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“Rise / into the wonder / of daybreak. / Be a rainbow in the cloud. / Be a free bird on the back of the  night wind. / Shine on, honey!”  (from “Majestic–celebrating Maya Angelou” by Kwame Alexander in Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets)

 

Find out more about Out of Wonder and other ROW titles for April below.

2018-2019 Bookmarks

 

BTP April 2019
Smith, Monique Gray. You Hold Me Up. Illustrated by Danielle Daniel. Orca, 2017. 32 pages (978–1–4598–1447–9) Ages 3-8 What does Read more.
Primary April 2019
Garza, Cynthia Leonor. Lucía the Luchadora. Illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez. POW!, 2017. 32 pages (978–1–57687–827–9) Ages 3-6 Lucía is a Read more.
Intermediate April 2019
Engle, Margarita. Bravo! Poems about Amazing Hispanics. Illustrated by Rafael López. Godwin Books / Henry Holt, 2017. 48 pages (978–0–8050–9876–1) Ages Read more.
Middle School April 2019 (1)
Alexander, Kwame, with Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth. Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick Press, Read more.
Middle School April 2019 (2)
Frost, Helen. When My Sister Started Kissing. Margaret Ferguson Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. 187 pages (978–0–374–30303–7) Ages 10-13 Read more.
High School April 2019
Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Atheneum, 2017.  306 pages (978–1–4814–3825–4) Age 12 and older Will Read more.

“In the bathroom, I looked at my reflection in the mirror and made a face when I remembered one of Dad’s favorite jokes.

“‘You got your Mexican from your mom and your punk from me,’ he’d say.

“I had the Mexican going on for sure: brown skin and thick brown hair that was lighter than Mom’s but darker than Dad’s that I usually wore in two braids. I had Mom’s dark eyes too. My punk, on the other hand, was terribly lacking.”  (from The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez)

 

ROW books for March means The First Rule of Punk and other terrific titles. Check them out below!

2018-2019 bookmarks

 

BTP March 2019 (1)
Hest, Amy. Buster and the Baby. Illustrated by Polly Dunbar. Candlewick Press, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–7636–8787–8) Ages 2-4 Buster is Read more.
BTP March 2019 (2)
Fleming, Candace. Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! Illustrated by Lori Nichols. Schwartz & Wade, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–375–86648–7) Ages Read more.
Primary March 2019 (1)
Stewart, Melissa. Can an Aardvark Bark? Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Beach Lane, 2017. 32 pages (978–1–4814–5852–8) Ages 5-9 A primary Read more.
Primary March 2019 (2)
Pinkney, Jerry. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Little, Brown, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–316–34157–8) Ages 3-6 This mostly faithful retelling of Read more.
Intermediate March 2019
Kelly, Erin Entrada. Hello, Universe. Greenwillow, 2017. 313 pages (978–0–06–241415–1) Ages 8-12 Shy Virgil feels like a failure for not Read more.
Middle School March 2019
Pérez, Celia C. The First Rule of Punk. Viking, 2017. 310 pages (978–0–425–29040–8) Ages 9-12 Malú and her mom have Read more.
High School March 2019
Mathieu, Jennifer. Moxie. Roaring Brook Press, 2017. 330 pages (978–1–62672–635–2) Age 13 and older Vivvy loves the Riot Grrrl bands Read more.

February 2019 Books

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“‘Dreams get caught in the webs woven in your bones. That’s where they live. In that marrow there.’ … I imagined spiderwebs in my bones and turned my palms towards the moon, watching the ballet of bones between my elbow and wrist twist to make it so. I saw webs clotted with dreams like fat flies. I wondered if the horses I’d ridden into this dawn were still caught in there like bugs, winnying at the shift.” (from The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimalene)

 

Learn more about The Marrow Thieves other ROW titles for February with the links below.

