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Celebrate Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, a day of celebration for many, who commemorate June 19th, 1865, the date enslaved people in Texas finally learned of their emancipation. To view recent recommended books on the subject, click here. For even more discussion of this day, read this Floyd Cooper Talks with Roger and also Robin...

For die-hard dino fans

In these four books recommended for primary readers, some fiction and some nonfiction, you’ll find prehistoric creatures…and humans fascinated by them, as so many kids are! See also Danielle J. Ford’s May/June 2007 Horn Book Magazine article “Beyond Barney: What Makes a Good Dinosaur Book?” and the Guide Reviews/Database subject...

The page-turning past

An engrossing story can help you see history in a new way. In these four novels for middle- and/or high-school readers — including realistic historical fiction as well as fantasy — moments in the past come alive. Farewell Cuba, Mi Isla by Alexandra Diaz Middle School    Wiseman/Simon    336 pp. 9/23   ...

Stories for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Here are six works of fiction for intermediate and middle-school readers — novels, graphic novels, a short story collection — set in North America and starring characters of Asian heritage. And for slightly older readers, see our Five Questions...

Cinco de Mayo 2024

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate with three updated booklists from the Guide/Reviews Database starring the holiday itself, Mexican and Mexican American protagonists, and the Spanish language. We've got recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for primary, intermediate, and older readers. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual child is the real criterion....

2024 Summer Reading: High School

  Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Each of our lists — for all age ranges and including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — includes thirteen selections (a baker's dozen!), all published 2023–2024 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual...

2024 Summer Reading: Middle School

  Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Each of our lists — for all age ranges and including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — includes thirteen selections (a baker's dozen!), all published 2023–2024 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual...

2024 Summer Reading: Intermediate

  Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Each of our lists — for all age ranges and including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — includes thirteen selections (a baker's dozen!), all published 2023–2024 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual...

2024 Summer Reading: Beginning Readers and Primary Grades

  Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to summer camp? Each of our lists — for all age ranges and including fiction, nonfiction, folklore, and poetry — includes thirteen selections (a baker's dozen!), all published 2023–2024 and ideal for the season. Grade levels are only suggestions; the individual...
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