Music for All


Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Ana Ramírez

(Children Picture Book + DELAP)

“La Música exists in many places —in the twang of a guitar, in the beat of a drum, even in the whistling wind and the morning bird’s son. She brings color and life wherever she goes, connecting people to a grand harmony. And in the town of Santa Cecilia, she is everywhere. When La Música discovers a boy with longing in his heart and no music in his home, she vows to help him find his passion.” —Provided by publisher

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle; illustrations by Rafael López

(Children Picture Book + ENGLE)

Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

Gabriella’s Song by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Giselle Potter

(Children Picture Book FLEMI)

A young girl finds music all around her as she walks about the city of Venice, Italy, and she shares her song with everyone she meets.

Imani’s Music by Sheron Williams; illustrated by Jude Daly

(Children PZ7.W668175 Im 2000)

Imani, an African grasshopper, brings music to the new world when he travels aboard a slave ship.

Mr. Frog Went A-Courting written and illustrated by Gary Chalk

(Children + PZ8.3.C355 Mr 1994)

Illustrations and supplementary text elaborate on the story of the wedding of a frog and a mouse in a traditional folk song.

This Land Is Your Land words and music by Woody Guthrie; paintings by Kathy Jakobsen

(Children PZ8.3.G9635 Th 1998)

This well-known folk song is accompanied by a tribute from folksinger Pete Seeger, the musical notation, and a biographical scrapbook with photographs.

Beginning Readers

Mr. Putter & Tabby Toot the Horn by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Arthur Howard

(Children Picture Book RYLAN)

Mr. Putter’s neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, decides that they should join a band, but finding the right one isn’t as easy as it sounds —for them or their pets.

Dance! Dance! Underpants! By Bob Shea

(Children Picture Book SHEA)

Ballet Cat and her friend Butter Bear have practiced a dance to perform for an audience, but Butter Bear will need a lot of encouragement to try the super high leaps.

Chapter Books

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

(Children PZ7 .P42 Fi 2017)

Twelve-year-old María Luisa O’Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malú) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang —violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school’s most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

(Children PZ7.R9553 Ec 2015)

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, as the second World War approaches, the lives of three children —Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California —become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. Pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their solo stories converge.

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia; illustrations by Frank Morrison

(Children PZ7.W6714 Cl 2017)

Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen —he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live. Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.

Young Adult

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

(Young Adult PZ7.A334 Le 2018)

Leah Burke is an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom; her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends —not even her openly gay BFF, Simon. When her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways, it’s hard for Leah to strike the right note. And with prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. If only real life was as rhythmic as her drumming…

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

(Young Adult PZ7.G8233 Wi 2010)

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

(Young Adult PZ7.H2645 Se 2012)

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

Informational Books

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

(Children + CT275.E42 P56 1998)

A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney with Scat Cat Monroe; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

(Children + CT275.F5662 P56 2002)

A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician in the voice of “Scat Cat Monroe.”

Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis & Gary Kelley

(Children Lg D570.33 369th .L49 2014)

“A regiment of African American soldiers from Harlem journeys across the Atlantic to fight alongside the French in World War I, inspiring a continent with their brand of jazz music.” —Provided by publisher.

Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance by Laban Carrick Hill

(Children + E185.6 .H515 2003)

A whirlwind tour of the Harlem Renaissance era of the early 20th century.


I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry s elected and annotated by Catherine Clinton; illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

(Children + PS591.N4 I35 1998)

A collection of poems by African-American writers, including Lucy Terry, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Alice Walker.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; illustrated by Francis Vallejo

(Children + PS3615.R45 J39 2016)

“When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn’t own a good camera, didn’t know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians’ mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer’s day. Francis Vallejo’s vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era.” —Provided by publisher


Something Wicked

Picture Books

A Job for Wittilda by Caralyn Buenher illustrated by Mark Buenher

(Children Picture Book + BUEHN)

When Wittilda the witch is forced to look for a job, she finds her broom-flying ability comes in handy in applying for a job delivering pizzas.

Corduroy’s Halloween by B. G. Hennessy illustrated by Lisa McCue

(Children Picture Book HENNE)

The latest adventure of the adorable bear created by Don Freeman as he chooses a Halloween costume, joins a window-painting contest, goes trick-or-treating, and bobs for apples.

Only a Witch Can Fly by Alison McGhee illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

(Children Picture Book + MCGHE)

A young girl wants to fly like a witch on a broom, and one special night, through enormous effort and with the help of her brother, her black cat, and an owl, she fulfills her dream.

The Witch’s Walking Stick by Susan Meddaugh

(Children Picture Book + MEDDA)

When a witch loses her magic walking stick, which has been used over the years to grant hundreds of miserable wishes, she tricks a young girl into finding and returning it, with unexpected results.

Boo! by Ben Newman

(Children Picture Book NEWMA)

Scared you! This little mouse thinks he’s the bravest animal around, but it seems that he’s not the only one … All the animals are keen to show off their bravery from the crocodile with his mighty jaws, to the tiger with her scary claws! But who will be the bravest of them all?

The Skeleton in the Closet by Alice Schertle illustrated by Curtis Jobling

(Children Picture Book + SCHER)

A scary skeleton terrorizes a boy in his bedroom while it searches his closet for clothes to wear.

