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As Warm as the Sun Kate and Jim McMullan
Illustrated by Publisher Neal Porter Books ISBN# 978-0823443277 (HB) Copyright 8/13/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Toby loves basking in the morning sun, snuggling in a lap in the afternoon, and toasting his tummy by the fireside at night, but somehow his warm spots never last. What Toby wants more than anything is to find something as warm as the sun that never fades or fizzles.

Because of the Rabbit Cynthia Lord 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545914246 (HB) Copyright 4/26/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They’re supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night. The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school. But things don’t go as planned. On the first day of school, she’s paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can’t stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he’s obsessed with animals. Jack doesn’t fit in, and Emma’s worried he’ll make her stand out. Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she’s meant to have?

Best Family Ever Karen Kingsbury and Tyler Russell 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books ISBN# 978-1534412156 (HB) Copyright 2/5/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.20

Brooke is the perfect older sister. For that reason, Kari and Ashley work hard to make their parents just as proud of them as they are of Brooke. Each girl has her own talents. Brooke is an excellent student. Kari is a great soccer player. Ashley, a talented artist. And they are always there for each other. But when the news comes that Dr. Baxter is moving the family from Ann Arbor to Bloomington, Indiana, and the Baxters need to leave the only home and friends they’ve ever known, no one is happy. Saying goodbye is hard but the family still has what’s most important—their faith and their love for each other.

Carter Reads the Newspaper Deborah Hopkinson 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Don Tate Publisher Peachtree Publishing Company C ISBN# 978-1561459346 (HB) Copyright 2/1/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, he believed in being an informed citizen. So Carter read the newspaper to him every day. When he was still a teenager, Carter went to work in the coal mines. There he met a man named Oliver Jones, and Oliver did something important: he asked Carter not only to read to him and the other miners, but also research and find more information on the subjects that interested them. “My interest in penetrating the past of my people was deepened,” Carter wrote. His journey would take him many more years, traveling around the world and transforming the way people thought about history.

Code Word Courage Kirby Larson 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545840750 (HB) Copyright 4/24/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

Billie has lived with her great-aunt ever since her mom passed away and her dad left. Billie’s big brother, Leo, is about to leave, too, for the warfront. But first, she gets one more weekend with him at the ranch. Billie’s surprised when Leo brings home a fellow Marine from boot camp, Denny. She has so much to ask Leo—about losing her best friend and trying to find their father—but Denny, who is Navajo, or Diné, comes with something special: a gorgeous, but injured, stray dog. As Billie cares for the dog, whom they name Bear, she and Bear grow deeply attached to each other. Soon enough, it’s time for Leo and Denny, a Navajo Code Talker, to ship out. Billie does her part for the war effort, but she worries whether Leo and Denny will make it home, whether she’ll find a new friend, and if her father will ever come back. Can Bear help Billie—and Denny—find what’s most important?

Courageous: A Novel of Dunkirk Yona Zeldis McDonough 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338226850 (HB) Copyright 11/27/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

Aiden has been afraid of the ocean since his brother’s ship was sunk by the Germans. Then the call comes in: British forces are stranded at Dunkirk, and they need help from civilian boats.

Life According to Og the Frog Betty G. Birney 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Reader ISBN# 978-1524739942 (HB) Copyright 7/3/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.20

Og the Frog has just moved into Room 26, and the place is hopping. There are lively kids, new routines, and a furry neighbor who seems to squeak all day. Luckily, everyone seems friendly and—BING, BANG, BOING!—some even put juicy crickets in his tank. But just as Og is getting used to this new life, there is talk of sending him back to the pond. Sure, he misses his friends, but now he has a lot more time for his favorite hobby—making up songs and poems—and he loves listening to his new friends and giving them encouraging BOINGS just when they need them. And there’s that steady supply of crickets . . . Og doesn’t want to say goodbye to his new life or his furry neighbor. But will his classmates decide to keep Og as their classroom pet or take him back to his old life, at the pond?

Louisiana’s Way Home Kate DiCamillo 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Candlewick Press ISBN# 978-0763694630 (HB) Copyright 10/2/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town — including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder — she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes.

Love Does for Kids Bob Goff and Lindsey Goff Viducich 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Michael Lauritano Publisher Thomas Nelson ISBN# 978-0718095222 (HB) Copyright 10/23/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In the same way that Love Does has struck a deep chord with adults, kids will experience God in new and thrilling ways and see that living out our faith certainly isn’t boring! With this book, children will laugh, dream, and be inspired to make a difference for God.

Maybe Tomorrow? Charlotte Agell
Illustrated by Ana Ramirez Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338214888 (HB) Copyright 4/26/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.20

This tender exploration of loss illuminates how kindness, empathy, and friendship can lift our spirits and see us through many tomorrows. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced hardship or grief, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to a friend moving away, or the transition to a new home or family situation.

