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by Kayla Miller
Olive, a fifth-grader, has a friend to sit with on the bus, talk to on the phone and eat lunch with. But one day, she begins to wonder if she really has any true friends. When her teacher announces the annual variety show, she finds herself without anyone to perform with, and suddenly, feels like she doesn't click with anyone. She mopes around the house feeling bad about herself until her "cool… Continue
by Barbara Cantini
Ghoulia is a “perfectly normal zombie girl” who just wants a real friend. Because she can’t hide her pale green skin or the deep purple circles under her eyes, she is worried that all the ordinary children in town will be afraid of her. Ghoulia spends all her time at Crumbling Manor with Auntie Departed and her albino greyhound, Tragedy, until she realizes that Halloween night… Continue
- The Shortest Day
by Susan Cooper
The Winter Solstice marks the day with the shortest amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere each year. It also is a day that has been celebrated for eons because it means that the cold, dark days will give way to longer, warmer days as we move toward spring. The Shortest Day is a beautifully illustrated book with simple text that honors the Winter Solstice as a holiday in its own right and… Continue
- The Watcher
by Jeanette Winter
The Watcher is a beautifully illustrated picture book about the courageous and smart woman, Jane Goodall. From an early age, Jane was a patient person. This quality proved to her benefit as an adult when she spent many hours observing chimpanzees from afar. After gaining their trust, she was able to study them up close and even helped prevent chimpanzees from going extinct. Recommended for ages… Continue
- This is My Fort!
by Drew Daywalt
Monkey and Cake love building forts! When Cake decides to build his own fort, Monkey feels left out, so Monkey builds his own fort that's even bigger than Cake's fort. But before long, they both discover that being alone in a fort is no fun! This is the third book in the early readers series, Monkey & Cake. The books work well for early readers with repetitive dialog, large font and great… Continue
- The Missing Baseball
by Mike Lupica
Mike Lupica brings his sports knowledge and great writing to early chapter book readers. This is book one in the Zach and Zoe Mysteries series about a brother and sister duo who love sports. In this story, Zach and Zoe follow clues to find Zach's missing baseball, signed by his favorite major league player. If your beginning chapter book reader loves sports and is ready to delve into a good… Continue
- Meet Yasmin!
by Saadai Faruqi
Yasmin, a spirited second-grader, boldly uses her imagination and ingenuity to have adventures and solve life’s little problems. In this four-part early chapter book series, Yasmin’s curiosity leads her to new discoveries, trials and mishaps. Readers will cheer on Yasmin's creativity and determination as she becomes an explorer who creates her own neighborhood map, or as she finds the… Continue
- The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon
by Dean Robbins
Alan Bean was one of the astronauts on board the Apollo 12 mission, and the fourth person in history to set foot on the moon. He wanted everyone to feel the magic and mystery of outer space, so when he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. The words in this book explain the beauty he saw, but the paintings are what really capture the experience. Recommended for ages 4-6.
- How to Survive a Totally Boring Summer
by Alice Delacroix
Randall moved to a new town and is worried his summer won’t be as fun, but he and his friend decide to start a chess club. They find a meeting place, recruit members, set the meeting time and the Checkmate Squad is born! But they are met with a grumpy man who takes over the chess tables and the school bully who causes problems. How will they deal with these unexpected issues? Read this… Continue