King and the dragonflies King and the Dragonflies - Kacen Callender (also available on Hoopla & CloudLibrary)

  • In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.

Five things about Ava Andrews 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. 

 American as Paneer Pie - Supriya Kelkar (also available on Hoopla & CloudLibrary)

  • 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.

 Show Me a Sign - Anne Clare LeZotte (also available on CloudLibrary)

  • 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.

Prairie Lotus - Linda Sue Park (also available on CloudLibrary)

  • In Dakota Territory in the 1880s, half-Chinese Hanna and her white father face racism and resistance to change as they try to make a home for themselves. Includes author's note.

 A Wolf Called Wander - Rosanne Parry (also available on Hoopla)

  • A young wolf cub, separated from his pack, journeys 1000 miles across the Pacific Northwest, dealing with forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before finding a new home. Based on the true story of a wolf called OR-7.

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.

 

 Before The Ever After - Jacqueline Woodson (also available on CloudLibrary)

ZJ's friends Ollie, Darry and Daniel help him cope when his father, a beloved professional football player, suffers severe headaches and memory loss that spell the end of his career.

Class Act- Jerry Craft (also available on CloudLibrary)

  • 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.

 When Stars are Scattered- Victoria Jamieson/Omar Mohamed (also available on CloudLibrary)

  • 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  Sometimes People March- Tessa Allen

  •  Highlights some of the rallying causes for organized marches throughout history.

Little green donkey 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  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 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.

Bellies

Bellies / Coats - Catrine Crow

Presents pictures of animals’ bellies and coats, challenging the reader to guess to which animal they belong.

Soaked! 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 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, the shy ghost Gustavo, the Shy Ghost- Flavia Z. Drago (also on Hoopla)

  • 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 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.

Where's baby? Where’s Baby- Anne Hunter

When Baby Fox hides from his parents, Papa Fox looks all over for him.

I promise 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.

 

What WillWhat will fit? Fit - Grace Lin  (also on Hoopla)

  • 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 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 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 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?

 

Snuggle Up with Mother Goose by Iona Opie (Hoopla ebook)

Books and vibrant language are vitally important early learning tools. With that in mind, selected poems from Iona Opie's classic Mother Goose nursery-rhyme compilations are gathered here in a sturdy, baby-friendly board book just right for lap time, nap time, or any time, really. Accentuating the soothing rhymes are cuddly creatures warming their hands and wishing on stars. So snuggle up with Mother Goose and give the hush-a-bye baby in your life a solid and loving head start.

 

A Warm Winter Tail by Carrie A. Pearson (Hoopla ebook)

Do you ever wonder how animals stay warm in the winter? Well they wonder how humans do too! In a twist of perspective, wild creatures question if humans use the same winter adaptation strategies that they do. Do they cuddle together in a tree or fly south to Mexico? Take a look through an animal's eyes and discover the interesting ways that animals cope with the cold winter months throughout this rhythmic story.

 

Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow by Sharon Gibson Palermo (Hoopla ebook)

A gentle, repetitive story about forest creatures on a cold winter's day and night. With colorful, child-friendly illustrations this is a sweet pick for cozy storytimes by the fire.

 

Curious George in the Snow by H.A. Rey (Hoopla ebook)

George and the man with the yellow hat enjoy watching the winter sports competition. When they stop to warm up with some cocoa, George's curiosity about the racing equipment leads to some wild rides up and down the slopes. He creates quite a stir at the resort, and may even create a new sport!

 

Curious George: A Winter's Nap by H.A. Rey (Hoopla read-along ebook)

If bears can hibernate, Curious George thinks he can too! But can a monkey master the art of a season-long sleep? Find out with Read Aloud audio! After learning about hibernation, George decides that the best way to spend the cold winter months is the way that bears do it-fast asleep! But first it's too bright in his room; then it's not cave-like enough; and then it's too loud. When George finally does get to sleep, he wakes up to discover that he slept only one night, not the whole winter! Will George be convinced that winter can be a wonderland of fun after all?

 

My Winter City by James Gladstone (Hoopla ebook)

A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them, then a slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. The boy describes all the sights and sounds of the day, from the frost in Dad's beard and the snow "pillows" in the park, to the noisy clunking snow plows and the singing buskers they pass on their way home. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day, as snow blankets the world outside his window. This is winter in the city.

 

Pooh Goes Sledding by Disney (Hoopla read-along ebook)

Read along with Disney! One snowy winter morning, Pooh and his friends go sledding down the big hill, but Piglet keeps falling off! Follow along with the word-for-word narration as the friends find a way for everyone to have fun.

 

Snow Song by A.K. Riley (Hoopla ebook)

This ode to snow, told in rhythmic free verse, follows a girl delighting in the outdoors on a wintry day. All she encounters is framed by the snow. There are fine pearls of snow, a twirl of snow, a curl of snow. The sky unravels into snow, while the hills are knitted caps of snow. She is captivated, as the snow swaddles her world, and makes everything snug - from first light, to the darkness of bedtime.

 

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman (Hoopla ebook)

In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman, discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow. Paired with stunning linoleum print illustrations by Rick Allen, that celebrate nature's beauty and power.

 

Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda (Hoopla ebook)

Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. Is there any obstacle Bunny can't conquer? Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda's innovative bookmaking as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope-and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.

 

It's Winter by Joyce Jeffries (Hoopla ebook)

Snow, sledding, and hot cocoa can only mean one thing: Winter is here! This charming fiction title transports readers into a winter wonderland, where a relatable narrator explores the season. Readers meet the narrator's family and friends, who show how much fun it is to spend Winter with loved ones. Readers will enjoy this title's colorful illustrations and approachable text, which is perfect for young learners. By the end, readers will be counting down the days until next season!

 

It's Winter by Linda Glaser (Hoopla ebook)

Simple text and bold, beautiful paper sculpture convey the animal life, plant life, weather, colors, clothing, and feelings associated with the winter season.

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.

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.

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Fathers' Day 2020 

Hoopla/Kanopy Staff Picks 2020

Earth Day 2020

2019 Favorites

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