by Elizabeth Acevedo
Harlem. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself...
by Katherena Vermette
A young girl becomes lost in the woods after wandering too far away from her mother. Scared because she is lost, she encounters a large wolf who reminds her of her own ability to survive and find her mother again.
by Jane Berskin Zalben; illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan both live on Flatbush Avenue, but when they meet at the grocery store they quickly become best friends, sharing a picnic while their families prepare for the holidays ...
by Alice Kuipers; illustrated by Diana Toledano
Polly loves words, writing, and telling stories, so when she finds a fancy book on her doorstep labeled "Special Delivery from the Writing and Spelling Department for Polly Diamond" she is thrilled;...
by Brian Selznick
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
by Debbie Levy
Traces the achievements of the celebrated Supreme Court justice through the lens of her many famous acts of civil disagreement against inequality, unfair treatment, and human rights injustice.
by Robert Zakanitch
Presents an illustrated A-to-Z catalog of the flowers found in home gardens, from azaleas to zinnias, as well as various foods and animals.
by Matt Lamothe
Follows the daily lives of seven children from around the world, including such places as Japan, India, Uganda, and Italy, and discusses how schools, meals, and play can be different or similar in different places in the world.
by Calef Brown
A collection of illustrated poems of love and friendship teeming with wit, whimsy, and wordplay from a bestselling author-illustrator.
by Maya Angelou; edited by Edwin Graves Wilson; illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
Presents a selection of Angelou's work which celebrates childhood, work, solitude, aging, courage, and the experience of freedom.
by Julie Paschkis
See the colors of the rainbow in a whole new light!
by Nikki McClure
As spring slowly turns to summer, a little boy builds a fort and plants a garden in impatient anticipation.
by Sara Pennypacker; illustrated by Jon Klassen
After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.
by Susan Cain
A discussion of the power of introverts for kids and teens with a focus on school, family life, and friendship.
by Michelle Markel; illustrated by Amanda Hall
Chronicles the life and works of the surrealist artist, who created some of the most enigmatic and startling works of the twentieth century.
by Karen Benke
Adventures in creative writing to s-t-r-e-t-c-h and surprise your one-of-a-kind mind.
by Debora Zemke
When budding artist Bea Garcia's best friend moves to Australia and a loud, rambunctious boy moves into her old house, Bea must learn to make new friends.
by Faith Ringgold
A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family.
by Susan Hughes; illustrated by Ashley Barron
Around the world, little ones are carried in many different ways: in slings, on shoulders, in backpacks, on hips, in baskets, and in loving arms. Up! depicts ten places around the world, from Afghanistan to nor...
by Joe Archer and Caroline Craig
For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes.
by Phoebe Wahl
Sonya raises her three chickens from the time they are tiny chicks. She feeds them, shelters them and loves them. Everywhere Sonya goes, her chicks are peeping at her heels. Under her care, the chicks grow into hens and even give Sonya a won...
by Jessica Love
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. Whe...
by Langston Hughes; illustrated by Daniel Miyares
An African-American boy faces the harsh reality of segregation and racial prejudice, but he dreams of a different life — one full of freedom, hope, and wild possibility, where he can fling his arm...
by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater; pictures by Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson
Building, baking, folding, drawing, shaping... making something with your own hands is a special, personal experience. Taking an idea from your imagination and turning it into something r...
by Peter Reynolds
Jerome enjoys collecting and using words that he hears, reads, or sees, and then decides to share his collection with others.
by Kay Woodward
From historic world leaders to brilliant scientists, artists, and modern-day pioneers, What Would She Do? shares twenty-five incredible women's stories that educate and empower. Learn about the remarkable achievements and attitudes of femin...
by Joseph Kuefler
When Digger discovers a flower growing in the center of the town being built, his entire perspective changes.
by Eleanor Estes; illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
In winning a medal she is no longer there to receive, a tight-lipped little Polish girl teaches her classmates a lesson.
by Ann Brashares
During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their differe...
by Francisco Alarcón; illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez
A bilingual collection of poetry by the late Francisco X. Alarcón, acclaimed Chicano poet celebrating the days of the week and everyday childhood experiences.
by Kate Coombs; illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen
This collection of poems paired with imagery of the natural world reminds readers about the importance of staying calm, soothing emotions, and appreciating the world around them.
by Sook Nyul Choi; illustrated by Karen Milone
A Korean American girl's third grade class helps her newly arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United States.
by Rachel Rodriguez; illustrated by Julie Paschkis
This book explores the influence of nature and color on the American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and how she demonstrated these influences through her paintings.
by Sarah Stewart; pictures by David Small
When she comes to the city to stay with her Uncle Jim, a curmudgeonly baker, Lydia Grace Finch brings along a suitcase full of seeds that she uses to create a wonderful, secret rooftop garden that she hopes will tr...
by Uma Krishnaswami; pictures by Julianna Swaney
When the mayor tries to shut down Book Uncle's free library on the street corner, Yasmin and her friends decide to take action, even though they are not old enough to vote in the upcoming local election.
by Bao Phi; illustrated by Thi Bui
As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Betwe...
by Joyce Sidman
Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that f...
by Kate Messner
Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing... in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom.
by Sandra Cisneros
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.
by Munro Leaf; illustrated by Robert Lawson
Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.
by Antoinette Portis
Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives.
by Marilyn Singer; pictures by Julia Cairns
A collection of poems about the full moon, with introductory pages containing lunar facts and a map pinpointing the locations in which the poems are set.
by Kwame Alexander, with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated by Ekua Holmes
A collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.
by Jeanette Winter
This introduction to the life and achievements of famed architect Zaha Hadid describes how as a child in Baghdad she dreamed of designing her own cities before pursuing an education and launching her famed studio. A picture book portrait...
by Monica Brown; illustrated by John Parra
Chronicles Frida's life — from her childhood to her rise as one of the world's most influential painters — capturing the beauty and strength of Frida's creative spirit, which carried her throug...
by Fiona Robinson
This picture book introduces Ada Lovelace, the daughter of poet Lord Byron and mathematician Anna Isabella Milbanke, describing how she blended her parents' educational approaches and forged a friendship with inventor Charles Babbage befo...
by Dianna Aston ; illustrated by Sylvia Long
This introduction to eggs in nature details the variety of their sizes, shapes, and colors, and includes such examples as the eggs of birds, frogs, snakes, ostriches, and dinosuars.
by Juana Medina
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.
by Barbara Cooney
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful – and she does all those things, the last being the most...
by Else Holmelund Minarik; illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.
by Philippe Lechermeier; illustrated by Rébecca Dautremer
Exposes the hidden lives of such lesser-known figures as Princess Molly Coddle, Princess Miss Hap, and Princess Anne Phibian, revealing where they live, what they whisper about, and what sorts of pe...
by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Jon Klassen
Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.
by Christopher Paul Curtis
With love and determination befitting the "world's greatest family," twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Gr...
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. Sh...
by Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
by Kenneth Grahame; paintings by Mary Jane Begin
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside – Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
by Laura Ingalls Wilder; illustrated by Garth Williams
The Ingalls family packs up their covered wagon and travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home in Kansas Territory, where wide open land stretches as far as the eye can see. On the prairie, ...
by Paul Fleischman
Reviewed by Clare:This short and poignant middle-grade read depicts the stories of inner-city community members as they transform an abandoned parking lot into a garden. This book will reignite your faith in the good of humanity.