2018-2019 Bookmarks

 

BTP February 2019 (1)
Oikawa, Kenji, and Mayuko Takeuchi. Circle, Triangle, Elephant! A Book of Shapes & Surprises. Translated from the Japanese. U.S. edition: Read more.
BTP February 2019 (2)
Sidman, Joyce. Round. Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–544–38761–4) Ages 3-6 “I love round things,” Read more.
Primary February 2019
Heder, Thyra. Alfie. Abrams, 2017. 40 pages (978–1–4197–2529–6) Ages 4-8 On her sixth birthday, Nia welcomes her new pet turtle, Read more.
Intermediate February 2019 (1)
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs, and June Jo Lee. Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix. Illustrated by Man One. Readers Read more.
Intermediate February 2019 (2)
Mahin, Michael. Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy  Waters. Illustrated by Evan Turk. Atheneum, 2017. 48 pages (978–1–4814–4349–4) Ages 7-10 Read more.
Middle School February 2019
Walker, Sally M. Sinking the Sultana: A Civil War Story of Imprisonment, Greed, and a Doomed Journey Home. Candlewick Press, Read more.
High School February 2019
Dimaline, Cherie. The Marrow Thieves. DCB, 2017. 234 pages (pbk  978–1–77086–486–3) Age 12 and older “It began as a rumor, Read more.

January 2019 Books

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“Nine quarters.

“They were the last of what had been left in the jar of laundry money that Dixie and I kept in our room, the jar that had never quite lost the smell of pickle relish. I counted and recounted the quarters in my pocket with my fingertips as the lunch line moved forward, as I’d counted and recounted them through English, physiology, and government. I counted because things in my life had a way of disappearing on me, and I’d learned not to trust what I thought was there.” (from Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr)

 

Click on the links below to find out more about Gem & Dixie and our other ROW books for January.

2018-2019 Bookmarks

 

BTP January 2019
Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Little Wolf’s First Howling. Illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee. Candlewick Press, 2017.  24 Read more.
Primary January 2019 (1)
Raczka, Bob. Niko Draws a Feeling. Illustrated by Simone Shin. Carolrhoda, 2017. 32 pages (978–1–4677–9843–3) Ages 4-8 Niko loves to Read more.
Primary January 2019 (2)
Going, K. L. The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer. Beach Lane Read more.
Intermediate January 2019
Dairman, Tara. The Great Hibernation. Illustrated by Rebecca Green. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2017. 260 pages (978–1–5247–1785–8) Ages Read more.
Middle School January 2019 (1)
Khan, Hena. Amina’s Voice. Salaam Reads, 2017. 197 pages (978–1–4814–9206–5) Ages 9-13 Amina is unhappy that her best friend, Soojin, Read more.
Middle School January 2019 (2)
Oh, Ellen, editor. Flying Lessons & Other Stories. Crown, 2017. 218 pages (978–1–101–93459–3) Ages 9-14 “Blame my Uncle Kenneth. Everybody Read more.
High School January 2019 (1)
Zarr, Sara. Gem & Dixie. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2017. 282 pages (978–0–06–243459–3) Age 12 and older Gem took Read more.
High School January 2019 (2)
Heiligman, Deborah. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. Godwin Books / Henry Holt, 2017. 454 pages  (978–0–8050–9339–1) Age 14 Read more.

December 2018 Books

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“All Clayton wanted was a twelve-bar solo–not even the twice-around the block solo that the other Bluesman played. He wanted twelve bars and to be a true bluesman among bluesman. Didn’t Cool Papa tell the crowd earlier that the blues was more than a song, it was a story?” (from Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia)

 

Add Clayton Byrd Goes Underground and other ROW December titles to your end-of-the-year reading list. You can find out more about them by clicking on the links below.

