• Five Books for Poetry Month (and all year long)

    Posted by SARAH PENNACHIO on 4/2/2018

    The shape of concrete poems are just as important as the words, so make sure you share Chris Raschka's playful images when you read this aloud.

    Poke in the I

    Pure enjoyment, perfect for anyone who thinks they do not like poetry.

    Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

    Put enough poems together and they will tell a whole story!

    Friendly Four

    This book takes us through a family's week, describing their activities while also explaining how the days of the week got their name.  Full text in English and Spanish.

    Family Poems

    Get a taste of the masters with these short poems by Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson and more.

    Firefly July

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  • Five Books for Reading Aloud (for people of ALL ages)

    Posted by SARAH PENNACHIO on 3/26/2018

    Whether it's sleepovers, homework or annoying siblings, every kid will relate to Billy's story.

    The Year of Billy Miller

    Uncertain who she is or where she came from, Roz the robot must win over the island animals in order to survive.

    The Wild Robot

    A girl sets off on an adventure to help her village with the assistance of a dragon that can not fly.  Interwoven into the story are numerous Chinese folktales.

    Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

    Anyone can be a hero, no matter how small, is the wonderful message in this adventure about a mouse who would save a princess.

    Tale of Despereaux

    Every kid can relate to the worry of starting a new school and wondering if you'll make any friends, meaning this first book in the Dyamonde book series is a crowd pleaser.

    Dyamonde Daniel

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  • Five Books for Women's History month (and all year long)

    Posted by SARAH PENNACHIO on 3/5/2018

    The biography of this woman born in Baghdad is a shining example of the value of thinking outside the box and the perserverance sometimes required to do so.

    Zaha Hadid

    Biography of the Kenyan woman who advised the women of her country to plant trees as a very practical answer to some of their problems.

    Mama Miti

    Thank goodness for trail blazers who refuse to take "No" for an answer!

    Elizabeth Blackwell

    An introduction to the first Latino Supreme Court Justic, with full text in both English and Spanish.

    Sonia Sotomayor

    A picture book biography of the first computer programmer.  (Spoiler alert:  it was a woman!)

    Ada Byron Lovelace

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  • Five Books for Kids Learning to Read (and anyone who loves funny books)

    Posted by SARAH PENNACHIO on 2/19/2018

    Fox tries to play tricks on his friend Pig, but somehow the joke is always on Fox.

    A Pig, A Fox, and a Box

    Turns out a pig in a wig is exactly what this story needs.  Read it and find out for yourself.

    Pig in a Wig

    Secrets are sometimes a funny surprise to our friends!

    Ballet Cat

    Who knew just a few words and a few birds could be so funny?!

    Up Tall and High

    There are 25 books featuring Elephant and Piggie, each funnier than the last, each perfect for practicing reading or just laughing your head off!

    Today I Will Fly

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  • Five Books for Black History month (and all year long!)

    Posted by SARAH PENNACHIO on 2/5/2018

    An entry for each day of February highlights African American history.

    28 Days

    Langston Hughes' poem about the Pullman porters is beautifully illustrated with a broader theme by Bryan Collier.

    I Too Am America

    A very accessible book about students who, in 1960, protested the whites-only policy of Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, NC.

    Sit In

    Picture book biography of one of the first African Americans to serve in the U.S. Congress.

    John Roy Lynch

    A great introduction for young readers to the 1963 civil rights march in Washington DC.

    We March

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