Below you will find a list of books that can be found in our library with a short description of the book. These are the books Mrs. Betts has found most delightful, insightful, fun, or intriguing.
by Laurel Snyder Year Published: 2017
The relationship between a little girl and her neighbor Honey grows just like the garden Honey endlessly tends to. One day Honey moves and the little girl is left with a choice about how to carry on the skills Honey has taught her. When the new neighbors come, what will the little girl do?
This book also contains an author's note which describes some features of the book in more depth.
by Drew Daywalt Year Published: 2017
An origin story of the game rock, paper, scissors. Coming from different realms of your home, three great warriors seek out a worthy opponent.
by Amy Dyckman Year Published: 2017
Be careful what you wish for. This book illustrates the unexpected outcome of wishing for a unicorn.
by Gennifer Choldenko Year Published: 2017
Nick is afraid of the dark, bugs and many other things, but with his dinosaur near by, he can handle anything. When his dinosaur goes missing, Nick's dad is there to help.
by Sandra Markle Year Published: 2017
Almost by accident a new species is discovered. This book details the type of research needed to determine a new species. It also highlights the cloud forrest, a habitat that few are familiar with. Back matter gives the reader suggestions for where to find more information.
by Jonah Winter Year Published: 2015
Follow one hundred year old Lillian on her journey to voting in 2008. Her journey begins with a reflection on her ancestors and moves through the civil rights movement to modern day America. An author's note is included.
by Edwidge Danticat Year Published: 2015
Saya misses he mama who has been taken away by the customs police. Saya's mama records stories for Saya to listen to while she is away. While Saya's papa is studying and writing letters to free his wife. Saya writes a letter of her own. This letter paves the way for her mama to come home. This story can be used to build empathy for the many families that have separarated because of not having the proper papers to stay in our country. This story does not villify the law, but challenges us to think and feel what others are enduring.
by Hester Bass Year Published: 2015
Picture book describing racial integration in Huntsville, Alabama 1962-1963. An age appropriate, broad description of desegregation in this city and the struggles faced. The author's note at the end gives context for the book and she also offers a short bibliography of other reading on the subject.
by Selina Alko Year Published: 2015
The story of Mildred and Richard Loving made accessible to young audiences. This explains how the interracial couple had to fight systems of injustice in order to be a family.
by Scott Menchin Year Published: 2015
A Boy explores what makes art, art. Then he applies what he has learned about art to the characteristics of a special family member.
by Cathleen Daly Year Published: 2014
An early chapter book about Emily who connects with Pablo Picasso's "Blue Period". As she struggles to make sense of how her family is changing she is able to use art as a way to make sense of her new world.
by Mara Rockliff Year Published: 2014
Goldie Simcha makes cholent for her neighbors every Saturday carrying her family tradition of shabbat in her own special way. When she gets sick and there is no cholent for her neighbors, each neighbor contributes something special to the shabbat.
by Marie-Louise Gay Year Published: 2014
A writer's answer to questions about writing and illustrating stories. A unique book that can be used to prompt many different writing projects. Also a story of how a giant deals with a beast. Great opportunity to explore the idea of being an upstander.
by Thelma Lynne Godin Year Published: 2014
Kameeka wants to be the hula-hoopin' queen of 139th street. Jamara is tough competition. When Kameeka meets Jamara on the street, Kameeka has to decide between finishing an errand for her mother or competing with Jamara.