Featured Book of the Week

Week of May 13

Drawn Together

Drawn Together by Minh Le.

A boy and his grandfather cross a language and cultural barrier using their shared love of art, storytelling, and fantasy.

Week of May 6

The Field

The Field by Baptiste Paul.

A group of children practice teamwork while playing a game of soccer in a field in St. Lucia.

Week of April 29

The Patchwork Bike

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke.

A bike will take you on an adventure, whether it is an expensive, fully loaded BMX or a homemade bike with a bent bucket seat and handlebar branches.

Week of April 22

Out of Wonder

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander.

Text and illustrations present twenty poems that look at well-known poets from around the world.

Week of April 15

My America

My America by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

A collection of poems evocative of seven geographical regions of the United States, including the Northeast, Southeast, Great Lakes, Plains, Mountain, Southwest, and Pacific Coast States.

Week of April 8

Hello School

Hello School: a Classroom Full of Poems by Dee Lillegard.

38 short poems bring all the elements of the classroom to life.

Week of March 25

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein.

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero, the famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello, with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Week of March 18

Fish in a Tree

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Ally’s greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn’t know how to read.

Week of March 11

Roger is Reading a Book

Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen.

Roger wants some peace and quiet so he can read his book, but his neighbor Emily has some hobbies of her own–very loud ones!

Week of March 4

Hooray for Reading Day

Hooray for Reading Day! by Margery Cuyler.

First-grader Jessica, a big worrier, is especially afraid that she will make a mistake when she is reading in front of her class and parents on Reading Theater Day, but after lots of practice reading to her dog Wiggles, she performs perfectly.

Week of February 18

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures : the True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly & Winifred Conkling.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden.

Week of February 11

Let it Shine

Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Presents profiles of ten African-American women whose efforts on behalf of racial justice and freedom have influenced the course of history.

Week of January 21

Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations


Week of January 14

Time to Sleep

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Bear knows it’s time for her winter nap, but first she must tell Snail. Snail must tell Skunk. Skunk must tell Turtle. Turtle must tell Woodchuck. Woodchuck must tell Ladybug. Can you guess who Ladybug goes to tell?


Week of December 17

Keeping a Christmas Secret by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Four-year-old Michael finds a way to redeem himself after he mistakenly tells Dad what the family is giving him for Christmas.

Week of December 10

Too Many Tamales

Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto.

Maria tries on her mother’s wedding ring while helping make tamales for a Christmas family get together, but panic ensues when hours later, she realizes the ring is missing.

Week of December 3


December by Eve Bunting.

A homeless family’s luck changes after they help an old woman who has even less than they do at Christmas.

Week of November 19

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey.

School children on a field trip to Mack Nugget’s farm save the lives of eight turkeys in this poem based on “The Night Before Christmas.”

Week of November 12

Thanksgiving Wish

Thanksgiving Wish by Michael J. Rosen.

Every Thanksgiving Amanda’s family gathers at her grandmother Bubbe’s house for the turkey dinner. Amanda’s favorite part of the comes right before bed when her Bubbe lets her choose a wishbone to make a Thanksgiving wish. One…two…three…snap! But this year, Bubbe has died and she is no longer there to share a Thanksgiving wish.

Week of November 5

Thank You, Sarah

Thank You, Sarah by Laurie Halse Anderson.

The real life story of Sarah Hale, a magazine editor and author, who persuaded President Abraham Lincoln to make Thanksgiving Day a national holiday.

Week of October 29

Dappled Apples

Dappled Apples by Jan Carr.

Falling leaves. Dappled apples. Plump pumpkins. Crazy Costumes. A frisky, festive celebration of Fall.

Week of October 22

People in Fall

People in Fall by Martha Rustad.

What we wear, how we have fun and other signs that Fall is here.

Week of October 15

Arthur Jumps Into Fall

Arthur Jumps into Fall by Marc Brown.

Arthur’s dad asks him to rake the leaves in the backyard.

Week of October 8

Pumpkin Head

Pumpkinhead by Eric Kimmel.

Pumpkinhead sets out to see if the rest of the world is the same as Pumpkintown, but because of some tricky squirrels, neither he nor the rest of his town finds out.

Week of October 1

Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat.

The bear cubs have an adventure on Halloween night that proves Mother’s warning; “appearances can be deceiving.”

Week of September 24

Too Many Pumpkins


Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White.

Rebecca Estelle, an old woman who has hated pumpkins ever since she was a girl when her family had nothing else to eat, now finds herself with a full crop of pumpkins.

Week of September 17

Mr. Wuffles

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner.

Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys, but one, a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the ship, the aliens must venture into the cat’s territory to make emergency repairs.

Week of September 10

One Cool Friend

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and Illustrated by David Small.

Elliot didn’t think Family Fun Day at the aquarium sounded like at all. But then he had a small black and white friend come home with him.


Week of June 11


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.

And so we come to the very last book in our weekly book talk.  I hope you have enjoyed learning about new books and authors or revisiting some of your favorite authors.  Our last book is about Ferdinand, who would have been an excellent Woodland Wildcat for he likes to be safe, respectful and responsible.  May you be like Ferdinand this summer where you sit under your favorite tree quietly smelling flowers

Week of June 4


 Lentil by Robert McCloskey.

Robert  McCloskey is an author that Ms. Lehman (and Mr. Butts) grew up on. He wrote and and illustrated many books. Lentil is about a young boy who learned to play the harmonica and as the story goes, you never can tell what will happen when you learn to play the harmonica!  Check out this wonderful book or any other book by Robert McCloskey!

Week of May 28

The Bee Tree

The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco.

This story by Michigan author Patricia Polacco is a particular favorite of Mrs. Green and Ms. Lehman.  The Bee Tree reminds us how sweet it is to be a reader of books!

Week of May 21

The Empty Pot by Demi.

This is a story of a child named Ping who never gives up and practices patience while waiting for his seeds to grow. Read this story and see how you can practice patience in your life as Ping did in his.

Week of May 14

Swirl by Swirl

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman.

Spirals-bold, beautiful, and mysterious.  What makes the tiny snail shell so lovely? Why do spirals occur in nature over and over again?  Spirals in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear! Can you find a spiral in nature today?  Look for one while you are at recess!

Week of May 7


Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian.
The windows are open and bugs are everywhere in Douglas Florian’s spirited book of poems about the creatures we share our Earth with.  This book will delight you and give you a new appreciation for insects and spiders who make our world a more colorful and beautiful place!

Week of April 30

Moon for Seasons

A Moon for Seasons by Ann Turner.

“Sunlight pierces dark water, touches mud, warms the backs of frogs who rise like kings from their beds.” The poem I just read is one of many in this lovely illustrated book of poems focusing on nature. Perhaps this book will inspire you to write your own nature poem while taking a walk outdoors!.

Week of April 23

When Green Becomes Tomatoes

When Green Becomes Tomatoes, Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano.

This poetry book is a favorite of Mrs. Carman’s Class.  The poems take the reader through all kinds of weather and celebrates each season.  Here is a snippet of a poem for all of those longing for spring!  “There are things that are yellow and new, and popping up everywhere.” Check out the book to read the rest of the poem!

 Week of April 16

Firefly July

Firefly July: a Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul Janeczko.

These short poems are not short on meaning and make you ponder nature, animals and everyday objects.  Here is a short poem from this imaginative book titled, Spring. “Rain beats down, roots stretch up. They’ll meet in a flower.”  This book hopes to meet you and inspire you to write your own short poem.


Week of April 9

Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Tom Feelings.

We welcome Poetry Month with a beautifully illustrated book by the artist Tom Feelings. He asked his friends who happened to be talented poets to write poems to go with his artwork. Here is the beginning of a poem by Langston Hughes, titled, To You.  “To sit and dream, to sit and read, to sit and learn about the world.” Check out this book to finish reading this inspiring poem and see the lovely art that goes with this poem!

Week of March 26

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.

E. L. Konigsburg is an incredible author that has written many wonderful books.  She writes books about capable children that take matters into their own hands and learn something important about themselves.  The Mixed-up Files is a favorite of both Mr. Butts and Ms. Lehman. You should look this author up and read her books over spring break!  There are three copies of the Mixed-up Files in the Library! Don’t delay-get this book!

Week of March 19

Biddy Mason

Bridget “Biddy” Mason: from Slave to Businesswoman by Jean Kinney Williams.

After winning her freedom Bridget “Biddy” Mason worked as a nurse and bought her own home, something unheard of for a woman in the time she lived.  She was not only a successful businesswoman, but used her influence to serve others her entire life.

Week of March 12

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells-Barnett: A Voice Against Violence by Patricia & Fredrick McKissack.

Read about a strong woman named Ida B. Wells who lived a life that mattered!  We could all use her as an example for working hard to make the world a better place!

