Children’s Book Week: May 2-8, 2016

Have you ever loved a children’s book so much you wished there was a holiday to celebrate it? You aren’t alone; the Children’s Book Council, the sponsor of the national Children’s Book Week, claims that “children’s books and literacy are life-changers” and children, teenagers, adults, students, librarians, teachers, parents, and many more agree! The love of children’s books isn’t exactly new; as early as 1913, the librarian for the Boy Scouts of America lobbied for a nation-wide, week-long celebration of children’s literature. In 1919, that dream became a reality, and Children’s Book Week was born.  In 2016, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader, a non-profit dedicated to promoting literacy in young people, will work together from May 2 through 8 to mark the 97th Children’’s Book Week.

If you want to observe Children’s Book Week, check for an official event in your state! For the 3rd year in a row, all 50 states will hold events and invite children’s book authors and illustrators to bookstores, schools, and libraries to speak, read, and greet their fans. If you can’t make it to an event but still want to participate, download the free 2016 Children’s Book Week bookmark, this year designed by award-winning author and illustrator CeCe Bell, to use in your own celebration.

This month, the S-Collection blog bibliography will focus on books that have been selected for the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, which are sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and announced yearly during Children’s Book Week.  In honor of young readers, the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards are the only awards where winners are selected by children and teens. Award categories include K-2nd grade, 3-4th grade, 5-6th grade, Teens, Debut Authors, and Illustrator. Check out lists of all the winners and finalists of past years here and check back in mid-May to see the list of 2016 winners!

K-2nd Grade Book-of-the-Year Winners

Bogan, Paulette.
Lulu the Big Little Chick. 2009.
Lulu is tired of always being told she’s too little to do things, so she decides to run away…but sometimes a little chick in a big world needs her mama!
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B633l]

Cohen, Jeff.
Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever. 2014.
When big sister Sadie notices that little sister Eva’s hair is getting out of control, she decides to take the matter—and the scissors—into her own hands. When she finishes…uh-oh. What will their mom and dad say? This adorable romp was inspired by an interview conducted by the author with his two daughters for NPR.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. C66053e]

DaCosta, Barbara.
Nighttime Ninja. 2012.
The Nighttime Ninja creeps silently through the house while everyone is asleep. What is his mission—and can he complete it?
[SSHEL S Collection SE. D1189]

Daywalt, Drew.
The Day the Crayons Quit. 2013.
The crayons have had quite enough of their owner Duncan—Blue is tired of being used for bodies of water, Beige is feeling neglected, and Orange and Yellow can never agree who should be used to draw the sun. Each color writes Duncan a letter explaining why they absolutely, definitely, without a doubt, quit. What’s poor Duncan to do?
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB SE. D337d]

Kerby, Johanna.
Little Pink Pup. 2010.
In this heartwarming true story, Pink the pig is the runt of his litter; he is so little that his piggy brothers and sisters push him out the way at dinnertime. Luckily, Tink the dachshund steps in to help and Pink is accepted into his adoptive puppy family.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB SE. K4522l]

Laminack, Lester L.
Three Hens and a Peacock. 2011.
Three hardworking hens are disgruntled when a peacock arrives at their farm—they do all the work laying eggs, but the flashy peacock gets all the attention! A wise old hound dog suggests that the hens and peacock trade places, and they learn that doing someone else’s job isn’t as easy as it looks.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. L186t]

Schaefer, Lola M.
Frankie Stein. 2007.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein are nothing at all like their son. Monsters should be scary, but Frankie is cute. Despite his parents’ best efforts, Frankie just doesn’t fit in with his family. They love him anyway, and Frankie discovers how he can be scary—just in his own way.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. Sch134f]

Willems, Mo.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. 2008.
The Pigeon is back at it again—and this time, he really, really, REALLY wants a puppy. Why can’t he have one?! Children who have giggled through Willems’ other Pigeon books will be happy to see their silly, stubborn friend in the pages of this book.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB SE. W667pp]

3rd-4th Grade Book-of-the-Year Winners

Bruel, Nick.
Bad Kitty for President. 2012.
Who will win the election for president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition? All the kitties on the right side of the street vote for one candidate, and all the kitties on the left side of the street vote for the other. It all comes down to one vote—who will Old Kitty choose?
[SSHEL S Collection S. B832bap]

Curtis, Jennifer.
Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue. 2014.
Orphaned polar bear cub Kali is rescued and taken to live first at the Anchorage Zoo in Alaska before reaching his final home at the Buffalo Zoo in New York, where he meets his roommate, another polar bear named Luna. Beautiful photographs document the whole journey.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 599.786 C944k]

Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. 2009.
Lunch Lady is no ordinary school employee—she’s a crime fighter! In this graphic novel she discovers an evil plot to replace everyone’s favorite teachers with robots and serves up justice with a side of tater tots.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 741.5973 K928lc]

Shannon, David.
Bugs in My Hair! 2013.
Lice! Oh, no! The pesky little critters are the main focus of this laugh-out-loud book that pairs the story of an itchy-headed young boy with information about what to do when you’ve got bugs in your hair.
[CCB Q. SE. Sh191b]

Williams, Dinah.
Spooky Cemeteries. 2008.
In this piece of historical nonfiction, readers learn about eleven of the scariest, creepiest cemeteries in the world and the stories of the people buried there, including the tale of Mercy Brown, a young girl whose father believed she was a vampire.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 133.122 W6713s]

5th-6th Grade Book-of-the-Year Award Winners

Gee, Joshua.
Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying Truth! About Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters, and More. 2007.
This exciting encyclopedia provides reference entries about all kinds of spooky and ghoulish happenings. Readers learn the origin stories behind some scary stories and read eyewitness accounts of others…if they dare!
[SSHEL S Collection S. 001.9 G27e]

Gownley, Jimmy.
The Dumbest Idea Ever. 2014.
Sometimes dumb ideas turn your life upside down. When 13-year-old Jimmy gets the chicken pox and misses his championship basketball game, everything seems terrible…could a dumb idea fix his problems and be the best thing that ever happened to him?
[SSHEL S Collection S. 741.5973 G748d]

Krieger, Emily.
National Geographic Kids: Myths Busted! 2013.
The colorful photos and fun facts in this book debunk commonly circulated myths: do humans really eat spiders while they sleep? Do fortune cookies really come from China? Readers will learn the answers in this colorful encyclopedia-style book!
[SSHEL S Collection S. 001.96 K893m]

Myracle, Lauren.
Thirteen. 2008.
Winnie is finally thirteen! She’s understandably excited, but thirteen brings all kinds of relationship challenges—one new, mostly great boyfriend and two old friends who just can’t act their age—that Winnie wasn’t expecting.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M996th]

Riordan, Rick.
The Red Pyramid. 2010.
In this first book of The Kane Chronicles, Sadie and Carter must go on a journey to uncover secrets about their family after their father unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who plans to take kingship of the other gods and eventually destroy the world.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. R479r]

Russell, Rachel Renée.
Tales from a Not-so-Graceful Ice Princess. 2012.
In this fourth book in the Dork Diaries series, Nikki tries to help her crush, who volunteers at a local animal shelter in danger of closing. Nikki and her friends enter an ice-skating contest, planning to use the prize money to save the shelter (and impress the crush). As always, nothing in Nikki’s life is simple, and an interfering classmate tries to foil her plan.
[SSHEL S Collection S. R917tg]

