Picture Books

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris van Allsburg

(Children + PZ7.V266 Gar)

When the dog he is caring for runs away from Alan into the forbidden garden of a retired dog-hating magician, a spell seems to be cast over the contrary dog.

The Pea Blossom by Amy Lowry Poole

(Children + PZ8.P795 Pe 2005)

In a garden near Beijing, five peas in a shell grow and wait to discover what fate has in store for them.

The 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.

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

(Children Picture Book BUNTI)

Helped by her father, a young girl prepares a flower garden as a birthday surprise for her mother.

The Night Gardener by The Fan Brothers

(Children Picture Book Lg FAN)

“One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.” — Provided by publisher.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

(Children Picture Book + FLEMI)

After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano; illustrated by Erin Stead

(Children Picture Book + FOGLI)

Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

Round the Garden by Omri Glaser; illustrated by Byron Glaser

(Children Picture Book GLAS)

Traces the journey of a tear as it falls to the ground, evaporates, reappears as rain, and waters a garden to make an onion grow to produce more tears.

Flora’s Surprise by Deb Gliori

(Children Picture Book + GLIOR)

Flora, a young rabbit, tries to grow a house by planting a brick.

My Garden by Kevin Henkes

(Children Picture Book + HENKE)

After helping her mother weed, water, and chase the rabbits from their garden, a young girl imagines her dream garden complete with jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss; illustrated by Crockett Johnson

(Children Picture Book KRAUS)

Despite everyone’s dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot he plants.

The Imaginary Garden by Andrew Larsen; illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

(Children Picture Book LARSE)

In an apartment too small for a garden to grow, Theo and her grandfather paint one instead.

The Greenling by Levi Pinfold

(Children Picture Book + PINFO)

Mr. Barleycorn picks a green baby growing on his land, unleashing the incredible power of nature. When zucchinis flower in the kitchen and carrots sprout out of their television, Mr. Barleycorn’s wife insists that the Greenling has to go. But the bounty and beauty of nature have a strange power—the power to bring a whole community together.

Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

(Children Picture Book PRINC)

“One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the night becomes a garden of new life, nourished by compassion and kindness. Princesse Camcam’s cut-paper illustrations, along with the beautiful lighting of the sets she creates, make the experience of looking at these illustrations both touching and transcendent. Their beauty and essential simplicity reflect the beauty of the story. The reader is left charmed by the fox and the child and thoughtful about the emotional lives of both humans and other creatures.” — Provided by publisher.

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith

(Children Picture Book SMITH)

A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.

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.

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

(Children Picture Book TITHE)

Jamie plants a pumpkin seed and, after watching it grow, carves it, and saves some seeds to plant in the spring.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

(Children PZ10.3.P47 Tap 27)

A mischievous rabbit encounters trouble in a farmer’s garden.

Beginning Readers

Biscuit in the Garden by Alyssa Satin Capucilli; illustrated by Pat Schories

Children Picture Book CAPUC

Biscuit the puppy is eager to see the plants and make friends with the animals in the garden.

Chapter Books

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

(Children PZ7.A931 Ni 2014)

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Björk; illustrated by Lena Anderson

(Children PZ7.B52855 Lin 1987)

A young girl learns about Monet and Impressionist art through a trip to Paris.

The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston

(Children PZ7.B6497 Ch)

Ghostly children haunt a manor in an overgrown garden in the English countryside.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; pictures by Tasha Tudor

(Children PZ7.B934 Se)

When bratty orphan Mary Lennox arrives at her uncle’s English manor, she and her sickly cousin Colin undergo change for the better through restoring an abandoned garden.

Seedfolks by Paul Fleischma ; illustrations by Judy Pederson

(Children PZ7.F5991 Se 1997)

One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Peace

(Children PZ7.P3145 To)

Quarantined in his aunt and uncle’s home, part of what was once a country house, Tom slips back in time and finds a friend.

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane by P.L. Travers

(Children PZ7.T689 Masn 1982)

Mary Poppins takes her charges to the Herb Garden in a park in London for a night of magic on Midsummer’s Eve.

The Dog in the Tapestry Garden by Dorothy Pulis Lathrop

(Children PZ8.L348 Do)

A lonely greyhound jumps into the old tapestry hanging on the wall to play with a little white dog woven into its garden.


Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning into Children’s Lives by Kelly Johnson

(Children + SB324 .J64 2012)

So you have a garden, but now what do you do with it? Peppered with anecdotes and friendly advice, while based in research and experience, Wings, Worms, and Wonder answers this question. Above and beyond gardening guidance on topics such as composting and organic pest control, it gives adults the tools to reconnect themselves and the children in their lives to the natural world through holistic gardening experiences. It will ignite your confidence to create outdoor learning experiences that nurture both wonder and ecological literacy. Overflowing with tips for successfully gardening with children in school and community settings, as well as including 36 child tested lesson plans, you’ll find everything you need to seamlessly integrate gardening into both elementary curricula and daily life. Rooted in scientific and arts based Nature-Study and progressive education models, this guide is invaluable for anyone wanting to grow a thriving children’s gardening program. This book will inspire and equip you to sprout a happier, healthier generation of children! — Provided by publisher.


Immigrants and Refugees

Picture Books

Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson; illustrated by Diane Goode

(Children + PZ7 .L5796 Wat 1985)

Grandma tells about her mama’s journey to America by boat, years ago.

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

(Children + PZ7 .S2744 Gr 1993)

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather’s journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

Tea with Milk by Allen Say

(Children + PZ7 .S2744 Te 1999)

After growing up near San Francisco, a young Japanese woman returns with her parents to their native Japan, but she feels foreign and out of place.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

(Children Lg PZ7 .T16123 Ar 2006)

In this wordless graphic novel, a man leaves his homeland and sets off for a new country, where he must build a new life for himself and his family.

