Dreamers, Fighters, & “Daring”-doers: Women Who Made a Difference

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote this sentence in a 1976 article, and the more I read about the history of women’s accomplishments, the more I found this to be true. Thank goodness that today’s women have many more opportunities not only to DO what they want, but also to be recognized for their work.

The new and recent biographies below relate the stories of bold, independent women, not all of whom were well-behaved. Some of their names have often been shrouded in the past or just forgotten because they were women. Meet these trailblazers, activists, artists, athletes, and leaders in technology and politics and make sure that future generations know their names.

PRIMARY GRADES

        

Alabama Spitfire : The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hededus (ill. by Erin McGuire). 9780062456700. 2018. Gr K-2.

Big Machines : The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker (ill. by John Rocco). 9780544715578. 2017. Gr K-2.

Bloom : A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear (ill. by Julie Morstad). 9780062447616. 2018. Gr PK-2.

The Flying Girl : How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar by Margarita Engle (ill. by Sara Palaeios). 9781481445023. 2018. Gr PK-2.

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown (ill. by John Parra). 9780735842694. 2017. Gr K-2.

          

Girl Running : Bobbi Gibb and the Boston Marathon by Annette Bay Pimentel (ill. by Micha Archer). 9781101996683. 2018. Gr K-3.

Hidden Figures : The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (ill. by Laura Freeman). 9780062742469. 2018. Gr K-2.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor : The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez (ill. by Felicita Sala). 9780399557255. March 2018. Gr PK-3.

Libba : The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton by Laura Veirs (ill. by Tatyana Fazlalizader). 9781452148571. 2018. Gr K-3.

Midnight Teacher : Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann (ill. by London Ladd). 9781620141632. 2018. Gr K-3.

Nina : Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone by Alice Brieri-Haquet (ill. by Bruno Liance). 9781580898270. 2017. Gr PK-3.

      

Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson (ill. by Qin Leng). 9780062373304. 2018. Gr K-2.

Pocket Full of Colors : The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville (ill. by Brigette Barrager). 9781481461313. 2017. Gr K-2.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg : The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter (ill. by Stacy Innerst). 9781419725593. 2017. Gr 1-4.

Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? : The Story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone (ill. by Marjorie Priceman). 9781627792998. 2018. Gr K-3.

 

INTERMEDIATE GRADES

        

Born to Swing : Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz by Mara Rockliff (ill. by Michele Wood). 9781629795553. 2018. Gr 4-6.

Brave Jane Austen : Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou (ill. by Jen Corace). 9781627796439. 2018. Gr 1-4.

Danger Jane by Suzanne Slade (ill. by Alice Ratterree). 9781561459131. 2017. Gr 2-4.

Danza! : Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico by Duncan Tonatiuh. 9781419725326. 2017. Gr 2-4.

Harriet Tubman : Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. 9780062691309. 2018. Gr 4-6.

        

A Lady Has the Floor : Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan (ill. by Alison Jay). 9781629794532. 2018. Gr 3-6.

Mama Africa! : How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine (ill. by Charly Palmer). 9780374303013. 2017. Gr 2-5.

No Truth Without Ruth : The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Kathleen Krull (ill. by Nancy Zhang). 9780062560117. 2018. Gr 1-4.

Notorious RBG : Young Readers’ Edition by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik. 9780062748539. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Shaking Things Up : 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood. 9780062699459. 2018. Gr 2-5.

      

Streetcar to Justice : How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth. 9780062673602. 2018. Gr 4-6.

Trailblazer : The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson by Leda Schubert (ill. by Theodore Taylor III). 9781499805925. 2018. Gr 2-5.

What Would She Do? : 25 True Stories of Trailblazing Rebel Women by Kay Woodward. 9781338216400. April 2018. Gr 4-6.

The World Is Not a Rectangle : A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter. 9781481446693. 2017. Gr 1-4.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

           

Becoming Madeleine : A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Her Granddaughters by Charlotte Jones Voiklis & Lena Roy. 9780374307646. 2018. Gr 4-7.

The Girl Wo Drew Butterflies : How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman. 9780544717138. 2018. Gr 5-8.

Lillian Wald : America’s Great Social and Healthcare Reformer by Paul M. Kaplan. 9781455623495. 2018. Gr 7-10.

March Forward, Girl : From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals. 9781328882127. 2018. Gr 6-9.

Maya Lin : Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin. 9781452108377. 2017. Gr 5-9.

Meet Cindy Sherman : Artist, Photographer, Chameleon by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan. 9781626725201. 2017. Gr 4-8.

  

More Girls Who Rocked the World : Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle Roehm McCann. 9781582706405. 2017. Gr 5-8.

Women Who Dared : 52 Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers, & Rebels by Linda Skeers (ill. by Livi Gosling). 9781492653271. 2017. Gr 4-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

          

Americanized : Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi. 9781524717797. 2018. Gr 8-12.

Because I Was a Girl : True Stories for Girls of All Ages edited by Melissa de la Cruz. 9781250154460. 2017. Gr 7-12.

Brazen : Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu. 9781626728691. 2018. Gr 7-12.

Claiming My Place : Coming of Age in the Shadow of the Holocaust by Planaria Price. 9780374305291. March 2018. Gr 7-12.

Mary’s Monster : Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge. 9781626725003. 2018. Gr 10-12.

Photographic : The Life of Graciela Iturbide by Isagel Quintero & Zeke Pena. 9781947440005. March 2018. Gr 9-12.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER

     

Fire on the Track : Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo. 9781101906156. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

Michelle Obama : Through the Lens of a White House Correspondent by Amanda Lucidon. 9780399581182. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes : A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone. 9780062430489. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

Keep Your Series Current: February 2018

Update your popular series with these books that will be published in February. Enjoy!

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

          

The Cardinals Caper (Ballpark Mysteries, Book 14) by David A. Kelly. 9781524767518. 2018. Gr 1-4.
Eva and the Lost Pony (Owl Diaries, Book 8) by Rebecca Elliott. 9781338163049. 2018. Gr K-2.
Henry the Cat (Life and Times of Birdie Mae Hayes, Book 2) by Jeri Anne Agee. 9781510724556. 2018. Gr 1-4.
It’s Springtime, Mr. Squirrel! by Sebastian Meschenmoser. 9780735843103. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Little Polar Bear Takes a Stand (Little Polar Bear, Book 11) by Hans de Beer. 9780735842977. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Long Fin Silver (Shark School, Book 9) by Davy Ocean (ill. by Aaron Blecha). 9781481465533. 2018. Gr 1-4.

