Announcing Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids List of 2020!

November 6, 2020

 

Evanston Public Library is pleased to announce the results of our incredibly hardworking 101 Great Books for Kids committee. 2020 proved to be a particularly difficult year for us. When the pandemic closed our library in March it also kept all the books we were trying to read sequestered away. Thanks to the magnificent efforts of staff members like Jessica Iverson, however, deliveries were made in a safe and efficient manner to everyone in their homes. In the end, we may have ended up reading more books for this committee than ever before.

Today’s list is a testament to the dedication of the people of this committee. Please be sure to stop by our library to request any of the titles you would like to see. They represent some of the best books of the year and should not be missed.

All 101 books on this list are appropriate for readers 2-12. You can download a PDF of these titles here at: 101 Great Books for Kids 2020.

For your convenience, here are the categories of the list:

 

Picture Books

Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Religious Tales

Easy and Early Chapter Books

Poetry and Short Stories

Fiction

Comics and Graphic Novels

Nonfiction Picture Books

Nonfiction for Older Readers


 

 

Picture Books

 

  1. The Barnabus Project by Terry, Eric and Devin Fan.

 

Barnabus is half mouse, half elephant, and 100% an utter failure as a genetically modified pet. When he and his imperfect friends decide to make a break for freedom, you’ll root for them every step of the way. Call Number: JPicture Fan.T

 

 

2. Danbi Leads the School Parade by Anna Kim.

 

Charming illustrations tell the tale of how a young Korean immigrant child’s first day of school goes from tragedy to triumph. Call Number: JPicture Kim.A

 

3. Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina, ill. Sonia Sánchez.

 

What do you do when your “numero uno” best friend is moving away? Daniela and Evelyn squeeze every bit of fun out of their last day in this sweet, hopeful narrative. Call Number: JPicture Medin.M

 

 

4. Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex.

 

A bunch of cheery robots help readers learn the difference between facts and opinions in this colorful, funny, much-needed romp. Call Number: JPicture Rex.M

 

5. Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox, ill. Micah Player.

 

Are you ready to RUMBLE??? Where will your loyalties lie when Dangerous Daddoo takes on the Tag Team Twins with Mama-Rama joining in the fun? Call Number: JPicture Fox.J

 

6. The Haunted Lake by P.J. Lynch.

 

Jacob loves Ellen and Ellen loves Jacob. But when Jacob explores a mysterious light in an underwater tower, he’s sucked into the embrace of the beautiful, very dead, Lillith. Can Ellen rescue her love? Call Number: JPicture Lynch.P

 

7. Hike by Pete Oswald.

A father and child travel to the mountains and enjoy the great outdoors in this warm wordless book. Call Number: J Picture Oswal.P

 

8. I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, ill. Gordon C. James.

“I am a roaring flame of creativity. / I am a lightning round of questions, and / a star-filled sky of solutions”. An empowering ode to Black boy joy. Call Number: JPicture Barne.D

 

9. I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott, ill. Sydney Smith.

“I wake up each morning with the sounds of words all around me. And I can’t say them all . . .” This exquisitely illustrated book tells the tale of a stuttering kid who finds comfort in his father’s advice. Call Number: JPicture Scott.J

 

10. My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, ill. Jillian Tamaki.

“she is my best friend i think / i’ve never had a best friend so i’m not sure.” Two girls meet, play, and enact what may be the world’s most perfect example of friendship. Call Number: JPicture Fogli.J

 

11. Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker, ill. April Harrison.

Grandparents Day is coming up and Zura’s Nana Akua intends to arrive. But with the traditional tribal marks on her face, will Zura’s classmates be nice or be mean? Call Number: JPicture Walke.T

 

12. A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis.

From a “comma in the long, long sentence of the stream” (a tadpole!) to “a black coat slipped around Earth’s shoulders” (night!) simple riddles and breathtaking pictures produce a beautiful book. Call Number: JPicture Porti.A

 

13. Old Rock (Is Not Boring) by Deb Pilutti.

The other forest creatures think Old Rock lives a boring life, but it astounds them with stories of its surprisingly eventful existence. A clever, humorous science lesson. Call Number: JPicture Pilut.D

 

14. On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex.

Oh no. There’s gum stuck in your hair? Don’t worry, I know a surefire solution. A book where things get increasingly, hilariously, catastrophically worse. Call Number: JPicture Rex.A

 

15. Outside In by Deborah Underwood, ill. Cindy Derby.

When you forget that the Outside exists, it has ways of gently reminding you. Nature is the true star of the show in this gentle, poetic celebration of the outdoors. Call Number: JPicture Under.D

 

16. Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome, ill. James E. Ransome.

At the crack of dawn Ruth Ellen clutches her book of the life of Frederick Douglass as she and her family climb a train bound for New York City. A thrilling historic tale of one family’s hope for a better life. Call Number: JPicture Cline.L

 

17. A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott, ill. Noa Denmon.

Deep down inside you might feel joy, fear, anger, and peace. But more than anything else, feel the love. A poem of pride by an Evanston author. Call Number: JPicture Ellio.Z

 

18. Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan, ill. Anna Bron.

Salma, a Syrian refugee living in Vancouver, hopes she can make her mother happy again by cooking one of her favorite dishes. A lovely celebration of community and compassion. Call Number: JPicture Ramad.D

 

19. Smashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha, ill. Dan Yaccarino.

Who’s looking for some serious smash time? Join Mr. Gilly as he crashes, tumbles and crumbles a great big building down to smithereens. Expect to read this one out loud again and again! Call Number: JPicture Zimme.A

 

20. This Old Dog by Martha Brockenbrough, ill. Gabriel Alborozo.

Old Dog likes to take things slow to explore the world, but his people just rush rush rush. Will New Girl be the friend he needs? Call Number: JPicture Brock.M

 

21. We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, ill. Michaela Goade.

A powerful look at the Indigenous-led movements in the United States to stop the oil pipelines from ruining the natural world. Call Number: JPicture Linds.C

 

22. Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, ill. Luisa Uribe.

On the first day of her new school, no one can pronounce a little girl’s name. Fortunately, her mother has a surefire solution. A celebration of names of every kind. Call Number: JPicture Thomp.J

 


 

Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Religious Tales

 

23. Chia and the Fox Man: An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable adapted by Barbara J. Atwater and Ethan J. Atwater, ill. Mindy Dwyer.

Orphaned Chia does a fox a great wrong by stealing its axe. Will he do what’s right or reject his elders’ teachings? Call Number: JPicture Atwat.B

 

24. The Fabled Life of Aesop by Ian Lendler, ill. Pamela Zagarenski.

Born a slave, young Aesop learned early on that by using his gift of storytelling he could dispense wisdom and outwit oppression at the same time. Contains twelve of Aesop’s folktales. Call Number: xBiog Aesop Lendl.I

 

25. The Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth by Duncan Tonatiuh.

 

When the gods of Mesoamerica fail to create human creatures, they give the sacred bones of creation to the lord of the underworld. Only Quetzalcóatl, the Feathered Serpent, is brave enough to take back the bones and try again. Call Number: x398.208972 Tonat.D

 

26. The Secret of the Tattered Shoes by Jackie Morris, ill. Ehsan Abdollahi.

A weary soldier encounters a castle with a mystery. The king needs to know why his daughters’ shoes are tattered and torn every night. But is the answer worth dying for? Call Number: x398.20943 Morri.J

 

27. Tales of the Feathered Serpent: Rise of the Halfling King by David Bowles, ill. Charlene Bowles.

Sayam’s just your average half-human boy in this Mayan tale. When he pops out of an egg and is raised by a kind witch, he has no idea he’ll soon be challenging a tyrant for his throne. Call Number: JGraphic Bowle.D

 

28. Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, ill. Miguel Ordóñez.

A beautiful blend of Spanish and English retells the classic story of three plump little cabritos and the hungry gigante that wants to munch them up. Call Number: JPicture Elya.S


 

Easy and Early Chapter Books

 

29. Albert Hopper, Science Hero by John Himmelman.

Join intrepid science explorer Albert Hopper and his equally fearless (sorta) niece and nephew as they drill down to the center of the Earth! Science facts merge with wacky adventures. Fun for all! Call Number: J Himme.J

 

30. All the Dear Little Animals by Ulf Nilsson, ill. Eva Eriksson, translated by Julia Marshall.

When Esther finds a dead bumblebee, she joins her friend and her little brother Puttie in becoming the neighborhood funeral directors for a day. A funny, strangely touching look at the lighter side of death. Call Number: J Nilss.U

 

31. A Bear Named Bjorn by Delphine Perret, translated by Antony Shugaar.

Six small stories tell the tale of a bear and his friends. Fans of Winnie-the-Pooh will find much to love in this charming collection. Call Number: JChapter Perre.D

 

32. The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows, ill. Sam Ricks.

“Iggy is the hero of this book because he’s the one who does the things in it. All the things he does (in this book) are bad. Every last one of them.” Intrigued? Then find out just what Iggy did. Call Number: JChapter Barro.A

 

33. Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee, ill. Dung Ho.

Being the new kid is hard enough, but what happens when people make fun of your food? Enterprising Mindy Kim has a solution, and it might just get her a friend in the process. Call Number: JChapter Lee.L

 

34. See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle, ill. Mike Wohnoutka.

In this easy book charmer, a much put upon dog must contend with simple narration that clearly wishes him ill. Call Number: JEasy Laroc.D

 

35. Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem by Kate DiCamillo, ill. Chris Van Dusen.

Stella likes school and she does not like know-it-all Horace Broom. But when she and Horace accidentally end up locked in a closet in the pitch black, the solution to their problem lies in friendship. Call Number: JChapter Dicam.K

 

36. Ty’s Travels: All Aboard! by Kelly Starling Lyons, ill. Nina Mata.

“Woo-woo!” All aboard the Ty express! When no one in his family will play with him, Ty makes his own fun and soon everyone’s getting involved. Call Number: JBegin Lyons.K

 

37. What About Worms? by Ryan T. Higgins.

Tigers may be big and brave, but they do have one fear: WORMS! So what happens when the worms decide that Tiger’s a wonderful guy? Call Number: JPicture Wille.M

 


 

Poetry and Short Stories

 

38. A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems by Vikram Madan.

Hilarity abounds in this wild and wacky conglomeration of unique (and goofy) poems! Expect 13.8 billion laughs! Call Number: x811 Madan.V

39. I Wish by Toon Tellegen, ill. Ingrid Godon, translated by David Colmer.

A strange, melancholy, oddly hopeful book for our strange, melancholy, oddly hopeful little world. Call Number: x811 Telle.T

 

40. Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

The girls in this book might be drummers, little sisters, shy, or “door buster”s, but each one has something important to say, so you better sit back and listen. Call Number: x811 Brant.V

 

41. On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring by Buffy Silverman.

Are you ready to take a deep dive into a drip-droppy, slip-sloppy, hawk-squawking, woods-walking, crocus-poking, mitten-soaking, snow-melting day? Gorgeous photography celebrates the arrival of spring. Call Number: x508.2 Silve.B

 

42. Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, ill. Sara Alfageeh.

These captivating short stories–some funny, some poignant–by some of the best Muslim authors writing today, capture the various ways Eid is celebrated. Call Number: x297.36 Once


 

Fiction

 

43. The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman.

In 1986 Ukraine two girls become unlikely friends after experiencing the fallout from the horrifying Chernobyl crisis. Call Number: J Blank.A

 

44. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk.

Everyone blames Ellie for her father’s accident but this city girl turned mountain expert is determined to find a cure for his coma. A Depression-era tale of fortitude punctuated with scintillating descriptions and writing. Call Number: J Wolk.L

 

45. Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros.

Fifth grader Efrén’s life turns upside down after he discovers his beloved mother has been deported. This powerful, fast-paced novel shows a boy struggling to keep his family together. Call Number: J Cisne.E

 

46. Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Sisters Della and Suki have always stuck together, even when they had to live with their mom’s terrible boyfriend. Now he’s headed to jail but Suki’s still not okay. A tough and gripping story of abuse and hope. Call Number: J Bradl.K

 

47. Fly On the Wall by Remy Lai.

Henry Khoo’s family treats him like a baby, so he does the only natural thing in response: he buys a ticket and hops a plane to Shanghai! A hilarious and clever adventure. Call Number: J Lai.R

 

48. From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks.

Budding chef Zoe discovers a letter from her estranged birth father serving time in jail for murder. When he tells her he didn’t do it, Zoe will stop at nothing to prove his innocence. Call Number: J Marks.J

 

49. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese.