My Fourth of July Jerry Spinelli
Illustrated by Larry Day Publisher Neal Porter Books ISBN# 978-0823442881 (HB) Copyright 5/14/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

A responsible little boy who’s eager to do his part wakes up joyful and ready to celebrate his favorite day of all. But there’s a lot of work to do—pies to be baked, deviled eggs to be filled—and the boy has lots of jobs to complete before he can enjoy the fun . . . the world’s best picnic!

Saving Winslow Sharon Creech 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062570703 (HB) Copyright 9/11/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.20

Louie doesn’t have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he’s determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army. Everyone worries that Winslow won’t survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie’s bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined.

Seeds and Trees Brandon Walden
Illustrated by Kristen and Keven Howdeshell Publisher The Treasured Tree ISBN# 978-1947165687 (HB) Copyright 6/12/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

It’s time to tell a special tale that will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Seeds and Trees revels in the power of words. It explores their effects on feelings and emotions. And it does so through the journey of two different seeds.

Squirrel’s Family Tree Beth Ferry
Illustrated by A.N. Kang Publisher Orchard Book ISBN# 978-1338187366 (HB) Copyright 1/29/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

What makes an oak tree an oak tree and what makes a squirrel a squirrel? In Squirrel’s Family Tree, things aren’t always what they seem. As squirrel searches for, finds, and hides her acorn treasures beneath the shadows of the great oak trees in the forest, little does she know the role she plays in creating the very environment she forages in.

We are the Gardeners Joanna Gaines and Kids
Illustrated by Juliannna Swaney Publisher Thomas Nelson ISBN# 978-1400314225 (HB) Copyright 4/26/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family’s story of becoming gardeners in Joanna’s first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family’s love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

What is Given from the Heart Patrica C. McKissack
Illustrated by April Harrison Publisher Schwartz & Wade ISBN# 978-0375836152 (HB) Copyright 1/8/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

“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?

Who Are You Calling Weird? Marilyn Singer 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Paul Daviz Publisher Words & Pictures ISBN# 978-0760363393 (HB) Copyright 11/23/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Celebrate the weird, wonderful, and the downright bizarre in this compelling compendium of unusual animals. From the green fur of a three-toed sloth, to the pink and wiggly appendage of the star-nosed mole, there’s something new to marvel at on every page.

A Ray of Light Walter Wick 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Walter Wick Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0439165877 (HB) Copyright 2/26/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.90

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.

An Invisible Thread Young Readers Edition Laura Schroff, Alex Tresniowski 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1534437272 (HB) Copyright 5/7/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.20

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.

Library on Wheels Sharlee Glenn 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher Harry N. Abrams ISBN# 978-1419728754 (HB) Copyright 4/10/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.30

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!

Ruby in the Sky Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN# 978-0374309053 (HB) Copyright 2/5/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

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.

Smart Cookie Elly Swartz 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338143560 (HB) Copyright 1/30/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

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.

The Alcatraz Escape Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Sarah Watts Publisher Henry Holt and Co ISBN# 978-1627799638 (HB) Copyright 5/1/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

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.

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon Dean Robbins
Illustrated by Sean Rubin Publisher Orchard Books ISBN# 978-1338259537 (HB) Copyright 5/28/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.40

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.

The Boo-Boos that Changed the World Barry Wittenstein
Illustrated by Chris Hsu Publisher Charlesbridge ISBN# 978-1580897457 (HB) Copyright 2/13/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.90

1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself. The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but Earle’s bosses at the pharmaceutical giant weren’t convinced, and it wasn’t until the Boy Scouts of America tested Earle’s prototype that this ubiquitous household staple was made available to the public. Soon Band-Aids were selling like hotcakes, and the rest is boo-boo history.

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler John Hendrix 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher Harry N. Abrams ISBN# 978-1419728389 (HB) Copyright 9/18/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 7.60

Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party is gaining strength and becoming more menacing every day. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor upset by the complacency of the German church toward the suffering around it, forms a breakaway church to speak out against the established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive. Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible!

The Friend Who Forgives Dan Dewitt
Illustrated by Catalina Echeverri Publisher The Good Book Company ISBN# 978-1784983024 (HB) Copyright 11/1/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Do you ever talk before you think? Mess up? Let others down? That’s what Peter did, again and again and again, and it led him to abandoning his best friend, Jesus. Peter loved Jesus. He felt terrible when he pretended not to know him. He thought all was lost when Jesus died. But Jesus is not like our other friends. He wants to forgive us when we are really sorry, even when we mess up again and again and again. And because Jesus died and rose again he can. Jesus’ death took the punishment for all of Peter’s mistakes and all our mistakes, and his resurrection showed the penalty was lifted. After he rose from the dead, Jesus went and found Peter and forgave him, and he can do the same for us. Peter spent the rest of his life telling people that if they put their trust in Jesus, they could be forgiven too again and again and again. Children know all about failing, but they don’t always experience true forgiveness. This book points them to Jesus, the one who will forgive them again and again and again.

