“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.
Always in Trouble
Always in Trouble by Corinne Demas. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Scholastic Press, 2009 1. What kinds of things can Read more.
Carry Me by Rena D. Grossman. Star Bright Books, 2009 1. How do you like to be carried? 2. Is Read more.
Pecan Pie Baby
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Putnam, 2010 1. “Pecan Pie Baby” is a nickname. Do Read more.
Hello Baby! by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Steve Jenkins. Beach Lane Books, 2009 1. What ways do you help at Read more.
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert. Beach Lane, 2011 1. Can Ralph really talk? Do you think animals can talk to us? Read more.
Little White Rabbit
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2011 1. What ways do you help at mealtime at home? Read more.
Pío Peep! Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes / Rimas tradicionales de animales selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. Read more.
Cora Cooks Pancit
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore. Illustrated by Kristi Valiant. Shea’s Books, 2009 1. What ways do you Read more.
Big Red Lollipop
Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Viking, 2010 1. Why does Ami (the mother) make Rubina Read more.
My Name is Sangoel
My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed ; illustrated by Catherine Stock. Eerdman’s, 2009 1. If Read more.
Goal! By Mina Javaherbin. Illustrated by A. G. Ford. Candlewick Press, 2010 1. How did Ajani get his new football? Read more.
The Friendly Four
The Friendly Four by Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Amistad / HarperCollins, 2006 1. How did these four Read more.
Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins. Charlesbridge, 2007 1. How did Naima change throughout the story? 2. How does Naima’s art Read more.
Zora and Me
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon. Candlewick Press, 2010 1. What do you think is the most Read more.
Star in the Forest
Star in the Forest by Laura Resau. Delacorte, 2010 1. How does Star help Zitlally deal with her father’s deportation? Read more.
Loon Summer by Sandy Gillum. Field Notes Press, 2008. 1. Do loons live near you? Why or why not? 2. Read more.
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes. Little, Brown, 2010 1. How does the author use bridges as a symbol in Read more.
Prime Baby / Smile
Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang. First Second / Roaring Brook Press, 2010 Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Graphix, 2010 Read more.
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2010 1. How would Liam define the role of being a dad Read more.
The Frog Scientist
The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner. Photographs by Andy Comins. (Scientists in the Field) Houghton Mifflin, 2009. 1. What Read more.
Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson. Atheneum, 2010 1. What motivated African American soldiers to fight in the Revolutionary War? 2. Read more.
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers. Amistad / HarperTeen, 2010 1. If you had a friend, like Reese’s friend Toon, who Read more.
Dark Water by Laura McNeal. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010 1. How would the story change if it were told from Read more.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. Little, Brown, 2010 1. Envision a world of the future: how might it compare to Read more.
La Línea by Ann Jaramillo. Roaring Brook Press, 2006 From CCBC Choices 2007: Fifteen-year-old Miguel and his thirteen-year-old sister, Elena, Read more.
Loon Baby by Molly Beth Griffin. Illustrated by Anne Hunter. Houghton Mifflin, 2010 1. How does Loon Baby feel when Read more.
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Harcourt, 2007 Read more.
Siesta by Ginger Fogelsong Guy. Illustrated by René King Moreno. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 1005 Read more.
Mouse & Lion
Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert. Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Michael di Capua Books / Scholastic, 2011 Read more.
Little Dog Lost
Little Dog Lost: A True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, Read more.
Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Clarion, 2011 1. A dilemma Read more.
Let’s Go See Papá
Let’s Go See Papá! by Lawrence Schimel. Translated from the Spanish by Elisa Amado. Illustrated by Alba Marina. Groundwood, 2011 Read more.
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Kane/Miller, 2010 1. Anna is about your age. How is Read more.
Queen of the Falls
Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin, 2011 1. Which of your teachers or older relatives do Read more.
Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak. Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. Illustrated by Philip Hopman. U.S. edition: Eerdman’s, Read more.
The Unforgotten Coat
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Candlewick Press, 2011 1. Have you ever left something behind? How would you Read more.
Seaglass Summer by Anjali Bannerjee. Wendy Lamb Books, 2010 1. What do you want to be when you grow up? Read more.
Hidden / Bluefish
Hidden by Helen Frost. Frances Foster Books / Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011 1. The title of the book is Hidden. Read more.
Warp Speed by Lisa Yee. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic Inc., 2011 1. What does this book say about Read more.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. Viking, 2011 1. If you were a Leopard Person, what would your juju be? 2. Read more.
A Monster Calls
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Illustrated by Jim Kay. Candlewick Press, 2011 1. Why is it so hard for Read more.
Bird in a Box
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Little, Brown, 2011 1. Why was Joe Louis Read more.
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. First Second, 2011 1. Anya’s family routine is shown several times (e.g. kitchen meals). Show Read more.
