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March 2019 Selections

Preschool

I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today

I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today

by Jancee Dunn

Mischief – and a bit of wish fulfillment – is in play when a ringleader teddy bear throws a very memorable party.

 


 


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Mapping Sam

Mapping Sam

by Joyce Hesselberth

Sam the cat puts her family to bed and, when all is quiet, heads out to explore her neighborhood. As Sam follows her customary path, wandering farther and farther away from home, readers encounter different kinds of maps illuminating different points of view and the various spots Sam visits.

 

Alma and How She Got Her Name

Alma and How She Got Her Name/Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre

by Juana Martinez-Neal

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell.

 


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook up the World

Herstory: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World

by Katherine Halligan

In this uplifting and inspiring book, follow the stories of fifty powerhouse women from around the world and across time who each managed to change the world as they knew it. Telling the stories of their childhoods, the challenges they faced, and the impact of their achievements, each lavishly illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. From astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians, these women are sure to motivate young readers of all backgrounds to focus not on the can’ts and shouldn’ts but on what they can do: anything!

 

The Dreamer/El Soñador

The Dreamer/El soñador

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Much to his father's disappointment, Neftalí is not like other children. Frail and painfully shy, he spends most of his time alone, collecting treasures, reading, writing, and daydreaming — pastimes his authoritarian father thinks are for fools. Neftalí finds beauty and wonder everywhere: in the oily colors of mud puddles, a lost glove, sailing on the wind, the music of birds, and the language of his native Chile. While his father plans to build him to become a doctor, Neftalí has other longings and prevails against his father's cruelty and his own crippling shyness to become one of the most widely read poets in the world: Pablo Neruda.

 


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Big Top Burning – The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth

Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show on Earth

By Laura A. Woollett

In 1944, thousands of fans in Connecticut lined up to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. A fire broke out and spread rapidly as panicked circus-goers pushed and scrambled to escape. Within 10 minutes, the entire big top had burned to the ground, and 167 people never went home.

Big Top Burning explores a mystery at the heart of the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. This book follows the tragic story of the Cook family, who were in the audience that day, and also follows 15-year-old Robert Segee, a circus employee with an incendiary past. Author Laura Woollett guides readers through decades of research to find out if the unidentified body of a girl was Eleanor Cook. Was the fire an act of arson — and did Robert Segee set it? Readers are invited to evaluate the evidence and draw their own conclusions.

 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls reinvents fairy tales through this collection of bedtime stories about the lives of 100 extraordinary women, ranging from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls inspires young girls to dream big. From athletes to activists to musicians to lawmakers, each true tale is a celebration of bold women. Each story has a full-page, full-color portrait that captures the spirit of the portrayed hero.

 


High School (Grades 9–12)

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi

by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah is ready for her summer program. She looks forward to a break from her Mamma’s obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Dimple knows her family must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have sent her to a summer program for aspiring web developers . . . right? Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. When his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program that he is — and he’ll have to win her — he’s totally on board. Rishi wants his marriage to be arranged and believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

 

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Editors)

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that expresses the experience of being a Native American woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.

 


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Deborah Kuether
Phone: 414-475-8327
Email: kruegedn@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Reading Curriculum Specialist:

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

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