Somos Como Las Nubes = We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta; pictures by Alfonso Ruano; translated by Elisa Amado

(Children Picture Book ARGUE)

Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them. ¿Por qué los jóvenes que salen de su país para caminar a los Estados Unidos para buscar un hogar nuevo y seguro? Más de 100.000 niños han salido de Centroamérica. Este libro de poesía nos ayuda a entender por qué y cómo es ser ellos.

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago; pictures by Rafael Yockteng; translated by Elisa Amado

(Children Picture Book BUITR)

“In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the US border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars. Sometimes she sees soldiers. She sleeps, dreaming that she is always on the move, although sometimes they are forced to stop and her father has to earn more money before they can continue their journey. As many thousands of people, especially children, in Mexico and Central America continue to make the arduous journey to the US border in search of a better life, this is an important book that shows a young migrant’s perspective.”—Provided by publisher.

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

(Children Picture Book + FLEIS)

Follow a girl’s perusal of her great-grandfather’s collection of matchboxes and small curios that document his poignant immigration journey from Italy to a new country.

Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora; illustrated by Raúl Colón

(Children Picture Book + MORA)

While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomás finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margriet Ruurs; artwork by Nizar Ali Badr; translation into Arabic by Falah Raheem

(Children Picture Book RUURS)

“This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis. Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story.”—Provided by publisher.

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

(Children Picture Book SANNA)

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope. Based on the author’s interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child.

The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small

(Children Picture Book + STEWA)

A little girl moves to the United States from Mexico with her family and writes letters to her aunt in Mexico about her new life.

A Piece of Home by Jerri Watts; illustrated by Hyewon Yum

(Children Picture Book + WATTS)

When Hee Jun’s family moves from Korea to West Virginia he struggles to adjust to his new home. He can’t understand anything the teacher says, and even the sky seems smaller and darker. Hee Jun begins to learn English words and make friends on the playground. One day at a classmate’s house he sees a flower he knows from his garden in Korea: mugunghwa, or rose of Sharon. Hee Jun is happy to bring a shoot to his grandmother to plant a “piece of home” in their new garden.

Yoko Learns to Read by Rosemary Wells

(Children Picture Book WELLS)

Despite the doubts of some classmates and her native-born Japanese mother’s inability to read English, Yoko finds the key to reading and catches up with the other students in putting new leaves on the classroom’s book tree.

Chapter Books

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiminez

(Children PS3560 .I55 C57 1997)

An autobiographical novel based in part on the author’s journey from Mexico to the US.

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín; translated from the Spanish by E.M. O’Connor; illustrated by Lee White

(Children PZ7 .A2686 Iah 2014)

When her beloved country, Chile, is taken over by a militaristic, sadistic government, Celeste is sent to America for her safety and her parents must go into hiding before they “disappear.”

Echoes of the White Giraffe by Sook Nyul Choi

(Children PZ7 .C44626 Ec 1993)

Fifteen-year-old Sookan, the heroine of Year of Impossible Goodbyes, adjusts to life in the refugee village in Pusan, a city in a southern province of Korea. The Korean War is raging, and Sookan has again been separated from her father and older brothers. She continues to hope that the civil war will end and her family will be reunited in Seoul. Her immediate concerns, though, are those of any teenage girl: friendships, studies, and most of all, a first romance.

Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff

(Children PZ7 .G3626 Wh 2009)

When twelve-year-old Lidie leaves Brazil to join her father and brother on a horse ranch in New York, she has a hard time adjusting to her changed circumstances, as does a new horse that has come to the ranch.

The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

(Children PZ7 .H266 Ch 2014)

“Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins.”—Provided by publisher.

The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

(Children PZ7 .H266 Mid 2011)

Twelve-year-old Andrej, nine-year-old Tomas, and their baby sister Wilma flee their Romany encampment when it is attacked by Germans during World War II, and in an abandoned town they find a zoo where the animals tell their stories, helping the children understand what has become of their lives and what it means to be free.

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

(Children PZ7 .L87734 Ha 2015)

When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family is in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily’s grandfather—but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.

Shadow by Michael Morpugo

(Children PZ7 .M82712 Sh 2012)

Teenager Aman and his mother lose their loyal spaniel Shadow while escaping Afghanistan to flee to England. Now they must depend on a friend and his grandfather to enable Shadow’s return.

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

(Children PZ7 .P9271 We 2014)

In nineteenth-century Norway, fourteen-year-old Astri, whose aunt has sold her to a mean goatherder, dreams of joining her father in America.

My Family for the War by Anne C. Voorhoeve ; translated by Tammi Reichel

(Children PZ7 .V944 My 2012)

Before the start of World War II, ten-year-old Ziska Mangold, who has Jewish ancestors but has been raised as a Protestant, is taken out of Nazi Germany on one of the Kindertransport trains, to live in London with a Jewish family, where she learns about Judaism and endures the hardships of war while attempting to keep in touch with her parents, who are trying to survive in Holland.

Young Adult

A Step from Heaven by An Na

(Young Adult PZ7 .N14 St 2001)

A young Korean girl and her family find it difficult to learn English and adjust to life in America.

The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo

(Young Adult PZ7 .N1455 Ot 2001)

Smuggled out of Nigeria after their mother’s murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are fearful of their new surroundings and of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria.

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye

(Young Adult PZ7 .N976 Hab 1997)

When fourteen-year-old Liyanne Abboud, her younger brother, and her parents move from St. Louis to a new home between Jerusalem and the Palestinian village where her father was born, they face many changes and must deal with the tensions between Jews and Palestinians.

Salt to the Sea: A Novel by Ruta Sepetys

(Young Adult PZ7 .S47957 Sa 2016)

“World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom. When their paths converge in route to the ship that promises salvation, Joana, Emilia, and Florian find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety. When tragedy strikes the Wilhelm Gustloff, they must fight for the same thing: survival.”—Provided by publisher.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

(Young Adult PZ7 .Y79 Su 2016)

“Two teens—Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica—cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives—Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family’s deportation to Jamaica—and fall in love.”—Provided by publisher.