Schmidt, Gary D.
Okay for Now. 2011.
Doug Swieteck just moved to town, is totally friendless, and has a real jerk of an older brother. Doug finds refuge in a new acquaintance, Lil, as well as in the local library, and learns important lessons about who he was, is, and can be.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. Sch53o]

Teen Book-of-the-Year Award Winners

Cass, Kiera.
The One. 2014.
In the conclusion to the Selection series, America Singer finds herself a finalist in the competition for Prince Maxon’s heart while political unrest rises outside the castle walls.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C2707o, Residence Halls 813 C2707on]

Clare, Cassandra.
Clockwork Prince. 2011.
In the second installment in the Infernal Devices series, the council attempts to strip Charlotte of her power while Tessa works with the London Shadowhunters to destroy the clockwork army.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C541clo, Uni High Fiction C541clo, Residence Halls 813 C5412clp]

Collins, Suzanne.
Catching Fire. 2009.
In the second Hunger Games book, Katniss, victor of the 74th Games, finds herself back in the arena and fighting for her life once more.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. C696c, Uni High Fiction C696c, Undergrad PS3603.04558 C383 2009, Residence Halls 813 C6963ca]

Green, John.
The Fault in Our Stars. 2012.
Hazel, a teenage girl with stage IV thyroid cancer, meets Gus, a cancer survivor with a different perspective on life and death, and the two embark on a relationship.
[CCB S. G823f, Uni High Fiction G823f, Undergrad PS3607.R43293 F38 2012, Residence Halls 813 G8234fa]

Green, John and David Levithan.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson. 2010.
Two teens, each named Will Grayson, find that their lives collide and intertwine in unexpected, important, and—let’s face it—fun ways.
[CCB S. G823w, Uni High Fiction G823w, Undergrad PS3607.R43293 W5 2010, Residence Halls 813 G8234wi]

Meyer, Stephanie.
Breaking Dawn. 2008.
The Twilight saga comes to a close in this third book, in which Bella and Edward begin their married life with a complicated pregnancy and a battle for immortal existence as they know it.
[Uni High Fiction M5758b, Undergrad PS3613. E979 B74 2008, Residence Halls 813 M5758br]

Roth, Veronica.
Allegiant. 2013.
In the final installment in the Divergent trilogy, Tris fights to create a new world that she can believe in—one outside the factions she was taught to trust.
[CCB S. R7427al, Uni High Fiction R724a, Residence Halls 813 R7427al]

Man’s Best Friend: Animals and Humans in Children’s Literature

Humans and animals have a special bond — what wouldn’t you do for your beloved pet? Even though most of us have dogs or cats (or maybe snakes, horses, or ferrets), the human-animal relationship can go far beyond those everyday pets. April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, and the SSHEL S-Collection is focusing on the positive aspects of the connection between humans and animals, from the domestic to the wild. Many of us have favorite literary animal-human duos, like India Opal Buloni and Winn-Dixie from Because of Winn Dixie or Fern and Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web, but there are many, many others in fiction and nonfiction to read about and love.

To find books about pets, try a subject search of “juvenile” with a keyword search of “pets” (feel free to insert your favorite pet, whether hedgehogs or toucans). If you like nonfiction, you can use a subject search of “juvenile literature.” If you’re looking for stories or novels, try “juvenile fiction.”

You might also have success combining your subject search of “juvenile” with a keyword search of “human-animal relationships.”

If you just want to browse, information about pets is typically located in the 636 section of libraries organized by the Dewey Decimal System. Information about non-domesticated animals can be found in the 590s.

For Beginning Readers

Brown, Peter.
Children Make Terrible Pets. 2010.
When a young bear finds a child alone in the forest, she decides to name him Squeaker and keep him, even though Mama Bear reminds her that wild children do not make good pets. This silly reversal of the traditional pet-owner relationship keeps readers giggling and guessing.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B812chi]

Dempsey, Sheenah.
Bruno and Titch: The Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig. 2014.
Titch the guinea pig is ecstatic when he is finally adopted by Bruno, but the two soon find they are an odd couple — Bruno likes to run wild and get messy, but Titch would rather take a nice, quiet nap. Can the two build a solid friendship despite their differences?
[SSHEL S Collection SE. D3994br]

Fletcher, Susan.
Dadblamed Union Army Cow! 2007.
In this Civil War tale based on a true story, a devoted cow refuses to leave her farmer when he joins the Union Army, instead following him south to fight.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. F637d]

Hopcraft, Xan.
How it was with Dooms. 1997.
Xan grew up in Kenya with his family and a pet cheetah, Dooms. This true story describes the wild life of a boy and his cheetah.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB Q. S. 599.74428 H77h]

Jackson, Ellen B.
Abe Lincoln Loved Animals. 2011.
Abraham Lincoln is famous for a lot of things, like for being president, for ending slavery, and for having his face on the penny. But did you know that Abe Lincoln was a great lover of animals? Read about his pets and the other animals he encountered throughout his life, including a turkey he officially pardoned from being served up as Christmas dinner.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SB. L736jac]

Knowles, Ruth.
Christian the Lion. 2009.
Many people have seen the viral video about Christian the Lion and his human friends, but Knowles tells his story in detail: When two friends find a lion cub for sale in a department store, they take him home to raise him as their own. When the cub outgrows them, they release him into the wild to join his pride.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 599. 7570929 K763c]

Medina, Meg.
Mango, Abuela, and Me. 2015.
Abuela has a hard time with English, and Mia has a hard time with Spanish. Mia finds Mango, a bilingual parrot, to help them communicate.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. M4689m]

Novesky, Amy.
Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her. 2013.
Billie Holiday is well known for her voice, but few know about her love for her many pet dogs, including Mister, her favorite, who helped her persevere through tough times.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SB. H732n]

Pericoli, Matteo.
The True Story of Stellina. 2006.
Matteo Pericoli and his wife Holly tried to find a zoo or nature preserve to raise the baby bird they found in a busy street, but when they couldn’t, they brought Stellina home and gave her an extraordinary life.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S.636.6 P417s]

Robertson, M.P.
Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets. 2005.
Most kids have dogs, cats, or guinea pigs — not Hieronymus Betts! He loves all his strange animals, and he’s on a quest for the grossest, stinkiest, slimiest pet he can find.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. R547h]

Rumford, James.
Dog-of-the-Sea-Waves. 2004.
Told in both English and Hawaiian, Dog-of-the-Sea-Waves tells the story of Manu, one of the first Hawaiians, who is very lonely until he rescues and befriends a strange-looking dog on the beach…one with flippers!
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. R865d]

Winter, Jeannette.
The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps. 2011.
Jane Goodall loved chimpanzees so much that when she was 26, she moved to Africa to live with them and observe their lives. She even named the chimps and considered them her friends. Goodall, who devoted her life to protecting her animal friends, changed the way the world thought about primates.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. 590.92 W7344w]

For Intermediate to Advanced Readers

Campbell, Jeff.
Daisy to the Rescue: True Stories of Daring Dogs, Paramedic Parrots, and Other Animal Heroes. 2014.
The over fifty stories presented in this collection explore not only how animals have gone to extreme lengths to save humans, but why — can they feel empathy? Can they be altruistic? Campbell includes both anecdotal and scientific evidence.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 590 C1529d]