The Friendship War Andrew Clements 2020-2021
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0399557590 (HB) Copyright 8/1/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.00

Grace and Ellie have been best friends since second grade. Ellie’s always right in the center of everything—and Grace is usually happy to be Ellie’s sidekick. But what happens when everything changes? This time it’s Grace who suddenly has everyone’s attention when she accidentally starts a new fad at school. It’s a fad that has first her class, then her grade, and then the entire school collecting and trading and even fighting over . . . buttons?! A fad that might also get her in major trouble and could even be the end of Grace and Ellie’s friendship. Because Ellie’s not used to being one-upped by anybody. There’s only one thing for Grace to do. With the help of Hank—the biggest button collector in the sixth grade—she will have to figure out a way to end the fad once and for all. But once a fad starts, can it be stopped?

The Winter War Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher B&H Kids ISBN# 9781462796755 (HB) Copyright 8/15/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Two years ago, the Prince Warriors lost one of their own, but now they must stand firm . . . because death is coming once again. In this sequel to Priscilla Shirer’s best-selling trilogy, the Prince Warriors return to Ahoratos to find it bare and dangerous. The Winter War is upon them

Wish on All the Stars Lisa Schroeder 2020-2021
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338195774 (HB) Copyright 7/9/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Juliet is now an official member of the Starry Beach Club, and loves working with her new friends, Emma and Carmen, to make people’s wishes come true. Living away from her dad is still hard, and she misses her best friend from her old town, but she has her friends and the bookmobile, and San Diego feels more like home than ever. But then she learns that the bookmobile is going to have to shut down. The owner of the parking lot wants to start charging rent, and soon the bookmobile won’t be able to stay in business. The Starry Beach Club comes up with different ways to save their favorite store, but none seem to work. But then Emma gets the idea to have a crafts fair…and she wants Juliet to sell her paintings! Juliet is nervous, and isn’t sure whether she’s ready to put herself on display. Meanwhile, Carmen is feeling anxious about the possibility of her mother being deported. Will Juliet be able to be brave for herself and for Carmen?

Be Kind Pat Zietlow Miller
Illustrated by Jen Hill Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1626723214 (HB) Copyright 2/6/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.20

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?

From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference―or at least help a friend.

A Boy Called Bat Elana K. Arnold 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Charles Santoso Publisher Walden Pond Press ISBN# 978-0062445827 (HB) Copyright 3/14/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.60

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Confessions from the Principal’s Kid Robin Mellom 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544813793 (HB) Copyright 8/1/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.90

During the school day, fifth-grader Allie West is an outsider. Everyone knows the principal’s kid might tattle to her mom! But after school, Allie is an insider. She’s friendly with the janitor, knows the shortest routes around the building, and hangs out with the Afters, a group of misfits whose parents are teachers at their school. Although Allie secretly loves her insider life, she’s sick of being an outsider—so she vows to join the Pentagon, the popular math team led by her ex–best friend. But can Allie change her status without betraying where she really belongs?

Ellie, Engineer Jackson Pearce 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Tuesday Mourning Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-1681195193 (HB) Copyright 1/16/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet, all while keeping a secret from Kit?

Gone Camping Tamera Will Wissinger
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544638730 (HB) Copyright 3/28/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.00

Hiking in the great outdoors, catching fish, watching the stars come out at night—camping is fun. Until it’s time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent-mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears?

The Hiding Game Gwen Strauss 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Herb Leonhard Publisher Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. ISBN# 978-1455622658 (HB) Copyright 2/8/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

At their new home in the Villa Air-Bel, Aube and her family are used to things being hidden. Among the secrets kept at the château are a radio, a cow, and—most secret of all—Aube herself. Even with the threat of Nazi capture looming over their heads, life at the villa has been colorful for the refugees awaiting their escape to safety. Joined by writers, musicians, artists, and great thinkers like Marc Chagall and Max Ernst, Aube spends each day singing, playing games, and creating art. Together, this lively congregation are able to fight back fear and hatred with bravery and laughter—not just for young Aube, but for themselves as well.

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe David Teague 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062377494 (HB) Copyright 11/7/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.90

Oscar Indigo has never been good at baseball, so naturally he’s nervous when he has to fill in for his team’s injured All-Star, Lourdes. Luckily, Oscar has a mysterious gold watch that can stop time, which he uses to fake a game-winning home run. Now Oscar’s the underdog hero of his town and even Lourdes wants to be his friend.

I Can Only Imagine Bart Millard
Illustrated by Sumiti Collina Publisher Thomas Nelson ISBN# 978-1400321339 (HB) Copyright 7/3/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

I Can Only Imagine asks questions a child might ask and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book that families will cherish.

