A Kid is a Kid is a Kid
By Sara O’Leary, Illustrated by Qin Leng
When a new kid starts school, she is faced with a question that isn’t relative to who she is. The other students also want to be known for what they are good at, what they like, and to be able to explain why. This book reminds children that although everyone is different, they all fit in. Fun illustrations show kids enjoying the things that are important in their lives. A wonderful book about diversity, acceptance, and friendship.
What Does Little Crocodile Say?
By Eva Montanari
As the morning fills with sounds, we see and hear Little Crocodile get ready for school after the alarm clock wakes him up. When he first arrives, the voices of the other children frighten him, and he cries when he has to say goodbye to his dad. However, he soon starts to enjoy his busy, noisy day. Cute illustrations and simple text make this a fun read-aloud and a great introduction to adjusting to the first day of preschool.
The Hippo at the End of the Hall
By Helen Cooper
When Ben gets an unusual invitation to a most unusual museum, he is compelled to visit. Along the way, he accidentally overhears a rich businessman’s devious plan to ruin it. In trying to save the museum, Ben unleashes magic he never knew he had. After encountering curious talking animals, witches, unnatural disasters, and story-telling bees, his true family background is uncovered. A fun adventure fantasy that stretches the reader’s imagination, and vocabulary, and comes to life with charming illustrations.
The Bones of Ruin
By Sarah Raughley
Margaret K. McElderry Books
In Victorian London, Iris stands out because of her African heritage, and her amazing tightrope skills. After a fatal fall, people are even more intrigued with her when she doesn’t die. Iris has no memory of who, or what she is. When she meets Adam, a member of a mysterious order, he tells her he can reveal her past. However, she must fight for him in a dangerous Tournament of Freaks. This historical fantasy has a multitude of supernatural characters and a page-turning plot filled with impending doom, leaving the reader anxious for more.