Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too. Check out the feature film inspired by the book, as well as Alexander's other adventures.

Big bug surprise by Julia Gran

Prunella knows so much about insects that people get bored listening to her talk, but when her classroom fills up with bees during show-and-tell, Prunella saves the day. Includes facts about insects. For factual books about bugs, check in J595.

Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo
Also available in: e-audiobook

These two girls are roller-skaters and marvelous companions who often do not agree -- on socks, or goldfish, or venturing to the Andes. This humorous story relates how compromise helps these two very different individuals remain the best of friends. Check out the video as well as more stories about their friendship.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

A year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds

A cat and a young girl slowly become friends when someone they love moves away.

Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. 

Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

While Nell and her dog, Rusty, dig in their yard, Norman, the boy next door who hates getting dirty, looks on until he finally decides to join in the fun.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Also available in: audiobook

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

The 2016 Youth Media Awards were announced today. To explore the latest in distinguished children's and teen literature, and to see what we have in our collection, check out our posts on the Newbery Award, Caldecott Award, Geisel Award, and the Printz Award.

For more information on these and other awards, check the ALA Website.

Additional 2016 award winners in our catalog are listed below.

 

Coretta Scott King Awards and Honor Books

A series of awards that recognize African American authors and illustrators.

The American Library Association announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Randolph Caldecott Award. This award goes to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Caldecott Medal Winner.

For more information on past recipients and the award itself, check the ALA Website.

2016 Caldecott Medal Winner

A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

2016 Caldecott Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announced its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the John Newbery Award. The Association for Library Service to Children has awarded the Newbery for over 90 years for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature, commonly given to a chapter book. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Newbery Medal Winner.

For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

2016 Newbery Award Winner

Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

2016 Newbery Honor Books

Today the American Library Association announces its Youth Book & Media Awards, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. Many of us know and love Dr. Seuss, an author who created engaging stories for beginning readers, and this award celebrates books that continue that tradition today. If you need a fun suggestion for a beginning reader, this list has some great ideas. Most of the books are located either in J READER or in J PICTURE BOOK.

 

For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

2016 Award Recipients and Honor Books

Don't throw it to Mo! by David A Adler

"Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins"--.

Supertruck by Stephen Savage

"When the city is hit by a colossal snowstorm, only one superhero can save the day. But who is this mysterious hero, and why does he disappear once his job is done?"--.

 

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Traces three generations of the famous Wyeth art family, offering insight into the events that shaped their achievements in a volume complemented by reproductions of their most famous masterpieces.

Illustrator James McMullan discusses how his early childhood in China and his wartime journeys with his mother influenced his life and career.

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Profiles the renowned author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, focusing on his study of medieval texts and languages and other factors that influenced his writings. Lists chronologically his published writings, including those which were edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, and published after J.R.R. Tolkien's death.

Examines the life and accomplishments of Temple Grandin, whose childhood diagnosis of autism and love of cows led her to revolutionize the livestock industry.

Recounts Emily Dickinson's schooling, seclusion, and the slant rhymes for which she became famous. Interested in exploring her poetry? Try A Brighter Garden.

Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.
 

A stranger at home : a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton

Looks at the experiences of a young Inuit girl returning from a residential religious school, where she is not recognized by her mother and is seen as an outsider. Continues the story begun in Fatty Legs.

Presents an autobiography about the author's artistic life, describing the creative processes he uses in the studio and his struggles with his disabilities. Includes a self-portrait mix-and-match section with divided pages to flip, that demonstrates his techniques and images.

Hospitalized with the dreaded atom bomb disease, leukemia, a child in Hiroshima races against time to fold one thousand paper cranes to verify the legend that by doing so a sick person will become healthy.

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