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Check out these books this summer!

Preschool | K-1 | 2-3 | 4-5

Preschool | download full list


Dog on Board by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
This is the true story of Eclipse, a dog who rides the bus to the dog park herself. 



Knit Together by Angela Dominguez
A little girl loves to draw but cannot knit. Her mother loves to knit but cannot draw. They collaborate on a project neither of them could have done alone.


One Minute by Somin Ahn
In one minute, you can blink your eyes twenty times, hug your dog, plant seeds, or even save a life. So much can occur in one minute!


Penguin Problems
by Jory John
A penguin whines about the uncontrollable problems in his life.

Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander
Frogs Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro gasps and cheers while reading his book, Dude can't help but get curious.

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K - 1st grade | download full list

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Ada Twist is a very curious girl who asks questions and performs experiments to learn and understand the world.


The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie
Bear likes to stare because he is curious, and this gets him into trouble with other animals until a frog sets him straight.


Eddie the Bully by Henry Cole
Eddie enjoys being mean and bullies his fellow students until a new girl arrives and shows him how good it can feel to be nice.

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
Leo is a friendly house ghost, but when a family moves into his house and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.


Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey by Margriet Ruurs
A young girl and her family are forced to flee their village to escape the civil war that has engulfed Syria in order to make their way toward freedom in Europe.

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2nd - 3rd grade download full list

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
A young reader introduces a boy to the many imagina􀆟ve worlds that books bring to life.


Hippopotamister by John Patrick Green
The zoo isn't what it used to be, so Hippo decides to leave. To make it in the human world, he will have to become a Hippopotamister and act like a human to get a job. But can he find a job where he can be himself?

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
A happy‐go‐lucky, waffle‐loving narwhal and a cynical, no‐nonsense jellyfish forge an unlikely friendship and share adven‐tures while exploring the ocean together.

Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson
In 1847, Reverend John closes his school when a new law prevents him from educating African‐Americans. He finds an ingenious solution by moving his school to a steamboat on the Mississippi River.


Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land
by John Coy
This book explores the experience of immigrants who came to America in the 21st century. It celebrates the country's diversity and hope for the future.

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4th - 5th grade | download full list

Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes
Garvey's father has always wanted him to be athletic. Feeling like a failure, Garvey comforts himself with food. When he
joins the school chorus, Garvey finds a way to accept himself and reach his dad through the language of music.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an
offering to the witch who lives in the forest. But the witch, Xan, rescues the children and delivers them to families on the other side of the forest. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight on their journey, filling the child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, Luna, as her own. As Luna's 13th birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge -- with dangerous consequences.

The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
Twelve‐year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, helping with the family bakery, and waiting for the destiny dream of her ancestors. But the dream only shows her a key, and Emma must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.

Moo by Sharon Creech
Following one family's momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between 12‐year‐old Reena and one very ornery cow.


Unsolved Mysteries of Nature by Heather Montgomery
How can massive stones slide across the desert untouched? Can lightning really bounce like a ball? Why was it raining fish in Europe in 2004? Explore some of nature's most puzzling mysteries with dramatic photos and intriguing theories.

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