It is winter time and the snow is all around and surprises too. Feather, Flap, and Spike want to play, but it might be too cold or not?. This I Can Read book is ideal for kindergartners or kids who are starting to read by themselves. Text contains repetition and simple sentences.
From the series Captain Awesome, "Takes Flight" brings Eugene on a surprise family vacation. Little does he know that the flight attendant is none other than evil Fun E. Racer. Will she spoiled his first plane trip? This title will appeal boys in third grade and up. Books has big font and black and white illustrations throughout.
Subjects: super heroes, flight attendants, vacation, hmorous story. Ages 8-10.
Owl Diaries: A Woodland Weeding
Author: Rebecca Elliot
Book Level: 2.9
AR Points: 0.5
From the series "Owl Diaries," children will enjoy following Eva and her class as they get ready for their teacher's wedding. This book continuous the creative set up of the series with charming illustrations blended with a graphic novel and regular fiction format.
Subject: fiction, elementary school, weddings. For ages 6-9. 68 pages.
The Thank You Book
Author: Mo Willems
It is time to say good bye to Elephant and Piggie. As the last book in the series, Piggie makes sure to thank every friend he has encountered on the way. However, it appears Piggie is forgetting to show his gratitude to someone very important. Children will have fun discovering who Piggie is forgetting to include.
Subjects: fiction, gratitude, friendship, humorous story. For preschool and kindergarten age children. 57 pages.
Dream Big Little Pig
Author: Kristi Yamaguchi
Poppy is a girl pig that has big dreams. She dreams to be a singer, a ballerina and a model. Great book to read in the kindergarten classroom to talk about talents, dreams and hard work to achieve those dreams.
Subjects: ambition, persistance, pigs, dreams
My House is Alive
Author: Scot Ritchie
There are lots of noises that come from your house. Read this picture book to learn what is behind your house's noises. Great read for a science unit covering sounds.
Subjects: Picture book, house sounds and informational story. For ages K-2
Magic Tree House #54: Balto of the Blue Dawn
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Book Level: 3.9
AR Points: 2.0
Osborne's addition to the popular series Magic Tree House takes us to 1925 Nome, Alaska. Here, Jack and Annie will face an empty town in quarantine in winter time. Diphteria is attacking people, and the hospital is in terrible need of medicine. Kids will enjoy this fast reading plot, which will make you travel in time and meet dog hero Balto.
Subjects: sled dog racing, Alaska, time travel, Balto. Ages 8-10. 117 pages./.;
Because of an Acorn
Author: Lola M. Schaefer
This easy to read picture book describes the circle of life wonderfully. A great read for a science unit on the ecosystem and the balance of life. Perfect for K-2.
Subjects: ecosystem, forest, picture book
Cici: A Fairy Tale Believe Your Eyes
Ten-year-old Cici is having a difficult time adjusting now that her parents have separated. However, when Grandma arrives to help out, Cici discovers she comes from a family of fairies and has magical powers. This charming graphic novel will appeal to primary grade girls, who are ok talking about some family issues.
Captain Rocket and Groot arrived to a peculair planet after suffering a shipwrecked. This humorous story and hilarious illustrations will appeal kids, who like silly stories.
Subjects: humorous story, superheroes. for ages 8-12. 223 pages.
Dear Dragon Grows A Garden
Author: Margaret Hillert
Book Level: 1.1
AR Points: 0.5
A boy and his dad are growing a vegetable garden. Excellent read to introduce your kindergartener to the benefits of growing your own vegetable garden. Perfect for kindergarteners who are ready to read by themselves.
Dear Dragon Goes To The Dentist
Author: Margaret Hillert
Book Level: 1.1
AR Points: 0.5
Visiting the dentist can be scary, but when you take your Dragon you can learn a few things to keep your teeth healthy. Hillert’s “Dear Dragon” series will surely engage your kindergartener while reassuring his reading and comprehension skills.
Haggis And Tank Unleashed: Digging For Dinos
Author: Jessica Young
Book Level: 2.5
AR Points: 0.5
Haggis the dog wakes up to his usual grooming one morning, while Tank the dog is entertained with her dinosaur book. Suddenly, the doggy friends spot a mysterious bone, which is sticking out from the ground. The emergent reader will have fun with this adventure story filled with dinosaurs, volcano eruptions and other surprises. This early chapter book mixes the format of regular fiction with that of graphic novels to bring an entertaining story that will appeal elementary school children. For ages 6-8.