If you could have only one wish, what would it be? When Samantha plays a game with a charming fox, she has a chance to make everything go back to the way it was. But should she? Call Number: J Reese.J

 

50. Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit.

Autistic Vivy can throw a mean knuckleball and wants to play on an all-boys’ little league team. Made up of emails between Vivy and a Major League pitching star, this engaging book is a home run. Call Number: J Kapit.S

 

51. The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf.

Suraya’s best friend has always been a ghost. He’s cruel and terrible and scary and he adores Suraya. So what happens when she decides the two can’t be together anymore? Call Number: J Hanna

 

52. Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker.

Ware loves the age of knights and chivalry. Jolene prefers the reality of plants and trees. A powerful look at friendship and the birth of a budding artist. Call Number: J Penny.S

 

53. Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon.

A simple game of Hide and Seek turns into a nightmare when a malevolent monster starts pulling kids into its terrifying world. You can run, but you cannot hide! Call Number: J Hermo.D

 

54. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender.

In this visceral Louisiana-set novel, twelve-year-old Kingston experiences racism and homophobia while grieving the death of an older brother who may now be a dragonfly. Call Number: J Calle.K

 

55. Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

In the 1940s, Lymon loves music and his grandpops. However, after tragedy strikes, he must leave his home and travel into an uncertain future up North. Call Number: J Cline.L

 

56. The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson.

After Ailey botches his audition for The Wiz, his grandfather hands him magical shoes that once belonged to the legendary Bo Bojangles Robinson. Soon Ailey’s transported to 1939 Harlem where he meets his grandfather…as a boy with tapdance dreams! Call Number: J Hende.L

 

57. The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert.

California surfer Alberta is the only Black girl in her grade until goth Brooklynite Edie moves into the house next door. Can such different people become friends? Call Number: J Colbe.B

 

58. Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, ill. Nasaya Mafaridik.

A Pakistani Muslim boy living in England faces big changes when he starts school in a new town. Fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, meet the one and only Omar! Call Number: J Mian.Z

 

59. Second Dad Summer by Benjamin Klas, ill. Fian Arroyo.

Jeremiah spends the summer with his dad. The only problem: his father’s flamboyant new boyfriend embarrasses him. Will Jeremiah learn to accept the new dad in his life? Call Number: J Klas.B

 

60. Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare Le Zotte.

Set in 1805, this atmospheric novel introduces Mary Lambert, a proud Deaf girl who lives among other Deaf people on Martha’s Vineyard. Still mourning the death of her beloved older brother, Mary finds her world shaken up by the arrival of a troubling stranger. Call Number: J Lezot.A

 

61. Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, ill. Jon Klassen.

As far as Badger’s concerned, he’s happiest holed up in his brownstone doing “important rock work”. But that’s before Skunk arrives and turns his life upside down in this kooky, charming bedtime read. Call Number: J Timbe.A

 

62. Stand Up, Yumi Chung by Jessica Kim.

Shy Yumi wants to be a stand-up comedian, but her parents do not see a future in telling jokes. When she sneaks a peek at a summer comedy camp, the instructor mistakes her for someone else…and Yumi goes along with it! Breezy fun. Call Number: J Kim.J

 

63. The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas.

Cuban-American Army brat Nestor moves from town to town. The upside? He can talk to animals. Soon after he arrives in New Haven, Texas, he learns that he must solve a mystery involving missing pets, his abuela, and sinister forces in the woods. Call Number: J Cueva.A

 

64. Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson, ill. Nina Mata.

After her family experiences some financial hardship, Ryan Hart has to move to a new house and face new challenges in Coretta Scott King Author winner Watson’s chipper series opener. Call Number: J Watso.R

 

65. Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar.

The wacky kids of Wayside School have all kinds of problems. So when a great big, nasty cloud of doom perches on top of their school, things go from weird to wild. Call Number: J Sacha.L

 

66. What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado.

In this fast-paced realistic novel, Black sixth grader Stephen’s eyes become open to a world divided by race and force him to choose different lanes. Call Number: J Madlo.T

 

67. Wink by Rob Harrell.

It’s hard to blend in when you’re losing your hair, forced to wear a floppy cowboy hat, and get called “the cancer kid” behind your back. But when Ross Maloy becomes obsessed with learning the guitar, things go from awful to awesome. Call Number: J Harre.R


 

Comics and Graphic Novels

68. Go With the Flow by Lily Williams, ill. Karen Schneemann.

How do you battle injustice when you’re young? When Abby discovers that the tampon/tampax machines in her school are always empty, she and her friends band together to fight for what’s right. Call Number: JGraphic Willi.L

 

69. Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê, ill. Andie Tong.

After his grandmother dies, Tai Pham is left with more than just his sadness. He’s left with her jade ring and legacy as the last Green Lantern. But can Tai get a hold on his emotions long enough to learn how the ring truly works? Call Number: JGraphic Le.M

 

70. Mister Invincible: Local Hero by Pascal Jousselin with Laurence Croix, translated by David Bryon and Ivanka T. Hahnenberger.

Evildoers, beware! Mister Invincible is here! With the power of playing with panels and sequential pacing, consider this French import one of the funniest and cleverest books of the year. Call Number: JGraphic Jouss.P

 

71. My Video Game Ate My Homework by Dustin Hansen.

What do you do when a virtual reality game eats the science fair project that was going to save you from summer school? This accessible adventure has the answer. Call Number: JGraphic Hanse.D

 

72. The Postman From Space by Guillaume Perreault, translated by Françoise Bui.

Bob’s a simple space postman who loves his regular routine. So what’s he supposed to do when the Boss gives him a wacky new route with strange planets and kooky inhabitants? A younger comic with a gentle lesson of getting out of your comfort zone. Call Number: JGraphic Perre.G

 

73. The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski, translated by Anne Collins Smith and Owen M. Smith.

Princess Robin just can’t stay put! In three lushly illustrated stories she helps new friends, outwits a witch, and defeats a crew of nasty pirates. Call Number: JGraphic Troia.J

 

74. Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz.

Basketball loving Jamila and super sleuth Shirley team up to escape unwanted summer camps and to solve a mystery involving a pool and a missing gecko. Call Number: JGraphic Goerz.G

 

75. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh.

When she stumbles on the local witch in the woods, Snapdragon discovers a whole wide world where being the odd one is a blessing, not a curse. Call Number: JGraphic Leyh.K

76. Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley, colored by Whitney Cogar.

Jen does not want the following: To move to the country with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend, to get to know his kids, and to work on a farm. But what happens when she starts to like not just one but ALL of those things? An Evanston artist’s story. Call Number: JGraphic Knisl.L

 

77. Twins by Varian Johnson, ill. Shannon Wright.

Shy Maureen can’t understand why her twin sister Francine keeps pulling away from her. Hurt and betrayed, their split culminates in each girl running against the other for class president. May the best twin win! Call Number: JGraphic Johns.V

 

78. Yorick and Bones by Jeremy Tankard and Hermione Tankard.

Poor Yorick. Stuck in the ground he’s rescued by a friendly pup and sets off on a quest to find a real, true friend. Can the answer to his prayers be closer than he thinks? Call Number: JGraphic Tanka.J


 

Nonfiction Picture Books

79. All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing by Chris Barton, ill. Nicole Xu.

When something horrible happens, what do you do? One April morning in Oklahoma a truck with a bomb exploded. In its wake, a single tree remained. A true story of healing and recovery. Call Number: x363.32 Barto.C

 

80. The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, ill. Yuko Shimizu.

It’s not just humans that suffer when there’s war. When ambulance driver Alaa Aljaleel discovers the hungry and abandoned cats on the streets of Aleppo, Syria, he rallies the world to help him care for the small and the weak. Call Number: JPicture Latha.I

 

81. Clever Hans: The True Story of the Counting, Adding, and Time-Telling Horse by Kerri Kokias, ill. Mike Lowery.

Can a horse really be as smart as a human? Clever Hans sure seemed like it. A fascinating story of the equine that fooled the world with his true intelligence. Call Number: x636.1 Kokia.K

 

82. Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson’s Journey to the Stars by Gary Golio, ill. E.B. Lewis.

How did the voice of a blind man, travelling this country by train, literally reach to the stars? Golio brings to life the beautiful story of how Willie Johnson’s singing ended up on the Golden Record of Voyager I. Call Number: xBiog Johns.B Golio.G

 

83. Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring by Matthew Burgess, ill. Josh Cochran.

“I think it is very important to be in love with life.” Since he was a young child, Keith Haring wanted to draw and paint. Now the full story of his life comes to life in this eye-catching, vibrant, joyful biography. Call Number: xBiog Harin.K Burge.M

 

84. Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade, ill. Cozbi A. Cabrera.

When she was a child in Chicago, this future Poet Laureate would look at the clouds and “dream about the future, which was going to be ecstatically exquisite.” A gorgeously rendered look at the power of perseverance by an Evanston artist. Call Number: xBiog Brook.G Slade.S

 

85. Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh, ill. Baljinder Kaur.

What happens when you decide to run your first marathon at the age of 81? What happens when you start finishing marathons at 100? The inspiring story of a man that has never let the world slow him down. Call Number: xBiog Faujasi Singh.S

 

86. A Garden in Your Belly: Meet the Microbes in Your Gut by Masha D’Yans.

Take a gorgeous trip into your microbiome, where good food and exercise will keep the more than 100 trillion microorganisms there happy and healthy. Lush and funny watercolors bring the impossibly small to life! Call Number: x612.3 Dyans.M

 

87. Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, ill. Eric Rohmann.

The life cycle of a bee is so much more than just getting honey. Follow an Apis mellifera as she cycles through multiple jobs in the hive, complemented by luscious, velvety oil paints. Call Number: x595.799 Flemi.C

 

88. If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, ill. by Matthew Trueman.

Playful sea otters aren’t merely cute. Once they were hunted to near extinction causing an army of sea urchins to wreak devastation. A clever, enticing, and beautiful look at the interconnectedness of nature. Call Number: x599.7695 Buhrm.S

 

89. Incredible Jobs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of by Natalie Labarre.

Tired of grown-ups asking you what you want to be when you grow up? Then take some tips from a book that offers you such options as water slide tester, dinosaur duster, gross stunt tester, and more! Call Number: x331.702 Labar.N

 

90. The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang, ill. Khoa Le.

Kalia’s grandmother has one tooth, but her smile is the most beautiful her granddaughter has ever seen. A moving picture book memoir filled with jaw-dropping art about growing up with little money in a Hmong-American home. Call Number: x305.9069 Yang.K

 

91. A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan, ill. Floyd Cooper.

Sharon Langley looks back at 1963, the year she became the first African-American child to ride the carousel in Baltimore’s Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. Call Number: x305.8 Langl.S

92. Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb! by Veronica Chambers, ill. Rachelle Baker.

“A catalyst for change in America” gets her due in this riveting, inspirational, magnificent biography of a figure that so much more than just the first Black woman to make a bid for the presidency. Call Number: xBiog Chish.S Chamb.V

 

93. Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters by Suzanne Slade, ill. Don Tate.

“Skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers all rolled into one.” Meet the ballplayers that broke racial barriers even as they went on to live up to their globe trotting name. Call Number: x796.323 Slade.S

 

94. Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin.

From kids to the cosmic web of the universe, gorgeous watercolors encompass the sheer scope and scale of everything inside and beyond our own galaxy. Call Number: x523.1 Chin.J


 

Nonfiction for Older Readers

 

95. All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat.

In 2018, saving twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave became a worldwide rescue effort. This account chronicles how the plan came together and offers a rewarding Thai perspective along the way. Call Number: x796.525 Soont.C

 

96. The Bird in Me Flies by Sara Lundberg, translated by B.J. Epstein.

Berta may be just a farm girl, but she desperately yearns to be an artist. But in 1920s Sweden, a dream like that is impossible . . . or is it? Call Number: J Lundb.S

 

97. Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution by Christiane Dorion, ill. Harry Tennant.