I Love You, Michael Collins Lauren Baratz-Logsted 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN# 978-0374303853 (HB) Copyright 6/20/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

It’s 1969 and the country is gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting moment in U.S. history: men landing on the moon. Ten-year-old Mamie’s class is given an assignment to write letters to the astronauts. All the girls write to Neil Armstrong (“So cute!”) and all the boys write to Buzz Aldrin (“So cool!”). Only Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the astronaut who will come so close but never achieve everyone else’s dream of walking on the moon, because he is the one who must stay with the ship. After school ends, Mamie keeps writing to Michael Collins, taking comfort in telling someone about what’s going on with her family as, one by one, they leave the house thinking that someone else is taking care of her―until she is all alone except for her cat and her best friend, Buster. And as the date of the launch nears, Mamie can’t help but wonder: Does no one stay with the ship anymore?

In Over Their Heads Margaret Peterson Haddix 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1481417617 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.30

In Under Their Skin, twins Nick and Eryn successfully met their new stepsiblings, Ava and Jackson. But in doing so, the twins found themselves on a mission to discover how to prevent humanity from facing certain doom.

John Ronald’s Dragons Caroline McAlister
Illustrated by Eliza Wheeler Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1626720923 (HB) Copyright 3/21/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own.

Malala’s Magic Pencil Malala Yousafzai
Illustrated by Kerascoët Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0316319577 (HB) Copyright 10/17/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom Suzi Eszterhas 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Suzi Eszterhas Publisher Owlkids ISBN# 978-1771472425 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.30

Moto and Me tells the remarkable firsthand story of wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas’s care for an orphaned baby serval—a small, spotted wildcat—in Kenya. When a grass fire separates the serval from his family, a ranger asks Suzi, who is living in a bush camp and is skilled with animals, to be the serval’s foster mom.

Not So Different Shane Burcaw
Illustrated by Matt Carr Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1626727717 (HB) Copyright 11/7/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles’ growth. As a result, his body hasn’t grown bigger and stronger as he’s gotten older―it’s gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasn’t stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.

Orphan Train Girl Christina Baker Kline 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins; Young Readers' ed. edition ISBN# 978-0062445940 (HB) Copyright 5/2/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Molly Ayer has been in foster care since she was eight years old. Most of the time, Molly knows it’s her attitude that’s the problem, but after being shipped from one family to another, she’s had her fair share of adults treating her like an inconvenience. So when Molly’s forced to help a wealthy elderly woman clean out her attic for community service, Molly is wary. But from the moment they meet, Molly realizes that Vivian isn’t like any of the adults she’s encountered before. Vivian asks Molly questions about her life and actually listens to the answers.

Resistance Jennifer A. Nielsen 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338148473 (HB) Copyright 8/28/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope, Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier and travels between the Jewish ghettos of Poland, smuggling food, papers, and even people. Soon Chaya joins a resistance cell that runs raids on the Nazis’ supplies. But after a mission goes terribly wrong, Chaya’s network shatters. She is alone and unsure of where to go, until Esther, a member of her cell, finds her and delivers a message that chills Chaya to her core, and sends her on a journey toward an even larger uprising in the works—in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Run with Me: The Story of a U.S. Olympic Champion Sanya Richards-Ross 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Zondervan ISBN# 978-0310761211 (HB) Copyright 6/6/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

From her early days running in Jamaica to her final race, Sanya shares the importance of determination, courage and faith. She uses the 4 Ps—push, pace, position and poise—a model created by her coach, Clyde Hart, to approach and tackle every obstacle. In her book, Sanya reveals how these strategies have helped her and will help kids learn how to run their best race in life. Run with Me is Sanya’s story—her wins and her losses—chronicling her unique triumphs and trials with fame, family and faith. Written purposely for the 8-12 audience, this book will inspire kids to pursue their dreams at full speed.

Running on Empty S.E. Durrant 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823438402 (HB) Copyright 11/18/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

CJ is a runner—and when he’s running, he’s fast, free, and flying. It was Grandad who taught him to run, and who did a lot more, besides. Grandad always made sure things were in order around CJ’s house, because his parents could not. CJ’s parents are different, and because they do not have the tools to cope with certain elements of everyday life, it was Grandad who reviewed the water bill, saw to it that the electricity meter had funds, and kept everything else shipshape. But now, with Grandad’s sudden passing and Aunt Joan about to have a baby, CJ knows it’s up to him to make sure Mum and Dad are okay and to keep the household going. It would be a hard job for any adult, but for a kid who’s also starting middle-school and trying to impress the gruff track coach . . . is staying afloat even possible?

See You on a Starry Night Lisa Schroeder 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-1338195743 (HB) Copyright 6/26/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.80

Juliet has just moved to a beachside town with her newly separated mother and her moody older sister. When she meets their new neighbor, Emma, the girls form an instant bond. Emma’s big family takes Juliet in, and the girls have fun together—starting with the night they throw bottles with secret messages into the sea.