Informational Texts

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin

(Children D769.8 .A6 M329 2016)

“Just seventy-five years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable today: it rounded up over 100,000 of its own citizens based on nothing more than their ancestry and, suspicious of their loyalty, kept them in concentration camps for the better part of four years. How could this have happened? Uprooted takes a close look at the history of racism in America and follows the treacherous path that led one of our nation’s most beloved presidents to make this decision. Meanwhile, it illuminates the history of Japan and its own struggles with racism and xenophobia, which led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, ultimately tying the two countries together.”—Provided by publisher.

The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden; illustrated by Allan Drummond

(Children + CT275 .R46 B67 2005)

“In 1940, Hans and Margret Rey fled their Paris home as the German army advanced. They began their harrowing journey on bicycles, pedaling to Southern France with children’s book manuscripts among their few possessions.”—Provided by publisher.

This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne

(Children + E184 .A1 O83 2016)

“This book explores the way government policy and popular responses to immigrant groups evolved throughout U.S. history and the fundamental ways in which immigration forms an essential part of the American identity. The book also recounts the experiences of three centuries of immigrants in their own words.”—Provided by publisher.


Black Poetry, Black History

February is Black History Month, but we hope you’ll refer to this list of poetry, verse biographies and histories, and novels in verse all year long.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

(Children + CT275 .H346 W42 2015)

Celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer in inspiring words and vibrant artwork.

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

(Children + F379 .N57 C667 2016)

Six days a week, slaves labor from sunup to sundown and beyond, but on Sunday afternoons, they gather with free blacks at Congo Square outside New Orleans, free from oppression. Includes foreword about Congo Square by Freddi Williams Evans, glossary, and historical notes.

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell; pictures 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.

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry , selected 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.

Soul Looks Back in Wonder , illustrated by Tom Feelings

(Children 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.

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

(Children + PS3503 .R7244 B76 2007)

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

My People by Langston Hughes; photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.

(Children PS3515 .U274 M9 2009)

Hughes’s spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle; art by Sean Qualls

(Children 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.

Blues Journey by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Christopher Myers

(Children PS3563 .Y48 B58 2003)

Harlem by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Christopher Myers

(Children Lg PS3563 .Y48 H37 1997)

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices by Walter Dean Myers

(Children PS3563 .Y48 H47 2004)

Acclaimed writer Walter Dean Myers celebrates the people of Harlem with these powerful and soulful first-person poems in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary neighborhood.

Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson

(Children PS3573 .A4795 C37 2001)

A verse biography of George Washington Carter.

Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem by Marilyn Nelson

(Children PS3573 .A4795 F64 2004)

Fortune was a slave who lived in Waterbury, Conn., in the late 1700s. He was married and the father of 4 children. When Fortune died in 1798, his master, Dr. Porter, preserved his skeleton to further the study of anatomy. Now the skeleton is in the Mattatuck Museum where it is still being studied.

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson; illustrated by Phillipe Lardy

(Children PS3573 .A4795 W73 2005)

“In 1955 people all over the United States knew that Emmett Louis Till was a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. The brutality of his murder, the open-casket funeral held by his mother, Mamie Till Mobley, and the acquittal of the men tried for the crime drew wide media attention. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement.” — Provided by publisher.

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

(Children PS3573 .O64524 L63 2003)

In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

(Children PS3573 .O64524 Z46 2014)

“Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.” — Provided by publisher.

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

Booked by Kwame Alexander

(Children PZ7 .A3771 Bo 2016)

“In this middle grade novel-in-verse by the Newbery Medal-winning and Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author of The Crossover , soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.” — Provided by publisher.



Picture Books

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago; pictures by Rafael Yockteng; translated by Elisa Amado

(Children Picture Book BUITR)

“In this moving and timely story, a young child describes what it is like to be a migrant as she and her father travel north toward the US border. They travel mostly on the roof of a train known as The Beast, but the little girl doesn’t know where they are going. She counts the animals by the road, the clouds in the sky, the stars. Sometimes she sees soldiers. She sleeps, dreaming that she is always on the move, although sometimes they are forced to stop and her father has to earn more money before they can continue their journey. As many thousands of people, especially children, in Mexico and Central America continue to make the arduous journey to the US border in search of a better life, this is an important book that shows a young migrant’s perspective.” — Provided by publisher.

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton; illustrated by John Rocco

(Children Picture Book Lg EATON)

A whimsical guide to training a “pet train” instructs young enthusiasts about important issues including where trains live, what they like to eat, and how to get them to perform the best train tricks.

Locomotive by Brian Floca

(Children Picture Book Lg FLOCA)

Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

New Baby Train by Woody Guthrie; illustrated by Marla Frazee

(Children Picture Book +GUTHR)

An illustrated version of the song that answers the question “Where do little babies really come from?”

The Cows Are Going to Paris by David Kirby and Allen Woodman; illustrated by Chris Demarest

(Children Picture Book KIRBY)

One day a herd of cows leaves the pasture and boards the train for Paris. The cows dress up in clothes and royally tour the city before returning home.

The Little Train by Lois Lenski

(Children Picture Book LENSK)

Engineer Small at the throttle takes the little train on its run from Tiny Town to the big city.

A Train Goes Clickety Clack by Jonathan London; illustrated by Denise Roche

(Children Picture Book LONDO)

Easy-to-read, rhyming text describes the sounds of, and uses for, different kinds of trains.

All Aboard the Dinotrain by Deb Lund; Illustrated by Howard Fine

(Children Picture Book + LUND)

When dinosaurs seek adventure by taking a train ride, they find the trip has some unexpected surprises along the way.

Mister Whistler by Margaret Mahy; illustrated by Gavin Bishop

(Children Picture Book + MAHY)

Mister Whistler always has a song in his head and a dance in his legs. But when he has to catch the train, he is so distracted he loses his ticket—and has to dance his way out of his clothes to find it!