Living a life of adventure and exploration, this canny scientist helped Darwin unlock the secrets of evolution, though his name is practically lost to history today. Call Number: xBiog Walla.A Dorio.C

 

98. The Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl Who Soared Above Expectations by Aisholpan Nurgaiv with Liz Welch.

The long tradition of Kazakh eagle training has always been handed down from father to son. Now meet Aisholpan, the girl who lives to defy expectations. Call Number: xBiog Aisho.N Aisho.N

 

99. A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games by Lori Alexander, ill. Allan Drummond.

In the mid-1900s, a time when disabled people with spinal injuries had little hope, doctor Ludwig Guttmann discovered ways to help them not only survive but thrive. His efforts led to the creation of the wildly popular Paralympic Games. Call Number: xBiog Guttm.L Alexa.L

 

100. The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth, edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson.

Thirty excellent authors and artists from different backgrounds talk about how to be anti-racist in a series of powerful short essays, stories, poems, and illustrations. Call Number: x305.8 Talk

 

101. Tracking Pythons: The Quest to Catch an Invasive Predator and Save an Ecosystem by Kate Messner.

It’s a master of disguise, can swallow an entire baby deer, and is rapidly devouring the Florida natural wildlife. How do you stop an invasive species that’s practically invisible? These scientists may have found the answer. Call Number: x597.9678 Messn.K


 

Committee Members

Patricia Alm, Sally Battle, Betsy Bird, Chelsea Elward, Jessica Iverson, Katy Jacob, Hannah Johnson, Leigh Kennelly, Kerry Littel, Elacsha Madison, Judith Mathews, Susan McClelland, Christina Mendez, Martha Meyer, Jennifer Wasilewski Mills, Olivia Mo, Bill Ohms, Julie Rand, Reenie Ruckdaeschel, Paula Shapiro, Elizabeth English Steimle, Bridget Sweeney, Luke Thompson, Amy Louise Tripp, Jennifer Wasilewski, and Brian Wilson

 

 

 

 


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Nonfiction for Older Readers

Nonfiction for Older Readers

 

95. All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat.

In 2018, saving twelve boys and their soccer coach trapped in a Thai cave became a worldwide rescue effort. This account chronicles how the plan came together and offers a rewarding Thai perspective along the way. Call Number: x796.525 Soont.C

 

96. The Bird in Me Flies by Sara Lundberg, translated by B.J. Epstein.

Berta may be just a farm girl, but she desperately yearns to be an artist. But in 1920s Sweden, a dream like that is impossible . . . or is it? Call Number: J Lundb.S

 

97. Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution by Christiane Dorion, ill. Harry Tennant.

Living a life of adventure and exploration, this canny scientist helped Darwin unlock the secrets of evolution, though his name is practically lost to history today. Call Number: xBiog Walla.A Dorio.C

98. The Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl Who Soared Above Expectations by Aisholpan Nurgaiv with Liz Welch.

The long tradition of Kazakh eagle training has always been handed down from father to son. Now meet Aisholpan, the girl who lives to defy expectations. Call Number: xBiog Aisho.N Aisho.N

Want to see the documentary they made about Aisholpan? You can check out the DVD here.

 

99. A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games by Lori Alexander, ill. Allan Drummond.

In the mid-1900s, a time when disabled people with spinal injuries had little hope, doctor Ludwig Guttmann discovered ways to help them not only survive but thrive. His efforts led to the creation of the wildly popular Paralympic Games. Call Number: xBiog Guttm.L Alexa.L

 

100. The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth, edited by Wade and Cheryl Willis Hudson.

Thirty excellent authors and artists from different backgrounds talk about how to be anti-racist in a series of powerful short essays, stories, poems, and illustrations. Call Number: x305.8 Talk

 

101. Tracking Pythons: The Quest to Catch an Invasive Predator and Save an Ecosystem by Kate Messner.

It’s a master of disguise, can swallow an entire baby deer, and is rapidly devouring the Florida natural wildlife. How do you stop an invasive species that’s practically invisible? These scientists may have found the answer. Call Number: x597.9678 Messn.K

 

You can find the full 101 Great Books for Kids 2020 list here.


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Non-Fiction Picture Books

Nonfiction Picture Books

79. All of a Sudden and Forever: Help and Healing After the Oklahoma City Bombing by Chris Barton, ill. Nicole Xu.

When something horrible happens, what do you do? One April morning in Oklahoma a truck with a bomb exploded. In its wake, a single tree remained. A true story of healing and recovery. Call Number: x363.32 Barto.C

 

80. The Cat Man of Aleppo by Irene Latham and Karim Shamsi-Basha, ill. Yuko Shimizu.

It’s not just humans that suffer when there’s war. When ambulance driver Alaa Aljaleel discovers the hungry and abandoned cats on the streets of Aleppo, Syria, he rallies the world to help him care for the small and the weak. Call Number: JPicture Latha.I

 

81. Clever Hans: The True Story of the Counting, Adding, and Time-Telling Horse by Kerri Kokias, ill. Mike Lowery.

Can a horse really be as smart as a human? Clever Hans sure seemed like it. A fascinating story of the equine that fooled the world with his true intelligence. Call Number: x636.1 Kokia.K

 

82. Dark Was the Night: Blind Willie Johnson’s Journey to the Stars by Gary Golio, ill. E.B. Lewis.

How did the voice of a blind man, travelling this country by train, literally reach to the stars? Golio brings to life the beautiful story of how Willie Johnson’s singing ended up on the Golden Record of Voyager I. Call Number: xBiog Johns.B Golio.G

 

83. Drawing on Walls: A Story of Keith Haring by Matthew Burgess, ill. Josh Cochran.

“I think it is very important to be in love with life.” Since he was a young child, Keith Haring wanted to draw and paint. Now the full story of his life comes to life in this eye-catching, vibrant, joyful biography. Call Number: xBiog Harin.K Burge.M

 

84. Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade, ill. Cozbi A. Cabrera.

When she was a child in Chicago, this future Poet Laureate would look at the clouds and “dream about the future, which was going to be ecstatically exquisite.” A gorgeously rendered look at the power of perseverance by an Evanston artist. Call Number: xBiog Brook.G Slade.S

 

85. Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh, ill. Baljinder Kaur.

What happens when you decide to run your first marathon at the age of 81? What happens when you start finishing marathons at 100? The inspiring story of a man that has never let the world slow him down. Call Number: xBiog Faujasi Singh.S

 

86. A Garden in Your Belly: Meet the Microbes in Your Gut by Masha D’Yans.

Take a gorgeous trip into your microbiome, where good food and exercise will keep the more than 100 trillion microorganisms there happy and healthy. Lush and funny watercolors bring the impossibly small to life! Call Number: x612.3 Dyans.M

 

87. Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, ill. Eric Rohmann.

The life cycle of a bee is so much more than just getting honey. Follow an Apis mellifera as she cycles through multiple jobs in the hive, complemented by luscious, velvety oil paints. Call Number: x595.799 Flemi.C

 

88. If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, ill. by Matthew Trueman.

Playful sea otters aren’t merely cute. Once they were hunted to near extinction causing an army of sea urchins to wreak devastation. A clever, enticing, and beautiful look at the interconnectedness of nature. Call Number: x599.7695 Buhrm.S

 

89. Incredible Jobs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of by Natalie Labarre.

Tired of grown-ups asking you what you want to be when you grow up? Then take some tips from a book that offers you such options as water slide tester, dinosaur duster, gross stunt tester, and more! Call Number: x331.702 Labar.N

 

90. The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Yang, ill. Khoa Le.

Kalia’s grandmother has one tooth, but her smile is the most beautiful her granddaughter has ever seen. A moving picture book memoir filled with jaw-dropping art about growing up with little money in a Hmong-American home. Call Number: x305.9069 Yang.K

 

91. A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan, ill. Floyd Cooper.

Sharon Langley looks back at 1963, the year she became the first African-American child to ride the carousel in Baltimore’s Gwynn Oak Amusement Park. Call Number: x305.8 Langl.S

Read the book here, listen to the audiobook here, watch the movie here, and read along with the movie here on Hoopla.

 

92. Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb! by Veronica Chambers, ill. Rachelle Baker.

“A catalyst for change in America” gets her due in this riveting, inspirational, magnificent biography of a figure that so much more than just the first Black woman to make a bid for the presidency. Call Number: xBiog Chish.S Chamb.V

 

93. Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters by Suzanne Slade, ill. Don Tate.

“Skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers all rolled into one.” Meet the ballplayers that broke racial barriers even as they went on to live up to their globe trotting name. Call Number: x796.323 Slade.S

 

94. Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin.

From kids to the cosmic web of the universe, gorgeous watercolors encompass the sheer scope and scale of everything inside and beyond our own galaxy. Call Number: x523.1 Chin.J

 

You can find the full 101 Great Books for Kids 2020 list here.


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Comics and Graphic Novels

Comics and Graphic Novels

 

68. Go With the Flow by Lily Williams, ill. Karen Schneemann.

How do you battle injustice when you’re young? When Abby discovers that the tampon/tampax machines in her school are always empty, she and her friends band together to fight for what’s right. Call Number: JGraphic Willi.L

 

69. Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê, ill. Andie Tong.

After his grandmother dies, Tai Pham is left with more than just his sadness. He’s left with her jade ring and legacy as the last Green Lantern. But can Tai get a hold on his emotions long enough to learn how the ring truly works? Call Number: JGraphic Le.M

Read the ebook here on Hoopla.

 

70. Mister Invincible: Local Hero by Pascal Jousselin with Laurence Croix, translated by David Bryon and Ivanka T. Hahnenberger.

Evildoers, beware! Mister Invincible is here! With the power of playing with panels and sequential pacing, consider this French import one of the funniest and cleverest books of the year. Call Number: JGraphic Jouss.P

 

71. My Video Game Ate My Homework by Dustin Hansen.

What do you do when a virtual reality game eats the science fair project that was going to save you from summer school? This accessible adventure has the answer. Call Number: JGraphic Hanse.D

Read the ebook here on Hoopla.

 

72. The Postman From Space by Guillaume Perreault, translated by Françoise Bui.

Bob’s a simple space postman who loves his regular routine. So what’s he supposed to do when the Boss gives him a wacky new route with strange planets and kooky inhabitants? A younger comic with a gentle lesson of getting out of your comfort zone. Call Number: JGraphic Perre.G

73. The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski, translated by Anne Collins Smith and Owen M. Smith.

Princess Robin just can’t stay put! In three lushly illustrated stories she helps new friends, outwits a witch, and defeats a crew of nasty pirates. Call Number: JGraphic Troia.J

 

74. Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz.

Basketball loving Jamila and super sleuth Shirley team up to escape unwanted summer camps and to solve a mystery involving a pool and a missing gecko. Call Number: JGraphic Goerz.G

 

75. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh.

When she stumbles on the local witch in the woods, Snapdragon discovers a whole wide world where being the odd one is a blessing, not a curse. Call Number: JGraphic Leyh.K

76. Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley, colored by Whitney Cogar.

Jen does not want the following: To move to the country with her mom and her mom’s boyfriend, to get to know his kids, and to work on a farm. But what happens when she starts to like not just one but ALL of those things? An Evanston artist’s story. Call Number: JGraphic Knisl.L

You can read the ebook here on Overdrive.

 

77. Twins by Varian Johnson, ill. Shannon Wright.

Shy Maureen can’t understand why her twin sister Francine keeps pulling away from her. Hurt and betrayed, their split culminates in each girl running against the other for class president. May the best twin win! Call Number: JGraphic Johns.V

 

78. Yorick and Bones by Jeremy Tankard and Hermione Tankard.

Poor Yorick. Stuck in the ground he’s rescued by a friendly pup and sets off on a quest to find a real, true friend. Can the answer to his prayers be closer than he thinks? Call Number: JGraphic Tanka.J

 

You can find the full 101 Great Books for Kids 2020 list here.