Can You See What I See? On a Scary Scary Night by Walter Wick

(Children Picture Book + WICK)

Twelve scary picture puzzles invite children to look and find images hidden in the pictures.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams Illustrated by Megan Llyod

(Children Picture Book WILLI)

A little old lady who is not afraid of anything must deal with a pumpkin head, a tall black hat, and other spooky objects that follow her through the dark woods trying to scare her.

Wee Winnie Witch’s Skinny: An Original African American Scare Tale by Virginia Hamilton

(Children + PZ7.H1828 We 2004)

James Lee and Uncle Big Anthony become victims of Wee Winnie Witch, who takes them on a ride up into the sky, but Mama Granny saves them.

Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock by Bill Peet

(Children PZ10.3.P2989 Sp)

When Prewitt’s shamefully scraggly tail develops the appearance of a scary greeneyed monster, the other peacocks decide it has to go.

Beginning Readers

Bookstore Burglar by Barbara Maitland

(Children Picture Book MAITL)

Cobweb the cat and her best friends, who are mice, save the spooky Black Cat Bookstore from a burglar who says he doesn’t believe in ghosts.

Aggie and Ben: Three Stories by Lori Ries illustrated by Frank W Dormer

(Children Picture Book RIES)

After choosing a new dog, Ben describes what the pet Aggie can do and should not do around the house.

Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps by Cynthia Rylant and Sucie Stevenson

(Children Picture Book RYLAN)

Henry worries about what will happen to his big dog Mudge during their visit to his grandmother’s house in the country.

Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon by Cynthia Rylant and Sucie Stevenson

(Children Picture Book RYLAN)

In the autumn Henry and his big dog Mudge watch the leaves turn, meet with some Halloween spooks and share Thanksgiving dinner

Chapter Books

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

(Children PZ7.B26 Gi 2016)

“An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.” —Provided by publisher

The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs

(Children PZ7.B413 Ho)

A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

(Children PZ7.C677475 Ar 2001)

When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott

(Children PZ7 .Z44 Dr 2018)

In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling.

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

(Children PZ7.G125 Sl 2014)

“You may think you know this story. There’s a young queen, about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarves; a castle, shrouded in thorns; and a princess, cursed by a witch, so rumour has it, to sleep forever. But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shined. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing…” —Provided by publisher

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

(PZ7.K497 Sh 2016)

“Thorn, a boy sold into slavery who must serve the royalty of Castle Gloom for a year and a day to earn his freedom, and Lilith Shadow, the 13-year-old ruler of Gehenna, who is forbidden to practice the magic that is her heritage, join forces to solve the murders taking place in Gehenna.” —Provided by publisher

Young Adult

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

(PZ7.B52878 Dar 2015)

“In the town of Fairfold, where humans and fae exist side by side, a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives awakes after generations of sleep in a glass coffin in the woods, causing Hazel to be swept up in new love, shift her loyalties, feel the fresh sting of betrayal, and make a secret sacrifice to the faerie king.” —Provided by publisher

Half World by Hiromi Goto

(PZ7.G6936 Hal 2010)

“Melanie Tamaki is an outsider. She is unpopular at school. At home, where she and her loving but neglectful mother live in poverty, she has had to learn to take care of herself. Melanie is just barely coping. Everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to Half World by a nightmare creature calling himself Mr. Glueskin. Soon Melanie has embarked on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake…” —Provided by publisher

The Minister’s Daughter by Julie Hearn

(PZ7.H34625 Mi 2005 )

In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

(PZ7.M2762 Eg 2014)

In 1905 czarist Russia, an impoverished country girl Elena and the aristocratic Ekatrina meet and set in motion an escapade that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito, and the witch Baba Yaga.

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

(PZ7.O39 Awi 2017)

“Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she’s albino. She’s a terrific athlete, but can’t go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing–she is a ‘free agent’ with latent magical power. Soon she’s part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?” —Provided by publisher


Books About Climate

Children’s Library Intern Samantha Gill put together a book display on our changing climate. She extended the list beyond our holdings, including many books you can read as a family to understand the ecology of our planet.

Members: you can always request a book you can’t find at the ​Athenæum via our Interlibrary Loan service.

On Our Shelves

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
(Children’s Library Picture Book MESSN)
This picture book, a Junior Library Guild selection, looks at the life of coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs.

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate by Lynne Cherry
(Children’s Library QC981.8.C5 C475 2008)
Scientists and kids explore global warming; part of the Sharing Nature With Children series.

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams
(Children’s Library Picture Book WILLI)
This nonfiction picture book explores what would happen if sharks vanished from our planet.

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell
(Children’s Library Picture Book MCDON)
Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. Includes biographical information on the prominent zoologist.

Out of the Blue by Alison Jay

(Children’s Library Picture Book + JAY)

When a giant octopus entangled in fishing line is washed ashore during a big storm and becomes stranded on the beach, a young boy and girl, assisted by various sea creatures, push and pull him back to sea. Includes endnotes on marine life, lighthouses, and items that wash up on beaches.

The Water Princess by Susan Verde
(Children’s Library Picture Book VERDE)
The story of one young girl’s quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village, based on the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel.

