Cork and Fuzz: The Collectors by Dori Chaconas (ER CHA)
When best friends Cork and Fuzz go to the pond to collect shiny stones, they happen upon a duck's nest just as the eggs are hatching and Fuzz, who is wearing a feather from his collection, is collected by the mother duck.
What About Worms by Ryan T Higgins (ER WIL)
Tiger unwittingly helps some worms overcome their fear of tigers with a well-placed, informative book, but will a wormy hug aid a fearful Tiger? Part of the "Elephant & Piggie like reading" series promoted by Mo Willems.
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor (E TAY)
Hoot owl flies through the night and assumes numerous disguises in order to catch a meal.
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat (ER WIL)
There are only three cookies and four hungry friends to share them with. This is not good. This is not equal!
Duck, Duck, Porcupine! By Salina Yoon (ER YOO)
Big Duck likes to boss around her younger brother, Little Duck, and she fancies herself the leader of their trio when joined by their gentle friend Porcupine. Little Duck does not speak yet, but through his expressions and his actions, he shows that he has a better grasp on any situation than his older sister.
The Truth About Hawks by Maxwell Eaton III (E 5982. EAT)
Introduces hawks, discussing their physical characteristics, where they live, what they eat, and how they use ultraviolet light.
The Slug by Elise Gravel (E 594.3 GRA)
The Slug is a look at the land slug. It covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles, one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling (it can see you're a kid and smell like broccoli), its breathing hole (on the side of its head!), and it's pretty gross mucus covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!). Although silly and off-the-wall, The Slug contains real information that will tie in with the curriculum.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton (J GRAPHIC FICTION CLANTON)
Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
The Real Poop on Penguins by Kevin McCloskey (J GRAPHIC FICTION MCCLOSKEY)
A combination of humor and artistry presents the facts on pigeons.
The Great Pet Escape by Victoria Jamieson (J GRAPHIC FICTION JAMIESON)
A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.
Ocean by Natasha Durley (J 591.77 DUR)
Vibrantly illustrated by Creature Features creator Natasha Durley, each page bursts with ocean creatures united by a common characteristic. From fantastic fins to shiny shells, from giant squid to glowing jellyfish, this eclectic collection of species celebrates the diversity of sea creatures. And with something to look for on every page, it's guaranteed to inspire and fascinate budding oceanographers.
Extreme Survivors by Connie Roop (J 591.47 ROO)
Up high, down low, in freezing temperatures, and in boiling hot places- animals and plants can survive in the most extreme environments!
Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth (J 598.71 ROT)
A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and managing this endangered species.
The Line Tender by Kate Allen (JFICTION ALLEN)
Following a tragedy that further alters the course of her life, twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart decides to continue the shark research her marine biologist mother left unfinished when she died years earlier.
Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes (JFICTION CERVANTES)
Can Lety find her voice before it's too late? Lety Muñoz's first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together. She loves volunteering at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter because the dogs and cats there don't care if she can't always find the right word. When the shelter needs a volunteer to write animal profiles, Lety jumps at the chance. But grumpy classmate Hunter also wants to write profiles--so now they have to work as a team. Hunter's not much of a team player, though. He devises a secret competition to decide who will be the official shelter scribe. Whoever helps get their animals adopted the fastest wins. The loser scoops dog food. Lety reluctantly agrees, but she's worried that if the shelter finds out about the contest, they'll kick her out of the volunteer program. Then she'll never be able to adopt Spike, her favorite dog at the shelter!
Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King (JFICTION KING)
Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing--but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.
Saving Marty by Paul Griffin (JFICTION GRIFFIN)
When Lorenzo adopts a runt piglet destined for auction, an unexpected, life-changing friendship forms
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh (J GRAPHIC FICTION LEYH)
Snap's town had a witch. At least, that's how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online--after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It's creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it's kind of cool, too. They make a deal: Jacks will teach Snap how to take care of the baby opossums that Snap rescued, and Snap will help Jacks with her work. But as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic--and a connection with Snap's family's past. (CloudLibrary: ebook)
Rain Reign by Ann Martin (JFICTION MARTIN)
Struggling with Asperger's, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.
Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner (JFICTION MES)
Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog except for the squirrels--but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail. (CloudLibrary: ebook)
Five Things About Ava Andrews- by Margaret Dilloway
Eleven-year-old Ava Andrews has a Technicolor interior with a gray shell. On the inside, she bubbles with ideas and plans. On the outside, everyone except her best friend, Zelia, thinks she doesn't talk or, worse, is stuck-up. What nobody knows is that Ava has invisible disabilities: anxiety and a heart condition.Ava hopes middle school will be a fresh start, but when Zelia moves across the country and Ava's Nana Linda pushes her to speak up about social issues, she withdraws further. So Ava is shocked when her writing abilities impress her classmates and they invite her to join their improv group, making up stories onstage. Determined to prove she can control her anxiety, she joins--and discovers a whole new side of herself, and what it means to be on a team.
As the only Indian American kid in her small town, Lekha Divekar feels like she has two versions of herself: Home Lekha, who loves watching Bollywood movies and eating Indian food, and School Lekha, who pins her hair over her bindi birthmark and avoids confrontation at all costs, especially when someone teases her for being Indian.When a girl Lekha's age moves in across the street, Lekha is excited to hear that her name is Avantika and she's Desi, too! Finally, there will be someone else around who gets it. But as soon as Avantika speaks, Lekha realizes she has an accent. She's new to this country, and not at all like Lekha.To Lekha's surprise, Avantika does not feel the same way as Lekha about having two separate lives or about the bullying at school. Avantika doesn't take the bullying quietly. And she proudly displays her culture no matter where she is: at home or at school.When a racist incident rocks Lekha's community, she realizes she must make a choice: continue to remain silent or find her voice before it's too late.
It’s Girls like you, Mickey - Patti Kim
Mickey faces a lot of challenges when starting seventh grade, but an instant connection with new student Sun Joo improves her outlook until Sydney, popular and mean, decides to make Sun Joo her friend.
It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha's Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a "scientist" determined to discover the origins of the islands' widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect "live specimen"--and kidnapped her.
The Future King (Revenge of Magic series) - James Riley
When time traveling students from a British magic school warn of a coming world war, Fort and his friends at the Oppenheimer magic school try to change the future without making things worse.
Mananaland - Pam Munoz Ryan
Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides.
Eighth grader Drew Ellis recognizes that he is't afforded the same opportunities, no matter how hard he works, that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted, and to make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids and is finding it hard not to withdraw, even as their mutual friend Jordan tries to keep their group of friends together.
Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer- Gillian Goerz
When ten-year-olds Shirley and Jamila meet, Jamila is simply hoping for a friend in her new neighborhood but Shirley is a detective and together they seek a missing gecko.
Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp.
Twins- Varian Johnson
Maureen and Francine Carter are twins and best friends. They participate in the same clubs, enjoy the same foods, and are partners on all their school projects. But just before the girls start sixth grade, Francine becomes Fran -- a girl who wants to join the chorus, run for class president, and dress in fashionable outfits that set her apart from Maureen. A girl who seems happy to share only two classes with her sister! Maureen and Francine are growing apart and there's nothing Maureen can do to stop it. Are sisters really forever? Or will middle school change things for good?
Stepping Stones- Lucy Knisley
Jen moves out to the country and has to put up with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, as well as his kids. Suddenly part of a larger family in a new place, Jen isn't sure there is a place for her in this different world
Measuring Up- Lily LaMotte
Having just moved to Seattle from Taiwan, twelve-year-old Cici enters a cooking competition to win the chance to see her grandmother again, but she only knows how to cook Taiwanese food.
Cat Kid Comic Club- Dav Pilkey
Li'l Petey, Flippy, and Molly introduce twenty-one rambunctious, funny, and talented baby frogs to the art of comic making. As the story unwinds with mishaps and hilarity, readers get to see the progress, mistakes, and improvements that come with practice and persistence.
Sometimes People March- Tessa Allen
Highlights some of the rallying causes for organized marches throughout history.
Little Green Donkey- Anuska Allepuz
Preferring delicious green grass to all other foods and refusing to try anything his mother suggests, Little Donkey switches to yummy carrots when his exclusive diet has an unanticipated consequence.
