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Recommendations for Kids

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Grandparents: Picture Books & Easy Readers

  • Cover image for Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy

    Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy

    Laurel Snyder

    Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy

    Laurel Snyder

    In this heartwarming sequel to Laurel Snyder's beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy.

    Read more about Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy.
  • Cover image for Take Me Out to the Yakyu

    Take Me Out to the Yakyu

    Aaron Meshon

    Take Me Out to the Yakyu

    Aaron Meshon

    A little boy's grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich, varied cultural traditions. A debut picture book.

    Read more about Take Me Out to the Yakyu.
  • Cover image for Mango, Abuela, and Me

    Mango, Abuela, and Me

    Meg Medina

    Mango, Abuela, and Me

    Meg Medina

    When a little girl’s far-away grandmother comes to stay, love and patience transcend language in a tender story written by acclaimed author Meg Medina.

    Read more about Mango, Abuela, and Me.
  • Cover image for Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

    Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

    Anna Dewdney

    Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

    Anna Dewdney

    It's an exciting day for Llama Llama; he's going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! His first night away from homea.and from Mama. But he makes sure to pack everything he needs.

    Read more about Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa.
  • Cover image for Nana in the City

    Nana in the City

    Lauren Castillo

    Nana in the City

    Lauren Castillo

    A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful

    Read more about Nana in the City.
  • Cover image for Grandma's Purse

    Grandma's Purse

    Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Grandma's Purse

    Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    "When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, her granddaughter cannot wait to see what treasures she has hidden in her purse."--

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  • Cover image for I Love Saturdays Y Domingos

    I Love Saturdays Y Domingos

    Alma Flor Ada, Elivia Savadier

    I Love Saturdays Y Domingos

    Alma Flor Ada, Elivia Savadier

    A young girl enjoys the similarities and the differences between her English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grandparents.

    Read more about I Love Saturdays Y Domingos.

Grandparents: Chapter Books & Youth Novels

  • Cover image for Your Grandparents Are Ninjas!

    Your Grandparents Are Ninjas!

    Anson Montgomery

    Your Grandparents Are Ninjas!

    Anson Montgomery

    Readers can earn a fun day at the wedding of a Japanese pop star, being held at a fancy New England inn owned by the reader's grandparents.

    Read more about Your Grandparents Are Ninjas!.
  • Cover image for In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

    In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

    Joseph Marshall, III

    In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

    Joseph Marshall, III

    Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life

    Read more about In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse.
  • Cover image for Journey

    Journey

    Patricia MacLachlan

    Journey

    Patricia MacLachlan

    When Journey's mother abandons him when he is eleven, he goes to live with his grandparents, where he reconstructs family history with old pictures that help him understand why his mother left.

    Read more about Journey.
  • Cover image for The Thing About Luck

    The Thing About Luck

    Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo

    The Thing About Luck

    Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo

    Just when 12-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year filled with bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while h

    Read more about The Thing About Luck.
  • Cover image for The Fourteenth Goldfish

    The Fourteenth Goldfish

    Jennifer L. Holm

    The Fourteenth Goldfish

    Jennifer L. Holm

    Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mothe

    Read more about The Fourteenth Goldfish.
  • Cover image for Gran, You've Got Mail!

    Gran, You've Got Mail!

    Jo Hoestlandt, Aurélie Abolivier, Y. Maudet

    Gran, You've Got Mail!

    Jo Hoestlandt, Aurélie Abolivier, Y. Maudet

    Lively letters between a self-centered young girl and her wise great-grandmother reveal generational differences and a deep affection for each other.

    Read more about Gran, You've Got Mail!.
  • Cover image for Walk Two Moons

    Walk Two Moons

    Sharon Creech

    Walk Two Moons

    Sharon Creech

    "How about a story? Spin us a yarn." Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. "I could tell you an extensively strange story," I warned. "Oh, good!" Gram said.

    Read more about Walk Two Moons.

Best New Books

  • Cover image for Resistance

    Resistance

    Jennifer A. Nielsen

    Resistance

    Jennifer A. Nielsen

    New York Times bestseller Jennifer A. Nielsen tells the extraordinary story of a Jewish girl's courageous efforts to resist the Nazis.

    Read more about Resistance.
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    We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

    Wade Hudson

    We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

    Wade Hudson

    Fifty of the foremost diverse children’s authors and illustrators–including Jason Reynolds, Jacqueline Woodson, and Kwame Alexander–share answers to the question, “In this divisive world, what shal

    Read more about We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices.
  • Cover image for The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History (Epic Fails #1)

    The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History (Epic Fails #1)

    Ben Thompson, Erik Slader

    The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History (Epic Fails #1)

    Ben Thompson, Erik Slader

    There are epic fails behind every historic success, and the first installment in this hilarious nonfiction chapter book series takes on the Wright Brothers whose countless crashes ultimately led to

    Read more about The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History (Epic Fails #1).
  • Cover image for Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key

    Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key

    Liesl Shurtliff

    Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key

    Liesl Shurtliff

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Rump comes a thrilling new middle grade trilogy about three city kids who get on the wrong subway train and wind up on a wild, magical mystery-adventur

    Read more about Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key.
  • Cover image for Meet Yasmin!

