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!

Animals, Children, Picture Books

Chicken Talk by Patricia MacLachlan

Grades K  – 2
Chicken Talk
Chicken Talk by Patricia MacLachlan is a funny book about chickens who write messages to their farmers! At first the family is puzzled at who is writing the messages, and when the kids figure it out, they worry no one will believe them. Then the chickens become the talk of the town and people come from far and wide to see what the chickens’ next message will be. Find out for yourself in Chicken Talk by Patricia MacLachlan!