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Fiction

Fiction

43. The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman.

In 1986 Ukraine two girls become unlikely friends after experiencing the fallout from the horrifying Chernobyl crisis. Call Number: J Blank.A

You can listen to the ebook here and the e-audiobook on Overdrive here.

 

44. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk.

Everyone blames Ellie for her father’s accident but this city girl turned mountain expert is determined to find a cure for his coma. A Depression-era tale of fortitude punctuated with scintillating descriptions and writing. Call Number: J Wolk.L

You can check out the Playaway of this book here.

You can check out the audiobook on CD of this book here.

You can check out the ebook here and the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

45. Efrén Divided by Ernesto Cisneros.

Fifth grader Efrén’s life turns upside down after he discovers his beloved mother has been deported. This powerful, fast-paced novel shows a boy struggling to keep his family together. Call Number: J Cisne.E

You can check out the Playaway of this book here.

You can check out the ebook on Hoopla here.

You can check out the ebook here or the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

46. Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Sisters Della and Suki have always stuck together, even when they had to live with their mom’s terrible boyfriend. Now he’s headed to jail but Suki’s still not okay. A tough and gripping story of abuse and hope. Call Number: J Bradl.K

You can check out the Playaway of this book here.

You can read the ebook here or the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

47. Fly On the Wall by Remy Lai.

Henry Khoo’s family treats him like a baby, so he does the only natural thing in response: he buys a ticket and hops a plane to Shanghai! A hilarious and clever adventure. Call Number: J Lai.R

You can check out the Playaway of this book here.

 

48. From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks.

Budding chef Zoe discovers a letter from her estranged birth father serving time in jail for murder. When he tells her he didn’t do it, Zoe will stop at nothing to prove his innocence. Call Number: J Marks.J

You can check out the Playaway of this book here.

You can check out the audiobook here.

You can check out the ebook here or the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

49. A Game of Fox and Squirrels by Jenn Reese.

If you could have only one wish, what would it be? When Samantha plays a game with a charming fox, she has a chance to make everything go back to the way it was. But should she? Call Number: J Reese.J

You can check out the ebook here on Overdrive.

 

50. Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen by Sarah Kapit.

Autistic Vivy can throw a mean knuckleball and wants to play on an all-boys’ little league team. Made up of emails between Vivy and a Major League pitching star, this engaging book is a home run. Call Number: J Kapit.S

 

51. The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf.

Suraya’s best friend has always been a ghost. He’s cruel and terrible and scary and he adores Suraya. So what happens when she decides the two can’t be together anymore? Call Number: J Hanna

 

52. Here in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker.

Ware loves the age of knights and chivalry. Jolene prefers the reality of plants and trees. A powerful look at friendship and the birth of a budding artist. Call Number: J Penny.S

Check out the Playaway of this book here.

Check out the ebook here or the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

53. Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon.

A simple game of Hide and Seek turns into a nightmare when a malevolent monster starts pulling kids into its terrifying world. You can run, but you cannot hide! Call Number: J Hermo.D

 

54. King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender.

In this visceral Louisiana-set novel, twelve-year-old Kingston experiences racism and homophobia while grieving the death of an older brother who may now be a dragonfly. Call Number: J Calle.K

Check out the Playaway of this book here.

Check out the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

55. Leaving Lymon by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

In the 1940s, Lymon loves music and his grandpops. However, after tragedy strikes, he must leave his home and travel into an uncertain future up North. Call Number: J Cline.L

 

56. The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson.

After Ailey botches his audition for The Wiz, his grandfather hands him magical shoes that once belonged to the legendary Bo Bojangles Robinson. Soon Ailey’s transported to 1939 Harlem where he meets his grandfather…as a boy with tapdance dreams! Call Number: J Hende.L

 

57. The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert.

California surfer Alberta is the only Black girl in her grade until goth Brooklynite Edie moves into the house next door. Can such different people become friends? Call Number: J Colbe.B

You can check out the Playaway of this book here.

You can check out the ebook here and the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

58. Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, ill. Nasaya Mafaridik.

A Pakistani Muslim boy living in England faces big changes when he starts school in a new town. Fans of Wimpy Kid and Big Nate, meet the one and only Omar! Call Number: J Mian.Z

 

59. Second Dad Summer by Benjamin Klas, ill. Fian Arroyo.

Jeremiah spends the summer with his dad. The only problem: his father’s flamboyant new boyfriend embarrasses him. Will Jeremiah learn to accept the new dad in his life? Call Number: J Klas.B

Read the ebook here and the e-audiobook here on Hoopla.

 

60. Show Me a Sign by Ann Clare Le Zotte.

Set in 1805, this atmospheric novel introduces Mary Lambert, a proud Deaf girl who lives among other Deaf people on Martha’s Vineyard. Still mourning the death of her beloved older brother, Mary finds her world shaken up by the arrival of a troubling stranger. Call Number: J Lezot.A

You can check out the ebook here on Overdrive.

 

61. Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, ill. Jon Klassen.

As far as Badger’s concerned, he’s happiest holed up in his brownstone doing “important rock work”. But that’s before Skunk arrives and turns his life upside down in this kooky, charming bedtime read. Call Number: J Timbe.A

You can check out the ebook here and the e-audiobook (which we HIGHLY recommend) here on Hoopla.

 

62. Stand Up, Yumi Chung by Jessica Kim.

Shy Yumi wants to be a stand-up comedian, but her parents do not see a future in telling jokes. When she sneaks a peek at a summer comedy camp, the instructor mistakes her for someone else…and Yumi goes along with it! Breezy fun. Call Number: J Kim.J

You can check out the ebook here and the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

63. The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas.

Cuban-American Army brat Nestor moves from town to town. The upside? He can talk to animals. Soon after he arrives in New Haven, Texas, he learns that he must solve a mystery involving missing pets, his abuela, and sinister forces in the woods. Call Number: J Cueva.A

You can listen to the e-audiobook here on Hoopla.

 

64. Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson, ill. Nina Mata.

After her family experiences some financial hardship, Ryan Hart has to move to a new house and face new challenges in Coretta Scott King Author winner Watson’s chipper series opener. Call Number: J Watso.R

You can read the ebook here on Overdrive.

 

65. Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom by Louis Sachar.

The wacky kids of Wayside School have all kinds of problems. So when a great big, nasty cloud of doom perches on top of their school, things go from weird to wild. Call Number: J Sacha.L

Check out the Playaway for this book here.

You can check out the audiobook here.

You can check out the ebook here and the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

You can check out the e-audiobook here on Hoopla.

 

66. What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado.

In this fast-paced realistic novel, Black sixth grader Stephen’s eyes become open to a world divided by race and force him to choose different lanes. Call Number: J Madlo.T

67. Wink by Rob Harrell.

It’s hard to blend in when you’re losing your hair, forced to wear a floppy cowboy hat, and get called “the cancer kid” behind your back. But when Ross Maloy becomes obsessed with learning the guitar, things go from awful to awesome. Call Number: J Harre.R

You can check out the ebook here and the e-audiobook here on Overdrive.

 

You can find the full 101 Great Books for Kids 2020 list here.


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Poetry and Short Stories

Poetry and Short Stories

38. A Hatful of Dragons: And More Than 13.8 Billion Other Funny Poems by Vikram Madan.

Hilarity abounds in this wild and wacky conglomeration of unique (and goofy) poems! Expect 13.8 billion laughs! Call Number: x811 Madan.V

 

39. I Wish by Toon Tellegen, ill. Ingrid Godon, translated by David Colmer.

A strange, melancholy, oddly hopeful book for our strange, melancholy, oddly hopeful little world. Call Number: x811 Telle.T

40. Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

The girls in this book might be drummers, little sisters, shy, or “door buster”s, but each one has something important to say, so you better sit back and listen. Call Number: x811 Brant.V

Be sure to read the ebook on Overdrive here.

 

41. On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring by Buffy Silverman.

Are you ready to take a deep dive into a drip-droppy, slip-sloppy, hawk-squawking, woods-walking, crocus-poking, mitten-soaking, snow-melting day? Gorgeous photography celebrates the arrival of spring. Call Number: x508.2 Silve.B

 

42. Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices, edited by S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, ill. Sara Alfageeh.

These captivating short stories–some funny, some poignant–by some of the best Muslim authors writing today, capture the various ways Eid is celebrated. Call Number: x297.36 Once

 

You can find the full 101 Great Books for Kids 2020 list here.


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Easy Books and Early Chapter Books

Easy and Early Chapter Books

29. Albert Hopper, Science Hero by John Himmelman.

Join intrepid science explorer Albert Hopper and his equally fearless (sorta) niece and nephew as they drill down to the center of the Earth! Science facts merge with wacky adventures. Fun for all! Call Number: J Himme.J

 

30. All the Dear Little Animals by Ulf Nilsson, ill. Eva Eriksson, translated by Julia Marshall.

When Esther finds a dead bumblebee, she joins her friend and her little brother Puttie in becoming the neighborhood funeral directors for a day. A funny, strangely touching look at the lighter side of death. Call Number: J Nilss.U

 

31. A Bear Named Bjorn by Delphine Perret, translated by Antony Shugaar.

Six small stories tell the tale of a bear and his friends. Fans of Winnie-the-Pooh will find much to love in this charming collection. Call Number: JChapter Perre.D

 

32. The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows, ill. Sam Ricks.

“Iggy is the hero of this book because he’s the one who does the things in it. All the things he does (in this book) are bad. Every last one of them.” Intrigued? Then find out just what Iggy did. Call Number: JChapter Barro.A

Read the ebook or listen to the e-audiobook on Overdrive here.

 

33. Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee, ill. Dung Ho.

Being the new kid is hard enough, but what happens when people make fun of your food? Enterprising Mindy Kim has a solution, and it might just get her a friend in the process. Call Number: JChapter Lee.L

 

34. See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle, ill. Mike Wohnoutka.

In this easy book charmer, a much put upon dog must contend with simple narration that clearly wishes him ill. Call Number: JEasy Laroc.D

35. Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem by Kate DiCamillo, ill. Chris Van Dusen.

Stella likes school and she does not like know-it-all Horace Broom. But when she and Horace accidentally end up locked in a closet in the pitch black, the solution to their problem lies in friendship. Call Number: JChapter Dicam.K

 

36. Ty’s Travels: All Aboard! by Kelly Starling Lyons, ill. Nina Mata.

“Woo-woo!” All aboard the Ty express! When no one in his family will play with him, Ty makes his own fun and soon everyone’s getting involved. Call Number: JBegin Lyons.K

 

37. What About Worms? by Ryan T. Higgins.

Tigers may be big and brave, but they do have one fear: WORMS! So what happens when the worms decide that Tiger’s a wonderful guy? Call Number: JPicture Wille.M

 

You can find the full 101 Great Books for Kids 2020 list here.


Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids 2020: Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Religious Tales

Folktales, Fairy Tales, and Religious Tales

 

23. Chia and the Fox Man: An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable adapted by Barbara J. Atwater and Ethan J. Atwater, ill. Mindy Dwyer.

Orphaned Chia does a fox a great wrong by stealing its axe. Will he do what’s right or reject his elders’ teachings? Call Number: JPicture Atwat.B

 

24. The Fabled Life of Aesop by Ian Lendler, ill. Pamela Zagarenski.

Born a slave, young Aesop learned early on that by using his gift of storytelling he could dispense wisdom and outwit oppression at the same time. Contains twelve of Aesop’s folktales. Call Number: xBiog Aesop Lendl.I

 

25. The Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth by Duncan Tonatiuh.

 

When the gods of Mesoamerica fail to create human creatures, they give the sacred bones of creation to the lord of the underworld. Only Quetzalcóatl, the Feathered Serpent, is brave enough to take back the bones and try again. Call Number: x398.208972 Tonat.D

 

26. The Secret of the Tattered Shoes by Jackie Morris, ill. Ehsan Abdollahi.

A weary soldier encounters a castle with a mystery. The king needs to know why his daughters’ shoes are tattered and torn every night. But is the answer worth dying for? Call Number: x398.20943 Morri.J

 

27. Tales of the Feathered Serpent: Rise of the Halfling King by David Bowles, ill. Charlene Bowles.

Sayam’s just your average half-human boy in this Mayan tale. When he pops out of an egg and is raised by a kind witch, he has no idea he’ll soon be challenging a tyrant for his throne. Call Number: JGraphic Bowle.D

 

28. Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, ill. Miguel Ordóñez.

