2016-2017 Gallery Book List

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The Blue Whale Jenni Desmond
Illustrated by Publisher Enchanted Lion Books ISBN# 978-1592701650 (HB) Copyright 5/26/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.30

A nonfiction picture book, The Blue Whale draws children into the life and world of this enormous whale by situating facts within a familiar context that is fun and engaging.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Rafael López Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN# 978-0544102293 (HB) Copyright 3/31/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.20

In early 20th century Cuba, drumming was something for only boys and men. This book tells of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a girl so enamored of the drums that she even managed to change her own father’s mind, getting lessons and becoming the first well-known female drummer in Cuba, and the one to open the way for all girls after her to have the chance.

Last Stop on Market Street Matt De La Peña
Illustrated by Christian Robinson Publisher Penguin ISBN# 978-0399257742 (HB) Copyright 1/8/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

CJ and his nana have a Sunday morning routine. After church they walk to the bus stop, board the bus, and take a ride. The book follows them on their bus ride one Sunday. CJ wishes he didn’t have to go. He’s envious of his friends who have cars, and who get to go home after church. But every time he complains, his nana points out all the good parts of their day and the blessings they enjoy.

Little Elliot, Big City Mike Curato
Illustrated by Publisher Henry Holt ISBN# 978-0805098259 (HB) Copyright 8/26/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.10

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy―like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter―a friend.

Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens Nina Nolan
Illustrated by John Holyfield Publisher Harper ISBN# 978-0060879440 (HB) Copyright 1/27/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

Mahalia Jackson went down in history as the Queen of Gospel. This picture book biography follows her life starting in childhood. It highlights her struggles, victories and career as a singer over several decades. She never gave up or let others put her down due to the color of her skin. She paved the way for many other people of color to follow in her successful footsteps.

Monster Needs Your Vote Paul Czajak
Illustrated by Wendy Grieb Publisher Mighty Media Kids ISBN# 978-1938063633 (HB) Copyright 9/16/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.10

Part of the delightful ‘Monster Needs’ rhyming picture book series about a young boy and his friendly, blue-furred monster, this title is about politics and moral causes. Czajak weaves an encouraging and fun tale that will teach children about the voting process and the importance of making their voice heard.

My Grandfather’s Coat Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Barbara McClintock Publisher Scholastic ISBN# 978-0439925457 (HB) Copyright 10/21/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

Based on the Yiddish folk song “I Had a Little Overcoat,” this splendid tale chronicles four generations through the a grandfather’s coat, which becomes a jacket, then a vest and so on.

A New Friend Poppy Green
Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell Publisher Simon & Schuster ISBN# 978-1481428323 (HB) Copyright 1/20/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.40

In this first of a charming series about a little mouse and her forest friends, Sophie Mouse must convince her classmates—and herself—that a new student is nothing to fear.

Out of the Woods: A True Story of an Unforgettable Event Rebecca Bond
Illustrated by Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux ISBN# 978-0374380779 (HB) Copyright 7/21/2015 Intl. Setting Canada Reading Level 4.80

The true story of a surreal event during a fire that happened to the author’s grandfather in Canada in the early 1900’s.

Red Jan De Kinder
Illustrated by Publisher Eerdmans ISBN# 978-0802854469 (PB, HB) Copyright 3/9/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.00

Originally from Belgium, this quiet yet powerful book addresses bullying. When a little girl notices her classmate blushing, her initial amusement turns to regret as a wink, a grin, and a laugh to the others make things much worse.