29 Feb, 2024

Grades 3 to 5

38 mins read

These recommendations come from resources like The Horn Book, Scholastic, and the Association of Library Service for Children. Each child learns to read at their own pace and these lists are suggestions for the age level indicated. The titles on each list are just a starting point and not meant to be exhaustive. 

Use the links below to browse each category:

Chapter Books | Graphic Novels | Junior World Language | Nonfiction and Biographies


Chapter Books

Amira & Hamza: The War to Save the Worlds by Samira Ahmed, available as Print | Playaway 

A genie informs twelve-year-old Amira and her younger brother Hazma that they are the chosen ones who must defeat a monstrous demon of Islamic folklore to save the Earth and a parallel dimension. 

Crossing the Stream by Elizabeth-Irene Baitie, available as Print 

In Accra, Ghana, after Ato’s father dies his mother sends him to spend the summer with his grandmother where he learns about his father’s vibrant, complicated life, and learns how to honor his past with hope for his own future. 

The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron, available as Print 

Etan has stopped speaking since his mother left. His father and grandfather don’t know how to help him. His friends have given up on him. When Etan is asked to deliver a grocery order to the outskirts of town, he realizes he’s at the home of Malia Agbayani, also known as the creature. Malia stopped going to school when her acute eczema spread to her face, and the bullying became too much. Soon, other kids tease Etan for being friends with the creature. But he believes he might have a cure for Malia’s condition, if only he can convince his family and hers to believe it, too. Even if it works, will these two outcasts find where they fit in? 

Aven Green, Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling, available as Print 

Third-grader Aven Green has been solving mysteries for a whole month, cracking such cases as The Mystery of the Cranky Mom. But can this perceptive detective solve two cases at the same time? First her teacher’s lunch bag disappears. Then Aven’s great-grandma’s dog goes missing. Fortunately, since Aven was born without arms, all the “arm” cells went to her super-powered brain instead. (That’s her theory.) 

Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender, available as Print | Playaway 

Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl–and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother. 

The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton, available as Print | Playaway 

Eleven-year-old Ella Durand is the first Conjuror to attend the Arcanum Training Institute, a magic school in the clouds where Marvellers from around the world practice their cultural arts. Despite her excitement, Ella discovers that being the first isn’t easy – some Marvellers mistrust her magic. Eventually, she finds friends in elixirs teacher, Masterji Thakur, and fellow misfits Brigit and Jason. When a dangerous criminal escapes prison, supposedly with a Conjuror’s aid, Ella becomes the target of suspicion. Worse, Masterji Thakur mysteriously disappears while away on a research trip. With the help of her friends and her own growing powers, Ella must find a way to clear her family’s name and track down her mentor before it’s too late. 

The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo, available as Print | eBook | Playaway | eAudiobook 

In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Gentle Brother Edik finds the girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever, coated in dirt and blood, and holding fast to the ear of Answelica the goat. As the monk nurses Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret, one that imperils them all–for the king of the land seeks just such a girl, and Brother Edik,9781 who penned the prophecy himself, knows why. 

Keep It Together, Keiko Carter by Debbi Michiko Florence, available as Print | Playaway 

Keiko, Audrey, and Jenna have always been best friends, and Keiko desperately wants it to stay that way, but now they are starting seventh grade, and everything seems to be changing; Audrey is obsessed with the idea of them all securing boyfriends, but when she and Jenna focus on the same boy their friendship starts to break apart–and then Keiko finds herself attracted to Audrey’s brother, Conner (who has generally been cast as the enemy), and suddenly she finds herself having to choose between the two. 

Ground Zero by Alan Gratz, available as Print | Large Print | eBook | Playaway | eAudiobook 

Brandon is visiting his dad on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 when the attack comes; Reshmina is a girl in Afghanistan who has grown up in the aftermath of that attack but dreams of peace, becoming a teacher and escaping her village and the narrow role that the Taliban believes is appropriate for women–both are struggling to survive, both changed forever by the events of 9/11. 

The Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm, available as Print | eBook | Playaway | eAudiobook 

Bell has spent his whole life–all eleven years of it–on Mars. But he’s still just a regular kid-he loves cats, any kind of cake, and is curious about the secrets the adults in the US colony are keeping. Like, why don’t have contact with anyone on the other Mars colonies? Why are they so isolated? When a virus breaks out and the grown-ups all fall ill, Bell and the other children are the only ones who can help. It’s up to Bell–a regular kid in a very different world–to uncover the truth and save his family…and possibly unite an entire planet. Mars may be a world far, far away, but in the hands of Jennifer L. Holm, beloved and bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish, it can’t help but feel like home. 

