HORTON AND THE KWUGGERBUG AND MORE LOST STORIES
New York : Random House, 2014
IL K-3, RL 2.4
Do you think you have read all the Dr. Seuss books? Well this is a new one! These stories first appeared in magazines many years ago. Now they are in a book for you to enjoy. You'll find stories about your favorite characters and places. Horton the Elephant is back. Marco, Mulberry Street and even a grinch. Enjoy these stories about your favorite Dr. Seuss friends.
WHEN YOU JUST HAVE TO ROAR!
St. Paul, MN : Redleaf Lane, 2015
IL K-3, RL 3.5
"It was just one of those days in Ms. Mya's classroom." Kids were kicking. Kids were running. Kids were making a mess. And one was roaring. Ms. Mya decided that it was time to take action. She gathers the children on the carpet and talks to them about classroom expectations. Can you think of some good classroom expectations that would work in the class?
A DOG WEARING SHOES
New York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015
IL K-3, RL 2.9
When Mini and her mother spot a stray dog, they decide to take it home and try to find the owner. Even though he has no collar, he must belong to someone. You see, he is wearing shoes! That's right. He is wearing four very yellow shoes. Will Mini be able to keep him forever? Or will he real owner be found?
NOAH CHASES THE WIND
New York : Redleaf Lane, 2015
IL K-3, RL 3.9
Noah sees the world differently from most children. He can see patterns in the dust that flies through the air. He can feel a storm coming long before the trees even begin trembling. He loves to read and he loves to find out about the world around him. But he hasn't been able to figure out where the wind goes. Travel with Noah and he explores the world around him.
CAMILLE'S STORY 1910
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
Camille is the daughter of the cook at Rousseau Manor. Her father had been the groundskeeper until he passed away a few years before. Now Camille's mother is trying to teach her to cook even though Camille is not that good at it. Although she is in service at the manor, the Rousseaus treat her well and she sometimes forgets that she is the help. When the family learns that a young relative from the States will be coming to live with them, Camille does her best to prepare for the arrival. But she will find that there are secrets in the Manor.
WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?
New York : Random House, 2015
IL K-3, RL 1.5
Long after his death, a new book by Dr. Seuss has been found and released. Such a thrill to get to read a new Dr. Seuss book! In the story, the children are told that they can have a pet. But what pet should they get? A dog? A cat? Or something more unusual? What pet would you choose if you could have only one?
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS LITTLE
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
IL K-3, RL 0.9
Even though something seems little, it doesn't mean that it is. A little fish can be very brave. An little idea can be something fantastic. Pick this book up to see how some things that seem little when you first see them, are really big.
Kono, Erin Eitter.
CATERINA AND THE BEST BEACH DAY
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL K-3, RL 1.6
Caterina and her brother are going to spend the day at the beach. And she is determined to make this the best beach day ever. She starts making lists and planning the whole day out. They will collect shells, fly kits and build a sand castle. And so much more. But when they get to the beach, will Caterina find that sometimes plans need to change?
HANK HAS A DREAM
New York : Peter Pauper Press, 2014
IL K-3, RL 1.4
Hank is back in a new book. He is telling his friend about a dream he had. He's all alone in the dream but not afraid. And then he starts to fly. But he is not afraid. Come along in to Hank's magical forest and listen to him tell all about his dream.
HOME TWEET HOME
New York : Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL K-3, RL 2.0
Pipi and Burt don't like living with so many brothers and sisters. Those of you from large families will certainly understand their feelings. The house is so crowded and noisy. They decide to run away and see what is out there. But what they find is not what they expect. Can their life in a large, rowdy family be as bad as they thought?
THE SAFEST LIE
New York : Holiday House, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 3.9
Nine year old Anna Bauman knows that it is not safe to be a Jew in Nazi occupied Poland. The family has been forced into the Warsaw ghetto and it is a very hard life. But her parents are determined to save Anna even if they can't save themselves. She is to become Anna Karwolska, an 8 year old Catholic girl. She is smuggled out of Warsaw and is taken to a Catholic orphanage. She must never reveal her true name or the fact that she is Jewish. The story follows Anna's three years in hiding and the changes she goes through as she tries to live as Anna Karwolska while not forgetting Anna Bauman.
