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Summer reading recommendations 2017


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The text gradient is designed to be a flexible tool to help you choose texts for your child's independent reading, not to define them. It is not the sole definition of achievement in reading. While in general all students read some books at most levels, it should be clear that: They are not expected to read every book on a level.

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Summer reading recommendations 2017

  1. 1. PS Library Summer Reading Recommendations 2017
  2. 2.  NOTE TO PARENTS  The text gradient is designed to be a flexible tool to help you choose texts for your child's independent reading, not to define them. It is not the sole definition of achievement in reading. While in general all students read some books at most levels, it should be clear that: They are not expected to read every book on a level.  There is no prescribed "order" of the books at any given level.  Children making fast progress will skip levels.  You can always move up or down the gradient as you see the need for easier or more challenging texts for your children.  Source: Leveled Books K-8 by Fountas and Pinnell
  3. 3.  Why do a Read Aloud?  Students can hear structures and language.  You act as a model for behaviors, skills, and strategies.  Students practice, think, and talk about reading.  Students develop vocabulary.  Steps:  1. Give a book introduction  2. Read the book aloud  3. Have a conversation 
  4. 4. New Readers
  5. 5. PUG by: ETHAN LONG Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winner Ethan Long uses his trademark wit and energy to make this simple story for the newest readers memorable and hilarious. Pug sees Peg through the window. He wants to join her! Why won't anyone take him on a wonderful snowy walk? Mom too comfortable in her recliner. Dad is tired from shoveling. That leaves lazy Tad, who is still sleeping. LEVEL D BIG CAT by: ETHAN LONG Ethan Long's newest easy reader is for true beginners, a lovable and patient cat, and the simplest vocabulary possible. This big-bellied, feline who truly loves his family, is sure to charm readers. His understated text and hilarious characters with looney expressions will have readers rolling on the ground. LEVEL C
  6. 6. THE COOKIE FIASCO by: DAN SANTAT Four friends. Three cookies. One problem. Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how? There are only three cookies . . . and four of them! They need to act fast before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs! LEVEL G THE GOOD FOR NOTHING BUTTON! By: CHARISE MERICLE HARPER Yellow Bird has a button. It does . . . nothing! It is a good for nothing button. Red Bird and Blue Bird are excited to try it. But when they press it, they discover that the button makes them happy. Happy is something! A surprised Yellow Bird insists the button does nothing. And it sure does seem to be making him mad. Mad is something! A hilarious debate! LEVEL C
  7. 7. MONKEY AND ELEPHANT GET BETTER by: CAROL LEXA SCHAEFER When two good friends, Monkey and Elephant who are not exactly alike come down with colds, figuring out what will make each other feel better can be surprising Aaachoo!! LEVEL I ODD DUCK by: CECIL CASTELLUCCI Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She swims with a teacup balanced on her head and stays north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, There's nothing odd about that. Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits. It's a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him. Who is the odd duck here? Theodora may not like the answer. A gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming examination of the perils and pleasures of friendship. LEVEL L
  8. 8. BLIP by: BARNABY RICHARDS Using the sparsest vocabulary, the author creates a visually stunning world explored by a robot whose language consists solely of the word "Blip". As readers follow the robot's journey, they will delight in the surreal scenes and remarkable inhabitants of the planet, all while being gently guided through a heartfelt story of finding the familiar in an unfamiliar place. LEVEL C APE AND ARMADILLO TAKE OVER THE WORLD by: JAMES STURM Armadillo is trying to come up with a plan for global domination...but with every new idea, being a bad guy seems a little less fun—especially if ruling the world means losing your best friend. Readers will delight in star cartoonist James Sturm's tender and just description of a friendship in danger. LEVEL K