Other Readings

Bee & Me by Alison Jay

City Green by DyAnne DeSalvo-Ryan

Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals

Galapagos Girl/Galapaguena by Marsha Diane Arnold

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell

I Am Farmer by Miranda Paul

I Want to Go Green! But What Does That Mean? by Jill Dunn

Kate, Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Garton Scanlon

Life by Cynthia Rylant

Margarito’s Forest by Andy Carter

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

Out of School and into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story by Suzanne Slade

Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton Johnson

Shark Lady by Jess Keating

Spring After Spring by Stephanie Roth Sisson

The Tantrum That Saved the World by Megan Herbert

Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon

Where’s Rodney? By Carmen Bogan


True To You

Picture Books

Neither! by Airlie Anderson

(Children Picture Book ANDER)

Because Neither is unlike both the rabbits and birds of the Land of This and That, it sets out to find a new place where all kinds of creatures are welcome.

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt; illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

(Children Picture Book + BRITT)

In a poetic, philosophical exchange, two children of different races ask themselves why they are who and what they are, and speculate on how they could be different.

Guji, Guji by Zhiyuan Chen

(Children Picture Book + CHEN)

Crocodile Guji Guji was raised by a family of ducks and things are great until one day he meets three crocodiles who tell him that he isn’t a duck. When they ask Guji Guji to help them trap the ducks he feels torn and must decide who he is, what he is, and what’s really important.

Gaston by Kate DiPucchio; illustrated by Christian Robinson

(Children Picture Book + DIPUC)

A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

(Children Picture Book LOVE)

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes—and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Spork by Kyo Maclear illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

(Children Picture Book MACLE)

His mum is a spoon, his dad is a fork, and he’s a bit of both: he’s Spork, a utensil who just doesn’t seem to fit into the regimented world of the cutlery drawer, and this is his “multi-cutlery” tale, a humorous commentary on individuality and tolerance, that capture the experience and emotions of all who have ever wondered about their place in the world.

Exclamation Mark! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

(Children Picture Book ROSEN)

A punctuation mark feels bad that he doesn’t fit in with the others until a friend reveals the possibilities that exist when differences are accepted.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

(Children Picture Book WILLE)

Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his pronouncement.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson illustrated by Rafael López

(Children Picture Book + WOODS)

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Beginning Readers

Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin

(Children PZ7.L65775 Li 2010)

Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.

Zelda and Ivy by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

(Children Picture Book KVASN)

In three brief stories, Ivy, the younger of two fox sisters, goes along with her older sister’s schemes, even when they seem a bit daring.

We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller

(Children Picture Book KELLE)

“Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his ‘est’ in this hilarious story about growing up.” —Provided by publisher

Harold and Hog Pretend for Real by Mo Willems and Dan Santat

(Children Picture Book WILLE)

Can the friendship of best friends Harold and Hog, a carefree elephant and a careful hog, survive a game of pretending to be Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie?

Chapter Books and Middle Grade

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbie Michiko Florence

(Children PZ7.F637 Ja 2017)

Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year’s.

George by Alex Gino

(Children PZ7.G379 Ge 2015)

“When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl. George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte—but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.”—Provided by publisher

Emmaline and the Bunny by Katherine Hannigan

(Children PZ7.H19816 Em 2009)

Everyone and everything in the town of Neatasapin is tidy, except Emmaline who likes to dig dirt and jump in puddles, and wants to adopt an untidy bunny.

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

(Children PZ7 .L182 Pi 2019)

Knowing very little English, eleven-year-old Jingwen feels like an alien when his family immigrates to Australia, but copes with loneliness and the loss of his father by baking elaborate cakes.

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

(Children PZ7.R333 As 2016)

“When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally.” —Provided by publisher

Ellray Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner illustrated by Jamie Harper

(Children PZ7.W2444 Eli 2012)

Eight-year-old EllRay’s father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.

Young Adult

The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalf

(Young Adult PZ7.M5451 Tr 2015)

“This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work—not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college. Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul. With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities. Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It’s the age he’s at. The tragic age.” —Provided by publisher

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

(Young Adult PZ7.M95352 Du 2015)

“Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin'” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked… until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates – to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.” —Provided by publisher

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

(Young Adult PZ7.R79613 Ele 2013)

“Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.” —Provided by publisher

StarGirl by Jerry Spinelli

(Young Adult PZ7.S7546 St 2002)

“In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.” —Provided by publisher

Informational Books

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

(Children CT 275.H46 L46 2017)

Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks, who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calavera by Duncan Tonatiuh

(Children CT 558.P67 T66 2015)

Funny Bones tells the story of how the amusing calaveras—skeletons performing various everyday or festive activities—came to be. They are the creation of Mexican artist José Guadalupe (Lupe) Posada (1852-1913). In a country that was not known for freedom of speech, he first drew political cartoons, much to the amusement of the local population but not the politicians. He continued to draw cartoons throughout much of his life, but he is best known today for his calavera drawings. They have become synonymous with Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival. Juxtaposing his own art with that of Lupe’s, author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to light the remarkable life and work of a man whose art is beloved by many but whose name has remained in obscurity.” —Provided by publisher

Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Hermann Queen of Magic by Mara Rockliff; illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

