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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries: An Introduction

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is an annual program that brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities. In 2016, 2.1 million New York children, birth to 18 years, participated in the State Library-sponsored program.

The State Library coordinates the program and works with the 23 public library systems (see Appendixes B and C) throughout the state providing a summer reading theme, promotional materials, a creative idea manual, and state-level support. Materials are created as part of the national Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

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  • Advance literacy and academic performance by engaging children and teens in reading and reading-related activities during the summer months. 
  • Foster a love of reading through public library programs and services.
  • Increase successful reading experiences through librarian-supported, self-selected, voluntary reading.
  • Involve parents and all family members in the library summer reading experience.
  • Improve children’s access to library materials and activities, which will encourage them to become lifelong library users.
  • Increase the number of children and teens participating in public library summer reading programs.

2017 Summer Reading


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Activities for all at the local public library

Events and Activities - Performances, craft programs, story times, computer workshops, and author/illustrator visits are some of the programs offered by public libraries during the summer. Encourage your students to check with their local libraries all summer long for reading materials as well as special programs and activities geared towards a variety of interests and age levels.

Early Literacy - Many public libraries offer a Read-to-Me program for preschoolers, which introduces the summer reading concept to young children.  A parent or caregiver reads aloud to the child and keeps a record of their shared reading. Through the Ready to Read at New York Libraries program, library staff are trained in providing services and resources to parents and caregivers of young children. Public libraries are connecting with schools, childcare centers, doctors’ offices, and other organizations to reach all families with young children in their communities.

Independent Readers - Children read on their own, report what they’ve read to the librarian or record the information for the librarian, and receive a reward or certificate at the end of the program.

Families - Children join the summer reading program alone or participate with their families. Family participation encourages reluctant readers who may be more willing to join with a family reading partner. It also encourages visits to the public library as a family activity.

Teens - Many young people stop using libraries when they reach the teen years. A summer program designed with teen interests in mind keeps them involved in the public library. Teens are given the opportunity to take charge of their own library program. This ownership translates into pride in the program and has a direct influence on teen library usage.

Participation in the Teen Video Challenge encourages teens to use their own ideas to promote summer reading and libraries to their fellow teens. For more information visit:

Summer Reading and Your School Library

Collaborate with your local public library!

  • The public library can share the Cooperative Summer Library Program (CSLP) programming manual, official artwork, and materials for Summer Reading at New York Libraries.
  • Contact your local public library and/or public library system to obtain a catalogue to purchase CSLP 2017 summer reading promotional materials, or visit
  • Invite your public librarian for a school visit or have your class visit the local public library.
  • Meet with the local public library to discuss the best ways to work together to support the summer reading program at the public library.
  • Work with the local public library to teach students how to check out e-books from their public library.
  • Volunteer to offer a program during the summer at the public library that highlights your expertise. This could be a book discussion group, information on the New York State Learning Standards, or a program to link the summer with the school year ahead.
  • Encourage children to participate in the State Assembly and/or State Senate Summer Reading Challenge and use the public library for materials.
  • Visit for Explore NY reading lists and reproducible flyers and fact sheets that promote summer reading. Some flyers are also available in this manual.
  • Visit for information about the 2017 Teen Video Challenge, reading related activities, information for educators, families, and children, and materials and information provided by our statewide partners: 4-H, NY Council for the Humanities, Hunger Solutions, etc.
  • Image of a boy looking through a hollow tinker toy piece next to another boy and girl building with more tinker toysPlease visit for information on youth services and programs in your area of the state. Public library youth services experts at each system will be happy to help connect you with your local public library and its summer reading program.
  • For a map of the 23 Public library Systems please see Appendix B.
  • For a list of Youth Services contacts for each library system please see Appendix C.

Promote summer reading at your school by working with faculty, students, and families

  • Create lessons inspired by the summer reading slogan “Build a Better World”
  • Promote the Summer Reading Program theme of improving the world around you by working with faculty throughout the school.
  • Young boy reading an instruction manualShare the Explore New York recreational book lists with teachers and students. Books cover the diversity of New York State and include fiction, nonfiction, and informational books that can be found at
  • Form book discussion groups.
  • Have children and teens write book reviews to keep in a binder for others to use.
  • Hold a parent workshop that informs caregivers about the importance of summer reading and how this links with the New York State Learning standards. Invite the public librarian to present about public library summer offering. For more information visit [pdf document; opens in a new window 120k].
  • Give book talks on self-improvement, DIY, and construction related to the slogan “Build a Better World.” For tips visit
  • Share ideas about reading over summer vacation on your school library website.
  • Young girl standing behind building blocksWork with your school administration to encourage participation in the State Senate and State Assembly summer reading programs. Both houses of the legislature are encouraging participation in Summer Reading at New York Libraries for reading enjoyment and reading skills retention during the summer months.
  • Have a student library group develop reading lists of resources from the school library’s collection that relate to the slogan “Build a Better World” and distribute it.

Summer Reading Websites, Resources, Information, and Materials

Summer Reading at New York Libraries logo – The official Summer Reading at New York Libraries website offers lots of free reading activities, games, links, and suggested reading lists.

  • News about the Summer Reading Program available under the “Summer Reading News” tab. – This New York State Library web page contains information and links for librarians, educators, and other professionals on summer reading, summer reading research, and the Summer Reading at New York Libraries program.

  • There are lots of flyers, posters, and brochures available through the “Downloadable Materials” link.
  • The “Explore New York” link offers four reading lists of books and downloadable bookmarks, all focused on New York State.
  • “The Importance of Summer Reading” research brief with an annotated bibliography is available through the “Importance of Summer Reading” link. – The Performers and Programs site includes a listing of performers and the programs they offer for libraries, schools, and other organizations serving children. The Teen NY Facebook page includes information and resources for teens, librarians and others working with teens. Please visit Teen NY and “like” us. - The New York State Education Department (NYSED) website that supports the New York State P-12 Learning Standards and other key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda.

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General Summer Reading Resources

Information and Research

“Importance of Summer Reading”

A research brief to share with parents, administrators, and teachers. The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning -

“Summer Reading and the New York State Learning Standards”

A description of ways that Summer Reading and the New York State Learning Standards align.  This document is available in Appendix A of this manual and online at

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Promotional Materials

Following is a series of flyers to promote Summer Reading at New York Libraries, all of which may also be found and downloaded at  Located on the same website are additional promotional materials including bookmarks and 8.5”x11” summer reading posters.  There are also translations of the Parents Flyer and the Parents of Young Children Flyer, titled “10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read This Summer” and “Easy Ways to Grow a Great Reader” respectively, into nine languages besides English, including Chinese and Spanish.

Educators Flyer

Parents Flyer (Two Sides)

Parents of Young Children Flyer

Teen Video Challenge Flyer [pdf document; opens in a new window 856k]

Teen NY Flyer [pdf document; opens in a new window 345k]

Great Resources for Children

The following resource lists were created by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) for use in support of the 2017 Summer Reading Program at public libraries.


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Adamson, Heather. Homes in Many Cultures. Capstone, 2009. 24 p. (978-1429633802, pap.). Simple text and photographs present homes from many cultures.

Alphin, Tom. The Lego Architect. No Starch, 2015. 192 p. (978-1593276133). Uses Lego models to explore neoclassical, art deco, brutalist, modernist, and other architectural styles. Each chapter includes a discussion of the architectural movement, photographs of famous real-life buildings, and a gallery of Lego models, with step-by-step building instructions.

Alter, Anna. Sprout Street Neighbors: Five Stories. Yearling, 2016. 128 p. (978-0385755603, pap.). Relates the adventures of the animal residents of an apartment building on Sprout Street.

Armstrong, Simon. Cool Architecture. Pavilion, 2015. 112 p. (978-1909396791). Explore the iconic buildings of the world and the history of homes and public buildings, and meet some of the architects who created them.

Beaty, Andrea. Iggy Peck, Architect. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007. 32 p. (978-0810911062, lib. bdg.). Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.

Beck, Barbara. The Future Architect’s Handbook. Schiffer, 2014. 48 p. (978-0764346767, pap.). Follow the entire process for planning and designing a house, and learn about architectural techniques and concepts.

Biesty, Stephen. Stephen Biesty’s Cross-Sections Castle. DK Children, 2013. 48 p. (978-1465408808). A detailed look at the inside of a castle and the lives of its residents.

Boyer, Crispin. Everything Castles. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2011. 64 p. (978-1426308048, lib. bdg.). Young readers will be spellbound by this story of fierce battles, dark dungeons, secret passageways, and medieval characters, made all the more vivid by true tales from experts in the field. Fun facts and photos, including reenactment shots, illuminate the lives of the inhabitants and the fascinating histories of castles.

Brett, Jan. Town Mouse, Country Mouse. Puffin, 2003. 32 p. (978-0698119864, pap.). After trading houses, the country mice and the town mice discover there’s no place like home. BR011027

Briére-Haquet, Alice. Madame Eiffel: The Love Story of the Eiffel Tower. Die Gestalten, 2015. 32 p. (978-3899557558). Eiffel is a happy engineer, young, successful, and in love with his wife, Cathy. But one morning, Cathy feels blue, and he wants to find a way to make her happy again.

Bunting, Eve. Yard Sale. Candlewick, 2015. 32 p. (978-0763665425). Callie and her family are moving from their house to an apartment, so they’re having a yard sale. It can be hard to let things go, but in the end it’s who you have—not what you have—that counts.

Christie, Gregory R. Mousetropolis. Holiday House, 2015. 32 p. (978-0823423194). In this update of the classic fable, City Mouse and his cousin, Country Mouse, exchange visits; although they find many things to like in each other’s homes, they quickly learn that each prefers his own.

Coombs, Rachel. A Year in a Castle. First Avenue, 2009. 24 p. (978-1580137966, pap.). See how people living in castles dealt with different seasons and events throughout a year’s time.

De La Peña, Matt. Last Stop on Market Street. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 p. (978-0399257742). A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. BR021056 IN PROCESS

Dillon, Patrick. The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond. Candlewick, 2014. 96 p. (978-0763669904). Examines how architecture has evolved over time by looking at buildings that typify each period, from the pyramids and the Parthenon to the Chrysler Building and the Sydney Opera House.

Dubuc, Marianne. In Front of My House. Kids Can, 2010. 120 p. (978-1554536412). A fantastical circular story, beginning and ending in a tidy front yard.

Dubuc, Marianne. Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds. Kids Can, 2015. 24 p. (978-1771385725). Mr. Postmouse delivers letters and packages to the animals on his route.

Eastman, P.D. The Best Nest. Random House Books for Young Readers, 1968. 72 p. (978-0394800516). Mr. and Mrs. Bird search for a new nest and find their old one is best.

Eggers, Dave. This Bridge Will Not Be Gray. McSweeney’s, 2015. 104 p. (978-1940450476). The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world. It is also, not entirely coincidentally, the world’s only bright-orange bridge. But it wasn’t supposed to be that way. In this book, fellow bridge lovers Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols tell the story of how it happened—how a bridge that some people wanted to be red and white, some people wanted to be yellow and black, and most people wanted simply to be gray, instead became one of the most memorable man-made objects ever created.

Ellis, Carson. Home. Candlewick, 2015. 40 p. (978-0763665296). A whimsical tribute to the myriad possibilities of home depicts homes in different real-world environments as well as fantastical settings. IN PROCESS

Finger, Brad. 13 Bridges Children Should Know. Prestel, 2015. 48 p. (978-3791372402). Photographs, plans, drawings, and text introduce readers to 13 bridges located around the world.

Gerstein, Mordecai. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. Roaring Brook, 2003. 44 p. (978-0761317913). A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers. BR015045

Gravett, Christopher. Castle. DK Children, 2008. 72 p. (978-0756637699). Part of the DK Eyewitness series, this book provides a glimpse into castles through color photographs and informative, engaging text.

Hayden, Kate. Amazing Buildings. DK Children, 2003. 32 p. (978-0789492203, pap.). Showcases such unusual buildings as Stadium Australia, the Eiffel Tower, and the Roman Colosseum.

Healy, Christopher. The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle. Walden Pond, 2014. 512 p. (978-0062118462, pap.). Four princes wrongly named Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales have come to save the kingdom. BR020115, DB076796

Hurley, Michael. The World’s Most Amazing Bridges. Raintree, 2011. 32 p. (978-1410942388, lib. bdg.). Readers will learn about 10 of the most significant bridges in the world through facts and photographs.

Isadora, Rachel. Rapunzel. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2008. 32 p. (978-0399247729). Recasts in an African setting the familiar fairy tale in which a beautiful girl with extraordinarily long hair is imprisoned in a lonely tower by a witch.

Johnson, Stephen T. Alphabet City. Puffin, 1999. 32 p. (978-0140559040, pap.). Photographs of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet.

Johnson, Stephen T. Alphabet School. Simon & Schuster, 2015. 32 p. (978-1416925217). Letters of the alphabet are formed by items commonly found in schools.

Johnson, Stephen T. City by Numbers. Puffin, 2003. 32 p. (978-0140566369, pap.). Paintings of various sites around New York City—from a shadow on a building to a wrought-iron gate to the Brooklyn Bridge—depict the numbers from 1 to 21.

Jones, Charlotte. Mistakes That Worked. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1994. 96 p. (978-0385320436, pap.). Presents the stories behind 40 things that were invented or named by accident, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, aspirin, X-rays, Frisbees, Silly Putty, and Velcro. BR012587

Juster, Norton. The Hello, Goodbye Window. Hyperion, 2005. 32 p. (978-0786809141). A little, curly-haired girl enjoys spending time with her grandparents, Nanna and Poppy, and seeing the outside through their special kitchen window.

Laroche, Giles. If You Lived Here: Houses of the World. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2011. 32 p. (978-0547238920). Readers encounter diverse homes from across the globe, including log cabins, houses on stilts, and cave dwellings, through illustrations and informative text.

Latham, Donna. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering. Nomad, 2012. 128 p. (978-1936749522). Explores the innovation and physical science behind bridges and tunnels, featuring illustrated, step-by-step instructions for 25 projects designed to help students learn about the engineering process.

Macaulay, David. Built to Last. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2010. 272 p. (978-0547342405). Reveals the “how” and “why” behind some of the most fascinating and enduring structures humankind has ever created.

Macaulay, David. Castle. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013. 80 p. (978-0544102262). In this first-ever standalone full-color edition, Castle is lavishly reborn in digitally finished drawings rendered with felt-tip markers and colored pencils. Factual and artistic details shine in light of newly researched information, and the book is filled with characteristic zest and wit. Architecture enthusiasts of all ages will marvel at the staggering possibilities of human imagination and ingenuity.

Manning, Maurie J. Kitchen Dance. Clarion, 2008. 32 p. (978-0618991105). Two sleepy children sneak out of their beds to watch as their parents, who love each other very much, break into a dance while washing the dishes.

Marsico, Katie. Bridges. Children’s Press, 2016. 48 p. (978-0531224793, lib. bdg.). Learn all about some of the world’s most incredible bridges, from how they are designed and built to how bridge technology has changed over time.

Munsch, Robert. The Paper Bag Princess. Annick, 1980. 32 p. (978-0920236161, pap.). Princess Elizabeth is set to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald—who is less than pleased by her un-princess-like appearance.

O’Connor, Jim. What Were the Twin Towers? Grosset & Dunlap, 2016. 112 p. (978-0448487854, pap.). Part of the “What Was …?” series, this book explores the architecture and history of the World Trade Center.

Paxmann, Christine. From Mud Huts to Skyscrapers. Prestel, 2012. 64 p. (978-3791371139). This large-format book features facts, details, and illustrations of architecture through time.

Pizzoli, Greg. Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. Viking Books for Young Readers, 2015. 48 p. (978-0670016525). In the early 1900s, Robert Miller, a.k.a. “Count Victor Lustig,” moved to Paris hoping to be an artist—a con artist, that is. He used his ingenious scams on unsuspecting marks all over the world, from the Czech Republic, to Atlantic ocean liners, and across America. Tricky Vic pulled off his most daring con in 1925, when he managed to “sell” the Eiffel Tower to one of the city’s most successful scrap metal dealers.

Richards, Jon. Buildings, Bridges and Tunnels: An Accidental History of Inventions. Franklin Watts, 2016. 32 p. (978-1445150598). Intriguing facts and riveting background about some of the world’s most well-known bridges and tunnels.

Ritchie, Scot. Look at That Building!  Kids Can, 2011. 32 p. (978-1554536962). An engaging introduction to buildings, with a deft mix of nonfiction and fiction elements.

Rodriguez, Rachel. Building on Nature. Henry Holt, 2009. 32 p. (978-0805087451). Inspired by the natural beauty of his homeland of Catalonia, Antoni Gaudi became a celebrated and innovative architect through the unique structures he designed in Barcelona, having a significant impact on architecture as it was known until then.

Roeder, Annette. 13 Buildings Children Should Know. Prestel, 2009. 48 p. (978-3791341712). Through activities such as games, quizzes, drawings, and more, this book presents the history behind each of the buildings and presents fascinating facts about their design, historical use, and construction techniques.

Sasek, Miroslav. This Is Paris. Universe, 2004. 64 p. (978-0789310637). A pictorial tour of the “city of light” presenting drawings of the people, historic monuments, and modern sights of Paris.

Stine, Megan. Where Is the Brooklyn Bridge? Grosset & Dunlap, 2016. 112 p. (978-0448484242, pap.). Part of the “Where Is …?” series, this book explores the history and significance of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Taback, Simms. This Is the House That Jack Built. Puffin, 2004. 32 p. (978-0142402009, pap.). A cumulative and illustrated rhyme relating the chain of events that started when Jack built a house.


Greno, Nathan, and Byron Howard, directors. Tangled. Walt Disney Pictures, 2011. 100 min. (PG)

Scholastic. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and More Inspiring Tales. New Video Group, 2011. 58 min. (Not Rated)


Rogers, Roy. Home on the Range. Vanilla OMP, 2011 (B004JKMLDG). Includes the song “Home on the Range.”

Web Resource

Jenga Rules. Rules for the game of Jenga.

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Hit the nail on the head. READ!


Adhikary, Anita. N Is for Nepal. Mascot, 2011. 32 p. (978-1936319527). Each letter of the alphabet is represented by some historical, geographic, or cultural fact about Nepal.

Bogue, Gary. There’s an Opossum in My Backyard. Heyday, 2007. 40 p. (978-1597140591). A baby opossum falls off her mother’s back and finds herself in a strange new world—a suburban backyard.

Boyer, Crispin. National Geographic Kids WHY? 1,111 Answers to Everything. National Geographic Kids, 2015. 224 p. (978-1426320965). With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, this book’s got the information kids need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep them digging for answers. Includes all kinds of fascinating extra info like top 10 lists, weird-but-true facts, explorer profiles, and cool activities.

Brett, Jan. The Umbrella. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2004. 32 p. (978-0399242151). Carlos goes into the cloud forest to look for animals. When he climbs a tree for a better view, the animals have an adventure with his umbrella. But Carlos is left wondering why he didn’t see any animals!

Child, Lauren. Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers. Dial, 2009. 32 p. (978-0803733350). After Charlie convinces Lola to recycle her old toys instead of throwing them away, Lola discovers a recycling competition. If she can recycle 100 plastic, metal, and paper items, she can get her very own real live tree to plant. But she only has two weeks, so Lola decides to ask her classmates to help. They turn out to be extremely very good recyclers indeed.

Cusick, Dawn. Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! Imagine, 2012. 80 p. (978-1936140428). Explores the many ways in which animals use poop, from tricking predators to building umbrellas of poop for hiding.

Day, Jeff. Don’t Touch That! The Book of Gross, Poisonous, and Downright Icky Plants and Critters. Chicago Review Press, 2008. 108 p. (978-1556527111, pap.). Dr. Jeff Day offers helpful advice on how to avoid getting stung, bit, poked, jabbed, or poisoned … and what to do if you are. You’ll learn about everything from rashes to anaphylaxis, tetanus to spider bites, bee stings to rabies. Day’s cartoons will have you laughing and scratching along.

DeDonato, Rick. Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar. Two Lions, 2015. 32 p. (978-1477826300). Pipsie loves everything wild—from dragonflies to oceans to tall, tall trees. She also loves solving mysteries. That’s why she’s a nature detective! When she and her turtle, Alfred, notice that their new friend, Frannie the caterpillar, has vanished, Pipsie is on the case.

Deedy, Carmen Agra. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach. Peachtree, 2007. 32 p. (978-1561453993). In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry. BR017040

Delacre, Lulu. How Far Do You Love Me? Lee & Low, 2013. 32 p. (978-1600608827). Messages of love between children and adults are framed in the language of the natural world spanning different cultures and all seven continents.