A beautiful blend of Spanish and English retells the classic story of three plump little cabritos and the hungry gigante that wants to munch them up. Call Number: JPicture Elya.S

 

You can find the full 101 Great Books for Kids 2020 list here.


The 101 Great Books for Kids (2019 Edition) Is Here!

November 25, 2019

I don’t like to brag, but honestly if you want to find THE best recommended list of books for kids, you needn’t look any further than Evanston Public Library. Oh, Chicago has their list, and New York’s is fine, but I daresay you will never find the level of love and dedication as is evident on ours. For 10 months of the year, EPL employees use their free time to read as many children’s books as possible. The sheer scale of it would blow your mind. Then, in October, we whittle them down to a mere 101 so that you, oh seekers of great gift books for children, will have access to the best of the best of the best.

The categories here are:

Picture Books

Folktales and Fairy Tales

Easy and Chapter Books

Poetry

Fiction

Comics and Graphic Novels

Nonfiction

You can download a truly beautiful PDF of the list here, if you like.

And now, without further ado . . . the list!

 

Picture Books

 

B is for Baby by Atinuke, ill. Angela Brooksbank.

Brother loads a Basket of Bananas onto his Bicycle but he doesn’t notice that Baby comes too. A sweet celebration of the letter “B” for the younger readers set in Nigeria today. Call Number: JPicture Atinuke

Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together by Andrea Tsurumi.

 

Crab bakes cakes. Crab bakes lots of cakes. But what can crab do when tragedy strikes? This environmental tale provides sound advice in the face of disaster. Call Number: JPicture Tsuru.A

The Full House and the Empty House by LK James.

Two best friends dance and appreciate their differences in this strange, kind, dreamlike little book. Call Number: JPicture James.L

The Girl and the Wolf by Katherena Vermette, ill. Julie Flett.

A little girl in red gets lost in the woods. Think you’ve heard this story before? Think again. A Métis take on a European fairy tale. Call Number: JPicture Verme.K

Going Down Home With Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons, ill. Daniel Minter.

When Lil Alan’s family travels “down home” to Granny’s home in the country, what will he do to pay tribute to his family? Rendered in meticulous acrylics, Lyons celebrates the close ties of a modern black family. Call Number: JPicture Lyons.K

The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes, ill. Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

Witty, reassuring language and warm art celebrate a boy’s first day of kindergarten. A book that makes readers feel like royalty. Call Number: JPicture Barne.D

Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour, ill. Daniel Egnéus.

When Lubna arrived off the boat, she found Pebble. Pebble listens when she talks about the war and what she lost. But when it’s time to leave, will Lubna find someone else who needs Pebble more? Call Number: JPicture Meddo.W

Maybe Tomorrow? by Charlotte Agell, ill. Ana Ramírez González.

Elba drags a block behind her wherever she goes. Norris dances. But when he’s with Elba, Norris will help carry her block, and give her space to be sad. A beautiful glimpse of the buoying power of friends. Call Number: JPicture Agell.C

My Footprints by Bao Phi, ill. Basia Tran.

Thuy chants “My footprints” when kids tease her for being different. But as her moms point out, you don’t have to be alone when things get tough. Celebrates the “unexpected combination of beautiful things”. Call Number: JPicture Phi.B

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, ill. Zeke Peña.

When Papi comes home from work he may be tired, but he still has enough energy to take his girl for a ride on his moto. A simple ride can feel like an adventure, in this loving paean to daddies everywhere. Call Number: JPicture Quint.I

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe.

“The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving her a drum.” So begins this wild, raucous, slightly twisted, but always interesting, picture book infused with deep pulsating colors. Call Number: JPicture Forsy.M

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali, ill. Hatem Aly.

Faizah greatly admires her older sister Asiyah’s bravery when she wears her “first-day hijab” to school and then stands strong in the face of bullying. Call Number: JPicture Muham.I

Saturday by Oge Mora.

A mother and daughter try to have a perfect Saturday but a series of mishaps and disappointments thwart their plans. Call Number: JPicture Mora.O

Small in the City by Sydney Smith.

It’s hard to be small in the city. Especially on a cold wintry day when you search for something–or someone– gone missing. Evocative illustrations cast a spell in this haunting masterpiece. Call Number: JPicture Smith.S

A Stone Sat Still by Brenden Wenzel.

A stone “was as it was where it was in the world.” And to every creature, it means something different. A quiet, utterly beautiful ode to nature. Call Number: JPicture Wenze.B

Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home by Guojing.

A wordless tale of a woman, a dog, and what it takes to trust someone at last. Call Number: JPicture Guoji

Truman by Jean Reidy ill. Lucy Ruth Cummins.

Peaceful and pensive, tiny turtle Truman loves his owner Sarah. But when Sarah leaves him one day on the number 11 bus, he summons all his bravery to trek out and find her again. Undeniably sweet. Call Number: JPicture Reidy.J

¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market! by Raúl the Third, colors by Elaine Bay.

Little Lobo heads to a very busy town to trade some goods and see the sights. Inventive and wildly funny illustrations packed with amusing details and Spanish words that invite further exploration. Call Number: JPicture Raul

The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach.

Hilarity ensues when a frantic caterpillar learns that the metamorphosis process takes TWO WHOLE WEEKS! Will this jittery critter learn to relax? Call Number: JPicture Burac.R

When Aidan Became A Brother by Kyle Lukoff, ill. Kaylani Juanita.

Now a new baby is on the way and Aidan wants everything to be perfect for the baby from the start. A smart trans child narrative replete with gorgeous illustrations. Call Number: JPicture Lukof.K

Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea, ill. Zachariah Ohora.

Bear goes on the offensive to prove his wet pants are not his fault. Not a potty book, this tale shows us that it’s okay to acknowledge our mistakes. Call Number: JPicture Shea.B

 

Folktales and Fairy Tales

 

The Clever Tailor by Srividhya Venkat, ill. Nayantara Surendranath.

When Rupa Ram gets a beautiful saafa at a wedding he knows just what to do with the fabric. A classic folktale made new again, just like Rupa Ram’s saafa. Call Number: JPicture Venka.S

Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell by Blaise Hemingway and Jesse Reffsin, ill. Chris Sasaki and Jeff Turley.

There are only thirteen true ghost stories in the world. Are you brave enough to read them all? Beware, you might find the last one involves YOU! Call Number: 83 Ghost

Good Night Wind by Linda Elovitz Marshall, ill. Maëlle Doliveux.

The Winter Wind goes looking for a place to rest, but everywhere it goes people shut it out! Only a clever girl and her brother can give it precisely what it needs. Beautiful art complements a tale inspired by a Yiddish folktale. Call Number: JPicture Marsh.E

Lion and Mouse by Jairo Buitrago, ill. Rafael Yockteng, translated by Elisa Amado.

The old story of the mouse that saved a lion with a twist. Sometimes the reasons we help people turn from gratitude to genuine friendship. Call Number: JPicture Buitr.J

Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin, retold by Sean Taylor and the Khayaal Theatre, ill. Shirin Adl.

Trickster or fool? Twenty-one classic tales from Muslim cultures follow the adventures of Mulla Nasruddin, illustrated with great flair and humor. Call Number: x398.22 Taylo.S

Vasilisa the Wise and Other Tales of Brave Young Women, retold by Kate Forsyth, ill. Lorena Carrington.

Seven ancient fairytales showcase strong girls and women that get themselves out of trouble with brains and bravery. Evocative photographed silhouettes heighten each story’s excitement and foreboding. Call Number: 8 Forsy.K

 

Easy and Early Chapter Books

 

Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories by Max Brallier, ill. Letizia Rubegni.

Ready for some ghoulish chills? Let Mr. Shivers tell you five stories that are bound to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Call Number: JChapter Brall.M

The Dog Who Lost His Bark by Eoin Colfer, ill. P.J. Lynch.

To help heal an abused puppy, a boy is told to teach it to bark. But how can you convince someone to trust you when the world has let them down? Call Number: JChapter Colfe.E

Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina.

You think you have problems? Look at what Juana’s going through! Not only is her mom marrying again, but the whole family is now going to move to a new casa in Bogotá. What’s a kid to do? Call Number: JChapter Medin.J

Let’s Have a Sleepover! by Norm Feuti.

Harry’s just thrilled to be staying the night at his best friend’s house. But when Hedgehog reveals that they’ll be camping in the backyard, things don’t seem so great anymore. Call Number: JEasy Feuti.N

Penguin and the Lost Treasure by Alex T. Smith.

Mr. Penguin and his spider partner Colin have always dreamed of being real honest-to-goodness adventurers. So when Boudicca Bones from the Museum of Extraordinary Objects asks them to find a secret treasure, you know this intrepid duo will be on the case! Call Number: J Smith.A

Poof! A Bot! (Adventures of Zip) by David Milgrim.

Zip thinks he can create a bot who will wait on him. Hilarity ensues for the earliest of readers. Call Number: JEasy Milgri.D

Sasha and Puck and the Potion of Luck (The Elixer Fixers) by Daniel Nayero, ill. Janneliese Mak.

Sasha’s in a real pickle. Her dad keeps selling fake luck potions, leaving her to clean up the mess. Can she help a local chocolatier with her love life or will Sasha’s father be exposed? Call Number: JChapter Nayer.D

Save the Cake! by Molly Coxe.

Kate and Nate have baked a cake for Grandpa Jake. Can they keep it safe? Highlighting the long “a” sound, the trials and tribulations of these two snails will keep readers on their toes. Call Number: JBegin Coxe.M

Smell My Foot by Cece Bell.

Chick and Brain are friends, and Chick insists on proper manners. So what happens when someone polite thinks you smell delicious? Another easy reader gut-buster from a Newbery Honor winner. Call Number: JEasy Bell.C

 

Poetry

 

Clackety Track: Poems About Trains by Skila Brown, ill. Jamey Christoph.

 

From sleeper cars to bullet trains, pantographs to locomotive snowplows, this little work of train poetry goes above and beyond the call of duty. Choo-choo-choose this one. Call Number: 6 Brown.S

Predator and Prey: Conversation in Verse by Susannah Buhrman-Deever, ill. Bert Kitchen.

Not your usual predators. Not your usual prey. Natural selection like you’ve never seen it before, with killer poetry (literally) to match. Call Number: 53 Buhrm.S

Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me by Eloise Greenfield, ill. Ehsan Abdollahi.

A child’s new pet dog loves thinking up and reciting poems of his own creation. It’s a puppy P.O.V.! Call Number: x811 Green.E

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, ill. Kadir Nelson.

Sumptuous portraits of great black heroes illustrate a poem celebrating the brave, worthy, audacious, and undefeated. Call Number: x811 Alexa.K

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives by Eloise Greenfield, ill. Daniel Minter.

“They caught the babies, / and catch them still, / welcome them into the world, / for loving.” A lushly illustrated epic ode to black midwives of the past and the present. Call Number: 20089 Green.E

 

Fiction

 

Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord.

Emma is starting public school for the first time as a rising fifth-grader when her father rescues a trapped rabbit. Now she must learn to make a real friend while deciding whether or not to keep the bunny. Call Number: J Lord.C

The Best At It by Maulik Pancholy.

Gay Indian-American seventh grader Rahul Kapoor feels like an outsider in his small Indiana town. So what is he best at (Football? Acting? Math?)? A great and hopeful It Gets Better story. Call Number: J Panch.M

Captain Rosalie by Timothée de Fombelle, ill. Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Sam Gordon.

Rosalie is on a secret mission. While her father serves in the war, she declares herself a captain and sets about completing the secret operations that will bring her closer to a terrible truth. Call Number: J Fombe.T

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy.

Plus-size Sweet Pea faces some major changes in her life. When the advice columnist next door leaves town, Sweet Pea starts answering some of her private letters. What could go wrong? Call Number: J Murph.J

Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya.

