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Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books with positive stories featuring strong female characters. 

Dancing in the wings by Debbie Allen ; pictures by Kadir Nelson
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls' taunts that she is much too tall.

The dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Murder Will Out: Robert Crais

The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by Crais, Robert — Publication of Robert Crais's  latest has been delayed again.  Crais is hoping for a November 2015 publication date, but acknowledged this had not been confirmed by his publisher.  Crais's fans (aka Craisons) are looking forward to Elvis Cole and Joe Pike joining forces.

Lunch and a Book March 2015

Join us Thursday, March 12 at noon as we discuss:

Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — Between 1854 and 1929, orphan trains carried thousands of abandoned children from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest. Vivian Daly was one such child, sent from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet existence on the coast of Maine. But hidden in her attic are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear.

Historical Fiction for Sixth Graders

Sixth Grade

Stowaway by Karen Hesse; with illustrations by Robert Andrew Parker

Journey to the river sea by Eva Ibbotson; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Sword by Da Chen

A single shard by Linda Sue Park

Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Historical Fiction for Fifth Graders

Fifth Grade

Shooting the moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Boston Jane: an adventure by Jennifer L. Holm

Number the stars by Lois Lowry

Unsinkable by Gordon Korman

Maroo of the winter caves by Ann Turnbull

Historical Fiction for Fourth Graders

Fourth Grade

My side of the mountain written and illustrated by Jean George

Whittington by Alan Armstrong; illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Crispin: the cross of lead by Avi

My last skirt: the story of Jennie Hodgers, Union soldier by Lynda Durrant

The lacemaker by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Historical Fiction for Third Graders

Third Grade

Night boat to freedom by Margot Theis Raven; pictures by E.B. Lewis

Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

Pedro's journal: a voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493 by Pam Conrad; illustrated by Peter Koeppen

Twenty and ten by Claire Huchet Bishop, as told by Janet Joly; illustrated by William Pène du Bois

Sarah, plain and tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Historical Fiction for Second Graders

Second Grade

Meet Kaya: an American girl by Janet Shaw; illustrations, Bill Farnsworth ; vignettes, Susan McAliley

The Golly Sisters go West by Betsy Byars; pictures by Sue Truesdell

Five smooth stones: Hope's diary, book one by Kristiana Gregory

Baseball saved us by Ken Mochizuki; illustrated by Dom Lee

Edward and the pirates by David McPhail

Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners


We're sailing down the Nile: a journey through Egypt by Laurie Krebs; illustrated by Anne Wilson

Erandi's braids by Antonio Hernandez Madrigal; illustrated by Tomie dePaola

Madeline story and pictures by Ludwig Bemelmans

Marguerite makes a book  by Bruce Robertson; illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt

How I became a pirate by Melinda Long; illustrated by David Shannon

Adventure Fiction for Sixth Graders

Sixth Grade

Julie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George ; pictures by John Schoenherr

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

Kiki Strike: inside the shadow city by Kirsten Miller

Camel rider by Prue Mason

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Adventure Fiction for Fifth Graders

Fifth Grade

Akiko in the Sprubly Islands written and illustrated by Mark Crilley

Take me to the river by Will Hobbs

Getting air by Dan Gutman

Nature Girl by Jane Kelley

We are not eaten by yaks by C. Alexander London

Adventure Fiction for Fourth Graders

Fourth Grade

Leepike Ridge by N.D. Wilson

MVP*: *Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans; pictures by John Shelley

The white giraffe by Lauren St. John; illustrated by David Dean

The adventures of a South Pole pig by Chris Kurtz ; illustrations by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

The African safari discovery created by Jeff Brown; written by Josh Greenhut; pictures by Macky Pamintuan

Adventure Fiction for Third Graders

Third Grade

Frankie Pickle and the closet of doom written and illustrated by Eric Wight

Gorilla city by Small, Charlie

Roxie and the hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; illustrated by Alexandra Boiger

Lair of the bat monster by Ursula Vernon

The blue ghost by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by Suling Wang

Adventure Fiction for Second Graders

Second Grade

My haunted house as told to Angie Sage; illustrated by Jimmy Pickering

Chipper's Crazy Carnival by Rand, Johnathan

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot by Dav Pilkey; pictures by Martin Ontiveros

Captain and Matey set sail by Daniel Laurence; pictures by Claudio Munoz

Ivy + Bean and the ghost that had to go by Annie Barrows; illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Adventure Fiction for Kindergarteners


Toy boat by Randall de Seve, Loren Long

Stick by Steve Breen

Emma's turtle by Eve Bunting ; illustrated by Marsha Winborn

Come fly with me by Satomi Ichikawa

Rosie's magic horse by Russell Hoban ; [illustrations by] Quentin Blake

Adventure Fiction for First Graders

First Grade

The funny ride by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by Jʺozef Sumichrast

Pirate School by Cathy East Dubowski and Mark Dubowski

Arthur's camp-out by Lillian Hoban

Follow that bear if you dare! by Claire Freedman ; illustrated by Alison Edgson

Young Cam Jansen and the library mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated Susanna Natti

Adventure Fiction Suggestions by Grade


Sam & Dave dig a hole by Mac Barnett ; illustrated by Jon Klassen

Red Knit Cap Girl to the rescue by Naoko Stoop

Sebastian and the balloon by Philip C. Stead

All aboard the dinotrain by Deb Lund ; illustrated by Howard Fine

Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo ; illustrated by Amy Wummer

Need more suggestions? See this list of Adventure Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

Emma in Paris by written and illustrated by Claire Frossard ; photographs by Christophe Urbain

New Book Club in a Bag Kit

The talented Mr. Ripley [kit] by Patricia Highsmith — Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, Tom Ripley is sent to Italy with a commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But Ripley finds himself so fond of Dickie Greenleaf that he wants to be like him —  exactly like him. Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at nothing — certainly not only one murder — to accomplish his goal. Turning the mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a man unhindered by the concept of evil. Note: This kit contains 10 copies of the title.

Historical Fiction Suggestions by Grade


Amelia and Eleanor go for a ride by story by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; pictures by Brian Selznick

Knit your bit: a World War I story by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia

Desmond and the very mean word: a story of forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams ; illustrated by A.G. Ford

Unspoken: a story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming ; pictures by Stacey Dressen-McQueen

Need more suggestions? See this list of Historical Fiction for Kindergarteners.

First Grade

African American Children's Fiction

February is National African American History Month, and we've put together a series of suggestions for children's reading materials. These are chapter books featuring African American characters. Several titles are distinguished by being honored with or winning the Coretta Scott King Award, which is given annually to African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Also on this list are several authors that have been honored or won the Newbery Award, awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in the previous year.

NOTE: Children read at different levels at different times in their lives. It is up to the child and their parent to determine which of these suggestions are appropriate for them.


The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Winner of the 2015 Newbery Award and recognized as a 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor, this novel in verse follows twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.