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April 2022 Selections

Preschool

Who Wet My Pants?

by Bob Shea, illustrations by Zachariah Ohora

Reuben the bear has donuts for everyone in his scout troop, but his friends are all staring at something else: There is a wet spot on Reuben's pants, and it's in a specific area. "WHO WET MY PANTS?" he shouts, and a blame game starts. His buddies try to reassure him that there was no crime. Just an accident. It could happen to anyone!

Who Wet My Pants?  isn't a potty-training book. It's a witty and wise story about embarrassment and anger, empathy and acceptance, and, ultimately . . . forgiveness.

 

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

by Mary Lee Donovan, illustrations by Lian Cho

You are invited to travel to homes around the world in this beautifully illustrated picture book about hospitality and acceptance, which features the word "welcome" from more than fourteen languages.

 


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

No More Poems! A Book in Verse that Just Gets Worse

by Rhett Miller, illustrations by Dan Santat

The poems in No More Poems!  bring a fresh new twist to the classic dilemmas of childhood as well as a perceptive eye to the foibles of modern family life. Full of clever wordplay and bright visual gags — and toilet humor to spare — these twenty-three rhyming poems make for an ideal read-aloud experience.

 

Hair Twins

by Raakhee Mirchandani, illustrations by Holly Hatam

A Sikh father and daughter with a special hair bond proudly celebrate and share a family tradition in this charming story perfect for fans of Hair Love  and I Love My Hair!

Every morning, Papa combs through his daughter's waves like he does his own — parting it down the middle, using coconut oil to get all the tangles out.

Some days he braids her hair in two twists down the side of her face. But her favorite style is when he combs her hair in a tight bun on the top of her head, just like the joora  he wears every day under his turban. They call this their hair twin look!

 


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Lailah's Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

by Reem Faruqi, illustrations by Lea Lyon

Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old home, and she is missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her classmates won't understand why she doesn't join them in the lunchroom.

Lailah solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and, in doing so, learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.

 

The Case of the Pen Gone Missing/El caso de la pluma perdida (A Mickey Rangel Mystery)

by René Saldaña, Jr.

Mickey is a real, honest-to-goodness private detective: He has his diploma, badge, and several solved crimes to prove it. His skills and judgment  are tested when Toots Rodríguez, the prettiest girl in his class, asks him to help her clear her name, which has been tainted by the disappearance of a collectible pen that was presented at show and tell this morning. Mickey and his mysterious letter-writing "angel" are pretty sure that Toots and her boyfriend, Bucho, the school bully, have conspired to leave with the pen in their pockets. Proving it is another matter.

 


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Ebb and Flow

by Heather Smith

Jett and his mother move to a new town for a fresh start after his father goes to jail. But Jett soon learns that fresh starts aren't all they are cracked up to be. When he befriends a boy with a difficult home life, Jett finds himself in a cycle of bad decisions that culminate in the betrayal of a friend — a shameful secret that he still hasn't forgiven himself for. Writing in artfully crafted free-verse vignettes, Heather Smith uses a deceptively simple style to tell a powerful and emotionally charged story. The engaging narrative also showcases the positive character traits of empathy, resilience, courage, and responsibility.

 

Blancaflor, the Hero with Secret Powers: A Folktale from Latin America (A TOON Graphic)

by Nadja Spiegelman, illustrations by Sergio García Sánchez

A damsel to the rescue! Raised by a mean ogre of a father who eats his opponents for dinner, Blancaflor is often told not to show off her own considerable powers for fear of scaring off suitors. When a prince falls from the sky and wakes up in her lap, she is spellbound and moves heaven and earth to help the endearing yet not so clever young man while trying to keep her powers secret. With their trademark magnificent brio, Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio García Sánchez update a classic tale extolling the strength and resourcefulness of women.

 


High School (Grades 9–12)

Muted

by Tami Charles

For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything — writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown.

So Denver is more than ready on the day that she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean "Mercury" Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights, plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies that the girls have to tell are all worth it.

Until they're not. 

Denver begins to realize that she is trapped in Merc's world, struggling to hold onto her own voice. As the dream turns into a nightmare, she must make a choice: lose her big break or get broken.

Inspired by true events, Muted  is a fearless exploration of the dark side of the music industry, the business of exploitation, how a girl's dreams can be used against her — and what it takes to fight back.

 

Crank

by Ellen Hopkins

Life was good
before I
met
the monster.

After,
life
was great,
At
least

for a little while.
 

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.

Then Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul — her life.

 


Books in Spanish

Todo es canción: Antología poética

de Alma Flor Ada, ilustraciones de María Jesús Álvarez

Este libro reúne la producción poética más destacada de Alma Flor Ada. Organizada por temáticas escolares, esta antología constituye un recurso fundamental. Los temas incluyen partes del cuerpo, númerous, vocales, la familia, animales, el campo y la ciudad, comida, la naturaleza, el bilingüismo, y más.

 

El bestiario de Axlin: Guardianes de la ciudadela, libro 1 (high school)

de Laura Gallego

El mundo de Axlin está plagado de monstruos. Algunos atacan a los viajeros en los caminos, otros asedian las aldeas hasta que logran arrasarlas por completo y otros entran en las casas por las noches para llevarse a los niños mientras duermen. Axlin ha crecido siendo consciente de que cualquier día le puede tocar a ella.

 


To access the books on our monthly MPS Reads book lists, visit your school library or local library, or go online to OverDrive* and log in with your MPS student ID number.

*Some titles are not available through OverDrive.

To access the books on our monthly MPS Reads book lists, visit your school library or local library, or go online to OverDrive* and log in with your MPS student ID number.

*Some titles are not available through OverDrive.

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Contact

Reading Curriculum Specialist:

Tanya D. Evans
Phone: 414-475-8110
Email: evanstd@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

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