(Children CT 788.H478 R63 2016)

“Some girls are perfectly happy never doing anything out of the ordinary. But Addie was anything but ordinary. She longed for thrills and excitement! At a time when a young lady appearing onstage was considered most unusual, Addie defied convention and became a dancer. And when she married the world-famous magician Herrmann the Great, she knew she had to be part of his show. Addie wanted to shock and dazzle! She would do anything to draw the crowds, even agree to be shot out of a cannon. But when Herrmann the Great died, Addie couldn’t disappoint her loyal fans — the show had to go on. What could she do? She would perform the show all by herself! ” —Provided by publisher

Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan by David Aretha

(Children CT1518.Y68 A73 2014)

When fifteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai spoke out against the Taliban’s policy of forbidding education for girls, an attempt was made on her life. This is her story, which also includes information on other hardships faced by young women in Pakistan.

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revoluntionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz; illustrated by Mariam Klein Stahl

(Children CT3202 .S26 2016)

“A bold new collection of 40 biographical profiles, each accompanied by a striking illustrated portrait, showcasing extraordinary women from around the world.Featuring an array of diverse figures from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica), this progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history.”—Provided by publisher

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; illustrated by Christian Robinson

(Children GV1785.B3 P68 2014)

A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.


Summer Reading Recommendations

These summer reading recommendations are by kids for kids! Add your own by visiting the library or emailing them to Dani at crickman@bostonathenaeum.org before the end of August.

My First Dinosaur Pop-Up by Owen Davey

(Children Picture Book DAVEY)

Vera recommends this book because… “Dinosaurs: Ornithomimus and T-rex.”

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

(Children Picture Book + KASZA)

Vera recommends this book because… “The piglet went to the fox’s house and the bear’s house.”

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

(Children Picture Book LIN)

Everett recommends this book because… “She climbs up and eats the moon.”

Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder; illustrated by Emily Hughes

(Children Picture Book SNYDE)

Augusta recommends this book because… “It gives you the idea that if you are hungry before bed, you can have a bedtime banana.”

Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos (Children PN159 .G36 2017)

Kira recommends this book because… “It’s really helpful.”

Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb

(Children + PZ8.G52 Rap 2011)

This book was recommended because… “Magic hair.”

Creatures of the Desert World by Barbara Gibson

(Children QL116 .G53 2003)

Vera recommends this book because… “Skunk does a handstand. An owl lives in a cactus.”



Picture Books

Marta! Big and Small by Jen Arena with illustrations by Angela Dominguez

(Children Picture Book ARENA)

In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

(Children Picture Book + BARNE)

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom with illustrations by Brendan Wenzel

(Children Picture Book BERNS)

Gobbled by a snake, a crafty boy finds a find a way out of his predicament by encouraging the snake to eat an increasing number of animals.

Turnip by Jan Brett

(Children Picture Book + BRETT)

Badger Girl is delighted to find the biggest turnip she has ever seen growing in her vegetable garden, but when the time comes to harvest the giant root, she is unable to pull it up without help from family and friends.

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell

(Children Picture Book CAMPB)

“Adrian Simcox brags about owning a horse, and Chloe just knows he’s making stuff up … until she learns an important lesson in empathy.” —Provided by publisher

Surprising Sharks! By Nicola Davies

(Children Picture Book + DAVIE)

Introduces many different species of sharks, pointing out such characteristics as the small size of the dwarf lantern shark and the physical characteristics and behavior that makes sharks killing machines.

Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez

(Children Picture Book + DOMIN)

In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, set in Peru, Maria takes her llama to school one day.

Ducks Away! by Mem Fox

(Children Picture Book FOX)

One by one five little ducklings tumble off the bridge into the river below—and mother duck follows them.

Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

(Children Picture Book Lg MCCLO)

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê

(Children Picture Book + LE)

“A young boy wants to read his favorite books without interruption, but the creatures around him keep spoiling the ending!” —Provided by publisher

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

(Children Picture Book WENZE)

In simple text, a set of animals, each one linked to the previous one by some trait of shape, color, or pattern, greet and interact with one another.

Beginning Readers

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

(Children Picture Book TETRI)

“Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it’s time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger–that’s not what best friends do. But Monster needs to scare someone … it’s a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Tiger has nothing but good dreams. But waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can’t fight it alone. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery can chase this nightmare away.” —Provided by publisher

Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor

(Children Picture Book TABOR)

Fox decides to become a tiger because they are fast and sneaky, and soon, his other animal friends are joining in.

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

(Children’s Library PZ7.L7795 Day)

Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it’s nice to be alone.

