How the Stars Fell into the Sky by Jerrie Oughton
A retelling of the Navajo legend that explains the patterns of the stars in the sky.
Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear. Includes historical notes.
Rabbit's Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story by James & Joseph Brucach
A long-tailed rabbit who wants a nibble of the highest, tastiest leaves uses his special snow song in the summertime, despite the protests of the other animals.
Rainbow Crow: A Lenape Tale by Nancy Van Laan
When the weather changes and the ever-falling snow threatens to engulf all the animals, it is Crow who flies up to receive the gift of fire from the Great Sky Spirit.
The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.
At the Mountain's Base by Traci Sorell
At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return from war.
Go Show the World by Wab Kinew
Using rhyming lyrics from a previously written rap song, Midewin author, Manitoba politician, and creator Kinew tells the stories of diverse Indigenous heroes both historical and contemporary from the U.S. and Canada.
Diwali by Lori Dittmer
A kindergarten-level introduction to Diwali, covering the holiday's history, popular traditions, and such defining symbols as clay lamps and rangoli designs"-- Provided by publisher.
The Diwali Gift by Shweta Chopra
Happy Diwali Suno! When a mysterious package arrives from her Dadima, Suno and her friends--Dekho and Jaano--get swept up in the excitement and wonder of the Diwali Gift! Sparkly, auspicious, and precious, the 3 Curious Monkeys discover it's the little things that make Diwali the most special holiday of all.
Deepak ni Diwali = Deepak's Diwali by Divya Karwal
Deepak is having the worst Diwali ever! No sparklers, no fairy lights, and now Deepak is certain Ravana the demon king is after him! This engaging story is part of our "Celebration" series. It's a warm contemporary story, with beautiful illustrations that celebrate Hindu mythology, recipes, and activities.
Binny's Diwali by Thrity Umrigar
Binny's class is learning about different holiday traditions, and today it is time for Binny to share the story of her favorite holiday, Diwali, the Festival of Lights--and she even has some special treats to give her classmates. Includes information on the five days of Diwali, what it commemorates, and its special traditions.
Every year in October or November people come together to celebrate Diwali. It is the biggest and the brightest of all Hindu festivals. The stories woven into the festival of Diwali celebrate the victory of good over evil and light over darkness, and people celebrate this festival of lights by lighting clay lamps and candles, sharing sweets, exchanging gifts, offering prayers to gods and goddesses and watching fireworks. Introduce your little one to the awe of this brilliant festival through dazzling photographs and Singh's lyrical prose.
For five days every fall, India shines especially bright. The occasion is Diwali, the country's Festival of Lights. Clay lamps, fireworks and sparklers, and colorful rangoli sand art all add visual brilliance. The Diwali celebration will come alive in this early elementary read.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated with firecrackers, sweet treats, and exciting tales of a prince and princess. Readers will learn about the customs involved in celebrating this joyful holiday, and they can prepare a delicious mango lassi and construct a fun Diwali game to play on the big day.
Popcorn by Frank Asch
Sam Bear invites his friends to his house for a Halloween party and an unforeseen problem results when everyone brings popcorn to eat.
Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round by Rosanna Battigelli
Short, rhyming lines take a family of cats through each step of carving jack-o-lanterns: visiting the pumpkin patch and taking home their selections; cleaning out the seeds and slime; drawing designs; carving; and lighting their completed lanterns. After a fun evening of trick-or-treating at the neighbors' houses, it's home to bed.
Five Little Pumpkins of Sesame Street by Erin Guendelsberger
Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby, Zoe, and Grover dress as pumpkins and go trick-or-treating on Sesame Street in this version of "Five Little Pumpkins."
The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky by Jory John
When Bad Seed cannot find an amazing costume for Halloween night, he postpones trick-or-treating for everyone else until he finds the perfect one.
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligot
At night under a full moon, a child operates a barber shop with a monstrous clientele.
Bears and Boos by Shirley Parenteau
It's Halloween and Big Brown Bear and the four little bears are very excited. But will there be enough costumes for everyone?
Pick a Pumpkin by Patricia Tort
One of the most loved Halloween traditions is visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin! Once you bring your pumpkin home, invite your friends and family to form a carving crew and help you turn that perfect pumpkin into--a grinning, glowing jack-o'-lantern! With vibrant, joyful art and a rhythmic, read-aloud text filled with the spirit of community and the thrills of the season, here is a celebration of every fun-filled step in creating the perfect jack-o'-lantern on Halloween night!
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.