This is How We Do It Matt Lamothe
Illustrated by Publisher Chronicle Books ISBN# 978-1452150185 (HB) Copyright 5/2/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.

This is the Day! Amy Parker
Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez Publisher Little Shepherd ISBN# 978-1338047035 (HB) Copyright 3/27/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Every day is a day to celebrate and find hope in this colorful, creative storybook inspired by Psalm 118:24. With joyous rhymes and colorful illustrations of all kinds of children, find the beauty and wonder of every moment of the day—and learn that you can make the world even more glorious, too!

The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library Linda Bailey 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson Publisher Greenwillow Books ISBN# 978-0062440938 (HB) Copyright 6/20/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.70

Eddie is a tiny green bug who loves to read and who lives behind the chalkboard in the fourth-grade classroom with his parents, his 53 brothers and sisters, and his aunt Min. But when Aunt Min goes to the school library to read a book and never returns, Eddie leaves the comfort of his home for the first time and makes the dangerous trek through Ferny Creek Elementary School to find her. After dodging running sneakers, falling books, and terrifying spiders, Eddie reaches the library, where he discovers Aunt Min stuck in a perilous situation! To top it all off, there’s a substitute librarian who aims to close the library for good and get rid of all the books!

Trouble at School for Marvin & James Elise Broach
Illustrated by Kelly Murphy Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) ISBN# 978-1627793186 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.40

Marvin the beetle is off to school with James for the very first time! Everything runs smoothly on this big adventure until the bell rings after lunch and Marvin gets separated from James. In fact, he gets accidentally thrown away! Will Marvin make it back home to his family? How will James find him?

The Unicorn Quest Kamilla Benko 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-1681192451 (HB) Copyright 1/30/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.40

Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor . . . until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret.

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City Jodi Kendall 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Pascal Campion Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062484536 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey—a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet.

Unstoppable: True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals Nancy Furtsinger 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544879669 (HB) Copyright 10/10/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 7.70

Nancy Furstinger profiles Chris P. Bacon and many other animals in Unstoppable—all of whom are making their way around with the help of prosthetics, braces, orthotics and wheelchairs! Readers will meet the caretakers, prosthetists, vets, and loving families that help to make recovery possible. Furstinger offers a glimpse into the cutting-edge technologies, such as 3D printing and brain-controlled prosthetics, that are helping to improve the lives of animals and humans alike.

Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge Kristin L. Gray 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books ISBN# 978-1481458429 (HB) Copyright 3/7/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

Being responsible is NOT easy. Fourth grader Vilonia hasn’t lost her rain coat in the three weeks she’s had it and she’s brushed her teeth every night andshe’s volunteered to be the Friday Library Helper. But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog. Besides, this dog isn’t just because Vilonia has wanted one for pretty much ever. It’s also to help Mama, who’s been lost in one, big sadness fog for forty-three days—ever since Nana died. But Vilonia read that pets can help with sadness. Now all she has to do is keep the library goldfish alive over spring break, stop bringing stray animals home, and help Mama not get fired from her job. And she’s got to do all of it before the Catfish Festival. Easy as pie, right?

When the Cousins Came Katie Yamasaki
Illustrated by Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823434572 (HB) Copyright 7/3/2018 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Lila is excited for her cousins Takeo and Rosie to visit. They’re going to ride bikes, paint, and camp together! But when the cousins arrive, everything’s wrong: Rosie and Takeo are better painters than Lila, have skateboards instead of bikes, and don’t want to camp outside. Lila is terribly disappointed until the cousins make her a surprise: a big banner for their “best cousin” Lila!

Wishtree Katherine Applegate 2019-2020
Crown
Illustrated by Charles Santoso Publisher Feiwel & Friends; First Edition edition ISBN# 978-1250043221 (HB) Copyright 11/26/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.20

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.

Zack and the Turkey Attack Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 2019-2020
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Illustrated by Vivienne Publisher Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books ISBN# 978-1481437790 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.90

Zack has a problem. A turkey problem. A TOM turkey to be exact. Every weekend Zack goes to his grandparents’ farm with his father. As soon as he and his dad pull up in the truck, that ol’ Tom turkey’s right there, waiting, ready to peck, peck, peck at Zack’s legs. Now, Zack isn’t usually a scaredy-cat but this is different. The bird is flat out mean, and has clearly got it out for Zack.

Ashes Laurie Halse Anderson 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books ISBN# 978-1416961468 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.60

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge, but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

Be a Friend Salina Yoon
Illustrated by Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-1619639515 (HB) Copyright 1/4/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 1.90

Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree . . . But being a mime can be lonely. It isn’t until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship—and how special he truly is! At its core, this book is a heartwarming story of self-acceptance, courage, and unbreakable friendship for anyone who has ever felt ‘different.’