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper; with new art by Loren Long

(Children Picture Book Lg PIPER)

Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.

Tupelo Rides the Rails by Melissa Sweet

(Children Picture Book SWEET)

After being left by the side of a road with nothing but her favorite sock toy, Tupelo meets a pack of dogs led by Garbage Pail Tex as they are wishing for new homes, then joins them as they catch a passing train and share stories of dog heroes.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

(Children Picture Book VANAL)

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

Can You See What I See? : Toyland Express by Walter Wick

(Children Picture Book + WICK)

In this search-and-find story, children read the simple text and use the picture clues to search twelve photos for 100 hidden objects!

An Outlaw Thanksgiving by Emily Arnold McCully

(Children PZ7.M136 Ou 1998)

While travelling with her mother cross-country by train in 1896, a young girl unexpectedly shares Thanksgiving dinner with the notorious outlaw, Butch Cassidy.

John Henry by Julius Lester; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

(Children + PZ8.1.L434 Jo 1994)

Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.

Beginning Reader

Mr. Putter and Tabby Take the Train by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Arthur Howard

(Children Picture Book RYLAN)

After a small setback, Mr. Putter and his favorite companions enjoy the best train ride of their lives.

Chapter Books

Five Go Off to Camp by Enid Blyton

(Children PZ7.B629 Fgo 2015)

Spook trains in the dead of night. And they seem to vanish into thin air—but where do they go? The Famous Five are on to it. But the discovery of an unusual underground tunnel system and a secret train-service has them puzzled. If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery?

The Boundless by Kenneth Opel

(Children PZ7.O614 Bo 2014)

Aboard “The Boundless,” the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.

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.

Young Adult

As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

(Young Adult PZ7.P4313 As 2010)

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

Informational Texts

The Train of States by Peter Sis

(Children + E180 .S58 2004)

Gives information about each state, including capital, motto, state tree, state bird, source of name, and date of statehood.

Subway: The Story of Tunnels, Tubes, and Tracks by Larry Dane Brimner; illustrated by Neil Waldman

(Children + TF845 .B685 2004)

Underground railways, or subways, are an engineering marvel. But why were they built? How? Here is a high-speed tour of early subways from London to New York City to answer those questions and more.

Beneath the Streets of Boston: Building America’s First Subway by Joe McKendry

(Children + TF847.B7 M38 2005)

“Beckoning readers to explore the territory beneath Boston’s streets, Joe McKendry explores a century-old world when Beantown designed and created the country’s first subway.” — Provided by publisher.

The Secret Subway by Shana Corey; illustrated by Red Nose Studio

(Children + TF847.N5 C66 2016)

“In 1870, Alfred Ely Beach invents New York’s first underground train.” — Provided by publisher.

We Rode the Orphan Trains by Andrea Warren

(Children HV985 .W39 2001)

“They were ‘throw away’ kids, living in the streets or in orphanages and foster homes. Then Charles Loring Brace, a young minister working with the poor in New York City, started the Children’s Aid Society and devised a plan to give homeless children a chance to find families to call their own. Thus began an extraordinary migration of American children. Between 1854 and 1929, an estimated 200,000 children, mostly from New York and other cities of the eastern United States, ventured forth to other states on a journey of hope.” — Provided by publisher.

Across America on an Emigrant Train by Jim Murphy

(Children PR5495 .M79 1993)

Combines an account of Robert Louis Stevenson’s experiences as he traveled from New York to California by train in 1879 and a description of the building and operation of railroads in nineteenth-century America.



Picture Books & Illustrated Books

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

(Children Picture Book Lg CARLE)

When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.

The Tub People by Pam Conrad; illustrated by Richard Egielski

(Children Picture Book CONRA)

A family of wooden toys lives on the edge of the bathtub until disaster strikes and they fear they have been separated forever.

Tatty Ratty by Helen Cooper

(Children Picture Book + COOPE)

When Molly’s stuffed rabbit gets lost, she and her parents imagine all the adventures it is having before returning home.

Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer

(Children Picture Book + FALCO)

When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible.

I Don’t Like Koala by Sean Ferrell; illustrated by Charles Santoso

(Children Picture Book FERRE)

Adam doesn’t like his stuffed koala because of its terrible eyes, terrible face, and terrible paws, but each time he tries to get rid of it, Koala comes back until Adam realizes that Koala is on his side.

Corduroy by Don Freeman

(Children Picture Book FREEM)

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.

Toys in Space by Mini Grey

(Children Picture Book + GREY)

A group of toys, left out at night for the first time, begin to be afraid but the WonderDoll distracts them by weaving a story of lost toys, space travel, and a strange alien.

Traction Man is Here! by Mini Grey

(Children Picture Book + GREY)

Traction Man, a boy’s courageous action figure, has a variety of adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other objects in the house.

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

(Children Picture Book + HENKE)

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected? —Provided by publisher.

La La Rose by Satomi Ichikawa

(Children Picture Book +ICHIK)

La La Rose, a young girl’s stuffed rabbit, gets lost in Luxembourg Gardens.

Nothing by Mick Inkpen

(Children Picture Book + INKPE)

Left behind by the family in whose attic he has been staying, a thing who has forgotten his name tries to find out who he is.

The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven

(Children Picture Book + KLEVE)

Lizzy is scared to start school, so she makes a doll out of an apple from her favorite tree to take with her on the first day and keep her company. Includes instructions for making an apple doll.

The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll; illustrated by Michelle Shapiro

(Children Picture Book KROLL)

A family of mice enjoys the doll house and furnishings that Rachel receives as gifts on the eight nights of Hanukkah.

Dahlia by Barbara McClintock

(Children Picture Book + MCCLI)

Charlotte does not like dolls, until she receives a special doll from her aunt and they become good friends.