Cowcher, Helen.
Desert Elephants. 2011.
Every year the Desert Elephants of Mali travel over 300 miles in search of water. The people of the countries they pass through work to protect the elephants in an example of harmony between species.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 599.67 C838d]

Davies, Nicola.
Talk, Talk, Squawk!: A Human’s Guide to Animal Communication. 2011.
Do you ever feel like your pet is trying to tell you something? Maybe they are! Learn all about how different animals communicate with each other, and with humans, through vibrations, electricity, smells, and noises.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 591.59 D2883t]

Downer, Ann.
Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World. 2014.
Because the human population is growing, animals are running out of natural habitat space…so they’re sharing ours! Scientists and animal activists study why and how wild animals survive in urban areas and what the future of animal-human cohabitation might look like.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S. 591. 756 D75w]

Ihimaera, Witi Tame.
Whale Rider. 2003.
Kahu has a special gift of speaking to whales, and she must use it to save the animals beached in New Zealand while her grandfather, chief of the Maori, struggles to find a male successor.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Ih3w]

Keenan, Sheila.
Animals in the House: A History of Pets and People. 2007.
Did you know there are almost 400 million pets in the United States? Read Animals in the House to find some of the most interesting pet-owner stories throughout history.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 636.088709 K25a]

Loizeaux, William.
Wings. 2006.
Nick is determined to save an abandoned baby mockingbird he names Marcy. As Marcy grows, Nick confronts some tough issues in his life, including the death of his father. Eventually, Nick and Marcy learn valuable lessons and each discovers how to spread their wings, even when it is difficult.
[SSHEL S Collection S. L836w]

Love, Ann.
Talking Tails: The Incredible Connection Between People and their Pets. 2010.
Animals and humans have always had special relationships; this book explores examples of unique animals who impacted the humans in their lives.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 636.088 L9411t]

Markle, Sandra.
Animal Heroes: True Rescue Stories. 2009.
We often hear about people who rescue animals from dangerous situations, but sometimes it’s the animals who are the heroes! All the stories in this collection are true and highlight an amazing animal who helped a human in danger.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 636.0887 M3419a]

Marrin, Albert.
Oh, Rats!: The Story of Rats and People. 2006.
Why is everyone so scared of rats? Humans and rats can get along perfectly well, even though sometimes they have disagreements about rules of general conduct. This book addresses the misconception that rats are vermin, arguing instead that they are intelligent and emotional creatures.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB Q. S. 599.352 M349o]

Martin, Ann M.
Rain Reign. 2014.
Rose, a teen with Asperger’s Syndrome, loves her dog Rain more than anything. When Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose confronts her limitations in order to save her canine best friend.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M3633ra]

Miller, Marie-Therese.
Distinguished Dogs. 2007.
Sometimes dogs are our pets, but other times they are our co-workers. Dogs can have jobs just like people; some dogs work in law enforcement, in therapy situations, or as soldiers.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 636.7 M612d]

Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.
The Horse and the Plains Indians: A Powerful Partnership. 2012.
The indigenous peoples of the North American plains didn’t always use horses in their daily lives—once upon a time, dogs were the preferred work and companion animal. In the 16th century, the Spanish introduced horses to the Plains Indians and an important bond was formed.
[SSHEL S Collection S. 978.00497352 P272h]



Read Across Illinois

March 2nd is Read Across America Day. Read Across America was created by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 as a way to get kids excited about reading; what better day to celebrate reading than on Dr. Seuss’s birthday? K-12 schools in every state plan activities to celebrate. To learn more about Read Across America, visit the NEA website .

While you’re busy Reading Across America, either as a student or educator, why not Read Across Illinois? Illinois has produced well-known authors throughout history into the current day in all genres and for all ages, and the S-Collection holds many favorite titles for teachers, students, parents, children, and anyone in between who wants to explore the local literature.

Title for Beginning Readers

Aylesworth, Jim.
The Mitten. 2009.
In this retelling of a Ukrainian folktale, a lost mitten becomes a sanctuary for various woodland creatures.

Brooks, Gwendolyn.
Bronzeville Boys and Girls. 1956.
This book of poems from Pulitzer-prize-winning Brooks celebrates the hope and freedom of childhood.

Bardoe, Cheryl.
Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle. 2014.
Dung beetles may get a resounding “ewww” from many crowds, but Bardoe uses simple wording to explain how amazing and important these small creatures are to our ecosystem.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 595.7649 B236b]

Beaty, Andrea.
When Giants Come to Play. 2006.
Little Anna has some strange friends — a family of giants who only appear on certain days.

Belton, Sandra.
May’Naise Sandwiches and Sunshine Tea. 1994.
Big Mama tells her granddaughter about the experience that motivated her to become a first-generation college student.

Crimi, Carolyn.
Boris and Bella. 2004.
Monster Boris is very, very neat — monster Bella is very, very messy…and they’re neighbors! Can they ever be friends? This spooky version of The Odd Couple is ghoulish fun.

Fradin, Dennis.
Duel!  Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words. 2008.
The infamous rivalry of Burr and Hamilton comes to life in an easy-reading illustrated book that explains how good friends can eventually become enemies.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. S. 973.4 F841d]

Harrington, Janice.
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County. 2007.
Written by the University of Illinois’ own Janice N. Harrington, this picture book follows the chicken-chaser, who can catch just about any chicken…except that elusive Miss Hen.

Lester, Helen.
Listen, Buddy. 1995.
Buddy’s great, big, beautiful bunny ears don’t do him any good — he’s just not a very good listener. This gets him into all kinds of hot water.

Lichtenheld, Tom.
Everything I Know About Cars: A Collection of Made-Up Facts, Educated Guesses, and Silly Pictures About Cars, Trucks, and Other Zoomy Things. 2005.
This “traffic jam of mostly made-up cars” is a hilarious, imaginary romp through what cars might have looked like if the cavemen and ancient Egyptians had built them.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. S. 629.222 L617e]

McGinty, Alice B.
Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons. 2014.
Rabbi Benjamin loves to wear his beautiful vest to celebrate the High Holidays with his congregation…but the food is too delicious, and the Rabbi’s vest is growing tighter and tighter…

Rosales, Melodye.
Double Dutch and Voodoo Shoes. 1991.
Two girls compete in a double-dutch competition to prove who is the better jump-roper; along the way readers learn about the history and importance of story-telling.

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
Little Pea. 2005.
Little Pea hates eating his candy! All he wants is vegetables for dessert.

Ruddell, Deborah.
A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems. 2009.
These silly rhymes focus on woodland creatures and life in the forest.

Zelinsky, Paul O.
Rumpelstiltskin: From the German of the Brothers Grimm. 1986.
The classic tale of Rumpelstiltskin and the princess is told here with sumptuous illustration.

Books for Intermediate Readers

Burleigh, Robert.
Paul Cezanne: A Painter’s Journey. 2006.
Now internationally known, Paul Cezanne had a humble beginning filled with rejection. This biography tells how he became the household name he is today.

