Separate is Never Equal: Brown vs. Board of Education

Classrooms in modern American schools look very different than they may have in the early 1950s — students today, who go to class with friends of all backgrounds, may not know that schools were once often segregated. We have the historic court case Brown vs. Board of Education to thank for that change! In May 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that, in cases of public education, separate institutions for black and white children are inherently unequal. This overturned their 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, which decided that racial segregation was legal as long as equal services were rendered to each group. In Brown v. Board, the court ruled that even if both schools were “equal,” segregation was harmful and unconstitutional. While the process of integration was slow, it paved the way for the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. This bibliography lists fiction and non-fiction books about the Brown v. Board case as well as the process of school integration across the nation.

To find books about Brown vs. Board of Education, segregation, or integration, begin with a subject search of “juvenile literature” (for nonfiction) or “juvenile fiction” (for fiction). Add a subject search of “school integration” or “segregation in education.”
Or, combine your “juvenile” subject search with a keyword of “Brown v. Board of Education,” “integration,” “segregation,” or other “civil rights” terms.

Non-Fiction

Dudley, Mark E.
Brown v. Board of Education: School Desegregation. 1994.
The issues, the players, and the arguments involved in the historic Brown v. Board case are presented and explained.
[SSHEL S Collection S.344.730798 D865b]

Fireside, Harvey.
Brown v. Board of Education: Equal Schooling for All. 1994.
Brown v. Board of Education: Equal Schooling for All covers the events leading up to and the impact after the court’s decision.
[SSHEL S Collection S.344.730798 F514b]

Good, Diane L.
Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone. 2004.
Explains the history of segregation in the United States and cases that tested the law allowing “separate but equal” treatment, including the five cases that came together as Brown v. Board of Education.
[SSHEL S Collection S.344.73 G592b]

McNeese, Tim.
Brown v. Board of Education: Integrating America’s Schools. 2007.
A detailed look at the legal campaign led by Thurgood Marshall to end segregation in the American school system. Includes background on the origins of segregation and earlier legal challenges to the “”separate but equal” philosophy.
[SSHEL S Collection S.344.73 M233b]

Miller, Jake.
Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka: Challenging School Segregation in the Supreme Court. 2004.
A picture book account of the events leading up to the Supreme Court case, the Court’s decision, and the struggle that followed.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S.344.73 M615b]

Pierce, Alan.
Brown v. Board of Education. 2005.
Traces the history of segregation in the United States and efforts to end it up through the Brown case.
[SSHEL S Collection S.344.73 P611b]

Stokes, John A.
Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown and Me: a Memoir. 2008.
This memoir recounts a student led strike to protest the horrendous conditions in their all black school. The NAACP later filed a lawsuit to integrate the school district (Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County) and this case was later combined with others into the Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
[SSHEL S Collection S.371.829 St676s]

Thomas, Joyce Carol.
Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone : The Brown v. Board of Education Decision. 2003.
In this collection of personal reflections, stories and poems, 10 well-known children’s authors, who were themselves young people in 1954, share their varied experiences and viewpoints to offer a window to that period in our history.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books S.323.1196 L64]

Tushnet, Mark V.
Brown v. Board of Education: The Battle for Integration. 1995.
Describes the people playing major roles in the battle for desegregation, the smaller court cases that led up to Brown v. The Board of Education, and the results and repercussions of the case.
[SSHEL S Collection S.344.73 T871b]

School Segregation (General)

Non-Fiction

Bridges, Ruby.
Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges. 1999.
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books SB.B851b]

Coles, Robert.
Story of Ruby Bridges. 1995.
For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
[SSHEL S Collection Q.S.370.19342 C679s]

Elish, Dan.
James Meredith and School Desegregation. 1994.
Focuses on the events surrounding James Meredith’s efforts to be allowed to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962.
[SSHEL S Collection S.323.1196073 EL47j]

Fireside, Harvey.
Plessy v. Ferguson: Separate but Equal? 1997.
Discusses the issues, characters, arguments, and impacts of Plessy v. Ferguson, a case that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education.
[SSHEL S Collection S.342.730873 F514p]

Fradin, Judith Bloom.
The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine. 2004.
A biography of Daisy Bates, a journalist and activist who became one of the foremost civil rights leaders in America. In 1957 she mentored the nine black students who were integrated into Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books SB. B329f]

Lucas, Eileen.
Cracking the Wall: The Struggles of the Little Rock Nine. 1997.
A brief introduction to the nine African-American students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books S.379.26309767 L962c]

Lusane, Clarence.
Struggle for Equal Education. 1992.
This title describes how efforts to educate blacks have been historically undermined by slavery, segregation, the “separate but equal” legislation, and a failure to reinforce civil rights laws as well as providing extensive information on the legislative history of educational desegregation.
[SSHEL S Collection S.370.19342 L975s]

Morrison, Toni.
Remember: The Journey to School Integration. 2004.
This is a pictorial essay on the fraught subject of school integration. Archival photographs are accompanied by Morrison’s captions which imagine what the participants might be thinking. Photo notes are included at the end and provide dates, locations, and context for the photos.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books S.379.2 M834re]

Rappaport, Doreen.
The School is not White! A True Story of the Civil Rights Movement. 2005.
Sharecroppers Matthew and Mae Bertha Carter enroll their 8 children in an all-white school in Drew, Mississippi, in 1965.
[SSHEL S Collection Q.S.379.263 R182s]

Rasmussen, R. Kent.
Farewell to Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of Segregation in America. 1997.
Farewell to Jim Crow covers the centuries-long quest for racial equality for African-Americans in the United States.
[SSHEL S Collection S.909.0496073 R184f]

Fiction

Bradby, Marie.
Momma, Where Are You From? 2000.
An African-American woman tells her daughter stories of what it was like to grow up in the rural south, before schools were integrated.
[SSHEL S Collection Q.SE.B7273mo]

Draper, Sharon M.
Fire From the Rock. 2007.
In 1957, Sylvia Patterson’s life — that of a normal African American teenager — is disrupted by the impending integration of Little Rock’s Central High when she is selected to be one of the first black students to attend the previously all white school. Includes author’s note and related websites.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books S. D791f]

Evans, Freddi Williams.
A Bus of Our Own. 2001.
Although she really wants to go to school, walking the five miles is very difficult for Mabel Jean and the other black children, so she tries to find a way to get a bus for them the same as the white children have. Based on real events in Mississippi.
[SSHEL S Collection SE.Ev15b]

Herlihy, Dirlie.
Ludie’s Song. 1988.
A young white girl in the 1950s rural south realizes the importance of segregation through a secret friendship with an African-American girl.
[SSHEL S Collection S.H4261l]

