Boom Chicka Rock
Twelve mice who live in a cuckoo clock wander out to find birthday cake and have a party while Max the cat sleeps.
The students and teachers at Dublin Elementary School make banners, posters, and signs for their school custodian to show how much they appreciate him and all the work he does.
Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners
Penguin teaches his animal friends how to behave when they are invited for dinner. Illustrations by Will Hillenbrand, a Cincinnati native.
One Pizza, One Penny
K. T. Hao
Ben Bear and Chris Croc, best friends, try to make money selling the fabulous pizzas and cakes that they create.
My Favorite Thing (According to Alberta)
In words and pictures, Alberta shares what she likes and does not like about dogs, cats, baths, and many other things as she leads up to what she likes best of all.
It looks like trouble when Fragility, a hippopotamus whose feelings are easily hurt, meets Rudy, a rude elephant, on the soccer field.
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3
Numbers from one to one hundred climb to the top of an apple tree in this rhyming chant by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson with illustrations by Lois Ehlert.
A clever spider is lonely and longs to become a family pet.
Tanka Tanka Skunk!
Animal names introduce rhythmic language and rhyme as Tanka the elephant and his friend Skunk play drums to keep the beat.
Crepes by Suzette
Suzette sells a variety of her crepes (French pancakes) from the street cart she takes all over Paris. Includes a recipe and a short glossary of French words used.
An all-American girl of Chinese ancestry and a new immigrant from China find little in common when they meet in their fourth grade classroom, but they are both missing their best friends and soon discover other connections.
A Maori boy in 1803 and a plane crash survivor marooned on a deserted island in 2003 experience interconnecting visions.
Twelve-year-old Annie ponders the many rhythms of life the year her mother becomes pregnant, her grandfather begins faltering, and her best friend (and running partner) becomes distant.
Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional, nosy aunt and get her out of the house.
Summer of the Skunks
This is the story of ten-year-old Jill, her brothers, sister, and parents, and their life on a southern farm in the late 1940s.
Ida B. And Her Plan to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World
In Wisconsin, fourth-grader Ida B. spends happy hours being home-schooled and playing in her family’s apple orchard, until her mother begins treatment for breast cancer and her parents must sell part of the orchard and send her to public school.
The Young Man and the Sea
After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Skiff Beaman decides that it is up to him to earn money to take care of himself and his father, so he undertakes a dangerous trip alone out on the ocean off the coast of Maine to try to catch a huge blue fin tuna.
Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop
His plot in a community garden brings ten-year-old Jackson Jones more zucchini than he cares to see and the unwanted attention of a bully, but when a company plans to destroy the garden, Jackson turns his attention to trying to save it.
Mary Ann Rodman
When her FBI-agent father is transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, eleven-year-old Alice wants to be popular but also wants to reach out to the one black girl in her class in a newly integrated school.
Really, Truly, Everything’s Fine
Linda Leopold Strauss
Fourteen-year-old Jill forces her family out of denial when her father pleads guilty to a criminal act that isolates them from their friends and neighbors.
An Elephant in the Backyard
The full-color photographs in this book take the reader to the village of Tha Klang in Thailand where the elephant, Wan Pen, plays soccer with children, gets a bath, and works hauling logs in the forest.
Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey
Grandma Prisbrey’s whimsical creation–a whole village of houses made of multicolored glass bottles gathered from the dump—serves as an introduction to the genre variously known as outsider art, self-taught art, or visionary art.
A contemporary “quilting circle,” consisting of adults and two child helpers, plan a new quilt to display at the county fair. Historical background on quilting and on traditional American patterns enriches the simple text.
The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
In the mid-1930s, Marian Anderson was a famed vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty and welcomed at the White House. But because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. This is the story of her resulting involvement in the civil rights movement of the time.
Mighty Jackie: The Strike Out Queen
In 1931, seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell pitches against Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game, becoming the first professional female pitcher in baseball history. Illustrated by C. F. Payne, a Cincinnati native.
Fifteen poems tell chronologically of a young girl’s experiences at her family’s week-long reunion.
Ellington Was Not a Street
In a powerful poem accompanied by majestic paintings of influential men, Shange reflects on her childhood when her home was often filled with visionaries and talented artists like Ellington, DuBois, Gillespie, and Robeson.
The Way a Door Closes
Hope Anita Smith
A thirteen-year old boy writes of parental deprivation in his fatherless family. Steptoe Author Medal 2004.
Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew up to Become Dr. Seuss
This biography introduces the life of renowned children’s author and illustrator Ted Geisel, popularly known as Dr. Seuss, focusing on his childhood and youth in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Red Land, Yellow River: A Story from the Cultural Revolution
In 1966 Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution swept through China and transformed the life of Beijing teenager Ange Zhang. Ange longed to join the Red Guard with his classmates but was denied membership after his father, a famous writer, was arrested and charged with being a counter-revolutionary. As Ange struggled to maintain his friends’ respect, he began to question the Revolution and his role in it.