Chocolate, Deborah M. Newton.
Spider and the Sky God: An Akan Legend. 1993.
The traditional trickster Anansi works to earn gifts from the Sky God for his stories.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 398.24 C451s]

Clements, Andrew.
Frindle. 1996.
Nick Allen’s teacher loves the dictionary — so he decides to rename a “pen” a “frindle” just to bother her…but soon events are out of his control.

Codell, Esmé Raji.
Vive La Paris. 2006.
Paris discovers a lot about bullies as she tries to save her brother from daily beatings and learns about the Holocaust from her piano teacher.

Durango, Julia.
Peter Claver, Patron Saint of Slaves / Pedro Claver, santo patrono de los esclavos. 2002.
This bilingual book tells the story of Jesuit priest Peter Claver, who became the Patron Saint of Slaves after his death.

Fleming, Candace.
The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. 2007.
Led by their eccentric teacher, the unique fourth graders at Aesop Elementary learn some strangely fable-like lessons…

Fradin, Judith Bloom.
The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. 2004.
Daisy Bates, civil rights leader, mentored the Little Rock Nine through the difficulties of integration and was later honored by the United States government for her work.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson.
Running Out of Time. 1995.
Diptheria comes to Jessie’s 1840’s village, but she soon realizes it isn’t 1840 at all — it’s 1995, and her village is being watched by scientists. Can she save the village from a deadly illness?

Lawlor, Laurie
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World. 2012.
Environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a book that exposed the harm chemicals and humans have caused to the planet. In this biography, readers learn about her life and how she came to love Earth.

Peck, Richard.
A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories. 1998.
Joey and his sister Mary Alice never think they’ll have any adventures visiting their grandmother in her sleepy Illinois town…but they always do anyway.

Racza, Bob.
The Vermeer Interviews: Conversations with Seven Works of Art. 2010.
A new way to look at a famous artist, The Vermeer Interviews take readers into the minds of the characters depicted in seven of Vermeer’s most famous paintings.

Selzer, Adam.
I Put a Spell on You. 2008.
Chrissy may be her school’s resident tattle-tale — but she’s not about to let anyone, even adults, mess with the big spelling bee!

Books for Intermediate-to-Advanced Readers

Bauer, Joan.
Hope Was Here. 2000.
Big-city teen Hope moves to a small town in Wisconsin to work at a diner with her aunt and guardian, Addie. She doesn’t expect it to be very exciting, but gets more than she bargained for when she gets involved with a local election — and a cute short-order cook.

Brendler, Carol.
Radio Girl. 2013.
An Irish transplant tries to find fame and fortune on the radio in 1930s New York, working with Orson Welles on his infamous War of the Worlds broadcast.

Cushman, Karen.
Catherine, Called Birdy. 1994.
Catherine, Called Birdy won the Newbery medal in 1994 and focuses on the medieval life and journal of a 13-year-old daughter of a nobleman.

Hearne, Betsy Gould.
Hauntings, and Other Tales of Danger, Love, and Sometimes Loss. 2007.
In fifteen short stories, Hearne introduces readers to chilling characters who face deadly situations.

Koertge, Ronald.
Stoner and Spaz. 2002.
Ben, a movie-buff sixteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, finds an unlikely romance in Colleen, who is known around school for her bad attitude and drug use.

Park, Linda Sue.
A Long Walk to Water. 2010.
Eleven-year-old Salva is separated from his family during the Sudanese civil war and must walk across several countries with his tribe in search of safety.


Sometimes, a book inspires you to action. This is particularly true with cookbooks, which have a practical use beyond just perusing. Teachers introducing new cultures and traditions may want to include a tasting lesson. Kids and teens might want to stretch their creative muscles and give a new recipe a try on their own. Parents could begin helping their children develop independent skills in the kitchen, one easy ingredient at a time. Whatever the reason, the S-Collection’s cookbooks are educational, fun…and tasty.
To find cookbooks or books with recipes, try a subject search of “juvenile” combined with a keyword search of “cookbook” and/or “recipe*”; you can add keywords like “vegetarian,” “Indian,” or “dessert” to find your favorite type of cuisine!

Brennan, Georgeanne.
Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss! 2006.
Pair your favorite Dr. Seuss rhymes with silly, delicious treats like Cat in the Hat Pudding and real Green Eggs and Ham!

Chung, Okwha.
Cooking the Korean Way. 2003.
Chung focuses on the rich culture associated with food in Korea while presenting delicious, easy recipes for san jok (vegetable and beef skewers) and other traditional dishes.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59519 C472k]

Cotler, Amy.
My Little House Cookbook. 1996.
Fans of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series will love a chance to make some frontier food that Laura and her sister might really have eaten.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5123 W645m]

Dahl, Roald.
Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. 1994.
Some of the names might not be very appetizing — Stink Bug Eggs and Lickable Wallpaper don’t exactly sound delicious — but Roald Dahl promises to please kids in the kitchen with yummy (and silly) recipes inspired by his beloved books.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5123 D137r1997]

Frankeny, Frankie.
The Star Wars Cookbook II: Darth Malt and Other Galactic Recipes. 2000.
Doesn’t food just taste better when the recipe comes from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away? Each dish in this cookbook, from salad to dessert, is inspired by a Star Wars character or location.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5 F853S 2000]

Gold, Rozanne.
Kids Cook 1-2-3: Recipes for Young Chefs Using Only 3 Ingredients. 2006.
Kids Cook 1-2-3 is the perfect starting cookbook for even the youngest children. Recipes are friendly to small hands and encourage collaboration between guardians and children in the kitchen; the basic PB & J is represented, but so is more exotic fare, like wasabi-crusted salmon!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5123 G563k]

Gordon, Lynn.
Messipes: A Microwave Cookbook of Deliciously Messy Masterpieces. 1996.
Ovens aren’t always kid-friendly — but microwaves often are! This sandwich-shaped cookbook spices up favorite recipes but stays simple enough for young ones to follow.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5882 G656m]

Groner, Judith.
Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah. 2012.
The eight nights of Hanukkah can be even sweeter with the recipes in this book; many are paired with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION 641.568 G898m]

Krizmanic, Judy.
The Teen’s Vegetarian Cookbook. 1999.
New vegetarians of all ages can appreciate the ease and diversity of recipes included in this cookbook; the author also recommends it for parents who unexpectedly find themselves raising — and feeding — a young vegetarian.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5363 K899t]

Ling, Mary.
The Pirate Cook Book. 1997.
Pirate Pete brings kid chefs recipes from the high seas. He recommends the Scurvy Salsa and Salty Dog Snacks!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5 L646C1997]

McCallum, Ann.
Eat Your U.S. History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary Minds. 2014.
Eat Your U.S. History Homework takes hands-on learning to a whole new level! Recipes include succotash from the First Thanksgiving and Colonial Cherry-Berry Grunts to help kids taste the past. Other books in the series include Eat Your Science Homework and Eat your Math Homework.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.5973 M124e]

McElmeel, Sharron L.
Authors in the Kitchen: Recipes, Stories, and More. 2005.
Children’s book authors from Eric Carle to Yuyi Morales share recipes inspired by their stories — what better way to end a read-out-loud than with a treat!

