Rafael Lopez

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.

Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping - Eileen Christelow

Five little monkeys go shopping for school clothes with their mama, but in spite of her warnings about not wandering off, things quickly get complicated.

Foxy - Emma Dodd

Emily is worried about starting school for the first time, but Foxy waves his magic tail to provide what she needs to be ready.

Llama Llama Misses Mama - Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.

Happy School Year - Susan Milford

Children gather for a first day of school celebration that calms their worries about the day. Includes note about the history of such celebrations, and a related website.

We Don't Eat Our Classmates - Ryan T. Higgins

When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a Tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

Mae's First Day of School - Kate Berube

"Today is Mae's first day of school. But Mae says, "I'M. NOT. GOING." With the help of Rosie and Ms. Pearl, will Mae be ready to start the day?"- 

And Then Comes Halloween - Tom Brenner, Ill. by Holly Meade

"When nighttime creeps closer to suppertime and the sky is that certain deep blue-- then it's time to get ready for Halloween!"-

Annie was Warned - Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Disregarding warnings about the creepy mansion outside of town, Annie bravely goes to investigate on Halloween night and gets a big surprise.

Black and Bittern was Night - Robert Heidbreder & John Martz

When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day.

Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat - Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin

Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn.

 Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat - Eileen Christelow

When babysitter Lulu takes the five little monkeys trick-or-treating, they decide to change costumes with their friends and try to fool Lulu and their mother.

Los Gatos Black on Halloween - Marisa Montes, Ill. by Yuyi Morales

Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words.

Monster Needs a Costume - Paul Czajak, Ill. by Wendy Grieb

As Halloween nears, Monster tries out a variety of costumes, including a cowboy, a ballerina, and a ninja, but finally comes up with the perfect idea.

Nighty Night, Little Green Monster -  Ed Emberley

"With the turn of every die-cut page, see Little Green Monster's face gradually appear. Then, as the stars come out, get ready to say good night!"-

Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story - Pat McKissack, Ill. by Eric Velasquez

One October night in 1745, John Leep, a mean and stingy lawyer, sets out to evict a widow from one of his rental houses and is followed by a ghostly rider.

Stumpkin - Lucy Ruth Cummins

A stemless pumpkin that yearns to be a Halloween jack-o-lantern watches sadly as all of the other pumpkins in the shop are chosen.

The Art of Miss Chew - Patricia Polacco

Describes how a teacher, Miss Chew encouraged individuality and accepted learning differences, and helped a young student with academic difficulties get extra time to take tests and permission to be in advanced art classes. Inspired by author's memories of her art teacher.

Best Friend on Wheels - Debra Shirley

A young girl relates all the ways she and her best friend, Sarah, are alike inspite of the fact that Sarah uses a wheelchair.

 

Brothers and Sisters - Laura Dwight

Introduces six sets of siblings, some or all of whom have mental or physical disabilities, and briefly decribes what their lives are like.

Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor -Yin & Chris Soentpiet

Willy and Carlos, who is in a wheelchair, receive a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve, even though they live on the nineteeth floor of their building.

El Deafo - Cece Bell

The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower".

Hello Goodbye Dog - Maria Gianferrari, Ill. by Patrice Barton

A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.

 

Janine - Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Janine is one of a kind. She focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She makes a differences just by being herself.

The Junkyard Wonders - Patricia Polacco

Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders".

The Mitten String -Jennifer Rosner, Ill. by Kristina Swarner

Ruthie Tober's family is known for the beautiful, warm mittens they knit, so when she and her mother meet a deaf woman and her baby and give them shelter, Ruthie decides to design very special mittens for them.

Moses Goes to a Concert - Isaac Millman

Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing the manual alphabet.

Piano Starts Here: The Young Art TatumPiano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum - Robert Andrew Parker

Bad eyesight doesn't stop Art Tatum from learning to play the family piano as a young boy.

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay - Cari best,

Ill. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Zulay is a blind girl who longs to be able to run in the race on field and track day at school.

What Color Is the Wind?What Color Is the Wind? - Anne Herbauts

A blind child asks each he encounters- a dog, wolf, elephant, mountain, bird, stream, tree-- about the color of the wind. Each responds differently, with a shape, color, smell, texture, or idea.

Zoom!Zoom! - Robert N. Munsch, Ill. by Michael Martchenko

When Lauretta tries out a 92-speed, silver and gold, dirt-bike wheelchair, she gets a speeding ticket but also helps out her brother.