Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker

Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes book cover

“There are infinite upsides to being yourself.”  It’s just a fact: Beatrice Zinker does her best thinking upside down.   She also does puzzles without looking at the box top, thinks dessert should be eaten first, and knows that Lenny Santos will always be her best friend.  Even though she comes from a right-side-up family that … Read more

Three Good Deeds

Cover image for Three Good Deeds by Vivian Vande Velde

“You, young man, are in serious need of a good lesson.” (p. 8)   So says the witch in Three Good Deeds. She’s addressing young Howard, a boy who is— there’s no other way to say it—kind of a meanie. He visits the pond to steal goose eggs from the nests there, but these geese are … Read more

Trouble at School for Marvin & James

Cover for Trouble at School for Marvin & James

James and Marvin are best friends, which wouldn’t be unusual except for the fact that James is a boy and Marvin is a beetle. Welcome to the world created by Elise Broach in her award-winning children’s novel, Masterpiece. The companion introductory chapter book series, The Masterpiece Adventures, revels in the magic of this unlikely friendship. … Read more

Humphrey’s Playful Puppy Problems

Cover for Humphrey's Playful Puppy Problems by Betty Birney

For years, schools have celebrated reading with Betty G. Birney’s Humphrey series. Now, readers who need a bit more support can join in the classroom hamster fun with Humphrey’s Tiny Tales, aseries of introductory chapter books. “Classroom pets like me love to be needed.” In Humphrey’s Playful Puppy Problems, everyone’s favorite hamster heads home for … Read more

Fenway and the Bone Thieves

Cover for Fenway and the Bone Thieves

It’s a good thing humans have dogs to keep them safe from squirrels.” And it’s a good thing we have more Fenway! Fenway and the Bone Thieves is the first in an introductory chapter book series by Victoria J. Coe, author of the popular Read to Them title, Fenway and Hattie. It’s a new series, … Read more

Just Harriet

Book cover image for Elana K. Arnold's Just Harriet

“There are some things you should know about me before I tell you everything else.  Let’s start with the worst things first.  Sometimes I lie. I don’t know why I lie, and it’s usually about dumb things that people figure out   right away, or really soon.  It’s embarrassing, if you want to know the truth.”  … Read more

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet

Cover for Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet

Set in London, the Planet Omar series brings to life the vivid imagination of a 9-year-old boy facing a new school year at a new school. Thanks to Zanib Mian’s witty writing and the fully integrated illustrations by Nasaya Mafaridik, this book moves briskly with plenty of laughs – and lessons – along the way.   … Read more

Stella Díaz Never Gives Up

Cover for Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

The girl who charmed you in Stella Díaz Has Something to Say is back for more heartwarming fun. And you don’t have to read the first book to appreciate the second book of this series.   If only I could do something big this summer, too.   It’s the beginning of summer vacation and Stella is dejected. … Read more

Toys! Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions

TOYS! Amazing Stories Behind some Great Inventions - Don Wulffson

Most of you have probably played with super balls, toy soldiers, Play-Doh, Legos, or a Mr. Potato Head. Many of you have no doubt enjoyed heated games of Monopoly, Checkers, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, or Parcheesi. But have you ever thought about how these toys and games got their start? Behind every toy there is an … Read more

Bookmarks Are People Too!

Here's Hank - Bookmarks are people too! - Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver

“Papa Pete always says laughter is good, but not as good as a pickle.” Bookmarks Are People Too! is the first book in the Here’s Hank series, books that re-package Henry Winkler’s lovable character Hank Zipzer for younger readers. Don’t worry – these Intro level books retain all the hilarity and shenanigans of Niagara Falls, … Read more

Stuart Little

Stuart Little by E. B. White updated cover

E.B. White wrote three novels for children and all of them are classics: Stuart Little (1945); Charlotte’s Web (1953); and The Trumpet of the Swan (1970). “When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much … Read more

EllRay Jakes Is a Rock Star!