Lorbiecki, Marybeth.
Sister Anne’s Hands. 1998.
A second grade class in the 1960s is surprised — and learns life lessons about racism and persecution — when Sister Anne, an African-American nun, comes to teach them.
[SSHEL S Collection Q.SE.L883s]

Martin, Ann M.
Belle Teal. 2001.
As a new school year begins at Coker Creek Elementary School, Belle Teal befriends Darryl, a shy African American boy caught in the crossfire of the town’s anger over the desegregation of the school.
[SSHEL S Collection S.M3633be]

McKissack, Patricia C.
A Friendship for Today. 2007.
In 1954, sixth grader Rosemary becomes the first black student in Kirkland, Missouri. At home, she is forced to deal with her parents’ separation.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books S.M217f]

Michelson, Richard.
Busing Brewster. 2010.
Brewster’s mama tells him that his new school for first grade teaches art and music, and that they have a library full of books. Brewster is pretty excited…until he learns that this school is in the white part of town. Brewster’s first day being “black in a white school” doesn’t go so well, and he winds up in detention at the library, where he meets Miss O’Grady, a librarian who might change Brewster’s life.
[SSHEL S Collection and Center for Children’s Books SE. M582bu]

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.
Mayfield Crossing. 1993.
When the school in Mayfield Crossing is closed, the students are sent to larger schools, where the black children encounter racial prejudice for the first time. Only baseball seems a possibility for drawing people together.
[SSHEL S Collection S.N338m]

Perez, L. King.
Remember as You Pass Me By. 2007.
In small-town Texas in the mid-1950s, twelve-year-old Silvy tries to make sense of her parent’s financial problems, a Supreme Court ruling that will integrate her school, the prejudice of her family and friends, and her own behavior, which always seems to be wrong.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P4153r]

Pinkney, Andrea Davis.
With the Might of Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson. 2011.
Smart, athletic Dawnie Rae usually likes school, but when she finds out she will be one of the first African-American students at a previously all-white Prettyman Coburn, she isn’t sure how to feel. Dawnie Rae and her family navigate the difficulties of school integration and face racism and prejudice while fighting for a right they believe in.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P6562w]

Walter, Mildred Pitts.
Girl on the Outside. 1982.
This novel, based on the events at Little Rock in 1957, tells the story of two girls — one white, one black — at the previously segregated Chatham School.
[SSHEL Oak Street S.W171g]

Wilkinson, Brenda Scott.
Not Separate, Not Equal. 1987.
Malene, one of a group of six African-American students to integrate a Georgia public high school in the mid-sixties, experiences hatred and racism, as well as the beginnings of the civil rights movement.
[SSHEL Oak Street S.W6593n]

Magic and Math: Schools for Sorcerers

These fantasies are about magical schools, where the everyday becomes fantastic. Many of these fantasies pre-date the wildly popular Harry Potter series, but all contain similar elements, including magical teachers, and magic as part of the curriculum. Some of these stories portray schools in a magical world, where students must deal with magic as well as normal school issues such as bullying or self-esteem.

To find more books like the titles below, begin with a subject search of “schools — juvenile fiction” and a keyword search of “magic.”

Alexander, Alma.
Gift of the Unmage. 2007.
As the seventh child born of the union of two seventh children, fourteen-year-old Thea has not fulfilled her parents’ hope of having special magical powers, and they try a last, desperate measure before sending her to a school for those with no magical ability. However, the students can’ escape magic, and it finds its way into the Wandless Academy. Begins the Worldweavers series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Al262g]

Chainani, Soman.
The School for Good and Evil. 2013.
With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile, her best friend Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil. When the girls’ fortunes are reversed and Sophie is at the School for Evil and Agatha at the School for Good, the girls are convinced that a mistake has been made, but in trying to remedy it they learn more about themselves and fairy tale conventions than they bargained for.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C3491s]

Duey, Kathleen.
Skin Hunger. 2007.
In alternate chapters, Sadima travels from her farm home to the city and becomes assistant to a heartless man who is trying to restore knowledge of magic to the world, and a group of boys fights to survive in the academy that has resulted from his efforts. A sequel, Sacred Scars, was published in 2009.
[SSHEL S Collection S. D869sk]

Horowitz, Anthony.
Groosham Grange. 2008.
After being expelled from school, thirteen-year-old David Eliot is sent to Groosham Grange, a spooky and sinister boarding school where ghosts and ghouls rule the school and the students study witchcraft. Originally published in 1988 it is followed by Returned to Groosham Grange: The Unholy Grail.
[SSHEL S Collection S. H785g]

Jones, Diana Wynne.
The Lives of Christopher Chant. 1988.
Chronologically, this is the first Chrestomanci story. Chrestomancis are nine-lived wizards, each of whom live at Chrestomanci Castle. Their children are joined by other magically-talented children to form a kind of boarding school where the students learn about themselves and their powers. Some members of the school venture to other worlds or the current Chrestomanci travels to other worlds to deal with problems.
[SSHEL S Collection S. J713L]

Jones, Diana Wynne.
Year of the Griffin. 2000.
This is the sequel to Dark Lord of Derkholm. In this tale, younger siblings and new characters come together at the University to study magic and encounter all kinds of trouble and adventure.
[SSHEL S Collection S. J713y]

Lackey, Mercedes and Rosemary Edghill.
Legacies. 2010.
After her family is killed, Spirit White is taken to Oakhurst Academy, a combination orphanage and school for those with magical powers, where she and her new friends investigate when students start mysteriously disappearing. Sequels Conspiracies, Sacrifices, and Victories continue the Shadow Grail series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. L118le]

Laybourn, Emma.
Missing Magic. 2007.
Thanks to his influential uncle Kelver, Ned’s gotten into an elite new school. But there’s a problem — everyone there can do magic. And Ned? Not a lick. Amid whispers of the terrifying Necromancers, Ned struggles to adjust to his new situation. Then, just as he’s getting accustomed to having his hair turned into snakes and his books into bricks, the Necromancers strike! Ned and his classmates are kidnapped. But without magic, how can he possibly help them escape?
[SSHEL S Collection S. L451m]

Lidell, Alex.
The Cadet of Tildor. 2013.
At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers, but when her mentor is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and best friend Alec struggle to do what is right in a world of crime and political intrigue.
[SSHEL S Collection S.L6196c]

Murphy, Jill.
The Worst Witch. 1981.
It’s Mildred’s first year at Miss Cackle’s Academy for witches; but already she knows she’s the worst at everything. When she makes a particularly disastrous mistake, Mildred decides to run away. On her way she makes a shocking discovery and must overcome her problems to save the school. The Worst Witch returns in several sequels.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M954W]

