Our team at Read to Them is constantly seeking fun new titles to add to our existing catalog. This spring, we’ve added four new titles all of which are ready and waiting to be your next school-wide read. Check them out below!
Just Harriet by Elana K. Arnold
Harriet Wermer wants us to know the worst things about her first, like sometimes she lies and when she’s mad she can get a little “out of hand.” So, when she unexpectedly finds out she’ll be spending the summer at her Nanu’s bed and breakfast, it’s no surprise she’s not excited. But soon Harriet realizes that what Nanu has told her is true: “Adventure and mystery are everywhere, if you know how to look.” From an ancient key to a secret garden, Harriet begins to discover the secrets of Marble Island while also discovering some truths about herself as well. Harriet may have the spunk of Judy Moody and the cleverness of Clementine, but there is no doubt she is “Just Harriet” and has a personality all her own.
Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck
Malcolm is a smallish rat, mistaken for a mouse, who becomes the class pet in Mr. Binney’s fifth grade. He joins McKenna School’s Midnight Academy, an association of class pets who serve as the “ears, eyes, nose, and whiskers of the school,” keeping the hallways safe “as only critters can do.” But vanquishing the vengeful cat, Snip takes all of Malcolm’s inner “rattiness” and some help from some surprising co-conspirators. The detailed Brian Lies illustrations will support and delight your students and families, leaving them excited for the sequel, Malcolm Under the Stars.
The Lion of Mars by Jennifer L. Holm
Let’s go to Mars with eleven-year-old Bell, a lifelong resident, as our tour guide. The close-knit American settlers pull together to face the harsh elements with resourcefulness and grit. A medical crisis forces them to seek help from other settlements, opening their world – and some old wounds – in the process. The Lion of Mars is the perfect title for schools who want some interplanetary STEM to go along with themes of family, community, friendship, and perseverance.
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown – available in Spanish!
Return to Peter Brown’s near-futuristic world where Roz the robot finds herself trapped on a farm, far from the life and the family she loves more than anything. With the help of some unlikely allies, Roz sets out to escape – but getting off the farm proves to be the easy part. Roz must journey through the wilderness and brave a civilized world that sees her differences as defects.
The Wild Robot Escapes is an adventure-filled romp that will have students cheering in the face of triumph and biting their nails when things get dicey. You won’t want to miss this tale of family, friendship, and the power of one robot’s unwavering resilience.
Which title are you the most excited to share with your school community? Or, is there a book on the list you would highly recommend? Let us know in the comments.