Chapter Books and Middle Grade

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

(Children’s Library PZ7.D5455 Ti 2001)

Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

(Children’s Library PZ7.D5455 Me 2005)

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

(Children’s Library PZ10.3.G76 Wi 1954)

“Friendly Rat, mild-mannered Mole, wise Badger, and kind—but conceited—Toad all live on the banks of the Thames. While Mole and Rat are content to go out in a row boat or travel the roads in a caravan, Toad prefers the excitement of motor cars. He’s already wrecked seven! While his friends try to keep him out of trouble, his passion for cars eventually results in his being caught and kept prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded castle in all the land. Somehow, he has to escape and get home but what will he find when he gets there?” —Provided by publisher

Hoot by Carl Hiassan

(Children’s Library PZ7.H52 Ho 2002)

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson

(Children’s Library PZ7.I11555 Bea 2006)

While spending the summer with elderly relatives at Clawstone Castle in northern England, Madlyn and her brother Rollo, with the help of several ghosts, attempt to save the rare cattle that live on the castle grounds.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones with illustrations by Katie Kath

(Children’s Library PZ7.J714 Unu 2015)

“Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse…. And then more of her great-uncle’s unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe. Told in letters to Sophie’s abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more, Unusual Chickens is a quirky, clucky classic in the making.” —Provided by publisher

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

(Children’s Library PZ7.M64 Win 1988)

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.

Dog Man by Dave Pilkey

(Children’s Library PZ7.P6314 Do 2016)

Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, faces off against his archnemesis Petey the Cat.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

(Children’s Library + PZ7.W58277 Ch 1999)

“Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.” —Provided by publisher

Stuart Little by E.B. White

(Children’s Library PZ10.3.W584 St)

“Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure.” —Provided by publisher

Young Adult

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

(Young Adult PZ7.P968 Go 2006)

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Informational Books

Bonkers About Beetles by Owen Davey

(+ Children Picture Book DAVEY)

Did you know that the horned dung beetle can pull over a thousand times its own weight? With over 400,000 known species of beetles on earth, there are endless curious crawling creatures to discover! Shares information on different types of beetles.

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu with photographs by Peter Greste

(Children’s Library QL737.U57 H38 2006)

“This book has been adapted from the original e-book, Owen and Mzee, … which was first launched on the WNBC New York Five O’Clock News, April 29, 2005, as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.” —Provided by publisher

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner with illustrations by Matthew Forsythe

(Children Picture Book MESSN)

Looks at the life of the coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs.

Reptiles and Amphibians by Simon Mugford

(Children’s Library + QL644.2 .M84 2007)

Describes various reptiles and amphibians, with color photographs.

Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman

(Children’s Library QL737.C25 N49 2017)

“Marine biologist Brent Hughes discovered a surprising connection between sea otters and sea grass at an estuary in northern California. Follow science in action as Hughes conducts the research that led to this major discovery.” —Provided by publisher

Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh

(Children’s Library + QL737.C27 T477 2018)

From the Sibert medal winning author of Team Moon and the bestselling Girls Think of Everything comes a riveting, timely account of panda conservation efforts in China, perfect for budding environmentalists and activists.



April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these picture book poems and poetry collections.

Picture Books

Bronzeville Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks, illustrated by Faith Ringgold

(Children’s Library + PS3503.R7244 B76 2007)

A collection of poems that celebrate the joy, beauty, imagination, and freedom of childhood.

Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons by Joseph Burchac

(Children’s Library + PS3552.R794 T47 1992)
Celebrates the seasons of the year through poems from the legends of such Native American tribes as the Cherokee, Cree, and Sioux.

Soul Looks Back in Wonder illustrated by Tom Feelings, poems by Maya Angelou, et al.

(Children’s Library PS591.N4 S58 1994)

Artwork and poems by such writers as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Askia Toure portray the creativity, strength, and beauty of their African American heritage.

Lizards, Frogs, and Pollywogs: Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian

(Children’s Library + PS3556.L589 L59 2001)

A collection of humorous poems about such reptiles and amphibians as the glass frog, the gecko, and the rattlesnake.

Dear Hot Dog by Mordicai Gerstein

(Children’s Library PS3557.E733 D43 2011)

Collects poems celebrating everyday activities, including drifting off to sleep, lying in the warm sun, and eating spaghetti for dinner.

Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart selected by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley

(Children’s Library + PS586.3 .F675 2012)

“With personal introductions by former Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman—as well as her own time-tested tips and tools for memorization and recitation—and vivid illustrations by Michael Emberley featuring his trademark wit and lively characters, Forget-Me-Nots includes more than 120 works from both classic and contemporary poets, from childhood favorites to lesser-known treasures.” —Provided by publisher

Hoofbeats, Claws, & Rippled Fins: Creature Poems edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn

(Children’s Library PS595.A5 H66 2002)

Inspired by Stephen Alcorn’s magnificent animal portraits, popular poet and noted anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins commissioned thirteen poets to craft verses to match the eloquence of this art. The resulting celebration of art and nature captures the subtle intensity and striking textures of a renowned artist’s relief-block prints in a unique homage to the power, mystery, and beauty of the natural world.

Are You An Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by Misuzu Kaneko

(Children’s Library PL832.A598 A6 2016)

Are You An Echo? resurrects the work of Misuzu Kaneko and brings the gentle grace of her poems to a new generation.” —Provided by publisher

Read, Read, Read! by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

(Children Picture Book +VANDE)

“Twenty-three poems capture the joys of reading from that thrilling moment when a child first learns to decipher words to the excitement that follows in reading everything from road signs to field guides to internet articles to stories. These poems also explore what reading does, lyrically celebrating how it opens minds, can make you kind, and allows you to explore the whole world.” —Provided by publisher

With My Hands: Poems About Making Things by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

(Children Picture Book +VANDE)

“The short and lively poems in this collection explore many different forms of creativity and the excitement and satisfaction that each one brings.” —Provided by publisher

Poetry Collections

Doodle Soup: Poems by John Ciardi

(Children’s Library PS3505.I27 D6 1985)

Thirty-eight poems, mostly humorous, by the well-known poet.

Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls by William Cole

(Children’s Library PN6110.C4 C618)

“A collection of humorous poetry about naughty, ill-mannered, even cruel, boys and girls.” —Provided by publisher

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzo by Margarita Engle

(Children’s Library PS3555.N4254 P64 2006)

Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner’s wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse.

The Forgetful Wishing Well: Poems for Young People by X.J. Kennedy, illustrated by Monica Incisa

(Children’s Library PS3521.E563 F6 1985)

Seventy poems deal with the challenges of growing up, curious beasts and birds, city life, and other subjects both realistic and fanciful.

To The Moon and Back: A Collection of Poems by Nancy Larrick, illustrated by Catherine O’Neill

(Children’s Library PS586.3 .T6 1990)

Sixty-six poems by dozens of English and American authors are full of rhythm and movement and suitable for reading aloud.

A Wreath For Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson

(Children’s Library PS3573.A4795 W73 2005)

“In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to ‘speak what we see.’” —Provided by publisher

Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets selected by Naomi Nye, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

(Children’s Library PS591.S3 S19 2000)

“There are 100 poems in this book by 100 poets who wrote their poems when they were in grades one through twelve. These poets are not famous. You have not read their poems before. These poets live anywhere. They are now dentists and dancers and teachers and students and construction workers. They write with fire. They could be you.” —Provided by publisher

The New Kid On The Block by Jack Prelutsky

(Children’s Library PS3566.R36 N4 1984)

Humorous poems about such strange creatures and people as Baloney Belly Billy and the Gloopy Gloopers.

Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Rob Raczka

(Children’s Library PS3618.A346 A6 2016)
“Who says words need to be concrete? This collection shapes poems in surprising and delightful ways. Concrete poetry is a perennially popular poetic form because they are fun to look at. But by using the arrangement of the words on the page to convey the meaning of the poem, concrete or shape poems are also easy to write!” —Provided by publisher

Cornflakes: Poems by James Stevenson

(Children’s Library PS3569.T4557 C67 2000)

A collection of short poems with such titles as “I Can’t Move Mountains,” “Junkyard,” and “Greenhouse in March.”


Travel Through History

Historical Fiction set in the U.S.

Picture Books

Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, illus. by David Diaz

(Children + PZ7.B91527 Sl 1994)

When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.

Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Lavine, illus. by Kadir Nelson

(Children Picture Book + LEVIN)

A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

Mirandy and Brother Wind by Pat McKissack, illus. by Jerry Pinkney

(Children Picture Book + MCKIS)

To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner.

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, illus. by Dom Lee

(Children PZ7.M71284 Bas 1993)

A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.

Jazz Day by Roxane Orgill

(Children + PS3615.R45 J39 2016)

“When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn’t own a good camera, didn’t know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians’ mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer’s day. Francis Vallejo’s vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era.” —Provided by publisher

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

(Children Picture Book + STEWA)

A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by E.B. Lewis

(Children Picture Book + WOODS)

Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

Chapter Books

Sophia’s War by Avi

(Children PZ7.A953 Sq 2012)

In 1776, after witnessing the execution of Nathan Hale in New York City, newly occupied by the British army, young Sophia Calderwood resolves to do all she can to help the American cause, including becoming a spy.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

(Children PZ7.B3806 Se 2015)

“‘Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.’ Serafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of the Biltmore estate.There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Serafina exists; she and her pa, the estate’s maintenance man, have secretly lived in the basement for as long as Serafina can remember. But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is:a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina must uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity…before all of the children vanish one by one. Serafina’s hunt leads her into the very forest that she has been taught to fear. There she discovers a forgotten legacy of magic, one that is bound to her own identity. In order to save the children of Biltmore, Serafina must seek the answers that will unlock the puzzle of her past.” —Provided by publisher

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

(Children PZ7 .B3978 Lu 2018)

In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

(Children PZ7.C94137 Wat 1995)

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

(Children PZ7.D5455 Ra 2016)

“Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie’s picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship—and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.” —Provided by publisher

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

(Children PZ7.D78325 St 2015)

“When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era ‘novel that soars’ ( The New York Times Book Review) that School Library Journal called ‘storytelling at its finest’ in a starred review. Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.” —Provided by publisher

It All Comes Down to This by Karen English

(Children PZ7.E699 It 2017)

“This middle grade coming-of-age novel set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1965 is narrated by Sophie, a precocious, sheltered twelve-year-old. But when her family becomes the first African Americans to move into their upper middle-class neighborhood and riots erupt in nearby Watts, she learns that life—and her own place in it—is a lot more complicated than it had seemed.” —Provided by publisher

Esperenza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

(Children PZ7.R9553 Es 2000)

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

(Children PZ7.S80857 Wh 2009)

As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, “The $20,000 Pyramid,” a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space.

