2020-2021 Gallery Book List

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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.

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!

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?

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 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.