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May 2021 Selections

Preschool

I Am Enough

by Grace Byers, illustrations by Keturah A. Bobo

This gorgeous lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another comes from Empire  actor and activist Grace Byers.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

 

Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

by Jeanette Winter

In this inspiring book based on a true story, Luis loves to read, but soon his house in Colombia is so full of books that there is barely room for the family. What to do? He comes up with the perfect solution — a traveling library! He buys two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, and travels with them throughout the land, bringing books and reading to the children in faraway villages.

 


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon

by Simran Jeet Singh, illustrations by Baljinder Kaur

The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first 100-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community.

Fauja Singh was born with legs that would not allow him to play cricket with his friends or carry him to school miles from his village in Punjab. But he never stopped striving. At the age of eighty-one, after a lifetime of making his body, mind, and heart stronger, Fauja decided to run his first marathon.

 

Waiting for the Biblioburro/Esperando el biblioburro

By Monica Brown, illustrations by John Parra

Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village, there are only a few books, and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of hooves, and there before her is the most wonderful sight: a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros — all the books a little girl could dream of, with enough stories to encourage her to create one of her own.

Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, award-winning picture book creators Monica Brown and John Parra introduce readers to the mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Colombia — and to the children who wait for the biblioburro.

 


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Who Got Game? Baseball: Amazing but True Stories!

by Derrick Barnes, illustrations by John John Bajet

Who Got Game? Baseball  celebrates the unheralded, unrecognized, and forgotten — but no less remarkable — people and stories that are integral to the history of the game. Derrick Barnes shines a spotlight on forty-five fascinating baseball records, personalities, and anecdotes rarely mentioned in popular baseball lore. Like John "Bud" Fowler, William Edward White, and brothers Moses Fleetwood Walker and Weldy Walker — African Americans who integrated white teams decades before Jackie Robinson. Or Jackie Mitchell, the seventeen-year-old girl who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Plus inglorious records, including the longest pro game ever played (eight hours and twenty-five minutes) and Hughie Jennings, known for being hit by the most pitches in a season (fifty-one).
 

Stargazing

by Jen Wang

Moon is everything that Christine isn't. She is confident, impulsive, and artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.

But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends soon become best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs.

Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs now, when the sky is falling?
 

 


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Patina

by Jason Reynolds

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team — a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other but to themselves.

 

The Neverending Story/La historia interminable

by Michael Ende

Unicorns, dragons, sprites, will-o'-the-wisps: the inhabitants of an enchanted world. And into this world — through the pages of an old book — ventures Bastian, a lonely boy of ten or twelve. But Fantastica is slowly decaying, its Childlike Empress dying. Only a real human being can set things right by giving the Empress a new name. Bastian takes up the challenge and finds himself crossing the Swamps of Sadness and the Silver Mountains, meeting sorcerers and giants, bats and night-hobs, gnomes and racing snails. As he journeys bravely toward the Ivory Tower, Bastian's quest is filled with all the wonders of myth and fairy tale.

 


High School (Grades 9–12)

The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues

by Lonnie Wheeler

James "Cool Papa" Bell (1903–1991) was a legend in Black baseball, a lightning-fast switch hitter elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Bell's speed was extraordinary; as Satchel Paige famously quipped, Bell was so fast, he could flip a light switch and be in bed before the room got dark.

In The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell,  experienced baseball writer and historian Lonnie Wheeler recounts the life of this extraordinary player, a key member of some of the greatest Negro League teams in history.

 

Pointe

by Brandy Colbert

Theo is better now.

She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction — and his abductor.

Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put at risk everything she has been living for. But keeping quiet might be worse.

 


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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Contacts

Reading Curriculum Specialist:

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

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