Neff, Henry.
The Hound of Rowan. 2007.
After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in a mysterious tapestry, twelve-year-old Max McDaniels becomes a student at Rowan Academy, where he trains in “mystics and combat” in preparation for war with an ancient enemy that has been kidnapping children like him. Begins the Tapestry series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. N298h]

Nimmo, Jenny.
Midnight for Charlie Bone. 2002.
Charlie is reasonably happy, living with his impoverished mother and paternal grandmother. But when his father’s strange family observes his uncanny talent, he is sent to a strange school with a sinister headmaster. Soon Charlie and his new friends become part of an ancient battle that continues in the other books in the Children of the Red King series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. N617m]

Pierce, Tamora.
Alanna: The First Adventure. 1983.
Alanna’s dream is to be a knight; so she takes her brother’s place and travels to the palace of Tortall as a page. But she must learn to accept herself and her magic before she can defeat her enemies and become a lady knight. Alanna continues her journey in the Song of the Lioness series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P611A]

Pierce, Tamora.
First Test. 1999.
Keladry of Mindelan is determined to be a lady knight, like her heroine Sir Alanna. She must prove herself to the other boys and her instructors as well as overcoming physical and magical challenges before she can become a page. Read more about Keladry in the Protector of the Small series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P611f]

Pierce, Tamora.
Sandry’s Book. 1997.
Four children, outcast and misfit among their families and peoples, are brought to Winding Circle to learn a new way of life and discover their hidden talents. Tris, Daja, and Briar’s books follow in the Circle of Magic series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P611sa]

Rowling, J. K.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 1998.
Harry Potter has a miserable life with his relatives until magical things begin to happen and he finds himself at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. In his first year, he makes new friends and enemies and faces a terrifying challenge. Harry Potter continues his studies and faces greater evils in six sequels.
[SSHEL S Collection S. R797h]

Sherman, Delia.
The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen. 2009
In New York Between, a parallel Manhattan that is home to various creatures of folklore, Neef meets her counterparts at Miss Van Loon’s school for human changelings, where Neef learns the basics of diplomacy and soon gets into trouble.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Sh553m]

Stevermer, Caroline.
A College of Magics. 2002.
Teenager Faris Nallaneen, heir to the small northern dukedom of Galazon, is still too young to claim her title, so her despotic Uncle Brinker insists she be sent to Greenlaw College, where all students major in magic. Sequel A Scholar of Magics continues the tale.
[SSHEL S Collection S. St488c]

Yolen, Jane.
Wizard’s Hall. 1991.
Poor Henry. It’s not enough that his mother has sent him away from home to learn magic. It’s not enough that everyone at his new school calls him Thornmallow because he’s “prickly on the outside, squishy within.” It’s not enough that the only talent he shows at Wizard”s Hall is an ability to make messes of even the simplest spells. Now, when Wizard’s Hall is threatened by a cruel sorcerer’s fearsome beast, it is up to Henry — er, Thornmallow — to figure out how to save not only his new friends but also the entire school for wizards.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Y78W]

Here There be Dragons

Dragons are enduring figures in fantasy for all ages. They represent our fears and our imagination, embody heroism and inspire quests. The titles in this collection portray dragons in a wide variety of roles and endow them with many different abilities. Their stories range from the humorous to the tragic, reliving traditional tales of dragons or reinventing popular conceptions of the species.
The selections have been divided into several categories. “Anthropomorphic Dragons” includes dragons who speak and reason, and either live in a complete culture of their own or coexist in human society. “Raising Dragons” includes those stories of finding or hatching a dragon, often including a psychic bond between the dragon and human. There are traditional Western tales of “Dragons as Monsters” and stories of “Not-So-Monstrous Dragons” as well as stories based on “Asian Dragons.”
To find books about dragons, start with a subject search of “juvenile” — probably “juvenile fiction,” since most titles about dragons will be fiction. Add a keyword or subject search of “dragon*.”

ANTHROPOMORPHIC DRAGONS

Baker, E.D.
Dragon Kiss. 2009.
Audun, a dragon from the Icy North, encounters obstacles as he pursues the love of his life — a human girl who can transform into a dragon using magic.
[SSHEL S Collection S. B1712dk]

Funke, Cornelia.
Dragon Rider. 2004.
With the help of his friends, Firedrake goes on a quest to find the mythical Rim of Heaven and save the dragons from the encroaching humans. This book is also available online through the Online Library Catalog as a downloadable audiobook.
[SSHEL S Collection S. F964d]

George, Jessica Day.
Dragon Slippers. 2007.
Orphaned after a fever epidemic, Creel befriends a dragon and unknowingly inherits an object that can either save or destroy her kingdom. Read on in sequels Dragon Flight and Dragon Spear.
[SSHEL S Collection S. G2935drs]

Levine, Gail Carson.
A Tale of Two Castles. 2011.
Twelve-year-old Elodie journeys to Two Castles in hopes of studying acting but instead becomes apprentice to a dragon, who teaches her to be observant and use reasoning, thus helping her to uncover who is poisoning the king.
[SSHEL S Collection S. L5788ta]

Pierce, Tamora.
Wild Magic. 1992.
In the first adventure of Daine, the wild-mage, she rescues Kit, a baby dragon. Although it is not apparent until the final book that dragons are capable of human speech and have a separate civilization, Kit is obviously intelligent and responds to human behavior as she accompanies Daine on her adventures. Follow Daine’s journey in sequels Wolf-Speaker, The Emperor Mage, and The Realms of the Gods.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P611wi]

Sutherland, Tui.
The Dragonet Prophecy. 2012.
A secret movement is determined to bring an end to the long years of war between the seven dragon tribes, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, they find that what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the planners had intended. The Dragonet Prophecy is the first book in the Wings of Fire series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Su848d]

Vaughn, Carrie.
Voices of Dragons. 2010.
In a parallel world where humans and dragons live in a state of cold war, seventeen-year-old Kay and her dragon friend, Artegal, struggle to find a way to show that dragons and humans can co-exist.
[SSHEL S Collection S. V4658v]

Wrede, Patricia.
Dealing with Dragons. 1990.
Cimorene is tired of her life as a princess and discovers she much prefers being captured by a dragon – permanently — no matter how many knights try to rescue her! Her friend Kazul becomes king of the dragons and is an important figure in the sequels as the pair encounter many mythical beasts and characters.
[SSHEL S Collection S. W925D]

Yep, Laurence.
City of Fire. 2009.
Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe. Begins the City Trilogy.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Y43ci]

RAISING DRAGONS

Broach, Elise.
Hiding Hoover. 2005.
Daddy always says, “no pets,” but when his two children find a marvelous new pet, they find ingenious ways to hide him.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B781h]

