2021-2022 Gallery Book List

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Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao Kat Zhang
Illustrated by Charlene Chua Publisher Aladdin ISBN# 9781534411333 (HB) Copyright 10/1/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.60

Amy loves to make bao with her family. But it takes skill to make the bao taste and look delicious. And her bao keep coming out all wrong. Then she has an idea that may give her a second chance…Will Amy ever make the perfect bao?

By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music Carole Weatherford
Illustrated by Bryan Collier Publisher Atheneum Books ISBN# 9781534426368 (HB) Copyright 1/14/2020 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.70

At a time when most African Americans were still enslaved, Charles Tindley was born free. His childhood was far from easy, with backbreaking hours in the fields, and no opportunity to go to school. But the spirituals he heard as he worked made him long to know how to read the Gospel for himself. Late at night, he taught himself to read from scraps of newspapers. From those small scraps, young Charles raised himself to become a founding father of American gospel music whose hymn was the basis for the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

Chip and Curly: The Great Potato Race Cathy Breisacher
Illustrated by Joshua Heinsz Publisher Sleeping Bear Press ISBN# 9781585364084 (HB) Copyright 5/15/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.90

Chip the potato chip is sure he has the annual Spud City Festival sack race in the bag—he’s been practicing all year. The Home Fries (local baseball team) and Sweet Potatoes (cheer squad) are all rooting for him. The French Fries even bring their tots over for an autograph. But when Curly the springy curly fry shows up, Chip knows he’s in trouble. This totally funny story is filled with clever potato puns—and subtle themes of sportsmanship and persistence. It will have kids and adults alike laughing out loud.

Feast of Peas Kashmira Sheth
Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler Publisher Peachtree ISBN# 9781682631355 (HB) Copyright 3/1/2020 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Hard-working Jiva might not be the only one anticipating a delicious feast of peas from his garden. Every morning, Jiva works in his garden until the sun turns as red as a bride’s sari. He plants peas and beans, potatoes and tomatoes, eggplants and okra in his vegetable patch. When his friend Ruvji admires his plants Jiva sings,
Plump peas, sweet peas,
Lined- up-in-the-shell peas.
Peas to munch, peas to crunch
A feast of peas for lunch.
But each time Jiva is ready to pick the peas for his feast, they’re already gone. What has happened?

Gnu and Shrew Danny Schnitzlein
Illustrated by Anca Sandu Publisher Peachtree ISBN# 9781682631461 (HB) Copyright 10/1/2020 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

When Gnu says that there’s a cave filled with diamonds across the river, Shrew is intrigued. But Gnu seems to be all talk, fantasizing about riches yet dismissing all of Shrew’s suggestions. As Gnu dreams his days away, tossing out one big idea after another, Shrew spends his nights trying to make those dreams a reality. Can Gnu’s big ideas and Shrew’s hard work make something remarkable happen?

Harlem Grown Tony Hillery
Illustrated by Jessie Hartland Publisher Simon & Schuster ISBN# 9781534402317 (HB) Copyright 8/18/2020 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.40

Harlem Grown tells the inspiring true story of how one man made a big difference in a neighborhood. After seeing how restless they were and their lack of healthy food options, Tony Hillery invited students from an underfunded school to turn a vacant lot into a beautiful and functional farm. By getting their hands dirty, these kids turned an abandoned space into something beautiful and useful while learning about healthy, sustainable eating and collaboration.

Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention Pip Jones
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie Publisher Peachtree ISBN# 9781471145230 (HB) Copyright 3/1/2020 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

Izzy Gizmo has been invited to Technoff Isle’s Genius Convention where the inventor of the best machine will win coveted admittance to the Genius Guild. But with fearsome foe Abi von Lavish getting the best of her at every turn, how can Izzy and Fixer come up with the winning invention?

Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog Lisa Papp
Illustrated by Publisher Peachtree ISBN# 9781682631492 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2020 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.60

Madeline Finn and Star are off to Walker Oaks, a retirement community where Star will take his tests to become a Therapy Dog. Accompanied by Mom, Mrs. Dimple, and Bonnie the library dog, she and Star make their way through a variety of challenges and meet several new friends. But Madeline Finn can’t stop thinking about an elderly man in a wheelchair who never smiles. Is there something she and Star can do to help?

Parker Looks Up: Am Extraordinary Moment Parker and Jessica Curry
Illustrated by Brittany Jackson Publisher Aladdin ISBN# 9781534451865 (HB) Copyright 10/15/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.80

When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book.

When I Pray for You Matthew Turner
Illustrated by Kimberley Barnes Publisher Waterbrook ISBN# 9780525650584 (HB) Copyright 2/19/2019 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

When I Pray for You celebrates the dreams, hopes, and longings parents pray over their children, and shares with the little ones how much care and concern a loved one feels for them.