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January 2019 Selections


Clothesline Clues Book CoverClothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook

"Who wears oven mitts, an apron, and a puffy hat? Who uses safety glasses and a saw? Clothes and special gear associated with an array of different professions appear on a clothesline, with an accompanying four-line stanza asking the reader to guess what job that person does. Turn the page, and the worker wearing and using the featured items is revealed." –Provided by publisher


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

That is not a Good Idea Book CoverThat Is Not a Good Idea!

by Mo Willems

“That Is Not a Good Idea! is a hilarious, interactive picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems. Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. Kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings." –Provided by publisher


Finding the Music book coverFinding the Music/En pos de la música

by Jennifer Torres

“When Reyna accidentally breaks Abuelito’s vihuela—a small guitar-like instrument—she ventures out into the neighborhood determined to find someone who can help her repair it. No one can fix the vihuela, but along the way Reyna gathers stories and mementos of Abuelito and his music." –Provided by publisher


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Just like Jackie book coverJust Like Jackie

by Lindsey Stoddard

“For as long as Robinson Hart can remember, it’s just been her and Grandpa. He taught her about cars, baseball, and everything else worth knowing. But Grandpa’s memory has been getting bad—so bad that he sometimes can’t even remember Robbie’s name. If Robbie tells anyone how forgetful Grandpa’s been getting lately, they’d take her away from him. He’s the only family she has—and it’s up to her to keep them together, no matter what. " –Provided by publisher


Stella Diaz has Something to Say Book coverStella Díaz Has Something to Say

by Angela Dominguez

"A sweet novel by award-winning illustrator Angela Dominguez about a shy Mexican-American girl who makes a new friend." –Provided by publisher



Middle School (Grades 6–8)

As brave as you book coverAs Brave as You

by Jason Reynolds

Genie and his brother Ernie leave Brooklyn for the first time to spend the summer with their grandparents in Virginia. When their grandfather comes up with a crazy idea for how to celebrate Ernie’s upcoming birthday, Ernie wants no part of it. Genie thinks it’s because Ernie isn’t brave enough. But is being brave doing something or knowing when not to?  


Us in Progress book coverUs in Progress: Short Stories about Young Latinos

by Lulu Delacre

"In this book, you will meet many young Latinos living in the United States, from a young girl whose day at her father’s burrito truck surprises her to two sisters working together to change the older sister’s immigration status, and more.

"Turn the pages to experience life through the eyes of these boys and girls whose families originally hail from many different countries; see their hardships, celebrate their victories, and come away with a better understanding of what it means to be Latino in the U.S. today." –Provided by publisher


High School (Grades 9–12)

A long walk to water book coverA Long Walk to Water

by Linda Sue Park

"The New York Times  bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the 'lost boys' of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way." –Provided by publisher


I am not your perfect mexican daughter book coverI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter/Yo no soy tu perfecta hija Mexicana

by Erika L. Sánchez

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought.


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K-12 Literacy Learning Manager:

Deborah Kuether
Phone: 414-475-8327

Reading Curriculum Specialist:

Tanya D. Evans
Phone: 414-475-8110

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