12-yr-old neurodiverse Cuban-American Emilia Rosa faces down historical prejudice and contemporary challenges alongside her family in this smartly written story. Call Number: J Carta.P

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée.

Shayla navigates her first year of junior high, struggling with friends, joining the track team, and becoming a Black Lives Matter activist fighting against racial injustice. Call Number: J Ramee.L

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day.

Edie, a Suquamis/Duwamish girl, attempts to solve a mystery involving her identity and her family’s history in this compelling page turner. Warm, poignant, heartbreaking, unforgettable. Call Number: J Day.C

Just Jaime by Terri Libenson.

What do you do when your best friends dump you? Jaime used to be the school “gossip girl” but now her bestie Maya thinks she’s babyish. A funny graphic novel hybrid about finding your people. Call Number: JGraphic Liben.T

The Line Tender by Kate Allen.

How do you mourn something that’s lost forever while moving ahead? A stunning novel, delicate and brutal by turns. Call Number: J Allen.K

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, ill. Alexander Nabaum.

School’s out and ten different stories are all happening at the same time. These kids are planning an escape, a con, a show, a romance, an apology, and more on just an ordinary day. Call Number: J Reyno.J

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce.

One minute you’re tooling around the country with your Uncle Budrick, the troubadour. Next, Budrick’s been kidnapped by the evil King Gastley, and it’s up to you and a band of ragtag adventurers to overturn the monarchy. Call Number: J Peirc.L

Maximillian Fly by Angie Sage.

Max is the kind of sweet fellow who would go out of his way to rescue two desperate kids. Too bad he’s (A) A human/cockroach hybrid and (B) Living in a dystopian world held in the grip of some serious baddies. Call Number: J Sage.A

The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James by Ashley Herring Blake.

After a heart transplant saves her life, Sunny decides to kiss a boy. But is it boys she likes? A creative, funny and insightful work on getting to know yourself. Call Number: J Blake.A

More to the Story by Hena Khan.

Little Women gets a 21st century Pakistani-American update that retains the original’s heart. Call Number:  J Khan.H

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai.

Dropped into a new country with his mom (who forbids him to touch the stove) and annoying little brother, Yanghao, Jingwen’s going to have to be sneaky if he wants to get some baking done. After all, it’s how he remembers his dad best. Call Number: J Lai.R

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata.

Disillusioned after WWII by their experience in America’s internment camps, Hanako and her parents move to Hiroshima, a place she has never seen. Features emotionally complex storytelling. Call Number: J Kadoh.C

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart.

For five years Coyote has lived with her father Rodeo on a school bus. Now Coyote wants to go home, but that means getting her dad to face a painful past. A powerful, funny heartbreaker of a novel. Call Number: J Gemei.D

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker, ill. Junyi Wu.

These tales of horror are guaranteed to turn your tails white and your whiskers gray in fear. You have been warned. Call Number: J Heidi.C

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson.

When Amara travels to her dad’s childhood home in Harlem to meet her estranged grandfather, she finds herself trying to solve a family mystery. Why hasn’t her father talked to her grandfather for 12 years? Call Number: J Watso.R

Stay by Bobbie Pyron.

Chapters alternate between the story of a newly homeless girl, and a young dog belonging to a fellow woman in the shelter. A challenging, ultimately uplifting story. Call Number: J Pyron.B

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia.

Thrown into a world where African-American folk heroes mix and mingle with West African gods, it’s up to seventh grader Tristan to use his newfound powers to heal a dying world. Call Number: J Mbali.K

The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus.

When a gun is found near his school, Thelonius and his pals become instant suspects. Thelonius knows how this story could play out, which means he needs to do some investigating of his own. Call Number: J Broad.M

We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey.

How do you convince aliens that the human race (now refugees from a destroyed earth) isn’t hopelessly violent? It’s up to Lan to use humor and music to show the creatures of Choom how vital humans can be . . . if they don’t get killed first, of course. Call Number: J Rodke.G

Wildfire: When Trees Explode by Rodman Philbrick.

Fans of the I Survived series, or survival stories like Hatchet, will find this lean page-turner, about a boy and a girl trying to outrace a raging forest fire, thrilling. Call Number: J Philb.R

 

Comics and Graphic Novels

 

Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home by Scott Morse.

The Bad News Bears meets Monster Squad. When Gina puts a spell on her twin Stacy’s baseball glove the end result is a goofy ball chasing zombie that turns out to be the best practice her team’s ever had. Call Number: JGraphic Morse.S

Guts by Raina Telgemeier.

What started as just an upset stomach snowballs into something out of Raina’s control in this personal story about the connection between the mind and body, and how everyone has something going on in their lives. Call Number: JGraphic Telge.R

Lupin Leaps In: A Breaking Cat News Adventure by Georgia Dunn.

This just in! Elvis, Lupin, and Puck are three cats bringing you the latest in Cat News. Whether it’s spiders, houseplants, a new baby, or the cats upstairs (what are they DOING up there?) these intrepid reporters are here to give YOU the story. Call Number: JGraphic Dunn.G

New Kid by Jerry Craft.

Packed with biting satirical humor and inventive imagery, this thought-provoking comic stars 7th grade budding cartoonist Jordan Banks who becomes the “new kid” at a posh private school where he is one of the few students of color attending. Call Number: JGraphic Craft.J

Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades by Mike Cavallaro.

Where do gods get their goods? From Nico Bravo, of course! And when a headstrong ancestor of Beowulf comes in looking for a sword to kill off Cerberus, Nico has to set off to stop her before she causes a zombie apocalypse. Call Number: JGraphic Caval.M

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner.

Some kids might be freaked out if they found out that they were a witch. Not Moth! She can’t wait to use her new powers, but first she’ll have to tackle a tricky past that refuses to let her family go. Call Number: JGraphic Stein.E

Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis.

For Margaret, growing up on an island of nuns has been the only life she’s ever known. So when dispossessed ruler Eleanor (dethroned by her own sister) comes to stay, the kid finds herself wrapped up in a tangle of secrets, lies, and unexpected truths. Call Number: JGraphic Mecon.D

Red Panda & Moon Bear by Jarod Roselló.

Meet the superheroes destined to protect their Cuban-American neighborhood (and, by extension, the world). Armed with magic hoodies, this sister and brother pair are ready to take on monsters, ghosts, robots, you name it! Call Number: JGraphic Rosel.J

Stargazing by Jen Wang.

Christine feels like she has to do everything absolutely perfectly all the time. Moon is laid back, easy to know, and fun. Unalike in many ways, these two figure out how to be the friend the other one needs. Call Number: JGraphic Wang.J

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews.

Where do the paper lanterns tossed into the river during the Autumn Equinox Festival go? Two boys, Ben and Nathaniel, follow them, only to find a world of talking bears, magic, tiny suns, and more in this dreamy, epic adventure. Call Number: JGraphic Andre.R

White Bird written and illustrated by R.J. Palacio.

A Jewish girl growing up in France during WWII, survives the face of Nazi cruelty in this gripping, powerful story. Call Number: JGraphic Palac.R

 

Nonfiction

 

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow, ill. Steven Salerno.

What’s your favorite color? For Edwin Binney, every color was his favorite. Discover how crayons became as ubiquitous and beautiful as they are today. Call Number: 23 Biebo.N

Firefighters’ Handbook by Meghan McCarthy.

So you want to be a firefighter? Well strap in and hold tight, kids! With this deep dive you’ll learn about everything from how to pass the CPAT to the difference between a fire truck and a fire engine, and more! Call Number: 925 Mccar.M

Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine, ill. Masha D’Yans.

No color choice is random. A purple prickly pear gives a cantankerous rundown of the job of each color when a flower wears it and how it uses hues to attract different kinds of critters. Call Number: 13 Levin.S

Follow Your Stuff: Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You? by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka.

Who makes the things you buy and why should you even care? With meticulous attention, Sylvester and Hlinka follow the life cycle of the t-shirts, medicines, books, cell phones, and glasses you buy. Prepare to become a responsible global citizen! Call Number: x306.3 Sylve.K

Hello, Crochet Friends! by Jonah Larson with Jennifer Larson.

Adopted from Ethiopia, Jonah had a hard time concentrating in school. So when his 5th grade teacher suggested he bring in his calming crochet work it led to an amazing transformation. The true tale of the ultimate crafting fidget spinner. Call Number: 434 Larso.J

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis.

A masterful display of water in it all its myriad forms. Perfect for both the youngest of readers and older kids, behold the mighty the water cycle! Call Number: 7 Porti.A

It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, ill. Julie Morstad.

A stunning encapsulation of the Japanese-American woman who fought racism, sexism, and more through the power of her children’s book art. Call Number: xBiog Fujik.G Macle.K

Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang ill. Kana Urbanowicz.

After the devastation of WWII, Momofuku Ando became obsessed with the notion of creating cheap, delicious, nutritious food for the poor. The birth of ramen as we know and love it today! Call Number: 822 Wang.A

Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet by Elizabeth Rusch, ill. Teresa Martínez.

What do you do when you can see a looming disaster that could wipe out all life on Earth and nobody will listen to you? A stellar bio of Nobel Prize winner Mario Molina, who discovered the dangers of CFCs. Call Number: xBiog Molin.M Rusch.E

Monument Maker: Daniel Chester French and the Lincoln Memorial by Linda Booth Sweeney, ill. Shawn Fields.

“A sculptor is nine-tenths mechanic, and one-tenth poet.” How did a small town mechanic, builder, inventor, and designer get to create the statue of Lincoln that sits in the Lincoln Memorial? Learn the story here. Call Number: xBiog Frenc.D Sween.L

Mummies Exposed! by Kerrie Logan Hollihan.

From bog bodies exhumed in Ireland to mummies found in the Aztec mountains, this globe-trotting account explores the startling discoveries of mummified bodies and how studying them unlocks mysteries about the past. Call Number: 3 Holli.K

Nine Months: Before a Baby Is Born by Miranda Paul, ill. Jason Chin.

As a little girl prepares for the new baby coming, readers get to see every trimester, embryo, and stage of growth inside the mommy. A wonderful introduction to life as we know it. Call Number: x612.6 Paul.M

A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation by Barry Wittenstein, ill. Jerry Pinkney.

King’s words at the 1963 March on Washington are legendary now, but creating them was no easy task. In this true story, kids learn about the collaboration and last minute inspiration that led to the “I Have a Dream” speech we know today. Call Number: xBiog King.M Witte.B

Queer Heroes: Meet 52 LGBTQ Heroes from Past & Present by Arabelle Sicardi, ill. Sarah Tanat-Jones.

From Sappho to Freddie Mercury, from Alvin Ailey to Alan Turing, meet the queer pioneers from long ago and those still fighting the good fight today. A collected biography featuring the truly courageous. Call Number: 76 Sicar.A

Rise! From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus, ill. Tonya Engel.

Small and vulnerable, young Maya moved from place to place with her brother Bailey, enduring abuse and ultimately rising above it all to become a national treasure. Sumptuous art and brave writing tell her story with honesty and love. Call Number: xBiog Angel.M Heged.B

Rocket to the Moon! by Don Brown.

Going to the moon? Now that’s a big idea. So how the heck did we get there? From “the rockets red glare” to “one giant leap” kids get a whirlwind breakdown of the history of flight itself. Call Number: JGraphic Brown.D

The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, ill. Frank Morrison.

Vibrant illustrations enhance this poetic tribute to rap and hip-hop and the cultural forces that helped this exciting form of music develop and take shape. Call Number: x782.421549 Weath.C

Running with Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher.

In the 90s, the Dutchers lived with the Sawtooth wolf pack and learned surprising things about how the wolves interact and play with each other. This account allows readers to experience the dangers and joys of howling along with the wolves. Call Number: x599.773 Dutch.J

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh, ill. Scott Campbell.

“Skulls are safe and snug, like a car seat for your brain.” Join one little girl as she tells you all about your incredible, amazing, fantastic, irrepressible skull. Call Number: 8 Thorn.B

Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution by Rob Sanders, ill. Jamey Christoph.

