Nuts to You

Nuts to You - Lynne Rae Perkins

He was only one squirrel. There wasn’t much time. What should he do? Nuts to You by Newbery Medal winner Lynne Rae Perkins encourages us to ask this question and plenty of others. The story will take students and families on a journey of self-discovery and survival, and it will have every reader laughing out … Read more

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say

Stella Dias has Something to Say - Angela Dominguez

“You know, Stella, someone can only make you feel bad if you let them. It’s just words.” The school year is off to a rocky start for Stella, a third grader working hard to find her way. While she is smart and creative, her quiet nature draws the wrath of the class bully. Stella’s mother … Read more

Finding Langston

Finding Langston - Lesa Cline-Ransome

Read to Them is excited to offer Finding Langston as an opportunity to explore a richly written story that weaves together The Great Migration, The Chicago Renaissance, the poetry of Langston Hughes, loss and grief, bullying, and the power of poetry in just over 100 pages. It’s a mystery as to how an author can … Read more

Because of the Rabbit

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord updated cover

“Anything is possible with rabbits.” That’s how Emma expresses the world of possibility she discovers in this novel from Cynthia Lord.  What starts as a story about rescuing a pet rabbit turns into a rich, sensitive story about leaving a home-schooled past and assimilating to public school in fifth grade. “Excited is way ahead, but … Read more

Ways to Make Sunshine

Ways to Make Sunshine - Renee Watson

What do Judy Blume, Kate DiCamillo, Kevin Henkes, and Renée Watson have in common? They were all inspired by the late Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby series, inspired to write about everyday kids having everyday problems in their everyday lives. They all write about their characters unabashedly, warts and all. But they also write with tender … Read more

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish - Jennifer L Holm

What would you do if you discovered your grandfather had turned into a 13-year-old wise-cracking kid? Grandpa Melvin is a scientist and he’s discovered a cure for aging. (It involves jellyfish.) He appears on his estranged daughter’s doorstep, looking for help breaking into his old lab and to recover his research. He ends up enrolled … Read more

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls’ Rights

Malala - My Story of Staing up for Girls' Rights - Malala Yousafzai

This edition of Malala’s story is 172 pages – ideal for elementary and upper elementary school shared reading. The story of Malala Yousafzai – the Afghan girl who defied the Taliban, was attacked and injured, and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize – is deservedly well-known by adults. But each succeeding wave of … Read more

Saving Winslow

Saving Winslow - Sharon Creech

“Louie had not had the best luck nurturing creatures.” Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech shares a heartfelt story about loving big despite the risks. When Louie’s father brings home a sickly newborn donkey from Uncle Pete’s farm, Louie is determined to save the “pitiful-looking” creature he names Winslow, even though he hasn’t had such great … Read more

Cody Harmon, King of Pets

Cody Harmon King of Pets - Claudia Mills

“Next week is our first-ever Franklin School pet show!” This is great news for Cody Harmon, who truly is the King of Pets. He has nine pets he could potentially showcase – two dogs, two cats, three chickens, a rooster, and a pig. Which to choose!? But for all the kids in Cody’s class who … Read more

The Year of the Dog

The Year of the Dog - Grace Lin

“They say the Year of the Dog is for friends and family. But there’s more to it than that. The Year of the Dog is for thinking… it’s a good year to find yourself.”  In The Year of the Dog we meet ten-year-old Pacy in a story inspired by author Grace Lin’s real life.  Pacy … Read more

We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes

We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes - Patrick Jennings

Imagine life as a gopher snake. They look ferocious. They appear to be aggressive. But really that’s just because they often get confused for rattlesnakes. “I’m big, strong, and mean – and, though not deadly to humans, my bite doesn’t exactly tickle.” Crusher, the gopher snake, would love to be a rattlesnake. Instead, she is … Read more

J.D. and the Great Barber Battle

JD. and the Great Barber Battle - J. Dillard

“I knew what it felt like to want to be the best at something.” J. Dillard’s debut book will have readers laughing, learning, fist-pumping, and page-flipping as they get to know young J.D. He wears his hair in cornrows. Now it’s time for his first real haircut… J.D. doesn’t have a cool dad to cut … Read more

Simon B. Rhymin’

Simon B Rhymin - Dwayne Reed

“It’s Simon Barnes here. But everybody calls me the Notorious D.O.G., because I might be little but I’ve got a loud bark. Okay, not true. Nobody calls me the Notorious D.O.G. yet.”    As Simon prepares for his first day of fifth grade, he’s nervous because he’s always had trouble letting his inner voice be heard. … Read more

Aven Green Baking Machine

Updated cover for Aven Green Baking Machine by Dusti Bowling

But you know what’s one thing that’s definitely not required for being an expert baker? Having arms. That’s what.  Aven Green Baking Machine introduces us to eight-year-old Aven who is not only an expert baker, but she’s also a smart, wry kid learning to navigate life with the help of her friends, her family, and … Read more