Parham, Vanessa Roberts.
The African-American Child’s Heritage Cookbook. 1993.
Parham uses her home economics background to lay out traditional African and African-American recipes in an easy-to-follow way. She includes little history lessons along the way to explain the origins of familiar recipes.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59296703 P217a]

Plotkin, Gregory.
Cooking the Russian Way. 2003.
Those looking for a little borscht will find it here, alongside brief discussions of Russia’s changing political and cultural scenery.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S.641.5947 P724c]

Smithyman, Kathryn.
Native North American Foods and Recipes. 2006.
An effective companion to introductory lessons about the indigenous peoples of North America, this cookbook highlights historical facts while describing — and providing step-by-step instructions to make — recipes that have been part of the diets of different Native Nations.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59 Sm69n]

Vezza, Diane Simone.
Passport on a Plate: A Round-the-World Cookbook for Children. 1997.
Learn about international food customs and etiquette as you make delicacies from the Caribbean, Russia, the Middle East, and more.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 641.59 V649p]

White, Linda.
Cooking on a Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids. 1996.
S’mores and hot dogs are just the beginning in this outdoorsy recipe book. Kids who love camping are sure to love ideas for food they can cook themselves over the fire.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION 641.578 W584c]

Little Kids can do Big Things: Children and Young Adults Who Changed the World

History class can seem boring to kids and teenagers in the K-12 system — who wants to hear about a bunch of dead guys? The SSHEL S-Collection holds biographies of and books about young people who made a real impact on their world. These resources can be used in a classroom setting to spice up a history lesson or recommended to a student who prefers relatable informational texts. Books about real kids and young adults who changed the world may inspire students to make their own mark.

To find books about your favorite historical kid or teen, try their name as a keyword search — either first and last names, or even last name then first name. This combined with a subject search of “juvenile” to limit resources to juvenile literature should provide plenty of reading for the ambitious mind!

Books for Beginning Readers

Coles, Robert.
The Story of Ruby Bridges. 1995.
Ruby Bridges was the first African-American to enter first grade in an all-white Louisiana school in 1960. Because of the courage of kids like Ruby, American school systems became more diverse and accepting.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 370.19342 C679s]

Tutankhamun. 2009.
King Tut, “The Boy King” of Egypt, might be best known for the discovery of his tomb by a British archaeologist. However, Tutankhamun lived an extraordinary life, ascending to the throne as a child and restoring religious freedom to Egypt.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 932.014 D3952t]

Hazell, Rebecca.
The Barefoot Book of Heroic Children. 2000.
Hazell tells short, easy-to-read stories about real children whose innovations and creativity made them movers and shakers.

Lamadrid, Enrique R.
Amadito and the Hero Children/Amadito y los niños heroes. 2011.
Although a fictionalized retelling, Amadito and the Hero Children tells the true story of the young boys who bravely smuggled the smallpox vaccine from Mexico to New Mexico in 1805. Amadito (Jose Amado Dominguez) later became one of the first nuevomexicano physicians. Lamadrid tells this story in both English and Spanish.
[SSHEL Q. S. L162a]

Stabler, David.
Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents. 2014.
The President of the United States is one of the most powerful people in the world, so what were our presidents like as children? This book tells true stories about the men we’ve read about in history books.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 973.099 St118k]

Books for Intermediate Readers

Frank, Anne.
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. 1958.
Anne Frank is one of the world’s most famous voices from the Holocaust. As a young Jewish woman in hiding, Anne wrote a diary that has changed the way students learn about genocide, war, intolerance, and courage. This school edition was edited by M.H. Lewittes.

Lewis, Barbara A.
Kids with Courage: True Stories about Young People Making a Difference. 1992.
While many of the books in this bibliography deal with historical kids, Kids with Courage focuses on 20th century young people who stood up for causes they believed in.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 920.0083 L585k]

McLeese, Don.
Pocahontas. 2004.
Many people have seen her in the Disney film, but McLeese’s book gives an accurate portrayal of Pocahontas’s life and friendship with John Smith. Includes references and an index for curious researchers and readers.

McCann, Michelle Roehm.
Boys Who Rocked the World. 2012.
This edited book of true tales gives readers insight into the lives of men who changed the world — and started when they were teenagers or even younger. Boys Who Rocked the World gives the young men of today positive role models from history, including Mozart, Crazy Horse, and Steve Jobs.

McCann, Michelle Roehm.
Girls Who Rocked the World. 2012.
The companion to Boys Who Rocked the World, this collection of stories tells the incredible true backgrounds of some of history’s most amazing women — from Harriet Tubman to Coco Chanel.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 920.72 G4437]

Wilkinson, Philip.
Joan of Arc: The Teenager Who Saved Her Nation. 2007.
Joan of Arc was only thirteen when she first heard the voice of God telling her to save France from the English. Wilkinson’s detailed look at the life, victories, and tragic death of the young Joan reveal the power teenagers have to change the course of history.

Books for Advanced Readers

Lang Lang.
Lang Lang: Playing with Flying Keys. 2008.
Lang Lang began playing the piano in China when he was only three years old. By the time he was 13, he was performing in national concert halls. Today, he is one of the best known and most talented pianists in the world.

Lowery, Linda Blackman.
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March. 2015.
Linda Lowery Blackman tells her story of participating in the Selma marches when she was only 15 years old; Blackman’s perspective emphasizes the role of the young in this important American event that contributed to civil rights discussion.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S.323.1196073076145 L3597t]

Hoose, Philip.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. 2015.
15-year-old Danish Knud Pedersen formed the Churchill Club during the second World War with one purpose in mind: sabotage the Nazis. His group of brave young men inspired the entire country of Denmark to join the resistance against Hitler.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 973.099 St118k]

Nelson, Marilyn.
Carver: A Life in Poems. 2001.
George Washington Carver is sometimes known as the “Peanut Scientist,” but at 8 years old, his neighbors were already calling him the “Plant Doctor.” Carver was a scientist and inventor who revolutionized agriculture in America — and who started when he was “just a kid.” Nelson’s biography tells his story in verse.

Yousafzai, Malala.
I am Malala: How One Girl Stood up for Education and Changed the World. 2014.
Malala Yousafzai became history’s youngest Nobel Prize laureate at age 17 after she took a stand for women’s education against the Taliban in her home country, Pakistan. The Taliban tried to silence her with violence, but Malala has continued to speak out about issues concerning women, education, and personal freedoms across the world.

Happy Birthday, Alice! A Children’s Classic Turns 150

Alice may have been a young girl when she fell down the rabbit hole in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but she’s no spring chicken now — in 2015, this children’s classic made it to a century-and-a-half of fame. The S-Collection houses many copies and adaptations of Alice; the illustrations and languages may change, but the story and themes stay the same.

In 1865, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, creating his plucky heroine from the image of Alice Liddell, the daughter of a family friend, who begged him to write down the stories he told. The character of Alice became larger than life even without the “eat me” cake, and was depicted in further book, stage, and film adaptations throughout the next 150 years.

To find versions of Alice in Wonderland in the S-Collection, try a title search (one at a time), “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

To find adaptations of the Alice stories or books about Alice in Wonderland, try a keyword search of “Alice in Wonderland.”

To find books about the author, try keyword searches of “Lewis Carroll,” “Charles Dodgson,” and “Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.”

To find books about the real Alice, try keyword searches of “Alice Pleasance,” “Alice Liddell,” and “Alice Hargreaves.”