Subjects: dog stories, dinosaurs, imagination
Author: Chris Eliopoulos
Twins JeremyThis graphic novel
Subjects: graphic novel, super heroes
Girls Who Code
Author: Stacia Deutsch
Lucy wants to be a computer programmer like her mom. Now, in sixth grade, Lucy can't wait to be in her first Coding Club. But what happens when you are team up with kids you do not know and you start receiving coding messaged you can't understand? This chapter book will appeal to girls who are fun of clubs, computers, and school friendship stories.
Whiz second graders Gabriel, Laura and Cesar are trying to sell chocolate bars to raise money for their school's science club when they arrive to Dr. Bunsen's house. There, Dr. Bunsen shows the kids his latest invention, a growth ray that makes things grow. Only sometimes experiments go wrong or in this case gain life. This fast moving chapter book will appeal to kids, who like science experiment stories mixed with adventure and humor. Reluctant readers will appreciate the big font and black and white amusing illustrations.
Subjects: science experiments, adventure, inventions, multicultural and humorous story. For ages 6-8. 125 pages.
The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide
Author: Chris Colfer
Beloved series The Land of Stories comes to an end with this last adventure where twins Alex and Conner have to crusade for order between the fairy-tale land and the human world. Not an easy task when Alex goes missing and the evil characters are determined to defeat Conner. Do not miss this final adventure!
From Hunter's series "Warriors: A Vision of Shadows" comes book four with a new adventure after Darktail has been defeated. Nevertheless, some of the warrior clans are doubtful of the SkyClan place and must do their best to remain united to endure this delicate time of adjustment.
Subjects: cats, survival, adventure. Ages 9+
Copy Of -Alex Rider Never Say Die
Author: Anthony Horowitz
From the New York Times best selling series Alex Rider, comes another novel filled with mystery and adventure. Main character Alex is coping with the death of his friend Jack when he receives an e-mail that suggests Jack is not dead after all. This title will appeal to boys who are following the series or a reader who likes stories mixed with spies and travel filled adventures.
Subjects: spies, adventure, terrorism. Ages 9+
The Blackthorn Key
AR: 10 points
Author: Kevin Sands
Fourteen-year-old year old Christopher is an apothecary apprentice living with his Master, Benedict, in London. The year is 1665 and a series of mysterious murders are afflicting the apothecaries of the city. When Master Benedict suffers the same fate, it will be up to Christopher to unravel the secret behind a key connected to a secret society.
As the sequel continues, Qibli is trying to rewrite history, stop Darkstalker, and end the war. To achieve this task, Qibli will need magic and help from the dragon's powerful scroll. Followers of the "Wings of Fire" will enjoy this book full of fantasy, adventure, and the fight against evil.
Subjects: dragons, magics, good and evil. Ages 9-12.
The Book of Dust
Author: Philip Pullman
When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.
Subjects: spy stories, England. Ages 9+
I lived on Butterfly Hill
Author: Marjorie Agosin
AR: 13 points
Celeste is an eleven-year-old Chilean girl whose parents have to go into hiding to escape government persecution. Soon, Celeste is in danger too and has to escape seeking refugee in Maine, U.S. This novel will appeal a mature reader who enjoys historical fiction plots and social issues.
The year is 2041 and 12-year-old Dashiell is having a hard time living at the space colony Moon Base Alpha. In this novel, the reader will realize that even if your home is in outer space, tweens are faced with similar issues as if their homes were on Planet Earth. This novel will surely appeals children who enjoy science fiction stories with a mystery to solve.
This is a novel for a mature reader, who will learn of Perry, a boy, who is raised secretly by his mom in a correctional facility in Nebraska. This prison is what Perry considers his home, so when the district attorney VanLeer decides to place Perry on a foster home, the boy will have to teach a thing or two to vain VanLeer about the true meaning of home.
Subjects: fiction, foster families, correctional facilities. 378 pages. Gr 5-7
The World's Greatest Adventure Machine
Trevor, Devin, Nika, and Cameron have won a contest to try a roller coaster ride called the Adventure Machine. None of them knows how much they will last, but they will try it anyways. Will it be dangerous? will they need to have a contingency plan in case of emergency? Older kids will relate to the characters and the adventurous tone of this novel.
