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March 2022 Selections


ABC What Can She Be?

by Sugar Snap Studio: text and illustrations by Jessie Ford

Not even the sky is the limit with this fun approach to learning the alphabet! This book encourages young girls by presenting a colorful variety of choices for their future careers. Jessie Ford artfully pairs the letters of the alphabet with vibrant, eye-catching illustrations that paint an inspiring picture for budding trailblazers everywhere. Representing all kinds of girls, ABC What Can She Be?  depicts girls with different colors, sizes, shapes, and abilities in both traditional and nontraditional occupations.


How Are You?/¿Cómo estás?

by Angela Dominguez

When two giraffe friends find a baby ostrich, they have some questions. Is baby ostrich hungry? Shy? Tired? Ostrich says no! So how does  she feel? Expressed in both English and Spanish, friendship awaits in this book about feelings.



Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry, illustrations by Brittany Jackson

When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald's transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn't just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen — one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth — who captured her imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a picture of a mesmerized Parker, the photo became an Internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family whose trip to a museum became an extraordinary moment.


Superheroes Are Everywhere/Los superhéroes están en todas partes

by Kamala Harris, illustrations by Mechal Renee Roe

Vice President Kamala Harris, as a little girl, loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, among her friends, even down the street — there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you need to do to be a superhero is to be the best that you can be.

In this empowering and joyful picture book that speaks directly to kids, Kamala Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us.


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Sisters of the Neversea

by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Lily and Wendy have been friends since they became stepsisters. But with their feuding parents planning to spend the summer apart, what will become of their family — and their friendship?

Little do they know that a mysterious boy has been watching them from the oak tree outside their window. A boy who intends to take them away from home for good . . . to an island of wild animals, fairies, and kidnapped children . . . to a sea of merfolk, pirates, and a giant crocodile.

A boy who calls himself Peter Pan.


Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer

by Traci Sorell, illustrations by Natasha Donovan

Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.

Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross's journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, the narrative highlights Cherokee values, including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping to ensure equal opportunity and education for all.


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Dress Coded

by Carrie Firestone

Molly Frost is fed up  . . . because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top. Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit. Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an F. Because it's impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertips. Because girls' bodies are not a distraction. Because middle school is hard enough.

So Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and before long, her small rebellion swells into a revolution. Because now the girls are standing up for what's right, and they are not backing down.


Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz
The Testimonies of Children Detained at the Southern Border of the United States

by Warren Binford, illustrations by Cecilia Ruiz, Yuyi Morales, Juan Palomino, Paco Santoyo, Adriana Campos, Salomón Duarte Granados, Flavia Zorrilla Drago, Bayo Flores, Edith Valle, Gloria Félix, Mirelle Ortega, María Lumbreras, Addy Rivera Sonda, Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez, Daniela Martín del Campo, Dominique Arce, Raúl Gonzalez III

Every day, children in migration are detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. They are scared and alone, and their lives are in limbo. Hear My Voice/Escucha mi voz  shares the stories of sixty-one of these children — from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Mexico and ranging in age from five to seventeen — in their own words from actual sworn testimonies. Befitting the spirit of the project, the book is an English version on one side; flip the book over, and it is a Spanish version.


High School (Grades 9–12)

Wake: The Hidden Story of Women-Led Slave Revolts

by Rebecca Hall, illustrations by Hugo Martínez

Women warriors planned and led revolts on slave ships during the Middle Passage. They fought their enslavers throughout the Americas. And then they were erased from history. 

Wake  tells the story of Dr. Rebecca Hall, a historian, the granddaughter of slaves, and a woman haunted by the legacy of slavery. The accepted history of slave revolts has always told her that enslaved women took a back seat. But Rebecca decides to look deeper, and her journey takes her through old court records, slave ship captain's logs, crumbling correspondence, and even the forensic evidence from the bones of enslaved women from the "negro burying ground" in Manhattan. She finds women warriors everywhere.

Part graphic novel, part memoir, Wake  is an imaginative tour-de-force that tells the story of women-led slave revolts and chronicles scholar Rebecca Hall's efforts to uncover the truth about these women warriors who, until now, have been left out of the historical record.


A Week of Mondays/Una semana de siete lunes

by Jessica Brody

Sixteen-year-old Ellie Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. And she is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find that she is reliving the exact  same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems that no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard she tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?


Books in Spanish

Domingo en el mercado

de José Sanabria, ilustraciones de Celeste Berlier

Todos los domingos el niño y su padre van a vender su cosecha. El mercado bulle con sonidos, colores y personajes: Patrocinio, el músico, o Toto, un monito ladrón que no se sabe de dónde viene. De pronto ¡aparace un toro furioso! Nadie contaba con que Toto se transformase en el héroe de la jornada.


Cajas de cartón: Relatos de la vida peregrina de un niño campesino (grades 5–7)

de Francisco Jiménez

Al anochecer en una ciudad cerca de la frontera mexicana, un padre mantiene abierto un agujero en un cerco alambrado mientras su esposa y dos niños pequeños salen por éste. Así comienza la vida en los Estados Unidos para muchas personas cada día. Y así comienza la historia de Panchito.


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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Tanya D. Evans
Phone: 414-475-8110

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