The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll by Patricia McKissack; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

(Children Picture Book + MCKIS)

“Christmas always comes to Nella’s house, but Santa Claus brings gifts only once in a while. That’s because it’s the Depression and Nella’s family is poor. Even so, Nella’s hoping that this year she and her two sisters will get a beautiful Baby Betty doll. On Christmas morning, the girls are beside themselves with excitement! There is Baby Betty, in all her eyelash-fluttering magnificence. ‘Mine!’ Nella shouts, and claims the doll for herself. But soon she discovers that Baby Betty isn’t nearly as much fun as her sisters. Would it be more fun to share this very best gift with them after all?” —Provided by publisher.

Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover by Josh Schneider

(Children Picture Book + SCHNE)

Amelia and her best friend, Princess Sparkle-Heart, do almost everything together, so when the Princess suffers an accident, Amelia’s mother puts her sewing box to good use and makes the doll better than ever.

The Night After Christmas by James Stevenson

(Children Picture Book STEVE)

Tossed in garbage cans after they are replaced by new toys at Christmas, a teddy bear and a doll are befriended by a stray dog.

The Hidden House by Martin Waddell

(Children Picture Book WADDE)

With the owner gone, three dolls watch as their house becomes hidden by growing plants and trees until a man walks by and discovers the residence.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

(Children Picture Book WILLE)

“Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind.” —Provided by publisher.

William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

(Children Picture Book ZOLOT)

William’s father gives him a basketball and a train but these do not make him want a doll less.

The Story of Holly and Ivy by Rumer Godden; illustrated by Adrienne Adams

(Children PZ7 .G54 St)

“Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she’s sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true?” —Provided by publisher.

Rachel Field’s Hitty: Her First Hundred Years by Rosemary Wells & Susan Jeffers

(Children + PZ7 .W46843 Rac 1999)

A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing string of owners.

The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright

(Children Lg PZ7 .W95 Lo 1998)

The story of a doll named Edith who had no one to play with and was very lonely.

Coppélia by Margot Fonteyn; paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

(Children + PZ8 .F668 Co 1998)

A dollmaker cleverly schemes to pass his most beautiful doll off as a real girl, but he is outwitted by the townspeople he tries to deceive.

The Toys of Nuremberg by Lillian Sturges

(Children PZ8.3 .S89 T6)

The city of Nuremberg is famous for the toys made there, but the children who live there never get to play with them—until one night, the toys rebel.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

(Children PZ8.9 .B47 Ve)

By the time the velveteen rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.

The Doll in the Window by Pamela Bianco

(Children PZ8.9 .B48 Do)

A Christmas story about the merits of giving.

Candy Floss by Rumer Godden

(Children PZ8.9 .G65 Can)

A doll named Candy Floss is very happy serving as Jack’s lucky charm at his stall at the fair, until a spoiled rich girl steals her.

Impunity Jane by Rumer Godden

(Children PZ8.9 .G65 Im)

A tiny doll lives an adventurous life in a little boy’s pocket and as a member of a gang of boys.

Chapter Books

Memoirs of a London Doll, Written by Herself by Richard H. Horne

(Children PR4803 .H6 M4)

“Maria Poppet, a doll, has many adventures and misadventures as she passes through the hands of many owners.” —Provided by publisher.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

(Children PZ7 .B52878 Dol 2013)

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block

(Children PZ7 .B61945 Ho 2010)

Madison Blackberry’s dolls—Wildflower, Rockstar, and Miss Selene—have lives that she envies, with their beautiful clothes and warm, cozy house, while she’s lonely most of the time.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

(Children PZ7 .D5455 Mi 2006)

Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

The Jamie and Angus Stories by Anne Fine; illustrated by Penny Dale

(Children PZ7 .F495673 Jam 2002)

“From the moment Jamie sets eyes on Angus in the shop window, with his silky white coat and forlorn stare, he just knows that they belong together. On Christmas morning, they’re finally united and soon the toy Highland bull is Jamie’s constant companion.” —Provided by publisher.

The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban; illustrated by David Small

(Children PZ7 .H637 Mr 2001)

Two discarded toy mice survive perilous adventures in a hostile world before finding security and happiness with old friends and new.

Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

(Children PZ7 .J4134 Toy 2006)

Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

Ollie’s Odyssey by William Joyce

(Children PZ7 .J85 Ol 2016)

“When a toy is bestowed with the title of ‘favorite,’ it takes on a coveted rank among the world of household things. But when a vengeful toy conspires to destroy these favorites, he must be defeated by a stuffed toy rabbit.”—Provided by publisher.

Amy’s Eyes by Richard Kennedy

(Children PZ7 .K385 Am 1985)

A girl who has changed into a doll and a doll who has changed into a sea captain sail the pirate-ridden high seas with a crew of Mother Goose animals, in search of gold treasure.

The Doll People by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin; illustrated by Brian Selznick.

(Children PZ7 .M35675 Do 2000)

A family of porcelain dolls that has lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn’t follow The Doll Code of Honor. Annabelle Doll is eight years old- she has been for more than a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after year…until one day the Funcrafts move in. Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, with the help of Brian Selznick’s remarkable illustrations, bring to life two wonderful families who prove that dolls are people, too!

The Mennyms by Sylvia Waugh

(Children PZ7 .W35115 Me 1994)

The Mennyms, a family of life-size rag dolls living in a house in England and pretending to be human, see their peaceful existence threatened when the house’s owner announces he is coming from Australia for a visit.

The Pasteboard Bandits by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes; illustrated by Peggy Turley

(Children + PZ7 .B6443 Pas 1997)

When he and his parents move to the quiet Mexican town of Taxco, Kenny makes friends with Juanito Perez, and the two share many adventures with Juanito’s special papier-mache toy, Tito.

Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

(Children PZ8.9 .B16 Mi)

“Miss Hickory is very worried. Her owner has moved to Boston, and how can Miss Hickory survive a harsh New Hampshire winter all alone? After all, she is just a doll whose body is an apple-wood twig and whose head is a hickory nut, and whose house is made out of corncobs. But Miss Hickory has ingenuity, and the help of neighbors like Crow, Bull Frog, and Ground Hog to see her through. And near the end of those cold, dark months, something unexpected happens to Miss Hickory—something even more welcome than the coming of spring.” —Provided by publisher.

