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  Pre K / TK / K
Moo Hoo
Moo Hoo by Candace Ryan, Illustrated by Mike Lowery

Cow and Owl are best friends. Moo Hoo! They do everything together, like make music. Two Coo! But when a stranger arrives―Roo New! ―the two friends must decide whether their group can expand to form a New True Crew.
Bee-Bim Bop!
Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, Illustrated by Ho Baek Lee

A wonderful paperback picture book about the joys of family and food, from Newbery Award winning author Linda Sue Park.

Bee-bim bop ("mix-mix rice") is a traditional Korean dish. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry child tells of helping her mother make bee-bim bop: shopping, preparing ingredients, setting the table, and sitting down to enjoy a favorite meal. The enthusiasm of the narrartor is conveyed in the whimsical illustrations, which bring details from the artist’s childhood in Korea to his depiction of a modern Korean-American family. The book includes Linda Sue’s own bee-bim bop recipe!
We Forgot Brock!
We Forgot Brock! Written and Illustrated by Carter Goodrich

*This book will be for sale at the California Reads table at a greatly reduced price at the 2017 – January State Council, Good Teaching Conferences North & South and Equity/Human Rights Conferences.

The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for Despicable Me, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock. A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock!
All Families Are Special
All Families Are Special by Norma Simon, Illustrated by Teresa Flavin

When Mrs. Mack says she will soon be a grandmother, her students realize that teachers have families just like they do! Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about his or her own unique family.

  Grades 1-2
Mañana, Iguanay
Mañana, Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul, Illustrated by Ethan Long

¡Caramba! Iguana is planning a fiesta. Tortuga the tortoise, Conejo the rabbit, and Culebra the snake all want to come. But do they want to help Iguana deliver invitations or stuff the piñata or cook the food? No, no, and no! A lazy trio loses out in this clever update of the story of the Little Red Hen with a Mexican twist. A glossary of Spanish words is included.
Under the Lemon Moon
Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine, Illustrated by René King Moreno

One night young Rosalinda wakes up to a "Wsss-shhh-snap!" outside. She slips out of bed and peers out the front door into the darkness. Way back by the lemon tree, something is moving. It's a man stuffing lemons, her very own lemons, into a cloth sack! To make matters worse, by the end of the week her lemon tree is very sick. As she wanders through the Mexican countryside seeking tree-healing advice, she sees the mysterious Night Man at the mercado - and he is selling her beautiful limones.
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

*This book will be for sale at the California Reads table at a greatly reduced price at the 2017 – January State Council, Good Teaching Conferences North & South and Equity/Human Rights Conferences.

Dear axolotl: Why do you have feathers growing out of your head?
Axolotl: They aren't feathers—they're gills! They let me breathe underwater.

Let's face it. Even as babies, we humans pay close attention to faces. Observing another person's features and expressions tells us whether they are happy, angry, excited, or sad. And when we look at an animal, it's hard not to imagine that its face is communicating human feelings. This isn't true, of course. Squinty eyes, an upturned mouth, or another odd expression is probably there because, in some way, it helps that animal survive.
Rosie Revere, Engineer
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal-to fly-Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie's contraption was a raging success. You can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

  Grades 3-5
Mystery of the Giant Masks of Sanxingdui
Mystery of the Giant Masks of Sanxingdui by Icy Smith, Illustrated by Gayle Garner Roski

The mysterious and ancient city of Sanxingdui is famous for its astonishing bronze-casting technology. Villagers come from faraway lands to admire the bronze masks and trade for the highly prized bronze wares. However, Sanxingdui faces danger when its people hear rumors of a foreign invasion. The chief s daughter, Min, and her newly initiated warrior brother, Wei, lead the villagers to flee their homeland. Where do they go? And what do they do with their sacred bronze masks and statues?
When the Beat Was Born:  DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick, Illustrated by Theodore Taylor

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks―the musical interludes between verses―longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.
Joelito’s Big Decision
Joelito’s Big Decision by Ann Berlak, Illustrated by Daniel Camacho

*This book will be for sale at the California Reads table at a greatly reduced price at the 2017 – January State Council, Good Teaching Conferences North & South and Equity/Human Rights Conferences.

Every Friday evening 9-year-old Joelito goes with his family to MacMann’s for a juicy burger. But this Friday is different. This time, Joelito’s best friend Brandon is standing in a crowd outside the fast food restaurant protesting the low pay his parents earn there. Will Joelito cross the picket line for a tasty burger? Find out in Joelito’s Big Decision (La gran decisión de Joelito), in English & Spanish.

Beauty and the beak
Beauty and the Beak: The Brave Story of a Bald Eagle and Her 3D-Printed Prosthetic Beak  by Deborah Lee Rose and Janie Veltkamp

Beauty the bald eagle made world news after she was shot in the beak, rescued, and received a 3D-printed prosthetic beak. Beauty’s Beak tells this true, heart lifting story—from Beauty’s life in the wild, through her injury and rescue, into the months of engineering her prosthetic beak, to the moment she takes the first drink of water, by herself, with her new beak. To be published in 2017.

  Grades 6-8
George
George by Alex Gino 

BE WHO YOU ARE.

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.

George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy.

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte - but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.
Mechanica
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica” to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother’s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday—and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse—Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There’s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.
Fish in a Tree
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

*This book will be for sale at the California Reads table at a greatly reduced price at the 2017 – January State Council, Good Teaching Conferences North & South and Equity/Human Rights Conferences.

A New York Times Bestseller!

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the troublemaker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.
The Misfits
The Misfits by James Howe

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but names will break our spirit.

Two seventh-graders who have always been misfits decide to do something about it with the approach of the student council elections. When the they team up to form a new political party, their platform bans name calling-and the impact on the school and their own lives is a surprise to all.

  Grades 9-12
Dumplin’ Go Big or Go Home
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.
All American Boys
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

In this Coretta Scott King Honor Award–winning novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.

A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

*This book will be for sale at the California Reads table at a greatly reduced price at the 2017 – January State Council, Good Teaching Conferences North & South and Equity/Human Rights Conferences.

Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014
Named to School Library Journal Best Books of 2014

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

July 24: My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn't want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was twenty-five. That story is the basis of my sexual education and has reiterated why it's important to wait until you're married to give it up. So now, every time I go out with a guy, my mom says, "Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas." Eyes open, legs closed. That's as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. And I don't mind it.

Reclamation Road Poems
Reclamation Road Poems by Kristy Orona-Ramirez  

In her first collection of poetry, noted children's author Kristy Orona-Ramirez ("Kiki's Journey") enters into a world in which the sacred and the secular are all one, discovering that myth and magic pervade all words in a journey of self-discovery through loss, love, and perseverance over adversity in the life of a young urban American Indian woman.

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