  9. 9. A TRIP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD by: JAMES STURM There’s so much to see at the bottom of the world! Join a young explorer and his best friend, Mouse, on a sea journey to Antarctica, where they make new friends with penguins and a whale and have all kinds of fun. Are we there yet? LEVEL E HOW TO SAY GOODBYE by: GEOFFREY HAYES Penny found a dead salamander, but her brother Benny is refusing to help her bury it. Is it silly to hold a service for Little Sallie, or could this tiny salamander mean something more to the siblings? Geisel Award–winner Geoffrey Hayes shares this gentle tale of a child's early encounter with death. LEVEL G
  10. 10. LUNCH OR WHAT´S THAT? By: JULIANNE MOORE Academy-Award winning actress and bestselling author brings us the adventures from Freckleface Strawberry! Picky eaters everywhere will laugh along as she gets her lunch from the cafeteria and asks the terrifying question: “What’s that?!” LEVEL I PINCH AND DASH AND THE TERRIBLE COUCH by: MICHAEL J. DALEY Pinch and Dash are good friends. When Pinch gets hungry, but is too lazy to make something to eat, he goes next door to see what Dash has to offer. Dash is a great cook, but never uses enough pepper or hot sauce in his soup. Pinch decides to take matters into his own hands and spice things up. Level J
  11. 11. ITTY BITTY KITTY FIREHOUSE FUN! by: JOAN HOLUB Ava and Itty Bitty Kitty are off to visit the firehouse! Ava’s giant cat is usually less than purr-fectly behaved, and this trip is no exception! Will Itty Bitty’s nose for trouble make them new friends—or make their visit to the firehouse a disaster? LEVEL K THE GREAT ANTONIO by: ELISE GRAVEL What made the Great Antonio so great? He weighed as much as a horse; he once wrestled a bear; he could devour twenty-five roast chickens at one sitting. In this whimsical book, the author and illustrator tell the story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life strongman who had muscles as big as his heart. LEVEL M
  12. 12. Chapter Books
  13. 13. THE BAD GUYS by: AARON BLABEY Mr. Wolf invites other bad guys to a meeting with hopes they will join him in being good. Lots of drawings and minimal text make this a sure-bet for first and second grade readers who like irony and humor. LEVEL K BORIS GETS A LIZARD by: ANDREW JOYNER For a curious warthog like Boris, adventure is always just around the corner! Boris loves pets! And he already has lots of them. All he's missing is his favorite animal, a Komodo dragon--the biggest lizard in the world! When Boris brags to the kids in his class that he's getting one, everyone wants to see it. Boris needs to come up with a Luckily, he's got his friends by his side and a lizard up his sleeve! LEVEL K
  14. 14. SOFIA MARTINEZ by: JACQUELINE JULES Sofia Martinez loves her familia! Her cousins, aunts, uncles, and abuela are a huge part of her life. Whether they are at a sunny beach or stuck in a dark house without electricity, the Martinez family knows how to make the best of every situation. Join Sofia and her fantástica familia on three fun adventures in this early chapter book, which includes a Spanish glossary. LEVEL K
  15. 15. NARWHAL by: BEN CLANTON Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. LEVEL K SUPER NARWHAL AND JELLY JOLT by: BEN CLANTON Narwhal and Jelly are back in action for a SUPER adventure! Join Super Narwhal and sidekick Jelly Jolt as they take on three great new stories in this early graphic novel series. LEVEL M
  16. 16. DOLPHIN RESCUE by: CATHERINE NICHOLS Siblings Maddie and Atticus can’t figure out who is dumping trash everywhere. And when they rescue a baby dolphin entangled in trash, they know they must get to the bottom of this mystery. Full-color photographs with information about dolphins, marine life, and more. LEVEL O FARM FRIENDS ESCAPE! By: GAIL HERMAN It’s a story with bonus non fiction information sprinkled throughout. We follow Luke and Sarah who are running the petting zoo for their grandparents and learn about life, animals, and crops on a farm. LEVEL M
  17. 17. NANCY CLANCY SEEKS A FORTUNE by: JANE O’CONNOR Nancy and her best friend, Bree, learn about Gold Miners at school and determine to make their own fortune with a small business. Their entrepreneurial spirit has them making face cream (the dog eats it) and tiaras (their supplies cost more than they think) which teach them valuable life lessons. LEVEL O NANCY CLANCY SOCCER MANIA by: JANE O’CONNOR Nancy Clancy takes the field! Normally Nancy doesn’t like dressing like everyone else. But wearing a soccer team uniform…well, that’s different. Nancy adores being on the Green Goblins—she loves cheering for her teammates, sharing refreshments, and painting her fingernails bright green before every game. If only she had faster legs! All Nancy wants is to be a little better than average. Will she reach her goal? Here’s a brand-new chapter book with plenty of humor and sports action. LEVEL N
