Ada Twist, scientist
Beaty, Andrea, author.
The best-selling creators of Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer present the story of a little girl who, in the spirit of such visionaries as Marie Curie and Ada Lovelace, diligently applies her fledgling scientific prowess to advance her understanding of the world.
The mitten : a Ukrainian folktale
Brett, Jan, 1949-
Set in a snowy forest, the fun begins when, one by one, animals crawl into Nicki’s lost white mitten to get warm until the bear sneezes, sending the animals flying up and out of the mitten. On each turn of the page, Jan hints at what animal is coming next in her signature borders, inspired by Ukrainian folk art.
The very hungry caterpillar
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.The beginning reader may watch a hungey caterpillar eat his way to the cocoon stage, when he hibernates for two weeks to emerge as a beautiful butterfly
A treasury of curious George
He was a good little monkey and always very curious. This is how H. A. Rey and his wife, Margret, first introduced their now beloved troublemaker-hero to young readers in 1941. In this hefty 192-page hardcover treasury, Curious George fans will find eight stories based on the popular primate, painted in Rey' original watercolor and charcoal style.
Far apart, close in heart : being a family when a loved one is incarcerated (2017)
Children from all walks of life experience various emotions when their parent is in jail or prison, but they learn there are ways to communicate their feelings that will help improve their situation and remind them they are not alone.
Jacob's new dress (2014)
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.
Just right family : an adoption story (2018)
Meili loves hearing the story of how her parents flew far across the sea to China to adopt her. That's her special story. But when Meili finds out she has a new baby sister coming from Haiti, she isn't happy. Why can't her family stay the way it is? They're the perfect size. As she helps decorate the nursery and learns more about the baby, Meili comes to realize that a sister might be just right for their family too. A sweet story about adjusting to change and accepting a new sibling.
Saffron ice cream (2018)
Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York, excited by her first trip to Coney Island, and fascinated by the differences in the beach customs between her native Iran and her new home--but she misses the saffron flavored ice cream that she used to eat.
Standing on my own two feet : a child's affirmation of love in the midst of divorce (2008)
Addison is a regular kid whose parents are going through a divorce, but he knows that no matter what happens, his parents will always love him, showing kids that having two homes to live in can be just as great as having two strong feet to stand on.
Still a family (2017)
Reeves Sturgis, Brenda
A little girl and her parents have lost their home and must live in a homeless shelter. Even worse, due to a common shelter policy, her dad must live in a men's shelter, separated from her and her mom. Despite these circumstances, the family still finds time to be together. They meet at the park to play hide-and-seek, slide on slides, and pet puppies. While the young girl wishes for better days when her family is together again under a roof of their very own, she continues to remind herself that they're still a family even in times of separation.
Cry heart, but never break
Ringtved, Glenn, 1968- author.
Aware that their grandmother is gravely ill, four siblings make a pact to keep death from taking her away, but Death comes, nevertheless, gently and naturally, in a book that helps children realize the value of loss to life and the importance of being able to say goodbye.
Death is stupid
Higginbotham, Anastasia, author, illustrator.
"This exploration of grief and mourning recognizes the anger and confusion that a child feels around death while offering possibilities for celebrating life and love. This is the second book in the series, Ordinary Terrible Things, following the first installation, Divorce is the Worst"--
Is daddy coming back in a minute? : explaining (sudden) death in words very young children can understand
Barber, Elke, author.
Alex and his father are on a boys-only weekend when his father has a heart attack. Alex finds someone to call the ambulance, but his father dies on the way to hospital. His mother comes to get him and explains why his daddy can't come back.
The Yellow Suitcase (2019)
Asha travels with her parents from America to India to mourn her grandmother’s passing. Asha’s grief and anger are compounded by the empty yellow suitcase usually reserved for gifts to and from Grandma, but when she discovers a gift left behind just for her, Asha realizes that the memory of her grandmother will live on inside her, no matter where she lives.
Peter & the Starcatchers (2004)
While young orphan Peter and his friends are sent away to an island ruled by the villainous King Zarboff and are forced to set sail aboard the Never Land, Peter decides he must take action into his own hands if he ever plans to escape and so decides to find out the mystery behind the cargo being carried deep within the ship.
A 25th anniversary collector's edition of the popular classic by the award-winning late author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows the story of an exceptional little girl whose lazy parents dismiss her as a nuisance and who discovers in the wake of a cruel headmistress's bullying that she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself.
The great Greene heist
Johnson, Varian, author.
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed.
Diary of a wimpy kid. 1, Greg Heffley's journal
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
Pilkey, Dav, 1966- author.