      
Piggy : Let’s Be Friends! by Trevor Lai. 9781681190686. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Princess Posey and the Flower Girl Fiasco (Princess Posey, Book 12) by Stephanie Greene (ill. by Stephanie Roth Sisson). 9780399175695. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Robot on the Loose (Here’s Hank, Book 11) by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver. 9780515157178. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Sam the Man & the Dragon Van Plan (Sam the Man, Book 3) by Frances O’Roark Dowell. 9781481440721. 2018. Gr 1-4.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Another Quest for Celeste (Nest for Celeste, Book 2) by Henry Cole. 9780062658128. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Better Together (Heartwood Hotel, Book 3) by Kallie George. 9781484732359. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Colossal Fossil (A to Z Mysteries: Super Edition, Book 10) by Ron Roy. 9780399551987. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Crash Landing (Sci-Fi Junior High, Book 2) by John Martin & Scott Seegert. 9780316315210. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Dark Side of the Moon (Space Runners, Book 2) by Jeramey Kraatz. 9780062446008. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Disaster Diaries : Cursed! (Disaster Diaries, Book 6) by R. McGeddon. 9781250135674. 2018. Gr 4-6.

          
Hazy Bloom and the Pet Project (Hazy Bloom, Book 2) by Jennifer Hamburg. 9780374304997. 2018. Gr 2-4.
The Heat Is On (Next Best Junior Chef, Book 2) by Charise Mericle Harper. 9780544980280. 2018. Gr 2-5.
I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 (I Survived) by Lauren Tarshis. 9780545919784. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Iron Tide Rising (Map to Everywhere, Book 4) by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis. 9780316240932. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Keep Your Paws Off! (Marty Pants, Book 2) by Mark Parisi. 9780062427786. 2018. Gr 3-5.
A Kingdom Falls (Ravenmaster Trilogy, Book 3) by John Owen Theobald. 9781784974428. 2018. Gr 4-6.

          
Lily (Horse Diaries, Book 15) by Whitney Sanderson. 9781524766542. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Miss Newman Isn’t Human! (My Weirdest School, Book 10) by Dan Gutman. 9780062429407. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The Nocturnals : The Hidden Kingdom (Nocturnals, Book 5) by Tracey Hecht & Sarah Fieber. 9781944020118. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Quest for the Magic Porcupine (Stinkbomb & Ketchup-face, Book 2) by John Dougherty. 9781101996652. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Super Turbo vs. Wonder Pig (Super Turbo, Book 6) by Lee Kirby. 9781534411821. 2018. Gr 2-4.
The Wheel of Life and Death (Mysterium, Book 3) by Julian Sedgwick. 9781467775694. 2018. Gr 3-5.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Arts and Thefts (Max, Book 2) by Allison K. Hymas. 9781481463461. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The Boggart Fights Back (Boggart, Book 3) by Susan Cooper. 9781534406292. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Code of Honor (Bravelands, Book 2) by Erin Hunter. 9780062642066. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Dragon Bones (Unwanteds Quests, Book 2) by Lisa McMann. 9781481456845. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Infinity Base (Omega City, Book 3) by Diana Peterfreund. 9780062310910. 2018. Gr 4-7.
The Oceans Between Stars (Chronicle of the Dark Star, Book 2) by Kevin Emerson. 9780062306746. 2018. Gr 5-8.

    
Revenge of the Beetle Queen (Beetle Trilogy, Book 2) by M.G. Leonard. 9780545853484. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Simon Thorn and the Shark’s Cave (Simon Thorn, Book 3) by Aimee Carter. 9781619637184. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The Sweetest Kind of Fate (Windy City Magic, Book 2) by Crystal Cestari. 9781484752739. 2018. Gr 7-10.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Active Memory (Mirador, Book 3) by Dan Wells. 9780062347930. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers, Book 3) by Brenda Drake. 9781633757387. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Blood of a Thousand Stars (Empress of a Thousand Skies, Book 2) by Rhoda Belleza. 9781101999134. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Break Us (Shade Me, Book 3) by Jennifer Brown. 9780062324498. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Calamity (Reckoners, Book 3) by Brandon Sanderson. 9780375991233. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Dark Goddess (Alpha Goddess, Book 2) by Amalie Howard. 9781510709898. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, Book 2) by Tricia Levenseller. 9781250096012. 2018. Gr 8-12.

           

dotmeme (Joe Dyson and Ani Lee, Book 2) by Mike A. Lancaster. 9781510708075. 2018. Gr 7-12.
The Dragon’s Curse (Transference Trilogy, Book 2) by Bethany Wiggins. 9780399551017. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Everlife (Everlife Novel, Book 3) by Gena Showalter. 9781335470430. 2018. Gr 9-12.
The Greed (Cruelty, Book 2) by Scott Bergstrom. 9781250108203. 2018. Gr 10-12.
Heart of Ash (Blood and Salt Novel, Book 2) by Kim Liggett. 9780399166495. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, Book 6) by Morgan Rhodes. 9781595148247. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Infinity’s Illusion (Babel Trilogy, Book 3) by Richard Farr. 9781542048446. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Nexus (Zeroes, Book 3) by Scott Westerfeld. 9781481443425. 2018. Gr 9-12.

          
Shadowsong (Wintersong, Book 2) by S. Jae-Jones. 9781250129130. 2018. Gr 10-12.
Shatter (Glitter, Book 2) by Aprilynne Pike. 9781101933749. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Sightwitch (Witchlands, Book 3) by Susan Dennard. 9781250183521. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Tarnished City (Dark Gifts Trilogy, Book 2) by Vic James. 9780425284124. 2018. Gr 10-12.
To Right the Wrongs (Erin Blake, Book 2) by Sheryl Scarborough. 9780765381934. 2018. Gr 8-12.
The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, Book 3) by C.J. Redwine. 9780062652980. 2018. Gr 9-12.

Great Nonfiction Titles for January 2018

Take a look at these exciting nonfiction titles published in January. Enjoy and learn!

PRIMARY NONFICTION

        

Alabama Spitfire : The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus (ill. by Erin McGuire).  9780062456700. 2018. Gr K-2.
This picture book biography of Harper Lee begins with how she become aware of injustice when she was a child.

Bird Builds a Nest : A First Science Storybook by Martin Jenkins (ill. by Richard Jones). 9780763693466. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Watch a bird going through the process of building a nest.

Charlie Takes His Shot : How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf by Nancy Churnin. 9780807511282. 2018. Gr K-2.
This picture book biography describes Charlie Sifford’s love of the game of golf starting when he was young. Racist laws did not allow him to play, so he became a caddie at first, and then fought to break the color barrier in the game.

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni (ill. by Ashley Bryan). 9781534404922. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Eleven new and previously-published poems celebrate love in many forms, such as between generations and for nature.

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson (ill. by Frank Morrison). 9780544704527. 2018. Gr K-3.
Under the leadership of Martin Luther King, Jr., African American children and teenagers marched for their civil rights and against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. The children were attacked with fire hoses and dogs, and thousands are arrested, but their actions changed the country.