The Silent Playmate: A Collection of Doll Stories edited and with an introduction by Naomi Lewis; illustrated by Harold Jones

(Children PZ8.9 .L49)

“An anthology of doll stories, poems, and excerpts from novels, drawn from a variety of sources.” —Provided by publisher.


Women Who Made History

Librarian’s Note: I hope that this list can serve as a starting point for learning about the accomplishments of women throughout history, but let me be clear: this list is not an especially good one. It includes some amazing books about some amazing women, but it’s also full of gaps. Where are all the latina women? The Asian women? The Middle Eastern women? The trans women? I could go on. There are so many ways of being an influential, history-making woman that just aren’t represented here, and these absences are a disservice to all of us. Some of these gaps are the product of larger forces in children’s book publishing and our society, but many can and will be filled through future book purchasing. Here, for now, is the best of what we have. I hope you’ll enjoy sharing these books with the children in your life.

Picture Books

When Marian Sang by Pam Mu ñoz Ryan; illustrated by Brian Selznick

(Children + CT 275 .A51 R92 2002)

An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.

The Daring Nelly Bly: America’s Star Reporter by Bonnie Christensen

(Children + CT 275. B527 C57 2003)

Introduces the life of Nellie Bly who, as a “stunt reporter” for the New York World newspaper in the late 1800s, championed women’s rights and traveled around the world faster than anyone ever had.

The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft by Cathy Moore; illustrated by Mary O’Keefe Young

(Children CT 275 .C723 M66 2002)

“On December 21, 1848, Ellen Craft slipped out into the cold, dark night and took her first steps toward freedom. Ellen and her husband, William, had a daring plan to escape from slavery. Posing as a white man, Ellen hoped to travel north as William’s slave master. If anyone discovered her, she’d be severely punished. But Ellen was willing to risk everything—even death—to be free.” —provided by the publisher

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney; 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.”

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Ekua Holmes

(Children + CT275 .H346 W42 2015)

Celebrates the life and legacy of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer in inspiring words and vibrant artwork.

Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree by William Miller; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

(Children + CT 275 .H868 M54 1994)

“William Miller presents a lyrical account of a little-known episode in the childhood of the renowned writer Zora Neale Hurston. This inspirational story will appeal to all readers who, like Zora, believe in their dreams.” —provided by the publisher

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni; illustrated by Bryan Collier

(Children + CT 275 .P3752 G56 2005)

“Rosa Parks is one of the most famous figures in American history. On December 1, 1955, she got on a Montgomery, Alabama city bus after work and refused to give up her seat to a white man, an act that sparked a revolution.” —provided by the publisher

They Called Her Molly Pitcher by Anne Rockwell; illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler

(Children CT 275 .P5566 R62 2002)

A picture book biography of Revolutionary War heroine, Mary Ludwig Hayes McCauly, also called “Molly Pitcher.”

A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley , Slave Poet by Kathryn Lasky; illustrated by Paul Lee

(Children Lg CT 275 .W525 L37 2003)

A biography of an African girl brought to New England as a slave in 1761 who became famous on both sides of the Atlantic as the first Black poet in America.

Beatrix: Various Episodes from the Life of Beatrix Potter by Jeanette Winter

(Children CT 788 .P68 W56 2003)

This simple biography of Beatrix Potter, best known for writing The Tale of Peter Rabbit, includes excerpts from her published letters and journals and reveals why she drew and wrote about animals.

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky; illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

(Children + CT 1018 .B69 .N68 2016)

“Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works. With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.” —provided by the publisher

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee; illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl

(Children CT 3207 .C49 2005)

“From adventurer Amelia Earhart to computer pioneer Grace Hopper to novelist Zora Neale Hurston, discover women who have made a difference in people’s lives.” —provided by the publisher

Rad American Women: A to Z by Kate Schatz; illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy

(Children CT 3260 .S33 2015)

“Profiled are 26 American women from the 18th through 21st centuries, who have made-or are still making–history as artists, writers, teachers, lawyers, or athletes. The women come from a variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds and many had to overcome extreme hardships. One woman represents each alphabetical letter beginning with Angela Davis, an activist, teacher, and writer, and concludes with Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and writer” — Provided by publisher.

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

(Children + GV 1785 .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.

Bloomers! by Rhonda Blumberg; illustrated by Mary Morgan

(Children HQ 1236.5 .U6 B58 1993)

Explains how the new-fashioned outfit, bloomers, helped Amelia Bloomer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony spread the word about women’s rights.

Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun’s Kung Fu by Emily Arnold McCully

(Children + PZ7 .M14 Be 1998)

Tells the story of two unlikely kung fu masters and how their skill in martial arts saves them both.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle; illustrated by Rafael L ópez

(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.

The Escape of Oney Judge: Martha Washington’s Slave Finds Freedom by Emily Arnold McCully

(Children Picture Book + MCCUL)

Young Oney Judge risks everything to escape a life of slavery in the household of George and Martha Washington and to make her own way as a free black woman.

Red Butterfly: How a Princess Smuggled the Secret of Silk Out of China by Deborah Noyes; illustrated by Sophie Blackall

(Children Picture Book + NOYES)

In long-ago China, as a young princess prepares to leave her parents’ kingdom to travel to far-off Khotan where she is to marry the king, she decides to surreptitiously take with her a precious reminder of home.

Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold

(Children Picture Book Lg RINGG)

With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.

Frida by Jonah Winter; illustrated by Ana Juan

(Children Picture Book WINTE)

About the childhood of Frida Kahlo and how it influenced her art.


Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

(Children CT 275 .C6495 H66 2009)

Biography of one of the first young activists to resist bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama.