A debut installment of a new series by the creator of Captain Underpants follows the heroic adventures of Greg the police dog who, after being injured on the job at the side of his police officer companion, makes history through a life-saving surgery that transforms him into Dog Man.
Frazzled : everyday disasters and impending doom
Vivat, Booki, author, illustrator.
Struggling with a family that does not understand her and a cafeteria full of corrupt lunch ladies, drama-prone Abbie Wu throws freak-out tantrums in her struggle to figure out who she is, where she belongs and how she is supposed to survive the everyday disasters of growing up.
Don't forget, God bless our troops
A tale by Vice President Joe Biden's wife, inspired by her granddaughter, shares the story of active soldier's daughter Natalie, who helps prepare packages of treats for military troops, talks with her father over the computer and receives support from friends at school and church.
The fathers are coming home
Brown, Margaret Wise
So begins this lyrical tribute to all the fathers everywhere who come home to their children; from the rabbit father who hops home to his little bunnies, to the dog father who comes home to his puppies. This poignant story concludes with a young boy whose father is a sailor coming home from the sea to his son.
The moms in this book are superheroes. They may not leap over tall buildings, and they may not have super-human speed. But these moms construct buildings, fly planes, and make tanks roll. They do all kinds of things to help create a safer world. These superheroes are moms. Military moms. Hero moms.
I miss you! : a military kid's book about deployment
A guide to help children understand why a parent or sibling had to leave home for military duty, cope with their feelings in a positive way, and be assured that they are not alone, in a book with activities to help with the adjustment process.
Luis paints the world
Luis wishes Nico wasn't leaving for the Army. To show Nico he doesn't need to go, Luis begins a mural on the alleyway wall. Their house, the river, the Parque de las Ardillas—it's the world, all right there. Won't Nico miss Mami's sweet flan? What about their baseball games in the street?
Carroll, James Christopher
When a soldier has to leave his or her family for extended service, it's an emotional time for all involved. It can be especially confusing and upsetting for children, who long for the comfort and security of a parent's presence. Papa's Backpack honors the bond between a parent/soldier and a child, and acknowledges the difficult and emotional process of separation during deployment.
Katasse, Frank Henry Kaash.
In this traditional Tsimshian story, a young man who is teased by his brothers for being lazy and dirty trains secretly with a spirit and gains superhuman strength. He takes on warriors, animals, and even a mountain before facing his greatest challenge - the world itself.
Bowwow powwow : bagosenjige-niimi?idim
Child, Brenda J.
When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers--all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.
Fox on the ice / Maageesees maskwameek kaapit / Tomson Highway ; osisopéhikéwina Brian Deines.
One winter afternoon, Joe and Cody went ice fishing with their papa, their mama, and Cody’s little black dog, Ootsie. It was the perfect day to fish. The sky was clear, and the sun made the snow sparkle like diamonds. Cody is helping Papa fish, while Mama and Joe doze in the sled. Suddenly the sled dogs sit up and sniff. A fox is across the lake, her fur as bright as flames. The sled dogs give chase, pulling Mama and Joe along on a wild ride.
Kamik : an Inuit puppy story
Imagining how his new puppy will become a fast and strong sled dog, young Jake becomes discouraged when he discovers that the puppy's training involves more work than Jake anticipated, but a helpful talk with his experienced grandfather soon offers Jake some much-needed encouragement.
Mission to space
Herrington, John B.
Astronaut John Herrington shares his passion for space travel and his Chickasaw heritage as he gives children a glimpse into his astronaut training at NASA and his mission to the International Space Station. Learn what it takes to train for space flight, see the tasks he completed in space, and join him on his spacewalk 220 miles above the earth.
“Shanyaak'utlaax: Salmon Boy is a children's story that teaches about respect for nature, animals and culture. After a Tlingit mother gives her son a dried piece of salmon with mold on the end, he flings it away in disgust, committing a taboo. This offends the Salmon People, who sweep him into the water and into their world, where the name him Shanyaak'utlaax or Salmon Boy.
The rabbits' race
Delaronde, Deborah L.
When his grandfather is invited to participate in the schools Grandparents Day celebrations, Joey does not know what to expect. His grandfather gently reassures him before going on stage and launching into a beguiling tale of two groups of rabbits that must co-exist in the forest and share their resources to survive. The wisdom of the elder rabbits plays a pivotal role in the story which provides a valuable lesson for Joey and his classmates
The most terrible of all (2019)
When Smugg marches next door, he learns that his neighbors have a new baby. She doesn’t look so bad—after all, she’s tiny. Smugg is sure he can be more terrible than she is. But the little beast is just getting started. She writes on the walls, devours the books, and—oh no!—she won’t stop crying. But the worst part is that she just might be getting attached to Smugg himself! He wouldn’t want a terrible tiny baby clinging to him…would he?
