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Curse of the Boggin (The Library, Book 1)

Curse of the Boggin (The Library, Book 1)

By D. J. MacHale 256 pages Children

Danny Says

Had to throw-in a creepy book for Halloween! Marcus and his friends have found the key to unlock the Library. And they need to use it, because, clearly, something is up. Some strange guy in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage and flare out in an instant; a creepy old lady shows up at Marcus’s house. Great way gateway to chapter books for younger readers.
The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton

The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton

By Audrey Vernick 40 pages Children

Danny Says

Beginning in 1922, when Edith Houghton was only ten years old, she tried out for a women’s professional baseball team, the Philadelphia Bobbies. Though she was the smallest on the field, soon reporters were talking about “The Kid” and her incredible skill, and crowds were packing the stands to see her play. Boys love it because it’s about baseball, and girls love reading about a female protagonist who overcomes plenty obstacles to succeed.
My Dog's a Chicken

My Dog's a Chicken

By Susan McElroy Montanari 40 pages Children

Danny Says

Lula Mae wants a puppy, but times are hard and she’ll just have to make do. Her family has plenty of chickens, so she decides maybe a chicken can be a dog. Do I have to tell you why this is such fun read aloud with kids?
Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration

Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration

By Simon Sinek 160 pages Children

Danny Says

Sinek is one of the hottest thought leaders on leadership, and his other books are geared toward businesspeople. Technically, this book was written for kids, but I think the broader audience is all of us lazy readers looking for quick leadership inspiration.
We're All Wonders

We're All Wonders

By R. J. Palacio 32 pages Children

Danny Says

Choose Kind. That’s the wonderful message of Wonder, the inspiration of this picture book version of the popular young adult book that will soon be a major motion picture. I’d like to give a copy to every member of Congress and the President of the United States.
How to Get Your Teacher Ready

How to Get Your Teacher Ready

By Jean Reagan 32 pages Children

Danny Says

The new school year is beginning, so what better book to excite your kiddos about rejoining the academic treadmill?
Just Like Me

Just Like Me

By Nancy Cavanaugh 256 pages Children

Danny Says

Adopted from China, Julia is struggling with her heritage. She is sent to summer camp to learn to become friends with her “Chinese sisters.” Through many mishaps, she comes to terms with her life story.
The Hole Story of the Doughnut

The Hole Story of the Doughnut

By Pat Miller 40 pages Children

Danny Says

This is the true story of Captain Hanson Gregory and how the tasty treat we call doughnuts came about in a very peculiar and unique way. Children will love the colorful illustrations and the facts that bring this sweet story to life.
101 Reasons Why I'm Not Taking a Bath

101 Reasons Why I'm Not Taking a Bath

By Stacy McAnulty 40 pages Children

Danny Says

The little boy gives multiple reasons why he cannot take a bath; however, he ends up needing to give reasons not to get out of the bath in the end.
Frankencrayon

Frankencrayon

By Michael Hall 40 pages Children

Danny Says

Children will love solving the mystery of who made the scribble in this story and how these school supplies work together to solve it. The story has beautiful illustrations, and young readers will love the surprise at the end!
Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

By Dan Santat 40 pages Children

Danny Says

Most kids can relate to a road trip that seems to last forever. Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Dan Santat takes readers on a rollicking ride, featuring a time travel trip to Grandmother’s like no other. A little imagination literally goes a long way.
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White

By Melissa Sweet 176 pages Children

Danny Says

This lavishly illustrated biography details the life of beloved children’s author E.B. White. Readers will delight to learn that White’s most famous books arose from moments in his own childhood. A timeline and interview with White’s granddaughter accompany the text.
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

By Roxane Orgill 66 pages Children

Danny Says

The poems in this book were inspired by Art Kane’s photograph Harlem 1958. The author tells about some of the players and the circumstances surrounding that famous photo shoot. Endnotes provide facts about the musicians and suggestions for further exploration.
Daniel Finds a Poem

Daniel Finds a Poem

By Micha Archer 32 pages Children

Danny Says

When young Daniel sees an advertisement for “Poetry in the Park,” he elicits help from various animals to help him understand what poetry is. Cleverly, he combines all the animals’ insights into an original poem.
One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

By Rita Williams-Garcia 240 pages Children

Danny Says

In this Newbery Honor novel, Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. Perfect for upper elementary and early middle school students.

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