Favorite Reads

  • Thunder Boy Jr.

    by Sherman Alexie Year Published: 2016

    Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done, like Touch the Clouds, Not Afraid of Ten Thousand Teeth, or Full of Wonder.

    But just when Thunder Boy Jr. thinks all hope is lost, he and his dad pick the perfect name...a name that is sure to light up the sky.

    National Book Award-winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor-winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son. 

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  • Nerdy Birdy

    by Aaron Reynolds Year Published: 2015

    Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd.

    One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle.

    When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

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  • Flutter and Hum/Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems/Poemas de Animales

    by Julie Paschkis Year Published: 2015

    All sorts of animals flutter and hum, dance and stretch, and slither and leap their way through this joyful collection of poems in English and Spanish. Julie Paschkis's poems and art sing in both languages, bringing out the beauty and playfulness of the animal world.

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  • The Skunk

    by Mac Barnett Year Published: 2015

    When a skunk first appears in the tuxedoed man's doorway, it's a strange but possibly harmless occurrence. But then the man finds the skunk following him, and the unlikely pair embark on an increasingly frantic chase through the city, from the streets to the opera house to the fairground. What does the skunk want? It's not clear―but soon the man has bought a new house in a new neighborhood to escape the little creature's attention, only to find himself missing something...

    This sly, hilarious tale brings together luminaries Mac Barnett and Patrick McDonnell for the first time.

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  • Job Wanted

    by Teresa Bateman Year Published: 2015

    A sorry-looking hound plods up to a farmer to ask for a job. “Dogs just eat and don’t give anything back,” the farmer gripes. Most animals would be on their way, but this dog dreams up a plucky plan. Why not try to pass himself off as a cow?

    An old farm dog proves he can learn plenty of new tricks in this perfect read-aloud.

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  • You Must Be This Tall

    by Steven Weinberg Year Published: 2017

    Two friends—one short and one tall—must come up with a plan to overcome a serious height restriction so they can ride a roller coaster together in this delightfully cheeky and bright picture book from the author of Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!

    Best friends Frank and Harold do everything as a pair. And at the fair, they want to ride the roller coaster together, too! But one of them isn’t tall enough.

    Can this energetic duo think outside the box and figure out a way to overcome the height restriction and ride the roller coaster? Find out in this adorable picture book that celebrates the value of friendship and encourages problem solving from Steven Weinberg.

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  • Mango, Abuela and Me

    by Meg Medina Year Published: 2017

    Mia’s abuela has left her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to live with Mia and her parents in the city. The night she arrives, Mia tries to share her favorite book with Abuela before they go to sleep and discovers that Abuela can’t read the words inside. So while they cook, Mia helps Abuela learn English (“Dough. Masa”), and Mia learns some Spanish too, but it’s still hard for Abuela to learn the words she needs to tell Mia all her stories. Then Mia sees a parrot in the pet-shop window and has the perfectoidea for how to help them all communicate a little better. An endearing tale from an award-winning duo that speaks loud and clear about learning new things and the love that bonds family members.

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  • Chuck and Woodchuck

    by Cece Bell Year Published: 2016

    When Caroline’s classmate Chuck brings Woodchuck to show-and-tell, Woodchuck is so funny that their teacher says he can come to school every day! Woodchuck is friendly to everyone, but he’s especially sweet to Caroline. He gives her Chuck’s hat when her ears get cold and Chuck’s cupcake when she drops hers. But when Caroline forgets her lines during the class play, it’s not Woodchuck who comes to the rescue. A perfect read-aloud for facilitating friendships, this charming story recognizes that sometimes, making a connection takes time — but is worth the wait.

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  • Yard Sale

    by Eve Bunting Year Published: 2017

    Almost everything Callie’s family owns is spread out in their front yard—their furniture, their potted flowers, even Callie’s bike. They can’t stay in this house, so they’re moving to an apartment in the city. The new place is “small but nice,” Mom says, and most of their things won’t fit, so today they are having a yard sale. But it’s kind of hard to watch people buy your stuff, even if you understand why it has to happen. With sensitivity and grace, Eve Bunting and Lauren Castillo portray an event at once familiar and difficult, making clear that a home isn’t about what you have, but whom you hold close.

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  • Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights

    by W.H. Beck Year Published: 2015

    Why be afraid of the dark when there is so much to see? Whether it’s used to hunt, hide, find a friend, or escape an enemy, bioluminescence—the ability to glow—is a unique adaptation in nature. In this fun and fascinating nonfiction picture book, join world-renowned photographers and biologists on their close encounters with the curious creatures that make their own light. Author’s note and bibliography included.

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