King and Kayla and the Secret Code by Dori Hillestad Butler

King and Kayla and the Secret Code by Dori Hillestad Butler

Fans of Emily Elizabeth and her lovable big red dog, Clifford, will fall in love with read-alike series King and Kayla, which follows dog owner Kayla and golden retriever, King, as they figure out mysteries that come their way. Unlike Clifford, this sweet, easy reader series, is told from the dog’s point of view. Whether […]


The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis’ exciting and funny fantasy for grades 4 and up is a coming of age story with a deliciously wild twist.  Like many protagonists in middle grade novels, young Aventurine feels misunderstood by her family and longs for adventures beyond her years.  But did I mention that she’s a dragon?  After she slips out of the […]


Sofia Martinez: The Beach Trip by Jacqueline Jules

Sofia Martinez: The Beach Trip by Jacqueline Jules

Looking for a new character for your young reader to become friends with? Look no further. Author Jacqueline Jules has created a charming early chapter book series revolving around Latina, elementary-aged girl, Sofia Martinez, and her adventures in and outside of the home! Standouts from the series are seasonally relevant, The Beach Trip, in which […]


Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (2017)

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (2017)

Megan Whalen Turner creates intelligent, intricate plots that twist with reversals, are filled with terrific rich characters and brilliant, detailed world building. Her fifth book in the Queen’s Thief series lives up to the rest of the series, which has already won the Children’s Mythopoetic Fantasy Award as well as a Newbery Honor. This book, […]


Real Friends by Shanon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Real Friends by Shanon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Who still has vivid memories of friend drama from elementary school? Me! And I know I’m not alone, because Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale, well known for the Princess in Black series as well as the Princess Academy series, has taken a page from her own life with her newest book for kids. Following in […]


Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

Enter the world of Bronze and Sunflower: a small village in Mainland China during the Cultural Revolution. The villagers of Damaidi live close to the land as subsistence farmers. Bronze is mute after an early trauma; Sunflower is the daughter of one of the artists sent to a nearby work camp who died suddenly, leaving […]


Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard

Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard

Feeling wanderlust heading into the summer? Join humble pumpkin farmer and reluctant hero, Bera, the one-headed troll, and her owl pal, Winslowe. The day a human baby mysteriously washes up near Bera’s tiny island, they embark on a quest to return the strange creature to her kind before former Head Witch of the Troll King, Cloote, […]


Compass South (Four Points) by Hope Larson

Compass South (Four Points) by Hope Larson

Hop aboard Hope Larson’s new and exciting high seas adventure series with illustrator Rebecca Mock, titled Compass South (Four Points). Right from the start this author and illustrator pair are in sync, Larson’s way with dialogue and story blending deftly with Mock’s emotional and expressive rendition of the setting and characters. Set in 1860, New […]


Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley

Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley

This heartfelt and quixotic road trip novel finds Fella and Zany on their way to Asheville NC in Mama Shannon’s car to release their beloved Mama Lacey’s ashes. They are grieving more than their mother: since each girl was born to a different mom in the couple, the (pre-June 2015) law separates them at Lacey’s […]


Bravo!  Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle’s insightful poems and Rafael López’s vibrant, soulful illustrations work together to create a memorable poetry collection that celebrates the contributions of a wide variety of Hispanics.  What makes this book special is readers learn about people rarely covered in collective biographies for kids.  Each biographical sketch consists of a double page spread with a […]