      
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed (ill. by Stasia Burrington). 9780062651730. 2018. Gr K-2.
This fictionalized, illustrated account tells of the childhood of Mae Jemison who would go on to become the first African American woman astronaut

A Place to Start a Family : Poems about Creatures That Build by David L. Harrison (ill. by Giles Laroche). 9781580897488. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Playful poems describe the amazing homes built by various birds and animals.

The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (ill. by R. Gregory Christie). 9780062287847. 2018. Gr K-2.
Jackie Robinson’s tackled issues of prejudice while serving in the military during World War II, and was court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of an integrated bus.

What Makes a Blizzard? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld (ill. by Maddie Frost). 9780062484734. 2018. Gr K-3.
What causes blizzards and how are they differ from snowstorms? Focusing on the blizzard of 1888—also called the Schoolchildren’s Blizzard because of the large number of child victims—this reader describes what makes a blizzard and the meteorological instruments used to measure them.

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

        
Can I Touch Your Hair? : Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters. 9781512404425. 2018. Gr 4-6.
This collection of poetry for children highlights racial diversity and friendship and is told from the perspectives of a young white girl and a young African American boy.

Confucius : The Heart of China by Demi. 9781620141939. 2018. Gr 3-6.
A picture book biography of the Chinese teacher and philosopher whose sayings are still often quoted today.

Dig In! : 12 Easy Gardening Projects Using Kitchen Scraps by Kari Cornell (photos by Jennifer S. Larson). 9781512430653. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Color photographs and step-by-step directions help children make twelve simple gardening projects from kitchen scraps, such as growing sweet potatoes, lettuce, and a lemon tree from discarded seeds.

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel : 1) by Tui T. Sutherland (ill. by Mike Holmes). 9780545942157. 2018. Gr 4-6
To appease a sacrificial prophesy, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace appoint five dragonets against their will to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes.

From the Heart of Africa : A Book of Wisdom by Eric Walters. 9781770497191. 2018. Gr 1-4.
This collection of African aphorisms is accompanied by illustrations created by artists from around the world. The book highlights where the sayings originated from and explains what they mean.

        
Impossible Inventions : Ideas That Shouldn’t Work by Alexandra Mizelinski (ill by Daniel Mizelinski). 9781776571703. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Inventions from ancient times through today showcase humanity’s ingenious and offbeat ideas, such as flying bicycles, passenger clouds, and water clocks.

A Lady Has the Floor : Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan (ill. by Alison Jay). 9781629794532. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Belva Lockwood was a female lawyer in the United States who lived between 1830 and 1917. She was one of the earliest feminist activists and women’s rights supporters.

Made for Each Other : Why Dogs and People Are Perfect Partners by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent. 9781101931042. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The author’s exploration of the long history of man’s relationship with canines is a must for young dog lovers.

The Monarchs Are Missing : A Butterfly Mystery by Rebecca E. Hirsch. 9781512452501. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Hirsch describes how scientists solved the mystery of where monarchs went during the winter. Now they have a new mystery:  why has the number of monarchs dropped alarmingly? Along with providing possible reasons, Hirsch also explains how children can be citizen scientists to help save the butterflies.

One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll : A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice by Kathleen Krull & Julia Sarda. 9780544348233. 2018. Gr 1-4.
After describing Carroll’s childhood, Krull recounts the boat trip Carroll was on when he invented the story of Alice in Wonderland.

    
Shaking Things Up : 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood. 9780062699459. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Text and illustrations celebrate the lives of 14 young women who were trail-blazers and activists—in other words, rabble-rousers.

Streetcar to Justice : How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth. 9780062673602. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Elizabeth Jennings refused to leave a segregated street car in New York City in 1854, initiating an unprecedented court case that would ultimately become the first step in the desegregation of New York City.

Trailblazer : The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson by Leda Schubert (ill. by Theodore Taylor III). 9781499805925. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Raven became the first African American ballerina to tour with a major American ballet company in 1955. This biography tells of her ambition and of the prejudice she encountered during the era of segregation and the KKK.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

          
Astronaut-Aquanaut : How Space Science and Sea Science Interact by Jennifer Swanson. 9781426328671. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Explore the mysteries of the ocean and space in this book that highlights the commonalities shared in researching them. The book includes color photographs, text-related activities, and a glossary.

Breadwinner : A Graphic Novel by Deborah Ellis & Nora Twomey. 9781773061634. 2018. Gr 6-8.
Parvana, whose father was arrested by the Taliban, and whose family lives in one room of a bombed-out apartment building, must disguise herself as a boy to work and support her family.

Chasing King’s Killer : The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James l. Swanson. 9780545723336. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Read about the life and times of James Earl Ray, who assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Learn how the politics of the time influenced Ray, the crime itself, and the massive manhunt that ensued.

Facing Frederick : The Life of Frederick Douglass by Tonya Bolden. 9781419725463. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Examine the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass, the former slave who became an influential abolitionist, author, and speaker during the nineteenth century.

Fandom : Fic Writers, Vidders, Gamers, Artists, and Cosplayers by Francesca Davis Dipiazza. 9781512450491. 2018. Gr 5-9.
SLJ calls this “an appealing tome on all-things fandom” (1/2/2018). It contains up-to-date information for fans of gaming, cosplay, and fan vids, as well as discussions on how fandom portrays race, gender, and sexuality, and how to stay safe online.

March Forward, Girl : From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals. 9781328882127. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Beals explains how she began noticing the injustice of racism while a child. The value that both of her parents placed on education made quite an impact on her, as did her grandmother, who understood not only how to live in a white world but how to rebel within it.

          

Martin Rising : Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney (ill. by Brian Pinkney). 9780545702539. 2018. Gr 4-7.
This collection of poetry and paintings highlights the final months of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. It includes a brief informational section highlighting King’s life and discusses the plight of sanitation workers whose march he was planning to attend when he was assassinated.

Meet Me at the Well : The Girls and Women of the Bible by Jane Yolen & Barbara Diamon Goldin (ill. by Vali Mintzi). 9781580893749. 2018. Gr 4-8.
Read about fourteen girls and women from the Hebrew Bible from a feminine perspective. The stories include details of the lives of female heroes such as Eve, Deborah, Esther, and Rebecca among others, and also offers information on other subjects such as marriage, motherhood, infertility, widowhood, and inheritance.

Outrageous Animal Adaptations : From Big-Eared Bats to Fill-Necked Lizards by Michael J. Rosen. 9781512429992. 2018. Gr 7-9.
Animals in harsh environments have developed curious and outlandish adaptations in order to survive. The fascinating facts in this book make it a good choice for both browsers and researchers.