  18. 18. FULL STEAM AHEAD by: PAUL A: RYNOLDS Sydney and Simon are twin mice on a mission to save the floppy flowers in their window box. During a heat wave, their window got stuck, and now they can't open it to water their blossoms before the neighborhood flower show. The young chapter book highlights how the characters use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) to learn about the water cycle on earth and at home. Will they rescue their flowers? LEVEL O ASHLEE SMALL & ASHLEE TALL by: MICHELE JAKUBOWSKI Feeling torn apart by the Taylor family's recent move, best friends Ash and Lee set out to find an activity they can enjoy together. Being so different from one another, this isn't as easy as it sounds. Ash wants to teach Lee some basketball moves, while Lee hopes to share her love of art with Ash. But sharing their hobbies doesn't go as planned, and soon Ash and Lee worry that they will never find the perfect activity for the two of them. LEVEL N
  19. 19. SUPER FLY: THE WORLD’S SMALLEST SUPERHERO by: TODD H: DOODLER Super Fly is the story of Eugene Flystein, a small, nerdy housefly, who happens to be the world's smallest superhero and humanity's greatest crime fighter. Super Fly is Able to stop tornadoes from destroying towns with just one breath and push a ship away from an iceberg. He's even read every book in the library twice. Yes, twice! Can this four-eyed little bug, along with his sidekick Fantastic Flea, take on Crazy Cockroach and his army of insect baddies? LEVEL S STINKBOMB AND KETCHUP-FACE AND THE BADNESS OF BADGERS by: JOHN DOUGHERTY St Ainkbomb and his sister, Ketchup-Face are sure the badgers stole Stinkbomb’s $20. They embark on the craziest of adventures — meeting King Toothbrush Weasel then questing to rid the island of Great Kerfuffle of the badgers. You’ll find lots of spontaneous singing about jam, actually bad badgers, and a very helpful shopping cart. If you like silly stories, this book is for you! LEVEL O
  20. 20. BATMAN THE LAZARUS PLAN bY JOHN SAZAKLIS This superhero book grabs your attention immediately and keeps it. You get to decide what Batman would do and read 13 possible story endings. If you haven’t read a choose-your-own-adventure in a while, or ever, I highly recommend them. Fantastic! LEVEL S MISTY THE ABANDONED KITTEN by: HOLLY WEBB In this charming chapter book, Amy finds and secretly cares for a kitten. The kitten does belong to someone, who is older and owns a bossy bigger cat so the kitty couldn’t get enough to eat or enough attention and runs away. Luckily, all goes well, and Amy gets to keep the kitty! This book is a good choice for animal lovers. LEVEL O
  21. 21. THE SLEUTHS OF SOMERVILLE: MICK’S BURRIED TREASURE by: MICHELE JAKUBOWSKI Well-paced and interesting chapter book that involves a group of friends, friendship issues, and a mysterious treasure hunt. LEVEL S,T
  22. 22. LOST IN THE SNOW by: HOLLY WEBB Fluff is the smallest and weakest of the farm kittens, but she surprises everyone with her strength and spirit. Soon she and her siblings are ready for new homes. But nobody seems to want Fluff, and after a heartbreaking encounter with a little girl called Ella, she gives up on her dream of a loving home and flees the farm out into the big scary world. Fluff is soon lost and all alone. LEVEL P THE PUPPY WHO WAS LEFT BEHIND by: HOLLY WEBB Anna and her new puppy, Fred, go to spend time on her grandparents' canal boat during the summer. Anna loves the boat, and so does Fred, but her grandparents have a black Labrador, Sunny, and he's very grumpy with Fred. It's decided that poor Fred should go home, but by the time Anna's parents come to pick him up, Anna is in tears. Fred is upset, and scared of Sunny, and he runs away to hide in the woods. With the boat needing to move on that evening, the race is on to find the lost puppy before he gets left behind... LEVEL P