Buster by Caleb Zane Huett, available as Print | Playaway 

Buster’s a therapy dog who needs to take matters into his own paws to help a boy understand his own anxiety . . . even if it means breaking a few rules. Buster’s in big trouble. He’s been dragged to Dog Court for breaking one of the most sacred of all dog rules: Never, ever talk to a human, or let a human know how smart you really are. But he swears he had a good reason! The boy he’s been taking care of, Tonio, needed his help in a big way. You see, Tonio is afraid all the time – afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, afraid of making a fool of himself or (even worse) hurting someone else’s feelings. His doctor thinks having a therapy dog will help his anxiety – and Buster wants to help. He really wants to help. Even if it means breaking the rules. . . . 

Playing the Cards You’re Dealt by Varian Johnson, available as Print | Playaway 

Ten-year-old Anthony Joplin has made it to double digits! Which means he’s finally old enough to play in the spades tournament every Joplin Man before him seems to have won. So while Ant’s friends are stressing about fifth grade homework and girls, Ant only has one thing on his mind: how he’ll measure up to his father’s expectations at the card table. Then Ant’s best friend gets grounded, and now he’s forced to find another spades partner. And Shirley, the new girl in his class, isn’t exactly who he has in mind. She talks a whole lot of trash – way more than his old partner. Plus, he’s not sure his father wants him playing with a girl. But she’s smart and tough and pretty, and knows every card trick in the book. So Ant decides to join forces with Shirley – and keep his plans a secret. Only it turns out secrets are another Joplin Man tradition. And his father is hiding one so big it may tear their family apart… 

Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly, available as Print 

The twelve kids in the seventh grade at Fawn Creek K-12 have been together all their lives so when graceful Orchid Mason arrives, with exotic clothes and glorious hair, the other seventh graders do not know what to think. 

Rise of the World Eater by Jamie Littler, available as Print 

Ash and the Frostheart crew journey to distant lands to stop the Devourer, a Leviathan that eats the essence of everything, and seek out the Ancient Leviathan heart, the only thing that can defeat Devourer. 

Cress Watercress by Gregory Magurie, available as Print 

When Papa doesn’t return from a nocturnal honey-gathering expedition, Cress holds out hope, but her mother assumes the worst. It’s a dangerous world for rabbits, after all. Mama moves what’s left of the Watercress family to the basement unit of the Broken Arms, a run-down apartment oak with a suspect owl landlord, a nosy mouse super, a rowdy family of squirrels, and a pair of songbirds who broadcast everyone’s business. Can a dead tree full of annoying neighbors, and no Papa, ever be home? 

Crocodile Rescue! by Melissa Cristina Márquez, available as Print | eBook 

Twelve-year-old Adrianna Villalobos and her older brother Feye travel the globe with their parents, the hosts of a suspenseful nature show called “Wild Survival!” The show features daring animal rescues and the work the family does at their animal sanctuary. They’ve recently gotten an offer to take the show from YouTube to a TV network, and Adrianna is thrilled. So far, she’s always been behind the scenes, but now she gets to join the rest of her family onscreen. She can’t wait to bring her passion for animals to a wide audience. Their first stop is the lush mangrove forests of Cuba, where they’re going to help rescue an injured crocodile. But things get off to a rocky start when Feye is injured in an accident partially caused by Adrianna. The status of the show is in jeopardy, and Adrianna’s parents want her back behind the scenes, or maybe even back at home. Adrianna is determined to prove herself, and save the show-whatever it takes. Even if that means confronting the legendary Mega Croc of Cuba that’s rumored to inhabit the murky waters around their base camp. 

Last Gate of the Emperor by Kwame Mbalia, available as Print | Playaway 

Yared Heywat lives an isolated life in Addis Prime — a hardscrabble city with rundown tech, lots of rules, and not much to do. His worrywart Uncle Moti and bionic lioness Besa are his only family… and his only friends. Often in trouble for his thrill-seeking antics and smart mouth, those same qualities make Yared a star player of the underground augmented reality game, The Hunt for Kaleb’s Obelisk. But when a change in the game rules prompts Yared to log in with his real name, it triggers an attack that rocks the city. In the chaos, Uncle Moti disappears. Suddenly, all the stories Yared’s uncle told him as a young boy are coming to life, of kingdoms in the sky and city-razing monsters. And somehow Yared is at the center of them. Together with Besa and the Ibis — a game rival turned reluctant ally — Yared must search for his uncle… and answers to his place in a forgotten, galaxy-spanning war. 

