Summer Read 2014: Children's Book List

  • Flora and Ulysses

    Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. The winner of the 2014 Newbery Award!

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  • Doll Bones

    Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures embark on a frighteningly real-life quest to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl. 2014 Newbery Honor winner!

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  • The Year of Billy Miller

    Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year a lot has changed. 2014 Newbery Honor winner!

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  • Locomotive

    Learn what it was like to travel on the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. 2014 Caldecott Award winner!

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  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico

    This book, winner of the 2014 Sibert Award, is a combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, describing how the Puerto Rican parrot has been protected and managed to save the parrots from endangered status.

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  • P.S. Be Eleven

    Delphine feels overwhelmed. She's just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to 'be eleven' when Delphine is now twelve? Sequel to One Crazy Summer. 2014 Coretta Scott King Award winner!

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  • Frog and Toad Are Friends

    Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad. Caldecott Honor winner!

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  • We Are In a Book!

    Piggie realizes that she and Gerald the elephant are in a book, but when Gerald sees the danger of the book ending, Piggie comes up with a solution to get the reader to keep reading. Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor winner!

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  • Xochitl and the Flowers

    After settling in San Francisco, Xochitl feels homesick for El Salvador, but selling flowers eventually helps her to adjust to her adopted country.

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  • Pop's Bridge

    Robert and his friend Charlie are proud of their fathers, who are working on the construction of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • Full, Full, Full of Love

    For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.

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  • Hannah is My Name

    A young Chinese girl and her parents emigrate to the United States and try their best to assimilate into their San Francisco neighborhood while anxiously awaiting the arrival of their green cards.

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  • Okay, Andy!

    Presented in an engaging comic-style format for transitioning readers, this book features unlikely friends Andy the crabby alligator and Preston the enthusiastic coyote pup.

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  • Battle Bunny

    Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a too-sweet story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest.

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  • Nino Wrestles the World

    Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills. 2014 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner!

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  • Flora and the Flamingo

    In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together. 2014 Caldecott Honor winner!

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  • Exploratopia

    Contains instructions for over four hundred scientific explorations and experiments, covering eyes, ears, hands, the brain, different places, language, music, math, money, sound, and other topics from San Francisco's beloved Exploratorium.

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  • Who Could That Be At This Hour?

    Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

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  • Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick

    Eighth grade turns out to be an eventful year for Ginny and her family, as notes, lists, report cards, doctor bills, and other "stuff" reveal that the family moves to a big new house, Brian starts to be more than just a friend, Ginny's mother has a baby, and her stepfather loses his job.

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  • Danger Goes Berserk (Brixton Brothers)

    In the latest Brixton Brothers mystery, twelve-year-old Steve Brixton opens a detective office in his backyard and is soon caught up in a tangle of cases, from breaking up a ring of piratical smugglers to recovering a stolen surfboard and tracking down a fifth-grader's missing gym shorts.

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  • Dog Days (Carver Chronicles)

    Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping.

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  • 10,000 Dresses

    Bailey longs to wear the beautiful dresses of her dreams but is ridiculed by her unsympathetic family which rejects her true perception of herself.

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  • Better Nate Than Ever

    An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of "E.T."

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  • Travels of Thelonious

    At a time when animals only know myths about the talking humans who once dominated and nearly destroyed the world, a young chipmunk named Thelonious escapes danger in the City of Ruins and finds the Fog Mound, where all creatures live in peace and harmony. A graphic novel-chapter book hybrid!

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  • Ellray Jakes and the Beanstalk

    When EllRay's best friend starts hanging out with skateboarders, EllRay tries to learn how to skateboard to win him back. Easier said than done!

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  • Wonder

    Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a middle school, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. #1 New York Times bestseller!

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  • Tiger in My Soup

    Left in the care of his older sister, a boy begs her to read his favorite book but she is too absorbed in her own reading even to notice when a tiger comes to life in the steam from his soup.

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  • Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon

    This book is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the atomic bomb.

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  • Nelson Mandela

    This book tells of the life of Nelson Mandela, who determined to change South Africa and who, after his struggles, became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. NAACP Image Award winner!

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  • Take Me out to the Yakyu

    A little boy's grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions.

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  • Watermelon Seed

    After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome. 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner!

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  • Animal Book

    The Caldecott Honor-winning author/illustrator Steve Jenkins offers a visual feast in this rich treasury that explores the world around us and the extraordinary creatures that we share it with.

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  • Battling Boy

    A twelve-year-old demigod is sent to help the people of Arcopolis, a city infested with monsters.

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  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

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  • Monster on the Hill

    In a fantastical 1860s England, each town's unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is, except for one. Unfortunately for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn't quite as impressive. In fact, he's a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror?

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  • Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote

    When Papa Rabbit does not return home as expected from many seasons of working in the great carrot and lettuce fields of El Norte, his son Pancho sets out on a dangerous trek to find him, guided by a coyote. Pura Belpre Illustrator honor!

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  • Courage Has No Color

    Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II.

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  • A Treasury of Egyptian Mythology

    An illustrated tableau of Egyptian myths, combines narrative accounts of the stories of the Sun God Ra, the Sphinx, and numerous pharaohs and queens along with historical, cultural, and geographic facts.

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  • Toilet: How It Works

    Follows a tour of the bathroom and the sewer system, from the family toilets to municipal water treatment plants.

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  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

    A biography of Cesar Chavez, from age ten when he and his family lived happily on their Arizona ranch, to age thirty-eight when he led a peaceful protest against California migrant workers' miserable working conditions.

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  • Electric Ben

    Learn all about the life of Benjamin Franklin, from his childhood to his golden years.

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  • Eruption!  Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives

    An account of the work of volcanologists Andy Lockhart, John Pallister, and their team that describes how they risk their lives to investigate dangerous volcanoes.

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  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers

    Thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them. Schneider Family Book Award!

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  • Maria Had a Little Llama

    In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, Maria takes her llama to school one day. Pura Belpre Illustrator Honor winner!

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  • Ick! Yuck! Ew! Our Gross American History

    Presents extremely disgusting facts about the lack of sanitation, personal hygiene, dental care, antibiotics, and insecticides in eighteenth-century America and the unfortunate results such a lack had on everday living conditions.

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  • The Thing About Luck

    Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers. Winner of the National Book Award!

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  • Akata Witch

    Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer.

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  • Smash It! Crash It! Launch It! 50 Mind-Blowing, Eye-Popping Science Experiments

    There's nothing children love more than the satisfying smashing and bashing of things being demolished. They always do it for sheer amusement; now they can do it in the name of science.

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  • Penny and Her Marble

    Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day. 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor winner!

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  • Planet Kindergarten

    This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten.

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