  23. 23. THE CRITTER CLUB by: CALLIE BARKLEY It’s Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans...everyone except for Amy, that is! As her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her mom’s vet clinic. At least she’ll be around cute animals! But when Santa Vista’s cold and elusive millionaire, Marge Sullivan, brings her puppy Rufus for a check-up, Amy encounters an unexpected mystery. After her friends return home, the girls get to the bottom of what happened to Rufus—and discover a way to help other lost and lonely animals in their town. LEVEL M
  24. 24. ZEKE MEEKS by: D.L.GREEN Instead of playing at recess, Zeke Meeks' classmates have been sitting around, staring at their boring Puppet Pals. Will Zeke join them, even though he has no interest in this playground craze? LEVEL M AMELIA BEDELIA UNLEASHED by: HERMAN PARISH Amelia Bedelia is going to get a puppy! When her parents ask her what kind of dog she'd like, Amelia Bedelia doesn't know what to say. There are hundreds of dogs in the world, maybe even millions! How will Amelia Bedelia find the perfect puppy? With Amelia Bedelia anything can happen! LEVEL N
  25. 25. PEDRO FIRST GRADE HERO by: FRAN MANUSHKIN Spend some time with Pedro, Katie Woo's fun-loving friend. From a buggy disaster to a run for class president, Pedro has what it takes to be the hero of first-grade. No matter what he's doing, Pedro is always good for some laughs and adventure. LEVEL G DORY FANTASMAGORY by: ABBY HANLON As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices— including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, escaping from prison and taking revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. LEVEL L
  26. 26. THE HAUNTED LIBRARY by: DORI HILLESTAD When ghost boy Kaz’s haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, he meets a real girl named Claire, who lives above the town library with her parents and her grandmother. Claire has a special ability to see ghosts when other humans cannot and she and Kaz quickly form a friendship. The two join forces to solve the mystery of the ghost that’s haunting the library. LEVEL N MR. PANTS SLACKS, CAMERA, ACTION by: SCOTT Mc CORMICK A comic book style chapter book perfect for Bad Kitty and Fly Guy fans! Mr. Pants only has a few hours to make a movie with his sisters if they’re going to win the filmmaking contest and get a trip to Hawaii. Why do dumb things like chores and tea parties always get in the way? With a little creative thinking, and a big dose of goofball personality, the cats get their debut film done just in the nick of time. LEVEL K
  27. 27. CLAUDE IN THE CITY by: ALEX T. SMITH Claude is no ordinary dog. He leads an extraordinary life! When Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude decides what adventure he wants to have that day. Today he and Sir Bobblysock go to the city for the very first time. The have tea in a cafe, go shopping and visit a museum. It is all very normal until...Claude accidentally stops a robbery and becomes the local hero! LEVEL O THE FOURTHTEENTH GOLDFISH by: JENNIFER L. HOLM Galileo. Newton. Salk. Science can change the world, but can it go too far? Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he found the secret to eternal youth? LEVEL O
  28. 28. MAL AND CHAD by: STEPHEN McCRANIE Mal is a genius kid and Chad is a talking dog, but no one knows it. What's it like to be so extraordinary and yet so invisible? Not even Megan, Mal's secret crush, has any idea that Mal is anything more than a dork. Fortunately, Mal and Chad are best friends with a weakness for adventure even if the time- traveling does get them grounded by Mal's mom. LEVEL J OWL DIARIES: EVA’S TREETOP FESTIVAL by: REBECCA ELLIOTT Eva Wingdale gets in over her head when she offers to organize a spring festival at school. Even with her best friend Lucy's help, there is NO way she will get everything done in time. Will Eva have to ask Sue for help? Or will the festival have to be cancelled? This book is written as Eva's diary -- with Rebecca Elliott's owl-dorable full-color illustrations throughout! LEVEL L
  29. 29. RANGER IN TIME by: KATE MESSNER Ranger has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but can't officially pass the test because he's always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam's family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger's help more than they realize! LEVEL P MISTY THE ABANDONED KITTEN by: HOLLY WEBB Amy has always loved cats and is thrilled when she spots a tiny little black kitten in her garden. Although she has no collar, she looks too well cared for to be a stray. Misty starts to spend more and more time with Amy, but just as she starts to think of the kitten as hers, the real owners show up. LEVEL O