Doyle, Bill, and David Borgenicht. The Worst-Case Scenario: Everest. Chronicle, 2011. 208 p. (978-0811871235). As part of a group of young climbers trying to climb Mount Everest, the reader must make decisions that will ensure survival and success in reaching the summit.

Dunphy, Madeleine. Here Is the Coral Reef. Web of Life Children’s Books, 2006. 32 p. (978-0977379545, pap.). Poetically cumulative text and illustrations capture the relationships between plants and animals in the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef.

Franco, Betsy. Pond Circle. Margaret K. McElderry, 2009. 32 p. (978-1416940210). In the pond by Anna’s house, a food chain begins with algae, which is eaten by a mayfly nymph, which is eaten by a beetle, which is eaten by a bullfrog …

French, Vivian. Yucky Worms. Turtleback, 2012. 19 p. (978-0606238038, lib. bdg.). While helping Grandma in the garden, a child learns about the important role of the earthworm in helping plants grow.

Glaser, Linda. Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story. Millbrook, 2010. 32 p. (978-0761349112, lib. bdg.). A simple, realistic introduction to composting, illustrated with photographs.

Gowan, Barbara. G Is for Grand Canyon: An Arizona Alphabet. Sleeping Bear, 2002. 40 p. (978-1585360680). People, places, animals, and characteristic things of Arizona are represented by the letters of the alphabet, with information about them presented in rhyme and explanatory notes.

Graham, Amy. What Are the 7 Wonders of the Natural World? Enslow, 2013. 48p. (978-0766041530, lib. bdg.). This book serves as an introduction to and overview of the seven wonders of the natural world, explaining how nature alone carved these sites that we so admire.

Graham, Ian. You Wouldn’t Want to Climb Mount Everest! A Deadly Journey to the Top of the World. Franklin Watts, 2010. 32 p. (978-0531137857, pap.). Get ready! As a climber on an expedition to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, you’ll have to brave the Death Zone to make it to the top. You’ll need nerves of steel and a tolerance for heights if you’re going to climb Mount Everest.

Hauth, Katherine B. What’s for Dinner? Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World. Charlesbridge, 2011. 48 p. (978-1570914720, pap.). Describes in poetic verse the predatory habits of a variety of animals and the foods they eat.

Heos, Bridget. Do You Really Want to Visit a Coral Reef? Black Rabbit, 2015. 24 p. (978-1622432202, pap.). A child goes on a deep-sea diving adventure in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, learning about the ocean and encountering animals and plants that make their homes in this biome.

Herzog, Brad. S Is for Save the Planet: A How-to-Be Green Alphabet. Sleeping Bear, 2009. 40 p. (978-1585364282). Suggestions, information, and poems about environmental issues, one for each letter.

Kelsey, Elin. Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking. Owlkids, 2015. 32 p. (978-1771470629). Wild Ideas looks deep into the forests, skies, and oceans to explore how animals solve problems. Whether it’s weaving a safe place to rest and reflect, blowing a fine net of bubbles to trap fish, or leaping boldly into a new situation, the animals featured (including the orangutan, humpback whale, and gibbon) can teach us a lot about creative problem-solving tools and strategies.

Lauber, Patricia. Who Eats What? Food Chains and Food Webs. Paw Prints, 2009. 32 p. (978-1442006195, lib. bdg.). Explains the concept of a food chain and how plants, animals, and humans are ecologically linked.

Loewen, Nancy. Chirp, Chirp! Crickets in Your Backyard. Picture Window, 2005. 24 p. (978-1404811416, lib. bdg.). Cree-ee … cree-ee … What’s that chirping sound? It’s a field cricket. Field crickets are one of the most common kinds of crickets in the United States. Look inside this chirp-filled book to learn about a cricket’s life cycle, where it lives, why it chirps, and how it gets around.

Martin, Laura C. Recycled Crafts Box. Storey, 2004. 96 p. (978-1580175227, pap.). Discusses recycling and provides information and instructions for making art projects from a variety of recycled materials.

Marzolf, Julie. Gross Things About Your Pets. Gareth Stevens, 2012. 24 p. (978-1433971198, lib. bdg.). Despite how cute and cuddly pets are, they are pretty gross too. Anyone who has seen drool trailing from a dog’s mouth or a cat coughing up a hair ball will agree. Readers learn about all sorts of animal behaviors and what they tell us about an animal’s body. Readers will also discover several ways they can help keep their pets healthy.

McKinney, Barbara. Pass the Energy, Please! Dawn, 2000. 32 p. (978-1584690023, pap.). This rhyming story follows the food chain and illustrates the circle of energy.

Medina, Nico. Where Is Mount Everest? Grosset & Dunlap, 2015. 105 p. (978-0448484082, pap.). Located in the Himalayas, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world at a whopping 29,029 feet. In this compelling narrative, Medina guides readers through the mountain’s ancient beginnings, first human settlers, historic climbs, and the modern commercialization of mountain-climbing.

Medina, Nico. Where Is the Great Barrier Reef? Grosset & Dunlap, 2016. 112 p. (978-0448486994, pap.). Explore the Great Barrier Reef through this title in the popular Where Is … ? series.

Morales, Yuyi. Just a Minute. Chronicle, 2003. 36 p. (978-0811837583). In this version of a traditional tale, Señor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle’s door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind. BR016006

O’Connor, Jim. Where Is the Grand Canyon? Grosset & Dunlap, 2015. 112 p. (978-0448483573, pap.). This title in the popular Where Is … ? series explores the Grand Canyon. DB083244 (Books 1–6 of the series)

O’Sullivan, Joanne. 101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You’re 12! Lark, 2009. 143 p. (978-1439593080, lib. bdg.). Imagine being able to help clean pollution out of the air. You can do it with some clever garden planting. Why not organize a swap meet? Everyone gets something new, and nothing is wasted. Open the curtains, let the sun shine in, and warm a room. Join forces and begin an eco-club.

Owen, Ruth. Creepy Backyard Invaders. Bearport, 2011. 24 p. (978-1617721250, lib. bdg.). A backyard is home to birds, frogs, and squirrels. Yet it is also home to millions of tiny invaders, including stinging honeybees, plant-sucking aphids, and daredevil jumping spiders. Using a powerful microscope, scientists have zoomed in on these little creatures to show them up close and in great detail.

Parr, Todd. The Earth Book. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010. 40 p. (978-0316042659). Simple text and illustrations show how children can help protect the earth. DB079690

Pearson, Susan. Slugs in Love. Two Lions, 2012. 34 p. (978-0761462484, pap.). Marylou and Herbie, two garden slugs, write love poems in slime to one another but have trouble actually meeting.

Pennypacker, Sara. Sparrow Girl. Disney-Hyperion, 2009. 40 p. (978-1423111870). When China’s leader declares war on sparrows in 1958, everyone makes loud noise, in hopes of chasing the hungry birds from their land, except for Ming-Li, a young girl whose compassion and foresight prevent a disaster.

Peter, Carsten, and Glen Phelan. Extreme Planet. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015. 112 p. (978-1426321016, lib. bdg.). Photographer and explorer Carsten Peter takes readers on a guided tour of a variety of natural phenomena.

Rajczak, Kristen. The Northern Lights. Gareth Stevens, 2012. 24 p. (978-1433970276, lib. bdg.). Expains the northern lights from a scientific standpoint.

Riehecky, Janet. Slime, Poop, and Other Wacky Animal Defenses. Capstone, 2012. 32 p. (978-1429680097, pap.). Describes how animals use slime, poop, and other wacky traits as weapons and defenses.

Ruurs, Margriet. In My Backyard. Tundra, 2007. 32 p. (978-0887767753). From the singing of little wrens in spring to paper wasps building their nests in summer and from baby bats drinking mother’s milk in fall to baby possums climbing into their mother’s pouch in winter, this is a celebration of nature and backyard animals through the seasons.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising. Scholastic, 2000. 272 p. (978-0439120418). Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farmworkers on the eve of the Great Depression. DB052960, DB054970 (Spanish Edition)

Sayre, April Pulley. Trout Are Made of Trees. Charlesbridge, 2008. 32 p. (978-1580891387, pap.). A simple story about the interconnectedness of living things.

Seuss, Dr. The Lorax. Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971. 72 p. (978-0394823379). Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty. DB031231

Silverstein, Alvin, Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn. Dung Beetles, Slugs, Leeches, and More: The Yucky Animal Book. Enslow, 2010. 48 p. (978-0766033177, lib. bdg.). Did you know that there are lizards that squirt blood from their eyes? Did you think bedbugs were just part of a bedtime rhyme? Learn fun and yucky science facts about slimy fish, poop-eating beetles, blood-sucking bats, and lots of other animals.

Simon, Seymour. Coral Reefs. HarperCollins, 2013. 32 p. (978-0061914966, pap.). An introduction to the ecology and wildlife of coral reefs and islands.

Simon, Seymour. Volcanoes. Turtleback, 2006. 32 p. (978-1417733545, lib. bdg.). Explains, in simple terms, the characteristics of volcanoes and describes some famous eruptions and their aftermath.

Stilton, Geronimo. I’m Too Fond of My Fur! Scholastic, 2004. 128 p. (978-0439559669, pap.). Geronimo Stilton follows clues in a diary all the way to Mouse Everest in search of his old friend Professor von Volt, who has mysteriously disappeared.

Swan, Susan. Volcano Rising. Charlesbridge, 2013. 32 p. (978-1580894081). Discusses volcanoes, describing what happens when they erupt, and highlighting eruptions throughout history.

Wood, Alix. Yucky Animals in the Yard. Windmill, 2013. 32 p. (978-1615337316, lib. bdg.). Some of the yuckiest animals are crawling right outside your door. This book explores the gross animals that call your yard home.

Wood, Douglas. No One but You. Candlewick, 2011. 32 p. (978-0763638481). Feel the rain kiss your skin or the wind ruffle your hair. Hear the hum of a bumblebee; watch a water strider march across a pond; taste a red, ripe strawberry; whistle with a blade of grass.


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Renaud, Chris, and Kyle Balda, directors. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Universal, 2012. 86 min. (PG)

Stanton, Andrew, and Lee Unkrich, directors. Finding Nemo. Walt Disney Video, 2013. 100 min. (G) Collector’s Edition contains audio description.


Earthworm Ensemble. Backyard Garden. CD Baby, 2015 (B00VISNCMG).

Welch, Willy. My Backyard.Tamarisk, 2006 (B00155FEW8). Includes the song “My Backyard Is the Beginning . . .”

Armstrong, Louis. What a Wonderful World. GRP Records, 1996 (B000W1AFRA).

Web Resources

Who Pooped? Players attempt to identify the animals that created a variety of different types of poop.

Mr. Nussbaum: Aurora Maker. An interactive Northern Lights simulator.

National Park Service: Sound Gallery. Recorded sounds of a wide variety of insects, mammals, birds, and more.

Nature Games. A variety of online games with nature themes.


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Adamson, Heather. Clothes in Many Cultures. Capstone, 2009. 24 p. (978-1429633826, pap.). Large font, colorful photos, and highlighted world maps introduce children to clothes worn by people all over the world, for different activities and events.

Albee, Sarah. Why’d They Wear That? Fashion as the Mirror of History. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015. 192 p. (978-1426319198). A lighthearted but substantial look at clothing and fashion through history, and the shifting social, economic, and moral climates that influenced them.

Angeletti, Roberta. The Cave Painter of Lascaux. Crystal, 2004. 32 p. (978-1562903237). Anna, a young girl on a school trip in France, goes to the cave of Lascaux. She gets separated from her group and meets a tour guide dressed as a caveman who explains some of the images drawn and painted on the cave walls.

Baer, Edith. This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World. Scholastic Reprints, 1992. 40 p. (978-0590431620, pap.). Simple rhymes and watercolor paintings follow kids all over the world as they travel to school in different ways.

Banks, Kate. Max’s Words. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. 32 p. (978-0374399498). When Max’s older brothers won’t let him share their collections, he begins a collection of his own—words! His words become sentences and, eventually, stories, until his brothers can’t resist joining in.

Barrett, Judi. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1988. 32 p. (978-0689708077, pap.). This classic giggler about the pitfalls of animals wearing clothing never goes out of favor!

Blankenship, LeeAnn. Mr. Tuggle’s Troubles. Boyds Mills, 2005. 32 p. (978-1590781968). Mr. Tuggle goes through his week trying to do without clothing items he’s misplaced, discovering why he really needs them after all, and cheerfully fashioning replacement items out of whatever he has at hand.

Boelts, Maribeth. Those Shoes. Candlewick Reprints, 2009. 40 p. (978-0763642846, pap.). A relatable story about an economically disadvantaged young boy who longs for the trendy shoes his classmates are wearing.

Bozzo, Linda. Getting Around in the Past, Present, and Future. Bailey, 2010. 24 p. (978-0766034372, lib. bdg.). In simple, two-page spreads, Bozzo samples the history of planes, trains, ships, and more and invites speculation about the future.

Brett, Jan. The Mitten. Hodder Wayland, 1999. 32 p. (978-0750028677, pap.). When Nicki drops her new white mitten in the snow, woodland animals crawl in one by one, looking for warmth.

Brill, Marlene Targ. Bronco Charlie and the Pony Express. Carolrhoda, 2004. 48 p. (978-1575056180, pap.). In 1861, 11-year-old Bronco Charlie has already been a sailor and a cowboy, but his biggest challenge comes when he gets the chance to ride for the Pony Express.

Brown, Tameka Fryer. Around Our Way on Neighbors Day. Harry N. Abrams, 2010. 32 p. (978-0810989719). Urban rhythms and vibrant culture pulse in this celebration of ethnically diverse neighbors celebrating their community bond.

Brutschy, Jennifer. Just One More Story. Orchard, 2002. 32 p. (978-0439317672). Austin loves everything about his unconventional family life, traveling in a tiny house trailer while his parents play country music in music halls—everything, that is, except the one-bedtime-story rule. When they visit Uncle Roy, his two-story house prompts an exception to the bedtime rule. Guess what happens when the family stays in an 11-story hotel!

Butterworth, Chris. Where Did My Clothes Come From? Candlewick, 2015. 32 p. (978-0763677503). Butterworth explains what some common clothing items are made of and how they’re manufactured.

Chambers, Catherine. The First Telephone. DK Children, 2015. 128 p. (978-1465438256, pap.). Discover Alexander Graham Bell’s story and his determination to be the first to invent a transmitter to carry a spoken message that would transform communications.

Corey, Shana. You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! A Very Improper Story by Shana Corey. Scholastic, 2000. 40 p. (978-0439078191). This jubilant picture book presents women’s rights activist Amelia Bloomer as creative, dedicated, and free-spirited. In addition to her revolutionary ideas about women’s fashions, her work as a newspaper editor and suffragist are highlighted.

Cornell, Kari. Holiday Cooking Around the World. Lerner, 2001. 72 p. (978-0822541288). Grouped by type of food, these recipes hail from about 16 countries or regions and cover several different holidays or holiday seasons. The introduction offers interesting information on the featured holidays.

Draper, Sharon. Out of My Mind. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012. 320 p. (978-1416971719, pap.). Melody, a bright, strong-willed fifth grader, is imprisoned in a body devastated by cerebral palsy. She’s enormously frustrated by her inability to communicate. When a specially designed computer allows her to get her words and thoughts “out of her mind” for the first time, she’s ecstatic and earns a place on her middle school’s academic competition team. But her challenges are far from over. DB071173

Esche, Maria Bonfanti, and Clare Bonfanti Braham. Kids Celebrate! Activities for Special Days Throughout the Year. Chicago Review Press, 1998. 304 p. (978-1556522925, pap.). Moving through the year, month by month, the authors give brief introductions and activities or crafts to celebrate 100 special days.

Fagan, Cary. Mr. Zinger’s Hat. Tundra, 2012. 32 p. (978-1770492530). While playing, Leo accidentally knocks off the hat of an elderly writer, Mr. Zinger. When he returns it, Leo learns that the hat contains something special: a story!

Gallagher, Debbie. Family Stories. Marshall Cavendish, 2008. 32 p. (978-0761431428, lib. bdg.). Families around the world use stories to share and reinforce their histories and cultural traditions.

Gerstein, Mordicai. The First Drawing. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. 40 p. (978-0316204781). Thirty thousand years ago, an imaginative child sees the shapes of animals in clouds and on the walls of the cave he shares with his family, but no one else can see them until he makes the world’s first drawing. Includes author’s note on cave drawings.

Haley, Gail E. A Story a Story. Aladdin, 1988. 36 p. (978-0689712012, pap.). Recounts how most African folktales came to be called “Spider Stories.” BR006103

Heller, Lora. Sign Language for Kids: A Fun and Easy Guide to American Sign Language. Sterling, 2004. 96 p. (978-1402706721). Learn the alphabet, numbers, and key vocabulary and sentences for daily living in American Sign Language.

Herbst, Judith. The History of Transportation. Lerner Classroom, 2006. 56 p. (978-0822558286, pap.). Visually appealing chapters cover the wheel, sail, steam engine, internal combustion engine, and airplane. A full complement of nonfiction end matter includes a time line.

Herkert, Barbara. Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers’ Journey from Slave to Artist. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015. 40 p. (978-0385754620). Esteemed folk artist Harriet Powers told stories of the Bible, Africa, her life growing up as a slave on a Georgia plantation, celestial bodies, and the folklore of her region, through pictorial quilts. This book introduces her and her “sewn stories.”

Hoberman, Mary Ann. I Like Old Clothes. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2012. 32 p. (978-0375869518). A little girl shares the joys of inheriting used clothes, with all their history and mystery, imagining who wore them and what they’ve done and seen.

Idle, Molly. Flora and the Flamingo. Chronicle, 2013. 44 p. (978-1452110066). In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.

Johnson, Angela. All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014. 40 p. (978-0689873768). A lovely, lyrical reflection on the experience of one enslaved family on the memorable day they learned they were free.

Johnston, Tony. Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2011. 32 p. (978-0152061456). Hyperbole and hilarity characterize this free-spirited telling of Strauss’s invention of blue jeans.

Kindersley, Anabel. Celebrations! DK Children, 1997. 64 p. (978-0789420275). This appealing, oversized book full of colorful photos features 25 children from all over the world sharing their families’ celebrations.

Kroll, Steven. The Tyrannosaurus Game. Two Lions, 2010. 32 p. (978-0761456032). A clever teacher brightens up a gloomy day in class by having her students pool their imaginations and create a “what next” story.

Lehman, Barbara. The Red Book. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2004. 32 p. (978-0618428588). A book about a book, a magical red book, without any words, and a friendship that develops around it.

Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. HarperCollins, 2010. 40 p. (978-0061906220) Pete the Cat gets into colorful adventures while out walking in his new white shoes. DBC05420

Lowry, Lois. Gooney the Fabulous. Yearling Reprints, 2009. 96 p. (978-0440422532, pap.). When Mrs. Pidgeon reads a fable to her second graders, Gooney Bird Greene has a brilliant idea—why not create and tell their own animal fables? Game on! DB064379

Mass, Wendy. 11 Birthdays. Scholastic, 2010. 272 p. (978-0545052405, pap.). Amanda and Leo, lifelong best friends and “birthday twins,” have always celebrated their birthdays together. But their relationship has faltered, and they face their 11th birthdays estranged. When a time warp causes them both to keep repeating the fateful birthday over and over, they must reconcile and work together to put things right. BR018360, DBC05769

Montgomery, Lewis B. The Case of the July 4th Jinx. Kane, 2010. 96 p. (978-1575653082, pap.). Milo and Jazz are sure that Crash and the Zoo Crew are behind a series of pranks at the fair. But, as their junior detectives instructor Dash Marlowe teaches, people aren’t always what they seem. BR019208

Munsch, Robert. The Paper Bag Princess. Annick, 1980. 32 p. (978-0920236161, pap.). Princess Elizabeth is set to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald—who is less than pleased by her un-princess-like appearance.

Holidays Around the World series. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2007–2010. 32 p. (ISBNs vary). This series presents a variety of holidays through photographs and informational text.

Nelson, Michiyo. Sign Language: My First 100 Words. Cartwheel, 2008. 32 p. (978-0545056571, pap.). A beginner’s guide to American Sign Language.

Nielsen, Laura F. Mrs. Muddle’s Holidays. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 32 p. (978-0374350949). Mrs. Muddle moves into the neighborhood and livens things up by celebrating countless small-but-meaningful events as holidays. The neighbors thank and honor her with “Mrs. Muddle Day.” DBC05705

Oxlade, Chris. The Big Illustrated Book of Transport: All About Ships, Trains, Cars and Flight with 1000 Photographs and Illustrations and 50 Step-by-Step Projects and Experiments. Southwater, 2009. 256 p. (978-1844765522, pap.). This comprehensive overview invites browsing and hands-on learning.