A testament and history of America’s first major protest for LGBTQ+ rights and equality, this eloquent look at the Stonewall protest is the civil rights story every child needs to hear. Call Number: x323 Sande.R

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy.

This powerful account, a memoir-in-verse, puts readers in the shoes of Jo Ann Allen, one of the 12 African-American students who integrated her high school in Clinton, TN in 1956 and maintained her hopeful spirit as the world around her exploded into racist violence. Call Number: 263 Boyce.J

Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman, ill. Lawrence Lee.

It is September 1940, and 100 children have been placed on the S.S. City of Benares, heading towards Canada and safety. The ship never makes its destination. Here is the tale of the survivors and the ones who never surfaced again. Call Number: x940.5429 Heili.D

Wait, Rest, Pause: Dormancy in Nature by Marcie Flinchum Atkins.

When the going gets tough, the tough wait, rest, and pause. Magnificent photography introduces dormancy to the youngest of readers. Call Number: x78 Atkin.M

What Is a Refugee? by Elise Gravel.

“A refugee is a person just like you and me.” Simple language and art make this complicated topic comprehensible to younger readers. Call Number: 9069 Grave.E

What Miss Mitchell Saw by Hayley Barrett, ill. Diana Sudyka.

In the 1840s Maria Mitchell was taught to “sweep the sky” using her father’s telescope. Being the first to spot a comet wasn’t in the plan. A marvelously wrought tale, gorgeously rendered, of an early woman scientist, illustrated by an Evanston artist! Call Number: xBiog Mitch.M Barre.H

 

 

Committee Members

Patricia Alm, Allison Arkin, Betsy Bird, Mariana Bojorquez, Hilda Gonzalez, Jessica Iverson, Katy Jacob, Hannah Johnson, Leigh Kennelly, Kerry Littel, Judith Mathews, Christina Mendez, Martha Meyer, Jennifer Wasilewski Mills, Olivia Mo, Bill Ohms, Paula Shapiro, Bridget Sweeney, Amy Louise Tripp, Brian Wilson, and Kristen Wood


Announcing Evanston Public Library’s 101 Great Books for Kids (2018)!!

November 20, 2018

It’s that time of year again!! The time when the librarians, clerks, and other staff members of Evanston Public Library that have been reading all year long, finally reveal their 101 favorite children’s books. When I moved to Evanston from New York City, I took with me New York Public Library’s idea for an annual accounting of the state of kids books today. NYPL has created this same list for 117 years. EPL has created it for two. But whatta two it’s been!

If you’d like to get a physical copy of the list (pdf copy here!), they are available at the Main location (with copies available at the branches as well). All books are available in the library system and all of our local bookstores should be able to get you whatever titles strike your fancy. There’s something for everyone here, so enjoy!

101 Great Books for Kids (2018)

 

Picture Books

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Call Number: JPicture Marti.J

Alma feels burdened by her extraordinarily long name. That is, until her father explains all the relatives it honors and what their stories were.

 

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Call Number: JPicture Seege.L

Die-cuts and a single color revealed through a multitude of hues help tell the story of a boy and his dog.

 

Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

Call Number: JPicture Cummi.T

A sunny pup with a heart full of hope tries to acquire a loving owner, only to find them in the least expected place.

 

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, ill. Rafael López

Call Number: JPicture Woods.J

Everyone feels different sometimes. A book that celebrates the strength it takes to be yourself and tell your own story.

 

Ducks Away! by Mem Fox, ill. Judy Horacek

Call Number: JPicture Fox.M

A marvelous read aloud and peppy counting book for the youngest of readers.

 

The Field by Baptiste Paul, ill. Jacqueline Alcántara

Call Number: JPicture Paul.B

The ultimate Caribbean futbol mud match, complete with excitement, Creole phrases, and the occasional gooooooooal!

 

First Laugh, Welcome, Baby! by Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood, ill. Jonathan Nelson

Call Number: JPicture Tahe.R

Members of a Navajo family compete to be the first to make the new baby giggle, kicking off the child’s First Laugh Ceremony.

 

The Funeral by Matt James

Call Number: JPicture James.M

Two cousins at a funeral while away the hours, acting like total kids.

 

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

Call Number: JPicture Wenze.B

Disparate animals can still have a lot in common, as this eye-poppingly colorful romp in the animal kingdom shows.

 

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall, ill. Isabelle Arsenault

Call Number: JPicture Hall.K

This little bee book goes way beyond the waggle dance to tell kids more than they ever thought they could know about insects, honey, and more.

 

A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano, ill. Lane Smith

Call Number: JPicture Fogli.J

What becomes of a house forgotten, and what kinds of people lived there before?

 

I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein

Call Number: JPicture Berns.G

It might be roly-poly, cuddly, and cute, but don’t doubt that this little housecat has more in common with its fierce relatives than meets the eye.

 

Imagine! by Raúl Colón

Call Number: JPicture Colon.R

Smell the sugared nuts, hear the horns of the taxis, and join a boy and some surprising friends as they take in the sights of NYC.

 

Jerome by Heart by Thomas Scotto, ill. Olivier Tallec, translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick and Karin Snelson

Call Number: JPicture Scott.T

A remarkably sweet tale of two boys that love each other, and how just holding hands can sometimes feel like an act of resistance.

 

Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Call Number: JPicture Love.J

Julián dreams of elegant mermaids, but what will his abuela think when he tries to become one himself?

 

Love by Matt de la Peña, ill. Loren Long

Call Number: JPicture Delap.M

A celebration of love, with all its complications, highs, lows, tears, and joy.

 

My Hair Is a Garden by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Call Number: JPicture Cabre.C

The kids at school make fun of Mackenzie’s unkempt hair. Fortunately she has her neighbor Miss Tillie to show her that every strand can be tended like a garden. From an Evanston author!

 

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

Call Number: JPicture Fan.T

A dreamlike voyage takes a boy to a fantastical place where at long last he can commune with the grandfather he misses so much.

 

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

Call Number: JPicture Henke.K

It’s a counting book! It’s a bedtime book! It’s a perfect book for the youngest of readers to snuggle up to and enjoy.

 

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, ill. Van Thanh Rudd

Call Number: JPicture Clark.M

Wind, speed, brothers, and fun. When your bike’s made by your own two hands there’s nothing you can’t do!

 

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerfeld

Call Number: JPicture Doerr.C

When something bad happens to someone else what should you do? The rabbit just stays and listens. A remarkable tale of compassion for younger readers.

 

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, ill. Ekua Holmes

Call Number: JPicture Bauer.M

Handmade paper art that swirls like the cosmos itself evokes the chaos of creation that gave birth to us all.

 

Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Trimmer, ill. Madeline Valentine

Call Number: JPicture Trimm.C

A boy and his doll are not easily parted, but when the mighty Bren-Da accidentally ends up in the trash it’s up to mom to save the day!

 

This Is My Eye by Neela Vaswani

Call Number: JPicture Vaswa.N

Hand a kid a camera and see the world through their eyes. You might be surprised at everything you could have missed.

 

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Call Number: JPicture Higgi.R

It’s not easy to make new friends on your first day of school. Especially when they’re just so darn tasty.

 

 

 

Folktales and Fairy Tales

 

The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez, ill. F. Isabel Campoy

Call Number: JGraphic Herna.J

Three classic Latinx stories get a whole new look in this fresh and funny melding of comics and fables.

 

The Frog Prince by The Brothers Grimm, ill. Sybille Schenker

Call Number: x398.20943 Grimm.J

Luscious die-cuts, gold and gilt, and transparent pages render this classic fairytale in truly magnificent splendor.

 

The King of Birds (Gamayun Tales) by Alexander Utkin

Call Number: JGraphic Utkin.A

A poor woodsman saves The King of the Birds, only to be drawn into an epic adventure in the sky.

 

The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, ill. Sonia Sánchez

Call Number: JPicture Maier.B

The tale of the Little Red Hen gets fully modernized in this story of a girl with architectural dreams and the lazy boys who won’t lift a finger to help.

 

Never Satisfied: The Story of the Stonecutter by Dave Horowitz

Call Number: x398.20951 Horow.D

What goes around comes around. A stonecutter unhappy with his lot continually upgrades his life, until he reaches a funny conclusion.

 

Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling by Arshia Sattar, ill. Sonali Zohra

Call Number: x398.6 Satta.A

In this epic tale, Prince Rama’s story is brought to bold, brilliantly illustrated life. Ten-headed demons, magical monkeys, betrayal, love, death, and more!

 

The Tiger Prince by Chen Jiang Hong

A king offers his own child to a vicious foe, but love and affection save the boy’s life. A keenly told folktale rendered in deep, velvety colors.

 

 

Easy Books and Early Chapter Books

 

Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin

Call Number: JEasy Selzn.B

No crime is too big for this tiny detective. Missing jewels? Pizza? Spaceships? Baby Monkey is on the case!

 

Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster by James Howe, ill. Marie-Louise Gay

Call Number: JEasy Howe.J

When Houndsley’s fabulous and outgoing cousin Wagster comes for a visit, the simple hound worries that his best friend Catina won’t like him as much anymore.

 

Kick It, Mo! by David A. Adler, ill. Sam Ricks

Call Number: JEasy Adler.D

Sport-loving Mo loves to kick balls high into the sky, but that’s not a good idea in a soccer game. Can he learn to be a team player?

 

Min Makes a Machine by Emily Arnold McCully

Call Number: JBegin Mccul.E

A young pachyderm with an engineering streak finds a clever solution to a thirsty problem in this one-of-a-kind easy book.

 

The Party and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier

Call Number: JEasy Ruzzi.S

Fox may find Chick a little exasperating at times, but these pals definitely stick together in a collection of three bite-sized stories.

 

Power Forward by Hena Khan

Call Number: JChapter Khan.H

You know what Zayd loves? Basketball. You know what his parents give him? Violin lessons. What’s a kid who just wants to play gotta do to get what he wants?

 

They Didn’t Teach THIS In Worm School!: One Worm’s Tale of Survival by Simone Lia

Call Number: J Lia.M

It may not be easy to be friends with someone who wants to eat you, but it is by no means impossible!

 

 

Poetry

 

Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham and Charles Waters

Call Number: x811 Latha.I

Two classmates navigate the waters of race and friendship in this thoughtful consideration of how we treat one another.

 

In the Past: From Trilobites to Dinosaurs to Mammoths in More than 500 Million Years by David Elliott, ill. Matthew Trueman

Call Number: x811 Ellio.D

Funny poetry filled to brimming with wit, weirdness, and facts about the ancient denizens of the Earth.

 

Sakura’s Cherry Blossoms by Robert Paul Weston, ill. Misa Saburi

Call Number: JPicture Westo.R

Tanka poems tell the tale of a little girl who moves to America from Japan and misses her grandmother terribly.

 

Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, ill. Nina Crews

Call Number: x811 Wrigh.R

Overlapping photographs reimagine a dozen of Richard Wright’s haikus, showing black boys as they investigate and observe the natural world around them.

 

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina & 13 Artists

Call Number: x811 Medin.T

Stylistically diverse artists accompany tanka poems dedicated to showing the family, spirituality, self-confidence, and stresses of black and brown kids today.

 

Vivid: Poems & Notes About Color by Julie Paschkis

Call Number: x811 Pasch.J

A quirky colorfest that celebrates the art and the science of every hue in the rainbow.

 

 

Fiction

 

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Call Number: J Choks.R

Witty sisterly repartee, cosmic battles, and Hindu Mythology combine when Aru Shah discovers she’s the daughter of a god with a quest of mammoth proportions.

 

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, ill. Eugene Yelchin

Call Number: J Ander.M

Just your average Middle Earth, Cold War, buddy comedy with an unreliable but brilliant visual narrator.

 

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert, ill. Ian Schoenherr

Call Number: J Murdo.C

A relic thief and a misfit boy who can talk to animals team up in this extraordinary story of a Medieval pilgrimage to Rome.

 

The Button War by Avi

Call Number: J Avi

WWI Poland sets the scene for this dark tale of a button collecting contest gone horribly, tragically wrong.

