Anna Hibiscus – Books 5 – 8 – by Atinuke

Anna Hibiscus – Books 5 – 8 – by Atinuke

Welcome Home, Anna Hibiscus!; Go Well, Anna Hibiscus!; Love from Anna Hibiscus!; You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus! all by Atinuke and illustrated by Lauren Tobia Do you know Anna Hibiscus? Through her enthusiasm, you are introduced to “Africa, amazing Africa,” the wisdom of Anna’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and the escapades of her younger twin brothers, Double and […]


Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

Space Battle Lunchtime by Natalie Riess

“Do you have what it takes to be the Greatest Chef in the Galaxy?” Step aside “Great British Bake Off” and “Top Chef,” there’s a new show in town and it airs in Space. Okay, so it doesn’t actually exist beyond the pages of author and illustrator Natalie Riess’ new book, Space Battle Lunchtime, Volume […]


Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Martin (2017)

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Martin (2017)

This is a biography for kids about one of America’s most innovative classically trained chefs who sells his creative food (Korean tacos!) in a food truck or in storefronts in the distressed areas of Los Angeles. His food is a dramatic mix of Korean and America fast food. The thing that makes this book blockbuster […]


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

Fall into this timeless book and get caught up in the word of Orphan Island. It’s a place governed by rules and magic and nature. Idyllic. Until one of the nine kids decides to break the rules… Snyder treats world-building very differently than most fantasy authors. She does not share the background of the magic, […]


The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Is it possible that Kimberly Brubaker Bradley could write a sequel to the The War that Saved My Life that would live up to the beloved Newbery Honor book? A resounding YES! The author concludes this story beautifully, resolving the issues of the first book in the first few chapters before entering into the terrible […]


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 […]


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