Paratore, Coleen Murtagh. Sunny Holiday. Scholastic, 2010) 176 p. (978-0545075886, pap.). Despite difficult family issues, Sunny has a nature that matches her name. In the gloom after the winter holidays, she and her friend Jazzy set out to liven things up by inventing and sharing a new holiday honoring children.

Peppas, Lynn. Holi. Crabtree, 2009. 32 p. (978-0778747710, pap.). This title in the Celebrations in My World series introduces the color-filled Hindu celebration of spring.

Priceman, Marjorie. Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005. 40 p. (978-0689826429). The true story of an early test of Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier’s hot air balloon in 1783.

Prochovnic, Dawn Babb. Wear a Silly Hat: Sign Language for Clothing. Magic Wagon, 2009. 32 p. (978-1602706743, lib. bdg.). Clever rhymes and colorful illustrations match various items of clothing with appropriate hats, while teaching the American Sign Language signs for a dozen clothing words.

Ramirez, Antonio. Napi. Groundwood, 2004. 32 p. (978-0888996107). Luminous colors and primitive-style illustrations enliven this lovely story of a young Mazateca girl whose grandfather’s stories give wings to her imagination. Spanish edition: Napi.  (978-0888996114).

Ratliff, Tom. You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Pony Express Rider! Franklin Watts, 2012. 32 p. (978-0531209479, pap.). Describes the disadvantages to being a Pony Express rider, including riding in all kinds of weather, natural disasters, and disease.

Robb, Don. Ox, House, Stick: The History of Our Alphabet. Charlesbridge, 2007. 48 p. (978-1570916106, pap.). See how the Roman alphabet began and how it has changed through the years.

Roop, Connie and Peter Roop. Good-Bye for Today. Aladdin, 2008. 42 p. (978-1416975731, pap.). The fictionalized journal of nine-year-old Laura, whose journey from Japan to the Arctic on her father’s whaling ship in 1871 is full of danger and adventure.

Rosen, Michael J. and Ben Kassoy. Bizarre Vehicles. Lerner, 2013. 32 p. (978-0761389859, lib. bdg.). Colorful two-page spreads feature such amazing vehicles as personal jetpacks, zorbs (similar to hamster balls for people), and trains that zoom along above their rails by “magnetic levitation.”

Ross, Kathy. Crafts for Kids Who Are Learning About Transportation. Millbrook, 2006. 48 p. (978-0761394648, lib. bdg.). Ross provides clear, step-by-step instructions for creating 22 fairly simple projects on a general transportation theme.

Schertle, Alice. Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013. 40 p. (978-0544022690, pap.). Witty poems about everything from underwear to bicycle helmets, written from the clothing’s perspective.

Seidman, David, Charles Barnett III, and Keith Williams. Samuel Morse and the Telegraph. Capstone, 2007. 32 p. (978-0736878982, pap.). In graphic-novel format, this book tells the story of how Samuel Morse developed a working telegraph in 1844 that changed the way people communicated.

Simonds, Nina, Leslie Swartz, and The Children’s Museum, Boston. Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2002. 80 p. (978-0152019839). A charming collection of nonfiction text, folktales, and hands-on projects to celebrate five Chinese holidays.

Thomson, Bill. Chalk. Two Lions, 2010. 40 p. (978-0761455264). A wordless picture book about three children who go to a park on a rainy day, find some chalk, and draw pictures that come to life.

Underwood, Deborah. A Balloon for Isabel. Greenwillow, 2010. 32 p. (978-0061779879). As graduation day approaches, Isabel tries to convince her teacher that she and Walter, both porcupines, should receive balloons on the big day just like the other children.

Warner, Penny. Learn to Sign the Fun Way. Three Rivers, 2001. 216 p. (978-0761532637, pap.). This guide to learning American Sign Language describes and illustrates the manual alphabet, as well as signs for numbers, people, animals, food and drink, clothing, colors, sports, feelings, and other subjects. Includes a selection of sign language games and activities.

Waxman, Laura Hamilton. Terrific Transportation Inventions. 21st Century, 2013. 32 p. (978-1467710961, lib. bdg.). Waxman presents abbreviated versions of the histories of 12 major modes of transportation in visually-rich two-page spreads.

Whitty, Helen. Underwear. Chelsea House, 2001. 32 p. (978-0791065754, lib. bdg.). While the title might bring giggles, this is a serious and interesting look at the whos, whats, whys, and whens of undies from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

Wiesner, David. Flotsam. Clarion, 2006. 40 p. (978-0618194575). The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

Willems, Mo. That Is Not a Good Idea! Balzer  Bray, 2013. 48 p. (978-0062203090). A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one’s inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.

Wong, Janet S. Apple Pie Fourth of July. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006. 40 p. (978-0152057084, pap.). A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten. BR015009

Worth, Bonnie. Oh, the Things They Invented! Random House Books for Young Readers, 2015. 48 p. (978-0449814970). From the wheel to the World Wide Web—the Cat in the Hat looks at inventors and inventions that have changed our lives.

Yim, Natasha. Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas. Charlesbridge, 2014. 32 p. (978-1580896528). One Chinese New Year, her mother sends Goldy Luck to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, but the pandas are out and disaster follows. Includes a recipe for turnip cakes and an explanation of Chinese New Year.

Zeltser, David. Lug: Dawn of the Ice Age. EgmontUSA, 2014. 192 p. (978-1606845134). Lug is a cave boy who would rather paint than fight. When he is banished from his clan, he and his two friends discover that the Ice Age is coming, and they must figure out how to save their people.


Launchpad Toys. Toontastic. This creative storytelling app enables kids to draw and animate their own cartoons and share them with friends and family around the world.

Krom, Matthew. WeSign Basic. Videos of Deaf adults asking deaf children some common questions relating to school, with varying playback speed options.

Anderson, Todd. Morse Code Trainer. Practice Morse Code through this app. Choose from two modes (transmitting or receiving). This app also allows users to select custom sets of letters to focus on certain areas.

Web Resources

2-Wheel Balloon Car. Illustrated step-by-step instructions for creating a balloon-powered car using everyday materials.

Morse Code Machine. Practice Morse Code online, then take two interactive tests.

Sign Language Dictionary. Type a word or phrase into the search box to locate videos of American Sign Language in action.

Sugar Rainbow—Sick Science! #215. A video of the science activity found in Pete the Cat’s Shoe Rainbow (p. 151).

Upstart Activity Guide: Celebrate with Books! Throw a birthday party for a favorite book, author, or illustrator using the activities and resources in this guide.


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Ajmera, Maya, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon. Music Everywhere! Charlesbridge, 2014. 32 p. (978-1570919367). Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they’re playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, or singing. Music can help express one child’s feelings—or it can bring a whole community together.

Andrews, Troy. Trombone Shorty. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015. 40 p. (978-1419714658). A picture-book autobiography by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, who hails from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans’s 6th Ward. By the time he reached the age of six, this prodigy was playing trumpet and trombone in a jazz band led by his older brother.

Ausbourne, Robert K. Optical Magic. Sterling, 2014. 320 p. (978-1454914259, pap.). Graphic artist Robert Ausbourne presents more than 300 optical illusions of all varieties, from classic turn-of-the-century trickery to colorful contemporary illustrations from Ausbourne and other talented artists.

Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer. Scholastic, 2005. 304 p. (978-0439372978, pap.). When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, 11-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. DB083073

Basher, Simon, and Dan Green. Music. Kingfisher, 2011. 64 p. (978-0753465950, pap.). Uses cartoon-style characters to explain basic concepts in music, discussing the basic characteristics of music, musical notation, musical instruments, and styles of music.

Bearn, Emily. Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011. 512 p. (978-0316075749, pap.). Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father. DB069483

Brezenoff, Steve. Museum Mysteries series. Stone Arch, 2015. 128 p. (ISBNs vary). Join four friends as they take in culture and solve crimes in the Capital City museums. Because of their parents’ jobs in the museums, the kids have unprecedented access to the exhibits, and because of their brains, they solve mysteries that leave even the pros scratching their heads.

Bright, Rachel. Love Monster and the Last Chocolate. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 32 p. (978-0374346904). After finding a box of chocolates, Love Monster weighs the pros and cons of sharing with his friends or keeping the candy for himself.

Brocket, Jane. Spiky, Slimy, Smooth. Millbrook, 2011. 30 p. (978-0761346142, lib. bdg.). Introduces the concept of texture and how it can be determined through touch, and identifies objects with different types of textures, including fluffy slippers, sticky jam, and spiky cacti.

Brooks, Susie. Get into Art series. Kingfisher, 2013-2015. (ISBNs vary). 32 p. This series introduces children to the world of art while encouraging budding artists to develop their own artistic abilities.

Bryant, Jennifer. A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2013. 40 p. (978-0375867125). Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career. BR020564, DB078033, DBC06433

Bunting, Eve. One Green Apple. Clarion, 2006. 32 p. (978-0618434770). While on a school field trip to an orchard to make cider, a young immigrant named Farah gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks perfectly complements the other students’ red apples.

Byng, Georgia. Molly Moon and the Monster Music. HarperCollins, 2013. 320 p. (978-0061661655, pap.). Molly confronts the powers of a magical coin that plays hypnotic music capable of turning listeners into monster slaves.

Carle, Eric. The Secret Birthday Message. Crowell, 1972. 32 p. (978-0690723472). By following the instructions in the coded message, Tim finds his birthday present.

Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Philomel, 1981. 32 p. (978-0399208539). Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. BR006130, BR012015, DB024609

Collins, Terry. Elvis. Capstone, 2011. 32 p. (978-1429662666). In graphic-novel format, this book explores the life of Elvis Presley and describes his return to stardom through his ’68 Comeback Special.

Cottin, Menena. The Black Book of Colors. Groundwood, 2008. 24 p. (978-0888998736). This title invites readers to imagine living without sight through remarkable illustrations done with raised lines and descriptions of colors based on imagery. Braille letters accompany the illustrations, and a full Braille alphabet offers sighted readers help reading along with their fingers.

Crane, Carol. D Is for Dancing Dragon. Sleeping Bear, 2009. 46 p. (978-1585364732, pap.). This A-to-Z children’s pictorial covers topics such as Beijing, the Dragon Dance, the Himalayan mountain range, Mongolians, and the giant panda. Each subject is introduced with a simple rhyme for younger readers. Expository text is also included for older readers.

Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Came Home. Philomel, 2015. 48 p. (978-0399172755). One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home.

Daywalt, Drew. The Day the Crayons Quit. Philomel, 2013. 40 p. (978-0399255373). When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. BR021007, DBC02465, DBC06099

Diggs, Taye. Chocolate Me! Feiwel & Friends, 2011. 40 p. (978-0312603267). A boy who wishes he could change his appearance to be more like the other kids changes his mind and begins to appreciate his individuality.

DK Publishing. Optical Illusions. DK Children, 2012. 32 p. (978-0756697891). An interactive volume featuring a variety of optical illusions.

Ehlert, Lois. Eating the Alphabet. HMH Books for Young Readers, 1996. 28 p. (978-0152010362, board book). An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.

Engle, Margarita. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015. 48 p. (978-0544102293). Follows a young Cuban girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums and that there’s never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters. BR021077

Fitzgerald, Stephanie. What is Texture? Crabtree, 2009. (978-0778751410, pap.). Introduces different kinds of texture and the ways they are used in art, and includes information on making a rubbing.

Franco. Dino-Mike and the Museum Mayhem. Stone Arch, 2015. 128 p. (978-1434296320, pap.). Everyone at the museum in New York is excited over the dinosaur eggs that Mike Evans found in Montana—the trouble is they are hatching and Mike will need the help of his mysterious and time-traveling friend Shannon to capture the dinosaurs before they wreck the museum.

Gerhard, Ana. Simply Fantastic: An Introduction to Classical Music. The Secret Mountain, 2014. 68 p. (978-2924217214). The words of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and others are introduced to children through the magical beings from legends and classic tales—gnomes, fairies, witches, goblins, elves, and wizards—that inspired the composers. Includes CD.

Golio, Gary. Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow. Clarion, 2010. 32 p. (978-0618852796). Before he became one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was a boy who loved to paint and listen to records, and who asked himself an unusual question: could someone paint pictures with sound?

Guidone, Thea. Drum City. Dragonfly, 2015. 32 p. (978-0553523508, pap.). A young boy begins banging on pots and pans in his front yard, enticing other children to join him, and before long the entire city is feeling the beat.

Johnson, Stephen T. Alphabet School. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. 32 p. (978-1416925217). Find the letters of the alphabet hidden in the shapes of familiar school objects.

Konigsburg, E.L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007. 176 p. (978-1416949756, pap.). Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 12-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself. BR009549, DB022914

Loh-Hagan, Virginia. Odor Tester. 45th Parallel, 2015. 32 p. (978-1634700269). Details the unusual job of an odor tester.

Loh-Hagan, Virginia. Sound Effects Artist. 45th Parallel, 2015. 32 p. (978-1634700290). An introduction to the job of a sound effects artist.

Lynch, Jay. Otto’s Orange Day. Toon, 2008. 40 p. (978-0979923821). After a genie fulfills Otto the cat’s wish by turning the whole world orange, Otto realizes that his favorite color is not the best color for everything.

Mack, Jeff. Look! Philomel, 2015. 32 p. (978-0399162053). Using only two words—“look” and “out”—Mack relates a story about an attention-loving gorilla, a television-loving boy, and a friendship that develops over books.

Malone, Marianne.The Sixty-Eight Rooms Adventures series. Multiple titles. Random House Books for Young Readers, 2010–2014. 256–288 p. (ISBNs vary). On a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago, two sixth graders discover a key that allows access to the miniature Thorne Rooms and the mystery, adventure, and magic that lie within. DB071789

Menchin, Scott. Grandma in Blue with Red Hat. Harry N. Abrams, 2015. 32 p. (978-1419714849). After his teacher says that anything can be in an art exhibition, and his fellow students give myriad reasons why something might belong in a museum, a child offers his special grandmother as an exhibit. But when the curator cites a rule against accepting grandmas, the child has a better idea.

Millman, Isaac. Moses Goes to a Concert. Square Fish, 2002. 40 p. (978-0374453664, pap.). Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra’s percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing the manual alphabet. BR012011

Myers, Walter Dean. Blues Journey. Holiday House, 2003. 48 p. (978-0823416134). The African experience in America is celebrated with a soulful, affecting blues poem that details the long journey from the Middle Passage to life today. Accompanied by Myers’s bold and powerful paintings, Blues Journey creates its own resonant music.

National Geographic Kids. Xtreme Illusions. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2012. 48 p. (978-1426310119). A collection of visual puzzles.

National Geographic Kids. Xtreme Illusions 2. National Geographic Children’s Books, 2015. 48 p. (978-1426319747). Further perplexing puzzles and mind-boggling illusions.

Nettleton, Pamela Hill. Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses. Picture Window, 2004. 24 p. (978-1404805088, pap.). An introduction to the five senses and the organs that perform the functions of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

Orgill, Roxane. Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald. Candlewick, 2010. 48 p. (978-0763617332). A biography of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.

Paul, Miranda. Whose Hands Are These? Millbrook, 2016. 32 p. (978-1467752145). Readers are invited to guess the occupation of a variety of community helpers, based on what their hands are busy doing.

Perkins, Al. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb. Random House Books for Young Readers, 1969. 28 p. (978-0394810768). Easy-to-read rhyming text describes what can be done on a drum with hand, fingers, and thumb.

Pinkney, Brian. Max Found Two Sticks. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1994. 40 p. (978-0671787769). Although he doesn’t feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hatboxes, and garbage cans.

Priceman, Marjorie. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. Dragonfly, 1996. 40 p. (978-0679880837, pap.). Since the market is closed, the reader is led around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. Includes recipe.

Raschka, Christopher. Five for a Little One. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006. (978-0689845994). With his singular flair and style, Raschka introduces a charming little bunny that, in turn, introduces young readers to counting and the five senses.

Rau, Dana Meachen. Soft and Smooth, Rough and Bumpy: A Book About Touch. Picture Window, 2005. 24 p. (978-1404810228, lib. bdg.). Provides examples and illustrations of touch, one of the five senses.

Reich, Susanna. Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles. Henry Holt, 2015. 40 p. (978-0805094589). Tells the story of four ordinary boys in postwar England who discover the power of music and become the Beatles.

Rissman, Rebecca. Hearing. Heinemann, 2010. 24 p. (978-1432936860, pap.). Learn about which different sounds people can hear, how people can keep their ears safe, and how hearing aids can help some people to hear.

Rissman, Rebecca. Seeing. Heinemann, 2010. 24 p. (978-1432936853, pap.). Learn about how people use their eyes to see, how they can keep their eyes safe, how some people need help to see, and how some people cannot see at all.

Rissman, Rebecca. Smelling. Heinemann, 2010. 24 p. (978-1432936877, pap.). Learn about how the nose can smell different scents and how smells can be dangerous.

Rissman, Rebecca. Tasting. Heinemann, 2010. 24 p. (978-1432936891, pap.). Learn about how the mouth and nose sense different flavors.

Rissman, Rebecca. Touching. Heinemann, 2010. 24 p. (978-1432936884, pap.). Learn about how nerves under the skin help people feel different things.

Robertson, Robbie, et. al. Legends, Icons and Rebels: Music That Changed the World. Tundra, 2013. 128 p. (978-1770495715). A tribute to more than two dozen legendary music artists— from Ray Charles and Bob Dylan to Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash—who significantly influenced the landscape of music for generations to come. Includes two CDs.

Rosen, Michael J. and Ben Kassoy. Weird Jobs. Lerner, 2013. 32 p. (978-0761389835). Details a variety of unusual jobs, including that of an odor tester.

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Duck! Rabbit! Chronicle, 2009. 40 p. (978-0811868655). Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck.

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Walter Was Worried. Square Fish, 2006. 40 p. (978-1596431966, pap.). Children’s faces, depicted with letters of the alphabet, react to the onset of a storm and its aftermath in this picture book, accompanied by simple alliterative text.

Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck. Scholastic, 2011. 608 p. (978-0545027892). Having lost his mother and his hearing in a short time, 12-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City. There, he meets Rose, who is also longing for something missing from her life. Ben’s story is told in words, Rose’s in pictures. DB074157

Sias, Ryan. Sniff! Sniff! Harry N. Abrams, 2015. 32 p. (978-1419714900). Illustrations and minimal text reveal the thoughts of an energetic puppy as he busily sniffs his way in and around the house, and the reader can guess where the pup will be going when the page is turned.

Staake, Bob. The Red Lemon. Dragonfly, 2012. 32 p. (978-0307978462). Farmer McPhee’s yellow lemons are ready to be picked and made into lemonade, pies, and muffins, but when a red lemon is found in the crop and discarded, it eventually yields some surprises. DBC05102

VanHecke, Susan. Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’: A History of American Musical Instrument Makers. Boyds Mills, 2011. 140 p. (978-1590785744). From Steinway’s pianos, Bob Moog’s synthesizers, and C.G. Conn’s band instruments to Avedis Zildjian’s cymbals, William Ludwig’s drums, C.F. Martin’s guitars, and more, noted music writer VanHecke offers a fascinating insider’s view of the personalities and perseverance that led to some of music’s most important innovations—from classical to jazz to rock.

Viers, Ric. The Sound Effects Bible. Michael Wiese, 2008. 326 p. (978-1932907483, pap.). An in-depth guide to creating, recording, and editing sound effects.

Weingartner, Fannia. Miniature Rooms. Art Institute of Chicago, 2009. 184 p. (978-0300141597). Full-color views of all 68 of the Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago and information on their creation.

Winter, Jonah. How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz. Roaring Brook, 2015. 32 p. (978-1596439634). An original, jazz-infused spin on the life of famed musician Jelly Roll Morton.

Young, Ed. Seven Blind Mice. Puffin, 2002. 40 p. (978-0698118959, pap.). In this retelling of the Indian fable, seven blind mice discover different parts of an elephant and argue about its appearance. Spanish edition: Siete ratones ciegos. Ediciones Ekare, 2010. (978-9802572557). BR008960


Disney. Disney Karaoke: Frozen. Sing along with the songs from Disney’s Frozen. Includes nine songs, music videos, and the option to create a gallery of performances.

Grabbit. Karaoke for Kids. Includes a variety of familiar songs, such as “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” and “I’m a Little Teapot.”

The Jim Henson Company. Sid the Science Kid Read & Play. Includes a range of science content, including an “I Sense” game and a “What’s That Smell?” storybook.


You will need permission to show any film at your library. If permission is not available for a particular film you’d like to highlight, consider including it as part of a display, along with books and other materials, or adding it to a list of recommended materials available for checkout.

Burton, Tim, director. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Warner Bros., 2005. 115 min. (PG)

Levy, Shawn, director. Night at the Museum. 20th Century Fox, 2006. 109 min. (PG)

Web Resources

Braille Bug: The Name Game. This site will translate your name into Braille.

