Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

Twelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger–it’s the first time a teacher is going into space, and kids across America will watch the event on […]

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This Newberry Award winning chapterbook is told through the eyes of Ivan, asilver back gorilla who has been livingin captivity for 27 years. The bookbegins with Ivan living at the […]

Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig

DJ’s friend, Vince, has ahabit of teasing people andthen saying, “Just kidding!”as if that makes everythingokay. DJ feels that Vince’sjokes aren’t funny and have asharp edge that can “cut youto […]


by R.J. PalacioGrade 3-7 Description August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at […]

When Stars Are Scattered

by Victoria Jamieson and Omar MohamedGrade 3-7 Description Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard […]

The War That Saved My Life

by Kimberly Brubaker BradleyGrade 4-7 Description Ten-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her […]

Song for a Whale

by Lynne KellyGrade 3-7 Description In the spirit of modern-day classics like Fish in a Tree and Counting by 7s comes the Schneider Family Book Award-winning story of a deaf girl’s connection to a […]

Silent Days, Silent Dreams

by Allen SayGrade 3-7 Description James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably […]