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October 2020 Selections

Preschool

No More Naps! A Story for When You Are Wide-Awake and Definitely NOT Tired

by Chris Grabenstein, with pictures by Leo Espinosa

It's time for a nap, but just like stubborn toddlers everywhere, Annalise Devin McFleece won't have anything to do with bedtime. Dad tries to encourage sleepiness by pushing her around the park in her stroller. Along the way, they pass a man sitting on a bench, dog walkers walking dogs, a boy on a skateboard, kids playing ball, a girl practicing her juggling, and others. Each of them thinks that taking a nap is a great idea and that if Annalise Devin McFleece does not want hers, they will happily take it. And one by one, everyone falls asleep . . . except Annalise Devin McFleece. But when she is finally ready for her nap, all the naps are taken! Is there anyone who has an extra nap to spare?

 

Llama Llama Red Pajama/La llama llama rojo pijama

by Anna Dewdney

In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.

 


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Leif and the Fall

by Allison Sweet Grant and Adam Grant, illustrated by Merrilee Liddiard

Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. "All leaves fall in the fall," say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?

 

The Roll-Away Pumpkin/La calabaza rodante

by Junia Wonders, illustrated by Daniela Volpari

On a windy autumn day, Marla Little comes running down the hill, yelling, "Help! My giant pumpkin is rolling away! Onward it goes, rolling and turning, with no sign of stopping! Diddle-dee-doo! Oh, what shall I do?"

A little girl chases her giant pumpkin all over town with some help along the way. This story features a cast of delightful characters with amusing expressions, and it is beautifully illustrated with memorable scenes.

 


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Ban This Book

by Alan Gratz

A fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don't mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship.

 

Todos iguales: Un corrido de Lemon Grove/All Equal: A Ballad of Lemon Grove (bilingual picture book)

by Christy Hale

Ten-year-old Roberto Álvarez loved school. He, his siblings, and neighbors attended the Lemon Grove School along with the white children from nearby homes. The children studied and played together as equals.

In the summer of 1930, the Lemon Grove School Board decided to segregate the Mexican American students. The board claimed that the children had a "language handicap" and needed to be "Americanized." When the Mexican families learned of this plan, they refused to let their children enter the new, inferior school that had been erected. They formed a neighborhood committee and sought legal help. Roberto, a bright boy who spoke English well, became the plaintiff in a suit filed by the Mexican families. On March 12, 1931, the case of Roberto Álvarez v. the Board of Trustees of the Lemon Grove School District  was decided. The judge ruled in favor of the children's right to equal education, ordering that Roberto and all the other Mexican American students be immediately reinstated in the Lemon Grove School.

 


Middle School (Grades 6–8)

Clean Getaway

by Nic Stone

How to Go on an Unplanned Road Trip with Your Grandma

Grab a suitcase: Prepacked from the big spring-break trip that got CANCELLED
Fasten your seatbelt: G'ma's never conventional, so this trip won't be either
Use the Green Book: G'ma's most treasured possession; it holds history, memories, and — most important — the way home

What Not to Bring

A cell phone: Avoid contact with Dad at all costs, even when G'ma starts acting stranger than usual

Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with this New York Times  bestseller and an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn't always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren't always what they seem — his G'ma included.

 

Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life/Código 7: Descifrando el código para una vida épica

by Bryan R. Johnson

Life at Flint Hill Elementary School may seem normal, but seven friends find themselves on a path to crack the code for an epic life. Whether they are chasing their dreams on stage, searching for an elusive monster fish, or running a makeshift business out of a tree house, can these heroes find a way to work together to change their community?

 


High School (Grades 9–12)

Light It Up

by Kekla Magoon

A girl walks home from school. She is tall for her age. She's wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She's hurrying.

She never makes it home.

In the aftermath, while law enforcement tries to justify the response, one fact remains: a police officer has shot and killed an unarmed thirteen-year-old girl. The community is thrown into upheaval leading to unrest, a growing movement to protest the senseless taking of Black lives, and the arrival of white supremacist counterdemonstrators.

 

Dreams and Nightmares: I Fled Alone to the United States When I Was Fourteen/Sueños y pesadillas: Huí sola a los Estados Unidos cuando tenía catorce años

by Liliana Velásquez

At fourteen, Liliana Velásquez walked out of her village in Guatemala and headed for the U.S. border alone. On her two-thousand-mile journey, she was robbed by narcos,  rode the boxcars of La Bestia,  and encountered death in the Sonoran Desert. When she was caught by U.S. Immigration in Arizona, she thought her journey was over. But it had just begun.

 


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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