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

(Children PZ7.W6714 Ps 2013)

The Gaither sisters are back in Brooklyn, where changes large and small come to their household as they grow up during the turbulent 1960s.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

(Children PZ7.W8339 Wo 2016)

“Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what’s right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.”—Provided by publisher.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

(Children PZ7.Y21255 Fr 2018)

“Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?” —Provided by publisher.

Young Adult

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

(Young Adult PZ7.A54385 Ch 2008)

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

(Young Adult PZ7.D7194 No 2003)

In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest. Based on a true story.

New Boy by Julian Houston

(Young Adult PZ7.H823 Ne 2005)

As a new sophomore at an exclusive boarding school, a young black man is witness to the persecution of another student with bad acne.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

(Young Adult PZ7.M5128 Bu 2016)

“Nora Lopez is seventeen during the infamous New York summer of 1977, when the city is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam who shoots young women on the streets. Nora’s family life isn’t going so well either: her bullying brother, Hector, is growing more threatening by the day, her mother is helpless and falling behind on the rent, and her father calls only on holidays. All Nora wants is to turn eighteen and be on her own. And while there is a cute new guy who started working with her at the deli, is dating even worth the risk when the killer likes picking off couples who stay out too late? Award-winning author Meg Medina transports us to a time when New York seemed balanced on a knife-edge, with tempers and temperatures running high, to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit—and the hardest to accept.” —Provided by publisher

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schiltz

(Young Adult PZ7.S37535 Hi 2015)

“Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Inspired by her grandmother’s journal, Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions, and burn.s” —Provided by publisher


Black History Is Now

Picture Books

Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen, illus. by Kadir Nelson

(Children Picture Book + ALLEN)

In this contemporary retelling of the fairy tale “Twelve Dancing Princesses” from the Brothers Grimm, an African-American reverend in Harlem endeavors to discover why the shoes of his twelve sons are worn to pieces every morning.

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke, illus. by Angela Brooksbank

(Children Picture Book + ATINU)

Join Baby and his doting mama at a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace for a bright, bouncy read-aloud offering a gentle introduction to numbers.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illus. by Christian Robinson

(Children Picture Book + DELAP)

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

When’s My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano, illus. by Christian Robinson

(Children Picture Book +FOGLI)

Children excitedly discuss the details of their upcoming birthdays.

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

(Children Picture Book + MORA)

When the aroma of Omu’s homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illus. by Ebony Glenn

(Chidlren Picture Book THOMP)

“A young Muslim girl puts on a head scarf and not only feels closer to her mother, she also imagines herself as a queen, the sun, a superhero, and more.”

Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Sophie Blackall

(Children Picture Book WOODS)

When Mama’s pregnancy draws attention away from Gia, she worries that the special bond they share will disappear forever once the baby is born.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael Lopez

(Children Picture Book + WOODS)

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.

Middle Grade

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

(Children’s Library PZ7.A3771 Cr 2014)

“In this middle grade novel in verse that’s Love That Dog meets The Watsons Go to Birmingham meets Slam, twelve-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.”—Provided by publisher

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender

(Children’s Library PZ7.C1333 Hu 2018)

Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl—and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline’s missing mother.

Mango Delight by Fracaswell Hyman

(Children’s Library PZ7.H98 Ma 2017)

“When seventh-grader Mango Delight Fuller accidentally breaks her BFF Brooklyn’s new cell phone, her life falls apart. She loses her friends and her spot on the track team, and even costs her father his job as a chef. But Brooklyn’s planned revengesneakily signing up Mango to audition for the school musical—backfires when Mango not only wins the lead role, but becomes a YouTube sensation and attracts the attention of the school’s queen bee, Hailey Jo. Hailey Jo is from a VERY wealthy family, and expects everyone to do her bidding. Soon Mango finds herself forced to make tough choices about the kind of friend she wants to have . . . and, just as important, the kind of friend she wants to be.” —Provided by publisher

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

(Children’s Library PZ7.J6355 Pa 2018)

Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure—but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

(Children’s Library PZ7.M2722 Se 2018)

“Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene have the whole summer for adventures in the woods behind their house in Sutton, Indiana. Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town, but his dad likes the family to stay close to home. Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. He’s been lots of different places. Styx promises Caleb and Bobby Gene that together, they can pull off the Great Escalator Trade—exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. It becomes clear that Styx has secrets—secrets so big they could ruin everything—and Caleb fears their whole plan might fall apart. In this madcap, heartwarming, one-thing-leads-to-another adventure, friendships are forged, loyalties are tested … and miracles just might be possible.” —Provided by publisher

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

(Children’s Library PZ7.R333 As 2016)

“When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally.” —Provided by publisher

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

(Children’s Library PZ7.R333 Gh 2016)

“Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.” —Provided by publisher

Young Adult

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

(Young Adult PZ7.A3771 So 2017)

Seventeen-year-old Blade endeavors to resolve painful issues from his past and navigate the challenges of his former rockstar father’s addictions, scathing tabloid rumors, and a protected secret that threatens his own identity.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

(Young Adult PZ7 .C672 Li 2018)

“When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (as well as her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.” —Provided by publisher

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

(Young Adult PZ7 .R333 Lo 2017)

“An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.” —Provided by publisher

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

(Young Adult PZ7.S8825 De 2017)