Roses and Radicals : The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet. 9780451477545. 2018. Gr 6-9.
This book examines the women’s suffrage movement in the United States, highlighting the people who were ridiculed, arrested, tortured, and imprisoned. The fight took more seventy years before women were given the right to vote in 1920 with the Nineteenth Amendment.

Trash Vortex : How Plastic Pollution Is Choking the World’s Oceans (Captured Science History) by Danielle Smith-Llera. 9780756557454. 2018. Gr 5-9.
Explore how plastic is slowly collecting in the world’s oceans, leaving vast swaths of debris on the surface and plastic particles in the water that harm the ocean’s wildlife.

Very, Very, Very Dreadful : The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin. 9781101931462. 2018. Gr 6-9.

Examine the flu pandemic of 1918 that killed millions of people worldwide. Read about the history of plagues as well as the science involved in the transmission and impact of the influenza pandemic of 1918.

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

        

A Few Red Drops : The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield. 9780544785137. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Explore the 1919 race riot in Chicago that was prompted by a single act of violence against a young black man. Driven by white European immigrants and black migrants from the South, the two races were pitted against each other for jobs and living space, which created a breeding ground for racial hatred.

Lighting Up the Brain : The Science of Optogenetics by Marc Zimmer. 9781512427523. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Zimmer describes the study of optogenetics, which is the science of using light to control cells in the brain’s neurons and other living tissue. He discusses the risks of the this method, animal testing disputes, and the prospect of treating Parkinson’s depression, and other disorders.

Mary’s Monster : Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge. 9781626725003. 2018. Gr 10-12.
Using verse and haunting illustrations, this biography tells the story of the young woman who created the characters of Frankenstein and his monster.

The Middle Passage : White Ships, Black Cargo by Tom Feelings. 9780525552444. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Learn the story of the journey of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean through sixty-four narrative paintings.

The Queen : The Life and Times of Elizabeth II by Catherine Ryan. 9780785835738. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
A biography of Queen Elizabeth II, who has ruled England for longer than any other monarch.

  

Tying the Knot : A World History of Marriage by Amber J. Keyser. 9781467792424. 2018. Gr 7-12.
This history of marriage covers traditions and customs from various cultures, discussing how “tying the know” has been affected by societal changes.

When They Call You a Terrorist : A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele. 9781250171085. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
The African American author offers a memoir reflecting on her life’s experiences and how they relate to her co-founding the Black Lives Matter movement.

Great Realistic Easy/Fiction Titles for January 2018

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles published in January. Everything here is realistic, including historical fiction, mysteries, and adventure. Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

        

Bobo and the New Baby by Rebecca Minhsuan Huang. 9780544713581. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Bobo, a small brown dog, learns to adjust to the changes that come when a new baby enters the household.

Dave’s Cave by Frann Preston-Gannon. 9780763696283. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Though Dave loves his cave, he wonders if maybe there is a better cave somewhere and decides to find out for himself.

Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley. 9781481469999. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Young readers will learn about the colors, foods, and tools that are used in making soup.

Festival of Colors by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal. 9781481420495. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A young brother and sister prepare for Holi, the Indian festival of colors.

Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast by Christine Pym. 9780763696269. 2018. Gr PK-1.
When he can’t find anything in the garden for breakfast, Little Mouse sneaks in to the kitchen and finds so many possibilities. He can’t choose just one, so has stacked them all up on his head when he spies his favorite food. But disaster looms as he tries to pick it up.

        

The Littlest Viking by Alexandra Penfold (ill. by Isabel Roxas). 9780399554292. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A young Viking boy named Sven is the littlest Viking around, with the loudest voice. Everyone listens when he tells stories—until one day a new littlest Viking is brought home in her cradle, a warrior princess, who always cries and is always sad, until Sven speaks.

Love by Matt de la Pena (ill. by Loren Long). 9781524740917. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Free verse poetry and colorful illustrations celebrate the nature of love and the ways children experience it throughout their childhood, from parents’ voices lulling them to sleep to the love of a street singer playing his music.

My Family Four Floors Up by Caroline Stutson (ill. by Celia Krampien). 9781585369911. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Follow a girl and her father on a normal day’s trek down the steps from their fourth-floor apartment to a park with their dog. They greet members of their community and race through a rainstorm to get home—and walk back up the four flights.

Snow Sisters! by Kerri Kokias (ill. by Teagan White). 9781101938836. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Two sisters enjoy a snowy day in their own individual way.

While You Are Sleeping by Mariana Ruiz Johnson. 9781452165998. 2018. Gr PK-1.
This wordless book begins with the view through a window of a mother putting her son to bed, then gradually widens the perspective to show what is happening in the city while he sleeps.

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

      

Escape from Aleppo by H.H. Senzai. 9781481472173. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Nadia gets separated from her family while fleeing the civil war. She spends the next four days with a mysterious old man who helps her navigate the checkpoints and snipers of the rebel, ISIS, and Syrian armies on her way to meeting her father at the Turkish border.

Funny Kid for President by Matt Stanton. 9780062572912. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Max wants to be class president, but he has no special talents or looks, so he runs on the platform of being the funniest. However, someone wants to sabotage his campaign. Comics, hilarious situations, and plenty of potty humor will make this a hit with young readers.

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez. 9781626728585. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Stella’s family moved from Mexico to Chicago when she was a baby, but she still feels different, especially when she learns that her green card status means that “I’m an alien?” She is shy and hesitant to speak up, especially since she struggles to pronounce English words. Use this as a class read-aloud to show all students the difficulties faced by ESL students.

Zap! By Marth Freeman. 9781534405578. 2018. Gr 4-6.
When the power goes out in his poor neighborhood and its surrounding area, Luis searches for the causes behind the blackout. He discovers that it might not have been an accident, and that the lack of electricity impacts businesses, health care, and crime. This mystery covers STEM themes as well as social and political issues.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

           

All Three Stooges by Erica S. Perl. 9780399551758. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Noah and his best friend, Dash, are obsessed with comedy. When Dash’s father dies suddenly and Dash shuts Noah out. Confused and frustrated, Noah is determined to reach Dash. He turns to comedy to try and salvage their friendship and make sense of the grief that is affecting everyone he loves.

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz. 9780374306106. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The granddaughter of Malcolm X tells a fictionalized story from her mother’s childhood. Betty is a young girl learning first-hand about the real change people can make when they help each other and about the power of acceptance and belonging. But when a terrible crime happens in her neighborhood, she learns that things aren’t always as clear as she once thought.

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis. 9780545156660. 2018. Gr 4-7.
When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident, leaving the family in debt, Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap’n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap’n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father’s debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal—until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.

Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard. 9780062652911. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Robbie is determined to stay out of trouble so that she does not worry her grandfather whose memory is failing. She wants to make sure that she and her grandfather stay together, as he is the only family she has left.