  30. 30. THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY by: BETTY BIRNEY You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. In addition to having FUN in class, each weekend this hamster gets to sleep over with a different student. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands in self-defense. With many friends to help, adventures to enjoy, and a cage with a lock-that- doesn’t-lock, Humphrey's life is almost perfect. If only the teacher, wasn’t out to get him! LEVEL N, O ZOEY AND SASSAFRAS DRAGONS AND MARSHMELLOWS by: ASIA CITRO With magical animals, science, mystery, and adventure -- the brand new series Zoey and Sassafras has something for everyone! Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help before it’s too late? LEVEL M
  31. 31. HERE’S HANK: BOOKMARKS ARE PEOPLE TOO! by: HENRY WINKLER Hank is in 2nd grade! He doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids laugh. He's bad at memorizing stuff, and spelling is his worst subject. (So are math and reading!). In this book, Hank's class is putting on a play, and he wants the lead part: Aqua Fly. But when he freezes in his audition and can only buzz like a fly, his teacher creates a special part for him, a silent bookmark. This seems like an insignificant role, but when his enemy, Nick McKelty, freezes during the show, it's up to Hank to save the play! LEVEL N THE VANISHING COIN by: KATE EGAN Fourth grade was supposed to be a fresh start, but Mike's already back in the principal's office. He's not a bad kid, he just can't sit still. And now, his parents won't let him play soccer anymore; instead he has to hang out with his new neighbor Nora, who is good at everything! Then, Mike and Nora discover the White Rabbit, an odd shop with a special secret inside. Its owner, Mr. Zerlin, is a magician, and believes Mike could be a magician, too. Has Mike finally found something he's good at? LEVEL O
  32. 32. ! DOODLE ADVENTURES: THE SEARCH FOR THE SLIMY SPACE SLUGS! by: MIKE LOWER Draw your way through the story. A lighthearted fantasy set in space, where the the reader is invited to join Carl, a duck and member of a super-secret international group of explorers, on a journey in search of a very important object. By the end, the reader will have co- written a tale to return to again and again, and show off to family and friends. LEVEL P THE ADVENTURES OF NANNY PIGGINS by: R:A: SPRATT When stingy Mr. Green planted a Nanny Wanted sign on his front lawn for his three children, he had no idea his ad would be answered by a pig! A vivacious and impeccably dressed pig! With her insatiable urge to eat chocolate, and feed chocolate to everyone she loves, her high-flying spirit, and her unending sense of fun, Nanny Piggins takes Derrick, Samantha, and Michael on a year of surprises, yummy treats, and adventures they'll never forget. LEVEL U
  33. 33. Award Winning and Finalist Books
  34. 34. RADIANT CHILD by: JEAN MICHEL BASQUIAT Winner of the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Somewhere in Brooklyn, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist, not knowing that one day he would make himself a king. Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. LEVEL Q
  35. 35. DU IZ TAK? By: CARSON ELLIS 2017 Caldecott Honor Book Author Carson Ellis turns an eye to the natural world, with gorgeous Art and a playful invented language. THEY ALL SAW A CAT by: BRENDEN WENZEL 2017 Caldecott Honor Book New York Times bestseller The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat. When you see a cat, what do you see? LEVEL I
  36. 36. FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by: CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD 2017 Caldecott Honor 2017 Coretta Scott Honor Chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2016, this poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human’s capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom’s heart. LEVEL S,T LEAVE ME ALONE by: VERA BOSGOL 2017 Caldecott Honor Book A fun, kid-pleasing journey with a cranky, sweater-knitting grandma. What's an old woman to do when her gang of wildly active grandkids won't let her knit? She shouts, "Leave me alone!" and heads out in search of peace and quiet. There's loads of humor in the art and text, making this a read-aloud pleasure. LEVEL L