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

(Children CT 275 .E15 F53 2011)

Tells the story of Amelia Earhart’s life—as a child, a woman, and a pilot—and describes the search for her missing plane.

Margaret Fuller: Bluestocking, Romantic, Revolutionary by Ellen Wilson

(Children CT 275 .F85 W55)

A biography of an American writer active in early women’s rights activities and prominent in the transcendentalist movement of the early 1800’s.

The World at Her Fingertips: The Story of Helen Keller by Joan Dash

(Children CT 275 .K4486 D37 2001)

Biography of the socialist, anti-racist, disability rights activist.

Woman Against Slavery: The Story of Harriet Beecher Stowe by Anthony Scott

(Children CT 275 .S866 S36)

Biography of the author and abolitionist.

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth by Anne Rockwell; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

(Children CT 275 .T78 R62 2000)

Biography of the abolitionist and women’s rights activist.

Kindred Spirit: A Biography of L.M. Montgomery, Creator of Anne of Green Gables by Catherine M. Andronik

(Children CT 310 .M66 A62)

Covers the personal life and literary career of the Canadian writer best known for her novels about Anne, a girl from Prince Edward Island.

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne by Catherine Reef

(Children CT 787 .B76 R43 2012)

“The Bronte sisters were the most extraordinary of literary siblings. In the nineteenth century, when women were discouraged from writing and publishing books, all three produced one or more novels now considered masterpieces.” —provided by the publisher

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey

(Children + CT 788 .G65 S55 2015)

“This biography for children will trace Goodall’s life, but each chapter will also focus on two or more the chimpanzees that she observed, with information in sidebars about these particular animals. Along with biographical details, the book will explore the ethical issues that surround Goodall’s work and show what has changed in our understanding of Great Apes. What do we know today about these animals in terms of language, speech, tool use, and DNA? How has sophisticated technology—GPS systems, Satellite imagery, portable digital microphones—been used to gain new information about animal populations.” —provided by the publisher

Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley

(Children + DC 103.5 .S66 1998)

A biography of the fifteenth-century peasant girl who led a French army to victory against the English and was burned at the stake for witchcraft.

Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen

(Children Lg E 185.86 .H27 1998)

Features photographs and biographies of twelve African-American women.

With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote by Ann Bausum

(Children + JK1896 .B38 2004)

Recounts the story of the fight for women’s suffrage with particular focus on the efforts of Alice Paul.



Picture Books

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett; illustrated by Christian Robinson

(Children Picture Book + BARNE)

“You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can’t even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo’s efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world” –Provided by publisher.

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler; illustrated by S. D. Schindler

(Children Picture Book + CUYLE)

Ghost tries to help Skeleton get rid of the hiccups.

Little Ghost by Kate Khdir and Sue Nash; illustrated by Caroline Church

(Children Picture Book + KHDIR)

Ghost’s attempts to scare the pupils at a human school result in his becoming part of their Halloween play.

Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara

(Children Picture Book + KOHAR)

Tired of living in a haunted house, a young witch captures, washes, and turns her pesky ghosts into curtains and a tablecloth.

The Snow Ghosts by Leo Landry

(Children Picture Book LANDR)

Snow ghosts live in the far north, and they love to play and have fun.

The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories by David LaRochelle; illustrated by Paul Meisel

(Children Picture Book + LAROC)

A ghost father tells his children three frightening stories to help them go to sleep at night.

Ol’ Clip Clop: A Ghost Story by Patricia C. McKissack; illustrated by Eric Velasquez

(Children Picture Book + MCKIS)

One October night in 1745, John Leep, a mean and stingy lawyer, sets out to evict a widow from one of his rental houses and is followed by a ghostly rider.

The Ghost-Eye Tree by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault ; illustrated by Ted Rand

(Children Picture Book + MARTI)

Walking down a dark lonely road on an errand one night, a brother and sister argue over who is afraid of the dread Ghost-Eye tree.

Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book by Yuyi Morales

(Children Picture Book + MORAL)

As Se ñor Calavera prepares for Grandma Beetle’s birthday he finds an alphabetical assortment of unusual presents, but with the help of Zelmiro the Ghost, he finds the best gift of all.

The Bake Shop Ghost by Jacqueline K. Ogburn; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

(Children Picture Book + OGBUR)

Miss Cora Lee Merriweather haunts her bake shop after her death, until the new shop owner makes a deal with her.

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde; illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

(Children + PZ7.W64583 Can 1986)

A celebrated and feared English ghost is outraged when the new American owners of his haunting place refuse to take him seriously and actually fight back against him.

Beginning Readers

A Ghost Named Fred

Nathaniel Benchley; illustrated by Ben Schecter

(Children Picture Book BENCH)

Chapter Books

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

(Children PZ7.A931 Ni 2014)

Irish orphans Molly, fourteen, and Kip, ten, travel to England to work as servants in a crumbling manor house where nothing is quite what it seems to be, and soon the siblings are confronted by a mysterious stranger and secrets of the cursed house.

Doll Bones by Holly Black

(Children PZ7.B52878 Dol 2013)

Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.

Spirit’s Key by Edith Cohn

(Children PZ7.C66493 Spi 2014)

Having finally developed the psychic ability her father has used to provide for them, twelve-year-old Spirit Holden, aided by the ghost of her beloved dog Sky, investigates the mystery of why wild dogs are dying on their remote island.

All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn

(Children PZ7.H1256 Al 2008)

While spending the summer at their grandmother’s Vermont inn, two prankster siblings awaken young ghosts from the inn’s distant past who refuse to “rest in peace.”

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

(Children PZ7.H1256 Gho 2010)

In the nineteenth century, ten-year-old Florence Crutchfield leaves a London orphanage to live with her great-uncle, great-aunt, and sickly cousin James, but she soon realizes the home has another resident, who means to do her and James harm.

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

(Children 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.

