This month’s book list features stories about two adorable pigs and jazz trailblazer Melba Doretta Liston. Flip through a page-turning mystery inspired by Chinese folklore, find a magical pen that can finish homework and learn about a man who inspired millions of students worldwide.
Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6):
Toot and Puddle Written and illustrated by Holly Hobbie
Heartwarming and utterly adorable, this modern classic celebrates small moments, friendship, individuality, and the joy of spending time with the people (or pigs) you love. A terrific read-aloud!
Grades 1-2 (ages 6-8):
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone Written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison
Jazzy rhythms and expressive art fill the pages of this dynamic picture book biography about a little-known but highly influential musician. Kids will be inspired to tap their toes and pursue their dreams.
Grades 3-4 (ages 8-10):
Starry River of the Sky Written and illustrated by Grace Lin
Family, forgiveness, and magic are the focus of this richly imagined tale inspired by Chinese folklore. Readers will be drawn in by the story’s compelling mysteries and beautiful full-color illustrations. Stunning!
Grades 5-6 (ages 10-12):
Kids will love this lively and empowering story about friendship, family, risk-taking, and one really extraordinary pencil! Perfect for fans of Andrew Clements, Wendy Mass, and Linda Urban.
7th & up (Ages 13+):
Mawi’s memoir about his family’s move, as refugees, from rural Ethiopia to suburban Ohio is eye-opening, moving, entertaining, and inspiring. This is one of those books that should be read by both kids and their care-givers, all of whom are likely to be wowed by it.