  37. 37. WE ARE GROWING by: LAURIE KELLER 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal Walt and his friends are growing up! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own! LEVEL E THE INFAMOUS RATSOS 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Louie and Ralphie Ratso’s dad, Big Lou, always says that there are two kinds of people: those who are tough and those who are soft. Louie and Ralphie are tough just like Big Lou, and they’re going to prove it. But every time they try to show just how tough they are, the Ratso brothers end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. What’ll Big Lou do when he finds out they’ve been acting like softies all over the Big City? LEVEL N
  38. 38. GO,OTTO,GO! By: DAVID MILGRIM 2017 Geisel Honor Book See Otto work and work on a spaceship to take him home. Since landing on Earth, Otto has made many friends, but what Otto wants most is to visit his family. Will Otto’s spaceship take him up, up, up, so he can go, go, go? LEVEL C OOPS,POUNCE,QUICK,RUN! 2017 Geisel Honor Book In the vein of Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, and other classic cartoons, Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! is a hilariously clever alphabet book, perfect for fans of LMNO Peas. A little mouse is asleep until a ball suddenly bounces into his home, setting off an epic chase from A to Z. LEVEL D
  39. 39. GOOD NIGHT OWL by: GREG PIZZOLI 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on! He looks everywhere in his cupboard, underneath the floorboards even in his walls. But while he's busy tearing his house apart, he doesn't notice one tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail. . . . Will Owl ever get a good night's sleep? LEVEL H
  40. 40. JUANA AND LUCAS by: JUANA MEDINA 2017 Pura Belpre Medal Winner Juana loves drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever! She hates wearing her itchy school uniform, solving math problems, going to dance class, and especially learning English. But when Juana’s abuelos tell her about a special trip they are planning, and she will need to speak English to go on, Juana begins to wonder whether learning the English might be a good use of her time after all. Hilarious, energetic, and utterly relatable, Juana will win over los corazones of readers everywhere in her first adventure. Fans of Judy Moody will love Juana, a Colombian girl who stars in this playful, abundantly illustrated new series. LEVEL Q, R
  41. 41. LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH by: CATHY CAMPER 2017 Pura Belpre Honor Book The lovable trio Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They're the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner! LEVEL M ESQUIVEL SPACE-AGE SOUND ARTIST by: JUAN GARCIA ESQUIVEL 2017 Pura Belpre Honor Book Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan’s space-age lounge music, popular in the fifties and sixties, has found a new generation of listeners. LEVEL P
  42. 42. THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR by: DUNCAN TONATIUH 2017 Pura Belpre Honor Book A Mexican legend. Princess Izta had many wealthy admirers but dismissed them all. When a simple warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised Popoca stayed by her side. So two volcanoes were formed: Iztaccíhuatl, who continues to sleep, and Popocatépetl, who spews ash and smoke, Trying to wake his love. LEVEL O, P
  43. 43.  Non Fiction Books
  44. 44. SIX DOTS by: JEN BRYANT An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet. Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was smart and determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. However, at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. Braille invented his own alphabet, a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today. LEVEL M EMMANUEL’S DREAM THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH by: LAURIE ANN THOMPSON This picture book biography tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who bicycled across Ghana nearly 400 miles with only one leg. With that achievement he forever changed how his country treats people with disabilities, and he shows us all that one person is enough to change the world. Level P
  45. 45. HIAWATHA AND THE PEACEMAKER by: ROBBIE ROBERTSON Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift of storytelling with a new generation. Hiawatha was a strong Mohawk who was chosen to translate the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois nations during the 14th century. This message united the tribes and changed how the Iroquois governed themselves. A plan for democracy that later inspired the authors of the U.S. Constitution. LEVEL S,T GOIN’ SOMEPLACE SPECIAL by: PATRICIA McKISSACK Author Patricia McKissack uses childhood memories of growing up in the segregated South to create this enlightening and touching story of one very special place. A young girl takes a trip in a 1950’s town in the south to were everyone is welcome…the library! This touching story provides personal insight into a time that might be hard to understand for young readers. LEVEL O, P