A Polar Bear in the Snow- Mac Barnett
Follow a magnificent polar bear through a fantastic world of snow and shockingly blue sea. Over the ice, through the water, past Arctic animals and even a human...where is he going?
Cozy - Jan Brett
The coat of a huge wooly musk ox named Cozy is the winter home for a growing number of Alaskan animals who mostly get along.
Soaked! - Abi Cushman
A hula-hooping moose, a badger with a bumblebee umbrella and a rabbit in a cashmere sweater, show their grumpy bear friend that a day of fun does not have to depend on sunshine and blue skies.
I Want to Sleep Under the Stars- Mo Willems
The Squirrel pals get a bit overenthusiastic in their efforts to help Zoom Squirrel fulfill his dream of sleeping under the night stars.
The Magical Yet- Angela DiTerlizzi
Everyday, when learning how to do new things, it is important to keep on trying and remember there is "Yet" something else that can be done.
Gustavo is good at doing all sorts of ghostly things: walking through walls, making objects fly, and glowing in the dark. And he loves almost nothing more than playing beautiful music on his violin. But Gustavo is shy, and some things are harder for him to do, like getting in a line to buy eye scream or making friends with other monsters. Whenever he tries getting close to them, he realizes they just can't see him. Now that the Day of the Dead is fast approaching, what can he do to make them notice him and to share with them something he loves?
Flubby is Not a Good Pet- J.E. Morris
Although Flubby the cat refuses to do pet tricks, he proves his pet worthiness during a scary situation.
Dozens of Doughnuts - Carrie Finison
A generous but increasingly put-upon bear makes batch after batch of doughnuts for her woodland friends without saving any for herself.
I Promise- Lebron James
Presents inspiring promises to oneself and to one's community that will ensure success in the future, including promising to go to school, to be open and try new things, and to stand up for what's right.
Take a trip to the farmers' market in this playful story about spatial sense. Olivia is searching for something just the right size to fill her basket. The apple is so small that it rolls around. The zucchini is so long that it sticks out. What will fit just right?
In a Jar- Deborah Marcero
Llewellyn, a little rabbit, is a collector. He gathers things injars--ordinary things like buttercups, feathers, and heart-shaped stones. Then he meets another rabbit, Evelyn, and together they begin to collect extraordinary things--like rainbows, the sound of the ocean, and the wind just before snow falls. And, best of all, when they hold the jars and peer inside, they remember all the wonderful things they've seen and done. But one day, Evelyn has sad news: Her family is moving away. How can the two friends continue their magical collection--and their special friendship--from afar?
Goodnight Veggies- Diana Murray
Illustrations and easy-to-read, rhyming text invite the reader to a community garden where potatoes close their eyes, cabbages nod their heads, and corn covers its ears to go to sleep.
A Bear is a Bear (Except When He’s Not)- Karl Newson
When Bear wakes up early from his hibernation, he can't remember what he is! Is he a bird? Or a moose? Maybe a fox? Just when it seems like Bear won't be able to figure it out, he finds his cave and decides another nap might help. Will Bear be able to remember what he is when he wakes up again in the spring?
Rescuing Mrs. Birdley - Aaron Reynolds
Self-proclaimed animal expert Miranda Montgomery sees her teacher at the grocery store and decides to return her to her natural habitat, the classroom.
Attack of the Underwear Dragon- Scott Rothman
When a dragon wearing very large underwear threatens the kingdom the Knights of the Round Table run away, leaving Sir Percival's young assistant, Cole, to face the beast.
Don’t Wake the Dragon - Bianca Schulze
Don’t Wake the Dragon is a fantastic and interactive bedtime story featuring a sound-asleep dragon who under no circumstances is to be woken up! Children are tasked with checking in on the sleeping dragon as the castle cook drops his pots and pans and when the knights throw a loud birthday party. It isn’t until the whole kingdom settles down that the dragon wakes up. What is the kingdom to do?
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 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? - 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.
Recommended Reading Archives
Check out more of our suggestions! The following lists were put together by the staff of the BTL Children's Department.