Before She Was Harriet Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated by James E.Ransome Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823420476 (HB) Copyright 11/6/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

We know her today as Harriet Tubman, but in her lifetime she was called by many names. As General Tubman she was a Union spy. As Moses she led hundreds to freedom on the Underground Railroad. As Minty she was a slave whose spirit could not be broken. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.

Beyond the Bright Sea Lauren Wolk 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Dutton Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1101994856 (HB) Copyright 5/1/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar. Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion Chris Barton 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Victo Ngai Publisher Millbrook Press ISBN# 978-1512410143 (HB) Copyright 8/31/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.10

During World War I, British and American ships were painted with bold colors and crazy patterns from bow to stern. Why would anyone put such eye-catching designs on ships? Desperate to protect ships from German torpedo attacks, British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson proposed what became known as dazzle. These stunning patterns and colors were meant to confuse the enemy about a ship’s speed and direction. By the end of the war, more than four thousand ships had been painted with these mesmerizing designs.

Elsie Mae Has Something to Say Nancy Cavanaugh 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Sourcebooks Jabberwocky ISBN# 978-1492640226 (HB) Copyright 9/4/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Elsie Mae is pretty sure this’ll be the best summer ever. She gets to explore the cool, quiet waters of the Okefenokee Swamp around her grandparents’ house with her new dog, Huck, and she’s written a letter to President Roosevelt that she’s confident will save the swamp from a shipping company and make her a major hometown hero. Then, news reaches Elsie Mae of some hog bandits stealing from swamper families, and she sees another opportunity to make her family proud while waiting to hear back from the White House. But when her cousin Henry James, who dreams of one day becoming a traveling preacher like his daddy, shows up and just about ruins her investigation with his ‘Hallelujahs,’ Elsie Mae will learn the hard way what it really means to be a hero.

Genevieve’s War Patricia Reilly Giff 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823438006 (HB) Copyright 3/29/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

Thirteen-year-old American girl Genevieve has spent the summer of 1939 at her grandmother’s farm in Alsace, France. Then she makes an impulsive choice: to stay in France. It proves to be a dangerous decision. World War II erupts. The Nazis conquer Alsace and deport the Jews and others. A frightening German officer commandeers a room in Meme’s farmhouse. And when Gen’s friend Remi commits an act of sabotage, Gen is forced to hide him in the attic right above the Nazi officer’s head. Genevieve’s War is a gripping story that brings the war in occupied France vividly to life. It is a companion work to Lily’s Crossing, a Newbery Honor Book.

Hidden Figures: Young Readers’ Edition Margot Lee Shetterly 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062662385 (HB) Copyright 11/28/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 8.20

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as ‘human computers’ used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.

Hippopotamister John Patrick Green
Illustrated by John Patrick Green, with color by Cat Caro Publisher First Second ISBN# 978-1626722002 (HB) Copyright 5/9/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.80

The zoo isn’t what it used to be. It’s run down, and Hippo hardly ever gets any visitors. So he decides to set off for the outside with his friend Red Panda. To make it in the human world, Hippo will have to become a Hippopotamister: he’ll have to act like a human, get a job, and wear a hat as a disguise. He’s a good employee, whether he’s a construction worker, a hair stylist, or a sous chef. But what he really needs is a job where he can be himself.

Little Ree Ree Drummond
Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062453181 (HB) Copyright 3/27/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.40

Little Ree trades in her city days for a country way of life when she moves with her family to her grandparents’ ranch. She’s excited to ride horses, swim in the pond, and help Grandma cook for everyone. But on her first day, she finds that living on a ranch can be tough.

Moo Sharon Creech 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0062415240 (HB) Copyright 8/29/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents ‘volunteer’ Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna and that stubborn cow, Zora.

Nick Newton is Not a Genius S.E.M. Ishida 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher JourneyForth ISBN# 978-1628562354 (PB) Copyright 10/18/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Nick Newton is not a Genius. He’s just a merely average boy from the country of Thauma. He may not be brilliant like his mom and dad or a child prodigy like his sister, but he won’t let that stop him from uncovering the mysteries of a clockwork factory or revealing a war hero’s greatest secret. With help from two new friends and his butler named Jude, Nick embarks on an adventure that will change his life forever.

Once Was a Time Leila Sales 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Chronicle Books ISBN# 978-1452140094 (HB) Copyright 5/4/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

In the war-ravaged England of 1940, Charlotte Bromley is sure of only one thing: Kitty McLaughlin is her best friend in the whole world. But when Charlotte’s scientist father makes an astonishing discovery that the Germans will covet for themselves, Charlotte is faced with an impossible choice between danger and safety. Should she remain with her friend or journey to another time and place? Her split-second decision has huge consequences, and when she finds herself alone in the world, unsure of Kitty’s fate, she knows that somehow, some way, she must find her way back to her friend. Written in the spirit of classic time-travel tales, this book is an imaginative and heartfelt tribute to the unbreakable ties of friendship.

