Award/Honor Books, Romance, YA Fiction

When We Collided by Emery Lord

Grades 9-12

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Vivi has just arrived in Verona Cove for the summer, and she has already fallen in love with it. She is working at the local crafting store when Jonah and his little sister Leah come to paint. Jonah is only sixteen but has taken on the role of main caregiver for his siblings after his mother has fallen ill. Neither Vivi nor Jonah expected to become as close as they did so quickly, but meeting each other that summer changes their lives forever.

Award/Honor Books, YA Fiction

Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin

Grades 9-12

tell-meThe Babcock sisters have a close relationship with each other even though all three of them are vastly different. Their family is shaken when they learn the news that their mother has cancer. The girls spend time with her at a Mexican clinic where she is receiving an alternative treatment. While the girls try to balance their lives at school with their mother’s imminent death, they are blindsided with a truth about their mother that they never could have imagined.

 

Award/Honor Books, Nonfiction

Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant

Grades 1-4

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An accident caused Louis Braille to lose his sight at five years old. Braille was desperate to live like everyone else, and most of all, missed the ability to read books. When he discovered that even the school for the blind in Paris didn’t have books for him to read, he created his own system using only 6 dots so that he was able to feel the words with his fingers and was finally able to read. The story is written in first person, as if Braille is actually narrating his own biography, and it is simple enough for children to read on their own.

Award/Honor Books, Picture Books

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

Grades K-2
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A grandmother who lives with her very big family yearns to be left alone to finish her knitting. She is determined to find a quiet space all to herself so she can get her work done. Unbeknownst to her family, she slips out one day and begins her quest to find a quiet place. Along the way, she meets bears, goats and even aliens, but nothing will stop her from her ultimate goal: knitting warm sweaters for her grandkids.

Award/Honor Books, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Grades 3-6

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Annabelle’s life in a quiet Pennsylvania town has been affected by two world wars, but her life really changes when she meets her new classmate Betty Glengarry. Betty is a typical bully and makes it known. She specifically attacks Toby a veteran of World War I. Will Annabelle, who knows what a kind soul Toby is, be able to stand up for him or will she choke and be a bystander?

This is a 2017 Newbery Honor book.

Animals, Award/Honor Books, Picture Books

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel

Ages 3-6

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This book highlights observation and imagination as a cat walks through its world and is seen by various animals in different ways. They see the cat in different colors and forms. Some see a black and white cat, some see a rainbow-colored cat. Some see him clearly and some see him fuzzily. How will you see the cat?

This is a 2017 Caldecott Honor book.

Award/Honor Books, Nonfiction

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford

Grades 1-3

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This nonfiction book tells the hopeful story of how hard-working slaves got through their week by looking forward to Sunday, when they could relax and have fun in 19th century Louisiana’s Congo Square. The book narrates what they had to do each day of the week in a poetic manner.

This is a 2017 Caldecott Honor book.

This is a 2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book.