A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson. 9780544800656. 2018. Gr 5-7.
In Stillwater, Mississippi, in 1955, thirteen-year-old African American Rose Lee Carter looks to her family and friends to understand her place in the burgeoning civil rights movement.

The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor. 9780062491435. 2018. Gr 5-7.
Mason struggles with learning difficulties, a sweating problem, and bullies. He is also grieving the death of his best friend Benny, and doesn’t understand why the police lieutenant doesn’t believe his story about the last time he saw Benny.  He has no other friends (except for the neighbor dog) until short and scrawny Calvin moves into town, giving him hope for a brighter future. But then Calvin disappears—and Mason was the last person to see him.

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

          

Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp. 9781492642282. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Returning to her small Alaska home town after her bipolar best friend’s death, Corey uncovers chilling secrets about the townspeople and their treatment of Kyra prior to her drowning.

Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk. 9780765380098. 2018. Gr 8-12.
The legend of Spartucus is reimagined with a female protagonist. A young warrior princess is sold as a slave, then given as a gift to one of the gladiator champions, who is also a slave. As she trains to become a gladiator herself, she vows to avenge the death of her family.

The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis. 9780062659002. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Evan works to escape his abusive mother and absentee father by isolating himself in a lonely monastery and drawing. He struggles with his growing feelings for his best friend Henry, who also shows interest in being more than friends. With Henry’s help, Evan begins to believe he deserves more than his mother’s abuse and disappointment.

Don’t Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci. 9781338125498. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Edan’s life is coming apart: the company her father works for is in legal trouble, her best friend is in Japan for the summer, and the boy she has a crush on is just plain confusing, so she escapes into the world of comics. But when a boy from school gets her into the sold-out ComicCon, it looks like she might, with a little help, be able to take control of her life after all.

It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter. 9781624145353. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Clara’s twin sister Moura, a piano prodigy, was murdered five months ago, and many people think Clara is to blame. The only thing that keeps her going is writing (anonymously) as an advice columnist for her high school paper. When she starts receiving threatening emails, Clara decides to become more actively involved in the murder investigation, which is going nowhere. But what she finds out may just get her killed.

Losing Brave by Bailee Madison & Stefne Miller. 9780310760542. 2018. Gr 8-12.
A year ago, Payton’s sister Dylan disappeared; and though Payton and Dylan were together at the time, Payton can’t recall what happened. Now she has distanced herself from her popular friends and her family, and has started hanging out with Dylan’s band of misfits—and her sister’s old boyfriend—hoping to find some clue to her sister’s disappearance. But she finds herself in danger instead.

          
Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen. 9780062402509. 2018. Gr 9-12.
When the train they are traveling on becomes stuck during a snowstorm, Ammy and Noah, strangers, decide to try the bus instead. After another setback, they get to know each other and realize that they have something in common—something that might change how they both feel about love.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. 9781616958473. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Maya Aziz is caught between the world of her India-born parents with their plans for her of college and marriage to a suitable Muslim boy, and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil. Then a terrorist attack changes her life forever.

A Map of the Dark (Searchers, Book 1) by Karen Ellis. 9780316505666. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
FBI agent Elsa Myers leaves her father dying in a hospital to find a missing girl, Ruby, in the first crucial hours after her abduction. As the investigation continues, Elsa’s painful childhood comes back to haunt her and she struggles to keep her past self-destructive behavior—and a deadly secret—hidden. Then the search for the killer becomes personal, and Elsa races to save someone she loves.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. 9781534402416. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Steffi has been a selective mute for years due to crippling anxiety. She meets new student Rhys, who is deaf, and the two fall in love. With Rhys’ support, Steffi becomes brave enough to use her voice, but now she must face her own identity and what this means to her relationship with Rhys.

Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz. 9780373212361. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Desperate to achieve what she thinks of as perfection and someone worthy of love, Liv develops bulimia to cope with the stress of being the daughter of a gubernatorial candidate and attending an elite, entitled high school obsessed with appearance.

A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen. 9781419725418. 2018. Gr 9-12.
From age thirteen to nineteen, Spencer experiences an ever-changing relationship with Hope, the girl next door. She helps him cope with his Tourette syndrome, but likes his Neanderthal brother, Dean.

  

Truly Devious (Book 1) by Maureen Johnson. 9780062338051. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Ellingham Academy is full of riddles, twisting pathways, and winding gardens. Shortly after it was opened by Albert Ellingham in 1936, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only clue was a riddle signed, “Truly, Devious.” Years later, Stevie Bell enters the Academy with a goal to solve the cold case. Then Truly Devious makes a return, and another death rocks Ellingham Academy.

Winner Take All by Laurie Devore. 9781250082886. 2018. Gr 10-12.
Nell works hard to be at the top of the class at her elite prep school, and she resents the ease with which the privileged Jackson, her main challenger, seems to excel. But when he confides in her, their rivalry turns to an intense passion. Nell knows that Jackson uses girls and is determined to not to fall for him. Then their whirlwind romance becomes a brutal battle as Nell discovers Jackson’s real motives.

Great Speculative Easy/Fiction Titles for January 2018

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles published in January. You’ll find magic, talking animals, dystopian societies, science fiction, and fantasy. Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

        

Bub by Elizabeth Rose Stanton. 9781481487573. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A quiet child feels invisible to his extroverted family.

Elmore by Holly Hobbie. 9781524718633. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A lonely porcupine searches for friends, but everyone is scared of his sharp quills.

Everybunny Count! by Ellie Sandall. 9781534400146. 2018. Gr PK-1.
A group of bunnies plays hide-and-seek with a fox. As they search for their friend, they spot numbers of things from one to nine, finally discovering a special surprise in the fox’s den that numbers ten.

Floaty by John Himmelman. 9781250128058. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A grouchy old man reluctantly takes in a floating dog, but misses him when the dog floats away.

The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra (ill. by Eric Comstock). 9781481480048. 2018. Gr PK-2.
All the words in the dictionary escape and go to a convention, and it’s up to Noah Webster to bring them back. It’s all fun and games until the words start to disagree.

        
Hello, Door by Alastair Heim (ill. by Alisa Coburn). 9781499805369. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A foxy burglar sneaks through a house, greeting all the rooms and the potential loot they contain until he runs into the house’s owners. They throw him out, but has the thief learned his lesson?

My Pillow Keeps Moving! by Laura Gehl (ill. by Christopher Weyant). 9780425288245. 2018. Gr PK-2.
As a man tries to be a pillow, a footstool, and a jacket, he doesn’t realize that his purchases are actually a stray dog that is looking for a warm home.

