Watkins, Angela Farris.
LOVE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH : MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.'S SIX GUIDING BELIEFS (AS TOLD BY HIS NIECE)
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.
IL 3-6, RL 5.8
Martin Luther King was a major figure in the civil rights movement. He believed in non-violence and believed that equality could be gained in a peaceful way with sit-ins and conversation. His niece has written this book that shows how the Martin Luther King lived the values he spoke about. He believed that you should love your enemies, fight the problem not the people who caused it, and resist violence of any kind. To learn more about Martin Luther King and his teachings, pick up a copy of Love Will See You Through.
Senzai, N. H.
TICKET TO INDIA
New York : Paula Wiseman Books, 2015
Maya and her family have traveled to Karachi Pakistan after her grandfather passed away. While she is missing school, her teacher has asked her to keep a journal of her time. What starts out as a journey to the funeral of her beloved grandfather, turns into an adventure that Maya could never have even imagined. At the funeral, Maya overhears her grandmother making arrangements to secretly travel to India. Maya and her sister decide to go along to be sure that their grandmother is safe. It isn't easy to get visas into India but fortunately the family had plans to go before this happened. But what is so important for their grandmother to find. After all, she hasn't been back to India since she was a baby. Her family had escaped from India to Pakistan long ago. She is the only one who made it across the border. What could she possibly hope to find? And how will two girls from California ever hope to help her?
TWO FRIENDS : SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND FREDERICK DOUGLAS
New York : Orchard Books, 2016
IL K-3, RL 2.4
On a winter day in mid 1800s, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas sat down for tea and talk. The two had much in common. Susan grew up at a time when women couldn't have an education or own a house. Frederick grew up a slave and taught himself to read and eventually escaped to the north. They both gave speeches talking about rights. Some people had rights while others had none. Why shouldn't all people have rights? The two became friends and worked for the freedom of all.
PIP BARTLETT'S GUIDE TO MAGICAL CREATURES
New York : Scholastic, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 4.7
Pip Bartlett loves, loves, loves animals. All kinds of animals. But particularly the magical kind of animals. Yes, they do exist. And Pip is going to spend all summer with her Aunt who is a magical animal vet!! Life couldn't get much better. Oh yea, did I forget to tell you that Pip can talk to the animals? Well, she can understand what they are saying and she is very surprised at what she learns. Teaming up with Tomas who is allergic to just about everything, Pip finds herself in a non-stop adventure with unicorns, HobGrackles, and an outbreak of Fuzzles that have a habit of bursting into flames at the most inconvenient times. Can they keep the dreadful government inspector from exterminating all the Fuzzles?
Chicago : Norwood House, 2016
IL K-3, RL 1.5
Don't you just love Halloween? It is a holiday full of traditions and symbols. This book tells about pumpkin carving, costumes and other customs. What is your favorite part of the holiday?
DREAM ON, AMBER
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014
IL 3-6, RL 6.0
Meet almost 12-year-old Amber Miyamoto. She is half Italian and half Japanese which makes her feel mixed up like a salad. Middle school is an adventure that she is trying to deal with. But other things are getting in the way including a phone that the cavemen probably used, liking a boy who has a locker near her, loving art but not feeling confident in it, and the bully she meets and accidentally beats up her brother. And then there is the fact that her Dad has walked out probably never to be seen again. Amber is trying to deal with that fact but her sister is having a worse time with it. But Amber has a genius idea. When her sister writes to Dad, Amber says she will mail the letter but what she is going to do is write back to Bella and pretend that it is from Dad. Surely nothing can go wrong! Right. Dream on, Amber.
A FINE DESSERT
New York : Schwartz and Wade Books, 2015
IL K-3, RL 4.1
Do you have traditions in your family that have been passed down through generations? What about some recipes? This book traces a recipe back through many years. Blackberry fool is a simple recipe and it has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. The book starts in 1710 with a mother and daughter picking the blackberries to make the delicious treat. Then we go forward learning about four different families who have enjoyed the treat.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
New York : Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016
After earning their first scouting badge with their vegetable garden, the girls are anxious to find out what their next badge will be. This time, Violet, Tigerlily and the other girls will be working to earn their Make a Difference badge. How can these small mice possibly make a difference? Maybe cleaning up the local park will qualify. What do you think?
New York : Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016
The girls are really looking forward to becoming Mouse Scouts. Buttercups was fun but it was really just for baby mice. They are big girls now. The first meeting begins and the new scoutmaster drones on and on. Wow, Miss Poppy is one strict leader! But when the girls learn they are going to earn their first badge by creating a vegetable garden, they are so happy. But sometimes it is more fun to play than to take care of your responsibilities. Will the girls be able to earn their badge?
THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME
New York : Philomel Books, 2015
IL K-3, RL 4.1
OK, so the crayons quit. We all know that. But now they have come back. Well not all of them have come back. Some will need some help with that. And they write to Duncan in postcards to let him know that they need his help. Tan Crayon has been eaten by the dog and puked up on the rug. Neon Red was left behind on vacation when she was used to color a sunburn. Maroon Crayon has been lost in the couch after Duncan's father sat on him and broke him in half. And we don't even want to talk about what happened to the others. Will Duncan be able to help them come home?
THE CASE FOR LOVING
New York : Arthur A. Levine, 2015
IL K-3, RL 4.0
This is the true story of Mildred Jeter and Richard Perry. They were very much in love and wanted to get married. But there was a problem. It was 1958 and it was against the law for them to get married in Virginia. You see, Richard was white and Mildred was black. The two loved each other and went to nearby Washington DC to get married. They wanted to live happily ever after and raise a family. But when they went home to Virginia, they were arrested for breaking the law! Forced to leave their home, they settled in Washington DC and did raise their family but always wished they could go home. During the time when many people were demanding equal rights, the Loving's case went all the way to the Supreme Court. What do you think happened?
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.
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