Recommended Reads for Kids
Super Rabbit All-Stars!: A Branches Book (Press Start! #8)
It's the All-Star Games Tournament! Heroes and villains far and wide have come to play. Hero Super Rabbit Boy wants to be the top player, but with old enemies, new friends, and lots of games to play, it won't be easy. Which all-star will be the winner? Get ready for a star-studded, action-packed adventure!
Poppy and Sam and the Mole Mystery
It's a new day in the garden, and Poppy and Sam are paying a visit to their friend Snuggles Molesy. But Snuggles is in a pickle, looking for a lost pair of pretty pink glasses! Sleuths Poppy and Sam begin to investigate: all around the garden, along the shore of the creek, and even inside the pies Snuggles had been baking. Along the way, they ask the other critters they encounter.
Pug Blasts Off
The first book in a sweet and funny new Branches series about a pug and his human, told from the pug's POV!
Baron von Bubbles, aka "Bub," is the self-proclaimed cutest pug on the planet! Things he loves: fashion, peanut butter, and his human, Bella. Things he does NOT love: Nutz the squirrel, baths, and the rain. When Bella enters the Spirit of the Inventor Challenge, Bub helps her craft the best project ever. But what happens when Nutz gets on Bub's nerves and makes him ruin Bella's project? If Bub wants to make it up to his girl, he'll have to stand up to Nutz -- and the rain -- once and for all.
Mr. Wolf's Class: Lucky Stars
When the students in Mr. Wolf's class learn about personal narratives, Sampson doesn't think anything worth writing about has ever happened to him, until a bicycle accident gives him a new perspective.
From New York Times bestselling author Jim Benton, meet Catwad! He's blue, he's a bit of a grouch, and his best friend is a dim-witted cat named Blurmp who can see the bright side of anything. From pizza and computers, to love and happiness, this crabby tabby has a funny take on just about everything, and he's not afraid to share it. This collection of short comic stories will make even the grumpiest of grouches crack up and is not to be missed!
Dragons and Marshmallows
In the first book of this series, Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it's up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what's wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it's too late?
How to Read a Book
A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet! This New York Times bestselling duo has teamed up for the first time to bring you How to Read a Book, a poetic and beautiful journey about the experience of reading.
Find a tree—a
black tupelo or
dawn redwood will do—and
(It’s okay if you prefer a stoop, like Langston Hughes.)
With these words, an adventure begins. Kwame Alexander’s evocative poetry and Melissa Sweet’s lush artwork come together to take readers on a sensory journey between the pages of a book.
Brown Baby Lullaby
From sunset to bedtime, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed.
¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market
A 2020 Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book
Richard Scarry’s Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.
Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books!
Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.
Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.
Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.
Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.
Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.
Jack at Bat
A new early reader series by award-winning and bestselling creators, Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli.
Jack lives with his friends. He's a good guy, but he can also be bad.
IN THIS BOOK:
*There is a big game.
*The score is tied up.
*Jack gets his big chance.
DO NOT MESS THIS UP, JACK!
A perfect read-aloud with snappy, rhythmic text, this series is destined to delight fans of Elephant and Piggie.
Don't Worry, Bee Happy
Bumble and Bee love to have FUN. But their best friend Froggy just wants some peace and quiet.
Bumble and Bee love to buzz around the pond and make mischief. Their cranky best friend Froggy prefers the peace and quiet of sitting on a lily pad. They may be an unlikely trio, but no matter what these friends dream up -- from picture day problem-solving to a comical cure for the hiccups -- you can count on hilarious, unexpected FUN!
The Great Eggscape!
Based on the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book sensation The Good Egg, Jory John and Pete Oswald present: The Great Eggscape!
The Great Eggscape is when the Good Egg and his pals escape their carton and drop into the store for a morning of fun, enjoyed by everybody.
Well, almost everybody.
Shel (an egg) isn’t a huge fan of group activities, especially when he’s made to be “It” for a game of hide-and-seek. Nevertheless, Shel doesn’t want to let his friends down, so he reluctantly plays, anyway. But after a morning of hiding and seeking, somebody’s still missing. Will the dozen eggs friends ever be reunited?
Find out in this hilarious egg hunt adventure that reminds us to break out of our shells and help our friends in need!
A Friend for Dragon
From Dav Pilkey, creator of the New York Times bestselling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, comes Dragon, the heartwarming hero adored by Dav's youngest readers!
This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency.
Lonely Dragon has made a friend, and he loves spending time with his new buddy! He enjoys telling scary stories, cracking funny jokes, and fixing a midnight snack for them to share. But when his friend appears to be ill, Dragon demonstrates what it means to be a true friend. In this warmhearted friendship story of love and loss, Dav Pilkey has created a lovable hero that everyone will cheer for!
