• Grades 2 & 3

    Fiction

    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.

    Mrs. Noodlekugel
    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.

    Nonfiction

    Aesop’s Fables
    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.

    Lightning
    by Seymour Simon
    Learn the difference between jets, sprites, and other bolts that’ll strike fear in your heart.

    Living Color
    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.

    Series

    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

    Fiction

    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.

    Chickadee
    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.

    Icefall
    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.

    Warp Speed
    by Lisa Yee
    Star Trek geek discovers a bully’s brutal secret.

    Nonfiction

    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.

    Series

    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