Ellray Jakes is a rockstar - Sally Warner

Meet EllRay Jakes, the young protagonist of Sally Warner’s fun, quick-reading series. Meet his parents, sister, and classmates – and take a peek behind the curtain of life in third grade. In the entertaining second book of the series, we find EllRay in the middle of a common school crisis – popularity. Everyone is bragging … Read more

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos

Cover for 8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde

Move over Humphrey, there’s a new class pet in town! Well, actually there are 8 of them. And a squirrel. And a dog. And together they do indeed create chaos. This fast-paced adventure from Vivian Vande Velde is one wild ride that your students are sure to enjoy. First, they’ll meet Twitch, the schoolyard squirrel, … Read more

Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up

Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix Up - Melissa Thomson

In Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up, we meet Keena as she starts a new school year with all the excitement and apprehension it brings. She tells us all about it through the entries in her brand new journal, so we experience all of her thoughts and emotions first hand. Like the heroines in many … Read more

Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan

Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan - Cynthia Ryland and Arthur Howard

The Gooseberry Gang is back – and they’re stronger in number, spirit, and love. The beloved hermit crab, Gwendolyn, and the loyal Labrador, Kona, strive to save the Gooseberry Park residents from a devastating drought. This effort requires the cooperation and kindness of an entire menagerie of animals, each of whom demonstrates strengths and gifts … Read more

Gooseberry Park

Gooseberry Park - Cynthia Rylant

What do a lumbering Labrador, a wise-cracking bat, a Caribbean crab, and a squirrel mother of triplets have in common? They are the best of friends, of course! Gooseberry Park is the endearing story of true friendship and selflessness at its best. Kona, the loyal Labrador, is willing to risk it all to help his best … Read more

Clementine

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker updated cover

In Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, we experience life through the viewpoint of a feisty, firecracker of a third-grade girl, who is having a really bumpy week. It starts off on a Monday when Clementine tries to help a friend who has glue in her hair by cutting off all of her hair! Everything goes wrong, and the … Read more

Nim’s Island

Nim's Island - Wendy Orr

A rich, modern, and now classic fable. Nim’s Island takes us to the idyllic spot in the Pacific where a young girl, Nim, lives with her scientist father. They are self-sufficient in their paradise, complete with solar powered computer batteries and a satellite dish. This isn’t a standard stranded-on-a-desert-island story. We spend all our time with … Read more

Rescue on the Oregon Trail

Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner updated cover

Go west, readers, with Ranger in Time, Rescue on the Oregon Trail, a tale of determination, danger, and loyalty that will keep you on the edge of your wagon seat! Ranger is a golden retriever who has been trained as a search-and-rescue dog, but he can’t pass the test because of his love for chasing squirrels. … Read more

Judy Moody

Judy Moody was in a Mood - Meghan McDonald

“Roar!” says Judy Moody as she wakes up for the first day of third grade. Judy is not excited about a new teacher, a new desk, or a new class pet. And the worst part? None of her shirts have words on them. “Judy Moody did not want to give up summer. She did not … Read more

Gooney Bird Greene

Gooney Bird Greene - Lois Lowry

Gooney Bird arrives at the door of Mrs. Pigeon’s second grade classroom announcing, “I’m your new student. My name is Gooney Bird Greene – that’s Greene with a silent ‘e’ at the end – and I just moved here from China. I want a desk right smack in the middle of the room, because I … Read more

The Water Horse

The Water Horse - Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith is probably best known as the author of Babe: The Gallant Pig, the story that went on to be a Hollywood movie. But, he has a large canon of delightful books with animals – real and fantastical. The Water Horse isa mischievous romp and another animal lovers’ delight. King-Smith is a natural story teller, and this … Read more

Toys Go Out

Toys Go Out - Emily Jenkins

What do the toys do when you are away? It is a perennial question that has inspired stories from Raggedy Ann to Winnie the Pooh to Toy Story. In Toys Go Out, Emily Jenkins takes the baton from Johnny Gruelle, A.A. Milne, and Pixar and delivers a fresh take on this timeless concept. Jenkins makes it clear that her toys have their … Read more

The Year of Billy Miller

The Year of Billy Miller - Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is one of those special authors who manages to get the tone kids live in – gentle, sweet, provocative – just right. He does it with picture books (Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse); he does it with novels (Olive’s Ocean); and he really gets is right with The Year of Billy Miller, a Newbery Honor … Read more