Muchos Changes by Juana Medina, available as Print 

Juana’s life in Bogotá, Colombia is just about perfect. Every now and then a big problema comes along – like having to learn English or Juana’s mami getting remarried – but things eventually settle down, and life goes back to feeling pretty perfect again. But then Mami springs two new sorpresas on Juana. One: Juana will be spending her school break going to skating camp instead of relaxing (even though she doesn’t know how to skate!). Two: Mami is going to have a baby! 

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant, available as Print 

When Cordelia Hatmaker’s beloved father fails to return from a sea voyage, she is determined not only to find him, but to discover who is using magic to start a war–and why. 

Good as Gold by Sarah Mlynowski, available as Book | eBook | Playaway | eAudiobook 

The magic mirror has a crack and it sends Abby, Jonah, and Prince into the mixed up tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and they soon find that Goldy is in need of a lot of gold to get her father out of jail, and so they find themselves negotiating between the Bears, who want honey, and Rumpelstiltskin, who just wants a friend or two–but King Ned is just plain greedy and somehow the children and Goldy’s father have to escape from the king’s jail, and get back to the portal to return home. 

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen, available as Print | eAudiobook 

657 days ago Meg’s British father left their home in France to fight the Nazis, leaving some codes in a jar for her to decipher, and Meg and her French mother moved to the Perche, a region in France near Normandy known for its forests; now Meg watches the German soldiers in town, and sometimes carries messages for the French resistance–but suddenly things have gotten much more dangerous: there is a wounded British officer hiding in her grandmother’s barn, a family of German refugees who are trying to get to Spain, and the Nazis have arrived on the doorstop searching for the fugitives. 

Flood City by Daniel José Older, available as Print 

Welcome to Flood City, the last inhabitable place left above the waters that cover Earth. It’s also the last battleground between the Chemical Barons, who once ruled the planet and now circle overhead in spaceships, desperate to return, and the Star Guard, who have controlled the city for decades. Born and raised in Flood City, Max doesn’t care about being part of either group. All he wants is to play his music with the city band, keep his sister from joining the Star Guard, and be noticed by his crush, the awesome drummer Djinna. Meanwhile, Ato, a young Chemical Baron, has joined his crew for what was supposed to be a routine surveillance mission, only things go from bad to worse between unexplained iguanagull attacks and the discovery of deadly schemes. Ato’s just trying to stay safe, keep his twin brother alive, and not hurt anyone. So when his commander prepares to wipe out Flood City completely, Ato must decide how far he’ll go. As Max’s and Ato’s paths collide, it changes everything. Because they might be able to stop a coming war. But can two enemies work together to save Earth? 

Burying the Moon by Andree Poulin, available as Print 

This beautifully illustrated novel in verse shines a light on how a lack of access to sanitation facilities affects girls and women in many parts of the world. 

Stuntboy, in the Meantime by Jason Reynolds, available as Print | eBook | eAudiobook 

Portico Reeves’ secret identity as Stuntboy allows him to use his superpower to keep everybody safe, but when his superhero parents start fighting a lot he feels the responsibility to save them. 

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan, available as Print | eAudibook 

Twelve-year-old Max, who loves the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow, sets out on a dangerous quest to discover if he is true of heart and what the future holds, armed with a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo’s legend as his only guides. 

Barakah Beats by Maleeha Siddiqui, available as Print 

It’s Nimra Sharif’s first time going to public school. Nimra’s nervous, but as long as she has her best friend, Jenna, by her side, she figures she can take on just about anything. Unfortunately, middle school is hard. The teachers are mean, the schedule is confusing, and Jenna starts giving hijab-wearing Nimra the cold shoulder around other kids. Desperate to fit in and save her friendship with Jenna, Nimra accepts an unlikely invitation to join Barakah Beats, a band made up of popular eighth-grade boys. The only problem is, Nimra was taught that music isn’t allowed in Islam, and she knows her parents would be disappointed in her. So she devises a plan: join the band just until she wins Jenna back, then quit before her parents find out, but Nimra’s lies quickly start to unravel. And as she grows to care about her bandmates, Nimra has to decide whether to betray her new friends or herself. 