Blink & Caution
Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2011 1. How do the names “Blink” and “Caution” reflect Read more.
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Scholastic Press, 2011 1. What is this book making fun of? 2. What stereotypes are Read more.
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. Candlewick Press, 2011 Read more.
Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac. Dial, 2005 Read more.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2012 1. Why do you think Read more.
Under the Snow
Under the Snow by Melissa Stewart. Illustrated by Constance R. Bergum. Peachtree, 2009 1. What are some of the ways Read more.
Lemonade in Winter
Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money by Emily Jenkins. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Schwartz & Read more.
Penny and Her Song
Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012 1. How do you think singing her song makes Read more.
Happy Like Soccer
Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick Press, 2012 1. Soccer makes Sierra both happy and Read more.
Malcolm at Midnight
Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck. Illustrated by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin, 2012 1. Malcolm gets involved in several Read more.
The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Illustrated by Patricia Castelao. Harper / HarperCollins, 2012 1. If you could Read more.
The Year of the Book
The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng. Illustrated by Abigail Halpin. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 1. Anna’s mom thinks Read more.
The Beetle Book
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins. Houghton Mifflin, 2012 1. Name at least three things that all beetles have in Read more.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 1. The kids on Auggie’s welcoming committee have been hand-picked by the Read more.
After Eli by Rebecca Rupp . Candlewick Press, 2012 1. Why do you think Danny keeps his Book of the Read more.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Simon and Schuster, 2007 1. Connor, Risa and Lev have followed three different paths to the Read more.
See You at Harry’s
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles. Candlewick Press, 2012 1. Each member of Fern’s family responds differently to the Read more.
Never Fall Down
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2012 1. Author Patricia McCormick explains in her author’s Read more.
The Raven Boys
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press, 2012 1. Every character in this novel is on a quest. Pick Read more.
The Final Four by Paul Volponi. Viking, 2012 1. This book raises a lot of questions about whether college athletes Read more.
Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. 1. Eleanor and Park bond over comic books and mix Read more.
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner. Illustrated by Julian Crouch. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2013. 1. What are the different factors Read more.
Far Far Away
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 1. What connections can you make between this story and Read more.
Pinned by Sharon G. Flake. Scholastic Press, 2012. 1. How does the author use the text to differentiate between Adonis Read more.
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Our October Titles!
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It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas. Clarion, 2016 Zomorod and her parents are in the United States for her Read more.
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.
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016 Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Read more.
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman. Clarion, 2016 Read more.
The Inquisitor’s Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Godwitz. Illustrated by Hatem Aly. Dutton, Read more.
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan. Putnam, 2016 Like many children in Mali, 15-year-old Amadou and his little Read more.
Ghost (Track, Book 1) by Jason Reynolds. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Atheneum, 2016 Castle Cranshaw, aka Ghost, stands out Read more.
Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016 Chloe Cho’s immigrant parents never talk about Read more.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Amulet / Abrams, 2016 When 14-year-old Faith’s scientist father is accused of trying to Read more.
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins. Atheneum, 2016 Three girls coming of age in three separate Read more.
Lowriders in Space (Lowriders, Book 1) by Cathy Camper. Illustrated by Raul the Third. Chronicle Books, 2014 Lupe Impala, El Read more.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016 Nora López is finishing high school uncertain about the future. Encouraged Read more.
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016 This riveting Read more.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Philomel, 2016 The sinking of the Nazi passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff, killing an Read more.
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2016 Riley feels feminine some days, masculine others, Read more.
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016 Miel and Sam have Read more.
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. Amulet / Abrams, 2016 It’s 2035 and a comet is headed toward Read more.
Radical by E.M. Kokie. Candlewick Press, 2016 Bex, 15, is distrustful of the government and knows that Lucy, in town Read more.
To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown. Candlewick Press, 2016 Read more.
Scythe (Arc of the Scythe, Book 1) by Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster, 2016 In a future on earth when Read more.
Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart Read more.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Delacorte, 2016 Over the course of a single day on which Read more.
Excellent Ed by Stacy McAnulty. Illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach. Alfred A. Knopf, 2016 “All of the Ellis children were allowed Read more.
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex. Illustrated by Christian Robinson. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Book Press, Read more.
The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Prior to Read more.
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Illustrated by Rafael López. Houghton Read more.
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson. Illustrated by Julie Flett. Highwater Press, 2016 A young Cree girl gardening Read more.
Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Simon & Schuster, 2016 A small calico cat, Read more.
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2016 The princess Izta is known for her beauty but rejects Read more.
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins. Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Orchard / Read more.
The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau. Illustrated by Matt Myers. Candlewick Press, 2016 Two rat brothers, Louie and Ralphie, live Read more.
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2016 “Tina was a very curious cow. Read more.
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. little bee, 2016 A potent narrative begins, Read more.
