Tomorrow I'll Be Kind
by Jessica Hische
Tomorrow I'll be everything
I strive to be each day
And even when it's difficult
I'll work to find a way.
This uplifting and positive book encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will be grateful, helpful, and kind. Follow some adorable animals as they learn to take turns, share, and care for each other.
My Name Is Yoon
by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Yoon's name means "shining wisdom," and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn't sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names — maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!
Helen Recorvits's spare and inspiring story about a little girl finding her place in a new country is given luminous pictures filled with surprising vistas and dreamscapes by Gabi Swiatkowska.
Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)
by Peter H. Reynolds
Be You is a joyful celebration of individuality and staying true to Y-O-U!
In the tradition of books such as Oh, the Places You'll Go! comes a wholly original, inspirational celebration of individuality as only Peter H. Reynolds can create.
Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
by Tracey Kyle, illustrated by Mirelle Ortega
Pepe wakes up energized to attend his first Hispanic Day parade. With new food to taste, music to dance to, and a parade to watch, Pepe couldn't be more excited to celebrate and share his Hispanic heritage. Many of Pepe's friends also attend the festival, celebrating their own Hispanic ties. Mexican, Dominican, Panamanian, Colombian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Chilean, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Cuban cultures are all represented in the parade. Pepe and the Parade is a jubilant celebration of culture and identity.
Intermediate (Grades 3–5)
American as Paneer Pie
by Supriya Kelkar
An Indian American girl struggles to navigate her two very different lives: the one at home, where she can be herself, and the one at school, where she is teased for her culture. When a racist incident rocks her small town, she must decide whether to continue to remain silent or find her voice.
Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet/Mario y el agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta
by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Teresa Martinez
Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray cans, were tearing a hole in the earth's protective ozone layer. Mario knew that the world had to be warned — and quickly. Today Mario is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His inspiring story gives hope in the fight against global warming.
Middle School (Grades 6–8)
This Was Our Pact
by Ryan Andrews
It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they will soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go — and to ensure success in their mission, they have made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back.
The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben and (much to Ben's disappointment) Nathaniel, the one kid who just doesn't seem to fit in.
Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel farther than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship.*
*And a talking bear.
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
by Carlos Hernandez
When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn't under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal's office for the third time in three days, and it's still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. Yasmany is determined to prove that, somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in her locker even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.
Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except that maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he is capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken — including his dead mother — and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There's only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.
High School (Grades 9–12)
by Florence Gonsalves
It's senior year, and Chamomile Myles has whiplash from traveling between her two universes: school (the relentless countdown to prom, torturous college applications, and the mindless march toward an uncertain future) and home, where she wrestles a slow, bitter battle with her father's terminal illness. Enter Brendan, a man-bun-and-tutu-wearing hospital volunteer with a penchant for absurdity, who strides boldly between her worlds — and helps her open up a new road between them.
Cracking the Bell
by Geoff Herbach
Isaiah loves football. In fact, football saved Isaiah's life, giving him structure and discipline after his sister's death tore his family apart. Now nothing makes Isaiah happier than setting up the perfect defense and delivering a big hit. But when Isaiah gets knocked out cold on the field, he learns there's a lot more to lose than football.
While recovering from another concussion, Isaiah wonders what his life would look like without football. All his friends are on the team, and Isaiah knows they can't win without him. There's also the scholarship offer from Cornell, which is on the table only if he keeps playing. And without football, what would keep his family together? What would prevent him from sliding back into the habits that nearly destroyed him?
As Isaiah begins to piece his life together with help from unexpected places, he must decide how much he's willing to sacrifice for the sport that gave him everything, even if playing football threatens to take away his future.
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