McKinley, Robin.
Dragonhaven. 2007.
When Jake Mendoza, who lives in the Smokehill National Park where his father runs the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies, goes on his first solo overnight in the park, he finds an infant dragon whose mother has been killed by a poacher.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M2153d]

Paolini, Christopher.
Eragon. 2003.
When farm-hand Eragon finds a strange stone that hatches into a dragon, his life is changed forever as he becomes involved in exciting, dangerous, and magical adventures and develops new powers. Eragon begins the Inheritance series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P196e]

Thomas, Shelley Moore.
Good Night, Good Knight. 2000.
Three lonely dragons are going to bed. Who will bring them a drink of water? And tuck them in? And read them a story? The Good Knight, of course! The Good Knight and friends appear in several silly sequels.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. T367g]

Yolen, Jane.
Dragon’s Blood. 1982.
Jakkin, a Keeper in a dragon nursery, steals and trains a fighting dragon in the hope of winning his freedom. Dragon’s Blood begins the Pit Dragons series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Y78D]

DRAGONS AS MONSTERS

Donaldson, Julia.
Room on the Broom. 2001.
One by one, a witch invites the animals who find her missing belongings to join her on her broom. When the broom breaks and a dragon appears, the animals come to her rescue and then help the witch make a new broomstick with room for all her friends.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. D714r 2001]

Haskell, Merrie.
Handbook for Dragon Slayers. 2013.
Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.
[SSHEL S Collection S. H2735h]

Hodges, Margaret.
Saint George and the Dragon. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. 1984.
Classic tale of St. George and the monstrous dragon he defeats through courage and perseverance. Adapted from Spenser’s Faerie Queene.
[SSHEL S Collection S. H666S]

Krause, Ute.
Oscar and the Very Hungry Dragon. 2010.
No princess is around to be fed to the dragon so Little Oscar’s name is pulled from the hat. Learn how the boy’s cleverness comes to his rescue!
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. K868o:E]

NOT-SO-MONSTROUS DRAGONS

Axelsson, Carina.
Nigel of Hyde Park. 2004.
It is time for Nigel, dragon and crown prince, to be crowned king of Hyde Park. But how can he rule his subjects when he can’t rule his own imagination? Zany illustrations show Nigel learning to conquer his imagination and his arch-enemy, Lord Black.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S. Ax22n]

Bar-el, Dan.
Not Your Typical Dragon. 2013.
When Crispin Blaze turns seven, he’s expected to breathe fire like all the other dragons. But instead of fire, he breathes a host of unusual things.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B23n]

DiTerlizzi, Tony.
Kenny & the Dragon. 2008.
Book-loving Kenny the rabbit has few friends in his farming community, so when one, bookstore owner George, is sent to kill another, gentle dragon Grahame, Kenny must find a way to prevent their battle while satisfying the dragon-crazed townspeople.
[SSHEL S Collection S. D634k]

Grahame, Kenneth.
The Reluctant Dragon. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1938.
This is the classic pacifist dragon tale, taken from Kenneth Grahame’s Dream Days (1898). Dragon, built up by the fears and prejudices of the villagers into a monster, is really a kind and rather ineffectual creature. However, when St. George comes to save the village from their “monster” only the shepherd boy can reconcile the frightened villagers, militant St. George, and helpless dragon.
[SSHEL Oak Street S. G76R1953]

Gravett, Emily.
Again! 2013.
At bedtime, Cedric the dragon wants his mother to read his favorite book again, and again, and again.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. G788a]

Keller, Beverly.
A Small, Elderly Dragon. 1984.
The old dragon of Minervia can no longer terrorize the countryside – but he still causes quite a lot of trouble when a wicked sorcerer takes Minervia in exchange for getting rid of the dragon. It takes Princess Dorma and all her friends to defeat the sorcerer and find a happy ending for everyone – even the dragon.
[SSHEL Oak Street S. K281sm]

Polacco, Patricia.
The Graves Family Goes Camping. 2005.
The Graves family is having a wonderful time camping at Lake Bleakmire and collecting creepy, slimy, and unusual specimens when they discover a species thought to be extinct – a dragon!
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. P756grc]

ASIAN DRAGONS

Berkeley, Jon.
Chopsticks. 2006.
Chopsticks the mouse frees the wooden dragon and together they fly across the sky every night, returning to the wooden dragon’s restaurant in the morning.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. B455c]

Chang, Grace.
Jin Jin the Dragon. 2007.
Jin Jin the dragon does not know what kind of creature he is, so he embarks on a journey, assisted by other animals he meets along the way, to find Old Turtle and Crane, who will help him learn his identity. Includes information about Chinese writing and the place of the dragon in Chinese lore. Jin Jin returns in Jin Jin and the Rain Wizard.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. SE. C36231j]

Davol, Marguerite W.
The Paper Dragon. Illustrated by Robert Sabuda. 1997.
A dragon has awoken and is destroying the village and its land. Mi Fei is only an artist, but when the people ask him for help he cannot refuse. He finds his talents are of use against the dragon and eventually puts him back to sleep.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. D311p]

Demi.
The Boy Who Painted Dragons. 2007.
Ping, a painter of dragons — of which he is secretly afraid — is challenged to seek the truth, find the truth, and dare to be true.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. D3952b]

Lin, Grace.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. 2009.
Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.
[SSHEL S Collection S. L63w]

Young, Ed.
The Sons of the Dragon King: A Chinese Legend. 2004.
The dragon king’s nine sons each seem to be lazy or useless at first, but the king guides them into positions which use their strengths for the good of the people.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S. 398.2 Y848s]

Young, Russell.
Dragonsong: A Fable for the New Millennium. 2000.
Chiang-An lives in China near an unnamed village. When the dragons gather to bring gifts which will decide who becomes the village’s guardian, Chiang-An goes out into the world to search for the perfect gift.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S. 398.2 Y86d]

Zhang, Song Nan and Hao Yu Zhang.
A Time of Golden Dragons. 2000.
Written to celebrate the alignment of the Chinese Golden Dragon year and the Western millennium, an event which occurs every 3,000 years, this book explains the significance of dragons in Chinese culture and history.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S. 398.2 Z61t]

Gods New and Old: Greco-Roman Myths in Young Adult Literature

This month the S-Collection blog has already focused on how to find fictionalized mythology outside of Greece and Rome — but there’s nothing wrong with the classics! Readers who love the Greco-Roman gods and goddesses are in luck; young adult authors never seem to tire of the tried-and-true myths. To find updated, novelized, or revisited Greek and Roman mythology, use a subject term of “juvenile fiction” combined with a subject search of “mythology, Greek” or “mythology, Roman.”

You can also combine your “juvenile fiction” subject search with a key word search for a particular story or character (for example: keyword search of “Hermes”). Below are some suggestions to get started.