The Haunting of Granite Falls by Eva Ibbotson; illustrated with Kevin Hawkes

(Children PZ7.I11555 Hau 2004)

Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones

(Children PZ7.J712 Co 2013)

In Victorian London, an undertaker’s son who can see ghosts and is haunted by their constant demands for attention must decide whether to help when a horrible disease imprisons ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.

The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively

(Children PZ7.L7397 Gh)

The Wild Hunt of Hagworthy by Penelope Lively

(Children PZ7.L7397 Wi)

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver; illustrated by Kei Acedera

(Children PZ7.O475 Lie 2011)

A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist’s runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

(Children PZ7.S92475 Sc 2013)

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Young Adult

The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes

(Young Adult PZ7.N96157 Gh 2008)

Over the centuries, the inhabitants of author Edith Wharton’s fictional mansion, Kerfol, are haunted by the ghosts of dead dogs, fractured relationships, and the bitter taste of revenge.

The Turning by Francine Prose

(Young Adult PZ7.P94347 Tur 2012)

“A teen boy becomes the babysitter for two very peculiar children on a haunted island in this modern retelling of The Turn of the Screw”– Provided by publisher.

The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith

(Young Adult PZ7.S65918 Oth 2010)

Since losing both of her parents, fifteen-year-old Katie can see and talk to ghosts, which makes her a loner until fellow student Law sees her drawing of a historic house and together they seek a treasure rumored to be hidden there by illegal slave-traders.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

(Young Adult PZ7.W5197 Aft 2014)

In alternating chapters, eighteen-year-old Darcy Patel navigates the New York City publishing world, and Lizzie, the heroine of Darcy’s novel, slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack and becomes a spirit guide, as both face many challenges and both fall in love.


Books and Libraries

Picture Books

But Excuse Me That is My Book by Lauren Child

(Children Picture Book + CHILD)

When Lola’s favorite book is not on the library’s shelf, her older brother, Charlie, tries to find another book she will enjoy.

The House of Wisdom by Florence Parry Heide & Judith Heide Gilliland; illustrated by Mary GrandPré

(Children Picture Book + HEIDE)

Ishaq, the son of the chief translator to the Caliph of ancient Baghdad, travels the world in search of precious books and manuscripts and brings them back to the great library known as the House of Wisdom.

Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk

(Children Picture Book + KIRK)

Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books, but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

(Children Picture Book + KNUDS)

A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

(Children Picture Book + KOHAR)

“Once there was a library that only opened at night. Step inside and meet the little librarian and her three assistant owls.” Provided by publisher.

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies

(Children Picture Book LIES)

Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

(Children Picture Book MCQUI)

“Lola loves Tuesdays. That’s when she and her mommy go to the library. Lola meets her friends there. They share books and don’t have to be quiet all the time. The nice librarian tells stories. There is a big machine that buzzes Lola’s books in and out, and she can take any books she wants home with her. Lola and her mommy always stop for a treat on the way home. No wonder Lola loves the library.” Provided by publisher.

Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora; illustrated by Raúl Colón

(Children Picture Book + MORA)

While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomás finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough; illustrated by Debby Atwell

(Children Picture Book + PINBO)

Examines the story of how librarian Ann Carroll Moore created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library.

Marguerite Makes a Book by Bruce Robertson; illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

(Children + PZ7 .R55 Ma)

In medieval Paris, Marguerite helps her nearly blind father finish painting an illuminated manuscript for his patron, Lady Isabelle.

Beginning Readers

Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant

(Children Picture Book RYLAN)

Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry bring Tabby and Zeke to the library for a special storytime.

Chapter Books

Booked by Kwame Alexander

(Children PZ7.A3771 Bo 2016)

“In this middle grade novel-in-verse by the Newbery Medal-winning and Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning author of The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.” Provided by publisher.

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

(Children PZ7.S559474 Gr 2010)

New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the “New-York Circulating Material Repository,” and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

(Children PZ7.S7546 Li 1997)

The lives of four young people in different circumstances are changed by their encounters with books.

The Great Good Thing by Rod Townley

(Children PZ7.T628 Gr 2001)

Nothing ever changes inside the storybook kingdom inhabited by twelve-year-old Princess Sylvie, her parents, and many other characters until Sylvie discovers that by allying herself with the Reader she can experience new adventures beyond the confines of the book.

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

(Children PZ7.W523 Fo 2014)

When her father is lost at sea shortly after meeting a very unusual visitor, Alice must leave her home to live with an “uncle” whose rural Pennsylvania estate includes a massive and mysterious library that holds much more than books.

Young Adult

The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick

(Young Adult PZ7.S4435 Bo 2004)

With the help of his servant and an orphan girl, a magician named Valerian searches graveyards, churches, and underground waterways for a book he hopes will save him from a pact he has made with evil.’

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

Informational Texts

Book by John Agard

(Children Z4.Z9 A625 2015)

Books contain countless tales but what if Book told its own story? From clay tablets to e-readers, here is a quirky, kid-friendly look at the book.

How a Book is Made by Aliki

(Children + Z116.A2 A42 1986)

Side by Side: Five Favorite Picture Book Teams Go to Work by Leonard S. Marcus

(Children + Z286.P53 M37 2001)

Describes the process by which several teams of authors and illustrators have created such picture books as “Louis the Fish,” “The Glorious Flight,” “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” “Sam and the Tigers,” and “The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses.”

Ways of Telling: Conversations on the Art of the Picture Book by Leonard S. Marcus

(Children NC965 .M345 2002)

A collection of interviews with fourteen artists and writers of picture books who, regardless of their country of origin, have had a major impact in the United States.

Richard Wright and the Library Card by William Miller; illustrated by Gregory Christie

(Children + CT275.W7445 M54 1997)

Based on a scene from Wright’s autobiography, Black Boy, in which the seventeen-year-old African-American borrows a white man’s library card and devours every book as a ticket to freedom.

Children’s Book Covers: Great Book Jackets and Cover Design by Alan Powers

(Children + NC973 .P68 2003)