KidsHealth: Eyes. This online video explores how eyes work. Links on the page lead to further reading and activities about sight.

KidsHealth: What Are Taste Buds? Detailed information on how taste buds work. Available in print and as an online audio recording in both English and Spanish.

KidsHealth: Your Ears. Detailed information on the parts of the ear and the mechanics of hearing. Available in print and as an online audio recording.

KidsHealth: Your Nose. Detailed information on the mechanics of smelling. Available in print and as an online audio recording in both English and Spanish.

Squishy Circuits. Instructions and supply information for creating circuits using homemade dough.

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Barnett, Mac. Oh no! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World). Disney-Hyperion, 2010. 40 p. (978-1423123125). After winning the science fair with the giant robot she has built, a little girl realizes that there is a major problem.

Barretta, Gene. Neo Leo. Henry Holt, 2009. 40 p. (978-0805087031). Cleverly shows how Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas foreshadowed modern inventions. At once an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist, da Vinci wrote and drew detailed descriptions of what would later become hang gliders, automobiles, robots, and much more.

Barretta, Gene. Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin. Henry Holt, 2006. 36 p. (978-0805079173). Present an introduction to the inventions of Benjamin Franklin, one of the nation’s most beloved figures, who is credited with introducing bifocals, daylight savings time, lightning rods, and post offices. BR017002, BRC00851

Barretta, Gene. Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives. Henry Holt, 2012. 40 p. (978-0805091083). Shares a portrait of the inventor famed for such innovations as the incandescent light bulb, batteries, and movie cameras, exploring his life-changing achievements and perseverance in the face of numerous failures.

Bloch, Serge. 3, 2, 1 … DRAW! Wide Eyed Editions, 2016. 80 p. (978-1847807748, pap.). This activity book invites readers to reimagine everyday objects.

Brown, Jordan D. Science Stunts: Fun Facts of Physics. Imagine, 2016. 80 p. (978-1623540647). Dr. Dazzleberry narrates this high-action book of magic tricks based in physics concepts, such as gravity, inertia, and more.

Dávila, Claudia. Luz Makes a Splash. Kids Can, 2012. 96 p. (978-1554537624). When the city restricts water usage, Luz, with her friends and neighbors, strive to conserve and reuse what little water they have access to and protest the new soda factory using the springwater at a nearby pond.

Elhert, Lois. RRRalph. Beach Lane, 2011. 40 p. (978-1442413054). The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying words such as roof, rough, bark, and wolf. DBC05433

Frazee, Marla. Roller Coaster. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006. 32 p. (978-0152057442, pap.). Twelve people set aside their readers and ride a roller coaster, including one who has never done so before.

Gibbons, Gail. How a House Is Built. Holiday House, 1996. 30 p. (978-0823412327, pap.) Describes how the surveyor, heavy machinery operators, carpenter crew, plumbers, and other workers build a house.

Gordon, Dan. Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. 48 p. (978-1416924418). Adorable animals operate machinery and tools while taking on a bully.

Green, Dan. Physics: Why Matter Matters! Kingfisher, 2008. 128 p. (978-0753462140, pap.). Mixes science and art to bring the world of physics to life, with a gaggle of wacky characters to explain the building blocks of our universe.

Harris, Nicholas. A Year at a Construction Site. First Avenue, 20009. 24 p. (978-1580137959, pap.). Spend 12 months following the construction of a school building.

Henkes, Kevin. Penny and Her Marble. Greenwillow, 2013. 48 p. (978-006208053, pap.) 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. BR019841

Heos, Bridget. Let’s Meet a Construction Worker. Millbrook Press Trade, 2013. 24 p. (978-1467707992, pap.). A class takes a field trip to a construction site, where the students learn about techniques, machinery, and safety.

Horvath, James. Build, Dogs, Build: A Tall Tail. HarperCollins, 2013. 40 p. (978-0062189677). The doggy construction crew returns for an ambitious development project involving the demolition of an old building and the construction of a new high-rise with a shiny pet-house apartment on top.

Isabella, Jude. The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle. Kids Can, 2015. 32 p. (978-1771380232). This nonfiction picture book tells the story of a bicycle that finds new life after traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to West Africa.

Kamkwamba, William, and Bryan Mealer. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. Dial, 2015. 304 p. (978-0803740808). In this memoir adapted for young readers, Kamkwamba describes the drought that struck his tiny village in Malawi, his subsequent interest in science, and his idea to build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, his windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land. DB072673

Kilby, Don. At a Construction Site. Kids Can, 2006. 24 p. (978-1553379874, pap.). Simple text and detailed illustrations introduce the vehicles found at a construction site.

Krull, Kathleen. The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009. 40 p. (978-0375845611). This picture-book biography explains how Farnsworth held on to his dream to develop television and the scientific concepts behind it. DB071538

McCarthy, Meghan. Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, 2010. 40 p. (978-1416979708). Full of fun historical facts, the books is the true story of how bubblegum was invented. DB071676

Munsch, Robert. The Paper Bag Princess. Annick, 1980. 32 p. (978-0920236161, pap.). Princess Elizabeth is set to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald-who is less than pleased by her un-princess-like appearance.

Murphy, Sally. Toppling. Candlewick, 2012. 128 p. (978-0763659219). All John cares about is setting the world record for knocking down dominoes and spending time with his best friends at school, until his closest friend, Dom, is hospitalized, leaving John and the gang wondering what to do for him.

O’Connor, Jane. Nancy Cleary, Super Sleuth. HarperCollins, 2013. 144 p. (978-0062084194, pap.). When their teacher’s prized blue marble goes missing, Nancy and her best friend are on the case. BR019820

Otfinoski, Steven. Recycling and Upcycling: Science, Technology, Engineering. C. Press/F. Watts Trade, 2016. 64 p. (978-0531232200, pap.). From leftover food to packaging materials to outdated or broken technology, humans produce an enormous amount of waste. Readers will find out how some of today’s top innovators are working to find new recycling methods and cut down on the amount of trash in landfills. They will also learn how recycling has grown in popularity over time and find out what kinds of careers are involved in this rapidly growing industry.

Paul, Miranda. One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia. Millbrook, 2015. 32 p. (978-1467716086). Plastic bags are cheap and easy to use. But what happens when a bag breaks or is no longer needed? In Njau, Gambia, people simply dropped the bags and went on their way. One plastic bag became two. Then 10. Then 100.

Piven, Hanoch. Let’s Make Faces. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. 40 p. (978-1416915324). Learn how to find faces in unexpected places using everyday objects.

Piven, Hanoch. My Dogs Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. 40 p. (978-0375840524). A young girl draws a family portrait, then makes it more accurate by adding common objects to show aspects of each family member’s personality, such as her father’s playfulness, her mother’s sweetness, and her brother’s strength.

Portis, Antoinette. Not a Box. HarperCollins, 2006. 32 p. (978-0061123221). To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.

Portis, Antoinette. Not a Stick. HarperCollins, 2007. 32 p. (978-0061123252). An imaginative young pig shows some of the many things that a stick can be.

Reynolds, Paul A. Sydney and Simon Go Green! Charlesbridge, 2015. 48 p. (978-1580896771). After discovering that a green sea turtle was harmed by plastic in the ocean, twin mice Sydney and Simon come up with a creative campaign to increase recycling and reduce the amount of trash created in their home, school, and town.

Ross, Kathy. Earth-Friendly Crafts: Clever Ways to Reuse Everyday Items. Millbrook, 2011. 48 p. (978-0761374091, pap.) Suggests a variety of crafty ways to reuse everyday items.

Rusch, Elizabeth. Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World. Candlewick, 2015. 56 p. (978-0763679781). Here is the story of the ambitious young man who brought life-changing ideas to America, despite the obstructive efforts of his hero-turned rival, Thomas Edison. From using alternating current to light up the Chicago World’s Fair to harnessing Niagara Falls to electrify New York City and beyond, Nikola Tesla was a revolutionary ahead of his time. Remote controls, fluorescent lights, X-rays, speedometers, cell phones, and even the radio, all resulted from Nikola Tesla’s inventions.

Scheuenemann, Pam. Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts.Mighty Media Junior Readers, 2013. 144 p. (978-1938063183, pap.) Step-by-step illustrated instructions for a variety of crafts involving repurposed materials.

Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! Puffin, 1996. 32 p. (978-0140544510, pap.) The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pics.

Sharpe, Luke. Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Invisible Inventor. Simon Spotlight, 2016. 160 p. (978-1481461962, pap.) Billy has been working on an invisibility invention for years, but another inventor claims to have come up with one first.

Smith, Tamara Ellis. Another Kind of Hurricane. Schwartz & Wade, 2015. 336 p. (978-0553511932). The world itself seems to bring together Henry, whose best friend died near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and Zavion, who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, so that the boys can help each other heal.

Tafolla, Carmen. What Can You Do with a Paleta?/¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta? Dragonfly, 2014. 32 p. (978-0385755375, pap.) A young Mexican girl celebrates the paleta, an icy fruit treat, and the many roles it plays in her barrio.

Tafolla, Carmen. What Can You Do with a Rebozo?/¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo? Tricycle, 2009. 32 p. A spunky young Mexican American girl explains the many uses of her mother’s red rebozo, or long scarg.

Thimmesh, Catherine. Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2002. 64 p. (978-0618195633, pap.). Tells the story of how women throughout the ages have responded to situations confronting them in daily life by inventing such items as correction fluid, space helmets, and disposable diapers. DB052628

Wallace, Karen. Big Machines. DK Children, 2000. 32 p. (978-0789454119, pap.). Demonstrates how the crane, bulldozer, dump truck, and other construction machines all play a part in building a new park.

Williams, Marcia. Hooray for Inventors! Candlewick, 2013. 40 p. (978-0763667498, pap.) With cartoon-style illustrations and easily digestible snippets of information, Williams provides the back story on a range of inventions, including the radio, the television, windshield wipers, and teddy bears.

Web Resources

Caine’s Arcade. Videos and information about Caine’s Arcade, a cardboard game arcade built by a nine-year-old in Los Angeles.

Confetti Launcher. Step-by-step instructions for an open-ended confetti-launcher invention project.

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Great Resources for Teens

The following resource lists were created by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) for use in support of the 2017 Summer Reading Program at public libraries.

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Airey, David. LOGO Design Love: A Guide to Creating Iconic Brand Identities. Peachpit, 2014. 240 p. (978-0321985200, pap.). Based on his popular blog, graphic designer David Airey reviews logos and identifies the best practices for designing a brand.

Ali, Nujood, with Delphine Minoui. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. Broadway, 2010. 188 p. (978-0307589675, pap.). This book shares the story of a 10-year-old Yemeni girl who defied her country’s traditions by fighting for a divorce.

Alifirenka, Caitlin, and Martin Ganda with Liz Welch. I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. 400 p. (978-0316241311). Seventh grader Caitlin chose a pen pal from Zimbabwe; Martin was one of the few students in his class to receive a pen pal letter. What follows is a correspondence that spans six years and changes multiple lives. IN PROCESS

Avi. Nothing but the Truth. Scholastic, 2010. 208 p. (978-0545174152, pap.). Kept from joining the track team because he is failing English, ninth grader Philip attempts to get transferred out of class by humming during the national anthem but winds up the center of national attention instead. BR009114, DB035549

Bardugo, Leigh. Six of Crows. Henry Holt, 2015. 480 p. (978-1627792127). This fantasy is set in Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. DB082683

Blumenthal, Karen. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different. Square Fish, 2012. 320 p. (978-1250014450, pap.). This biography explores the complicated and legendary man, while simultaneously following the evolution of computers. The narrative is framed by Jobs’s inspirational Stanford commencement speech. BR019918, DB076396

Bordessa, Kris. Team Challenges: 170 Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication, and Creativity.Chicago Review, 2005. 256 p. (978-1569762011, pap.). This resource is designed to offer teachers, facilitators, and parents a variety of activities designed to cultivate problem-solving skills while fostering cooperation between group members.

Bradley, John Ed. Call Me by My Name. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015. 288 p. (978-1442497948, pap.). Tater Henry has experienced racism firsthand, growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s. However, he develops a friendship with Rodney, who is white, and their football skills make their team nearly unstoppable. But when Rodney sees Tater growing closer to his sister, their friendship is challenged.

Burcaw, Shane. Laughing at My Nightmare. Roaring Brook, 2014. 256 p. (978-1626720077). Shane Burcaw describes the challenges he faces as a 21-year-old with muscular atrophy. He presents everyday issues that teens will find relatable, but he also offers an eye-opening perspective about what it is like to have a life-threatening disease. BR020816, DB081567

Calame, Don. Beat the Band. Candlewick, 2011. 400 p. (978-0763656638, pap.). In this comedy, tenth grader Coop has been paired with the infamous “Hot Dog” Helen for a health class presentation on safe sex. The only way to recover his social standing is to win the Battle of the Bands competition with his musically challenged group. DB073340

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game. Turtleback, 2000. 384 p. (978-0808586166). Earth is under attack. An alien species is poised for a final assault. The survival of humanity depends on a military genius who can defeat the aliens. Ender Wiggin is brilliant, ruthless, and cunning, a tactical and strategic master—and a child. Recruited for military training by the world government, Ender’s childhood ends the moment he enters his new home: Battle School. DB022934

Carr, Annaleise, as told to Deborah Ellis. Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer. James Lorimer, 2014. 144 p. (978-1459406315, pap.). At 14 years old, Annaleise Carr became the youngest person to swim across Lake Ontario. Eight months of planning, training, and collecting donations were done to raise money for Camp Trillium, a camp charity for children with cancer.

DePrince, Michaela, with Elaine DePrince. Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Ember, 2016. 256 p. (978-0385755146, pap.). At the age of 17, Michaela DePrince became the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has overcome challenges that include living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone and prejudice about her ethnicity and dance capabilities.

Dominy, Amy Fellner. OyMG. Walker, 2011. 246 p. (978-0802721778). Ellie will do almost anything, including hiding her Jewish heritage, to win a scholarship to attend Benedict’s High School, which has the best speech program in the country.

Douglas, Gabrielle, with Michelle Burford. Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith. Zonderkidz, 2013. 224 p. (978-0310740674, pap.). Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas tells the story of her perseverance, training, and faith as she worked to become a member of the US gymnastics team and participate in the 2012 Olympics. DB076347

Farley, Terri. Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015. 208 p. (978-0544392946). Young activists seek to protect mustangs and preserve an icon of the American West in this introduction to the wild horses of America, their history, and the dangers they currently face.

Farwell, Nick. Minecraft: Redstone Handbook. Scholastic, 2015. 96 p. (978-0545823241). A guide to playing the game Minecraft, with a focus on Redstone, including mining, smelting, and using repeaters and circuits.

Flanagan, John. Brotherband: The Outcasts. Puffin, 2012. 464 p. (978-0142421949, pap.). Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as play.

Flanagan, John A. The Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan. Puffin, 2006. 288 p. (978-0142406632, pap.). When 15-year-old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes a reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition. Doubleday, 1995. 340 p. (978-0385473781). This translation of Frank’s diary includes original material about her emerging sexuality and her relationship with her mother, which was omitted from the 1947 edition by her father, the only family member to survive the Holocaust. BR010113, DB040424

Gallo, Carmine. Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2015. 288 p. (978-1250061539, pap.). Public-speaking coach Gallo interviews the most popular TED (technology, entertainment, and design) presenters to get their insights into the secrets of a successful TED presentation. BR020865, DB081734

Goldberg, Daniel, and Linus Larsson. Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game That Changed Everything. Seven Stories, 2015. 304 p. (978-1609805753). This is the biography of Markus Persson, the creator of the wildly successful game Minecraft. This updated edition includes information about the sale of Minecraft to Microsoft.

Gupta, Arun, and Aditya Gupta. Minecraft Modding with Forge: A Family-Friendly Guide to Building Fun Mods in Java. O’Reilly Media, 2015. 192 p. (978-1491918890, pap.). A family-friendly guide aimed at teaching kids and their parents how to create mods for the game Minecraft.

Guthals, Sarah, Stephen Foster, and Lindsey Handley. Minecraft Modding for Kids for Dummies. For Dummies, 2015. 320 p. (978-1119050049, pap.). A guidebook for enhancing Minecraft using modifications, or “mods.” Teaches some basic coding.

Hamilton, Bethany, with Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. MTV, 2006. 240 p. (978-1416503460, pap.). Hamilton, a teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003, shares the story of her attack and her return to surfing. BR019783, DB059485

Heath, Chip, and Dan Heath. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Random House, 2007. 291 p. (978-1400064281). What makes for a compelling narrative, and why is it that some stories just stick with people? This book examines what makes certain stories memorable. DB072597

Hoose, Phillip. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. 160 p. (978-0374302368). Alabama teenager Claudette Colvin played an integral role in the Montgomery bus strike, months before Rosa Parks took her stand, but was largely forgotten by history. BR018681, DB068732

Humphreys, Jessica Dee, and Michel Chikwanine. Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. Kids Can, 2015. 48 p. (978-1771381260). Michel is like many other five-year-olds: he has a loving family, and he spends his days going to school and playing soccer with friends. In 1993, the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Michel lives, is suffering extreme instability. One afternoon, Michel and his friends are kidnapped by rebel militants and forced to become soldiers. This inspiring true story tells of his time as a child soldier, his escape, and the aftermath.

Kamkwamba, William, and Bryan Mealer. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. William Morrow, 2010. 320 p. (978-0061730337, pap.). The story of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba, an African teen whose village was hit by a drought. Without enough money for food or school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his community. DB072673

Kamkwamba, William, and Bryan Mealer. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition. Dial, 2015. 304 p. (978-0803740808). In this memoir adapted for young readers, Kamkwamba describes the drought that struck his village in Malawi, his interest in science, and his idea to build a windmill out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts.

Kanefield, Teri. The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement. Harry N. Abrams, 2014. 56 p. (978-1419707964). In 1951, teenager Barbara Rose Johns organized a peaceful protest to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia. Her school’s case was part of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. DB079529

Kidd, Chip. Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design. Workman, 2013. 160 p. (978-0761172192). An introduction to graphic design in which the author explores the ways in which we communicate our ideas to the world. Examples of design theory and covers are used throughout.

Kidd, Chip. Judge This. Simon & Schuster/Ted, 2015. 144 p. (978-1476784786). Kidd presents a day in the life of a designer, viewing the world around him, and the ways design impacts our daily lives.

Knight, Choly. Craft Projects for Minecraft and Pixel Art Fans: 15 Fun, Easy-to-Make Projects. Fox Chapel, 2014. 64 p. (978-1574219661, pap.). A wide selection of Minecraft-inspired projects that include knitting, duct tape, paper crafting, costumes, and plushies.

Lewis, John, and Andrew Aydin. March: Book One. Top Shelf, 2013. 128 p. (978-1603093002, pap.). The story of civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis’s life, told in a graphic-novel format. This first book focuses on his childhood and earlier years in the Civil Rights Movement.

Lewis, John, and Andrew Aydin. March: Book Two. Top Shelf Productions, 2015. 192 p. (978-1603094009, pap.). Civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis’s life, told in a graphic novel format. The second book focuses on the Congress of Racial Equality and closes with the September 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Lo, Malinda. Adaptation. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. 416 p. (978-0316197984, pap.). Reese and her debate partner, David, find themselves in the midst of a government conspiracy after a mysterious car crash in the middle of Nevada.

Lowery, Lynda Blackmon. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March. Dial, 2015. 128 p. (978-0803741232). Lynda Blackmon Lowery was the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. She was jailed 11 times before her 15th birthday and fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the rights of African Americans in nonviolent protests. DB081677

Lyga, Barry. Hero Type. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2009. 312 p. (978-0547248776, pap.). Kevin has been called a hero since he saved a girl from being murdered, even if it was just being in the right place at the right time. But when he’s seen removing patriotic ribbons from his car bumper, the town and media turn on him.

Magoon, Kekla. How It Went Down. Square Fish, 2015. 352 p. (978-1250068231, pap.). Tariq Johnson, a black 16-year-old, is shot down by Jack Franklin, who is white. Multiple voices tell what happened. BR020666, DB080691

McAllister, Jenn. Really Professional Internet Person. Scholastic Nonfiction, 2015. 240 p. (978-0545861120, pap.). Both an insider’s guide to building a successful YouTube channel and an intimate portrait of the surreality of insta-fame and the harsh reality of high school, this book features top 10 lists, photos, screenshots, social media posts, and never-before-posted stories chronicling Jenn’s journey from an anxious middle-schooler just trying to fit in to a YouTube sensation unafraid to stand out.

McNeil, Gretchen. Get Even. Blazer  Bray, 2014. 400 p. (978-0062260857, pap.). Four high school girls seem to have nothing in common, but that’s only what they want you to think. As members of DGM (Don’t Get Mad), they form a secret society that takes revenge on behalf of bullied students. When one of their targets winds up dead, the girls must find the killer.