2018-2019 Bookmarks

 

BTP December 2018 (1)
Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke. Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2017 Ages 2-4 A busy mama at Read more.
BTP December 2018 (2)
Blocks by Irene Dickson. U.S. edition: Nosy Crow / Candlewick, 2016 Ages 2-4   Two kids. Two sets of blocks. Two Read more.
Primary December 2018
Cordell, Matthew. Wolf in the Snow. Feiwel and Friends, 2017. 48 pages (978–1–250–07636–6) Ages 4-9 Snow is falling lightly as Read more.
Intermediate December 2018
Williams-Garcia, Rita. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. Amistad, 2017. 166  pages (978–0–06–221591–8) Ages 8-12 Clayton Byrd loves playing the blues harp Read more.
Middle School December 2018
Cronin, Doreen. Cyclone. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Atheneum, 2017. 336 pages (978–1–4814–3525–3) Ages 9-13 Nora, 12, is small for Read more.
High School December 2018 (1)
Anderson, M. T. Landscape with Invisible Hand. Candlewick Press, 2017. 149  pages (978–0–7636–8789–2) Age 13 and older When the vuvv Read more.
High School December 2018 (2)
Lu, Marie. Warcross. Putnam, 2017. 353 pages (978–0–399–54796–6) Age 11 and older Teen bounty hunter Emika Chen is down to Read more.

November 2018 Books

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“Tonight, when we are all home, Dad will put rice in the cooker, and Mom will fry the fish on both sides until they are crispy. I will bring out the jar of fish sauce that has flecks of chili pepper and carrots floating on top.

“At the table, my brothers and sisters will tell funny stories. Mom will ask about their homework. Dad will nod and smile and eat with his eyes half closed. ‘Good fish,’ he will say to me.”  (from A Different Pond by Bao Phi)

Find out more about A Different Pond and our other ROW November titles below!

2018-2019 Bookmarks

 

BTP November 2018 (1)
Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2017 Ages 2-4   With her signature bold black outlines and Read more.
BTP November 2018 (2)
Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2017 Ages 2-5   A family of owls is Read more.
Primary November 2018
Phi, Bao. A Different Pond. Illustrated by Thi Bui. Capstone Young Readers, 2017. 32 pages (978–1–62370–803–0) Ages 6-9 A Vietnamese Read more.
Intermediate November 2018 (1)
Barton, Chris. Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion. Illustrated by Victo Ngai. Millbrook Press, 2017. 36 Read more.
Intermediate November 2018 (2)
Bing, Xu. Look! What Do You See? An Art Puzzle Book of American & Chinese Songs. Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. Read more.
Middle School November 2018
Rosenberg, Madelyn, and Wendy Wan-Long Shang. This Is Just a Test. Scholastic Press, 2017. 243 pages (978–1–338–03772–2) Ages 9-12 A late Read more.
High School November 2018
Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. 305 pages (978–0–374–30323–5) Age 12 and older Despite recently losing a Read more.

 

October 2018 Books

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“Herbert was not sure about Halloween.” (From Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant.)

Find out more about Herbert’s First Halloween and other October ROW titles below!

2018-2019 Bookmarks

 

BTP October 2018 (2)
I Want to Be in a Scary Story by Sean Taylor. Illustrated by Jean Jullien. Candlewick Press, 2017 Ages 3-7 Little Read more.
BTP October 2018 (1)
Herbert’s First Halloween by Cynthia Rylant.  Illustrated by Steven Henry. Chronicle, 2017 Ages 3-6   Herbert is a little pig Read more.
Primary October 2018 (1)
Butler, Dori Hillestad. King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse. Illustrated by Nancy Meyers. Peachtree, 2017. 42 Read more.
Primary October 2018 (2)
Denos, Julia. Windows. Illustrated by E. B. Goodale. Candlewick Press, 2017.  24 pages (978–0–7636–9035–9) Ages 3-6 “At the end of Read more.
Intermediate October 2018
Florence, Debbi Michiko. Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen. Illustrated by Elizabet Vuković. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. 115 pages (978–0–374–30410–2) Ages 6-9 Eight-year-old Read more.
Middle School October 2018
Reynolds, Jason. Miles Morales: Spider-Man. Marvel Press, 2017. 261 pages (978–148478748–9) Age 11 and older Half Black, half Puerto Rican, Read more.
High School October 2018
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Clarion, 2017. 445 pages (978–0–544–58650–5) Age 13 and older High school Read more.

September 2018 Books

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“Miss Knapp says the /
first day is Get-Aquainted Day
in kindergarten.”

(from “Drawing My Family” in A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby.