 

Dear Sister by Alison McGhee, ill. Joe Bluhm

Call Number: J Mcghe.A

An epistolary novel between an older brother and the younger sister he hates/tolerates/loves over the course of seven years.

 

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Call Number: J Yang.K

While her parents secretly shelter new immigrants in the motel where they work, Mia Tang reflects on immigration, racism, and her own belief that “sometimes you have to … be creative to get what you want.”

 

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Call Number: J Rhode.J

Jerome has been shot and killed by a white police officer. Now a ghost stuck on earth, Jerome must find out what to do so he can move on. But first he needs to understand why he can talk with the daughter of his killer and why the ghost of Emmett Till keeps appearing to him. A powerful call to action.

 

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

Call Number: J Woods.J

Six misfits join together, listen to one another, and help when one of them confesses his father has been deported from the country.

 

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring

Call Number: J Blake.A

It isn’t enough that Ivy’s house was hit by a tornado. Now she’s not speaking to her beloved older sister, mysterious notes appear in her locker, and she’s terrified to confess her crush on another girl. What’s going on?

 

The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

Call Number: J Edge.C

When there’s an alien on your cellphone and your parents are splitting up, things are far from normal. Outlandish science fiction at its finest.

 

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Call Number: J Curti.C

Coerced into helping the despicable overseer Cap’n Buck travel North to track down some stolen property, Little Charlie is horrified to discover the “property” is people.

 

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Call Number: J Dicam.K

Believing that she and her Granny are cursed, Louisiana Elephante finds herself abandoned at a motel in the middle of nowhere. A stunning tale of forgiveness and small delights.

 

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

Call Number: J Magra.D

Young Drest watches as her whole family is captured by the king’s soldiers. Now it’s up to her to cut a swath through medieval Europe and get them back!

 

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Call Number: J Carta.P

Marcus is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and in the eighth grade. Now he, his mom, and his brother Charlie, who has Down syndrome, are travelling to Puerto Rico to find the family he never met, but deserves.

 

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Call Number: J Medin.M

Cuban-American Merci is more than just a scholarship kid in a private school. She wants to save up for a bike, but before she can she’ll have to mentor a new kid, deal with a bully, and face the fact that her beloved Grandfather is acting less and less like himself.

 

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

Call Number: J Mcanu.S

After being struck by lightning at age six, Lucy Callahan became a math genius. Now for the first time, her grandmother is forcing her to attend public school. Math can solve a lot of problems, but this is one Lucy will have to work out herself.

 

My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver

Call Number: J Weave.L

Set in 1970s Alabama, Argentinian immigrant Lu Olivera just wants to be a runner. But in a time when white and black kids are kept separate, where do kids in the middle, like Lu, belong?

 

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

Call Number: J Johns.V

The Westing Game meets Holes in this twisty mystery involving a town’s bleak racial past, a hidden treasure, and two kids determined to uncover secrets everyone thought were buried for good.

 

Rebound by Kwame Alexander

Call Number: J Alexa.K

It’s 1988 and Charlie Bell is floundering in grief over the recent death of his father. When he’s sent to spend the summer with his grandparents, he’s sure it’s going to be the worst time ever. Is he right or is he wrong?

 

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Call Number: J Magoo.K

Rule-breaking, laugh-out-loud humor, and nail-biting adventure combine when two brothers meet the incredible Styx Malone. Their summer will never be the same.

 

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Call Number: J Arden.K

Are you afraid of scarecrows? After reading this book, you will be.

 

The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst

Call Number: J Durst.S

A girl carved entirely of stone sets off on a quest to save herself and her friends in this deeply thought out fantasy novel full of danger and an incredible, inventive world.

 

 

Comics and Graphic Novels

 

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

Call Number: JGraphic Brosg.V

High on the misery scale, and even higher on the humor, this semi-autobiographical tale follows young Vera as she navigates a Russian-American camp experience that’s nothing like she’d expected.

 

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell and Various

Call Number: JGraphic Sell. C

What do you want to be? A mad scientist? An evil queen? A monster? In this neighborhood all it takes is some cardboard and imagination to live your dreams.

 

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, ill. Giovanni Rigano

Call Number: JGraphic Colfe.E

Two brothers take a harrowing journey from Ghana to Europe in this deftly illustrated, agonizing tale for older readers. Beautifully wrought.

 

Lowriders: Blast From the Past by Cathy Camper, ill. Raúl the Third

Call Number: JGraphic Campe.C

Three children with big dreams have to face down the nasty Las Matamoscas who are trying to prevent both women and kids from entering the big car show. Humor, Spanish words, and low-riders combine in a fabuloso tale.

 

Monster Mayhem by Christopher Eliopoulos

Call Number: JGraphic Eliop.C

Science genius Zoe is convinced that friends are more trouble than they’re worth. But when she’s befriended by a gigantic sea creature straight out of her favorite kaiju movies, she discovers it’s not so bad having your pals at your side.

 

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Call Number: JGraphic Wang.J

With the help of talented dressmaker Frances, Prince Sebastian transforms nightly into the magnificent Lady Crystallia, but is terrified someone might learn his secret. A lushly illustrated, gorgeous tale of gowns, secrets, and love.

 

Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks

Call Number: JGraphic Brooks.M

Smart science girls in space! When Sanity’s three-headed kitten escapes into the walls of her space station, she and best friend Tallulah must find it and convince everyone that it’s not responsible for the mysterious power outages.

 

Sci-Fu: Book 1: Kick it Off by Yehudi Mercado

Call Number: JGraphic Merca.Y

In this 1980s tale, all Wax wants is to be the greatest DJ in Brooklyn. When he and his friends and family are abducted by evil space robots, he’ll find it’s those same DJ skills (and a new robotic hand) that are needed to save the day.

 

Small Things by Mel Tregonning

Call Number: JGraphic Trego.M

In this silent black-and-white tale, a boy is eaten up both literally and figuratively by anxiety. A quiet, evocative story with unique art and a smart message.

 

 

Nonfiction

 

Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace, ill. Bryan Collier

Call Number: xBiog Barne.E Walla.S

Ernie Barnes always loved art, but thanks to his sports skills ended up a professional footballer player instead. Determined to follow his dreams, Barnes committed to his passion, eventually becoming the American Football League’s official artist.

 

The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katty Kay, Claire Shipman, JillEllyn Riley, ill. Nan Lawson

Call Number: x305.235 Kay.K

Written for all those kids that identify as girls, this book builds a strong foundation of self-awareness, knowledge, and resilience. A title where girls can feel at home.

 

Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak, ill. Julian Frost, photography by Linnea Rundgren

Call Number: x579 Benba.I

Combining the tone of an interactive book with high resolution microscopic photography, this book lets kids see firsthand that germs and microbes are everywhere (and how easy it is to move them around). Gross, goofy fun for everyone.

 

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Call Number: xBiog Moral.Y Moral.Y

Yuyi Morales recounts her journey from Mexico to America and how it was libraries and books that opened new worlds for her and her son. A tribute to reading and a beautifully illustrated personal tale.

 

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty, Ill by David Litchfield

Call Number: x550 Mcanu.S

A quick but comprehensive look at Earth’s life, likes, and pet peeves over the last few millennia. Quirky, cute, and fun.

 

The Eye That Never Sleeps: How Detective Pinkerton Saved President Lincoln by Marissa Moss, ill. Jeremy Holmes

This behind-the-scenes look at America’s first private eye and his role in protecting Abraham Lincoln from early assassination attempts offers mysterious illustrations in an always interesting presentation.

 

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix

Call Number: xBiog Bonho.D Hendr.J

If you believe murder is a sin, is it wrong to kill Hitler? A mature graphic-hybrid novel tells the life and dark times of a good man caught in a world gone mad.

 

Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other’s Backs by Kathleen Krull, ill. Maple Lam

Call Number: x306.875 Krull.K

You’re stuck with the family you have. Covering everyone from Queen Elizabeth and Bloody Mary to the Jacksons and beyond, the good, the bad, and the downright dirty lives of historical siblings are presented, warts and all.

 

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman

Call Number: xBiog Meria.M Sidma.J

Meet the 17th century naturalist that inspired Linnaeus, Darwin, and many other scientists to come. Poetry, art, and engaging writing bring Maria to life once more.

 

The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague by Julia Finley Mosca, ill. Daniel Rieley

Call Number: xBiog Monta.R Mosca.J

Imagine designing a battleship and then not being allowed to attend its opening because you’re black!  Meet a heroine every kid should know.

 

Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin, ill. James Rey Sanchez

Call Number: xBiog Berli.I Churn.N

A refugee from Tsarist Russia, Berlin, his humble beginnings, and rise to fame are chronicled alongside handsomely stylized graphics and pops of intense color.

 

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez, ill. Felicita Sala

Call Number: xBiog Proct.J Valde.P

Could you love a komodo dragon so much you’d walk him around like a dog? The world wasn’t made for Joan Proctor to succeed as a naturalist, so she paved her own way and taught everyone else around her in the process.

 

Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth by Kate Gardner, ill. Heidi Smith

Call Number: x590 Gardn.K

Think you know the animal kingdom? This little book upsets expectations, showing how kind, fierce, and clever animals can sometimes can be.

 

Mallko and Dad by Gusti

Sometimes in our quest for perfection we fail to appreciate the truly wonderful. The true story in an eclectic presentation of an artist father and his son with Down syndrome.

 

Marley Dias Gets It Done (And So Can You) by Marley Dias

Call Number: x305.2308 Dias.M

When Marley Dias started her #1000blackgirlbooks campaign she never could have dreamed it would take off like it did. Now she’s here to give tips to kids on reading, style, activism, and being your best self.

 

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey, ill. Júlia Sardà

Call Number: xBiog Shell.M Baile.L

How did an 18-year-old girl come to write one of the greatest horror stories of all time? Told with dark, gothic illustrations and a keen knowledge of Mary’s early years and influences. Kids will see how creation can be born out of darkness.

 

The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel

Call Number: x579.6 Grave.E

Hilarious and informative by turns, Gravel shares her deep and abiding love for mushrooms of all shapes and sizes. Just try and not be charmed.

 

My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope by Diane Guerrero

Call Number: xBiog Guerr.D Guerr.D

Imagine coming home from school one day to find your whole family has been deported by ICE. Actress Guerrero tells her story while shining a light on the plight of so many other kids facing the same problems today.

 

Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham

Call Number: x305.8 Higgi.A

Collage and candor combine in this dissection of white privilege. Provides a solid foundation for critical discussions of white people and racism for young readers everywhere.

 

Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe, ill. Barbara McClintock

Call Number: xBiog Germa.S Bardo.C

Neither sexism nor the French Revolution could stop Sophie Germain from embracing her love of math and solving the riddle behind the vibrations that surround us. The most engaging book on mathematics you may ever encounter.

 

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere by Barb Rosenstock, ill. Katherine Roy

Call Number: x551.46 Rosen.B

Imagine diving to 803 feet in a homemade device. Engaging and accurate art as well as a riveting text tell the story of the two men who plunged deep into the sea to see what they could see. Warning: Do not read if prone to claustrophobia.

 

Spooked! How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow

Call Number: x791.4472 Jarro.G

What would you do if aliens attacked? Jarrow offers a blow-by-blow account of the day Orson Wells put fear into the hearts of Americans everywhere.

 

Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman, ill. Melissa Iwai

Call Number: x940.5428 Noble.M

Nobleman highlights a WWII Japanese attack on Oregon, following how the bomber and the people of Oregon came to terms with one another, forging a friendship that stands as an example for us today.

 

This Is the Nest That Robin Built by Denise Fleming

Call Number: JPicture Flemi.D

Utilizing a classic cumulative format, this book introduces kids to robins’ nest-building methods and the ways that animals “help” with the process.

The Truth About Bears by Maxwell Eaton III

Call Number: x599.78 Eaton.M

The Truth About Dolphins by Maxwell Eaton III

Call Number: x599.532 Eaton.M

The Truth About Hippos by Maxwell Eaton III

Call Number: x599.635 Eaton.M

In these three thoroughly engaging books, Eaton uses his signature cartoony style to talk about facts with abundant humor and a lot of laughs.


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