Children, Nonfiction

The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk

Grades 2 – 4

Chock full of true facts and fun illustrations, this nonfiction book about the sun is sure to be a hit! Did you know that the sun is actually our Solar System’s star? Or that the sun is the biggest thing in the Solar System? The Earth is the third planet from the sun, and it people used to use it to tell time. You can find these and tons of other facts about the sun when you read The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal by Nick Seluk.

Adventure, Children, Middle Grade Fiction

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Grades 3 – 5

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Iris and Lark are twin sisters who look identical on the outside but couldn’t be more different on the inside. For instance, Iris always knew where she left her shoe and when her library books were due. Lark could always tell when her parents fought and which library book she wanted to check out next. In fifth grade, the girls are split in two different classes, and something changes in each of them. The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu is their story.

 

Children, LGBTQIA, Middle Grade Fiction

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

Grades 3 – 5 

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Avery Bloom and Bett Devlin’s fathers fall in love and send the girls away to sleep-away camp in order for them to bond. However, they can’t be more different: Avery is bookish and shy, and Bett is fearless and outgoing. Despite this, though, they start writing each other letters and refer to themselves as Night Owl and Dogfish. Can they get over their differences and become the family their dads always wanted?

Children, Middle Grade Fiction

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Grades 4 – 6

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

Sixth grader Merci Suárez is not like the other kids in her private school because she is on scholarship and doesn’t have a big fancy house or other luxuries. Then her classmate Edna Santos begins to focus on the new boy, who is Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, causing Edna to be jealous of Merci.  On top of everything, Merci’s grandparents are becoming very forgetful, and she is trying to figure out why. Read Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina, a coming of age story you’re sure to love!

Animals, Children, Graphic, Series

Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton

Grades 2 – 3

Narwhal's Otter Friend (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #4)

The latest book in the Narwhal and Jelly series by Ben Clanton, Narwhal’s Otter Friend is a funny and clever book about Narwhal and Otter, two new friends who meet and decide to go on an adventure together. It sounds like an awesome idea, until Jelly finds out and gets jealous. Will the three friends be able to play together? Read Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton to find out!

Children, Middle Grade Fiction

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Grades 4 – 6

Front Desk

Ten-year-old Mia Tang lives in a hotel where she manages the front desk, (when she’s not at school), while her immigrant parents clean the rooms. Their boss, Mr. Yao, is not a very nice man and is constantly giving them trouble. Mia is ashamed that she lives in a hotel and not a house like her classmates, and keeps this a secret from them. That’s not the only secret she’s keeping, however: her parents hide immigrants at the hotel, and if Mr. Yao finds out, they could lose their jobs. Mia has a lot on her plate, and thinks that entering a writing contest to win their very own motel would solve all of her problems. Will she be able to save up enough money and pull it off? Read Front Desk by Kelly Yang to find out!