Runner and cartoonist Rafe Khatchadorian starts a new year of middle school at
HVMS Hills Village Middle School. Everything feels the same including the bullying of his nemesis Miller the Killer. Will Rafe's year improve? He is doing well on his art class and joins the flag-football team. The seventh book of the the "Middle School" series has a humorous tone that will appeal the reader who enjoys books like the "Wimpy Kid."
Catrina's sister Maya suffers from cystic fibrosis, a degenerative disease that affects breathing and digestion, prompting the family to move to Bahía De La Luna, a town with better weather conditions. However, the town is too cold and foggy for Catrina, but not for ghosts who love to hang out there specially on El Día De Los Muertos. This popular graphic novel will appeal a reader who enjoys friendly ghost stories blend with realistic fiction.
Middle graders Zach, Alice, and Poppy have always been friends embarking on imaginary journeys with their figure toys. Their favorite one is porcelain doll on a cabinet display that appears very real. Soon, the friends will learn that the doll is made of the ashes of a dead girl concealing the sad story of a mourning father. There is only course of action: find the resting place of the girl to reunite her with her ashes. This novel will appeal to kids who like scary stories mixed with ghosts and adventure.
Aiden is a twelve-year-old boy whose father has been missing since the onset of the Bot Wars, where machines took over. However, nothing is black and white and Aiden joins the Meta-Rise, a resistance group based on bots and humans that believe in peaceful coexistence. This title will appeal boys who enjoy futuristic topics blend with robots and warfare.
Kaylan and Arianna used to love the pool, freeze dances, and chasing the ice cream truck. Now, they need to focus on their 12th birthday and make a wish list of things they want to do before the big celebration.
Princess Olivia is almost thirteen, but wonders if attending the school field trip is a good idea now that her sister Mia is expecting twins. Following the royal mess characteristics in the series "From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess," the reader will enjoy this humorous sequel.
Subjects: school field trips, princesses, diaries. Ages 8-12
Since mother died four years ago, life has not been easy for eleven-year-old Yonder. Now it is only dad and the social worker, but Yonder does not feel like speaking or going to school. The only one that appears to lessen the pain is a pony named Dirt. This is a heartwarming story about the friendship of a girl who is mourning and a little mischievous pony that has problems on his own.
"An immersive, supernatural middle grade adventure. Hear the whispers of long-kept family secrets in shadowed corners. Feel the humidity of a languid Georgia summer. Beasley, author of Circus Mirandus, weaves the tale of two tweens spending the summer looking for the way out of an ancestral curse..." extract from School Library Journal review
Subjects: Adventure stories, supernatural stories. Gr. 4-6
How To Capture An Invisible Cat
Author: Paul Tobin
Fifth grader Nate is a school genious in trouble, one of his experiements has turned into a danger to society. Nate's pet Proton, is now an gigantic, odorless and invisible cat. Now, it is up to Delphine, to help his friend to find a solution for this scientific dilemma. Funny story for middle school kids.
Subjects: science experiments, humorous story, adventure. 260 pages. Gr 4 Up
One for Sorrow
Author: Mary D. Hhn
When Annie Browne joined the Pearce Academy for Girls in Mount Pleasant, she did not know how to make friends when unpopular Elsie Schneider befriended her. The class really disliked Elsie for her character and German descent, which did not help in 1918. Soon, Annie started to tease and bully Elsie like everyone else until Elsie succumbed to the epidemic influenza. Will Elsie's ghost be able to forgive? This is a good match for older kids who enjoy historical fiction scary novels.
10-year-old August Pullman knows he is not an ordinary kid. His face is disfigured from birth and has been home schooled up until now. His favorite Holiday is Halloween, because on this one day, he gets to be like any other kid, just “normal.” Now in 5th grade, school with other kids appears like a nightmare especially when dealing with bully Julian. However, even Julian has a past. Palacio goes deeper into the personality of the characters and makes sure the reader sees through the eyes of the antagonist. This is a story about courage, kindness and friendship. But remember, bullies usually start as victims.
Subjects: Bullying, human abnormalities, slef-importance and middle school.