Meany, John, and Kate Shuster. Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades. International Debate Education Association, 2005. 188 p. (978-1932716023, pap.). An introductory text for students participating in debates and public speaking.

Milton, Stephanie. Minecraft: Combat Handbook. Scholastic, 2015. 96 p. (978-0545823234). A guide to playing the game Minecraft, with a focus on combat skills against hostile monsters and other players.

Milton, Stephanie, Paul Soares Jr., and Jordan Maron. Minecraft: Essential Handbook. Scholastic, 2015. 96 p. (978-0545823265). A guide to playing the game Minecraft.

Morgan, Kass. The 100. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014. 336 p. (978-0316234498, pap.). When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world. DB077217

Myers, Walter Dean. The Cruisers. Scholastic, 2011. 144 p. (978-0439916332, pap.). When their school’s eighth-grade class is divided into Union and Confederate sympathizers for a project, Zander and his friends are charged with negotiating a peace settlement. DB072019

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. Amistad, 2004. 281 p. (978-0064407311, pap.). Sixteen-year-old Steven Harmon tells his story from inside a jail cell, imagining his trial as a movie script. Is he really the monster the prosecution depicts him as, responsible for a murder? BR012515, DB056569

Needler, Matthew, and Phil Southam. Minecraft: Construction Handbook. Scholastic, 2015. 96 p. (978-0545823258). A guide to playing the game Minecraft, with a focus on crafting anything from amazing buildings to hilarious inventions.

Nelson, Pete. Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2003. 201 p. (9780385730914, pap.). In 1998, 11-year-old Hunter Scott began to uncover the truth behind an historic World War II naval disaster, the 1945 sinking of the USS Indianapolis.

Partridge, Elizabeth. Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary. Viking Books for Young Readers, 2009. 80 p. (978-0670011896). A photo-essay on the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, showing the essential role played by young people during the movement. BR019077, DB070496

Perkins, Mitali, ed. Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices. Candlewick, 2013. 144 p. (978-0763658663). A collection of stories about race told by an ensemble of multicultural authors. IN PROCESS

Quart, Alissa. Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers. Basic, 2003. 256 p. (978-0738206646, pap.). Quart examines the ways companies market to teens and the disturbing trends in how teens buy into that marketing.

Ragsdale, Susan, and Ann Saylor. Great Group Games: 175 Boredom-Busting, Zero-Prep Team Builders for All Ages. Search Institute, 2007. 228 p. (978-1574821963, pap.). This sourcebook offers icebreakers, games, and reflection activities. It provides instructions for staging meaningful, fun interactions that encourage participants to think. Games are organized in sections identifying various stages of group building, ranging from establishing foundational relationships and building of them to transitions and celebrations.

Rawl, Paige, with Ali Benjamin. Positive: A Memoir. HarperCollins, 2014. 288 p. (978-0062342515). Paige’s life changed when, in middle school, she disclosed that she was HIV-positive. It didn’t matter that she was an honor roll student and a cheerleader, or that she was born with the disease. The bullying began almost immediately. This memoir tells the story of surviving these experiences and becoming a force for positive change in the world.

Reynolds, Garr. Presentation Zen Design: A Simple Visual Approach to Presenting in Today’s World. New Riders, 2013. 277 p. (978-0321934154, pap.). Explores the principles of design and how they can be used in making an effective PowerPoint presentation.

Reynolds, Jason, and Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, 2015. 320 p. (978-1481463331). Told in alternating voices by two teenage boys, one black and one white. Rashad is falsely accused of theft and becomes the victim of police brutality. Quinn witnesses the attack, carried out by his mentor. Both boys question how to react and respond to this violent, racist act. DB083370

Roam, Dan. Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations. Portfolio, 2014. 272 p. (978-1591846857). Learn presentation techniques, including understanding your audience, organizing your content, building a clear story line, and creating effective visuals.

Rodriguez, Gaby, with Jenna Glatzer. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 240 p. (978-1442446236, pap.). Rodriguez shares her experience growing up in the shadow of lowered expectations, detailing how she was able to fake a pregnancy, and reveals what she learned from her experience.

Romero, Jordan, with Linda LeBlanc. No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. 368 p. (978-1481432764, pap.). At the age of 13, Jordan Romero became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At 15, he had reached the summits of the world’s seven highest mountains. Now 17, Romero tells how he trained and worked to make this dream come true.

Sawyer, Kim Vogel. Katy’s Debate. Zondervan, 2010. 208 p. (978-0310719236, pap.). Katy struggles to find her place in a new school and also plans to get rid of the woman her father has started dating. Using the skills she’s learning in debate club, she tries to end her father’s relationship.

Schneider, Robyn. The Beginning of Everything. Katherine Tegen, 2014. 352 p. (978-0062217141, pap.). Ezra’s life changes when he is seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident at the end of his junior year of high school. Now that he’s a senior and his disability keeps him from continuing tennis, he joins the debate team with an old friend.

Shabazz, Ilyasah, with Kekla Magoon. X: A Novel. Candlewick, 2015. 384 p. (978-0763669676). A fictionalized retelling of the early years of the boy who would become Malcolm X, as told by his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, with author Kekla Magoon. DB081938

Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Roaring Brook, 2014. 208 p. (978-1596437968). The Port Chicago 50 was a group of African American sailors who were convicted of mutiny after refusing to load ammunition after an accidental explosion destroyed an entire port and killed more than 300 soldiers. Sheinkin reveals the deep-running racism in the military and the pivotal role this case played in helping to end military segregation. DB078386

Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin Teen, 2016. 416 p. (978-0373212040, pap.). Set in Virginia in 1959, this is the story of two girls, one white and one black. Sarah Dunbar and Linda Hairston come from opposite sides of the Civil Rights Movement, but when Jefferson High School is integrated, they are forced to work together on a school project.

Toone, Matthew. Great Games! 175 Games and Activities for Families, Groups and Children. Mullerhaus, 2009. 192 p. (978-0979834554, pap.). This book offers a variety of indoor and outdoor games for children, teens, and adults. Additional instructions add twists to classic game play.

Tougas, Shelley. Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration. Compass Point, 2011. 64 p. (978-0756545123, pap.). Examines an iconic image of the Civil Rights Movement: Elizabeth Eckford trying to enter an integrated Arkansas high school while a sneering, angry mob surrounds her.

van der Vlugt, Ron. Logo Life: Life Histories of 100 Famous Logos. BIS, 2012. 224 p. (978-9063692605). This book examines the history and evolution of many well-known company logos, including those of Coca-Cola, Walmart, Nike, and Google.

Van Wagenen, Maya. Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence. Speak, 2015. 272 p. (978-0147512543, pap.). Though she’d regularly been stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, Maya decided to start her eighth-grade year following a popularity guide from the 1950s.

Watson, Renée. This Side of Home. Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, 2015. 336 p. (978-1599906683). Maya and Nikki are sisters and will soon be starting their senior year of high school. When gentrification begins to change their neighborhood, they find themselves forced to blend their ethnic and cultural identities with the new, incoming community.    BR020837, DB081902

Wiltshire, Alex. Minecraft: Blockopedia. Scholastic, 2015. 312 p. (978-0545820110). This unusually shaped book, bound to resemble a Minecraft block, is a collection of information about every kind of block you can find in the game.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. Nancy Paulsen, 2014. 352 p. (978-0399252518). Woodson tells the story of her youth in free verse, beginning with her birth in 1963, during the Civil Rights Movement. She recounts racial discrimination, her family, and her discovery of joy in writing. BR020541, DB080026

Yousafzai, Malala, with Christina Lamb. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Back Bay, 2015. 368 p. (978-0316322423). When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai stood up for her right to get an education. On October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price, when she was shot at point-blank range. Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. DB077454, DB080951 (Spanish Edition)

Yousafzai, Malala, with Patricia McCormick. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition). Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014. 240 p. (978-0316327930). In this adaptation of Yousafzai’s memoir for young readers, the Nobel Peace Prize winner recounts her time at home and at school and discusses the impact of the Taliban presence in Pakistan. DB079878


Atchison, Doug, director. Akeelah and the Bee. Lions Gate Films, 2006. 112 min. (PG). A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee.

Berlin, Elliot, and Joe Fab, directors. Paper Clips. Virgil Films & Entertainment, 2004. 82 min. (G). In this documentary, as a part of their study of the Holocaust, the children of the Whitwell Middle School (TN) try to collect six million paper clips to represent the six million Jews killed by the Nazis.

Dellamaggiore, Katie, director. Brooklyn Castle. Millennium, 2012. 101 min. (PG). Imagine a school where the cool kids are the chess team! Welcome to I.S. 318. This documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at an inner-city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country.

Guggenheim, Davis, director. He Named Me Malala. Fox Searchlight, 2015. 88 min. (PG-13). A look at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for speaking out on girls’ education. The film follows the aftermath, including Malala’s speech to the United Nations.

Hosoda, Mamoru, director. Summer Wars. FUNimation Entertainment, 2009. 114 min. (PG). Kenji spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has—until an encounter with the girl of his dreams leads to the virtual adventure of a lifetime.

Ikuhara, Kunihiko, director. Revolutionary Girl Utena. He Anime Network, 1997. Various runtimes. (TV-14). In this TV series, Utena discovers a secret society at Ohtori Academy, based off of dueling for the girl known as the Rose Bride.

Kishi, Seiji, director. Assassination Classroom. Fuji Television Network, 2015. Various runtimes. (TV-14). In this TV series, a group of students, the worst in their school, have been assigned to assassinate a mysterious, powerful creature before he destroys the world in one year’s time. Unfortunately, he’s also their teacher.

LaGravenese, Richard, director. Freedom Writers. Paramount, 2007. 123 min. (PG-13). In this movie adaptation of a true story, Hilary Swank stars as a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they’ve always needed—a voice.

Levitt, Jonathan Goodman, director. Follow the Leader. Changeworx, 2012. 120 min. (Not Rated). Ben, D.J., and Nick are conservative teens who want to be president someday. This documentary examines three life-changing years, where they split into Republican, Democratic, and independent camps as each discovers what he truly believes—and which path he’ll follow into the future.

McNamara, Sean, director. Soul Surfer. Affirm Films, 2011. 106 min. (PG). This film is based on the true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again.

Morita, Hiroyuki, director. Bokura no. Gonzo, 2007. Various runtimes. (Not Rated). In this TV series, 15 middle school students agree to test-drive a game involving giant robots, only to discover that it’s not a game at all. The robots feed on the life force of their pilots, who are in turn needed to protect the world.

Shinbo, Akiyuki. Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Shaft, 2011. Various runtimes. (TV-14). In this dark TV series, Madoka is a sweet but naive girl who just wants to help her friends. When a mysterious creature called Kyubey offers her power in exchange for a contract, she must decide between taking it, like her mentor, Mami Tomoe, and following the advice of a strange new girl at school and staying away from Kyubey.

Weir, Peter, director. Dead Poets Society. Touchstone, 1989. 128 min. (PG). Robin Williams stars as a teacher who inspires his students to live their lives to the fullest and to seize the day. But when tragedy strikes, his lessons are put to the test.

Web Resources

#ACT4TEENS: The Inclusive Library: More Than a Diverse Collection: Part 1. Blog entry on developing cultural competency in the library, with resources on how to build and use a diverse collection.

5 Things You Should Know About Racism. MTV News Decoded’s Franchesca Ramsey defines and explains racism and how to discuss it.

6 Young Adult Fantasy Book Maps to Love. Highlights six maps from young adult fantasy books.

21st Century Icebreakers: 13 Ways to Get to Know Your Students with Technology. Ideas for using technology to help teens learn about each other, ranging from creating a short podcast to researching birth- date history to designing avatars.

25 Best Adobe Illustrator Tutorials for Logo Design. An extensive list of tutorials based off of existing logo designs.

25 Tutorials on How to Design a Logo in Photoshop. Links to tutorials for logo design using Adobe Photoshop.

The Art of Conversation Talking Game. These conversation cards can be used in several different game formats.

Battledecks. A guide to running a Battledecks event, with rules and slide decks.

Battledecks: It’s Not Just for Librarians! A blog entry on using BattleDecks in a classroom setting. The teacher altered the BattleDeck process, asking students to build slide shows for a history lesson.

Connect, Create, Collaborate, Craft! A Teen Tech Week Post Mortem: Minecraft in the Library. Various technology options for setting up a Minecraft program in different types of public libraries.

Contemporary Biographies, Autobiographies and Memoirs for Teens. A list of recommended contemporary biographies written for teens, as provided by

Cultural Competence. The YALSA Cultural Competence Task Force’s wiki, with articles, reports, and training opportunities regarding cultural competence.

Diversity in YA. Founded by authors Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo, this site celebrates YA books about diversity of all kinds, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity to disability.

DIY Toolkit: How Teens Want You to Teach #BlackLivesMatter. A useful guide for setting up and running a socratic seminar-style discussion of race, policing, and violence.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Logo Design. A list featuring several examples of good logo design, as well as missteps to avoid.

Fun Family Game #2: The Sentence Game. Instructions for the Sentence Game, including examples, pictures, and a PDF of the handout.

The Gestalt Principles. Reviews theories of visual perception in relation to logos.

How Do I Play on a Multiplayer Server? Mojang’s support page for playing multiplayer Minecraft using a local area network, an online server, or Minecraft Realms.

How Teachers Can Talk to Students About Ferguson. PBS NewsHour video interviews Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University, and Liz Collins, Washington Latin Public Charter School, on how to lead academic discussions on the killing of Michael Brown, reactions, and media coverage.

How to Create a Logo in Adobe Illustrator. Technical instructions for logo design using Adobe Illustrator.

How to Design Your Own Logo. Steps to help you think about how to design the look of your logo, with some recommended resources and software.

How to Use Seeds in Minecraft PE. Instructions for setting the world generator, or “seed,” in Minecraft. While these instructions are specifically for the Pocket Edition of the game, they will also work for other versions of the game.

Icebreaker Games. A collection of ice breaker games, with suggestions for different ages, group sizes, and settings. Includes clear directions for each game, as well as required supplies.

Icebreakers That Rock. This site, aimed at nerdy teachers, explores what is good and bad about icebreakers, providing three suggested exercises. PowerPoint versions of the games are available for purchase.

Idea Channel. A series of videos examining the connections between pop culture, technology, and art.

Letterforms, Figure/Ground and Thumbnails. A video presenting examples of letterforms and thumbnail sketches, and how those evolve in the design process.

Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series. The Oakland Public Library’s thorough resource series on institutional racism, social movements, police conduct, race, and ways to talk with kids about racism and justice.

Logo Quiz. This app tests your knowledge of hundreds of logos from different companies. Available for free with optional in-app purchases.

The Metagame. This card game features six unique games for 2 to 33 players, with games lasting 10 to 45 minutes. Cards and instructions can be downloaded and printed for free from the official website.

Minecraft. The official website for Minecraft. You can purchase and download regular copies of Minecraft here.

MinecraftEDU. Provides educational resources, lesson plans, server-hosting, mods, and a version of Minecraft specifically for classroom use.

Minecraft Mods. A large collection of user-created mods for Minecraft.

Minecraft Pixel Art Templates. A wide variety of pixel art templates, both simple and complex.

Minecraft Seeds. A database of Minecraft seeds—codes used to generate worlds.

My Life: Memoirs for Teens. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s book list of teen memoirs, covering a variety of topics and time periods.

Our Awesome Whiteboard Wall. A write-up of how a library painted a wall with whiteboard paint and created a space for teens to write and draw.

Our Favourite Books. An example of a library shelf end being used as a display space with Post-it notes.

Our Public Library Minecraft Community. The pros and cons of setting up a local area network or a server for hosting Minecraft at a public library.

The Past and the Future of Famous Logos. A brief overview of a few famous logos, their evolution, and projected future logos.

Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews. Essay by author Malinda Lo on the way diversity is discussed in book reviews.

Personal Logo in Illustrator. A lesson plan for using Adobe Illustrator to create a personal logo. You must register with Adobe to access the lesson plan, but registration is free.

Pixel Papercraft. Numerous papercraft templates, ranging from easy to complex.

Question of the Moment—Nicest Thing. A school’s display asks students and staff about the nicest compliment they’ve received, with funny and heartfelt results.

SlideShare. A slide-show hosting service where users can upload PowerPoint, Keynote, or other presentation file formats.

Sock Puppets. This app allows you to create your own lip-synched cartoons with animated sock puppets. Available for free, this app is compatible with iPhones, iPods, or iPads.

TJ Kudalis—PowerPoint Karaoke: “Sasquatch Safety.” PowerPoint Karaoke presentation from Theatre Arlo.

The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft Papercrafts. Several links to Minecraft papercraft templates, including blocks, monsters, and characters.

We Need Diverse Books. Organization that advocates for literature that reflects the lives of all young people. Provides programming ideas, resources, funding, and events.

What Is PowerPoint Karaoke? Presented by Theatre Arlo. A short video explaining PowerPoint Karaoke, with examples.

“Why Did You Come to the Library Today?” Participatory Display. The Eden Prairie Library’s interactive display asks patrons why they visited.

Wordle. This site allows you to generate and edit word clouds from text that you provide.

Young Adult Library Services Association Nonfiction Award. The YALSA Award for Excellence in nonfiction honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.

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Literary Foundation

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Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 240 p. (978-0544107717). Twelve-year-old Josh Bell and his twin brother, Jordan, are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood. He tells his family’s story in verse in this novel of family and brotherhood. DB079528

Anderson, M.T. Feed. Candlewick, 2012. 299 p. (978-0763662622, pap.). For Titus and his friends, it’s normal to have the feed, a constant connection to the Internet via an implant in their brains. When he meets Violet, a girl who’s opted out of the feed, Titus begins to question the implant. DB055687

Appelt, Kathi. Poems from the Homeroom: A Writer’s Place to Start. Owlet, 2010. 128 p. (978-0805075960, pap.). Poet and teacher Kathi Appelt provides teens with a collection of poetry and writing exercises to inspire them.

Archer, Jennifer. Through Her Eyes. Harper Teen, 2012. 400 p. (978-0061834592, pap.). When Tansy moves into a new home with her mother, she’s determined to hate it. But she certainly wasn’t expecting it to be haunted. Her camera reveals moments from the past, uncovering a mystery.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Drowned Cities. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. 464 p. (978-0316056229, pap.). In this companion to Ship Breaker, Mahlia and Mouse have left the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities. But peace is short-lived when they find a wounded half-man, half-beast who is being hunted by soldiers. DB074636

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011. 352 p. (978-0316056199, pap.). Teenager Nailer is a scavenger. He collects copper wiring from grounded oil tankers. But when he discovers a beached clipper ship, he must decide between stripping the ship and rescuing the wealthy girl trapped inside. DB071441

Baum, L. Frank. Annotated Wizard of Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. W.W. Norton, 2000. 396 p. (978-0393049923). The classic story of a girl from Kansas facing off against a witch in Oz. This annotated version offers illustration and commentary.

Bender, Mike, and Doug Chernack. Awkward Family Photos. Three Rivers, 2010. 192 p. (978-0307592293, pap.). Based on the website of the same name, this book collects extremely awkward photos. Bad vacations, weird holidays, and unfortunate school portraits are just a few of the kinds of pictures featured.

Brack, Amanda, Monica Sweeney, and Becky Thomas. Brick Greek Myths: The Stories of Heracles, Athena, Pandora, Poseidon, and Other Ancient Heroes of Mount Olympus. Skyhorse, 2014. 272 p. (978-1629145228, pap.). A collection of Greek myths told using nothing but Legos.

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Simon & Schuster, 2013. 249 p. (978-1451673319, pap.). Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. BR008799, BR015332, DB034963, DB067981 (Spanish Edition)

Brooks, Terry. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy. Del Rey, 2002. 1200 p. (978-0345453754). This is the first trilogy set in Terry Brooks’s Shannara series. Set in a postapocalyptic world and mixed with fantasy elements, Shannara is a modern classic. DB043233, DB075733, DB011046, DB020598, DB023354

Brotton, Jerry. Great Maps: The World’s Masterpieces Explored and Explained. DK Publishing, 2014. 256 p. (978-1465424631). Examines the history of maps, from ancient maps to the modern Google Earth.

Buchotz, Dinah. The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. Adams Media, 2010. 256 p. (978-1440503252). A cookbook with recipes inspired by the Harry Potter series.

Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. W. W. Norton, 1995. 213 p. (978-0393312836, pap.). Frequently featured on lists of banned and challenged books, this modern classic is a story of violence and social redemption. This reissue includes the controversial last chapter not previously published in this country, with a new introduction by the author. BR018284, DB015213

Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Penguin Classics, 2003. 400 p. (978-0141439761, pap.). The classic story of a young girl who has fallen into Wonderland, a place full of lively characters, dangerous queens, and tea parties. BR001412, DB050842

Cassidy, Sara. Skylark. Orca, 2014. 136 p. (978- 1459805903, pap.). After Angie’s father leaves town to find work, her family ends up evicted and living in their car. Struggling with the realities of homelessness, Angie discovers slam poetry and her own voice.

