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The 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme is Libraries Rock!  Here are ROW titles to for reading, listening, singing, dancing and more!

Summer 3
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Little, Brown, 2011 Ages 8-12   This novel set primarily in 1937 builds Read more.
Summer 3
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel.  Amulet, 2010 Age 14 and older   Janis Joplin’s transformation from member of Read more.
Summer 2
Good Enough by Paula Yoo. HarperCollins, 2008 Age 13 and older   Patti Yoon is a first-generation Korean American high school Read more.
Summer 1
Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte. HarperCollins, 2007 Age 14 and older   Teens who dream of NASCAR racing will feel as Read more.
Summer 1
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth.  Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic, 2013 Age 11 and older   Read more.
Summer 1
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegacki. Illustrated by Qin Leng. Kids Can Press, 2014 Ages 4-8   Hana’s decision to Read more.
Summer 1
The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Illustrated by Stacey Innerst. Harcourt, 2013. Ages Read more.
Summer 2
Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story by Sebastian Robertson. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Henry Holt, 2014 Ages 9-13 Read more.
Summer 3
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, 2013 Age 13 and older   Eight months ago, Lucy, a classically Read more.
Summer 2
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill. Illustrated by Francis Vallejo. Candlewick Press, 2016 Age 10 Read more.
Summer 1
Alphabet Family Band by Sarah Jones. Blue Manatee Press, 2017 The musical members of a large, multiracial family demonstrate their Read more.
Summer 2
Diez deditos / Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America by José-Luis Orozco. Illustrated by Read more.
Summer 3
Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello. Charlesbridge, 2011. Ages 2-5   Little Pig suffers the fate of Read more.
Summer 2
Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012. Ages 4-7   Kevin Henkes’s debut titles for beginning Read more.
Summer 3
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney. Simon and Schuster, 1994. Ages 3-7   On a day when Max doesn’t feel Read more.

 

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Summer 2

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book coverJazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill. Illustrated by Francis Vallejo. Candlewick Press, 2016

Age 10 and older

 

When Art Kane put out a call in 1958 for jazz musicians to gather in Harlem for a photograph, he had no idea what the response would be. Would anyone show up on the appointed day? One by one they did: singers and saxophone players, pianists and drummers, trumpet players and bassists. Dizzy and Duke, the Count and the Lion, Thelonious and Maxine and Mary Lou. Fifty-seven jazz musicians in all, from the well-known to newcomers to those known only on the local music scene. They came not to perform, but to laugh and talk and get in “Some Kind of Formation, Please!” Neighborhood children were there, too, sitting on the curb in front when Kane’s camera went “Click!” The famous black-and-white photograph he took is a magnificent fold-out feature of this work, which tells the story of that historic event through poems and paintings focusing on individuals, encounters, and the effervescent energy of it all. An introduction provides readers with a grounding, while an author’s note includes a numbered outline of the photo identifying the musicians. Brief biographies of each person, and ample resource material, round out this distinctive volume.   © Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Summer 3

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book coverThe Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, 2013

Age 13 and older

 

Eight months ago, Lucy, a classically trained pianist wunderkind, walked off stage at a major competition in Prague, furious that her grandfather had withheld news of her grandmother’s death back home in San Francisco. Her grandfather, a rigid force in their family, announces she has made her choice: She’s done with piano (meaning he’s done supporting her career). Lucy thinks she’s happy about it until she meets her ten-year-old brother Gus’s new piano teacher. Gus, also a major talent, is being taught by Will Deva, a former prodigy whose approach is much more relaxed than anything Lucy or Gus is familiar with. Will asks Lucy if she wants to play again and Lucy finally admits the answer is yes. But can she really return to music on her own terms? Then Lucy’s wonderful relationship with Gus—they can understand each other like no one else—frays when she begins to develop a crush on Will, who doesn’t necessarily discourage her attraction despite being married. What Lucy can’t see is that Will is hoping her return will boost his own career. Sara Zarr’s novel about an extraordinarily talented young woman offers insight into the life of a child prodigy. In Lucy’s case, she is a mix of maturity beyond her years and self-centered teen, and caught between the desire to define herself, meet other’s expectations, and wanting to just be a typical teen—a dimension of life explored through her relationship with friends Reyna and Carson.  © Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Summer 1

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If I Ever Get Out of Here 
by Eric Gansworth.  Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic, 2013

