Time for Bed, Old House by Janet Bates
At Isaac’s first sleepover, he gets to help Grandpop with a very special routine—putting the house to bed—in a story that’s just right for children visiting a new place, or for adopting a new ritual at home.
Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman
In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes—big or small—in the world, in their communities, and most importantly, in themselves.
Squirrel loves counting the leaves on his tree--red leaves, gold leaves, orange, and more. But hold on! One of his leaves is missing! On a quest to find the missing leaf, Squirrel teams up with his good friend Bird to discover who the leaf thief could be among their forest friends.
A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.
How to Apologize by David LaRochelle
Everyone makes mistakes. Here's a straightforward (and laugh-out-loud) guide to saying you're sorry.
Dino-Gro by Matthew Myers
Cole's excitement over his tiny new dinosaur toy that grows in water turns to worry when Dino-Gro becomes too big to fit inside the house.
One-Osaurus, Two-Osaurus by Kim Norman
One-osaurus, two-Osaurus, three-Osaurus, four! With big, bold numerals, an array of dinosaurs in comical poses, and a humorous twist at the end, this tribute to a child's imagination makes learning numbers a gigantic treat.
What I Am by Divya Srinivasan
A young narrator describes herself as many things at the same time - a girl, a granddaughter, Indian, American, both selfish and generous, mean and kind - and these seeming contradictions are precisely what makes her a unique individual.
In My Mosque by M.O. Yuksel
No matter who you are or where you're from, step in and discover all the rituals and wonders of the mosque, from grandmothers reading lines of the Qur'an and the imam telling stories of living as one to meeting new friends and learning to help others, mosques are centers for friendship, community, and love.
Doggo and Pupper by Katherine Applegate
Doggo, an older dog, learns how to welcome and accept a young puppy into the household
I Had Ten Hats by David McPhail
Have fun finding silly hats--a flat hat, a bat hat, and even a cat hat.
Flubby Will Not Take a Bath by J.E. Morris
Armed with bubbles, shampoo and a cat toy, Kami is determined to give Flubby the fussy feline a bath, even if she has to get creative!
Jack Gets Zapped by Mac Barnett & Greg Pizzoli
Zapped into his favorite video game by a sneaky bolt of lightning, mischievous Jack finds himself racing around game puzzles while outmaneuvering a pounding boss.
I Can Be Anything! by Bob Staake
The rhyming story of a lizard who is able to change shape to become anything he wishes, from a surfboard for a whale to a boat with a sail.
I'm On It by Mo Willems & Andrea Tsurumi
When Frog and Goat turn a simple game into an all-out competition, things get out of hand...until finally, they're over it.
Guess What!? By Mo Willems
Zoom Squirrel and the Squirrel pals are looking forward to going to the beach!
The Wisdom of Trees by Lita Judge
A lyrical and informational nonfiction picture book that tells the story of trees and the hidden ecosystems they create.
Unbound: The Life & Art of Judith Scott by Melissa Sweet
An introduction to the life and art of Judith Scott, a renowned artist.
A Shot in the Arm!, book 3 in the Big Ideas that Changed the World series, is the history of vaccinations and the struggle to protect people from infectious disease. Beginning with smallpox-perhaps humankind's greatest affliction to date-and concluding with an overview of the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown traces the evolution of vaccines and examines deadly diseases such as measles, polio, anthrax, rabies, cholera, and influenza.
Absolutely Nat by Maria Scrivan
Natalie has just arrived at summer camp and soon realizes it isn't anything like the brochure. Instead of spending the summer with her best friends, Zoe and Flo, Natalie is stuck with her ex-BFF, Lily, and someone even more annoying than the endless mosquitoes: Millie Flatbottom. Even worse, she's constantly pushed out of her comfort zone and forced to come face-to-face with some of her greatest fears. Although summer camp isn't at all what Natalie expected, could it be exactly what she needs?
Baloney & Friends: Going Up by Greg Pizzoli
Baloney and friends continue their adventures that include creating a theme song, having a sleepover, using their imagination, and learning to appreciate the meaning of life.
Grumpy Monkey: Freshly Squeezed by Suzanne Long
Jim Panzee is out for his usual Wednesday walk when he accidentally squishes his stress orange into orange juice. He and his friends must cross the jungle before all of the fresh oranges are gone.
Bug Boys: Outside and Beyond by Laura Knetzger
Follows two bug friends, Stag-B and Rhino-B, as they explore their world and share adventures.
Kyle’s Little Sister by BonHyung Jeong
Having a good-looking, friendly, outgoing older brother sucks--especially when you're the total opposite, someone who likes staying home and playing video games. Your parents like him better (even if they deny it!), and everyone calls you 'Kyle's little sister' while looking disappointed that you're not more like him. I was really hoping I'd get to go to a different middle school, but no such luck. At least I have my friends--until he finds a way to ruin that, too! Argh! What do I have to do to get out of his shadow?
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm
In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in far away Key West, Florida.
Jukebox by Nidhi Chanani
A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts...glowing? Suddenly, the girls are pulled from their era and transported to another time! Keyed to the music on the record, the jukebox sends them through decade after decade of music history, from political marches to landmark concerts. But can they find Shaheen's dad before the music stops?
Aven Green: Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling
Third grader Aven Green, who was born without arms but believes that her missing arm cells went to her super-powered brain, tries to solve two cases involving her teacher's missing lunch and the disappearance of her great-grandmother's dog.
Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing
In desperate need of a friend--and a science project--Maya finds a robot named Ralph in Mr. Mac's convenience store, and once she gets him up and running, a new world of connection opens up.
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies.
Sydney & Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World by Deborah Hocking
Taylor, a hedgehog, and his friend Sydney, a skunk, set out from their comfortable burrow under Miss Nancy's potting shed on an expedition to see more of the "Whole Wide World."
The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park
When a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency, some students know the answer right away. Others come to their decisions more slowly. And some change their minds when they hear their classmates' responses. A lively dialog ignites as the students discover unexpected facets of one another--and themselves.
Just Like That by Gary D. Schmidt
With insight and a light touch, best-selling, Newbery Honor-winning author Gary D. Schmidt tells two poignant, linked stories: that of a grieving girl and a boy trying to escape his violent past. Following the death of her closest friend in summer 1968, Meryl Lee Kowalski goes off to St. Elene's Preparatory Academy for Girls, where she struggles to navigate the venerable boarding school's traditions and a social structure heavily weighted toward students from wealthy backgrounds. In a parallel story, Matt Coffin has wound up on the Maine coast near St. Elene's with a pillowcase full of money lifted from the leader of a criminal gang, fearing the gang's relentless, destructive pursuit. Both young people gradually dispel their loneliness, finding a way to be hopeful and also finding each other.
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith
A volume of interconnected stories and poems set at a Native American Dance for Mother Earth Powwow celebration in Ann Arbor, Michigan, includes contributions by such new and veteran writers as Joseph Bruchac, Dawn Quigley, and Traci Sorell.
If You Lived During the Plimouth Thanksgiving by Chris Newell
Do you know the true story of the Thanksgiving feast at Plimoth? Carefully crafted to explore both sides of this historical event, this book is a great choice for Thanksgiving units, and for teaching children about the true history of this popular holiday
The Bug Club by Elise Gravel
Cartoon-style illustrations and astonishing facts send readers on an exploration into the unique world of insects in this quirky, engaging primer of bugs.
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.
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