To see other resources about Carroll and Alice in Wonderland, visit the display cases in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library in December 2015 and January 2016.

Non-Fiction About Alice in Wonderland

Bjork, Christina.
The Other Alice: The Story of Alice Liddell and Alice in Wonderland. 1993.
This illustrated biography of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll lets the reader get a feel for what growing up Victorian might have been like.

Carpenter, Angela Shirley.
Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass. 2003.
A look at the life of one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors, this book describes Carroll’s difficult childhood and how he came to know and write about Alice.

Fiction Adaptations of Alice in Wonderland

Beddor, Frank.
The Looking Glass Wars. 2006.
Alyss Hart has been kicked out of Wonderland by her aunt, the evil Red Queen. She must struggle along in England, posing as Alice Liddell, hoping she can find her way back home and claim what is rightfully hers.

Gaston, Gerry.
If You Were Alice in Wonderland. 2014.
An Alice in Wonderland choose-your-own-adventure; lovers of Alice can decide what she should do next on her epic quest.

Holden, J.T.
Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland. 2009.
Alice heads back down the rabbit hole and meets the familiar faces, this time with accentuating poetry.

Kovac, Tommy.
Wonderland. 2008.
Alice doesn’t make an appearance in this comic, but her mysterious predecessor, Maryann — the girl the White Rabbit mistakes Alice for — does. What does Wonderland look like when Alice isn’t there?
[CCB S. 741. 5973 K8493w]

Le Gallienne, Eva.
Alice in Wonderland: A Play in Two Acts. 1949.
The classic story adapted for the stage, this play version of Alice in Wonderland is perfect for young readers and actors.
[SSHEL OAK STREET S. D66 411949]

Rhatigan, Joe.
Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole. 2015.
This newly retold version of Alice in Wonderland is perfect for young children who aren’t quite ready for the verbiage of the full Lewis Carroll tale but will love an introduction to its most fantastical characters.

Scieszka, Jon.
Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. 2008.
The Disney animations are here captured in illustration and will be familiar to any lovers of the film. Scieszka’s interpretation of the traditional text accents the fantastical images.

Carroll, Lewis.
Jabberwocky: The Classic Poem from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. 2007.
While the Jabberwocky does not appear in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it is nonetheless deeply entrenched in the Wonderland mythos. Illustrations by Christopher Meyers place the classic poem on a more contemporary stage — a basketball court.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. S. 811 C236j2007]

Other Illustrated Versions of Alice in Wonderland

Anderson’s Alice: Walter Anderson Illustrates Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 1983.
Illus. Walter Inglis Anderson.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 2006.
Illus. Alison Jay

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 2009.
Illus. Oleg Lipchenko.

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. 2009.
Illus. Rodney Matthews.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 1998.
Illus. Abelardo Morel.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 1999.
Illus. Helen Oxenbury

Alice in Wonderland. 2007.
Illus. Lisbeth Zwerger

Books for and about the Vision-Impaired

Some people read with their eyes, but other people read with their hands. The SSHEL S-Collection has books for all types of readers. These books are great for anyone who likes to read—or would like to learn to read—in braille. There are also plenty of information books about the experience of being blind or vision impaired as well as biographies of famous blind individuals. Children with visual disabilities can find themselves in their pages, and visually-typical children can learn about someone who lives life a little differently than they do. Books in braille and books about blindness are perfect for classroom lessons about disabilities or for anyone eager to learn.

When searching for books in braille, try keywords “books in braille” or “braille books.”
When searching for print books about blind individuals or blindness in general, try a subject search of “juvenile literature” combined with keywords “vision impaired,”, “blind,” or “visual disability.”

Books in Braille

Andreae, Giles.
Giraffes Can’t Dance. 2013.
Gerald the giraffe just wants to dance—but his body won’t cooperate! His legs are too long and gangly, and he just feels silly until he finds the perfect music.

Armstrong, Nancy M.
Navajo Long Walk. 2014.
This is the story of a Navajo boy named Kee who must travel a long distance with his family and livestock to an internment camp, where he and his family are forced to live for four years before they can return to their reservation.

Carmi, Rebecca.
Amazing Magnetism: Magic School Bus #12. 2013.
Miss Frizzle’s class challenges another second grade class to a science contest. Miss Frizzle’s class was falling behind, but when your school bus is magic, anything can happen!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. S. 538 C21a2013

Cowley, Joy.
Gracias, the Thanksgiving Turkey. 2015.
Miguel becomes friends with the turkey his Papa sends home for Thanksgiving Dinner and names him Gracias. But Gracias isn’t a pet–he’s supposed to be a meal! With a little help from his family, will Miguel be able to keep Gracias off the menu?

Cunningham, Ann.
Sadie Can Count: A Multisensory Book. 2006.
This book has both large print and braille for readers of all ability; similarly, it contains full-color illustrations along with other, more tactile details to be enjoyed by all.

Gidwitz, Adam.
A Tale Dark and Grimm. 2015.
Hansel and Gretel find their way into a few other stories and meet the characters living there as they try to learn to live happily ever after.

Keene, Carolyn.
The Pumpkin Patch Puzzle: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #33. 2015.
Nancy and her Clue Crew have an autumn mystery to solve—someone has smashed all the pumpkins for the big pumpkin decorating contest!

Koster, Gloria.
The Peanut-Free Café. 2006.
What will a peanut-butter-loving school do when a new student with a nut allergy enrolls? Should the food be banned? How could an entire school ever give up peanut butter? Simon has a clever idea—a Peanut-Free Café!

Osborne, Mary Pope.
Ghost Town at Sundown. 2014.
Jack and Annie are at it again in their Magic Tree House—this time, they are sent back to the Old West to solve a mystery and meet cowboys and ghosts along the way.

Penn, Audrey.
The Kissing Hand. 2005.
Chester the raccoon feels a little apprehensive about starting Kindergarten, so his mother shows him a special trick to help him bring her love with him wherever he goes.

Rylant, Cynthia.
Henry and Mudge and Annie’s Perfect Pet: The Twentieth Book of their Adventures. 2013.
Henry’s cousin Annie likes Mudge the dog, but wants to decide what kind of pet would be just right for her. A bird? A kitty? Or something else?

Yousafzai, Malala.
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. 2015.
Malala Yousafzai tells the story of her courage when she demanded her right for education and was shot by the Taliban at age 15. She survived and became one of the most inspiring figures of the decade.

Books about Braille, Blindness, and Blind Individuals

Non-fiction Books and Biographies for Beginning Readers

Alexander, Sally Hobart.
Do You Remember the Color Blue? 2000.
The author, who lost her sight at age 27, recounts the questions children have asked her, including, “How can you read?” and “Is it scary?”
[CCB and SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 305.908161 Al 27d]

Edwards, Nicola.
My Friend is Blind. 2005.
This book is an introduction to blindness for children who may have never encountered an individual with the disability. It includes color pictures and a glossary for additional learning.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 617.7 Ed976m]

Moore, Eva.
Buddy, the First Seeing Eye Dog. 1996.
Readers follow Buddy the German shepherd as he trains to become America’s first seeing eye dog.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 362.4183 M782b]

O’Connor, Barbara.
The World at His Fingertips: A Story about Louis Braille. 1997.
A short biography of Louis Braille, who invented the reading system of the same name after he was blinded as a child.