“Justyce McAllister is top of his class at Braselton Prep, captain of the debate team, and set for an Ivy League school next year- but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He’s eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident rattles him. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his new classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous -and white- debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for. Justyce has studied the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do they hold up now? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out. Then Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly, Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.” —Provided by publisher

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

(Young Adult PZ7.T3666 Ha 2017)

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.” —Provided by publisher

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

(Young Adult PZ7.W3235 Pi 2017)

“Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn’t really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Just because her mentor is black and graduated from the same high school doesn’t mean she understands where Jade is coming from. She’s tired of being singled out as someone who needs help, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.” —Provided by publisher

Pride by Ibi Zaboi

(Young Adult PZ7.Z76 Pr 2018)

“Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding. But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all. In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.” —Provided by publisher


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Picture Books

Rapunzel by Alex Berenzy

(Children’s + PZ8.B4477 Rap 1995)

A retelling of the German folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

Paddington by Michael Bond

(Children Picture Book +BONDM)

“Over fifty years ago, a small bear set out on the adventure of a lifetime. With nothing but a suitcase, several jars of marmalade, and a label around his neck that read, “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” he crossed the ocean heading for England. When he arrived at London’s busy Paddington Station, he was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Brown. As luck would have it, the Browns were just the sort of people to welcome a lost bear into their family—and their lives would never be the same.” —From publisher’s website.

Clifford Collection by Norman Bridwell

(Children Picture Book BRIDW)

This collection includes six classic stories that were originally published beginning in 1963. Also included is an original letter from Norman Bridwell to the reader, information about the creation of Clifford—including an image of Norman’s 1962 painting that inspired the Clifford series—and the story behind the real Emily Elizabeth.

The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

(Children’s + PZ10.3.P47 Co 1993)

A collection of four stories relating all the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his mischievous cousin, Benjamin Bunny.

Curious George by H.A. Rey

(Children Picture Book + REY)

The first adventure in this highly popular series tells how the little monkey Curious George, caught in the jungle and brought back to the city by a man in a yellow hat, can’t help being interested in all the new things around him. Though well meaning, George’s curiosity always gets him into trouble.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

(Children Picture Book SENDA)

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

(Children Picture Book SEUSS)

Poor Sally and her brother. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process!

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

(Children’s + PZ7.V266 Ju)

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

(Children Picture Book VIORS)

Recounts the events of a day when everything goes wrong for Alexander.

Middle Grade

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

(Children PZ7.A3774 Bl 1999)

Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper of Prydain, faces even more dangers as he seeks the magical Black Cauldron, the chief implement of the evil powers of Arawn, lord of the Land of Death.

The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs

(Children PZ7.B413 Ho)

A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo

(Children PZ7.D5455 Be 2000)

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

(Children PZ7.E66 Ne)

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

(Children PZ7.F569 Ha 2014)

Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

(Children PZ7.G125 Co 2002)

Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

(Children PZ7.N8248 Ba 1998)

Miniature people who live in an old country house by borrowing things from the humans are forced to emigrate from their home under the clock.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

(Children PZ7.R465 Li 2006)

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

(Children PZ7.R7968 Har 2008)

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

Holes by Louis Sachar

(Children PZ7.S1185 Ho 1998)

As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

(Children PZ7.S4654 Inv 2007)

When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toyseller and his goddaughter, his undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.

The Hundred and One Dalmations by Dodie Smith

(Children + PZ7.S6447 Hu 2017)

“Famously adapted by Walt Disney in 1961, Dodie Smith’s classic tale of a great dog robbery was inspired when a friend idly remarked that Smith’s own Dalmatian, also called Pongo, would make a lovely fur coat. While the film may have captured the spirit of the story, it lacks the style and moments of charm and humour that can only be found in Smith’s inventive novel: the vivacious antics of Nanny Cook and Nanny Butler, the reason why Cruella, as one feisty pup discovers, tastes of pepper, and the mystery behind the identity of the hundred and oneth Dalmatian.” —Provided by publisher.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

(Children PZ7.S676 Ba 1999)

After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

(Children PZ7.T689 Mar 1997)

An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

(Children + PZ7.W58277 Ch 1999)

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

Young Adult

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

(Young Adult PZ7.A334 Si 2015)

“Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity—and that of his pen pal—will be revealed.” —Provided by publisher.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

(Young Adult PZ7.B73759 Si 2001)

During their first summer apart, four teenage girls, best friends since earliest childhood, stay in touch through a shared pair of secondhand jeans that magically adapts to each of their figures and affects their attitudes to their different summer experiences.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

(Young Adult PZ7.C697 Hu 2008)

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

(Young Adult PZ7.D2136 Mi 2012)

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

(Young Adult PZ7.G8233 Fau 2012)

Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

Every Day by David Levithan

(Young Adult PZ7.L5798 Ev 2012)

Every morning A wakes in a different person’s body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon.

Dumplin by Julie Murphy

(Young Adult PZ7.M95352 Du 2015)

“Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked… until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.” —Description from book jacket.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

(Young Adult PZ7.R7375 Di 2011)

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

(Young Adult PZ7.T3666 Ha 2017)

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.” — Provided by publisher.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

(Young Adult PZ7.Z837 Boo 2006)

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.