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. Chronicle, 2016 Alta prides herself on being Read more.
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Julie Morstad. A Neal Porter Book / Read more.
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown, 2016 On the busy streets of Tokyo, Read more.
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2016 Each day leading up to “Poetry in Read more.
A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2016 Everybody has a bike but Read more.
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super–Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. Charlesbridge, 2016 Lonnie Johnson once took Read more.
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: Unicorn of the Sea. (A Narwhal and Jelly Book) by Ben Clanton. Tundra Books, 2016 Read more.
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. Viking, 2016 In 13th-century western Europe, the Inquisition is control through terror, as Read more.
Playing for the Devil’s Fire by Phillippe Diederich. Cinco Puntos Press, 2016 In his small town outside of Mexico City, Read more.
Watched by Marina Budhos. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2016 When Naeem is caught shoplifting, it further jeopardizes his Read more.
March: The Trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Illustrated by Nate Powell. Top Shelf, 2013-2016 March: Book Three The Read more.
Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016 Juana is a little girl living in Bogotá, Colombia. Lucas is Read more.
Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami. Illustrated by Julianna Swaney. Groundwood, 2016 Nine-year-old Yasmin visits Book Uncle’s Lending Library, Read more.
The Sound of All Things by Myron Uhlberg. Illustrated by Ted Papoulas. Peachtree, 2016 Both of the young narrator’s parents Read more.
Esquivel! Space–Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood. Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Charlesbridge, 2016 Juan Garcia Esquivel was an avant garde Read more.
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall. Amulet/Abrams, 2015 Jimmy McLean is self-conscious about his blue eyes, fair Read more.
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer. Illustrated by Gillian Newland. Second Story Press, 2016 Read more.
Shadows of Sherwood (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure) by Kekla Magoon. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016 The night her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Read more.
A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy. Groundwood, 2016 Most of the kids in Evelyn’s grade 5 class don’t know Read more.
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Read more.
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Read more.
Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington. WordSong / Highlights, 2016 Katheren, called Keet by her family—short for Parakeet, because Read more.
Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Season by Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrated by Twelve Award-Winning Picture Book Artists. Sterling, 2015 After Read more.
We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp. Illustrated by Julie Flett. Orca, 2016 “ We sang you from a Read more.
Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas by Yuyi Morales. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Niño’s back and this Read more.
My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith. Illustrated by Julie Flett. Orca, 2016 “My heart fills with happiness Read more.
Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel. Boyds Mills Press / Highlights, 2016 When Bat loses his home, Read more.
Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle. Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. Chronicle, 2016 The transformation from Read more.
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin. Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey. Schwartz & Wade, 2016 A little owl leaves his mama, Read more.
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. Little, Brown, 2016 Thunder Boy Smith Jr. hates his name. Read more.
Tickle My Ears by Jörg Mühle. Translated from the German by Catherine Chidgey. U.S. edition: Gecko Press, 2016 In this Read more.
First Snow by Bomi Park. U.S. edition: Chronicle, 2016 A small girl wakes up in the night to the soft Read more.
Music Is … by Brandon Stosuy. Illustrated by Amy Martin. Little Simon, 2016 This purposefully inclusive board book celebrates music Read more.
1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Juana Medina. Viking, 2016 A playful concept book imagines salad ingredients as Read more.
Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena. Illustrated by Angela Dominguez. Roaring Brook Press, 2016 “To a lion, Marta is Read more.
Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Read more.
Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House, 2016 A small, pajama-clad boy is on a morning hunt at home Read more.
Babies Don’t Walk, They Ride! Kathy Henderson. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Templar Books / Candlewick Press, 2016 Babies Read more.
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin. Random House, 2016 “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” The distress call launches Rescue Squad No. Read more.
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Endpapers showing a block of Read more.
Snail & Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends by Tina Kügler. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Three short stories in chapter Read more.
Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2016 Alan the alligator has built his jungle reputation on Read more.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016 “Before Spring comes, the grass is Read more.
A Morning with Grandpa by Cynthia Liu. Illustrated by Christina Forshay. Lee & Low, 2016 Mei Mei watches Gong Gong Read more.
Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Illustrated by Dylan Metrano. Orchard / Scholastic, 2016 Lovely cut-paper collage illustrations provide Read more.
Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet. Afterword by Martha White. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Elwyn Read more.
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2016 A historical fantasy weaves retellings of traditional Chinese Read more.
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Giant squids Read more.
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley. Illustrated by Jessie Hartland. Simon & Schuster, 2016 Read more.
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka. Roaring Brook Press, 2016 “I like to think of poems Read more.
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes. WordSong / Highlights, 2016 Garvey is often teased at school for his weight, while his Read more.
One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi. HarperCollins, 2016 After Obayda’s family moves from Kabul to the village where Read more.
