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July 2019 Selections


You're Missing It!

by Brady Smith and Tiffani Thiessen

It's a lively day at the neighborhood park. Birds are singing, squirrels are frolicking, and wide-eyed children are enthralled by it all. Too bad the parents are missing everything! It's going to take something really BIG to get them to disengage from their phones!


Rana de tres ojos

by Olga de Dios

Este cuento nos transmite lo que significa vivir en la sensible piel de los anfibios, el grupo animal más amenazado del planeta. Rana de tres ojos tendrá que saltar muy alto para entender lo que sucede y descubrir las causas de la degradación de su hábitat. Ante la inicial frustración, rana de tres ojos con apoyo de su abuela, una rana con dos ojos, decide buscar alianzas con las que afrontar el reto de cambiar el rumbo de las cosas.


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Jabari Jumps

by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, so he's not scared at all. "Looks easy," says Jabari, watching the other kids. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient, encouraging father and a determined little boy.


Pedro's Big Goal/El golazo de Pedro

by Fran Manushkin

Pedro dreams of playing goalie for the next big soccer match. But he worries he's too slow and too small. Will Pedro meet his big goal?



Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Itch: Everything You Didn't Want to Know About What Makes You Scratch

by Anita Sanchez

You can feel it coming on — that terrible, torturous itch. An itch is your body's way of sending you a message you can't miss — like you've brushed up against poison ivy, or lice have arrived in your hair. And so many things make us itch — from fungus to fleas, mosquitoes to nettles, poison ivy to tarantulas!

Combining history, anatomy, laugh-out-loud illustrations, and even tips for avoiding and soothing the itch, Anita Sanchez and Gilbert Ford take readers on an intriguing (and sometimes disgusting) look into what makes you scratch.


La niña invisible

by David Puño

La historia de una niña que quiso elegir su destino en un mundo donde aún casi nada se había inventado. Premio El Barco de Vapor 2018. En tiempos de los abuelos de los abuelos de tus abuelos, cuando aún no se habían inventado los «buenos días», Trog quiso hacer el viaje. Pero, en la tribu de los Invisibles, el Viaje solo lo hacían los niños. Y Trog era una niña. Así que Trog decidió hacer lo que hacían los niños: salió en la noche, cruzó el páramo y buscó una presa.


Middle School (Grades 6–8)


by Kwame Alexander

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. In this prequel to Newbery Medal winner The Crossover,  Chuck Bell takes center stage. Readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music–worshipping basketball star his sons admire.

A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm that readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound  will go back in time to visit Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie was sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovered basketball and learned about his family's past.


Proud: Living My American Dream

by Ibtihaj Muhammad

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Ibtihaj Muhammad smashed barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab, and she made history as the first Muslim American woman to win an Olympic medal. It wasn't an easy road — in fencing, a sport popular among wealthy white people, Ibtihaj often felt out of place. She was fast, hardworking, and devoted to her faith, but rivals, teammates, coaches, and officials pointed out her differences, insisting she would never succeed. Yet Ibtihaj powered on. Her inspiring journey from young outsider to Olympic hero is a relatable, memorable, and uniquely American tale of hard work, determination, and self-reliance.


High School (Grades 9–12)

The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook — especially after she has feelings for a boy whom her family can never know about.

With Mami's determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she doesn't know how she could attend without her mami finding out. But she can't stop thinking about performing her poems. In a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.


All American Boys/Los chicos típicamente americanos

by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

A bag of chips. That's all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad's resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad's every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

There were witnesses: Quinn Collins — a varsity basketball player and Rashad's classmate — and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And the basketball team — half of whom are Rashad's best friends — start to take sides. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.


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