 

September brings back-to-school and the first hint of autumn. It also brings another year Read On Wisconsin! Check out A New School Year and our other titles for September below.

2018-2019 Bookmarks

 

BTP September 2018 (1)
Baby’s First Words by Stella Blackstone and Sunny Scribbens. Illustrated by Christiane Engel. Barefoot Books, 2017 Ages 6 months – Read more.
BTP September 2018 (2)
My Autumn Book by Wong Herbert Yee. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, 2015 Ages 3-5   “The air turns Read more.
Primary September 2018
Derby, Sally. A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices. Illustrated by Mika Song. Charlesbridge, 2017. 48 pages (978–1–58089–730–3) Ages Read more.
Intermediate September 2018
Barnes, Derrick. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Illustrated by Gordon C. James. A Denene Millner Book / Bolden, 2017. Read more.
Middle School September 2018
Jamieson, Victoria. All’s Faire in Middle School. Dial, 2017. 248 pages (978–0–525–42998–2) Ages 8-12 Imogene has been home-schooled her entire Read more.
High School September 2018
Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. Bloomsbury, 2017. 264 pages (978–1–68119–105–8) Age 13 and older Jade misses going to school with Read more.

 

2018-2019 Read On Wisconsin Titles

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Find out about 2018-2019 Read On Wisconsin books for each age level by clicking on the icon below.  You’ll find annotations and specific age recommendations for each book and links to resources on TeachingBooks.net! (PDF of complete list of 2018-2019 books)

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Libraries Rock! Summer 2018 Titles

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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!

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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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Middle School April 2019 (2)

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Frost, Helen.
When My Sister Started Kissing. Margaret Ferguson Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. 187 pages (978–0–374–30303–7)

Ages 10-13

This novel in verse alternates between the voices of two sisters, 11-year-old Claire and 13-year-old Abigail, with occasional contributions in the voice of the lake where they are spending the summer with their dad and pregnant stepmother. Abigail (who now asks to be called “Abi”) is diving into adolescence, and is struggling between her feelings for two boys: TJ, a longtime summer friend whom she kissed at the end of the previous summer, and Brock, this year’s hot new guy. Claire is wary of the new Abi, and resents being asked to cover for her when Abi breaks their father’s rules. Claire also misses the way things were when it was just the three of them, before Pam, her stepmother, came into the picture. The pending arrival of a baby brother is yet another transition in the family structure. Frost’s deft skill with poetic form (including quatrains, kayak poems, free-verse, and acrostics) keeps the focus on the relationship between the sisters, as well as providing insight into the thoughts they keep private. Although their history includes a tragedy—their mother was struck and killed by lightning many years earlier—this is a summer without melodrama, but rife with the usual challenges of adolescence, family, friends, and change. ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Middle School April 2019 (1)

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Alexander, Kwame, with Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Candlewick Press, 2017. 49 pages (978–0–7636–8094–7)

Ages 8-13

Twenty sparkling, original poems each celebrate a specific poet in a terrific collection that also serves as an introduction to the poets honored. The opening poem, by Kwame Alexander, “How To Write a Poem,” celebrates Naomi Shihab Nye (“Let loose your heart— / raise your voice. … find / your way / to that one true word / (or two).” The final offering, also by Alexander, celebrates Maya Angelou (“Rise / into the wonder / of daybreak. … Know your beauty / is a thunder / your precious heart unsalable. … Shine on honey! / Know you / are phenomenal.” In between are poems paying tribute to Robert Frost, e. e. cummings, Bashō, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Walter Dean Myers, Emily Dickinson, Terrance Hayes, Billy Collins, Pablo Neruda, Judith Wright, Mary Oliver, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, William Carlos Williams, Okot p’Bitek, Chief Dan George, and Rumi. The poems, varied and wonderful, skillfully reflect their subjects thematically and stylistically. Additional information about each of the 20 poets is found at book’s end. A singular, beautifully composed illustration serves as a perfect accompaniment for each poem, complementing but never competing with words that will open eyes, and minds, and hearts to these writers. ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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