Toddlers (Ages 1-3)
Whoa, Baby, Whoa! by Grace Nichols
Baby’s exploring the kitchen, finding out what things taste like, making a splash in the bathtub, ready to try everything! “Whoa, baby, whoa!” say the members of Baby’s family. They aren’t sure Baby is big enough to be so adventurous.
Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy
All Mrs. Large wants is five minutes’ peace from her energetic children, but chaos follows her all the way from the kitchen to the bath and back again.
Hello, Texas! by Christopher S. Jennings
A little boy journeys across the landscapes and landmarks of Texas in a warm tribute to the Lone Star State.
Picture Books (Pre K-K)
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
Moose is terribly eager to play his part in the alphabet book his friend Zebra is putting together. Disappointed when his letter passes, Moose behaves rather badly until Zebra finds a spot for him.
Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid
Pearl loves to hug. Hugs are nice . . . except when they come from a porcupine. Pearl tries and tries to solve her problem and finally fixes it in her very own way.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
Early Readers (Grades 1-3)
The Really Rotten Princess by Lady Cecil Snodgrass
Princess Regina, whose behavior is abominable, is sent to a boarding school to learn how to act like a proper princess.
Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine by Allison Wortche
Rosie’s rival, Violet, outdoes her in everything until the class plants seeds for a unit on gardening.
Dodsworth in Rome by Tim Egan
Dodsworth and his duck companion have a lovely time in Rome, even though the duck tries to improve the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and takes all the coins from the Trevi Fountain.
Children’s Fiction & Nonfiction (Grades 4-6)
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery and a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans
As if being small and having S. Horten as his name isn’t bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart’s swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle Tony, a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth, and Tony’s marvelous, long-lost workshop.
The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won’t give up on her. Seventh grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back?
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger, deceit, and hidden identities. Sage, an orphaned thief, is one of four boys chosen to participate in a lethal contest. After being plucked from the streets by a nobleman named Connor, Sage learns that Connor plans to choose one of the orphans to impersonate a long-lost prince in the hopes of averting a civil war.
Teen Fiction and Nonfiction (Ages 12 & up)
Unlocked by Ryan G. Van Cleave
While trying to impress a beautiful, unattainable classmate, fourteen-year-old Andy discovers that a fellow social outcast may be planning an act of school violence.
Belles by Jen Calonita
Fifteen-year-old Isabelle Scott loves her life by the boardwalk on the supposed wrong side of the tracks in North Carolina. But when tragedy strikes, a social worker sends her to live with a long-lost uncle and his preppy privileged family. Isabelle is taken away from everything she’s ever known, and, unfortunately, inserting her into the glamorous lifestyle of Emerald Cove doesn’t go so well.
Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary school kid by day and a super fast, super strong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero. After an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role.