My Toothbrush Is Missing (Giggle Gang) by Jan Thomas. 9780544966352. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Dog has lost his toothbrush and asks his friends for help. None of them know what a toothbrush is, so they use Dog’s descriptions to come up with answers that are quite off the mark.

The New Libearian by Alison Donald (ill. by Alex Willmore). 9780544973657. 2018. Gr K-2.
The children are waiting for the librarian, but can’t find her. Instead, they find a loose bear who doesn’t show any interest in story time. When the librarian returns, she reveals she’s dealing with fairytale characters that are out of their books—and Goldilocks’ baby bear is missing.

What’s Next Door? by Nicola O’Byrne. 9780763696344. 2018. Gr PK-1.
A crocodile is lost, and readers are asked to help him find his way home by clapping, trace lines, and shake the book.

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

            

Grilled Cheese and Dragons (Princess Pulverizer, Book 1) by Nancy Krulik. 9780515158328. 2018. Gr 1-3.
King Alexander of Empiria believes his daughter Serena (she prefers Princess Pulverizer) has a lot to learn before she can fulfill her dream of being a knight, so he sends her on a quest to perform good deeds. Along with Dribble the friendly dragon and a frightened knight-in-training, Princess Serena must learn what being a knight truly means.

The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham. 9781524700201. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Penhallow, a gargoyle, is charged with protecting Boston as he wanders the streets in his wisp form. One night, he discovers the remains of two fellow gargoyles. Sensing an evil presence, Penhallow discovers that the Boneless King, ruler of the underworld, is roaming Boston. When he meets a young girl with a mysterious violin case, he learns that she is an ally against the Boneless King, but he isn’t entirely sure she can be trusted.

Love Sugar Magic : A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano. 9780062498465. 2018. Gr 4-6.
At Leonora’s family bakery, they are busy preparing sweets for the annual Dia de los Muertos festival. Leo wants to help but she’s told she’s too young. Then Leo discovers that her mother, aunt, and four older sisters are brujas and are putting magic into their baked goods. When her best friend has a problem, Leo tries to help with a little spell of her own.

My So-Called Superpowers (Book 1) by Heather Nuhfer. 9781250138606. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Veronica wants to fit in with the popular kids, but they ignore her until her emotions start coming to life and are visible to everyone.

Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly. 9781492649953. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows. When her magical powers are threatened by a noble family, she turns in desperation to Dar, her shadow friend, who offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again. But this bargain only puts Emmeline’s life in further jeopardy.

Two’s a Crowd (Pug Pals, Book 1) by Flora Ahn. 9781338118452. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Sunny the pug has to learn to deal with his energetic new pug sister.

Winterhouse (Book 1) by Ben Guterson. 9781250123886. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Elizabeth is shipped to the Winterhouse Hotel when her guardians win a vacation. The hotel is in the middle of nowhere, it’s Christmas, and she has very few belongings and no money. And who is that odd couple that keeps watching her? Puzzles, magic, and a mysterious book might help her find the answer to her past.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

      

Black Panther : The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith. 9781484787649. 2018. Gr 4-8.
T’Challa is learning how to one day rule his nation, Wakanda. But trouble in his homeland leads his father, the reigning Black Panther, to send him to Chicago to assimilate into American life. Hiding his true identity becomes increasingly difficult when strange things start happening at his middle school. He might have to step into his destiny as future superhero in order to stop an ancient evil.

The Eternity Elixir (Potion Masters, Book 1) by Frank L. Cole. 9781629723587. 2018. Gr 5-7.
With a mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide, Gordy comes by his passion for potions naturally. When he receives the powerful and rare Eternity Elixir, he and his family and friends will have to give it all they’ve got to keep the elixir away from evil potion masters who are intent on using it to destroy the world.

Magic, Madness, and Mischief by Kelly McCullough. 9781250107831. 2018. Gr 5-8.
When Kalvan suddenly develops fire magic, he must save his mother. She also received the magic, but her brain couldn’t take it leaving her susceptible to the evil spells of the Winter King. Along with his new fire rabbit sidekick, Kalvan must find a way to control his power or risk losing his mother forever.

Mez’s Magic (Lost Rainforest, Book 1) by Eliot Schrefer. 9780062491077. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Mez and her sister are nightwalker panthers who fear daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. When she discovers that she can enter the daylight world, she and an unlikely group of animal friends must unravel an ancient mystery, discover the extent of Mez’s magical powers, and face their greatest fears in order to save their rainforest home.

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

           

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. 9781492642312. 2018. Gr 8-12.
In Madison, a small town in the Mojave Desert, everyone gets one wish that will come true on his or her eighteenth birthday. Eldon takes his very seriously as he sees the devastation the wishes sometimes cause.

A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole. 9780062644213. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Octavia is excited to study the plants and animals of Faloiv until she witnesses one of the planet’s indigenous people being attacked, she begins to question her own family history and the scientists she has always admired.

The Cruel Prince (Folk of the Air, Book 1) by Holly Black. 9780316310277. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in the treacherous High Court of Faerie, where she and her sisters have lived for a decade.

Eternal Life by Dara Horn. 9780393608533. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
As a result of a bargain with God for the life of her sick child, Rachel has given up her death. Now 2000 years old, she searches for a reason to go on living or a way to die. And what is she going to do about her middle-aged son that still lives in her basement?

Everless (Book 1) by Sara Holland. 9780062653659. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Once servants of the wealthy, aristocratic Gerling family, Jules and her father now struggle beyond the estate trying to buy time—something that can only be acquired with blood. In desperation, Jules returns to the estate as the family prepares for the youngest lord Roan’s wedding to the Queen’s daughter. What Jules finds there pulls her into the shocking reality of her past and could change the future of time forever.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. 9781250147905. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Alice’s grandmother wrote a volume of fairy tales and then became a recluse in the Hazel Wood. Now Alice has spent her entire life with her mother on the run from constant bad luck. Then her grandmother dies, her mother is kidnapped, and the only recourse seems to find Hazel Wood, despite her mother’s warning to stay away.

        
Ink by Alice Broadway. 9781338196993. 2018. Gr 9-12.
In a future world, a teen named Leora, who hopes to become a tattooist, must face dark secrets from her family’s past in order to move forward into her own happy future.

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier. 9780399552274. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Human-like aliens invade Earth and wipe out nearly all humans. Li, once rescued by a small group of human sympathizers, is the last human on Earth, simply blending in with the aliens. She meets a young alien boy named Ryn and falls in love. However, the relationship could reveal her secret and spell the end of humans forever.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. 9780448494395. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Odessa, a master necromancer in Karthia, where nothing has changed in 200 years, uncovers a disturbing conspiracy and must fight alongside her fellow mages against terrifying, bloodthirsty Shades and their creator.

