Nominated Books

What is Given from the Heart

By Patrica C. McKissack, Illustrated by April Harrison

“Misery loves company,” Mama says to James Otis. It’s been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they’re blessed. One Sunday before Valentine’s Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service—the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple’s “love box,” but what does he have worth giving?

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.6

Published by Schwartz & Wade

ISBN# 978-0375836152 (HB)

A Ray of Light

By Walter Wick, Illustrated by Walter Wick

The wonder of light has fascinated readers for ages. Walter Wick’s mesmerizing photographs paired with simple yet fascinating text and scientific observations help readers understand the secrets and complexity of light.

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.9

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-0439165877 (HB)

An Invisible Thread Young Readers Edition

By Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski

On one rainy afternoon, on a crowded New York City street corner, eleven-year-old Maurice met Laura. Maurice asked Laura for spare change because he was hungry, and something made Laura stop and ask Maurice if she could take him to lunch. Maurice and Laura went to lunch together, and also bought ice cream cones and played video games. It was the beginning of an unlikely and magical friendship that changed both of their lives forever.

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.2

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

ISBN# 978-1534437272 (HB)

Library on Wheels

By Sharlee Glenn

Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852–1932) was always looking for ways to improve her library. As librarian at the Washington County Free Library in Maryland, Titcomb was concerned that the library was not reaching all the people it could. She was determined that everyone should have access to the library—not just adults and those who lived in town. Realizing its limitations and inability to reach the county’s 25,000 rural residents, including farmers and their families, Titcomb set about to change the library system forever with the introduction of book-deposit stations throughout the country, a children’s room in the library, and her most revolutionary idea of all—a horse-drawn Book Wagon. Soon book wagons were appearing in other parts of the country, and by 1922, the book wagon idea had received widespread support. The bookmobile was born!

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 6.3

Published by Harry N. Abrams

ISBN# 978-1419728754 (HB)

Ruby in the Sky

By Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Twelve-year-old Ruby Moon Hayes does not want her new classmates to ask about her father. She does not want them to know her mother has been arrested. And she definitely does not want to make any friends. Ruby just wants to stay as silent and invisible as a new moon in the frozen sky. She and her mother won’t be staying long in Vermont anyway, and then things can go back to the way they were before everything went wrong. But keeping to herself isn’t easy when Ahmad Saleem, a Syrian refugee, decides he’s her new best friend. Or when she meets “the Bird Lady,” a recluse named Abigail who lives in a ramshackle shed near Ruby’s house. Before long Ahmad and Abigail have become Ruby’s friends―and she realizes there is more to their stories than everyone knows.

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN# 978-0374309053 (HB)

Smart Cookie

By Elly Swartz

Frankie knows she’ll be in big trouble if Dad discovers she secretly posted a dating profile for him online. But she’s determined to find him a wife, even if she ends up grounded for life. Frankie wants what she had before Mom died. A family of three. Two is a pair of socks or the wheels on a bicycle or a busy weekend at the B&B where Frankie and Dad live. Three is a family. And Frankie’s is missing a piece. But Operation Mom is harder to pull off than Frankie expects. None of the Possibles are very momish, the B&B’s guests keep canceling, Frankie’s getting the silent treatment from her once best friend, and there’s a maybe-ghost hanging around. Worst of all, Gram and Dad are definitely hiding secrets of their own. If a smart cookie like Frankie wants to save the B&B and find her missing piece, she’s going to have to figure out what secrets are worth keeping and when it’s time to let go.

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 4.1

Published by Scholastic Press

ISBN# 978-1338143560 (HB)

The Alcatraz Escape

By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman , Illustrated by Sarah Watts

Legendary literary game-maker Garrison Griswold is back in action―this time with “Unlock the Rock.” For his latest game, Griswold has partnered with the famous—and famously reclusive—mystery writer Errol Roy to plan an epic escape room challenge on Alcatraz Island.

Nominated

2020-2021 Lamplighter Award

Reading Level: 5.8

Published by Henry Holt and Co

ISBN# 978-1627799638 (HB)

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon

By Dean Robbins, Illustrated by Sean Rubin

As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan’s paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon.

Nominated

2020-2021 Gallery Award

Reading Level: 3.4

Published by Orchard Books

ISBN# 978-1338259537 (HB)