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood Liesl Shurtliff 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0385755832 (HB) Copyright 4/11/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic. But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

Save Me a Seat Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545846608 (HB) Copyright 5/9/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common—but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Steve Sheinkin 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1596439542 (HB) Copyright 1/16/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.80

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team is an astonishing underdog sports story and more. It’s an unflinching look at the U.S. government’s violent persecution of Native Americans and the school that was designed to erase Indian cultures. Expertly told by three-time National Book Award finalist Steve Sheinkin, it’s the story of a group of young men who came together at that school, the overwhelming obstacles they faced both on and off the field, and their absolute refusal to accept defeat.

We’re All Wonders R.J. Palacio
Illustrated by Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1524766498 (HB) Copyright 3/27/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 1.50

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

What Do You Do With a Problem? Kobi Yamada
Illustrated by Mae Besom Publisher Copendium, Inc ISBN# 978-1943200009 (HB) Copyright 6/30/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.20

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons Julie Fogliano 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Julie Morstad Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1596438521 (HB) Copyright 2/29/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.90

Flowers blooming in sheets of snow make way for happy frogs dancing in the rain. Summer swims move over for autumn sweaters until the snow comes back again. In Julie Fogliano’s skilled hand and illustrated by Julie Morstad’s charming pictures, the seasons come to life in this gorgeous and comprehensive book of poetry.

Zoe in Wonderland Brenda Woods 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399170973 (HB) Copyright 8/15/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

Zoe Reindeer considers herself ‘just Zoe’ never measuring up to her too-perfect older sister or her smarty-pants little brother. Truthfully, though, she’d rather just blend in with the plants at the family business, Doc Reindeer’s Exotic Plant Wonderland. She does have one friend, Q, and he’s the best one ever, but he’s moving away, leaving Zoe to fend for herself, and she doesn’t know what she’ll do without him. That is until a tall astronomer from Madagascar comes to the nursery looking for a Baobab tree. His visit starts a ball rolling that makes Zoe long for real adventures, not just imaginary ones, and shows her that perhaps her first real adventure is finally beginning.

Child of Books Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston
Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston Publisher Candlewick ISBN# 978-0763690779 (HB) Copyright 9/5/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next?

Green Colt S.J. Dahlstrom 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Paul Dry Books ISBN# 978-1589881143 (PB) Copyright 10/31/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In this fourth book of the series, Wilder is back at his grandfather’s ranch in West Texas. Papa Milam gives him an unexpected gift―his very own ‘green’ colt to break. Wilder is excited to begin, but he quickly realizes that even getting near the colt is much harder than he expected. So Papa hires Tequito, a Mexican vaquero, to help. Tequito doesn’t speak much English, and at first Wilder is intimidated. But the vaquero is both gentle and firm with the colt, and soon they’re making good progress. Wilder sees how skilled Tequito is with horses, and learns that American cowboying has its roots in a much older Mexican tradition.

Hero Two Doors Down Sharon Robinson 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545804516 (HB) Copyright 1/25/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

Stephen Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers. Steve and his father spend hours reading the sports pages and listening to games on the radio. Aside from an occasional run-in with his teacher, life is pretty simple for Steve. But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It’s 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it. Steve knows this is wrong. His hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before.

Lion Inside Rachel Bright
Illustrated by Jim Field Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545873505 (HB) Copyright 5/30/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.10

A mouse feels small and insecure and determines that what he needs to do is learn how to roar like a lion. He knows he has to act brave when he approaches a lion to learn how. In a hilarious turn of events, the lion is afraid of mice! The mouse comforts the lion, they become friends, and we learn that there’s a lion and a mouse inside all of us.

Marvelous Mud House April Graney
Illustrated by Alida Massari Publisher B & H Kids ISBN# 978-1462740994 (HB) Copyright 9/30/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Ben and his American family live in a hungry ranch house where they are always wanting more. But then they travel far across the world to Kenya and visit the marvelous mud house where George and Mama George live. There, among the mango trees, they discover a marvelous lesson about what it’s like to be full of joy instead.

Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in the Game of Life Kwame Alexander 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Thai Neave Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544570979 (HB) Copyright 2/13/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives? Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.

Somewhat True Adventures of Sammy Shine Henry Cole 2018-2019
Crown
Illustrated by Henry Cole Publisher Peachtree Publishers, Ltd ISBN# 978-1561458660 (HB) Copyright 3/31/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

When Sammy Shine’s plane takes off unexpectedly, he ends up in a whole new world; no longer does he live in comfort in his shoebox in Hank’s room. Now he’s lost in the woods, with no way to get home and a dangerous new enemy. Fortunately, a group of new friends, including a mouse, an injured crow, a newt, and a shrew, will help him find and repair his plane so he can try to get back home.

Unbreakable Code Jennifer Chambliss Bertman 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher Henry Holt and Co. ISBN# 978-1627791168 (HB) Copyright 4/24/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

Mr. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. First, there’s the coded note he drops at a book event. Then, they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger. What’s most suspicious is that each hidden book triggers an arson fire. As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. This new mystery is irresistible, but Emily and James can’t ignore the signs that Mr. Quisling might be the arsonist.

Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Timothy Basil Ering
Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering Publisher Candlewick ISBN# 978-0763664329 (HB) Copyright 1/9/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

Captain Alfred is sailing home with new ducks for his farm when his little boat is caught in an unexpected and mighty storm. Everything aboard the ship is flung to the far reaches of the sea, including the very special and beautiful duck egg he had nestled safely inside his fiddle case. But perhaps all is not lost: the little duckling stumbles out of his shell and discovers Captain Alfred’s fiddle, floating not too far away in the waves. And when the duckling embraces the instrument with all his heart, what happens next is pure magic. Through an enchanting read-aloud text and beautiful artwork, award-winning author-illustrator Timothy Basil Ering shares a thrilling and fantastical story of a farmer, a gentle old lady, a dancing dog, and one brave, tiny duckling that will warm the heart.

Way Things Work Now David Macaulay 2018-2019
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Illustrated by Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544824386 (HB) Copyright 10/3/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of machines, and shows how the developments of the past are building the world of tomorrow. This sweepingly revised edition embraces all of the latest developments, from touchscreens to 3D printer. Each scientific principle is brilliantly explained—with the help of a charming, if rather slow-witted, woolly mammoth.

Adventures with Waffles Maria Parr 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Candlewick Press ISBN# 978-0763672812 (HB) Copyright 5/12/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it’s coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill and sometimes an injury to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny’s waffles. But when Lena has to move away and Auntie Granny leaves the world, it sometimes seems like nothing will ever be right again. The warmth of friendship and the support of family suffuse this lightly illustrated novel, proving that when times are tough, a little taste of sweetness can make all the difference.

Angel Tree Daphne Benedis-Grab 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545613781 (HB) Copyright 9/30/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.70

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square—the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody’s ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition’s charm. This year, however, four kids who have been helped—Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami—are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town’s guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

Another Day as Emily Eileen Spinelli 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0449809884 (PB) Copyright 5/13/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.20

Eleven-year-old Suzy just can’t win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees a kindred spirit in Emily Dickinson, the subject of her summer project. Suzy decides to escape from her disappointments by emulating the poet’s life of solitude: no visitors or phone calls (only letters delivered through her window), no friends (except her goldfish, Ottilie), and no outings (except church, but only if she can wear her long white Emily dress). But being a recluse is harder than Suzy predicted. Will she find a way to fold Emily into her life while also remaining true to herself?

Curiosity Gary Blackwood 2017-2018
Lamplighter
Illustrated by Publisher Dial Books ISBN# 978-0803739246 (PB) Copyright 4/10/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.30

In 1835, when his father is put in debtors’ prison, 12-yr-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton but soon questions his own safety.

Daniel Finds a Poem Micha Archer
Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399169137 (HB) Copyright 2/15/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.80

What is poetry? Is it glistening morning dew? Spider thinks so. Is it crisp leaves crunching? That’s what Squirrel says. Could it be a cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass? Maybe poetry is all of these things, as it is something special for everyone you just have to take the time to really look and listen. The magical thing is that poetry is in everyone, and Daniel is on his way to discovering a poem of his own after spending time with his animal friends. What is poetry? If you look and listen, it’s all around you!

Dash Kirby Larson 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic, Inc. ISBN# 978-0545416368 (PB) Copyright 5/10/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.90

Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home—or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they’ve lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?

Diana’s White House Garden Elisa Carbone
Illustrated by Jen Hill Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0670016495 (HB) Copyright 5/3/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

Diana Hopkins lived in a white house. THE White House. World War II is in full force across the seas. It’s 1943, President Roosevelt is in office, and Diana’s father, Harry Hopkins, is his chief advisor. And Diana wants to be part of the war effort. After some well-intentioned missteps (her quarantine sign on her father’s office door was not well-received), the President requests her help with his newest plan for the country’s survival: Victory Gardens! From award-winning author Elisa Carbone comes the true story of how Diana Hopkins started her own Victory Garden on the White House lawn under the tutelage of Eleanor Roosevelt. With dedication and patience, she showed the nation that the war effort started first on the homefront.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Laurie Ann Thompson 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Sean Qualls Publisher Schwartz & Wade ISBN# 978-0449817452 (HB) Copyright 1/5/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.

Enormous Smallness: The Story of E.E. Cummings Matthew Burgess 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Publisher Enchanted Lion Books ISBN# 978-1592701711 (HB) Copyright 4/7/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.20

This introduction to the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer highlights key moments in his creative development, shares insights about his beliefs, and introduces some of his signature poems.

Fish in a Tree Lynda Mullaly Hunt 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399162596 (HB) Copyright 2/4/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.70

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her and to everyone than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.