I Will Fly! by Mo
Willems (ages 5-7).
Piggie's grandiose announcement is summarily dismissed by Gerald, the
elephant -- "YOU WILL NEVER FLY!" -- but Piggie doesn't let Gerald's
negativity ground her, in fact, Piggie’s eventual success leads Gerald
to announce "Tomorrow I will fly!"
of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (ages 10
Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman is known for two things: being the first
child born free in Buxton, Canada, and throwing up on the great Frederick
Douglass. Elijah’s observations coupled with the tall tale elements make this a funny,
family read aloud.
Really Like to Eat a Child by Sylviane Donnio (ages
Achilles, a young crocodile, is tired of bananas; today he'd like to
eat a child. Don't worry--no children were harmed in the making of this
Am Not Joey Pigza by
Jack Gantos (ages 10-14).
Joey's father, Carter Pigza, is back in Joey's life with a new
plan, and even a new name: Charles Heinz, lottery winner and entrepreneur. As
craziness unfolds, Joey begins to realize that "once you give
up who you are, you can become anybody" - but then how do you ever know
who you really are?
Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd
When Buzz takes his pet Fly Guy to visit Grandma, she accidentally swallows
didn’t know why she swallowed Fly Guy,” and when the spider, bird,
cat, etc, are no help, Fly Guy rescues himself.
a Monster is Born by
Stan Taylor and Nick Sharratt (ages 4-7).
"When a monster is born . . . there are two possibilities—either it's
a faraway-in-the-forests monster, or . . . it's an under-your-bed monster." If
it's the type that lives in the forest, that's the end of the story . . . but
if it lives under a bed, there are two further possibilities. A silly, circular
Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Baby Bear sees all kinds of animals on his walk - red foxes, blue herons
- but the best animal of all is his mommy, Brown Bear.
Watching Over Me by Julia Durango (ages 5-8).
An African-American spiritual provides the inspiration for this exuberant
lyrical lullaby. From sunrise to sunset, the rhyming, repetitive
refrain reminds young readers that angels are watching over them.
John Long (INsider
Series) (ages 8-12).
Accessible and eye-pleasing, this new series offers IN-troductory and IN-depth
information on dinosaurs.
Lisa Wheeler; illustrated by Barry Gott (ages 4-6).
The toothy Meat-Eaters and the
tough Veggiesaurs face off in a championship hockey game.
Dinosaurs by Dougal Dixon (ages 9-14).
More than 80 dinosaurs are in this book walking, hunting, feeding, running,
and raising their young.
and Little by
John Stadler (ages 4-6).
Children will giggle with anticipation as each fold-out page brings them closer
to the moment when Ellie, a pink elephant in a tutu, dives into a cup of water
from a high board.
the Eggby Laura Vaccaro Seeger (ages 3-6).
What comes first, the chicken or the egg? Turn the page and see for yourself.
With each turn of the page a die-cut reveals a cunning surprise.
Steve Jenkins (ages 5-10).
Lifelike paper collages show the many ingenious ways color is used in the
animal world—to hide, to warn, to attract and sometimes just to be
Upon a Time...
3 Little Fish AND THE BIG BAD SHARK by Ken Geist (ages
…Little fish, little fish let me come in…Not by the skin of my
finny fin fin!...Then I’ll MUNCH and I’ll crunch and I’ll smash
your house in,” roared the shark.
una Cucarachita Muy Linda (Martina
The Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale ) by Carmen Deedy
When it is time for beautiful young Martina to find a husband, her grandmother
gives her some wise advice: to always spill coffee on her suitor's shoes
to test his temper.
Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel by
Patricia Storace (ages 7-10).
In this tropical retelling, a young fisherman’s pregnant wife craves sugar
cane. After a long search, the fisherman finds a sugar-cane patch, but he is
horrified to learn that the garden belongs to sorceress Madame Fate, who
claims the fisherman’s baby girl, Sugar Cane, on the child’s first
Margie Palatini (ages 6-8).
So why does the cheese stand alone? Find out in this silly reverse version of "The
Farmer in the Dell," where the rat is the hero.
Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by
Judy Sierra (ages 4-6).
B. B. Wolf finds an invitation to the local library’s storybook tea. Uncertain
about attending, Wolf consults a crocodile friend, who points out the pros of
the party (cookies) and the cons: “You’ll have to behave yourself.” So
The Woodsby Lyn Gardner (ages
Evil Dr Dewilde want’s Storm’s magical musical pipe and Storm and
her two sisters must flee into the woods to escape him. Once in the woods,
they discover a gingerbread orphanage, an enchanted village and a frightening
old woman living in a tower.
Mysterious Benedict Society by
Trenton Lee Stewart (ages 12-14).
“Are you a gifted child looking for Special Opportunities?" When
orphan Reynie answers this strange ad from the newspaper he has no idea that
it will lead him to new friends and a chance to save the world.
