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MPS Reads

In support of our Ambitious Instruction Plan for reading, each month we will feature below suggested titles for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students. The goal is to

  • assist teachers, librarians, parents, and others in finding interesting books that will encourage and excite students to read more literature and informational text;
  • suggest titles that allow students to see themselves, explore other cultures, and discover more about the world in which they live;
  • increase the volume of books that students are reading independently to ignite a passion for reading.
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February 2024 Selections

Learn about the selections for February 2024. Titles include Marvelous Maravilloso: Me and My Beautiful Family; Black Boy Joy; Have You Thanked an Inventor Today?; Cartas de amor de 0 a 10; Sparkle; and Inheritance.

Liam sticking his tongue out trying to catch a snowflake

January 2024 Selections

Learn about the selections for January 2024. Titles include Winter Sleep: A Hibernation Story; Miles Lewis: King of the Ice #1; A Work in Progress; I'll Stop the World: A Novel; Diamond Park; David Pinchón; and Just One Flake.

Rio swimming underwater with the whale White Beak

December 2023 Selections

Learn about the selections for December 2023. Titles include Secret Pizza Party; The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors; Leon the Extraordinary: A Graphic Novel; Virtually Me: A New Virtual Reality School Where Students Get a Fresh Start after a Pandemic; and The Lost Whale/La ballena perdida.

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November 2023 Selections

November is Native American Heritage Month! Learn about the selections for November 2023. Titles include Berry Song; Fall in Line, Holden!; Indigenous Ingenuity: A Celebration of Traditional North American Knowledge; A Snake Falls to Earth; Nuncaseolvida; and Mascot.

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October 2023 Selections

Learn about the selections for October 2023. Titles include The Storyteller's Candle; Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories; Eden's Everdark; Delicious Monsters; Ndura: Hijo de la selva; and The Good, the Bad, and the Spooky.

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September 2023 Selections

Learn about the selections for September 2023. Titles include Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival; The Crayons Go Back to School; Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy; We Are Not from Here; ¡No es justo! La lucha de Emma Tenayuca por la justicia; and We Are All Connected.

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August 2023 Selections

Learn about the selections for August 2023. Titles include The Loud Librarian; Your Place in the Universe; Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba; Thirst; Scrawl; La educación de Margot Sánchez; and Where Wonder Grows.

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Special Edition: Summer Fun and Reading 2023

As you attend events with your children this summer, read a book about it before or after you go. Suggested book titles to pair with the events include A Concert in the Park; On the Farm, At the Market; Being a Blue Angel; Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat; and At the Beach.

Max looking up at the moon and thinking of his grandpa

July 2023 Selections

Learn about the selections for July 2023. Titles include Magic: Once Upon a Faraway Land; Concrete from the Ground Up; Everything Sad Is Untrue; Burn Down, Rise Up; El despertar de los dragones (Reyes y hechiceros—libro 1); and Max and the Tag-Along Moon.

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June 2023 Selections

Learn about the selections for June 2023. Titles include Don't Eat Bees (Life Lessons from Chip the Dog), Wonder Walkers, The Many Meanings of Meilan, Punching Bag, Breathe and Count Back from Ten, Dímelo bajito, and Mexican WhiteBoy.

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May 2023 Selections

Learn about the selections for May 2023. Titles include Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist; How Do Meercats Order Pizza? Wild Facts about Animals and the Scientists Who Study Them; Boys I Know; Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico; and It's a Mitig!

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April 2023 Selections

April is National Poetry Month! Learn about the selections for April 2023. Titles include Hey Black Child; Do NOT Bring Your Dragon to the Library; Alias Anna: A True Story of Outwitting the Nazis; Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States; and The Door of No Return.

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