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May 2022 Selections


A Big Mooncake for Little Star

by Grace Lin

Pat, pat, pat . . . 

Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.

Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can't resist a nibble?

In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honors author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains the phases of the moon.


Eyes that Speak to the Stars

by Joanna Ho, illustrations by Dung Ho

A young boy comes to recognize his own power and ability to change the future. When a friend at school creates a hurtful drawing, the boy turns to his family for comfort. He realizes that his eyes rise to the skies and speak to the stars, shine like sunlit rays, and glimpse trails of light from those who came before — in fact, his eyes are like his father's, his agong 's, and his little brother's, and they are visionary.

Inspired by the men in his family, he recognizes his own power and strength from within.


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Eyes that Kiss in the Corners

by Joanna Ho, illustrations by Dung Ho

A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her friends' eyes. Her friends have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. They have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea, crinkle into crescent moons, and are filled with stories of the past and hope for the future.

Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self-love and empowerment.


My Two Border Towns/Mi dos pueblos fronterizos

by David Bowles, illustrations by Erika Meza

Early one Saturday morning, a boy prepares for a trip to The Other Side/El otro lado. It's close — just down the street from his school — and it's a twin of where he lives. To get there, his father drives their truck along the Rio Grande and over a bridge, where they are greeted by a giant statue of an eagle. Their outings always include a meal at their favorite restaurant, a visit with Tío Mateo at his jewelry store, a cold treat from the paletero,  and a pharmacy pickup. On their final and most important stop, they check in with friends seeking asylum and drop off much-needed supplies.


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

The Comeback: A Figure Skating Novel

by E. L. Shen

Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen is just trying to nail that perfect landing: on the ice, in middle school, and at home, where her parents worry that competitive skating is too much pressure for a budding tween. Maxine isn't concerned, however — she's determined to glide to victory. But then a bully at school starts teasing Maxine for her Chinese heritage, leaving her stunned and speechless. And at the rink, she finds herself up against a stellar new skater named Hollie, whose grace and skill threaten to edge Maxine out of the competition. With everything she knows on uneven ice, will Maxine crash under the pressure? Or can she power her way to a comeback?


Cuba in My Pocket

by Adrianna Cuevas

In 1961, twelve-year-old Cumba's family made the difficult decision to send him to Florida alone. Cumba has to navigate a new city, a new school, and new freedom all on his own. He continues to wonder: Will his family ever be whole again? Or will they remain just out of reach, ninety miles across the sea?


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Finding Junie Kim

by Ellen Oh

Junie Kim just wants to fit in. So she keeps her head down and tries not to draw attention to herself. But when racist graffiti appears at her middle school, Junie must decide between staying silent or speaking out.

Then Junie's history teacher assigns a project, and Junie decides to interview her grandparents, learning about their unbelievable experiences as kids during the Korean War. Junie comes to admire her grandma's fierce determination to overcome impossible odds and her grandpa's unwavering compassion during wartime. And as racism becomes more pervasive at school, Junie taps into the strength of her ancestors and finds the courage to do what is right.


They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems

by David Bowles

They call him Güero because of his red hair, pale skin, and freckles, but like the Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez, Güero is puro mexicano.  He feels at home on both sides of the river, speaking Spanish or English. When life in seventh grade gets tough for this Mexican American border kid, he knows what to do: He writes poetry.


High School (Grades 9–12)

Himawari House

by Harmony Becker

Living in a new country is no walk in the park — Nao, Hyejung, and Tina can all attest to that. The three of them became fast friends through living together in the Himawari House in Tokyo and attending the same Japanese cram school. Nao came to Japan to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, while Hyejung and Tina came to find freedom and their own paths. Though each of them has her own motivations and challenges, they all deal with language barriers, being a fish out of water, self-discovery, love, and family.


Wrong Side of the Court

by H. N. Khan

Dreaming of being the world's first Pakistani to be drafted into the NBA, fifteen-year-old Fawad Chaudhry must convince his mother to let him try out for the basketball team while dealing with the neighborhood bully.


Books in Spanish

Todas las hadas del reino/All the Fairies in the Kingdom (ages 13–17)

de Laura Gallego

Camelia is a fairy godmother who, for three hundred years, has been helping young people achieve their own happy endings. Her magic has never failed her, but everything starts to get complicated when they entrust to her Simon, a stable boy who desperately needs her help. This case takes inexplicable twists and turns.


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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Reading Curriculum Specialist:

Tanya D. Evans
Phone: 414-475-8110

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