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June 2020 Selections

Preschool

Colorful drawing of two cute, long-eared bunny friends in a woods, each holding a jarIn a Jar

by Deborah Marcero

Llewellyn, a little rabbit, is a collector. He gathers things in jars—ordinary things like buttercups, feathers, and heart-shaped stones. Then he meets another rabbit, Evelyn, and together they begin to collect extraordinary things like rainbows, the sound of the ocean, and the wind just before snow falls. And, best of all, when they hold the jars and peer inside, they remember all the wonderful things they have seen and done. But one day, Evelyn has sad news: Her family is moving away. How can the two friends continue their magical collection—and their special friendship—from afar?

 

Cartoon drawing of a huge-eyed pug staring out at usPig the Pug/Chancho el pug

by Aaron Blabey

Pig is a greedy and selfish pug. He has all the bouncy balls, bones, and chew toys a dog could ever want, yet he refuses to share with his poor friend, Trevor. Little does Pig know, however, that being greedy has its consequences. Join Pig as he learns to share—the hard way!

 


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Drawing of five children surrounded by trees and flowers in a lovely gardenWe Are the Gardeners

by Joanna Gaines and Julianna Swaney

In We Are the Gardeners,  Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they have gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn't always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!

 

An image created of small stones in the shape of six family members traveling in single file with packs on their backsStepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey

by Margriet Ruurs, Falah Raheem, and Nizar Ali Badr

Author Margriet Ruurs sets out to create a story about the Syrian refugee crisis. Stepping Stones  tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather, and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Artist Nizar Ali Badr's stunning stone images illustrate the story. Available in Arabic and English.

 


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Drawing of two boys at a swimming hole looking up at a third boy sailing way overhead in a dive toward the waterThe Season of Styx Malone

by Kekla Magoon

Caleb Franklin and his big brother, Bobby Gene, are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.

Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet a new neighbor, Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that, together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade—exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets—secrets so big that they could ruin everything.

 

Cartoon of two smiley faces: One smiling with braces on the teeth and the other frowningSisters/Hermanas

by Raina Telgemeier

Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture, and later, when something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize that they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

 


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Drawing of a young girl focused on painting alpana on the side of a house, with a rickshaw in the backgroundRickshaw Girl

by Mitali Perkins and Jamie Hogan

Naima is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied with just painting alpana. She wants to help earn money for her family like her best friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort to help puts her family deeper into debt, she draws on her resourceful nature and her talents to bravely save the day. The book includes a glossary of Bangla words and an author's note about a changing Bangladesh and microfinance.

 

Book cover in yellows in blues featuring a young boy pushing the word "Fail" off the sideThe Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

by Pablo Cartaya

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela's restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo's apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn't notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.

 


High School (Grades 9–12)

Image of a royal crown pierced by branches of a thorn treeThe Cruel Prince/El príncipe cruel

by Holly Black and Caitlin Kelly

Book #1 in The Folk of the Air  series
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him—and face the consequences.

 

Image of the faces of two young girls bisected by the black silhouette of an airplaneClap When You Land

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people . . .

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance—and Papi's secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.

And then, when it seems like they have lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

 


To access the books on our monthly MPS Reads booklists, 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 booklists, 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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