Week of March 5

Tar Beach

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold.

Tar Beach is a beautiful book illustrated and written by Faith Ringgold.  A good book to begin our month long celebration of Women’s History month!  Read this book and fly anywhere you want to go with your imagination.

Week of February 26


Bigmama’s by Donald Crews.

Donald Crews wrote this story of his fond memories of spending his boyhood summers at Bigmama’s house. After you have read the story, I bet you will wish you could go to Bigmama’s too.

Week of February 19

Book Itch

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore.
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson.
This book is a celebration of a visionary man named Lewis Henri Michaux who had a bookstore in Harlem.  He drew authors, poets and famous political figures to his store.  It was a place of stimulating conversation, ideas and advice.  Check out this book to find more about this visionary man who found his calling in books.

Week of February 12

A Splash of Red by Jen Bryant.

We continue our celebration of Black History Month with a book about the artist Horace Pippin, who overcame adversity to become an artist of simple elegance.  He was a World War 1 veteran and was a self-taught artist.  He was curious and an observant artist.  Give this book a read when you need inspiration!

Week of February 5


Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers.

We begin our celebration of Black History Month with the beautifully illustrated book about and written by Misty Copeland. Ms. Copeland made history as the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.  This book tells of her journey of finding her voice and purpose through hard work, determination, falling, and getting up again!  Check it out to motivate you to find your purpose!

Week of January 29

All About Animals

All About Animals in Winter by Martha Rustad.

This non-fiction books tells fascinating facts about how animals survive in the winter

Week of January 22

Brian's Winter and Winter Room by Gary Paulsen

The Winter Room and Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen.

We have two featured books this week, both by the award winning author, Gary Paulsen.  The Winter Room is about a family who gathers each night and listens to their uncle tell stories, until one night….check out the book to see what happens! Brian’s Winter is a companion book to Hatchet, so if you liked Hatchet check this book out to see what would have happened if Brian had not been rescued and  forced to survive during the winter.

Week of January 15

Winter Bees

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen.

In this lovely book of poetry, discover the fee-bee of the chickadee singing from the evergreen, the beaver diving deep below the frozen pond and other hardy animals waiting to welcome spring!

Week of January 8

Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat by Brenda Guiberson.

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of winter wheat resting beneath the deep snow.  The sprouts are protected by a blanket of snow waiting for spring, just as we are!

Week of December 18

Chop Chop

Chop Chop: the Kid’s Guide to Cooking Real Food with your Family by Sally Sampson.

Too cold to go outside?  No problem!  This recipe book will warm you right up with yummy soups, salads and delicious warm drinks!  I’m getting hungry just thinking about this book! Winter break is a perfect time to spend some time in the kitchen!

Week of December 11

Snow Day!

 Snow Day
by Lester L. Laminack.

If you have ever wished for a snow day, this book is for you!  Check it out and enjoy the surprise ending!

Week of December 4

Winter is the Warmest Season

 Winter is the Warmest Season
by Lauren Stringer.

Did you know that of all the seasons in the year, winter is the warmest?  If you didn’t check this book out!

Week of November 27

Proudly Red and Black

 Proudly Red and Black
by William Loren Katz and Paula A. Franklin.

This book tells of historical people who were both Native American and African American and how they helped shape the history of the United States

Week of November 20

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp.

This beautiful book is based on an ancient message of peace and appreciation for Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. The book encourages us to greet each morning by saying thank you to all living things.

Week of November 13

Dream Wolf

Dream Wolf
by Paul Goble.

This Native American tale originates from the Plains Indians and tells how a wolf saves two lost children.  Check out this book and other wonderful Native American stories in the library!

Week of  November  6

Story of the Jumping Mouse


The Story of Jumping Mouse
by John Steptoe.

This is a great Native American tale about a mouse who learns about himself and the world.  Check out this book and other wonderful Native American stories from our library.

Week of October 30

Legend of Sleeping Bear

The Legend of Sleeping Bear
by Kathy-jo Wargin.

It is believed the Ojibwe of Michigan were the first Native Americans to tell this tale of how the sandy areas known as Sleeping Bear Dunes were formed.

Week of October 23

In a Dark, Dark Room



In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz.

If you like books that give you a chill, check this book out!

Week of October 16




by Dav Pilkey.

Dav Pilkey wrote a funny story about a wiener dog’s Halloween costume.  Can you guess what the funny costume was? Check out the book from the library and find out!