Adam & Thomas
Author: Aharon Applefeld
Adam and Thomas are two nine-year-old classmates, who share a similar destiny. Their moms have left them in the forrest before returning to the getto. This is a story about survival and the path of two refugees and the people they meet. The lyricism of the narrative will cautivate the reader while infusing a sense of humanitarian hope even in times of war.
Subject: holocaust story, survival, refugees, World War II. Batchelder Honor Book. Pages 149. Gr 4-6
Ranger In Time
Author: Kate Messner
Book Level: 4.2
AR Points: 2.0
From the series “Ranger in Time,” golden retriever Ranger will travel in time to the days of American slavery, where he will befriend Sarah. This chapter book will appeal children, who like historical fiction, adventure and animal stories.
Subjects: Dog stories, African American, time travel
The Only Girl In School
Author: Natalie Standiford
Book Level: 4.1
AR Points: 5.0
Fifth grader Claire has a unique predicament. She is the only girl at school after her best friend, Bess, moved to California. Claire likes horse riding and she is great at regattas, but she can’t figure out a way to coexist with the boys, especially Webby, who is making her life very difficult at school. This chapter novel in epistolary form will provide an insight on social isolation with a narrative that will appeal and entertain the middle school children.
Subjects: social isolation, friendship, middle school
Author: Sara Pennypacker
Book Level: 5.3
AR Points: 8.0
Have you ever had a pet that you loved very much? Peter has the most peculiar pet. His pet is a fox and his name is Pax. However, when Peter's dad enrolls in military service, Peter is forced to let Pax go. Things are never simple when we lose something we love and sometimes we must do everything it takes to get it back. The noble narrative will appeal more mature children.
Do you see yourself flying of a gigantic zeppelin, which almost at landing starts to break apart with fire after a blast? This is exactly what happened to Hugo and his family. Written in epistolary form, this title will not dissapoint fans of the "I survived" series.
Eighth-grader Nicholas hate books, likes a girl called April and loves fútbol. The heart-to-heart novel in verse has all the ingredients a tween and teen might like. The clever narrative of this Newbery Award winner story, will make you laugh, sorrow, wonder and hope. Life in complicated, especially for a middle schooler, whose life might be falling apart.
Subjects: novel in verse, soccer, self-esteem, parents divorce
Just My Rotten Luck
Author: James Paterson
Book Level: 4.3
AR Points: 5.0
Middle schooler and cartoonist Rafe Khatchadorian is determined to change his karma. He will make things right by addressing nemesis and teammate, Miller the Killer, surviving special needs enrolment and getting through middle school with a favorable notoriety as a football hero. That is right, Rafe might not be the academic type of kid, but he has legs that can run and an artistic touch. This humorous story will surely appeal middle graders while providing an insight on standing up to bullying.
subjects: bullying, futball, friendship, art, humorous stories, middle school stories
The Land of Forgotten Girls
Author: Erin Entrada Kelly
Sisters Sol and Dominga (Ming) are having a hard time with their stepmother Vea. Death had visited the family of the girls too and now their mom and sister Amelia are gone. To make things more pressing, even their dad decided to abandon Sol and Ming. This realistic fiction novel will appeal to mature children, who like stories with a touch of reality and hope.
From the series Seven Wonders comes a story that combines adventure with mystery and mythology.
Subjects: Seven wonders of the world, frienship, Zeus (Greek deity)
The Big dark
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Book Level: 5.1
AR Points: 6.0
When Harmony, a small town in New Hampshire is affected by a solar incident that leaves the whole town in darkness, people must find a way to maintain order and avoid succumbing to social unrest. Charlie Cobb is in the middle of this electrical circuits shut-down adventuring through the winter to find a place that can provide medicine for his diabetic mother. This is a story about survival and determination, which will appeal to middle school children.
Subjects: survival stories, families, electric power failures
The Hero Two Doors Down
Author: Sharon Robinson
Book Level: 4.3
AR Points: 4.0
Eight-year-old Stephen lives in a Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. The year is 1948 and racial animosity is in the air, especially for the family of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who is moving into this neighborhood. Based on true events, this is a story about race relations, discrimination, but most of all friendship. Moving story to brake the barriers of racial discriminations. For ages 9 and up.
Subjects: Jakie Robinson, baseball players, race relations