The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell by Jordan Sonnenblick, available as Print | Playaway 

In a typical school year, every kid has one or two things go wrong. But for Jordan, there’s A LOT going wrong ALL THE TIME. Take this year. Here are some of the thing going wrong: His teacher hates him. Like, really hates him. Like, is totally out to get him even when he’s trying to be good, and is willing to fail him on the simplest things, like show and tell. He has a slight breathing problem because of his asthma. And breathing is never really an optional activity. His pet snake has given birth to way, way, way too many baby snakes, all who need a home. He is finding that becoming The World’s Best Drummer in no time whatsoever is maybe not the easiest goal. There are bullies ready to stomp him when all he has to defend himself with is a lunchbox. And all this doesn’t even include the freak swing set accident, the fears inside his head, or the funniest class presentation ever. By keeping his cool (some of the time), banging on the drums (a lot), and keeping his sense of humor (all the time), Jordan’s going to try to make it through the year . . . and grow up to write a book about it! 

A Comb of Wishes by Lisa Stringfellow, available as Print 

Twelve-year-old Kela is still mourning her mother when she finds a mermaid’s comb while she and her friend are looking for sea glass on her Caribbean island; such combs have magic in them, and touching it opens a connection to the mermaid Ophidia who can grant her wish, to bring her mother back to life – but all wishes have consequences, and magic demands a price which may prove to be more painful than the loss of her mother. 

Wings of Fire. Book Fourteen: The Dangerous Gift by Tui Sutherland, available as Print | Large Print | Playaway 

In the newest installment of the Wings of Fire series, tensions are higher than ever as we prepare for a fight for the survival of dragonkind! 

Ben Yokoyama and the Cookie of Perfection by Matthew Swanson, available as Print | eBook  

After getting a fortune cookie with the message, “Practice makes perfect,” Ben meets new student Darby, who claims to be perfect and offers to teach Ben his secrets. 

Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake, available as Print  

Roommates Skunk and Badger head out on a rock-finding expedition that becomes much more dangerous than they ever expected. 

Lotería by Karla Valenti, available as Print | eAudiobook 

In Oaxaca City, Mexico, ancient friends Life and Death discuss free will while engaged in a game of chance, with eleven-year-old Clara as the protagonist of their theories and a pawn in their game, moving inevitably towards her ultimate fate. 

Front Desk by Kelly Yang, available as Print | Large Print | eBook | Playaway | eAudiobook 

Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang’s parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants–not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao’s son, Jason. 

Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee, available as Print 

Eleven-year-old Maizy Chen visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, Minnesota; as her visit lengthens, she makes unexpected discoveries about her family’s history and herself. 

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Graphic Novels

I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944: The Graphic Novel by Georgia Ball, available as Print | eBook 

In a Jewish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest. Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, bombs are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion? 

Lilla the Accidental Witch by Eleanor Crewes, available as Print 

Shy thirteen-year-old Lilla discovers a book of magic that reveals she is a witch, but also draws the attention of an ancient evil hidden in the woods. 

Wings of Fire. Book Four, The Dark Secret: The Graphic Novel by Barry Deutsch, available as Print | eBook 

When Starflight is stolen by his own tribe, he hopes to at least discover some of the long-held NightWing secrets — what magical powers they really have, who they’re allied with in the war, and where they’ve been living all this time. But the truth about Starflight’s tribe is more terrible than he ever imagined: Not only do the NightWings live in a dark, miserable place, but they’ve imprisoned several innocent RainWings there, too. Stranded and alone, Starflight only wants to get back to his friends. But the fate of two kingdoms now rests in his talons, and with no one to save him, Starflight will have to find a way to be brave…. before it’s too late. 

Animorphs. 1, The Invasion by Chris Grine, available as Print | eBook 

Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them. That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent attack — and were given the power to fight back. Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco can transform into some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever seen. . . 

Yummy: A History of Desserts by Victoria Grace Elliott, available as Print 

Food sprite Peri travels the world to explore the history of desserts with facts, legends, and recipes for readers to try at home. 