Charbonneau, Joelle. Graduation Day. HMH for Young Readers, 2015. 304 p. (978-0544541207, pap.). In book 3 of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth is on the brink of civil war. Cia has survived the Testing and is ready to lead the fight against them. BR020517, DB079748

Charbonneau, Joelle. Independent Study. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015. 336 p. (978-0544439450, pap.). In book 2 of the Testing series, Cia’s memories have been removed by the government. She is now a freshman at the university in Tosu City. BR020507, DB078427

Charbonneau, Joelle. The Testing. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015. 352 p. (978-0544336230, pap.). In a dystopian society set in the Five Lakes Colony (formerly the Great Lakes), Cia is graduating but also hoping that she’ll be selected for the Testing. When she is Chosen, her father warns her that the program is not what she imagines. BR020506, DB07677

Charleyboy, Lisa, and Mary Beth Leatherdale, eds. Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. Annick, 2014. 128 p. (978-1554516872). A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native poets working in North America today. IN PROCESS

Chen, Justina. A Blind Spot for Boys. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014. 336 p. (978-0316102537). Shana is ready to focus on filling up her photography portfolio with amazing pictures—and not on falling for any more guys. When her father finds out he is going blind, the family makes a sudden trip to Machu Picchu. Shana bumps into Quattro, a handsome, nice guy, and she begins to reconsider her “Boy Moratorium.”

Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. Vintage, 1991. 110 p. (978-0679734772, pap.). This classic collection of poetry, Cisneros’s debut novel, tells the story of the author growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. DB035608

Clark, Kristin Elizabeth. Freakboy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. 448 p. (978-0374324728). Seventeen-year-old Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong. Told in free verse, from three different perspectives, this story depicts Brendan’s experience of finding himself on the transgender spectrum.

Collins, Stephen. The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil. Picador, 2014. 240 p. (978-1250050397). Life on the island of Here is simple and orderly. Dave is normally the most fastidious of the citizens of Here … until a single hair sprouts from his face. What’s coming is an unstoppable beard that threatens the entire island.

Condie, Ally. Crossed. Speak, 2013. 416 p. (978-0142421710, pap.). The second installment in Condie’s Matched trilogy. Cassia searches for Ky, who has been taken by the Society. DB074034

Condie, Ally. Matched. Speak, 2011. 416 p. (978-0142419779, pap.). Set in a world where death is mandatory at age 80 and teens’ spouses are selected by the Society, Cassia has always been content to let the Society make her choices for her. But when she catches a flash of another person for her future spouse, she begins to doubt. DB073525

Condie, Ally. Reached. Speak, 2013. 544 p. (978-0142425992, pap.). The conclusion to the Matched trilogy. Told in alternating voices, Cassia, Ky, and Xander share their involvement in the rebellion against the Society. When a plague breaks out, the three must use their skills to find a cure. DB076047

Cook, Katie, and Heather Nuhfer. My Little Pony Omnibus, vol. 1. IDW Publishing, 2014. 280 p. (978-1631401404, pap.). The ponies find out what the power of friendship can do in these tales of high adventure and funny mishaps.

Davis, Rob. The Motherless Oven. SelfMadeHero, 2014. 160 p. (978-1906838812, pap.). In this graphic novel where the world is quite different from ours, Scarper’s deathday is just three weeks away. He focuses on the mundane repetition of his life at home and high school for comfort. When his father goes missing and Vera Pike shows up at his door in the middle of a storm, though, he knows nothing will be the same.

DeStefano, Lauren. Fever. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 368 p. (978-1442409088, pap.). In the sequel to Wither, teenager Rhine has escaped her forced marriage. Traveling with love interest Gabriel, she journeys back to New York to find her twin brother.

DeStefano, Lauren. Sever. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 400 p. (978-1442409101, pap.). Rhine continues to hunt for her twin brother, Rowan, who is destroying research labs looking for a cure to the virus that affects them all. When Dr. Vaughn finds Rhine again, she must look for help from those she trusts the least, in this concluding novel of the Chemical Garden Trilogy.

DeStefano, Lauren. Wither. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011. 384 p. (978-1442409064, pap.). After a failed effort to create the perfect race, new generations of females are dying at 20 years old and males at 25. Young girls are kidnapped and sold into polygamous marriages to breed and continue the human race. Sixteen-year-old Rhine has just been sold as a bride and vows to do all she can to escape.

Dickinson, Emily. My Letter to the World and Other Poems. Kids Can, 2008. 48 p. (978-1554533398). Illustrated versions of seven of Dickinson’s poems.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Complete Sherlock Holmes. Waking Lion, 2012. 908 p. (978-1434103567, pap.). A collection of the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories in one volume. DB054993 (Volume 1), DB069928 (Volume 2)

Edwards, Janet. Earth Flight. Pyr, 2015. 365 p. (978-1633880924). Jarra has become a celebrity, despite being designated as “Handicap” because she can’t travel to other planets. Though she’s managed to make important archaeological discoveries, not everyone is happy that she’s become famous or that she’s fallen in love with a “norm.” This is the conclusion to the Earth Girl trilogy. DB082663 (Complete Trilogy)

Edwards, Janet. Earth Girl. Pyr, 2013. 250 p. (978-1616147655). It’s 2789, and Jarra has been abandoned on Earth. She is deemed to be “Handicap” because her immune system won’t allow her to survive on other planets. DB082663 (Complete Trilogy)

Edwards, Janet. Earth Star. Pyr, 2014. 287 p. (978-1616148973). In this sequel to Earth Girl, Jarra finds herself in the spotlight after being awarded military honors for her role in a daring rescue attempt. Despite her deeds, she is still derided as being an “ape” and “Handicap” because she can’t leave Earth. DB082663 (Complete Trilogy)

Engle, Margarita. The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette’s Journey to Cuba. Henry Holt, 2010. 160 p. (978-0805090826). Drawing on Cuban history, Engle tells the story of oppressed women through a series of alternating free-verse narratives: Fredrika, a Swedish girl; Cecilia, a teenage slave who is translating for Fredrika; and Elena, a privileged girl in a slave-owning family with little freedom of her own.

Fagans, Michael. The iPhone Photographer: How to Take Professional Photographs with Your iPhone. Amherst Media, 2015. 128 p. (978-1608958870, pap.). Provides examples of lighting conditions, tricky subjects, and other challenges to taking photos with your iPhone. Includes information about related apps.

Fink, Joseph, and Jeffrey Cranor. Welcome to Night Vale. Harper Perennial, 2015. 416 p. (978-0062351425). Handed a message by a mysterious man, young pawnshop owner Jackie Fierro embarks on a psychologically dangerous mystery that entangles her in the life of the local PTA treasurer. DB083488

Fonstad, Karen Wynn. The Atlas of Middle-Earth. Houghton Mifflin, 1991. 224 p. (978-0618126996, pap.). A thoroughly researched atlas of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, including landscapes, castles, and battles.

Garfield, Simon. On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks. Avery, 2013. 464 p. (978-1592407804, pap.). Examines the history of maps in human culture and the impact they have had on our history. DB076297

Gascoyne, Kevin, Francois Marchand, and Jasmin Desharnais. Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties. Firefly, 2013. 272 p. (978-1770853195, pap.). A definitive guide to the history of tea, varieties of tea, the harvesting and processing of tea, and tea ceremonies and tasting.

Gatcum, Chris. The Beginner’s Photography Guide. DK Publishing, 2013. 192 p. (978-1465408457, pap.). A manual for amateur photographers using a digital camera.

Giles, Lamar. Endangered. HarperTeen, 2015. 288 p. (978-0062297563). No ones suspects that Lauren is Gray Scales, the photoblogger who posts pictures exposing people’s secrets. She likes to think of herself as a form of justice. But when an anonymous fan of the blog guesses her identity and challenges her to a contest for the best photo, Lauren finds herself pulled into a very dangerous situation.

Grimes, Nikki. Bronx Masquerade. Speak, 2003. 176 p. (978-0142501894, pap.). Using the structure of a poetry slam, Nikki Grimes’s award-winning novel is a powerful exploration of self, an homage to spoken- word poetry, and an intriguing look into the lives of 18 urban teens. BR014623, DB05576

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Shadow Children series. Multiple titles. Aladdin, 2000–2007. 156–229 p. ISBNs vary, pap.). Imagine a world where families are allowed only two children. Illegal third children—shadow children—must live in hiding. If they are discovered, there is only one punishment: death. DB053286, DB053287, DB055629, DB057037, DB059358, DB063366, DB064193

Hatori, Bisco. Ouran High School Host Club, vol. 1. VIZ Media, 2005. 184 p. (978-1591169154, pap.). This manga, part romantic comedy, part reverse-harem, shows a poor girl trying to survive in a school for the extremely wealthy and elite. When Haruhi knocks over an expensive vase (and is mistaken for a boy), she must work off her debt as the newest member of the Ouran High School Host Club.

Heiss, Mary Lou, and Robert J. Heiss. The Story of Tea: A Cultural History and Drinking Guide. Ten Speed, 2007. 432 p. (978-1580087452). Explores a variety of tea variants and provides guidelines for selecting, storing, and brewing tea.

Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. Greenwillow, 2014. 128 p. (978- 0062289575). A collection of 50 poems using fairy tales that explore the ups and downs of being a teenage girl.

Herman, Sarah. Brick Flicks: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Stop-Motion Lego Movies. Skyhorse, 2014. 224 p. (978-1629146492, pap.). Learn how to use Legos to create a stop-motion animation feature. From planning the story to setting up shots, editing, and figuring out how to move your figures, this comprehensive guide has a lot to offer.

Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust. Great Source, 2009. 240 p. (978-0590371254, pap.). Billie Jo and her family struggle to survive during the Great Depression in this historical fiction told through verse. Living through great clouds of dust that blind and gag her and also destroy their crops, Billie Jo wonders if the dust storms will ever end. When a terrible accident scars her and kills her mother, Billie Jo dreams of leaving everything behind. BR011956, DB046712

Heyenga, Laura. Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed. Chronicle, 2013. 176 p. (978-1452117102). A collection of artwork by multiple artists, using the medium of paper.

Hubbard, Jenny. And We Stay. Ember, 2015. 240 p. (978-0385740586, pap.). Emily is transferred to Amherst School for Girls after her boyfriend, Paul, commits suicide. Carrying this and one other secret, Emily works through her grief by writing poetry. DB080628

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006. 288 p. (978-0060850524, pap.). Huxley’s satiric vision of a utopian society where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. BR001601, BR011922, DB047108

Hwang, Cheong-ah. Creative Paper Cutting: 15 Paper Sculptures to Inspire and Delight. GMC, 2013. 192 p. (978-1861089205, pap.). An assortment of paper-cutting projects that can be used as artwork, greeting cards, and other crafts.

Jacobs, Frank. Strange Maps: An Atlas of Cartographic Curiosities. Viking Studio, 2009. 256 p. (978-0142005255, pap.). Collection of 138 unique maps; some are maps of literary creations, others are sources of political parody, and others are misconceptions of the lands they depict.

Jenkins, Beverly L. Photobombed! Making Bad Pictures Great and Good Pictures Awesomely Bad. Sourcebooks, 2012. 208 p. (978-1402271199, pap.). A hilarious collection of pictures where people have been photobombed, a phenomenon where people ruin others’ pictures by jumping in and making silly faces or poses.

Jones, Diana Wynne. Deep Secret. Tor, 2014. 416 p. (978-0765338075, pap.). Rupert Venables has just been promoted to senior Magid on Earth. Unfortunately, that means he has to find an apprentice. He thinks his problems are partially solved when he discovers he can meet all five of the potential Magids by attending a science fiction convention in England. However, Rupert soon finds that other forces, some of them completely out of his control, are there too. DB056189

Jordan, Robert. The Eye of the World. Tor, 2012. 752 p. (978-0765334336, pap.). During the Third Age, the Age of Prophecy, the world and time hang in the balance, in peril of falling under the Shadow in this first book in the Wheel of Time series. DB034701

King, A.S. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. 368 p. (978-0316222730, pap.). With high school graduation coming, Glory O’Brien wonders if she’s doomed to repeat the past and commit suicide, as her mother did 13 years earlier. But when Glory and her friend Ellie begin seeing visions surrounding strangers, they realize that they can see the future.

Kistler, Alan. The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook. Adams Media, 2012. 256 p. (978-1440538728). A cookbook with recipes inspired by the Song of Ice and Fire series.

Knight, Nicholas. The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester. Insight Editions, 2014. 232 p. (978-1608875023). An illustrated guide to the television series, including character profiles, season summaries, and trivia.

Lehtimäki, Vesa. Lego Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy. DK Publishing, 2015. 176 p. (978-1465440099). Finnish photographer Lehtimäki beautifully recreates scenes from the Star Wars series, using Legos.

Levithan, David. The Realm of Possibility. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006. 210 p. (978-0375836572, pap.). In this collection of 20 stories, students share their stories in distinct voices through song lyrics, line-broken prose, free verse, and so on.

Loborik, Jason, Neil Corry, Andrew Darling, Kerrie Dougherty, and David John. Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary. DK Publishing, 2014. 176 p. (978-1465426451). An introduction to the science fiction television program, discussing its characters, plot lines, villains, gadgets, monsters, aliens, weaponry, and spaceships. Updated and expanded, featuring the twelfth Doctor.

Lord, Peter, and Brian Sibley. Cracking Animation: The Aardman Book of 3-D Animation. Thames & Hudson, 2015. 272 p. (978-0500291993, pap.). Aardman Studios is well known for its stop-motion animation with characters like Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. This book covers the history of stop-motion animation, the company’s work, and the techniques for making stop motion films.

Lowry, Lois. Gathering Blue. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013. 256 p. (978-0547904146, pap.). The second book in Lois Lowry’s Giver Quartet tells the story of Kira, orphaned, physically flawed, and left with an uncertain future. BR015631, DB051297

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 240 p. (978-0544336261, pap.). In Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic, 12-year-old Jonas lives in what appears to be an ideal world. He is eager to receive his life assignment, but when it comes, he’s not so sure that he wants it. He is to be the Receiver of Memory, and in his training he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community. BR009626, DB037689

Lowry, Lois. The Messenger. Laurel Leaf, 2006. 176 p. (978-0440239123, pap.). Matty, a citizen of Village, has always valued honesty. However, he must hide an emerging healing power that he cannot explain or understand. As he travels through the dangerous Forest, hoping to deliver a message, he must rely on this healing power. This novel unites characters from The Giver and Gathering Blue. BR015675, DB059006

Lowry, Lois. Son. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. 400 p. (978-0544336254, pap.). The final book in Lowry’s Giver Quartet. Unlike the other Birthmothers in her utopian community, teenage Claire forms an attachment to her baby, feeling a great loss when he is taken from their community. BR019651, DB075578

Lu, Marie. Champion: A Legend Novel. Speak, 2014. 400 p. (978-0147512284, pap.). Though both June and Day are working with the Republic again, their peace is shattered by a plague outbreak in the colonies and the threat of war in this conclusion to the Legend trilogy. DB077806

Lu, Marie. Legend. Speak, 2013. 352 p. (978-0142422076, pap.). Fifteen-year-old Day is the Republic’s most wanted criminal, but no one knows what he looks like or who he is. June Iparis, on the other hand, is one of the best and brightest of the Republic’s citizens, a true prodigy. When her brother is killed, presumably by Day, June vows to hunt down the criminal, even though it means infiltrating a dangerous part of society. DB074825

Lu, Marie. Prodigy. Speak, 2014. 400 p. (978-0142427552, pap.). In this sequel to Legend, June and Day have joined forces and seek to escape the Republic. They make their way to Las Vegas and join the rebel Patriot group. As the group plots an assassination attempt, Day and June find themselves starting to form a relationship. DB076355

Maggs, Sam. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks. Quirk, 2015. 208 p. (978-1594747892). A high-spirited, feminist take on being a girl geek. Shares insights on attending cons, making cosplay, meeting geeky friends, and handling Internet trolls. BR020937, DB081634

Marcus, Kimberly. Exposed. Ember, 2012. 272 p. (978-0375865916, pap.). Liz always thought she and Kate would be best friends. Liz has always felt so confident in her beliefs and in what she sees in her photographs. But when Kate accuses Liz’s older brother of raping her, Liz can’t be sure of anything.

McCafferty, Megan. Bumped. Balzer  Bray, 2012. 352 p. (978-0061962752, pap.). It’s 2036, and identical twins Melody and Harmony rebel against the expectation that they will become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus.

McCafferty, Megan. Thumped. Balzer  Bray, 2013. 304 p. (978-0061962776, pap.). This sequel to Bumped continues the story of separated-at-birth twins Melody and Harmony. The media eagerly anticipates the day when the twins will each give birth to their own set of twins, not knowing that one of the girls is keeping a secret.

McCann, John, Monica Sweeney, and Becky Thomas. Brick Fairy Tales: Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, and More. Skyhorse, 2014. 272 p. (978-1628737325, pap.). Thirteen Grimm fairy tales, told using Legos.

Mizielinska, Aleksandra, and Daniel Mizielinski. Maps. Big Picture, 2013. 112 p. (978-0763668969). Beautifully drawn maps of cities, rivers, peaks, places of historical and cultural interest, eminent personalities, iconic animals and plants, and cultural events.

Moore, Alan. V for Vendetta. Vertigo, 2008. 296 p. (978-1401208417, pap.). This classic graphic novel is set in an alternate future, in which Germany has won World War II and Britain becomes a fascist state. The masked vigilante known only as “V” sets in motion a slow rebellion against the government. When V rescues a young woman named Eve, she begins to study under the vigilante’s wing.

Mori, Kaoru. Emma, vol. 1. Yen, 2015. 388 p. (978-0316302234). When William Jones meets Emma, a servant working for his former governess, the two slowly become infatuated with each other. But the son of a wealthy merchant will never be allowed to court a working-class girl. This well-paced manga explores life and romance in Victorian England with detail and enthusiasm.

Mullin, Mike. Ashen Winter. Tanglewood, 2013. 580 p. (978-1933718989, pap.). Alex and Darla have survived the explosion of the super-volcano. When more than six months have passed, the two set off back to Iowa, in the hopes of finding his parents. They find a land even more dangerous than before, with communities desperate for food and power. DB076173

Mullin, Mike. Ashfall. Tanglewood, 2012. 476 p. (978-1933718743). Fifteen-year-old Alex was looking forward to spending the weekend alone without his parents. Then the Yellowstone super-volcano erupted, plunging his hometown into an emergency Alex never could have imagined. He must travel in search of his family, going from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois, in a story of survival and destruction. DB076092

Mullin, Mike. Sunrise. Tanglewood, 2015. 534 p. (978-1939100047, pap.). Humanity seems close to the brink of destruction. One year after the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano, societies continue to break down into violence, sickness, and starvation. Alex and Darla decide that they must try to create a community that can withstand this disaster. DB079416

Myers, Walter Dean. Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices. Holiday House, 2009. 88 p. (978-0823422128, pap.). Residents of Harlem—basketball players, teachers, musicians, maids, veterans, and students—share their voices in this collection of poetry.

Myers, Walter Dean. On a Clear Day. Crown Books for Young Readers, 2014. 256 p. (978-0385387538). In this novel set in 2035, the world has divided into Gaters, who live in closed safe communities; favelos, the poor and starving; and terrorists and mercenaries. DB079719

Nye, Naomi Shihab. Honeybee: Poems. Greenwillow, 2008. 176 p. (978-0060853907). Nye crafts poems about our loved ones, communication, the earth, and interconnectedness.

Occhipinti, Lisa. The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life. Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 2011. 144 p. (978-1584799092). Give old books new purpose with this assortment of decorative crafts and functional home projects.

Oliver, Lauren. Delirium. HarperCollins, 2012. 480 p. (978-0061726835, pap.). The government has declared love a disease. Eighteen-year-olds receive a mandated cure to make them happy and safe. Lena wants nothing more than to get the treatment, having seen how love destroyed her mother. But when she falls for Alex, a boy from the Wilds, Lena begins to question whether she will get the cure. DB072820

Oliver, Lauren. Pandemonium. HarperCollins, 2013. 400 p. (978-0061978074, pap.). In the sequel to Delirium, Lena and Alex have fled a society where love is outlawed and cured. Only Lena, however, manages to find her way to a community of resistance fighters, joining them and meeting a young man named Julian, who has been unable to undergo the cure. DB074331

Oliver, Lauren. Requiem. HarperCollins, 2014. 432 p. (978-0062014542, pap.). Lena has become an active member of the resistance and has fled to the Wilds for safety, while the government is sending Regulators to take down the rebels. Meanwhile, Hana, Lena’s best friend, is living in Portland and is the fiancé of the mayor. Told in alternating voices between Lena and Hana, this book provides the conclusion to the Delirium trilogy. DB076276

Orwell, George. 1984. NAL, 1983. 304 p. (978-0452262935, pap.). Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all its citizens. Winston begins to question the information the government shares about the ongoing war effort, eventually joining a secret organization called the Brotherhood, in an effort to take down the Party. BR001614, BR010312, DB025710 (Spanish Edition), DB034268, DB073474

Oseland, Chris-Rachael. Dining with the Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook. CreateSpace, 2012. 102 p. (978-1481153683, pap.). A cookbook with recipes inspired by the Doctor Who television series.

