Grades 2 & 3
Ivy + Bean: What’s the Big Idea
by Annie Barrows; Sophie Blackall (Illus.)
Solving global warming isn’t as easy as it looks.
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream
by Jenny Han; Julia Kuo (Illus.)
If Clara Lee can change her luck, she may just become the next Little Miss Apple Pie.
Sadie and Ratz
by Sonya Hartnett; Ann James (Illus.)
Hannah’s hands are up to no good.
Babymouse: Mad Scientist (graphic novel)
by Jennifer L. Holm; Matthew Holm (Illus.)
Our favorite mouse enters the school science fair with unexpected results.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park
by Hilary McKay; Priscilla Lamont (Illus.)
Can Lulu keep a stray duck egg safe from her testy teacher?
The Gumgazing Gum Girl!: Chews Your Destiny
by Rhode Montijo
Meet the stickiest, stretchiest superhero of them all.
by Daniel Pinkwater; Adam Stower (Illus.)
Take a trip through the boiler room and meet a jolly old lady and her cat, Mr. Fuzzface.
Robot, Go Bot!: A Comic Reader
by Dana Meachen Rau; Wook Jin Jung (Illus.)
A bossy robot owner learns to be nicer to her mechanical friend.
S.W.I.T.C.H.: Spider Stampede
by Ali Sparkes; Ross Collins (Illus.)
Twins run afoul of their mad scientist neighbor and chaos ensues.
EllRay Jakes and the Beanstalk
by Sally Warner; Brian Biggs (Illus.)
EllRay tries to win back his friend by learning some cool skate moves.
Commander Toad in Space
by Jane Yolen; Bruce Degen (Illus.)
A brave commander and his crew land on a new planet but fear they may become a monster’s lunch.
by Ann McGovern; A.J. McClaskey and Ricardo Tercio (Illus.)
Find all your favorite fables and more!
I Wonder Why Soap Makes Bubbles: And Other Questions About Science
by Barbara Taylor
Answers to life’s big everyday questions.
Eruption! The Story of Volcanoes
by Anita Ganeri
They sleep for years and then explode with a bang.
by Seymour Simon
Learn the difference between jets, sprites, and other bolts that’ll strike fear in your heart.
by Steve Jenkins
Vivid cut-paper illustrations show how animals use colors to survive.
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin
by Gene Barretta
Explore the life and times of one of America’s greatest inventors.
Jet Plane: How It Works
by David Macaulay
It can fly for hours, but it weighs as much as a hundred elephants.
Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds
by Ann McCallum; Leeza Hernandez (Illus.)
Tasty math projects! Yum!
Lost City: The Discovery of Machu Picchu
by Ted Lewin
Discover on your own one of the last wonders of the world.
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Nikki & Deja by Karen English
Zapato Power by Jacqueline Jules
Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (graphic novel)
Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan
Grades 4 & 5
The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Kenny and his "weird" family take a trip to the Deep South to visit Grandma.
Phineas L. MacGuire…Erupts!
by Frances O’Roark Dowell
Goals: #1 win science fair, #2 get class to like un-best friend.
by Louise Erdrich
A family sets out to rescue an Ojibwe boy who was kidnapped by two bullying oafs.
Zita the Spacegirl (graphic novel)
by Ben Hatke
Don’t push that button! Zita and her ragtag crew of aliens attempt to rescue her best friend.
Same Sun Here
by Silas House & Neela Vaswani
An Indian immigrant girl in NYC and a Kentucky coal miner’s son strike up a friendship across many miles.
by Matthew J. Kirby
Stuck in a distant mountain fortress, Solveig must discover the traitor who is killing off the king’s guards.
Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
Told in verse, a Vietnamese family shapes a new life in 1975 Alabama.
Every Soul a Star
by Wendy Mass
A total solar eclipse changes the lives of three very different young teens.
Benjamin Franklinstein Lives!
by Matthew McElligott & Larry Tuxbury
Good old Ben comes back to life in this electrifying story.
Star in the Forest
by Laura Resau
When Zitlally’s father is kidnapped in Mexico, she believes a stray dog might be his spirit animal.
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige
by Wes Tooke
Historical fiction and sports combine in this pitch-perfect novel.
Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage
Mo LoBeau sets out to solve a murder mystery and discover her own forgotten past.
by Lisa Yee
Star Trek geek discovers a bully’s brutal secret.
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Stephen Alcorn (Illus.)
From Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm, meet 10 courageous women warriors who changed a nation.
Electricity and Magnets
by Sarah Angliss
You, too, can be a mad scientist!
100 Most Feared Creatures
by Anna Claybourne
Deadly facts and terrifying beasts, meet the scariest members of the animal kingdom.
Lemonade and Other Poems Squeezed From a Single Word
by Bob Raczka; Nancy Doniger (Illus.)
A clever literary technique yields even cleverer little poems.
Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)
by Kathleen Krull; Kathryn Hewitt (Illus.)
Meet the 19 most notorious swashbucklers in history.
The Red Blazer Girls by Michael D. Beil
NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society by Michael Buckley
The Books of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Cupcake Diaries by Coco Simon