Reign the Earth (Elementae, Book 1) by A.C. Gaughen. 9781681191119. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Shalia, a desert princess, agrees to marry Calix, the king, who has just waged a five-year-war against her people, in order to make peace. But the day after the wedding, she finds out that she is an Elementae and can control the earth. Her new country brands the Elementae as traitors, so she hides her talents—until she discovers Calix’s true reason for marrying her. Now she must decide if she will keep her secret or join the rebellion against her husband.

Unearthed (Book 1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. 9781484758052. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Scholar Jules Addison and scavenger Amelia Radcliffe join forces to unravel secrets of a long-extinct civilization, only to discover something that could spell the end of the human race.

Black History Month, 2018

Black History month, always celebrated in February, is coming up soon. These nonfiction titles, for students from preschool to adult, were published in 2017 or will be released early in 2018.

PRIMARY GRADES

        

Be a King : Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by James E. Ransome). 9780802723680. 2018. Gr K-3.
Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome (ill. by James E. Ransome). 9780823420476. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Between the Lines : How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace (ill. by Bryan Collier). 9781481443876. 2018. Gr PK-2.
How Charlie Took His Shot : How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf by Nancy Churnin (ill. by John Joven). 9780807511282. 2018. Gr K-2.
Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins (ill. by Bryan Collier). 9780316360302. 2017. Gr PK-3.

        
Hidden Figures : The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (ill. by Laura Freeman). 9780062742469. 2018. Gr K-2.
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson (ill. by Frank Morrison). 9780544704527. 2018. Gr K-3.
Libba : The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton by Laura Veirs (ill. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh). 9781452148571. 2018. Gr K-3.
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed (ill. by Stasia Burrington). 9780062651730. 2018. Gr K-2.
Midnight Teacher : Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann (ill. by London Ladd). 9781620141632. 2018. Gr K-3.

      
Nina : Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone by Alice Briere-Haquet (ill. by Bruno Liance). 9781580898270. 2017. Gr PK-2.
The Superstar Story of the Harlem Globetrotters! (History of Fun Stuff) by Larry Dobrow. 9781481487498. 2017. Gr 1-3.
That Is My Dream! : A Picture Book of Langston Hughes’s “Dream Variation” by Langston Hughes (ill. by Daniel Miyares). 9780399550171. 2017. Gr PK-3.
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (ill. by R. Gregory Christie). 9780062287847. 2018. Gr K-2.

 

INTERMEDIATE GRADES

          

42 Is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport. 9780763676247. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Blacksmith’s Song by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk (ill. by Anna Rich). 9781561455805. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Born to Swing : Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz by Mara Rockliff (ill. by Michele Wood). 9781629795553. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Chasing Space : Young Readers’ Edition by Leland Melvin. 9780062665928. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Harriet Tubman : Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. 9780062691309. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Here Come the Harlem Globetrotters (Easy-to-Read Level 3) by Larry Dobrow. 9781481487450. 2017. Gr 2-4.

      
Little Leaders : Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. 9780316475112. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Muddy : The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahn (ill. by Evan Turk). 9781481443494. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Schomburg : The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by Eric Velasquez). 9780763680466. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Streetcar to Justice : How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth. 9780062673602. 2018. Gr 4-6.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

           

Becoming Kareem : Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld. 9780316555388. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Chasing King’s Killer : The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson. 9780545723336. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Facing Frederick : The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man by Tonya Bolden. 9781419725463. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Locked Up for Freedom : Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade by Heather E. Schwartz. 9781467785976. 2018. Gr 6-9.
March Forward, Girl : From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals. 9781328882127. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Martin Rising : Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney (ill. by Brian Pinkney). 9780545702539. 2018. Gr 4-7.

  
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin. 9781419721311. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Twelve Days in May : Freedom Ride, 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner. 9781629795867. 2017. Gr 6-9.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

        

The 57 Bus : A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Daskha Slater. 9780374303235. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Black Girl Magic : A Poem by Mahogany L. Brown (ill. by Jess X. Snow). 9781250173720. 2018. Gr 7-12.
The Black Lives Matter Movement by Peggy J. Parks. 9781682822852. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Cuz : The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle Allen. 9781631493119. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Dream Big Dreams : Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency by Pete Souza. 9780316514392. 2017. Gr 5-Adult.

      
A Few Red Drops : The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield. 9780544785137. 2018. Gr 7-12.
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina (ill. by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings). 9781620142639. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Now or Never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard. 9781629793405. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Racial Profiling : Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke. 9781512402681. 2017. Gr 8-12.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER

           
Be Free or Die : The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero by Cate Lineberry. 9781250101860. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Chasing Light : Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer by Amanda Lucidon. 9780399581182. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Chasing Space : An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Changes by Leland Melvin. 9780062496720. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
One Goal : A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy Bass. 9780316396547. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Run for It : Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom by Marcelo D’Salete. 9781683960492. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Three-Fifths a Man : A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon. 9780809093687. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.

Keep Your Series Current: January 2018

Update your popular series with these books that will be published in January. Enjoy!

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Bob and Joss Take a Hike! by Peter McCleery (ill. by Vin Vogel). 9780062415325. 2018. Gr K-2.
Chill of the Ice Dragon (Dragon Masters, Book 9) by Tracey West. 9781338169874. 2018. Gr 1-3.
The Clever Friend (Ginger Green, Playdate Queen) by Kim Kane (ill. by Joe Davis). 9781515819516. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Ellie Steps Up to the Plate (Critter Club, Book 18) by Callie Barkley (ill. by Tracy Bishop). 9781534411791. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Fix-It Friends : Eyes on the Prize (Fix-It Friends, Book 5) by Nicole C. Kear (ill. by Tracy Dockrey). 9781250115805. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Fix-It Friends : Three’s a Crowd (Fix-It Friends, Book 6) by Nicole C. Kear (ill. by Tracy Dockrey). 9781250115812. 2018. Gr 1-3.

          
The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School (Gingerbread Man) by Laura Murray (ill. by Mike Lowery). 9781101996942. 2018. Gr K-2.
Hector’s Hiccups (Sofia Martinez) by Jacqueline Jules. 9781515823353. 2018. Gr K-2.
Heidi Heckelbeck Has a New Best Friend (Heidi Heckelbeck, Book 22) by Wanda Coven (ill. Priscilla Burris). 9781534411081. 2018. Gr K-2.
The High Hills (Brambly Hedge) by Jill Barklem. 9780008252663. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Humphrey’s Pet Show Panic (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales, Book 7) by Betty G. Birney (ill. by Priscilla Burris). 9781524737177. 2018. Gr K-3.
Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet (Isadora Moon, Book 3) by Harriet Muncaster. 9780399558290. 2018. Gr 1-4.

