I’m a school librarian, who, like so many other librarians, has to work with a meager budget. When it comes to purchasing books, often times, there is little left to go around. Sigh.
In June I was given a monetary gift by a very generous parent to purchase new books for our library. I’m elated to know there are those who genuinely care that books are made available in the school library for children to enjoy. I am so lucky!
Since then I’ve been reading books, book blogs and reviews, trying to find appropriate books that will excite, entertain, and motivate students to read, read, read.
These are the books I’ve chosen. I hope our pre-k through fifth grade students will be pleased when they see them. If you have any other suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.
For Younger Students:
Z Is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Sight written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Over and Under the Snow written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal
Goldie and the Three Hares written by Margie Palatini and illustrated by Jack E. Davis
Minette’s Feast written by Susanna Reich and illustrated by Amy Bates
Blackout by John Rocco
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beth Krommes
BookSpeak!: Poems About Books written by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Josee Bisaillon
Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder
Picture Books for Older Students:
Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco
For Older Students:
Pie by Sarah Weeks
Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire! written by Polly Horvath and illustrated by Sophie Blackwell
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence
Capture the Flag by Kate Messner
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Remarkable by Lizzie K. Foley
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
That’s all folks!