A PASSION FOR ELEPHANTS : THE REAL LIFE ADVENTURE OF FIELD SCIENTIST CYNTHIA MOSS
New York : Dial, 2015
Cynthia Moss was not afraid of big things. Or big challenges. I didn't know much about her before I read this biography but I am glad that I read it. After graduating from college, Cynthia decided to travel to Africa to see the big continent. While she was there, she got a job photographing elephants. They were big but Cynthia was not afraid. Day after day, Cynthia spent time with the elephants. And with each day, she learned more and more about their behavior. Would you like to find out what Cynthia Moss learned?
Baskin, Nora Raleigh.
RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE
New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 4.4
Eleven year old Ruby Danes has a secret. And she has been keeping it for a long time. Her mother is in prison. Ruby just doesn't want anyone to know. She hasn't really had any friends who she feels close enough to who she wants to risk letting them know. But things may be changing. There is a new girl at the condo complex who is Ruby's age. Throughout the summer, Ruby and Margalit become close friends. Ruby is wondering if she can trust Margalit with the truth but then she learns some disturbing details about her mother's crime. Can it have something to do with Margalit?
Holm, Jennifer L.
THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH
New York : Random, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.4
When her mother picks her grandfather up from jail, Ellie’s sixth grade year takes a drastic turn. Her grandfather is a scientist and, in his latest experiment, has discovered the fountain of youth. He is now a teenage version of himself and will be attending her middle school! How will she survive having her cantankerous grandfather at school every day? Is the world ready for this scientific breakthrough? (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
THE CASTLE BEHIND THORNS
New York : Katherine Tegen Books, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 3.9
Sand, short for Alexandre, wakes up in an abandoned castle where everything is broken. A wall of thick, dangerous thorns makes escape impossible. Trained as a blacksmith, Sand begins to repair objects in the castle, awakening the castle’s magic. A girl appears and together they must find a way to escape before it is too late! (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
DEATH BY TOILET PAPER
New York : Delacorte Press, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
Fact: Each day, 83,048,116 rolls of toilet paper are produced worldwide
Fact: Prior to the invention of toilet paper, Eskimos used snow and tundra moss.
Fact: World Toilet Day is celebrated on November 19.
Fact: The most expensive toilet is found at the international space station. NASA paid nineteen million dollars for a Russian built toilet system.
Fact: If Ben’s family can’t come up with the money, they will be evicted from their home. Ben’s dad died a year ago and things are tight. Ben tries to help by selling candy, entering sweepstakes and other contests. The latest contest is making up a new slogan for The Royal T Bathroom Tissue. How do Ben and his buddy, Toothpick, an aspiring horror movie make-up artist and Grandpa Jake save the day? Find out other amazing facts about toilets and toilet paper. Even with Ben’s serious family problems, this book will tickle your funny bone. (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
Bradley, F. T.
DOUBLE VISION : CODE NAME 711
New York : Harper, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
One minute Lincoln Baker is playing video games with his friends, and the next minute the CIA needs his help. An assassin is plotting to set off explosives at a White House costume party. With spies around every corner, it’s hard to know who to trust. Linc will have to team up with the President’s daughter to stand a chance at beating the clock, the assassin, and Ben, a junior secret agent who looks just like Linc. Can Linc find the Dangerous Double of George Washington’s Revolutionary War coat before it’s too late? (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
THE BLOSSOMING UNIVERSE OF VIOLET DIAMOND
New York : Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 4.6
Eleven-year-old biracial Violet has a loving family – Mom, sister Daisy, Gam and Poppy – but she often feels out of place in Moon Lake, Washington, a mostly white community. Her African American father died before she was born and she has never met his side of her family, until her grandmother has an art exhibit in Seattle. Can she convince her mother to take her to the art exhibit? And will her grandmother accept her if she does? (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
New York : Harper, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
When seventh grader Logan Wilde wakes up in his new home in rural Xanadu, Wyoming, he spots large golden feathers on the floor. He soon discovers they belong to a hungry baby griffin hiding under his bed. Logan learns the baby griffin comes from a secret place called the Menagerie, a large habitat set up for the protection of mythical beasts. It contains unicorns, dragons, and phoenixes, and many other magical beasts. Who let the baby griffin out and is sabotaging the safety of all the magical beasts? Can Logan and his friends save the Menagerie? (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
WINTER BEES AND OTHER POEMS OF THE COLD
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014
IL K-3, RL 5.1
You can feel the air get frostier as you open this book of poetry. Journey through the snow-covered forest to learn about how different animals experience winter. The page about snakes will curl your toes! (Booktalk by Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Committee)
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