Abouzeid, Chris.
Anatopsis. 2006.
Princess Anatopsis’ mother, Queen Solomon, wants her to be chairwoman of the Amalgamated Witchcraft Corporation; Ana wants to be a knight-errant. Her first opportunity for a quest comes when she discovers that her new tutor, the demigod Mr. Pound, has some unpleasant plans for her…and the entire world. On her quest she will need the help of Immortals, ancient gods, and the last dog in the Universe.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Ab769a]

Angelini, Josephine.
Starcrossed. 2011.
When shy sixteen-year-old Helen Hamilton starts having vivid dreams about three ancient, hideous women and suddenly tries to kill a new student at her Nantucket high school, she discovers that she is playing out some version of an old tale involving Helen of Troy, the Three Furies, and a mythic battle that continues in sequels Dreamless and Goddess.
[SSHEL S Collection S. An435s]

Ashton, Brodi.
Everneath. 2012.
Regretting her decision to forfeit her life on Earth to become an immortal on Everneath, a world between Earth and Hell, teenaged Nikki is given the chance to return to the Surface for six months, in this story loosely based on the “Hades and Persephone” myth. Ashton has penned two sequels, Everbound and Evertrue.
[SSHEL S Collection S. As38e]

Barrett, Tracy.
King of Ithaka. 2010.
When sixteen-year-old Telemachos and his two best friends, one a centaur, leave their life of privilege to undertake a quest to find Telemachos’s father Odysseus, they learn much along the way about what it means to be a man and a king.
[SSHEL S Collection S. B2756k]

Block, Francesca Lia.
Love in the Time of Global Warming. 2013.
Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) mirrors Odysseus’ journey after a devastating earthquake robs her of her family. Pen is back in the second installment, The Island of Excess Love, which closely resembles the Aeneid.
[SSHEL S Collection S.B622l]

Cabot, Meg.
Abandon. 2011.
A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce’s life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping, but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld. Read more about Pierce in Underworld and Awaken.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C1121ab]

Childs, Tera Lynn.
Oh. My. Gods. 2008.
When her mother suddenly decides to marry a near-stranger, Phoebe, whose passion is running, soon finds herself living on a remote Greek island, completing her senior year at an ancient high school where the students and teachers are all descended from gods or goddesses. Sequel Goddess Bootcamp adds to the hilarity.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C4379o]

Cooney, Caroline B.
Goddess of Yesterday. 2002.
Taken from her home on an Aegean island as a six-year-old girl, Anaxndra calls on the protection of her goddess while she poses as two different princesses over the next six years, before ending up as a servant in the company of Helen and Paris as they make their way to Troy.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C783go]

Coville, Bruce.
Juliet Dove, Queen of Love. 2003.
Juliet Dove is so shy that whenever anyone pays attention to her she says nasty things to distract them. But when she receives a magical amulet from the Magic Shop, she suddenly finds herself the center of more attention than she’d ever imagined in her worst nightmares. To free herself from the spell, she’ll have to resolve the problems of Cupid and Psyche and learn to interact with others in a different way.
[SSHEL Oak Street S. C838ju]

Deary, Terry.
The Fire Thief. 2005.
Retelling of the tale of Prometheus, in which Prometheus becomes a time traveler in order to escape the wrath of the gods and befriends a Victorian orphan. Two sequels, Flight of the Fire Thief and The Fire Thief Fights Back, follow.
[SSHEL S Collection S. D348f]

Deming, Sarah.
Iris, Messenger. 2007.
After discovering that the immortals of Greek mythology reside in her hometown of Middleville, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Iris listens to their life stories, gaining wisdom, beauty, and startling revelations about her past.
[SSHEL S Collection S. D395i]

Druitt, Tobias.
Corydon and the Island of Monsters. 2006.
Perseus is leading an army of heroes to destroy the monsters forever; Medusa, the Minotaur, and the Sphinx have gathered an army of monsters to defend themselves. Corydon, a shepherd boy imprisoned as a “monster” unites the monsters and leads them in fighting for survival and a place to call their own. The story is continued in two sequels: Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis and Corydon and the Siege of Troy.
[SSHEL S Collection S. D843c]

Falcone, L. M.
Walking with the Dead. 2005.
Alex’s dad brings home an ancient Greek corpse for the museum of Oddities and soon Alex and his friend Freddie find themselves on a mission to the underworld to help the corpse and its lost soul.
[SSHEL Oak Street S.F182w]

Franco, Betsy.
Metamorphosis: Junior Year. 2009.
High school artist Ovid’s journal recasts his classmates’ lives and loves as modern-day Roman mythology, while slowly revealing his own struggles with parents who need him to be the perfect son in the wake of his meth-addicted sister’s disappearance.
[SSHEL S Collection S. F848me]

Friesner, Esther.
Nobody’s Princess. 2007.
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy, and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world. Sequel Nobody’s Prize follows Helen’s adventures.
[SSHEL S Collection S. F915n]

Friesner, Esther.
Temping Fate. 2006.
Ilana thinks she’s found the perfect job – temping at the same place her older sister used to work! But when she shows up for her first day, she realizes there was a reason her sister never told anyone about her job…exactly how is Ilana supposed to fill in for the Fates of Greek mythology?
[SSHEL S Collection S. F915t]

Geras, Adele.
Troy. 2001.
Told from the point of view of female protagonists, Troy portrays the last weeks of the Trojan War, when women are sick of tending the wounded, men are tired of fighting, and bored gods and goddesses find ways to stir things up.
[SSHEL S Collection S. G312tr 2001]

Halam, Ann.
Snakehead. 2008.
Compelled by his father Zeus to accept the evil king Polydectes’s challenge to bring the head of the monstrous Medusa to the Aegean island of Serifos, Perseus, although questioning the gods’ interference in human lives, sets out, accompanied by his beloved Andromeda, a princess with her own harsh destiny to fulfill.
[SSHEL S Collection S. H128sn]

Hennesy, Carolyn.
Pandora Gets Jealous. 2008.
When Pandora (Pandy for short) comes across a simple box said to contain a mystery both terrifying and forbidden, she thinks it will be perfect to bring to school as her class project. However, when the box is accidentally opened all sorts of evils are loosed on the world of men. Brought before Zeus and the other immortals, Pandy must bring back all the evils from the box within a year’s time. Pandora’s mythic misadventures continue in plenty of sequels!
[SSHEL S Collection S. H3928p]

Kindl, Patrice.
Lost in the Labyrinth. 2002.
Xenodice tries to save her half-brother, the Minotaur, from the Athenian prince. Theseus, aided by Ariadne, Icarus, and Daedalus, spreads tragedy as all become entangled in a web of passion and politics.
[SSHEL S Collection S. K576l]