Age 11 and older

 

Lewis Blake is the only Tuscarora reservation kid tracked with the “braniacs” in junior high. Sixth grade was a social disaster—it turns out white kids don’t get Indian humor–so he starts seventh grade in 1975 determined to have a better year. He’s even cut off his braid in hopes of fitting in. George, a recent arrival to the nearby air force base in upstate New York where they live, becomes his first, and only, white friend. The two initially bond over a mutual love of music, especially the Beatles and Paul McCartney and Wings. Surprised that George’s military father and German mother genuinely welcome him into their home, Lewis knows he’ll never be able to reciprocate the invitation. Money has been tighter than ever since his grandfather died, and the house where he lives with his mother and Uncle Albert is literally falling down. So he lies about why George can’t come over, although in many ways Lewis has much more in common with George than with Carson, his closest friend on the reservation. In a narrative full of humor and rife with tender, honest, and unsettling truths, author Eric Gansworth explores identity, and what it means to find and be a friend. Gansworth’s first foray into young adult literature lovingly captures both time and place, and reveals characters whose complexities bring sadness, joy, and survival into full relief. In a novel that exposes racism both subtle and overt (seen most vividly in the subplot involving the school’s unwillingness to punish the son of a school donor who is bullying Lewis), Gansworth also portrays two very different but equally loving families.  ©2013 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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Bookmarks.

MAY
Lowriders in Space (Lowriders, Book 1) by Cathy Camper. Illustrated by Raul the Third. Chronicle Books, 2014 Lupe Impala, El Read more.
MAY (1)
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super–Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. Charlesbridge, 2016 Lonnie Johnson once took Read more.
MAY (2)
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: Unicorn of the Sea. (A Narwhal and Jelly Book) by Ben Clanton. Tundra Books, 2016 Read more.
MAY (1)
Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart Read more.
MAY (2)
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Delacorte, 2016 Over the course of a single day on which Read more.
MAY (1)
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes. WordSong / Highlights, 2016 Garvey is often teased at school for his weight, while his Read more.
MAY (2)
One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi. HarperCollins, 2016 After Obayda’s family moves from Kabul to the village where Read more.
MAY (1)
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016 “Before Spring comes, the grass is Read more.
MAY (2)
A Morning with Grandpa by Cynthia Liu. Illustrated by Christina Forshay. Lee & Low, 2016 Mei Mei watches Gong Gong Read more.
MAY (3)
Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Illustrated by Dylan Metrano. Orchard / Scholastic, 2016 Lovely cut-paper collage illustrations provide Read more.

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Bookmarks.

APRIL
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins. Atheneum, 2016 Three girls coming of age in three separate Read more.
APRIL (1)
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2016 Each day leading up to “Poetry in Read more.
APRIL (2)
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. little bee, 2016 A potent narrative begins, Read more.
APRIL (1)
To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown. Candlewick Press, 2016 Read more.
APRIL (2)
Scythe (Arc of the Scythe, Book 1) by Neal Shusterman.  Simon & Schuster, 2016 In a future on earth when Read more.
APRIL (1)
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley. Illustrated by Jessie Hartland. Simon & Schuster, 2016 Read more.
APRIL (2)
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka. Roaring Brook Press, 2016 “I like to think of poems Read more.
APRIL (1)
Snail & Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends by Tina Kügler. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Three short stories in chapter Read more.
APRIL (2)
Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2016 Alan the alligator has built his jungle reputation on Read more.

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Bookmarks.

MARCH
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Amulet / Abrams, 2016 When 14-year-old Faith’s scientist father is accused of trying to Read more.
MARCH (1)
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Julie Morstad. A Neal Porter Book / Read more.
MARCH (2)
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown, 2016 On the busy streets of Tokyo, Read more.
MARCH
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. Viking, 2016 In 13th-century western Europe, the Inquisition is control through terror, as Read more.
MARCH (1)
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2016 A historical fantasy weaves retellings of traditional Chinese Read more.
MARCH (2)
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Giant squids Read more.
MARCH (1)
Babies Don’t Walk, They Ride! Kathy Henderson. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Templar Books / Candlewick Press, 2016 Babies Read more.
MARCH (2)
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin. Random House, 2016 “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” The distress call launches Rescue Squad No. Read more.
MARCH (3)
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Endpapers showing a block of Read more.