A most unusual day (2018)
Today is a very unusual day! Caroline wakes up late, forgets her socks, and feels strange all the way to school. She tries to help her teacher, but everything is mixed up today and all Caroline manages to do is make a great big mess. Finally, the school day ends and Caroline rushes outside to greet her parents, who are having a rather extraordinary day themselves. In their arms they hold Caroline’s new baby sister, who has just arrived from far away.
Poppy's best babies (2018)
Poppy is thrilled when her grandmother comes to help with the new babies. But when the twins keep GeeGee too busy to play, Poppy's jealousy spirals out of control. After some thinking time, Poppy finds a way to use her talent and creativity to welcome both her grandmother and her little sisters. An honest and heartwarming look at sibling rivalry, and readers will identify with Poppy as she struggles with sibling rivalry--and cheer when her big heart helps her overcome her negative feelings.
Marvelous Cornelius : Hurricane Katrina and the spirit of New Orleans (2015)
A man known as the "Trashcan Wizard" sings and dances his way through the French Quarter in New Orleans, keeping his beloved city clean, until Hurricane Katrina's devastation nearly causes him to lose his spirit.
Lila and the Crow (2016)
Lila has just moved to a new town and can't wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts "A crow! A crow! The new girl's hair is black like a crow!" The others whisper and laugh, and Lila's heart grows as heavy as a stone. The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila's eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer (2015)
Jones, Kelly (Kelly Anne)
Feeling like a fish out of water when her family moves from Los Angeles to a recently inherited chicken farm, 12-year-old Sophie encounters a telekinetic chicken and her equally unusual flockmates, who are endangered by a thieving farmer.
Loney, Andrea J.
Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He loves to bounce through the forest, wiggle his nose, and munch on strawberries. The other bears don't understand him, and neither do the bunnies. Will Bunnybear ever find a friend who likes him just the way he is?"--
The Treasure Box (2017)
A moving and hopeful tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit when war forces people to flee their homes traces the story of young refugee Peter, who carries a cherished family possession throughout a difficult period of survival before reflecting on its importance years later.
Brendan Buckley's universe and everything in it
Frazier, Sundee Tucker
Brendan Buckley, a biracial ten-year-old, applies his scientific problem-solving ability and newfound interest in rocks and minerals to connect with his white grandfather, the president of Puyallup Rock Club, and to learn why he and Brendan's mother are estranged.
When her family is forced into an internment camp, Mitsi Kashino is separated from her home, her classmates, and her beloved dog Dash; and as her family begins to come apart around her, Mitsi clings to her one connection to the outer world--the letters from the kindly neighbor who is caring for Dash.
Daughter of Suqua
Hamm, Diane Johnston.
Everyone in Suqua, a village on the Puget Sound, is related to one another in some way and part of a tightly knit community due to these cultural and family ties, but when the government steps in, the entire town knows that great changes are about to come to their way of life.
The fences between us : the diary of Piper Davis
Desperately waiting to learn the fate of her soldier brother who was stationed aboard the Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Piper struggles with strict rationing and blackouts in her Seattle home before her pastor father moves the family to an internment camp with his Japanese-American congregants.
Forgotten city (2018)
Thirteen years ago, the world ended. A deadly chemical called Waste began to spread across the globe, leaving devastation in its wake. Millions died. Cities fell into chaos. Anything the Waste didn't kill, it mutated into threatening new forms. Kobi has always believed he and his dad were the only survivors. But when his dad goes missing, Kobi follows his trail--and discovers a conspiracy even deadlier than the Waste itself.
The honest truth (2015)
A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.
I can make this promise (2019)
All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn't have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic, a box full of letters. All signed; Love, Edith with photos of a woman who looks just like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about?
I survived the eruption of Mount St. Helens,1980 (2016)
On May 18, 1980, eleven-year-old Jessie Marlowe and her best friends, Eddie and Sam, are in a forest near Mount St. Helens when the months of wondering whether the volcano will erupt are finally answered--all three are badly burned, but it is up to Jessie to protect the boys as best she can and hope that somebody comes to rescue them.
Paper wishes (2016)
Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather's dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin.
Written in stone (2013)
Pearl has always dreamed of hunting whales, just like her father. Of taking to the sea in their eight-man canoe, standing at the prow with a harpoon, and waiting for a whale to lift its barnacle-speckled head as it offers its life for the life of the tribe. But now that can never be. Pearl's father was lost on the last hunt, and the whales hide from the great steam-powered ships carrying harpoon cannons, which harvest not one but dozens of whales from the ocean. With the whales gone, Pearl's people, the Makah, struggle to survive as Pearl searches for ways to preserve their stories and skills.