Alphabet Family Band by Sarah Jones. Blue Manatee Press, 2017 The musical members of a large, multiracial family demonstrate their Read more.
Diez deditos / Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America by José-Luis Orozco. Illustrated by Read more.
Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello. Charlesbridge, 2011. Ages 2-5 Little Pig suffers the fate of Read more.
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney. Simon and Schuster, 1994. Ages 3-7 On a day when Max doesn’t feel Read more.
Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012. Ages 4-7 Kevin Henkes’s debut titles for beginning Read more.
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegacki. Illustrated by Qin Leng. Kids Can Press, 2014 Ages 4-8 Hana’s decision to Read more.
The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Illustrated by Stacey Innerst. Harcourt, 2013. Ages Read more.
Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story by Sebastian Robertson. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Henry Holt, 2014 Ages 9-13 Read more.
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Little, Brown, 2011 Ages 8-12 This novel set primarily in 1937 builds Read more.
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, 2013 Age 13 and older Eight months ago, Lucy, a classically Read more.
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill. Illustrated by Francis Vallejo. Candlewick Press, 2016 Age 10 Read more.
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth. Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic, 2013 Age 11 and older Read more.
Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte. HarperCollins, 2007 Age 14 and older Teens who dream of NASCAR racing will feel as Read more.
Good Enough by Paula Yoo. HarperCollins, 2008 Age 13 and older Patti Yoon is a first-generation Korean American high school Read more.
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel. Amulet, 2010 Age 14 and older Janis Joplin’s transformation from member of Read more.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
BTP May 2019 (1)
Lamba, Marie, and Baldev Lamba. Green Green: A Community Gardening Story. Illustrated by Sonia Sánchez. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017. 32 Read more.
BTP May 2019 (2)
Messner, Kate. Over and Under the Pond. Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Chronicle, 2017. 40 pages (978–1–4521–4542–6) Ages 4-8 The Read more.
BTP Summer 2019 (1)
Barton, Byron. I Want to Be an Astronaut. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1988. 32 pages (0-694-00261-5) Ages 3-6 “I want to be an astronaut/a Read more.
BTP Summer 2019 (2)
Wilson-Max, Ken. Max’s Starry Night. Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 2001. 24 pages (0-7868-0553-6) Ages 2 – 4 When young Max and Read more.
BTP Summer 2019 (3)
Ray, Mary Lyn. Stars. Illustrated by Marla Frazee. Beach Lane, 2011. 32 pages (978–1–4424-2249–0) Ages 2-6 “A star is how you know it’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Primary May 2019 (1)
Cornwall, Gaia. Jabari Jumps. Candlewick Press, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–7636–7838–8) Ages 3-7 A young African American boy is sure he’s Read more.
Primary May 2019 (2)
Meisel, Paul. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis. Holiday House, 2017. 32 pages (978–0–8234–3671–2) Ages 5-8 The eventful summer of Read more.
Primary Summer 2019 (1)
Aston, Dianna Hutts. Moon Over Star. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Dial, 2008. 32 pages (978-0-8037-3107-3) Ages 7-10 In the summer of1969, young Mae Read more.
Primary Summer 2019 (2)
Sayre, April Pulley. Stars Beneath Your Bed. Illustrated by Ann Jonas. Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins, 2005. 24 pages (0-06-057189-6) Ages 5-8 Poetry and science Read more.
Primary Summer 2019 (3)
Grey, Mini. Toys in Space. U.S. edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 2013. 32 pages (978–0–307-97812–7) Ages 4-8 “That summer night, for the first time 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Intermediate May 2019 (1)
Miller, Darcy. Roll. Harper, 2017. 206 pages (978–0–06–246122–3) Ages 8-12 Ren’s family recently moved to his late grandmother’s house outside Read more.
Intermediate Summer 2019 (3)
Yang, Gene Luen. Prime Baby. Illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. Roaring Brook Press, 2010. 64 pages ( 9781596436121) Age 9 and older Eight-year-old Thaddeus is Read more.
Middle School May 2019
Cartaya, Pablo. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora. Viking, 2017. 236 pages (978–1–101–99723–9) Ages 10-13 Arturo lives in an apartment 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.
High School May 2019
Stevens, Courtney. Dress Codes for Small Towns. HarperTeen, 2017. 337 pages (978–0–06–239851–2) Age 13 and older A YA book set Read more.
September 2018 Books
“Miss Knapp says the / first day is Get-Aquainted Day in kindergarten.” (from “Drawing My Family” in A New School Year: Read more.
October 2018 Books
“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 Read more.
December 2018 Books
“All Clayton wanted was a twelve-bar solo–not even the twice-around the block solo that the other Bluesman played. He wanted Read more.
May 2019 Books
“There are birds falling out of the sky. “I’m not an expert on bird behavior or anything, but I’m pretty Read more.