  46. 46. NICE WORK, FRANKLIN by: TRIPP JURYMAN As one of our most inspirational and determined presidents, Franklin Roosevelt overcame his disability to lead the country out of the Great Depression. Franklin said that if you have a problem, solve it. If one solution doesn’t work, try another but above all TRY SOMETHING. LEVEL P ENDLESS EXPLORATIONS by: BRENDA SCOTT-ROYCE Endless Explorations Level 4" provides fascinating facts and challenging content that promotes reading success and enjoyment. Developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and childhood literacy expert Dr. Adria Klein, "Smithsonian Readers: Endless Explorations Level 4" contains six 32-page topics for children on their way to becoming expert readers: Predators, Space Exploration, Natural Disasters, World Wonders, Ocean Habitats, and Flight. Most of the vocabulary should be familiar to second-graders. LEVEL L, M
  47. 47. IF AN EGG HATCHES by: BLAKE A. HOENA When a bird builds a nest, she'll lay an egg inside. If the egg cracks, what will happen next? Beautiful, full-color photos and simple, fun text offer facts about animals! LEVEL N SIR CUMFERENCE AND THE ROUNDABOUT BATTLE A MATH ADVENTURE by: CINDY NEUSCHWANDER Geometry is explained with humor making it fun and accessible for beginners. What would you do if the neighboring kingdom were threatening war? Would you call your strongest and bravest knights to come up with a solution? You need expert help when your conference table causes more problems than the threat of your enemy. Sir Cumference, his wife Lady Di of Ameter, and their son Radius, along with the carpenter, Geo of Metry, design the perfect table conducive to discussing the perfect peace plan. LEVEL O, P
  48. 48. ORANGUTAN HOUDINI by: LAUREL NEME The true story of Fu Manchu, an adult male orangutan, who loves outsmarting his friend, zookeeper Jerry Stones, escaping his enclosure at will. Fu spends sunny days with the elephants in another part of the zoo. Jerry thinks his staff is careless. But when that assumption proves wrong, he starts an investigation mission to discover how Fu manages his getaways. Jerry discovers that Fu can open the locked door, but can't figure out how. Eventually, Fu reveals to Jerry how he did it, and is rewarded with honorary membership in the American Association of Locksmiths. LEVEL S TUESDAY TUCKS ME IN IN THE LOYAL BOND BETWEEN A SOLDIER AND HIS SERVICE DOG by: LUIS CARLOS MONTALVAN 2014 Amazon’s Best Non-Fiction Children’s Book Narrated by Tuesday, this true story is a day in the life of this service dog exceptional and tail-wagging ambassador for all positive and uplifting things in the world. The book shows a typical day of adventures, starting with Tuesday waking Luis in the morning and greeting him with dog breath in the face. It ends with Tuesday cuddling up to Luis on their bed, the last moment they spend together before sleep. LEVEL M
  49. 49. HIPPOS CAN’T SWIM AND OTHER FUN FACTS by: LAURA LYN DiSIENA Did you know that hippos can't swim and zebra's stripes are as unique as a human`s fingerprints? This hilarious book is full of fun facts about all sorts of animals. From sleepy ants to jellyfish. Colorful, humorous illustrations accompany tons of cool facts about animals of all shapes, sizes, speeds, and species making nonfiction fun! LEVEL O FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR by: LINDSAY MATTICK Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and took the bear to war. From the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean and to an army base in England, finally Winnie was placed at the London Zoo. There, Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin. Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie- the-Pooh. LEVEL M
  50. 50. LOCOMOTIVE by: BRIAN FLOCA 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner A rich and detailed sensory exploration of America's early railroads. It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from the plains to the mountain to the ocean. LEVEL P, Q
  51. 51.  Book Reviews Taken From: Amazon Books: Goodreads:>Childrens>Picture Books Melissa Taylor: *If you wish, you may purchase these books online at or call 6459935 / 304 357 5914.