Pratchett, Terry. The Discworld series. Multiple titles. Harper, 1983–2015. 160–480 p. (ISBNs and bindings vary). This series often parodies the worlds of Tolkien, Lovecraft, and Shakespeare by portraying a fantasy world occupied by wizards, witches, and little blue men. BR020840, DB060775, BR007296, DB027284, BR020841,DB052704, BR020878, DB062443, BR020876, DB063143, BR020888, DB062408, BR020904, DB062642, BR020917, DB062420, BR020940, DB050953, BR020924, DB062804, BR020943, DB062676, BR020960, DB062864, DB051955, DB062832, DB063125, DB063194, DB049507, DB049201, DB052143, DB052689, DB049216, DB054601, DB056600, DB051726, DB052115, DB052661, DB055895, DB055211, DB056709, DB057370, DB058636, DB059826, DB061415, DB063604, DB065596, DB070539, DB073324, DB074198, DB078642, DB079273, DB079274, DB080756, DB083217, DB083268

Reeder, Cassandra. The Geeky Chef Cookbook: Real-Life Recipes for Your Favorite Fantasy Foods—Unofficial Recipes from Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and More. Race Point, 2015. 144 p. (978-1631060496, pap.). A wide variety of recipes inspired by your favorite fandoms.

Revenson, Jody. Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond. Harper Design, 2015. 208 p. (978-0062385659). A comprehensive look at some of the locations of the wizard world in the Harry Potter series, complete with maps and behind-the-scenes stories.

Riggs, Ransom. Talking Pictures: Images and Messages Rescued from the Past. It, 2012. 384 p. (978-0062099495, pap.). Riggs presents his collection of antique photographs, exploring the stories that are sometimes inscribed on them and the stories still waiting to be told.

Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. 448 p. (978-1250030955). Being fans of the fantasy book series by Simon Snow helped Cath and her twin sister, Wren, cope when their mother left them. Now, as they begin their first year of college, Cath fears she’s not ready to live without Wren holding her hand. DB077545

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter series. Multiple titles. Scholastic, 1998–2009. 320–896 p. ISBNs and bindings vary. The legendary series about the adventures of a boy wizard. BR011879, BR014710 (Spanish Edition), BR017774, DB047260, DB050988 (Spanish Edition), BR012276, BR014711 (Spanish Edition), DB048437, DB050989 (Spanish Edition), BR012390, BR014712 (Spanish Edition), DB048772, DB050990 (Spanish Edition), BR012764, BR014713 (Spanish Edition), DB050228, DB052975 (Spanish Edition), BR014705, BR015643 (Spanish Edition), DB056062, DB058958 (Spanish Edition), BR016000, BR016304 (Spanish Edition), DB060262, DB061014 (Spanish Edition), BR017210, BR018711 (Spanish Edition), DB064495, DB068968 (Spanish Edition)

Schiff, Nancy Rica. Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations. Ten Speed, 2002. 144 p. (978-1580084574). Features 65 portraits of unusual professions and the people who do them, including duck walker, coin polisher, and deodorant sniffer.

Shusterman, Neal. Unwind Dystology. Multiple titles. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007–2015. 320–432 p. (ISBNs vary, pap.). After the Second Civil War, the Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of 13. However, a loophole allows parents to “unwind” their teenager. Told from the perspective of teens signed over for the process, this series is haunting and action-packed and raises important questions. BR020972, DB066918, BR021155, DB081316 (Books 2-4), Braille of #3 IN PROCESS

Smith, Larry, and Rachel Fershleiser, eds. I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure. Harper Teen, 2009. 192 p. (978-0061726842, pap.). A collection of six-word memoirs written by teens.

Smith, Larry, and Rachel Fershleiser, eds. It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. Harper Perennial, 2010. 272 p. (978-0061719431, pap.). A collection of six-word stories told by well-known as well as obscure writers.

Smith, Larry, and Rachel Fershleiser, eds. Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. Harper Perennial, 2008. 225 p. (978-0061374050, pap.). Further collections of memoirs written using just six words.

Smith, Sherri L. Orleans. Speak, 2014. 352 p. (978-0147509963, pap.). Fen lives on the Gulf Coast, which has been quarantined from the rest of the United States since 2025. Hurricanes and plagues have destroyed the coast, birthing primitive societies based on blood type. When Fen becomes the sole caretaker for an infant, she seeks to get outside the Wall and to the safety of the Outer lands. BR019878, DB076282

Snider, Brandon T. My Little Pony: The Elements of Harmony: Friendship Is Magic: The Official Guidebook. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. 256 p. (978-0316247542). This companion book to the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, includes character bios, an episode guide, a map of Equestria, song lyrics, and much more.

Sones, Sonya. What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 291 p. (9781442493841, pap.). The sequel to What My Mother Doesn’t Know, told from Murphy’s perspective and entirely in verse. As Sophie chooses to date him, her reputation plummets, and Murphy wonders about the consequences of love. BR017468

Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn’t Know. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 288 p. (978-1442493858, pap.). Sophie’s story, told in verse, of falling in and out and in and out and maybe back in love again. BR014156

Soto, Gary. A Fire in My Hands. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013. 96 p. (978-0544104822, pap.). Soto’s collection of poems about growing up Latino in California’s Central Valley.

Stanton, Brandon. Humans of New York: Stories. St. Martin’s, 2015. 432 p. (978-1250058904). A photographic census of New York with accompanying interviews.

Taboso, Yana. Black Butler, vol. 1. Yen, 2010. 192 p. (978-0316080842, pap.). Young Ciel Phantomhive must take over his father’s company, with the assistance of his faithful butler, Sebastian. However, Sebastian isn’t quite human.

Thompson, Jason. Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book. Quarry, 2010. 152 p. (978-1592536009, pap.). A wide range of crafts, with step-by-step instructions on how to deconstruct and reuse books for decorative projects.

Thorpe, Patrick, ed. The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia. Dark Horse, 2013. 280 p. (978-1616550417). A comprehensive examination of the Legend of Zelda game franchise, including artwork, behind-the-scenes stories about game development, and an extensive history.

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings. Mariner, 2005. 1178 p. (978-0618640157, pap.). This one-volume edition tells the classic story of the hobbit Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring’s quest: to journey across Middle-Earth and destroy the One Ring. BR009745, DB047486, BR009747, DB047487, BR009749, DB047488

Warren, Frank. My Secret: A PostSecret Book. Regan, 2006. 144 p. (978-0061196683). Teens and college students anonymously share secrets using homemade postcards.

Warren, Frank. PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives. William Morrow, 2005. 288 p. (978-0060899196). An extraordinary collection of secret, anonymous confessions written to the author on postcards from people around the world.

Westerfeld, Scott. Extras. Simon Pulse, 2011. 399 p. (978-1442419780, pap.). The conclusion of the Uglies series, set a few years after Specials. Humanity has recovered from the Pretty regime, but  advances in technology have brought about new dangers. Fame is now the new world order, and 15-year-old Aya Fuse has a plan to boost her popularity ranking. DB065454

Westerfeld, Scott. Pretties. Simon Pulse, 2011. 368 p. (978-1442419803, pap.). In this sequel to Uglies, Tally has become Pretty. But before her operation, she asked her friends on the outside to rescue her, to find a cure. Only now that she’s Pretty, she can’t imagine leaving this world. DB062180

Westerfeld, Scott. Specials. Simon Pulse, 2011. 384 p. (978-1442419797, pap.). Tally has become something she’s always feared: a Special. Designed to keep the Uglies underfoot and the Pretties stupid, she’s never felt better. But a part of her still remembers that there’s life beyond bioengineered beauty. When she’s called to take out the rebels of New Smoke, which side will she choose? DB062890

Westerfeld, Scott. Uglies. Simon Pulse, 2011. 432 p. (978-1442419810, pap.). Tally lives in a world where, when you turn 16, you receive an operation that transforms you from an Ugly into a Pretty. When her new friend Shay runs away rather than receive the operation, Tally is charged with finding her or never becoming a Pretty. DB061639

Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. Nancy Paulsen, 2014. 352 p. (978-0399252518). Woodson tells the story of her youth in free verse, beginning with her birth in 1963, during the Civil Rights Movement. She recounts racial discrimination, her family, and her discovery of joy in writing. BR020541, DB080026

Youngs, Claire. Book Art: Creative Ideas to Transform Your Books, Decorations, Stationery, Display Scenes and More. CICO, 2012. 128 p. (978-1908170927). Create displays, greeting cards, stationery, and other crafts by upcycling older books. This title offers 35 different projects.

Zevin, Gabrielle. All These Things I’ve Done. Square Fish, 2012. 384 p. (978-1250010285, pap.). In 2083, life for Anya Balanchine, the 16-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, is fairly routine: going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant district attorney’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is, until her ex is accidentally poisoned and the police think she is to blame. BR019718, DBC05454

Zevin, Gabrielle. Because It Is My Blood. Square Fish, 2013. 384 p. (978-1250034229, pap.). In this second book of Zevin’s Birthright series, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. BR019765

Zevin, Gabrielle. In the Age of Love and Chocolate. Square Fish, 2014. 320 p. (978-1250050717, pap.). In the third book of the Birthright series, life has become more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and she has spent the better part of high school in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis, Charles Delacroix, has cost Anya her relationship with Win.

Zevin, Gabrielle. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac. Square Fish, 2009. 304 p. (9780312561284, pap.). Naomi made the fateful decision to return the yearbook camera to the classroom, resulting in a terrible fall, an injury, and a case of amnesia. As she tries to remember her life as a teenager, Naomi discovers she doesn’t really like the decisions she’s made over the last several years. DB065723

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9 DIY Projects Made from Old Books. A collection of crafts made from books, including art and jewelry.

9 x 14cm Resealable Brown Kraft Paper Bags for Tea Gift Bags Packaging Custom Logo Bags. Example of resealable brown bags that can be used for storing tea.

12 Colors 10M 1mm Waxed Cotton Cords Strings Ropes for DIY Necklace Craft Making. A selection of necklace cords and colors for crafting your own necklace.

35 Ways to Use Chalkboard Paint. Includes objects that can be used in the advanced edition of the Chalk Poetry program.

Accordion Book Tutorial. Directions for crafting an accordion-style book with pockets.

AutoREALM. A free role-playing game-mapping program. This open source program is vector-based drawing software, suited for designing castles, caves, cities, and dungeons, as well as large-scale maps.

Baby Shoes. Reviews the claim that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a six-word short story.

Beautiful Video Game World Maps. Interesting and beautiful maps from video games.

Benefits of Writing Poetry. Lists the benefits of writing poetry.

Book Art—How to Fold a Book into a Word. Step-by-step instructions on how to design folded book art, creating the image of a word in the pages.

Book Page Necklace. An alternative method of creating necklace charms using book pages and framed pendants.

Book Spine Bracelets. Examples of bracelets made from book spines, cloth, and Velcro.

A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel. A Kirkus article on the history of dystopian novels.

Classroom Decor with a Little Bit More. A lesson and display on writing microfiction that asks students to create a short story in just two sentences.

Comic Book Cuff Bracelet. Instructions for using comic- book art to decorate a cuff bracelet.

Comic Book Shoes. Step-by-step instructions for customizing shoes using comic books.

Connecting with New Students—The Making of a Lego Library Stop-Motion Movie. An academic librarian reviews the creation process and impact of a Lego stop-motion movie introducing students to the library.

Craft Wars: How to Repurpose an Old Book. Two projects, creating beads out of book pages and turning a hardback book into a clock, are outlined on this web page.

David Ramsey Map Collection. Database providing access to historical map collections.

Dictionary Necklace. Similar to the washer necklace, this uses a wood charm to make book-inspired jewelry.

Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map for iPad. An animated map app of the most famous city in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

DIY Comic Book Shoes. Directions for decorating shoes with comic-book art.

DIY Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath. Instructions for making rolled flowers out of book pages and then creating a wreath with the flowers.

Dystopian Fiction: An Introduction. A blog entry on the meaning of dystopia and its appearance in literature.

Dystopian Literature for Young Adults. A LibGuides page examines what defines dystopian literature, common themes, and its popularity with readers.

Engage Tweens with Technology through Stop Motion Videos. A detailed write-up of Wellesley Free Library’s stop-motion animation program.

The Essentials of Micro-Fiction. An explanation of how to write microfiction.

Explosion Book Tutorial. The explosion book is another name for an accordion-style book. This page offers step-by-step directions.

Fantastic Maps. Tutorials on creating fantasy maps provide information on hand-drawing or using software to design world, regional, and city maps.

Fantasy Mapmaking Tutorial. A series of video tutorials on creating a fantasy map using Adobe Photoshop.

Fantasy Maps. A collection of maps taken from classic fantasy literature.

Guest Blog: Mini Book Made from Scratch. Crafting instructions for making a thick accordion-style book with envelopes.

How to Draw Like an Artist on a Chalkboard. Provides tips and tricks for professional-level writing on chalkboards.

How to Make a Big Fantasy Map. Detailed instructions on how to design and paint a fantasy world map.

How to Make a Fantasy World Map. Outline for the design process of the map created for Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades.

How to Make a Paper Bracelet. Step-by-step instructions on creating book-collage bracelets.

How to Make a Salt Dough Map. An inexpensive alternative mapmaking activity, using salt dough to make a three-dimensional map.

How to Make a Secret Hollow Book. Detailed instructions on how to make a hollow book.

How to Make a Secret Hollow Book. Instructions for creating a hollow book to store valuables and keepsakes.

How to Make a Vintage Book Page Wreath. An alternative method of creating a book- art wreath.

How to Make Your Own Tea Blends. A blog outlining the process of building your own tea blend.

How To: New Journal from an Old Book. Step-by-step directions on transforming an old book into a blank journal.

How to Recycle Magazines into Jewelry. An alternative necklace charm craft, using magazines instead of books.

iKITMovie. A user-friendly stop motion animation software, available for personal use or for school or site licensing. Provides a database of sounds and some music.

Inks. A selection of drawing, calligraphy, India, and Sumi inks to buy.

Jewelry Box DIY. Step-by-step instructions on altering a book to become a box.

Lauren the Librarian. Tumblr featuring examples of teen-painted bookends.

Lego Movie Maker. A free app that allows you to build your own Lego movie.

Make Your Own Paperback Wallet. An alternative method, requiring a sewing machine, to create a wallet out of a paperback book.

Mapmaking for Fantasy Authors. Instructions on how to design and draw a fantasy-world map, taking scale, natural resources, the storyline, and other elements into account.

Mini Accordion Books. Instructions with detailed pictures on how to make an accordion-style book.

The Most Incredible Fantasy Maps You’ve Ever Seen. A list of beautiful maps from classic and contemporary fantasy literature and video games.

My Dictionary Drawing Process—How I Do What I Do. Examples of the artist’s work drawing and painting on pages out of old dictionaries.

My Fifty-Word Stories. A blog showcasing stories consisting of just 50 words.

Novel Idea: Make a Succulent Planter from Vintage Books. Instructions on how to turn a hardback book into a planter.

Paper Flowers Holiday Wreath. Step-by-step directions for creating an unusual, literary-inspired wreath.

Paperback Wallet. Sew-free instructions for making a trifold wallet out of a paperback book.

Paper Stitch. Examples and some basic directions for embroidering book pages.

The Race Card Project. The Race Card Project encourages people to condense their observations and experiences about race into one sentence with just six words. Includes submissions.

Recycled Book Cuffs. Example of a wrist cuff using book spines and leather backing.

Resources for Teens. includes advice from poets, recommended reading lists, lesson plans, and more.

Simple, but Gorgeous Book Page Art. Instructions for creating printed images on older book pages.

Stop Motion Animation @ the Library. Short looping videos created by youth from the Burlington County Library System using stop-motion animation, drawings, and objects.

Stop Motion Studio. An app for iOS, Android, and Windows devices that allows you to create stop-motion animated movies. The app is free, but certain features require purchase.

Tea Blending. An article explaining the author’s personal experience at a tea-blending event.Tea Blending Ingredients—a Quick Guide. This retail site offers a chart listing tea ingredients, tastes, uses, and notes.

The Tea Flavor Wheel: A Curious Proposition. A listing of tea flavors and associated ingredients.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Blog post about a teen advisory board activity involving painting bookends for YA shelves. Includes photos.

Teen Crafts. Alafaya Branch’s Pinterest board for Teen Crafts. Features numerous literary-themed painted bookends.

Teen Ink. Online magazine of poetry by teens, for teens.

Temple Mountain Tea Flavor Wheel. A visual interpretation of tea tastes, flavors, and ingredients.

Upcycled Repurposed Comic Book and Plastic Bottle Bracelet. Directions for making an alternative decoupage bracelet, using a water bottle as the base.

Washer Necklace: A Simple Tutorial. Short set of directions for creating a necklace out of a washer and paper.

Weekend DIY. Craft instructions for a decoupage candleholder made from book pages.

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Aguirre, Ann. Enclave. Square Fish, 2012. 288 p. (978-0312551377, pap.). In this novel set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Deuce is 15 and has just become a Huntress, assigned to collect meat for her enclave. When she and another Hunter, Fade, warn their Enclave of encroaching danger, they are cast out and forced to go Topside. BR019589, DB074167

Aguirre, Ann. Horde. Square Fish, 2014. 464 p. (978-1250050779, pap.). In the conclusion to Aguirre’s Razorland trilogy, Deuce and her companions must fight against the hordes of Freaks in order to save Salvation. BR020393, DB078008

Aguirre, Ann. Outpost. Square Fish, 2013. 352 p. (978-1250034182, pap.). In this sequel to Enclave, Deuce and Fade have found a home Topside, in a town called Salvation. But Deuce has trouble fitting in and finds that Fade is keeping his distance from her. Desperate to be of use, she signs up to serve as a patrol for the planters, only to find that the Freaks are coming closer. BR019630, DB075532

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009. 229 p. (978-0316013697, pap.). Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the reservation to attend an all-white farm-town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. DB065403

Aronson, Marc. Race: A History Beyond Black and White. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007. 336 p. (978-0689865541). Aronson examines the history of racial prejudice and the ways it manifests in politics, philosophies, and individual beliefs. BR017560, DB066040

Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Drowned Cities. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. 464 p. (978-0316056229, pap.). In this companion to Ship Breaker, Mahlia and Mouse have left the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities. But peace is short-lived when they find a wounded half-man, half-beast who is being hunted by soldiers. DB074636

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011. 352 p. (978-0316056199, pap.). Teenager Nailer is a scavenger. He collects copper wiring from grounded oil tankers. But when he discovers a beached clipper ship, he must decide between stripping the ship and rescuing the wealthy girl trapped inside. DB071441

Beam, Cris. I Am J. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012. 352 p. (9780316053600, pap.). J was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him. Eventually J stops praying to wake up a “real boy” and starts covering up his body. DBC00135

Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens. Scholastic, 2012. 400 p. (978-0439895989, pap.). When a plane crash strands 13 teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition. DB074169

Brewster, Chad, Jeff Drake, and Justin Hook. Bob’s Burgers. Dynamic Forces, 2015. 96 p. (978-1606907948, pap.). A graphic-novel collection of stories surrounding the Belcher family.

Carson, Rae. Walk on Earth a Stranger. Greenwillow, 2015. 448 p. (978-0062242914). In this historical adventure story that crosses genres and breaks stereotypes, 15-year-old Leah Westfall works on her parents’ farm in Georgia during the waning years of that state’s gold boom. She’s hiding the fact that she can divine gold—a skill that is both an asset and a liability in the mid-19th century United States. When her uncle murders her parents in order to become her guardian and gain control of Leah’s gold-finding skills, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and run west with a wagon train. DB083092

Carton, Kiki. The Great Book of Cardboard Furniture: Step-by-Step Techniques and Designs. Schiffer, 2012. 128 p. (978-0764341519, pap.). This guide provides detailed step-by-step techniques for building nine furniture designs out of cardboard.