Titan’s Curse by Rick
Riordan (ages 10-14).
Percy Jackson is still not sure if he’s the half-blood
prophesied to overthrow Olympus, but he is sure that fighting skeleton
warriors, a manticore, and Atlas—the guy who’s supposed to
be holding up the world-- will keep him extremely busy.
Angie Sage (ages 12-15). Newly sprung from centuries of imprisonment
in a portrait, the treacherous, not-quite-dead Queen Etheldredda
and her rat-like familiar, embark on a campaign to retake the throne
by killing Jenna and stranding Septimus 500 years in the past.
Derek Landy (ages 10-13).
Skulduggery Pleasant is a wisecracking, nattily dressed, fire-throwing
skeleton detective who first appears at her Uncle’s funeral and later helps
Stephanie discover why her Uncle died.
Alchemyst (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)by
Michael Scott (ages 12-15).
Seven hundred years ago, Nicholas Flamel was the greatest alchemist
of his day, because he possessed the Codex, an ancient book filled
with formulas for immortality and turning base metal into gold. When
the evil sorcerer Dr. John Dee attempts to steal the codex he accidentally
involves Josh and Sophie,15 year old twins who are prophesied, in the
Codex, to be either the saviors or the downfall of the world—it
could go either way.
Books for Boys
James Harpur (ages 12 and up).
Detailed illustrations, flaps, pop-ups, fold-out spreads and more, provide a
remarkable introduction to the world of warfare.
A Hero’s Tale Retold retold
by James Rumford (ages 10-14).
"What you have heard before is nothing. I will stir up the waters of the
old days and shape the long-ago then into now. I will speak of ogres and dragons
and faraway lands. Listen.”
Animal Prey by
Sandra Markle. (ages 7-12).
How exciting can it be to read about prey? After looking
at this series the answer is--prey evading the predators is absolutely
Trucks With Big Jobs by
Robert Maas (ages 3-6).
Color photos of small, but intriguing, trucks like a zamboni or a telephone truck,
will fascinate truck fans.
Gleason’s Gym by Ted Lewin (ages 10-14).
This glorious tribute to Gleason’s Gym in New York packs a punch, with
a staccato text and artwork so realistic readers can practically smell the sweat.
A Father's Advice To His Son by
Rudyard Kipling (ages 8-12).
Kipling’s inspirational poem is accompanied by eye-catching photos of kids
involved in a variety of sports.
Andrew Clements (ages 8-12).
Dave is fascinated to learn that Mahatma Gandhi did not speak at all one day
each week. Dave, an inveterate blabber, tries to
keep silent for a day at school, a plan that expands into a school-wide, boys-against-the-girls
School is Worse Than Meatloaf by Jennifer
L. Holm (ages 10-14).
To-do lists, instant messages, Post-it notes, report cards, school assignments,
letters and more graphically tell the story of Ginny's 7th-grade
Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by
Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (ages 3-6).
The Dinosaurs are back and they are going to school. They have much to learn--raising
hands, taking turns and using indoor voices. They‘re a lot like children
Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School by
Candace Fleming (ages 8-11).
Nobody wants to teach this year's 4th-grade class at Aesop Elementary,
until Mr. Jupiter appears, just like Mary Poppins. In his capable hands,
the class learns their lessons, each accompanied by an Aesop-like moral.
- Past and Present
Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by
Sarah Miler (ages 10-14).
There are two Miss Spitfires in this novel—Helen Keller, a blind and deaf
6-year-old, and Annie Sullivan, her strong-willed teacher. This novel portrays
that most important month in their relationship March 1887, when the untamed
Helen learns her first word—water. Henry’s
Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (ages 8-11).
The true story of a slave named Henry Brown, who climbed into a wooden crate
and mailed himself to freedom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Beautiful illustrations
bring Henry’s plight to life.
Story of Charles Atlas: Strong Manby
Meghan McCarthy (ages 7-12).
When the "98 pound weakling" gets sand kicked in his face on the beach
at Coney Island, Charles Atlas decides never to be puny again. So he develops
a fitness program that turns him first into a musleman and then into an American
Close: Oprah Winfreyby Ilene Cooper (ages 12-15).
This readable entry in the new “Up Close” biography series shows
a very human Oprah Winfrey, who never stopped learning—from teachers, obstacles,
books, etc—and used them to make her life richer.
the Handcuff King by Jason Lutes and
Nick Bertozzi (ages 10-14).
Witness one of Harry Houdini’s
most famous tricks in this fascinating graphic novel. He jumps off the
Harvard Bridge, shackled and handcuffed, into the icy river where he
manages to escape. How does he do it?
Owens Fastest Man Alive by
Carole Boston Weatherford (ages 7-10).
Focusing on his Olympics experience, from arrival in Berlin to triumphant
ticker-tape parade back in New York, Weatherford captures the drama and
excitement in free verse.