Marsh, Katherine.
The Night Tourist. 2007.
After fourteen-year-old classics prodigy Jack Perdu has a near fatal accident he meets Euri, a young ghost who introduces him to New York’s Underworld, where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on, and Jack vows to find his dead mother there. Continued in The Twilight Prisoner.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M352n]

McMullan, Kate.
Have a Hot Time, Hades! 2002.
Hades tells the true story behind the Greek myths in these tongue-in-cheek chapter books, beginning with Cronus’ swallowing his children. The first book in the Myth-o-mania series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M229h]

Miles, Elizabeth.
Fury. 2011.
After high school junior Emily hooks up with her best friend’s boyfriend, and football quarterback Chase’s life spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies — paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women — come to town to make sure that Emily and Chase get what they deserve. The first in a trilogy.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M594f]

Moulton, Erin E.
Keepers of the Labyrinth. 2015.
Lil Bennet is haunted by her mother’s death. When she gets the chance to attend a Future Leaders conference on the Island of Crete — a conference her mother once attended — she jumps at it. Once on the island, she finds herself entangled in a labyrinthine mystery of mythic proportion.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M8623k]

Riordan, Rick.
The Lightning Thief. 2005.
Percy Jackson is just trying to make it through sixth grade without getting expelled – again. But then he discovers his pre-algebra teacher is a monster, his best friend is a satyr, and he is a half-blood, son of a mortal woman and a god. To prevent war and destruction between the gods, Percy must go on a quest to retrieve a powerful magic tool stolen from Zeus. The first in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. R479p]

Riordan, Rick.
The Lost Hero. 2010.
Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids,” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself. Begins Heroes of Olympus series, in which there are many cross-overs from the Percy Jackson series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. R479lo]

Shipton, Paul.
The Pig Scrolls. 2005.
A translation of an ancient Greek manuscript written by Gryllus, a talking pig who was once a man, which describes the many adventures that he and his companions — a junior prophetess named Sybil and a bumbling goatherd — experience while traveling to Delphi to try to prevent the universe from coming to an end. Gryllus comes back in The Pig Who Saved the World.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Sh649p]

Spinner, Stephanie.
Quicksilver. 2005.
A novelization of the Greek myths narrated by the trickster-god Hermes as he navigates his day-to-day business.
[SSHEL Oak Street S. Sp469q]

Whitman, Emily.
Radiant Darkness. 2009.
Persephone runs off to the Underworld with Hades, with whom she has fallen in love, but when her mother Demeter threatens to destroy the earth to save her, Persephone finds a way to come back once a year, bringing spring.
[SSHEL S Collection S. W592ra]

Beyond the Greek Gods: Global Myths Revisited

Myths might be the tales as old as time, but authors have never stopped updating their stories and characters. While many readers are familiar with the ever-popular Greek and Roman gods and heroes, other countries and cultures have a wealth of equally exciting narratives to explore. This bibliography barely scratches the surface of the mystical and adventurous tales available – the full extent could fill entire libraries – but it does provide a place to start in Celtic, Welsh, Egyptian, and Norse mythology for readers who love the Greek and Roman myths but are looking for something new.

To find children’s and young adult works of fiction about mythology, combine a subject search of “juvenile fiction” with a subject search of “mythology, Egyptian” (or Norse, African, Celtic, Aztec – the combinations are endless).

You can also combine your “juvenile fiction” subject search with a keyword search for a particular story or character (for example, a keyword search of “Osiris”).

Celtic and Welsh Mythology

Black, Holly.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. 2002.
Sixteen-year-old Kaye, who has been visited by faeries since childhood, discovers that she herself is a magical faerie creature with a special destiny. Sequels Valiant and Ironside continue the adventure.
[SSHEL S Collection S. B5614t]

Cooper, Susan.
Over Sea, Under Stone. 1965.
Three children find an ancient manuscript and become involved in a quest to discover the true story of King Arthur. This is the introduction to the Dark is Rising quartet, which includes Arthurian legend and a variety of Celtic and Welsh myths in a fantastical struggle between good and evil forces.
[SSHEL S Collection S. C787O]

Garner, Alan.
The Owl Service. 1967.
A contemporary retelling of the story of Blodeuwedd, a character from Welsh mythology, in which three young people find themselves reenacting an old tragedy.
[SSHEL Oak Street S. G186O]

Guard, David.
Dierdre: A Celtic Legend. 1977.
According to this ancient legend, at her birth, a wise Druid foretold that Dierdre’s beauty would tear Ulster apart.
[SSHEL Oak Street S.398.21 G931D]

Jones, Diana Wynne.
Fire and Hemlock. 1985.
A complex retelling of the legend of Tam Lin that focuses on Polly, a teenager with two sets of memories – one perfectly normal, and the other strange and mystical.
[SSHEL S Collection S. J713f]

Lanagan, Margo.
The Brides of Rollrock Island. 2012.
On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings — and to catch their wives. The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal — and for a price, a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may tell himself that he is her master, but from his first look into those wide eyes, he will be just as transformed as she, and the witch will have her true payment.
[SSHEL S Collection S. L22br]

McBride, Regina.
The Fire Opal. 2010.
While invading English soldiers do battle in sixteenth-century Ireland, Maeve grows up with a mystical connection to a queen who, centuries before, faced enemies of her own, and uses her special gifts to try to save her mother whose spirit has left her.
[SSHEL S Collection S. M459f]

Nimmo, Jenny.
The Snow Spider. 1987.
Gifts from Gwyn’s grandmother on his tenth birthday open up a whole new world to him, as he discovers he has magical powers that help him heal the breach with his father that has existed ever since his sister’s mysterious disappearance. The story continues to unfold in sequels Emlyn’s Moon and The Chestnut Soldier.
[SSHEL S Collection S.N617s 1987]

O’Shea, Pat.
The Hounds of the Morrigan. 1986.
Pidge and his sister Brigit become involved with creatures from ancient Celtic myth when Pidge buys a book that is actually the prison of the evil serpent, Olc-Glas.
[SSHEL Oak Street S. OS4H]

Shepard, Aaron.
The Mountain of Marvels: A Celtic Tale of Magic: Retold from The Mabinogion. 2007.
A thousand years ago, in the Celtic kingdoms of Wales, great lords gave great feasts for their fighting men and courtiers. In between the meals, the storyteller rose and spun his tales of times long past. Many of these tales are collected in this retelling of The Mabinogion.
[SSHEL S Collection S.398.209429 Sh471m]

Stiefvater, Maggie.
The Scorpio Races. 2011.
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
[SSHEL S Collection S. St522sc]

