Recommendations

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Ways to Make Sunshine Ways to Make Sunshine

by Renee Watson

Ryan Hart’s name means “king” and she is determined to keep growing into the name her parents gave her—to be a leader, to see the best in people, to be a good daughter, sister and friend. But Ryan has a lot on her mind: fourth grade, self-image, and especially her family. Her dad finally has a new job but money is still tight. That means changes like moving into a new… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, September 02, 2021
Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year Ahmed Aziz's Epic Year

by Nina Hamza

After his dad gets sick, Ahmed and his family move from Hawaii to Minnesota. Ahmed cannot imagine a worse place to live. To top it off, he's one of the only brown kids in his school. Not one to excel at school, Ahmed surprises himself by reading all the books assigned to him in class, and he doesn't hate them. Then Ahmed starts to learn about his family's past, particularly his uncle. Getting… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, August 19, 2021
Invented by Animals: Meet the Creatures Who Inspired Our Everyday Technology Invented by Animals: Meet the Creatures Who Inspired Our Everyday Technology

by Christiane Dorion and Gosia Herba

Did you ever wonder where the idea to make paper from wood pulp came from? Or whether someone could design a real invisibility cloak someday? Or how cool it could be to be able to crawl across a ceiling? All these ideas and more came from scientists, inventors and other curious folks studying animals and insects! Think about it... Animals and insects have been finding amazing ways to adapt their… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, August 05, 2021
Prairie Lotus Prairie Lotus

by Linda Sue Park

This wonderful historical novel is set in 1880 Dakota Territory. Hanna and her father arrive in the town of LaForge to begin a new life. Not only do they face the usual issues of life in a newly established town, far from bigger cities, but they will face racism as well. Hanna is half-Chinese, the only Asian person most people in LaForge have ever met. Will this friendly, smart and talented girl… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, July 22, 2021
Outside, Inside Outside, Inside

by LeUyen Pham

This picture book does a beautiful job of explaining the last year without mentioning the word ‘pandemic’. It celebrates essential workers who could not go inside because some needed to protect us, and others made sure that we had what we needed. Even though we stayed inside we continued to learn and grow, and nature thrived on the outside. The text captures so many emotions from 2020… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, July 08, 2021
Too Bright To See Too Bright To See

by Kyle Lukoff

Ever since Uncle Roderick passed away, Bug's house in rural Vermont has been creepier than usual. Bug has always heard strange noises and felt gusts of cold air, but now, sometimes, Bug sees another kid's face in the mirror. Meanwhile, the start of middle school is around the corner and Bug's best friend Moira wants to practice makeovers, which makes Bug uncomfortable for reasons that are hard to… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, June 24, 2021
Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away

by Meg Medina

Available in our catalog (English) (Spanish) Evelyn Del Rey is Daniela's best friend. They do everything together and even live in twin apartments across the street from each other: Daniela with her mami and hamster, and Evelyn with her mami, papi, and cat. But not after today--not after Evelyn moves away. Until then, they play amid the moving boxes until it's time to say goodbye, making… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, June 10, 2021
Mindy Kim, Class President Mindy Kim, Class President

by Lyla Lee

Mindy Kim is running for class president and she's basing her whole campaign on being kind and snacks. Who wouldn't want her to win? But Mindy must conquer her biggest fear: making a speech to the class about why she would be the best pick for president. Can Mindy overcome her biggest obstacle and prove to herself and others that she is the best choice for class president? This book is the fourth… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, May 27, 2021
Wolfboy Wolfboy

by Andy Harkness

What’s a big, blue, HUNGRY, HUFFY, GROWLY Wolfboy to do when he can’t find any rabbits? As he climbs, stomps, sploshes and slogs along, searching through the forest, creek, bog and ravine he uncovers no rabbits—or any other food for that matter! Will he ever be satisfied, or will his hanger get the best of him? And, will the cute rabbits be part of the surprise ending? Readers… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, May 13, 2021
Katie the Catsitter Katie the Catsitter

by Colleen AF Venable; Illustrated by Stephanie Yue

Katie takes a summer job as a catsitter to raise money for camp, but these aren't normal cats. There are 217 of them and each one has a special skill, like Jolie the computer hacker and Gracie the language expert who can meow in 82 languages. Their owner might not be normal either. In fact, Katie starts to suspect that she might be a notorious supervillain that has been prowling New York City.… Continue

Emily Roth Recommended by Emily Roth Children's Services Librarian, April 15, 2021
Sky Gazing Sky Gazing

by Meg Thacher

Who hasn’t stared up at the sky and wondered about the stars, the sun, the moon and the planets? Readers are given a tour of the solar system and deep space with no telescope or binoculars required. Kids will learn how to spot and observe planets, identify constellations throughout the seasons, how the Earth’s moon was formed and why there are phenomena such as eclipses, meteor… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, April 01, 2021
The Van Gogh Deception The Van Gogh Deception

by Deron Hicks

This mystery novel for middle-grade readers, a 2021 Bluestem Award nominee, will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story focuses on a boy with amnesia who recalls all kinds of information about art, but doesn't remember his name or how he came to be sitting in the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. all alone. The boy and his new friend race across the city to solve both the mystery… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, March 18, 2021
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

by Nikki Grimes, Pictures by Elizabeth Zunon

This sweet, beautifully illustrated story imagines the ordinary routine of bedtime as an animal-filled journey. When the red-pajama clad child isn't sleepy, they delay bedtime by growling like a bear, questioning like an owl and hunting for water like a sly wolf. From tigers, to squirrels, to snakes, the little child dodges around bedtime until they are finally tired enough to sleep, curling up… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, March 04, 2021
Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story) Everything Sad is Untrue (a true story)

by Daniel Nayeri

Daniel tells stories. As a middle schooler from Iran, he fills his time in his new classroom in Oklahoma sharing stories about what it was like living in Iran and what it's like being "the refugee kid in the back of the class." This beautiful tale illustrates how we are all connected, and how when we listen to one another's stories, we can no longer be enemies. Highly recommended for older… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, February 19, 2021
Genesis Begins Again Genesis Begins Again

by Alicia Williams

Genesis has an awful lot to handle for a 13-year-old. She and her family have been evicted several times because her father’s paycheck goes toward alcohol and gambling and her mom’s pay doesn’t cover the rest. Dad’s words hurt when he’s drunk; the most hurtful of them that Genesis is too black, like him, and not enough like her light-skinned mom. Even her black… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, February 11, 2021
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