The Baby-Sitters Club. 9, Claudia and the New Girl by Gabriela Epstein, available as Print | eBook 

Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class… until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley’s really different: She wears hippie clothes and has multiple earrings, and she’s the most fantastic artist Claudia has ever met. Ashley says Claudia is a great artist, too, but thinks she’s wasting her artistic talent with The Baby-sitters Club. When Claudia starts spending more time with Ashley and missing BSC meetings, it becomes clear that Claudia has to make a decision — one of them has to go! 

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo, available as Print | Spanish 

Sue just wants to spend the summer reading and making comics at sleepaway camp with her friends, but instead she gets stuck going to Honduras to visit relatives with her parents and two sisters. They live way out in the country, which means no texting, no cable, and no Internet! The trip takes a turn for the worse when Sue’s mother announces that they’ll be having a surprise quinceñera for Sue, which is the last thing she wants. She can’t imagine wearing a big, floofy, colorful dress! What is Sue going to do? And how will she survive all this “quality” time with her rambunctious family? 

Sunny Makes a Splash by Jennifer L. Holm, available as Print 

It’s summer and Sunny is bored. Most of her friends are out of town. Her mom wants her to babysit way more than Sunny wants to babysit. There’s nothing good on TV. The only cool place that’s cool is the community pool. Sunny loves going there – and loves it even more when she’s offered a job at the snack shack. Soon she’s flinging fries and serving frozen ice cream treats – with the assistance of the very sweet boy who works with her. Life is best when it’s free swim. 

Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd, available as Print | eBook | eAudiobook 

At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they’re expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She’s severely allergic to anything with fur! Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? 

The Prisoner of Shiverstone by Linette Moore, available as Print 

Eleven-year-old Helga Sharp is found unconscious in a drifting rowboat near the cost of Utley Island. Utley, as Helga finds out when she awakens in the hospital, is forbidden territory: it’s a prison island to which the Mainland has exiled troublesome mad scientists for generations. The truth is, it’s not accident Helga landed here. While working on her projects in secret, Helga made radio contact with Erasmus Lope, a mad genius who everyone thought had died in a lab experiment gone spectacularly wrong. But Lope is alive, and Helga is on a mission to rescue him from the prison island. 

Cat Kid Comic Club: Perspectives by Dav Pilkey, available as Print | eBook 

Flippy, Molly, Li’l Petey, and twenty-one baby frogs each have something to say. Naomi and Melvin don’t see eye to eye and Poppy perceives the world differently than her siblings. Will the baby frogs figure out how to work together and appreciate one another’s point of view — both inside and outside the classroom? 

Fearless by Kenny Porter, available as Print  

Determined to reignite her waning friendship with a girl who has moved two towns away, an enthusiastic fangirl hatches an ambitious plan to ride her bicycle all the way to her friend’s new school. 

No One Returns from the Enchanted Forest by Robin Robinson, available as Print 

They say no one returns from the Enchanted Forest–but that won’t discourage Pella. Earthquakes are destroying her village, and worst of all, they’ve caused the Midsummer Festival to be canceled. According to legend, the Earth Queen is to blame for these violent quakes–and the Earth Queen’s tower lies at the heart of the Enchanted Forest. Late one night, Pella sneaks away to find the Earth Queen and give her a piece of her mind. But she’s not afraid–she’s never afraid. It’s Bix, Pella’s sister, who does the worrying for both of them. She’s the one, after all, who was tasked with keeping her sister safe after they lost their parents. But despite her fears and the very real dangers that lie ahead, Bix will do anything to protect her little sister–even walk into the Enchanted Forest with only a ball of yarn to guide them home. They say no one returns from the Enchanted Forest. Will Bix and Pella be the first? 

Unsolved Case Files. No. 001, Escape at 10,000 Feet: D. B. Cooper and the Missing Money by Tom Sullivan, available as Print 

A minute-by-minute account of the only unsolved airplane hijacking in the United States uses reproductions of FBI files and investigation photographs to chronicle the events surrounding an unidentified extortionist’s 1971 hijacking and disappearance. 

Smile by Raina Telgemeier, available as Print | eBook 

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself. 

The Dragon Path by Ethan Young, available as Print 

The Wong Clan must leave their ruined homeland for a better life in the mythical Old Land, but to get there they must follow the dragon path, where their sworn enemies, the Dragon Tribe, rule. During a surprise attack, Prince Sing is separated from his clan. With the help of Ming, a powerful mystic from the Old Land, and Midnight, a monstrous warrior beast, Prince Sing must do all he can to save both his family and the Dragon Tribe from mutual destruction. 