Egyptian Mythology

Ewing, Lynne.
The Summoning. 2007.
Three fifteen-year-old girls living in Washington D.C. learn that they are the direct descendants of Egyptian pharoahs, with special powers that will allow them to battle demonic members of the Cult of Anubis, who are trying to return the universe to the chaos from which it sprung. The Summoning begins the Sisters of Isis series.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Ew54su]

Hoover, P.J.
Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life. 2014.
King Tut was granted immortality and now lives life stuck as an 8th grader in Washington, D.C. Now he must ward off an evil general and the cult of Set determined to destroy Tut.
[SSHEL S Collection H7693t]

Houck, Colleen.
Reawakened. 2015.
New York teen Lily Young wasn’t expecting for her fate to become entangled with that of Amon, an Egyptian god, but now that it is, the pair must travel to the Valley of Kings, join forces with Amon’s brothers, and defeat the god Seth, who wants to take over the world.
[SSHEL S Collection S.H812r]

Maurer, Gretchen.
Call Me Isis: Egyptian Goddess of Magic. 2014.
As goddess-queen of Egypt, Isis is destined for a charmed life. But when she loses everything — including her magic — in one fell swoop, she is determined for the sake of her son Horus and for all of Egypt to put things right.
[SSHEL S Collection S.M4422c]

Nayeri, Daniel and Dina.
Another Pan. 2010.
The Nayeris blend the story of Peter Pan with Egyptian myth with the tale of Wendy Darling and her brother John, who discover an ancient book that opens a labyrinth underneath their school.
[SSHEL S Collection S.N231an]

Riordan, Rick.
The Red Pyramid. 2010.
After their father’s research experiment at the British Museum unleashes the Egyptian god Set, Carter and Sadie Kane embark on a dangerous journey across the globe — a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs in the beginning of The Kane Chronicles.
[SSHEL S Collection S. R479r]

White, Kiersten.
The Chaos of Stars. 2013.
Sixteen-year-old Isadora, the mortal daughter of Isis and Osiris, is sick of being in the middle of family drama so she jumps at the chance to leave Egypt and start a new life in San Diego with her brother.
[SSHEL S Collection S.W5846c]

Norse Mythology

Armstrong, K. L.
Loki’s Wolves. 2013.
Matt Thorsen is a direct descendant of the order-keeping god Thor, and his classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke are descendants of the trickster god Loki. When Ragnarok — the apocalypse — threatens, the human descendants of the gods must fight monsters to stop the end of the world.
[SSHEL S Collection S. Ar57l]

Barnhouse, Rebecca.
The Coming of the Dragon. 2010.
Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this spectacular retelling of the end of the Old English poem Beowulf.
[SSHEL S Collection S. B2661c]

Coville, Bruce.
Thor’s Wedding Day by Thialfi the Goat Boy. 2005.
The stealing and retrieval of Thor’s hammer as told by his goat boy, Thialfi. A humorous look at an episode in Norse mythology.
[SSHEL S Collection S.C838t]

Farmer, Nancy.
The Sea of Trolls. 2004.
Jack, captured by Viking berserkers, goes on a quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
[SSHEL S Collection S.F229s]

Gaiman, Neil.
Odd and the Frost Giants. 2009.
An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.
[SSHEL S Collection S.G127o]

Gratton, Tessa.
The Lost Sun. 2013.
In an alternate U.S.A. (the United States of Asgard), Soren Bearskin, the son of an infamous berserker, and Astrid Glyn, daughter of a renowned seer, embark on a road trip to find Baldur, the missing god whose absence has caused panic throughout the country.
[SSHEL S Collection S. G774l]

Harris, Joanne.
Runemarks. 2008.
Maddy Smith, who bears the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world.
[SSHEL S Collection S. H2421r]

Jones, Carrie.
Captivate. 2010.
High school junior Zara and her friends continue to try to contain the pixies that threaten their small Maine town, but when a Valkyrie takes Zara’s boyfriend, Nick, to Valhalla, the only way to save him is to trust a pixie king, Astley.
[SSHEL S Collection S.J7123c]

Lake, A.J.
The Coming of Dragons. 2006.
A king’s son and sea captain’s tomboy daughter journey across magical lands and face the Norse god Loki in the first book of the Darkest Age series.
[SSHEL S Collection S.L148co]

Livingston, Lesley.
Starling. 2012.
Mason Starling, a champion fencer at Gosforth Academy, finds her school overrun with terrifying creatures after a mysterious storm falls on Manhattan and the stranger who saves her life becomes her only ally as they work together to discover his past and learn of Mason’s family’s dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods.
[SSHEL S Collection S.L7626s]

Lunge-Larsen, Lise.
The Adventures of Thor the Thunder God. 2007.
Stories of Norse Thunder God Thor, adapted for modern young audiences.
[SSHEL S Collection Q. S.398.2 L972a]

Paulson, Ingrid.
Valkyrie Rising. 2012.
While visiting Norway, sixteen-year-old Ellie must step out of the shadow of her popular older brother, join forces with his infuriating best friend, and embrace her Valkyrie heritage to rescue teen boys kidnapped to join the undead army of the ancient god, Odin.
[SSHEL S Collection S. P2856v]

I Like Me! Body-Positive Books about Being Different and Happy

Everyone feels different sometimes — because everyone is different! Our unique traits make life fun and beautiful, but that doesn’t mean being different is always easy. The authors of children’s and young adult literature know that self-acceptance can be a struggle; the S-Collection carries books for all ages about feeling good in your own skin, no matter your size, color, ability, or any other distinguishing feature. Body-positivity means there’s nothing you have to be except yourself — and that’s awesome.
To find picture books and novels about loving yourself, try a subject search of “juvenile fiction” combined with a subject or keyword search of “self-esteem” or “self-acceptance.”

To find books that highlight a specific unique trait, combine the subject search of “juvenile fiction” (or “juvenile literature” if you want non-fiction titles) with a keyword search like “racially mixed families” or “people with disabilities.”