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Bookmarks.

FEBRUARY (1)
Ghost (Track, Book 1) by Jason Reynolds. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Atheneum, 2016 Castle Cranshaw, aka Ghost, stands out Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016 Chloe Cho’s immigrant parents never talk about Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller.  Illustrated by Frank Morrison. Chronicle, 2016 Alta prides herself on being Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2016 Everybody has a bike but Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
Radical by E.M. Kokie. Candlewick Press, 2016 Bex, 15, is distrustful of the government and knows that Lucy, in town Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Watched by Marina Budhos. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2016 When Naeem is caught shoplifting, it further jeopardizes his Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington. WordSong / Highlights, 2016 Katheren, called Keet by her family—short for Parakeet, because Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet. Afterword by Martha White. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Elwyn Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House, 2016 A small, pajama-clad boy is on a morning hunt at home Read more.

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Bookmarks.

JANUARY
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan. Putnam, 2016 Like many children in Mali, 15-year-old Amadou and his little Read more.
JANUARY (1)
The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau. Illustrated by Matt Myers. Candlewick Press, 2016 Two rat brothers, Louie and Ralphie, live Read more.
JANUARY (2)
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2016 “Tina was a very curious cow. Read more.
JANUARY (1)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. Amulet / Abrams, 2016 It’s 2035 and a comet is headed toward Read more.
JANUARY (2)
Playing for the Devil’s Fire by Phillippe Diederich. Cinco Puntos Press, 2016 In his small town outside of Mexico City, Read more.
JANUARY (1)
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Read more.
JANUARY (2)
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Read more.
JANUARY (1)
Music Is … by Brandon Stosuy. Illustrated by Amy Martin. Little Simon, 2016 This purposefully inclusive board book celebrates music Read more.
JANUARY (2)
Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena. Illustrated by Angela Dominguez. Roaring Brook Press, 2016 “To a lion, Marta is Read more.
JANUARY (3)
1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Juana Medina. Viking, 2016 A playful concept book imagines salad ingredients as Read more.

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DECEMBER
The Inquisitor’s Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Godwitz.  Illustrated by Hatem Aly. Dutton, Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2016 The princess Izta is known for her beauty but rejects Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins. Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Orchard / Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2016 Riley feels feminine some days, masculine others, Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016 Miel and Sam have Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
Shadows of Sherwood (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure) by Kekla Magoon. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016 The night her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy. Groundwood, 2016 Most of the kids in Evelyn’s grade 5 class don’t know Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
Tickle My Ears by Jörg Mühle.  Translated from the German by Catherine Chidgey. U.S. edition: Gecko Press, 2016 In this Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
First Snow by Bomi Park. U.S. edition: Chronicle, 2016 A small girl wakes up in the night to the soft Read more.

 

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NOVEMBER
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman. Clarion, 2016 Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Prior to Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell.  Illustrated by Rafael López. Houghton Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016 This riveting Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Philomel, 2016 The sinking of the Nazi passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff, killing an Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
The Sound of All Things by Myron Uhlberg. Illustrated by Ted Papoulas. Peachtree, 2016 Both of the young narrator’s parents Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Esquivel! Space–Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood. Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Charlesbridge, 2016 Juan Garcia Esquivel was an avant garde Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin. Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey. Schwartz & Wade, 2016 A little owl leaves his mama, Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle. Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. Chronicle, 2016 The transformation from Read more.
NOVEMBER (3)
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales.  Little, Brown, 2016 Thunder Boy Smith Jr. hates his name. Read more.

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OCTOBER (1)
Riding Chance by Christine Kendall. Scholastic Press, 2016 Since his mom died, it’s been hard for Troy, 13, to stay on an Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016 Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Read more.
OCTOBER (1)
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson. Illustrated by Julie Flett. Highwater Press, 2016 A young Cree girl gardening Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Simon & Schuster, 2016 A small calico cat, Read more.
OCTOBER
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016 Nora López is finishing high school uncertain about the future. Encouraged Read more.
OCTOBER (1)
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall. Amulet/Abrams, 2015 Jimmy McLean is self-conscious about his blue eyes, fair Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer. Illustrated by Gillian Newland. Second Story Press, 2016 Read more.
OCTOBER (1)
My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith.  Illustrated by Julie Flett. Orca, 2016 “My heart fills with happiness Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel. Boyds Mills Press / Highlights, 2016 When Bat loses his home, Read more.
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