Meet Hattie the magician--she's a natural performer, and you're invited to her magic show. Abracadabra, katakurico!
Oh, goodness! Out pops a cat from Hattie's magic hat. Can you guess what creature will appear from the magic hat next? Follow along as Hattie conjures up a parade of animals from her magic hat, and don't miss the grand finale!
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Battle of the Books Reading Lists
|The Alcatraz Escape||Jenifer Chambliss Bertman||Mystery|
|Because Of The Rabbit||Cynthia Lord||Animal|
|Eleanor Roosevelt's In My Garage!||Candace Fleming||Science Fiction|
|Finding Langston||Lesa Cline-Ransome||Historical Fiction|
|Flashback Four: The Hamilton-Burr Duel||Dan Gutman||Adventure|
|The Friendship War||Andrew Clements||Fiction|
|Front Desk||Kelly Yang||Fiction|
|The Girl In The Locked Room||Mary Downing Hahn||Ghost Story|
|Greystone Secrets The Strangers||Margaret Peterson Haddix||Fantasy|
|Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus||Dusti Bowling||Mystery|
|The Law Of Finders Keepers||Sheila Turnage||Adventure|
|The Length Of A String||Elissa Brent Weissman||Fiction|
|Lion Down||Stuart Gibbs||Mystery|
|Louisana's Way Home||Kate DiCamillo||Historical Fiction|
|Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Mystery|
|Merci Suarez Changes Gears||Meg Medina||Fiction|
|The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl||Stacy McAnulty||Fiction|
|One-Third Nerd||Gennifer Choldenko||Humor|
|Out Of Left Field||Ellen Klages||Sports|
|Over The Moon||Natalie Lloyd||Fantasy|
|Pay Attention, Carter Jones||Gary D. Schmidt||Humor|
|Property Of The Rebel Librarian||Allison Varnes||Fiction|
|The Remmarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise||Dan Gemeinhart||Fiction|
|Right As Rain||Lindsey Stoddard||Fiction|
|Saving Winslow||Sharon Creech||Animal|
|The Secret Sheriff Of Sixth Grade||Jordan Sonnenblick||Fiction|
|Song For A Whale||Lynne Kelly||Animal|
|Spy School Goes South||Stuart Gibbs||Adventure|
|Sweeping Up The Heart||Kevin Henkes||Historical Fiction|
|The Third Mushroom||Jennifer L. Holm||Science Fiction|
|The Train To Impossible Places||P.G. Bell||Fantasy|
|The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle||Leslie Connor||Mystery|
|The Unsung Hero Of Birdsong, USA||Brenda Woods||Historical Fiction|
|The Unteachables||Gordon Korman||Humor|
|The Vanderbeekers And The Hidden Garden||Karina Yan Glaser||Fiction|
|Walking With Miss Millie||Tamara Bundy||Historical Fiction|
|William Wenton And The Secret Portal||Bobbie Peers||Science Fiction|
|Word Of Mouse||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Fantasy|
|A Good Kind of Trouble||Lisa Moire Ramee||Fiction|
|Amal Unbound||Aisha Saeed||Fiction|
|Angel Thieves||Kathi Appelt||Fantasy|
|Blended||Sharon M. Draper||Fiction|
|The Button War; A Tale of the Great War||Avi||Historical|
|Darius the Great is Not Okay||Adib Hhorram||Fiction|
|Denis Ever After||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Dread Nation||Justina Ireland||Fantasy|
|Fatality||Caroline B. Cooney||Fiction|
|Finding Audrey||Sophie Kinsella||Fiction|
|From You to Me||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|Genesis Begins Again||Alicia D. Williams||Fiction|
|The Great Jeff||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Harbor Me||Jacqueline Woodson||Memoir|
|House Arrest||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|How High the Moon||Karyn Parsons||Historical|
|It's Trevor Noah; Born a Crime||Trevor Noah||Memoir|
|The Journey of Little Charlie||Christopher Paul Curtis||Historical|
|Love, Hate and other Filters||Samira Ahmed||Fiction|
|My Family Divided||Diane Guerrero & Erica Moroz||Memoir|
|New Kid||Jerry Craft||Graphic novel|
|Nyxia||Scott Reintgen||Sci Fi|
|One Last Word||Nikki Grimes||Poetry|
|The Reason I Jump||Naoki Higashida||Memoir|
|Small Spaces||Katherine Arden||Fantasy|
|Still a Work in Progresss||Jo Knowles||Fiction|
|Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow||Jessica Townsend||Fantasy|