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Junior World Language

Frida, el misterio del anillo del pavo real y yo by Angela Cervantes, available as Print | eBook 

When Lizzie and Gael share an irresistible challenge, to find the peacock ring that once belonged to artist Frida Kahlo, Paloma decides it is the perfect way to honor her father. 

Lety alta su voz by Angela Cervantes, available as Print 

La lengua maternal de Lety Muñoz es el español, y a ella le gusta pasar el tiempo juntando palabras. También le gusta hacer de voluntaria en el refugio de animales, porque a los perros y gatos no les importa que a veces ella no encuentre la palabra apropiada. 

Srta. Quinces by Kat Fajardo, available as Print 

Sue solo quiere pasar el verano leyendo y haciendo cómics en el campamento con sus amigos, pero en lugar de eso se embarca con sus padres y sus dos hermanas en un viaje a Honduras a visitar a la familia, que vive en medio del campo, ¡Así que no podrá mandar mensajes y no tendrá cable ni Internet! Las cosas empeoran cuando la mamá de Sue anuncia que le harán una quinceañera sorpresa, aunque esto es lo último que ella desearía. ¡No se imagina vistiendo en un vestido enorme, abultado y colorido! ¿Qué podrá hacer? ¿Cómo sobrevivirá todo este tiempo con sus revoltosos familiares? 

Agallas by Raina Telgemeier, available as Print 

Una nocha, Raina se despierta sintiéndose mal de estómago. Su mamá también se siente mal, así que puede tratarse de un virus. Raina se pone bien y regresa a la escuela, pero cada vez que tiene que enfrentarse a un problema, ya sea que sus amigas le hablen o no o que los chicos de su clase conversen de tamas asquerosos, le vuelve a doler el estómago; y esto sucede cada vez que se preocupa por los estudios, sus amistades o lo que come. ¿Qué le pasa? 

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Nonfiction and Biographies

Treaty Words: For as Long as the Rivers Flow by Aimée Craft, available as Print 

The first treaty that was made was between the earth and the sky. It was an agreement to work together. We build all of our treaties on that original treaty. On the banks of the river that have been Mishomis’s home his whole life, he teaches his granddaughter to listen–to hear both the sounds and the silences, and so to learn her place in Creation. Most importantly, he teaches her about treaties–the bonds of reciprocity and renewal that endure for as long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and the rivers flow. 

Marshmallow Clouds: Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech by Ted Kooser, available as Print 

This compendium of the fleeting and unexpected turns the everyday – turtles, trees, and tadpoles; cow pies, lazy afternoons, and pillowy white marshmallows – into poetic gold. A brilliant and timeless collaboration that evokes both the mystery and grandeur of the natural world and the cozy, mundane moments of daily life, this exquisitely illustrated collection is the go-to gift book of the season for poetry fans of all ages. 

Everything Awesome About Space and Other Galactic Facts! by Mike Lowery, available as Print 

Perfect for fans of Dog Man who love nonfiction, this is the definitive, go-to book about everything AWESOME you EVER wanted to know about all things outer space. Uncover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about our universe, from planets to supernovas to space travel and everything in-between, told in Mike Lowery’s signature, acclaimed comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. 

The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London’s Poop Pollution Problem by Colleen Paeff, available as Print 

This funny and informative picture book tells the story of Joseph Bazalgette, a 19th century engineer who designed London’s first comprehensive sewage system. In doing so, he saved thousands of lives from cholera outbreaks that regularly plagued the city. This STEM-focused story provides a window into the past and shows how one invention went on to affect generations to come–and teaches kids how they can prevent pollution in their own neighborhoods today. 

Mars Is: Stark Slopes, Silvery Snow, and Startling Surprises by Suzanne Slade, available as Print 

Explore and expand your knowledge of the red planet, Mars, in this book with stunning images and information gathered by NASA’s HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera. 

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd, available as Print 

A biography of Nina Simone, an acclaimed singer whose music gave voice to the struggle for racial equality during the Civil Rights Movement. 

The Snowy Owl Scientist by Mark Wilson, available as Print 

Are the snowy owls in trouble? Venture into the Alaskan arctic and summer realm of these predator birds to find out. Discover the diverse species necessary to owl survival, how climate change is affecting the landscape of their nesting site of past millennia, and what it takes to do field research in this action-packed addition to the award-winning Scientists in the Field series.

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