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Measuring Up Measuring Up

by Lily LaMotte

When Cici and her family emigrate from Taiwan to Seattle, Cici misses her grandmother, A-má, more than anything. Determined to buy A-má a plane ticket to visit for her birthday, Cici signs up for a six-week cooking competition. She must decide whether she should cook the delicious Taiwanese dishes A-má taught her, or learn new recipes to please the American judges. Readers… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, January 28, 2021
Twins Twins

by Varian Johnson

Maureen and Francine are identical twins, but even though they look alike, there are a thousand ways in which they’re different. Now in sixth grade, Francine wants to be viewed as an individual, while Maureen is still happy to be part of a pair. For the first time, Maureen fears that she and Francine are growing apart. Can Maureen find the confidence to navigate middle school without her… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, December 03, 2020
Doodleville Doodleville

by Chad Sell

Ever wish your doodles and drawings would come to life? That's exactly what Drew is dealing with in Doodleville. Drew loves drawing, but faces challenges when her doodles come alive and escape while on a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. Deciding it is time to take her talents to the next level, Drew draws a monster she names Leviathan. Just like the other doodles, this particular monster… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services November 20, 2020
Mia Mayhem is a Superhero! Mia Mayhem is a Superhero!

by Kara West

Meet Mia, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret, she’s A SUPERHERO! All her life, Mia thought she was a super klutz. It turns out, most of her accidents are really the results of her superpowers, and now, she can perfect them in her afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes, a.k.a. THE PITS. With graphic illustrations on almost every page, this… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, October 29, 2020
Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats

by David Bowles

Cousins Malia, Ivan and Dante are visiting their Aunt Lucy for the summer. On the way to a waterpark, they meet an old woman who suggests they take a shortcut through an alley. They come out on 13th Street, but it's really a strange world filled with dangerous beasts. This beginning chapter book series is perfect for kids ages 5-8 who love “scary” stories that are also funny.… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, October 22, 2020
Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem

by Kate DiCamillo

This is the newest addition to the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series about the neighbors of Mercy Watson, the clever, adventurous, toast-eating pig! Stella is starting second grade, and her teacher, Miss Liliana, believes in “listening closely and speaking softly and singing loudly.” She also believes, like Stella, that anything is possible in stories and poems! But, Stella’s… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, October 08, 2020
Show Me a Sign Show Me a Sign

by Ann Clare LeZotte

The year is 1805 and 11-year-old Mary Lambert is Deaf, but so are many others living in Martha's Vineyard. Almost everyone is comfortable using sign language, so Mary has never felt isolated or unusual. Everything changes when a researcher arrives and decides to study Mary to determine the cause of widespread deafness on the island. Mary must save herself and prove there is nothing wrong with… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, September 24, 2020
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

by Rita L. Hubbard

Imagine learning to read at age 116! Born into slavery in 1848, Mary Walker's long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. However, she was always too busy raising her family, working, cooking, cleaning, babysitting and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church to learn to read. This beautiful picture book biography demonstrates that with perseverance and dedication,… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, September 10, 2020
Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

by Michael Rex

On the surface this book is quite silly, but even robots need help learning the differences between facts and opinions! In this book, there are seven different robots (FACT), each with differently shaped heads, bodies and arms (FACT), but which robot is the best (OPINON)? Which one has the best dance moves (OPINION)? We'll also look for more information if we don’t have enough to make a… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, August 27, 2020
The List of Things That Will Not Change The List of Things That Will Not Change

by Rebecca Stead

When Bea’s dad prepares to get remarried, Bea discovers she is about to get her greatest wish of all, a stepsister. When things aren’t as perfect as Bea hoped and the changes in her life bring unexpected challenges, Bea turns to a list that her parents gave her when they first got divorced, the list of “Things That Will Not Change.” This funny and heartfelt book is perfect… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, August 13, 2020
Nightbooks Nightbooks

by J.A. White

Alex is on his way to destroy his nightbooks, his notebooks filled with original scary stories, when he is trapped by the witch, Natacha. Natacha loves his scary stories and listens to one each night, which is the only thing keeping Alex alive. With his nightbooks running out of stories and writer’s block preventing him from creating more, Alex will have to figure out how to escape from her… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 25, 2020
A Good Kind of Trouble A Good Kind of Trouble

by Lisa Moore Ramee

Seventh-grader Shayla doesn’t like getting into trouble—it makes her palms itch and it definitely makes her parents mad. But when the new school year springs some changes on her, like having the elementary school bully, Bernard, as her lab partner, joining the track team, and following her sister’s footsteps by getting involved with Black Lives Matter, Shayla starts getting into… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services June 04, 2020
New Kid New Kid

by Jerry Craft

7th grader Jordan loves to write comics about his life and dreams of going to art school. When his parents send him to a private academic school instead, he finds that he is one of the only kids of color in his grade and struggles to find his place. Published in 2019, New Kid was the winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature. This… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services May 28, 2020
Stef Soto, Taco Queen Stef Soto, Taco Queen

by Jennifer Torres

All seventh grader Stef Soto wants is to get away from her Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. Born to overprotective immigrant parents, Stef wants a little more freedom, like the ability to walk a few blocks to meet her dad after school so she won’t get teased for being picked up in a rundown taco truck. However, when her family’s livelihood is in danger because of new laws… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services May 14, 2020
My Jasper June My Jasper June

by Laurel Snyder

A year after Leah's family endures a terrible tragedy, she meets Jasper. Jasper is a girl her age who appears in the neighborhood suddenly. She seems mysterious and almost magical. But Leah will learn that Jasper also has secrets and has endured hardships of her own. Together, the two girls learn to carve out a place for themselves. Although this book deals with heavy topics, Snyder writes with a… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, April 23, 2020
Dragons and Marshmallows Dragons and Marshmallows

by Asia Citro

Zoey and Sassafras series

In this first book of the Zoey and Sassafras series, Zoey learns that her mom cares for injured magical creatures in their barn, and Zoey is very excited to help out. But when her mom is away, can Zoey, with the help of her cat Sassafras, figure out how to help a sick baby dragon? This story combines fantasy with real scientific facts, and is perfect for budding scientists and animal lovers.… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, April 09, 2020
To Night Owl from Dogfish To Night Owl from Dogfish

by Holly Goldberg Sloan

12-years-olds, Avery and Bett, couldn't be more different. But when their dads fall in love and want the girls to find common ground, they are sent to the same summer camp. The girls make a vow not to speak to each other because there is no way they are going to become friends. However, things don't work out as planned. Told through email exchanges, this delightful story is lighthearted and… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services April 02, 2020
The Best At It The Best At It

by Maulik Pancholy

When Rahul Kapoor starts seventh grade, his beloved grandfather Bhai gives him some advice: find one thing you’re really good at and become the best at it. Rahul is convinced that once he figures out what he’s the best at, his anxieties will go away and his classmate Justin will notice him. With the help of his best friend Chelsea, Rahul is determined to prove himself, but what if… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, March 06, 2020