    Meet Yasmin!

    Saadia Faruqi

    Meet Yasmin!

    Saadia Faruqi

    In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills

    Read more about Meet Yasmin!.
  • Cover image for A Long Line of Cakes

    A Long Line of Cakes

    Deborah Wiles

    A Long Line of Cakes

    Deborah Wiles

    Two-time National Book Award finalist Deborah Wiles introduces us to the Cakes, a family of traveling bakers, who've just arrived in Wiles's legendary Aurora County, Mississippi.

    Read more about A Long Line of Cakes.
  • Cover image for The Button War

    The Button War

    Avi

    The Button War

    Avi

    Renowned, award-winning author Avi pens a stark, unflinching tale of ordinary boys living in wartime as tensions -- and desperations -- mount among them.

    Read more about The Button War.
  • Cover image for The House That Lou Built

    The House That Lou Built

    Mae Respicio

    The House That Lou Built

    Mae Respicio

    A coming-of-age story that explores culture and family, forgiveness and friendship, and what makes a true home. Perfect for fans of Wendy Mass and Joan Bauer.

    Read more about The House That Lou Built.
  • Cover image for Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School

    Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School

    Julie Falatko

    Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School

    Julie Falatko

    Loyal pups Sassy and Waldo need to save their boy from being bored all day in class, but the school won't let two dogs inside. Good thing they found that trench coat...!

    Read more about Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School.

Best Picture Books and Easy Readers 2017

  • Cover image for Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! It's Shoe Time!

    It's Shoe Time!

    Mo Willems, Bryan Collier

    It's Shoe Time!

    Mo Willems, Bryan Collier

    This lyrical beginning-reader by multi award-winning artist Bryan Collier turns the closet on its heel and redefines what it means to be a pair.

    Read more about It's Shoe Time!.
  • Cover image for I See a Cat

    I See a Cat

    Paul Meisel

    I See a Cat

    Paul Meisel

    When a housebound dog spies a cat, a bird, and other animals outside a glass door, he is excited: I see a cat. I see a bird. I see a squirrel.

    Read more about I See a Cat.
  • Cover image for Snail and Worm Again

    Snail and Worm Again

    Tina Kugler

    Snail and Worm Again

    Tina Kugler

    In this silly sequel to "Snail and Worm," the dynamic duo are back for more fun and giggles in three new comic shorts brimming with quirky humor and unflappable friendship.

    Read more about Snail and Worm Again.
  • Cover image for Lucia the Luchadora

    Lucia the Luchadora

    Cynthia Leonor Garza

    Lucia the Luchadora

    Cynthia Leonor Garza

    Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when theytell her "girls can't be superheroes," suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty.

    Read more about Lucia the Luchadora.
  • Cover image for Little Fox in the Forest

    Little Fox in the Forest

    Stephanie Graegin

    Little Fox in the Forest

    Stephanie Graegin

    "A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world"--

    Read more about Little Fox in the Forest.
  • Cover image for The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

    The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

    Carmen Agra Deedy

    The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

    Carmen Agra Deedy

    "The mayor of the noisy city of La Paz institutes new laws forbidding all singing, but a brave little rooster decides he must sing, despite the progressively severe punishments he receives for cont

    Read more about The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!.
  • Cover image for A Different Pond

    A Different Pond

    Bao Phi

    A Different Pond

    Bao Phi

    "As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis.

    Read more about A Different Pond.
  • Cover image for Windows

    Windows

    Julia Denos

    Windows

    Julia Denos

    Walking his dog at dusk, one boy catches glimpses of the lives around him in this lovely ode to autumn evenings, exploring your neighborhood, and coming home.

    Read more about Windows.

Best Fiction & Nonfiction 2017

  • Cover image for Refugee

    Refugee

    Alan Gratz

    Refugee

    Alan Gratz

    JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

    Read more about Refugee.
  • Cover image for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

    The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

    Pablo Cartaya

    The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

    Pablo Cartaya

    "Sensational." --Matt de la Pe�a, New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author of The Last Stop on Market Street Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud.

    Read more about The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora.
  • Cover image for The First Rule of Punk

    The First Rule of Punk

    Celia C. Perez

    The First Rule of Punk

    Celia C. Perez

    "Roller Girl" meets "School of Rock" in this illustrated novel about identity, friendship, and riot-grrrl power by librarian and debut author Prez.

    Read more about The First Rule of Punk.
  • Cover image for The Stars Beneath Our Feet

    The Stars Beneath Our Feet

    David Barclay Moore

    The Stars Beneath Our Feet

    David Barclay Moore

    A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel described as a "fast and furious read in which we meet some amazin

    Read more about The Stars Beneath Our Feet.
  • Cover image for Out of Wonder

    Out of Wonder

    Kwame Alexander

    Out of Wonder

    Kwame Alexander

    A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

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