      
The Royal Island (Tales of Sasha, Book 7) by Alexa Pearl (ill. by Paco Sordo). 9781499806038. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants (Shai & Emmie, Book 2) by Quvenzhane Wallis. 9781481458856. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Third Grade Mermaid and the Narwhals (Third Grade Mermaid) by Peter Raymundo. 9780545940344. 2018. Gr 1-3.
When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang. 9781338152982. 2018. Gr PK-1.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Aleca Zamm Fools Them All (Aleca Zamm, Book 3) by Ginger Rue. 9781481470674. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Avalanche! (Survivor Diaries, Book 2) by Terry Lynn Johnson. 9780544970397. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Bad Kitty Camp Daze (Bad Kitty) by Nick Bruel. 9781626728851. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Dark Wyng (Erth Dragons, Book 2) by Chris D’Lacey. 9780545900577. 2018. Gr 4-6.
D-Day : Battle on the Beach (Ranger in Time, Book 7) by Kate Messner. 9781338133936. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Dragon Overnight (Upside-Down Magic, Book 4) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, & Emily Jenkins. 9781338111156. 2018. Gr 3-6.

          
Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks (Fenway and Hattie, Book 3) by Victoria J. Coe. 9781524737832. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Hamster Princess : Whiskerella (Hamster Princess, Book 5) by Ursula Vernon. 9780399186554. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Hamstersaurus Rex Gets Crushed (Hamstersaurus Rex, Book 3) by Tom O’Donnell (ill. by Tim Miller). 9780062377586. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Hilo : 4 : Waking the Monsters by Judd Winick. 9781524714932. 2018. Gr 3-6.
It’s Not Destiny : An Abby Story (Second Chance Ranch) by Kelsey Abrams (ill. by Jomike Tejido). 9781631631443. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Microsaurs : That’s My Tiny-Saurus Rex (Microsaurs, Book 3) by Dustin Hansen. 9781250090294. 2018. Gr 2-4.

          
Quest for the City of Gold (Treasure Hunters, Book 5) by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. 9780316349550. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Stormspeaker (Spirit Animals : Fall of the Beasts, Book 7) by Christina Diaz. 9781338116694. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Terrible Two Go Wild (Terrible Two, Book 3) by Mac Barnett & Jory John. 9781419721854. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Twin Trouble (Ella and Owen, Book 7) by Jaden Kent (ill. by Iryna Bodnaruk). 9781499806113. 2018. Gr 2-4.
The Uncanny Express (Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters, Book 2) by Kara LaReau (ill. by Jen Hill). 9781419725685. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Wolfie and Fly : Band on the Run (Wolfie and Fly, Book 2) by Cary Fagan (ill. by Zoe Si). 9781101918234. 2018. Gr 2-5.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Hermes : Tales of the Trickster (Olympians, Book 10) by George O’Connor. 9781626725249. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The It Girl in Rome (It Girl, Book 3) by Katy Birchall. 9781481463683. 2018.          Gr 5-8.
Phoenix Burning (Phoenix Rising, Book 2) by Bryony Pearce. 9781510716452. 2018. Gr 6-8.
Stone Man Mysteries : 2 : Sanctuary by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple. 9781541510432. 2018. Gr 5-8.
War of the Realms (Valkyrie, Book 3) by Kate O’Hearn. 9781481447430. 2018. Gr 5-8.
A Warp in Time (Horizon, Book 3) by Jude Watson. 9781338187014. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Warrior Genius (Rebel Geniuses, Book 2) by Michael Dante DiMartino. 9781626723375. 2018. Gr 5-8.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Chainbreaker (Timekeeper Trilogy, Book 2) by Tara Sim. 9781510706194. 2018. Gr 10-12.
The Curses (Graces, Book 2) by Laura Eve. 9781419725715. 2018. Gr 10-12.
The Defiant (Valiant, Book 2) by Lesley Livingston. 9780448494722. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Monster (Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, Book 2) by Shane Peacock. 9781770497016. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Naondel (Red Abbey Chronicles, Book 2) by Maria Turtschaninoff. 9781419725555. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Poison’s Cage (Serpent’s Promise, Book 2) by Breeana Shields. 9781101937860. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Purple Hearts (Front Lines, Book 3) by Michael Grant. 9780062342218. 2018. Gr 9-12.

      
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, Book 2) by Neal Shusterman. 9781442472457. 2018. Gr 10-12.
The True Queen (Impostor Queen, Book 3) by Sarah Fine. 9781481490603. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Wires and Nerve : 2 : Gone Rogue  by Marissa Meyer (ill. by Stephen Gilpin). 9781250078285. 2018. Gr 7-12.
You Won’t Know I’m Gone (Black Angel Chronicles, Book 2) by Kristen Orlando. 9781250123619. 2018. Gr 10-12.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER SERIES & SEQUELS

      

Dark State (Empire Games, Book 2) by Charles Stross. 9780765337573. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 9) by Alan Bradley. 9780345539991. 2018. Gr 9-Adult.
Iron Gold (Red Rising Novel, Book 4) by Pierce Brown. 9780425285916. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes. 9780399562457. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

Great Nonfiction Titles for December 2017

Take a look at these exciting nonfiction titles that were published in December. Enjoy and learn!

ELEMENTARY NONFICTION

      

50 Wacky Things Humans Do : Weird & Amazing Facts about Humans! 9781633223967. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Learn 50 fascinating, goofy, and gross facts about the human body.

Breathe Like a Bear : 30 Mindful Moments for Kids by Kira Willey (ill. by Anni Betts). 9781623368838. 2017. Gr K-4.
Mindfulness is a popular tool for managing one’s body and emotions. Kids can learn 30 short breathing exercises that can be used any time or place to help them become calm and focus.

The Superstar Story of the Harlem Globetrotters (History of Fun Stuff) by Larry Dobrow. 9781481487498. 2017. Gr 1-3.
This easy reader biography will provide lot of interesting fun to fans of basketball and sports stars.

Terrier Trouble! : And More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly! (National Geographic Kids) by Candice Ransom. 9781426329005. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Dogs aren’t the only animals getting into trouble in this nonfiction, high-interest chapter book. In addition to the troublesome terrier, animal-loving kids can read about a rowdy kitty and a runaway emu.

 

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

     

Heroes of Black History : Biographies of Four Great Americans. 9781683300120. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Read about the lives of four great African Americans: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Guidebook : The Good, the Bad, the Guardians. 9781302902407. 2017. Gr 8-Adult.
This guidebook brings readers up to date on everything that happened in the Marvel universe from Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 to Galaxy Vol. 2. Read about favorite heroes and their evil foes, as well as the supporting characters.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018. 9781600572111. 2017. Gr 7-Adult.
The latest Almanac presents thousands of facts about a wide variety of subjects, including the year in review, sports statistics, and a color section of world maps and flags.