Books for Beginning Readers

Beaumont, Karen.
I Like Myself! 2004.
The little heroine of this story knows that she is no one but herself — and that is a good thing! Even with bedhead and yucky morning breath, she likes being her.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B383i]

Brown, Monica.
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina. 2011.
Marisol McDonald is a proud Peruvian-Scottish-American who loves tan skin with red hair, PB & J burritos, and wearing stripes with polka dots. Everyone knows that Marisol McDonald doesn’t match, and that’s just fine with Marisol.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. B8146ma]

Diggs, Taye.
Mixed Me! 2015.
The father of a mixed child, author Taye Diggs knows that being mixed can be just right! Mike, the main character, is a little boy who is the perfect “blend of dark and light” and loves seeing the evidence of both his mother and father in his appearance.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. D5694m]

Hoffman, Sarah and Ian.
Jacob’s New Dress. 2014.
Jacob loves playing dress-up at home and wants to wear a dress to school, too. His classmates think a boy in a dress is a little funny, but Jacob knows there’s no reason he shouldn’t wear what makes him feel good.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB SE. H672j]

Katz, Karen.
The Colors of Us. 1999.
Lena is creating a self-portrait and plans to use just-plain-brown paint for her skin, but Lena’s mother, an artist, urges her to look more closely. Soon Lena sees that people come in more beautiful and nuanced colors than she could imagine. She isn’t just brown, she’s cinnamon!
[SSHEL S Collection SE. K159co]

Klise, Kate.
Stand Straight, Ella Kate: The True Story of a Real Giant. 2010.
Ella Kate Ewing, a real-life girl born in 1872, had big dreams and a height to match. Her family always encouraged her to “stand up straight” and not hide her uniqueness, so Ella Kate used her tall frame to achieve fame and travel the world.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB Q. SE. K689st]

Parr, Todd.
It’s Okay to be Different. 2001.
It’s okay to look different, to need help, to be adopted, and all the other characteristics that make humans individuals! The bright illustrations and positive messages in It’s Okay to be Different reinforce themes of self-esteem and acceptance.
[SSHEL S Collection SE. P246i]

Tarpley, Natasha.
I Love my Hair! 1998.
Keyana is more than a little sick of her hair, which hurts her head no matter how gentle Mama tries to brush. Mama reminds her how lucky she is to have such beautiful hair, and Keyana imagines all the amazing styles she can wear.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB SE. T176i]

Books for Middle Readers

Bell, CeCe
El Deafo. 2014.
Author CeCe Bell tells the story of her own hearing loss and life with hearing aids in this graphic novel. Her Phonic Ear, a very useful and noticeable hearing aid, makes her different, but CeCe thinks of it as a superpower. She is…El Deafo!
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. 741.5973 B4132d]

Blume, Judy.
Deenie. 1973.
The titular character of this classic coming-of-age story is a pretty teenager whose self-esteem and dreams of becoming a model are compromised when she is diagnosed with scoliosis and forced to wear a back brace.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. B625D]

Montague, Brad.
Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. 2015.
Kid President, of YouTube fame, is back to remind kids everywhere that they are awesome exactly as they are, and that they should use that awesomeness to do something world-changing!
[SSHEL S Collection S. 158 M7607k]

Palacio, R.J.
Wonder. 2012.
Auggie was born with a face that doesn’t look like other kids’, so he’s been homeschooled…until now. When Auggie joins the 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he must be prepared to defend his face from bullies. Wonder is a reminder to be kind to everyone, including yourself, and that when you’re different, it’s okay to stand out.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. P1712w, Residence Halls 813 P171wo]

Sayre, Justin.
Husky. 2015.
12-year-old Davis is worried that no one sees him as anything but ‘husky.’ On top of his weight, he is wrestling with questions of sexuality as his friendships and family relationships change. Davis must learn to see himself as a unique individual with admirable qualities, no matter what transitions life throws at him.
[SSHEL S Collection S. SA997h]

Telgemeier, Raina.
Smile. 2010.
The author, in graphic novel format, talks about the dental issues that marked much of her youth and how she learned to love her smile even with her “metal-mouth.”
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. T271s]

Books for Advanced Readers

Barson, K.A.
45 Pounds, More or Less. 2013.
Ann Galardi lives her life by the numbers: She’s sixteen years old. She wears a size seventeen. Her mother is a size six. Her aunt is getting married in two months. It’s time to lose forty-five pounds. As Ann begins her mission, she realizes that in order to be truly healthy, she’ll have to learn to love herself exactly as she is.
[SSHEL S Collection S. B28f]

Burcaw, Shane.
Laughing at My Nightmare. 2014.
Shane Burcaw, a 20-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy, describes his life with biting wit and humor as he brings readers through what it’s like to meet people, date, and study from his wheelchair.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB SB. B892b, Residence Halls 617.4 B892la]

Flake, Sharon.
The Skin I’m In. 1998.
Maleeka is self-conscious about her height and her dark skin, but a new teacher with vitiligo, a skin condition that causes discoloration in patches, helps her to find self-confidence.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. F5991s]

Going, K.L.
Fat Kid Rules the World. 2003.
Troy Billings is seventeen, depressed, and, let’s face it, fat. His life changes when he meets Curt, a homeless teenage musician who wants Troy to be the drummer in a new band. There are a few issues, though, since Troy doesn’t know how to play the drums, and Curt may or may not have a drug problem. Their unlikely friendship changes both their lives as Troy works towards self-acceptance.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. G561f, Uni High Fiction G56f]

Grover, Laurie Ann.
On Pointe. 2004.
Clare has been training her whole life to become a ballerina. When she learns that she is too tall to ever become a professional dancer and her beloved grandfather suffers a stroke, Clare’s identity is shaken and she learns to envision a new future.
[SSHEL S Collection S. G919o]

Westerfeld, Scott.
Uglies. 2005.
This science fiction series takes place in a world where teenagers undergo a surgery at sixteen to make them a “Pretty” — all of their distinguishing, “ugly” features removed and their brains altered to make them docile. Tally and her friends question the wisdom of the surgery and struggle to maintain their identities in the face of the Pretty regime.
[SSHEL S Collection and CCB S. W523u2011, Residence Halls 813 W523ug, Uni High Fiction W5233u]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. SE. Ay44mi]

Brooks, Gwendolyn.
Bronzeville Boys and Girls. 1956.
This book of poems from Pulitzer-prize-winning Brooks celebrates the hope and freedom of childhood.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 811 B791b]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. SE. B381w]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SE. B4192m]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SE. C868b]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SE. H238c]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SE. L5672l]

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…
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. SE. M1759r]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. SE. R71d]

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
Little Pea. 2005.
Little Pea hates eating his candy! All he wants is vegetables for dessert.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SE. R727l]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 811 R831w]

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.
[CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 398.2109 Z37r]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. SB. C425b]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. C591f1998]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. C648v]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SB. C617d]

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…
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. F6292f]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SB. B329f]

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?
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. H1172r]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SB. C3213l]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. P3361lo]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION SB. V523r]

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!
[CENTER FOR CHIDLREN’S BOOKS AND SSHEL S COLLECTION S. Se49i]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. B326h]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. B7504r]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. C959C]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. H3511h]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. K8129s]

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.
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. P219l]

Cook-a-Bookery

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!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION Q. S.641.5 B75g]

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!
[SSHEL S COLLECTION S. 061.5 M153a]

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]