2017-2018 Gallery Book List

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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!

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.

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse Tamera Will Wissinger
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544439313 (PB) Copyright 3/24/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.60

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.

Lenny & Lucy Philip C. Stead
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1596439320 (HB) Copyright 10/6/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can’t help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stitches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold. Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn’t so scary after all.

Such a Little Mouse Alice Schertle
Illustrated by Stephanie Yue Publisher Orchard Books ISBN# 978-0545649292 (HB) Copyright 3/31/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.70

In every season, a little mouse pops out of his hole in the meadow and explores his world, gathering the food and supplies he will need when winter comes.

This is the Earth Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander
Illustrated by Wendell Minor Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0060555269 (HB) Copyright 2/22/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

This Is the Earth explores hundreds of years of changing landscapes and the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the environment. Even the smallest actions can help save the world, and this lyrical, rhyming read-aloud text shows how smart and simple everyday habits can protect the planet.

Two Friends Dean Robbins
Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko Publisher Orchard Books ISBN# 978-0545399968 (HB) Copyright 1/4/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.50

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.

Waiting Kevin Henkes
Illustrated by Publisher Greenwillow Books ISBN# 978-0062368447 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 1.90

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Dead Bird Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Christian Robinson Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0060289317 (HB) Copyright 2/29/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

Fine Dessert Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Publisher Schwartz & Wade ISBN# 978-0375968327 (HB) Copyright 1/26/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

In 1710, a girl and her mother in Lyme, England, prepare a blackberry fool, picking wild blackberries and beating cream from their cow with a bundle of twigs. The same dessert is prepared by an enslaved girl and her mother in 1810 in Charleston, South Carolina; by a mother and daughter in 1910 in Boston; and finally by a boy and his father in present-day San Diego.