The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

“The crate… soared through the air, spinning and glistening until it slammed down onto a tall shelf of rock. The crate was cracked and crumpled, but the robot inside was safe.”  Here is a strange and wonderful tale from renowned (and Caldecott-winning) artist, Peter Brown. A novel about a robot marooned on a mysterious island … Read more

Masterpiece

Masterpiece - Elise Broach

A masterpiece is “a painting that can be seen in a hundred different ways.” A boy, a beetle, and a masterpiece all come together for a story that is part art history lesson, part art heist, and all about the power of an unexpected friendship. Marvin is the beetle. He lives with his family in … Read more

Mysteries According to Humphrey

Mysteries According to Humphrey - Betty G. Birney

Mrs. Brisbane, the regular teacher in Room 26 at Longfellow School, is missing. In Betty Birney’s 8th Humphrey novel, Mysteries According to Humphrey, Humphrey is confronted with a series of mysteries all associated with the central questions, “What happened to Mrs. Brisbane?” and “What’s up with the weird new substitute teacher?” The well-meaning Mr. E, … Read more

Summer According to Humphrey

Summer According to Humphrey - Betty G Birney

Humphrey is back in his 6th Betty Birney adventure and Read to Them is proud to offer it as another recommended Humphrey title – along with a complete suite of of activities, trivia questions, and assembly ideas. Readers have asked for more Humphrey, so we’re happy to keep ‘em coming. Schools continue to impress with fantastic … Read more

Adventure According to Humphrey

Adventure According to Humphrey - Betty G Birney

Read to Them schools can’t get enough of Humphrey, everyone’s favorite Golden Hamster. The delightful classroom pet manages to charm families and befriend students and school staff alike. Throughout his adventures, he learns life lessons and imparts his newfound wisdom to the whole community of Longfellow School. In Adventure According to Humphrey, Humphrey yearns to … Read more

The Next Great Paulie Fink

The Next Great Paulie Fink - Ali Benjamin

“We are history. This, right here, is all history ever has been: regular people living their regular lives, making things up as they go, hoping they get it right.” That’s what Caitlyn ultimately concludes about her new school. But it takes moving from New York to Vermont and going to a quirky new school to … Read more

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Can a classic written over 100 years ago still have something to share with modern readers? Yes, when the classic is L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, especially in this edition with black-and-white versions of W.W. Denslow’s whimsical illustrations. Come along with Dorothy on her journey from Kansas to Oz and back again, … Read more

Wishtree

Book cover for Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate invites you to listen to trees. “…if you find yourself standing near a particularly friendly-looking tree on a particularly lucky-feeling day, it can’t hurt to listen up. Trees can’t tell jokes. But we can certainly tell stories.” And so Red, a Wise Old Tree, invites us to listen to this story of a … Read more

The One and Only Ivan *

Book cover for The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery medal, is a very special book. It’s the story of a silverback gorilla, forsaken as a shopping mall attraction. Ivan manages, thanks to an array of supporters, to survive and flourish and discover a new and better habitat. It’s a story told from Ivan’s perspective … Read more

The Crossover

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander updated cover

Basketball. Competition. Family. Health. Poetry. Kwame Alexander weaves all these all elements together in his Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winning novel in verse, The Crossover. OH, WOW – DID YOU SEE THAT NASTY CROSSOVER?Now you see why they call me Filthy.Folks, I hope you got your tickets,Because I’m about to put on … Read more

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

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

From the Desk of Zoe Washington - Janae Marks

Zoe Washington is intrepid. She’s just turned 12, she wants to be a pastry chef, she’s interning at a local bakery, and she wants to audition for Food Network’s Kids Bake Off Challenge (and be the first Black girl to win). She’s also trying to navigate a rough patch with her longtime best friend, Trevor.  … Read more

Harbor Me

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson updated cover

“Always remember, when you are with your people, you are home.” Welcome to the ARRT Room – A Room To Talk. Here, six Brooklyn middle school students are afforded one hour each Friday to talk amongst themselves – no adults present. The students are blessed with a humane and understanding teacher who creates this private … 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

The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two - Jory John & Mac Barnett

What happens when a self-proclaimed “school’s biggest prankster” has to move from his cool beach-side home to the perfectly-named Yawnee Valley, filled with boring cows? (Yawnee Valley is so boring that “counting moos is a popular pastime.”) Well, it sure doesn’t feel like a “fresh start” to Miles Murphy. But it is an opportunity to … Read more

The First Rule of Punk

The First Rule of Punk - Celia C Perez

There’s a lot to know about Maria Luisa, better known as Malú, but let’s start with this: she loves punk music, she loves to make creative zines, and she hates cilantro. Malú’s father runs a punk record store in Florida, while Malú and her mother – whom she teases as SuperMexican – are temporarily moving … 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