What Should I Read?

Kindness Makes the World Go Round

by Craig Manning; illustrated by Joe Mathieu

Elmo wakes up on World Kindness Day to discover that he's been in someone's thoughts, and that someone has left him a very thoughtful package!  Mommy has given him a camera and has challenged him to capture images of kindness all over Sesame Street.  With that, Elmo is visiting with Big Bird and Oscar, Rosita and Julia, Snuffy and Grover; and he learns that "Kindness take practice, but when you deliver, you may be surprised -- it's great being the GIVER!"

JoJo and the Twins

by Jane O'Connor; pictures by Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy's little sister is finally featured in her very own easy reader!  JoJo is so excited to be a big sister and to help take care of her twin brothers, Robby and Teddy.  But the babies look the same, cry the same, even burp the same!  Will JoJo ever be able to tell them apart?  This book is on Guided Reading Level I.

Small Spaces

by Katherine Arden

When eleven-year-old Ollie finds a disheveled, weeping woman by the river threatening to throw a book into the water, she doesn't think, she just acts -- grabbing the book and bolting!  As Ollie begins to read, she finds herself entranced by the creepy tale, entitled Small Spaces.  She's still reading the next day on her school field trip to a local farm when she discovers that the mysterious woman runs the farm and that the graves of the people who she's been reading about are located there, too.  When the school bus breaks down on the return trip, the day takes a turn from strange to even stranger...

PAR-TAY!: Dance of the Veggies (and Their Friends)

written by Eloise Greenfield; illustrations by Don Tate.

Would it surprise you to come home with your family one night and discover that all the veggies in your fridge were party animals, uhm, vegetables?  Really, you can imagine a string bean showing off some rad hip-hop moves, right?  Or a band comprised of a tomato, eggplant, basil, and Swiss chard?  Families with even the pickiest eaters are guaranteed to enjoy these dance floor antics, and perhaps some young skeptics will even be convinced to try a nibble of asparagus.

Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars

stories by David Stabler; illustrations by Anoosha Syed

Did you know that as a young teen, Sally Ride was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player?  Want to know if Stephen Hawking binge-watched TV as a child?  Would you believe that Manya Sklodowska (that's Marie Curie, by the way) once hung all of a relative's furniture from the ceiling as a practical joke?  The latest installment of this popular series focuses on scientists, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Temple Grandin, Nikola Tesla, and many more! 

Dragons in a Bag

by Zetta Elliott

Jaxon is not looking forward to spending the day with Ma, his mean old grandmother, until he makes an amazing discovery: she's not really his grandmother.  She's a witch in the middle of a very important, exciting job -- and she needs Jaxon's help!  Jaxon quickly finds himself in the midst of an unbelievable task, moving three baby dragons out of Brooklyn, NY, and getting them to a magical place where they can actually thrive.  Within a short period he and his friends, Kavita & Vikram, have broken the only two rules Ma has given them and wonder if they'll ever be able to deliver the babies to safety.

I Like the Farm

Shelley Rotner

This lovely photo-illustrated easy reader is a perfect first read for beginners who love animals.  Formulaic, repetitive text introduces simple animal names as sight words, while the accompanying pictures provide context clues.  This book is on Guided Reading Level A.

King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse

Dori Hillestad Butler; illustrated by Nancy Meyers.

King's favorite ball is missing. He and Kayla must figure out where it went -- and who has it! They both know a few facts about what happened. How will they solve the mystery?

 

The Incredible Magic of Being

Kathryn Erskine

Nine-year-old Julian almost died when he was born and he believes that he has a special connection to the universe because of that, and he wants to make his two moms and his sister (who turned into a black hole of discontentment when she turned fourteen) happy because he is convinced that soon he will die and travel to the dog star--but now they have moved to Maine and he resolves to also use his "uni-sense" ability to help Mr. X, their neighbor, who is in desperate need of healing.

Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood's Revenge

Susan Vaught

Twelve-year-old Max is determined to investigate the connection between a hacker's online attacks of her grandfather and other town officials and suspicious activity at the supposedly haunted Thornwood Manor, even though her grandfather, who is Blue Creek's police chief, wants to keep Max and her souped-up wheelchair out of police business.