Rappaport, Doreen.
Helen Keller’s Big World. 2012.
Easily accessible for young readers, this biography of Helen Keller introduces children to her unique life.

Troupe, Quincy.
Little Stevie Wonder. 2005.
Learn all about blind musician Stevie Wonder’s life from his birth in Detroit to his worldwide success as a recording artist. This book includes a CD for additional sensory fun.

Non-fiction Books and Biographies for Intermediate to Advanced Readers

Alexander, Sally Hobart.
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer. 2008.
Many people know of Helen Keller, but not as many are familiar with Laura Bridgman. Bridgman lost her sight, hearing, and some of her smell and taste as a child. She went on to study at the first school for the blind and later became a beloved teacher.

Dash, Joan.
The World at Her Fingertips: The Story of Helen Keller. 2001.
This in-depth biography of the famous Helen Keller provides curious readers with more details than ever before, including her college years and eventual involvement in the political world.

Jeffrey, Laura.
All about Braille: Reading by Touch. 2004.
An introduction to the braille system with a full explanation of its history and invention by Louis Braille.

Kent, Deborah.
Extraordinary People with Disabilities. 1996.
This book profiles famous individuals with disabilities—some visual—and emphasizes the continuing struggle for equal rights for the differently abled.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 363.40922 K414e]

A New Free Resource
The U.S. government offers free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. For more information, see the news release and link.

The Reading Dead: Zombie Fun for All Ages

Zombies are a Halloween staple. However, the living undead aren’t exactly child-friendly, what with the clamoring for brains and terrorizing of cities — not to mention all that rotting flesh. But do zombies have to be scary? Of course not! Below are books that range from funny to frightening. These are for kids of all ages — and all those zombie-loving kids at heart. To find books about zombies, try a subject search of “juvenile literature” combined with a keyword search of “zombie,” “undead,” or other scary words.

Picture Books

Crow, Kristyn.
Zombelina. 2013.
Zombelina loves to dance—but she gives her dance class, full of “real” girls, the spooks. Will Zombelina battle stage fright and make her ghoulish family proud at the big recital?

Harris, Monica A.
Wake the Dead. 2004.
Henry has been warned: if he makes too much noise, he will wake the dead. He didn’t listen—now he has to find a way to put them back to sleep!

Kutner, Merrily.
The Zombie Nite Café. 2007.
A boy and his dog take a rhyming excursion and encounter funny monsters—and their favorite delicacies—at the Zombie Nite Café.

San Souci, Robert D.
The Faithful Friend. 1995.
In this classic tale from Martinique, two friends encounter love, zombies, and danger.

Beginner and Intermediate Books

Bolger, Kevin.
Zombiekins. 2008.
Stanley Nudelman buys a weird stuffed animal at the yard sale of a woman rumored to be a witch, and now he and his friend Miranda have to save their classmates from becoming zombies.

Doyle, Bill
The Zombie at the Finish Line. 2013.
Patsy the Zombie can’t seem to keep her head on her shoulders for a whole track-and-field day, but her team helps her realize that everyone has their own special skills.

Holt, K. A.
Brains for Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?! 2010.
Zombie Loeb likes haikus—and his living classmate, Siobhan. The story of his middle school cafeteria, filled with mythical monsters, is a funny tale told in verse.

Moskowitz, Hannah.
Zombie Tag. 2011.
Wil is desperate for his older brother to return from the dead. The thing is, zombies don’t make the best siblings.

Nickel, Scott.
Invasion of the Gym Class Zombies. 2008.
Trevor has some experience fighting zombies—but he thought those days were over. Now he has to rescue his whole gym class from the evil Mr. Brawnium, who wants all his students to be zombified jocks.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 741.5973. N532i]

Savage, J. Scott.
Zombie Kid. 2013.
Both funny and scary, when an amulet turns Nick into a zombie, it sets him on a quest to defeat the zombie king.

Whitehouse, Howard.
Zombie Elementary: The Real Story. 2014.
Larry Mullet is an average fourth-grade boy. He is also a zombie hunter. Larry lays down the truth about what happened at his elementary school after a classmate tries to take a bite out of him. “Fun facts” and tips are included.

Intermediate and Teen Books

Ford, Michael Thomas.
Z. 2010.
In the year 2032, after a virus that turned people into zombies has been eradicated, Josh joins an underground gamer society where the goal is to hunt zombies.

Garner, Em.
Contaminated. 2013.
Velvet fights for her family’s survival after a trendy diet drink turns many people—including her mother—into violent, zombie-like creatures.

Harris, Carrie.
Bad Taste in Boys. 2011.
Future doctor Kate must find an antidote to the zombie steroids the football coach is giving to his players.

Hart, Jeff.
Eat, Brains, Love. 2013.
Teen zombies Jake and Amanda are on the run from Cass, a psychic working with the government to hide the existence of the undead.

Higson, Charlie.
The Fear. 2012.
After a worldwide sickness turns everyone over the age of sixteen into zombies, Dognut and his crew embark on a deadly mission to find missing friends and avoid the bloodthirsty adults.

Lackey, Mercedes.
Dead Reckoning. 2012.
In 1867 Texas, Jett, a girl passing as a boy, seeks her long-lost twin brother and investigates a zombie army that is terrorizing the West.

McKay, Kirsty.
Undead. 2012.
On a school trip to snowy Scotland, several students become infected with a zombie virus while the remaining survivors take refuge in a school bus.

Perez, Marlene.
Dead is a Battlefield. 2012.
Poor Jessica Walsh is just trying to survive Nightshade High—but what to do when she finds out that one of her classmates is turning girls into love sick zombies?

Summers, Courtney.
This is Not a Test. 2012.
Sloane doesn’t want to survive the zombie attacks—but she’s trapped at school with five people who do. As time passes, the group becomes more unpredictable and violent in their fight for life.

Unsworth, Tania.
The One Safe Place. 2014.
Devin lives in a futuristic world of greed. He is relieved when he earns a coveted spot in a home for children, where there is always enough food and he is promised a new family, but when he starts investigating the zombie-like sickness afflicting the children, the terror begins.

Waters, Daniel.
Generation Dead. 2008.
When dead teens don’t stay dead, they have to go to school. When living Phoebe starts dating “living impaired” Tommy, they face prejudice and fear.

Immigrant School Stories

Summer is over — it’s officially September, and the K-12 school year is starting up again to the chagrin of the children and the relief of the parents. But what about when school doesn’t just mean the end of summer, but a new, sometimes scary, beginning? Being the new kid in class can be hard on anyone, but the following books focus on the experiences of immigrant children and adolescents from around the world as they begin their education in a new country…with all the challenges and triumphs that entails. Encourage the young readers in your life to try a new kind of school story this September — one that might change the way they think about the new kid in their class.

To find school stories like those below, try keyword search terms like “immigrant” and “school” combined with a subject search of “juvenile fiction.”

Picture Books

Marianthe’s Story One: Painted Words / Marianthe’s Story Two: Spoken Memories. 1998.
Two separate stories in one book: the first telling of Mari’s starting school in a new land, and the second describing village life in her country before she and her family left in search of a better life.
[Center for Children’s Books and SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.Al44m]

Colato Laínez, René.
René has Two Last Names / René Tiene Dos Apellidos. 2009.
In this story based on the author’s childhood, a young Salvadoran immigrant is teased for having two last names until he presents his family tree project celebrating his heritage.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. C673r]

Cox, Judy.
Carmen Learns English. 2010.
Newly-arrived in the United States from Mexico, Carmen is apprehensive about going to school and learning English.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. C839c]

Nobisso, Josephine.
In English, of Course. 2002.
Josephine tries to tell her new American class about her life in Naples, Italy, but her teacher misunderstands what she is saying and thinks she grew up on a farm.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. N6641i]

Recorvits, Helen.
My Name is Yoon. 2003.
Yoon’s name means “shining wisdom” in Korean, but in an American school, she wants to try out English names, including ‘Cat,’ ‘‘Bird,’ and ‘Cupcake.’ Will Yoon find a way to be herself in a new place?
[Center for Children’s Books and SSHEL S-Collection SE. R2453m]

Intermediate to Advanced Readers

Applegate, Katherine.
Home of the Brave. 2008.
Kek, a young refugee from Sudan, finds himself alone in foreign, snowy Minnesota. There he begins school, where he struggles to fit in in his ESL class. Along the way he befriends a cow, learns to navigate the grocery store, and discovers that he can find family in any country.
[Center for Children’s Books and SSHEL S-Collection S. Ap52h]

Castellanos, Jane
Tomasito and the Golden Llamas. 1968.
In order to get a better education, a young Peruvian boy leaves his homeland to live in California with his sister and brother-in-law, but finds the adjustment to school and a new way of life extremely difficult.
[SSHEL Oak Street; Choose pick up: SSHEL]

Himelblau, Linda.
The Trouble Begins. 2005.
Vietnamese Du Nguyen has lived in the Philippines with his grandmother his whole life. Now it’s time to join the rest of his family in California…and the trouble begins. How will Du survive in an American school where the other kids call him “Doo-Doo Head?” Can Du find his inner strength?
[SSHEL S-Collection S. H571t]

Lombard, Jenny.
Drita, My Homegirl. 2006.
When ten-year-old Drita and her family, refugees from Kosovo, move to New York, Drita is teased about not speaking English well, but after a popular student named Maxie is forced to learn about Kosovo as a punishment for teasing Drita, the two girls soon bond.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. L838d]

Tolliver, Ruby C.
Sarita, Be Brave. 1999.
When political unrest in Honduras forces twelve-year-old Sara to flee with her family and make the dangerous journey north to Texas, she faces the challenges of starting a new school and a new life.
[SSHEL Oak Street [Choose pick-up: SSHEL] S. T579s]

Please Read My Diary!

People have kept journals for a myriad of reasons: during frightening times of war, as a way to record travels and exploration, or just to lament about school and crushes. Journals and diaries are particularly important during times of trouble because they provide historical evidence for major historic events. But daily journals kept during times of peace also provide information for what life was like for the average person. This list features books written in a notebook or diary format, from the silly to the serious. Some are written as fictional stories and others are copied from actual diaries and memories. Perhaps these honest tales will inspire you to write down your own.

When searching for books in a diary format, try searching the subject phrases “juvenile literature” or “juvenile fiction” with subject phrases like “diaries,” “personal narratives,” and “children’s diaries.”

Picture Books

Cronin, Doreen.
Diary of a Fly. 2007.
A young fly discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being an insect, including the dangers of flypaper and that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
[SSHEL S Collection S.E. C881di]

French, Jackie.
Diary of a Baby Wombat. 2010.
Through a week of diary entries, a wombat describes his life of sleeping, playing, and helping his mother look for a bigger hole in which to make their home.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. F888d2010]

Beginner and Intermediate Nonfiction

Columbus, Christopher.
The Log of Christopher Columbus’ First Voyage to America in the Year 1492. 1989.
Presents the log of Christopher Columbus as copied out in brief by his companion, Bartholomew Las Casas, relating the day-to-day drama of a long sea voyage into the unknown.
[SSHEL S Collection SB.C726C1]

Carter, E.J.
The Lewis and Clark Journals. 2003.
Provides a history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, including excerpts from journals that Lewis and Clark kept during the journey, and describes how historical documents such as these can be restored and preserved.
[SSHEL S Collection S.917.804 C245l]

Li, Judith L.
Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell. 2013.
With help from her parents, a forest manager and a wildlife biologist, and in the company of new friend Ricky, eleven-year-old Ellie fills a field notebook with sketches and notes about nature in the woods near her home. Includes suggestions on how to keep a field notebook. A teacher’s guide is available online.
[SSHEL S Collection S.577 L6121e]

Middle Grade

Moss, Marissa.
Amelia’s 5th-Grade Notebook. 2003.
Amelia uses her diary to record the great events in her life during the year which she spent in the fifth grade.
[SSHEL S Collection S.M855a5]

Campbell, L.A.
Cartboy Goes to Camp. 2014.
Filled with photos, drawings, and timelines, Hal’s journal chronicles his hilarious adventures at Camp Jamestown — where nothing has changed in 400 years.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C1531ca]

Fanelli, Sara.
Dear Diary. 2000.
Peek between these droll pages for the hand-lettered story of one very strange day in the life of just about everyone and everything in sight. This unusual title is an oddball assortment of diary writers who tell all in a quirky, colorful picture-book collage with a touch of attitude.
[SSHEL S Collection S.F2131d]

Platt, Richard.
Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter. 2001.
The fictional diary of a nine-year-old boy who, in 1716 sets off from North Carolina to become a sailor, but ends up a pirate instead.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S.P697p]

Teens and Young Adult

Kinney, Jeff.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal. 2007.
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.
[SSHEL S Collection S. K623di]

Russell, Rachel
Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life. 2009.
Fourteen-year-old Nikki Maxwell writes in her diary of her struggle to be popular at her exclusive new private school, then of finding her place after she gives up on being part of the elite group.
[SSHEL S Collection S. R917d]

Rennison, Louise.
Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. 2000.
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.
[SSHEL S Collection S. R2952a2000]

Evans, Zoe.
Revenge of the Titan. 2012.
Preparing for a first competition with the Grizzlies only to learn from mean girl Clementine Prescott that her popularity has tanked, Maddy harbors suspicions that her new secret friend, Katie Parker, may be responsible.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Ev151r]

Nonfiction Teens and Young Adult

Al-Windawi, Thura.
Thura’s Diary: My Life in Wartime Iraq. 2004.
Nineteen-year-old Thura al-Windawi kept a diary during the conflict in Iraq, saying that it was her way of “controlling the chaos.” The diary, which documents the days leading up to the bombings, the war itself, and the lawless aftermath, puts a personal face on life in Baghdad.
[SSHEL S Collection SB. A316t]

Roubickova, Eva.
We’re Alive and Life Goes on: A Theresienstadt Diary. 1998.
Presents the diary entries of a young woman living in the Jewish ghetto of Theresienstadt, a model concentration camp designed by the Nazis to show to the Red Cross and other humanitarian organizations.
[SSHEL S Collection SB. R853w:E]

Greenberg, Judith E.
Journal of a Revolutionary War Woman. 1996.
Entries from the journal of Mary Titus Post written during the American Revolution are presented with background information to help explain their historical context.
[SSHEL S Collection SB.P8572G]