Crossland, Samantha. Steampunk and Cosplay Fashion Design and Illustration: More Than 50 Ideas for Learning to Design Your Own Neo-Victorian Costumes and Accessories. Walter Foster, 2015. 128 p. (978-1600584985, pap.). An instructional guide for drawing and designing steampunk costumes.

D’Aulaire, Ingri, and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 1992. 192 p. (978-0440406945, pap.). Learn about Greek gods in an illustrated storybook. BR014795, DB056456

Davenport, Jane. Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces: A Mixed-Media Portrait Workshop. Quarry, 2015. 136 p. (9781592539864, pap.). A whimsical approach to portrait painting, using sketchy, fashion-style illustrations to create faces.

DePrince, Michaela, with Elaine DePrince. Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Ember, 2016. 256 p. (978-0385755146, pap.). Michaela DePrince became the youngest principal dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, at the age of 17. She has overcome challenges that include living in an orphanage in Sierra Leone and prejudice about her ethnicity and dance capabilities.

Dickinson, Terence. Hubble’s Universe: Greatest Discoveries and Latest Images. Firefly, 2014. 300 p. (978-1770854338). A catalog created from an archive of over 500,000 Hubble telescope images, combined with information about the telescope’s history.

Dickinson, Terence. NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe. Firefly, 2006. 192 p. (978-1554071470). This revised fourth edition serves as an introduction to stargazing, with information that is relevant until 2025.

Doctorow, Cory. In Real Life. First Second, 2014. 192 p. (978-1596436589, pap.). Arizona high schooler Anda is an avid gamer, but she’s never played a massively multiplayer online game before. She joins Coarsegold and becomes a trial member of an all-female guild. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer—a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them.

Doh, Jenny. Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from 18 Artists. Lark, 2013. 144 p. (9781454704225, pap.). Drawing exercises that encourage readers to doodle and take alternate approaches to drawing common objects.

Driscoll, Michael. A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky. Black Dog & Leventhal, 2004. 96 p. (978-1579123666). This whimsical tour of the universe will introduce readers to constellations, sky maps, and the planets.

Easton, T.S. Boys Don’t Knit (In Public). Feiwel & Friends, 2015. 272 p. (978-1250053312). After a brush with the law, Ben must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but which he must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father. DB082111

George, Jennifer. The Art of Rube Goldberg: (A) Inventive (B) Cartoon (C) Genius. Harry N. Abrams, 2013. 192 p. (978-1419708527). A collection of Rube Goldberg’s contraption comics, as selected by George.

Giles, Gail. Girls Like Us. Candlewick, 2015. 224 p. (978-0763680282, pap.). Graduating from their school’s special education program, Quincy and Biddy are placed together in their first independent apartment and discover unexpected things they have in common in the face of past challenges and a harrowing trauma. BR020605, DB080270

Green, John, and David Levithan. Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Speak, 2011. 310 p. (978-0142418475, pap.). When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend—the bigger-than-life Tiny Cooper, an openly gay teen who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both. BR019614

Hale, Shannon, and Dean Hale. Rapunzel’s Revenge. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2008. 144 p. (978-1599902883, pap.). In this Wild West take on Rapunzel, the damsel rescues herself with her hair, then teams up with the outlaw Jack, of Jack and the Beanstalk fame, to search for her birth mother.

Hall, Kass. Zentangle Untangled: Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing. North Light, 2012. 128 p. (978-1440318269, pap.). A detailed introduction to Zentangles, a method of creating images using structured patterns and doodles. Zentangles are designed to be both fun to draw, but also calming.

Han, Yaya, Allison DeBlasio, and Joey Marsocci. 1,000 Incredible Costume and Cosplay Ideas: A Showcase of Creative Characters from Anime, Manga, Video Games, Movies, Comics, and More. Quarry, 2013. 320 p. (978-1592536986, pap.). Featuring costumes made by people such as convention-goers to professional craftsman, this photo-filled book collects your favorite characters as imagined and created by fans.

Hart, Christopher. Figure It Out! Human Proportions: Draw the Head and Figure Right Every Time. Drawing with Christopher Hart, 2014. 144 p. (978-1936096732, pap.). Step-by-step instructions for figure drawing and gaining an understanding of human proportions.

Hartzler, Aaron. Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014. 416 p. (978-0316094641, pap.). Hartzler’s autobiography explores his childhood in a deeply evangelical household. His family regularly talked about the Rapture, singing songs and celebrating it. As Hartzler gets older, he begins making decisions and understanding more about himself that will lead to conflicts with his family.

Hill, Katie Rain. Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. 272 p. (978-1481418249, pap.). Hill’s memoir examines her childhood. At a young age, she realized that she had mistakenly been born into the body of a boy. In this open and straightforward memoir, Hill reflects on her upbringing and eventual decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teen.

Hirsch, Jeff. The Eleventh Plague. Scholastic, 2012. 288 p. (978-0545290159, pap.). War and disease have destroyed America. Twenty years after the Collapse, 15-year-old Stephen, his father, and his grandfather work as scavengers, searching for material to trade. When his grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma, Stephen must find safety and shelter. DBC05752

Ishikawa, Kenji, Kiyoshi Kawabata, and Verte Corp. The Manga Guide to the Universe. No Starch, 2011. 256 p. (978-1593272678, pap.). A manga-style exploration of our solar system, the Milky Way, and faraway galaxies.

Jeantet, Claude. Cardboard Creatures. David & Charles, 2014. 112 p. (978-1446304501, pap.). Learn to make decorative and functional animal sculptures out of cardboard.

Kawahara, Kazune. My Love Story!!, vol. 1. VIZ Media, 2014. 184 p. (978-1421571447, pap.). Takeo is huge and exudes machismo. But really, he’s not the ogre everyone imagines him to be. When he stops a pervert from groping a girl named Yamato on the train, Takeo falls in love.

Kleon, Austin. Newspaper Blackout. Harper Perennial, 2010. 208 p. (978-0061732973, pap.). No need to start with a blank page. Artist and poet Austin Kleon uses a newspaper and a permanent marker to create his poetry. This collection of poetry, also shared on Kleon’s website, will get readers thinking about alternative ways to write poems.

Kleon, Austin. Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. Workman, 2014. 224 p. (978-0761178972, pap.). Presents practical advice for starting creative projects and improving your chances of becoming discovered through strategies of networking and sharing works and ideas.

Konigsberg, Bill. Openly Straight. Arthur A. Levine, 2015. 336 p. (978-0545798655, pap.). Tired of being known as “the gay kid,” Rafe Goldberg decides to assume a new persona when he moves east and enters an elite Massachusetts prep school. But trying to deny his identity causes both complications and unexpected consequences. DB077101

Kroski, Ellyssa. Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 168 p. (978-1442256484, pap.). Libraries on the leading edge are integrating cosplay into their programming and events. Learn all about the world of cosplay and how you can host related events, workshops, makerspaces, clubs, and more in your library.

Kuklin, Susan. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out. Candlewick, 2015. 192 p. (978-0763673680, pap.). Six teens tell what it is like for them as members of the transgender community. DB078523

Levithan, David. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story. Speak, 2016. 224 p. (978-0147516107, pap.). In this companion novel to Will Grayson, Will Grayson, larger-than-life Tiny Cooper finally gets to tell his story, from his fabulous birth and childhood to his quest for true love and his infamous parade of ex-boyfriends, in the form of a musical he wrote.

Lockhart, E. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Disney-Hyperion, 2009. 352 p. (978-0786838196, pap.). Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to liven up their mediocre pranks. DB068055

Maberry, Jonathan. Rot & Ruin series. Multiple titles. Simon & Schuster Children’s, 2010–2015. 458–592 p. (ISBNs vary, bindings vary). Fourteen years ago, it was First Night, the night when the dead came back to life. Benny Imura’s older brother, Tom, saved him but couldn’t save their parents. Now Benny must decide if he will follow in his brother’s footsteps and learn to fight. DB072652, DB074086, DB077489 (Books 3-4)

Mathieu, Jennifer. The Truth About Alice. Square Fish, 2015. 224 p. (978-1250063021, pap.). Everyone thinks they know the truth about Alice Franklin. When Healy High School’s star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it’s rumored that it’s because he was sexting with Alice. In alternating narratives, four teens share what they think they know about Alice. DB079643

McGinnis, Mindy. In a Handful of Dust. Katherine Tegen, 2015. 416 p. (978-0062198549, pap.). In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Lucy is the adopted daughter of Lynn. While she does not want for anything in the house by the pond, she imagines a life outside her settled future. When disease rocks their small community, and the pond may be to blame, Lucy journeys to find an answer.

McGinnis, Mindy. Not a Drop to Drink. Katherine Tegen, 2014. 352 p. (978-0062198518, pap.). In this novel set in the future, when water has become scarce, Lynn must defend her pond against drought, animals, and people. When she hears gunshots and sees smoke coming her way, Lynn knows that her pond is not safe. Part apocalypse, part survival story.

McNeill, Suzanne, Sandy Steen Bartholomew, and Marie Browning. Joy of Zentangle: Drawing Your Way to Increased Creativity, Focus, and Well-Being. Fox Chapel, 2012. 159 p. (978-1574214277, pap.). An introduction to the methods of drawing Zentangles, as well as sample patterns to get readers started.

Meyer, L.A. Bloody Jack series. Multiple titles. Harcourt Brace, 2008–2016. 301–611 p. (ISBNs vary, pap.). Jacky Faber goes from orphan and street urchin to a respectable new life as a ship’s boy aboard the HMS Dolphin. However, Jacky must disguise that she is a girl in order to survive and remain on the ship. BR014624, BR015699, BR016476, BR017126, BR018066, BR018846, BR018900, BR019312

Murphy, Julie. Dumplin’. Balzer  Bray, 2015. 384 p. (978-0062327185). Willowdean doesn’t struggle with her weight. She’s a confident fat girl who isn’t interested in her mother’s beauty pageant or dieting advice. But when things start to get serious with Bo, her sort-of boyfriend, Willowdean begins to lose her sense of confidence. DB082707

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. Amistad, 2004. 281 p. (978-0064407311, pap.). Sixteen-year-old Steven Harmon tells his story from inside a jail cell, imagining his trial as a movie script. Is he really the monster the prosecution depicts him as, responsible for a murder? BR012515, DB056569

Ness, Patrick. The Rest of Us Just Live Here. Harper Teen, 2015. 336 p. (978-0062403162). Not everyone is meant to be the Chosen One, the hero of the story. Mikey and his friends are about to graduate from high school, and he just wants to get through the year, despite the over-the-top drama that always seems to be happening at school, from zombie fights to soul-eating ghosts.

ONE. One-Punch Man, vol. 1. VIZ Media, 2015. 200 p. (978-1421585642, pap.). Saitama may not look all that impressive. He normally has a blank expression on his face, his head is bald, and his physique is pretty bland. But he is the One-Punch Man, capable of beating villains with a single punch. Now if only he had a real challenge.

Parks, Carrie Stuart. Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces. North Light, 2003. 144 p. (978-1581802160, pap.). Instructions and exercises for beginning artists to try their hand at drawing realistic portraits.

Prince, Liz. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir.Zest, 2014. 256 p. (978-1936976553, pap.). Growing up, Prince wasn’t a girly girl. But she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either. This graphic memoir follows Prince through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to “be a girl.”

Radford, Tracey. Make Your Own Zoo: 35 Projects for Kids Using Everyday Cardboard Packaging. CICO, 2015. 128 p. (978-1782492566, pap.). Learn how to make miniature versions of your favorite animals, as well as scenery and enclosures, out of cardboard.

Roberts, Dustyn. Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists. McGraw-Hill Education, 2010. 368 p. (978-0071741675, pap.). An introductory guide to building moving mechanisms without overly technical explanations.

Rodriguez, Gaby, with Jenna Glatzer. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 240 p. (978-1442446236, pap.). Rodriguez shares her experience growing up in the shadow of lowered expectations, detailing how she was able to fake a pregnancy, and reveals what she learned from her experience.

Ryan, Carrie. The Dark and Hollow Places. Ember, 2012. 384 p. (978-0385738606, pap.). The conclusion to the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy. Annah lives alone in the crumbling Dark City, scavenging for food and supplies while avoiding the undead. When she meets Catcher, she thinks she’s found a reason to continue living. BR019384, DB073607

Ryan, Carrie. The Dead-Tossed Waves. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2011. 432 p. (978-0385736855, pap.). This sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth is told from the perspective of Gabry, Mary’s daughter. When she leaves the safety of her seaside village to go over the Barrier with friends, the night starts as an adventure and ends in tragedy. As chaos ensues, Gabry must flee into the Forest, where she will confront her past. BR019078, DB071614

Ryan, Carrie. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Ember, 2010. 336 p. (978-0385736824, pap.). Mary’s village is governed by the Sisterhood and bordered by a fence that protects them from the horde of undead. Mary gradually learns that the Sisterhood has been keeping secrets and that the fence is not as sound as it should be. BR018828, DB069192

Smith, Derek. Wallace and Gromit: The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual, vols. 1 and 2. Haynes, 2013. 232 p. (978-0857334114, pap.). An illustrated compilation of the many contraptions built by fictional inventor Wallace and his dog, Gromit.

Smith, Sherri L. Flygirl. Speak, 2010. 304 p. (978-0142417256, pap.). When America enters World War II, the army creates the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots. Ida Mae Jones, a young African American woman, suddenly sees a way to fly as well as do something to help her brother stationed in the Pacific. BR018643, DB069493

Stevenson, Noelle, and Grace Ellis. Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy. BOOM! Box, 2015. 128 p. (978-1608866878, pap.). The adventures of five best friends, who spend the summer at Lumberjane Scout Camp defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons.

Stevenson, Noelle, and Grace Ellis. Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max. BOOM! Box, 2015. 112 p. (978-1608867370, pap.). Five best pals are determined to have an awesome summer together at camp, and they’re not going to let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way.

St. James, James. Freak Show. Puffin, 2008. 304 p. (978-0142412312, pap.). Meet Billy Bloom, a new student at the ultra white, ultra rich, ultra conservative Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy and drag queen extraordinaire.

Stone, Tanya Lee. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Candlewick, 2009. 144 p. (978-0763645021, pap.). In the late 1950s, 13 women fought to become part of NASA’s space program, as astronauts. They took the same tests as male astronauts, underwent the same training, and often surpassed the men. But prejudice, insecurity, and sexism kept them from going into space. DB069713

Stone, Tanya Lee. Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers. Candlewick, 2013. 160 p. (978-0763665487, pap.). Stone presents the role of African Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers. These men fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II. BR019865

TenNapel, Doug. Cardboard. GRAPHIX, 2012. 288 p. (978-0545418737, pap.). When cardboard creatures magically come to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Trefil, James. Space Atlas: Mapping the Universe and Beyond. National Geographic Society, 2012. 336 p. (978-1426209710). A pictorial tour of the universe, starting with our solar system.

Treggiari, Jo. Ashes, Ashes. Scholastic, 2013. 352 p. (978-0545255646, pap.). In a postapocalyptic world ravaged by natural disasters and plague, only small bands of humans survive. Sixteen-year-old Lucy lives in the remnants of New York City’s Central Park, but when her camp is destroyed, she seeks refuge with a group of scavengers, in the hopes of avoiding Sweepers, who kidnap people for experimentation. DB074353

Wallace, Rich, and Sandra Neil Wallace. Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Calkins Creek, 2014. 272 p. (978-1590789810). Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias was a woman of many talents. She set a world record at the 1932 Olympics for track and field. She was a champion basketball player and a dominant professional golfer. This biography chronicles her life with detailed information and numerous archival images.

Weitz, Chris. The New Order. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. 320 p. (978-0316226301). Jefferson and his friends are separated when they try to bring a cure for the Sickness back to their home territory. Book 2 of the Young World trilogy.

Weitz, Chris. The Revival. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 272 p.(978-0316226349). Shocking events take place for Donna, Jefferson, Kath, and their tribe as they face their greatest challenge yet-—how to hold the new city-state of New York against a ruthless attack from the Old World. Book 3 of the Young World trilogy.

Weitz, Chris. The Young World. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015. 400 p. (978-0316226288, pap.). In the future, New York City is ruled by teens. The Sickness has wiped out the adult population, and teens now organize themselves into tribes. When a member of a tribe discovers a clue that could lead to a cure, Jefferson and four members of his tribe set out on a perilous journey to find answers. Book 1 of trilogy.

Willeford, Thomas. Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts. McGraw-Hill Education, 2011. 240 p. (978-0071762366, pap.). This steampunk guide shows readers how to create their own retro-futuristic gear.

Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel Volume 3: No Normal. Marvel Comics, 2014. 120 p. (978-0785190219, pap.). Kamala Khan is an ordinary 16-year-old Pakistani girl from Jersey City, until the night she is gifted extraordinary powers.

Wilson, G. Willow. Ms Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why. Marvel Comics, 2015. 136 p. (978-0785190226, pap.). Kamala is finally getting the hang of her powers, but she still has a lot to learn about being a superhero. With assistance from Wolverine, Medusa, and Lockjaw, she may finally be able to take on the Inventor.

Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel Volume 3: Crushed. Marvel Comics, 2015. 112 p. (978-0785192275, pap.). Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches. While Kamala may not be allowed to go to the dance, Ms. Marvel may have to make an appearance when Loki crashes the party.

Yang, Gene Luen. American Born Chinese. Square Fish, 2008. 240 p. (978-0312384487, pap.). Jin Wang is the only Asian American boy in his new school; Danny is a young man deeply embarrassed by his visiting Chinese cousin; and the Monkey King, a figure from Chinese lore, is desperate to be treated like a god.

Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. First Second, 2014. 176 p. (978-1596436978, pap.). Yang and illustrator Sonny Liew revive a golden-age superhero in this reimagining of his origin. Growing up in Chinatown, Hank Chu dreams of becoming a grocer like his father. His mother has other plans for his future after she is rescued by a local, white superhero.

Zimmer, Lori. The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse. Rockport, 2015. 160 p. (978-1631590276, pap.). A comprehensive look at the way cardboard is currently being used as a medium by several different artists.


Ball, Wes, director. The Maze Runner. 20th Century Fox, 2014. 113 min. (PG-13). Thomas wakes up trapped in a maze that changes every night. Like the other boys trapped there, he has no memory of who he is or the world outside the maze. When a girl arrives, the first girl the boys have seen here, she brings a warning that their world is about to change.

Ball, Wes, director. The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. 20th Century Fox, 2015. 132 min. (PG-13). The Gladers have escaped the maze, only to find a desolate landscape outside. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the boys from the Glade decide to take on the mysterious organization known as WICKED.

Burger, Neil, director. Divergent. Lionsgate, 2014. 139 min. (PG-13). Tris lives in a society where people are sorted into different factions based on their virtues and beliefs. When she is tested to see where she will be sorted, she is warned that she is Divergent, an individual who won’t fit in with any one group. Tris slowly uncovers a plot that could lead to the destruction of all Divergents.

Burton, Tim, director. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Warner Bros., 1985. 91 min. (PG). When his beloved bicycle is stolen, Pee-wee must go on a road trip to find and rescue the bike.

Donner, Richard, director. The Goonies. Warner Bros., 1985. 114 min. (PG). In this 1980s classic, a group of misfits sets out to find an ancient treasure in order to save their home from foreclosure.

Emmerich, Roland, director. The Day After Tomorrow. 20th Century Fox, 2004. 124 min. (PG-13). Jack Hall is a paleoclimatologist. When global warming sets off a new ice age, Jack and a small band of survivors must travel across the country to find his son.

Laner, Josh, director. My Other Me: A Film About Cosplayers. M.O.D. Entertainment, High Deaf Productions, 2013. 85 min. (Not Rated). A documentary that chronicles a year in the life of three different cosplayers: a veteran cosplayer who launched her career from cosplay, a 14-year-old first-timer, and a transgender cosplayer who found himself through the hobby of cosplay.

Lawrence, Francis, director. I Am Legend. Warner Bros., 2007. 101 min. (PG-13). Robert Neville is running out of time. While he is immune, a virus has swept over the earth. Neville appears to be the last human survivor left in New York City. For years, he sends out radio signals to try and locate anyone left, and tries to find a way to reverse the effects of the virus.

Levine, Jonathan, director. Warm Bodies. Lionsgate, 2013. 98 min. (PG-13). A retelling of Romeo and Juliet but with zombies. R lives at the airport and just sort of hangs out with the other zombies, until a living girl, Julie, shows up looking for supplies.

Liman, Doug, director. Edge of Tomorrow. Warner Bros., 2014. 113 min. (PG-13). A soldier in the war against invading aliens discovers that he can reset and relive the day, bringing knowledge of the future with him.

Miyazaki, Hayao, director. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 1984. 117 min. (PG). In the distant future, after humankind has damaged the planet in the Seven Days of Fire, only small villages survive. Nausicaä, the daughter of her village’s leader, explores the Toxic Jungle and seeks to understand the creatures that survive there. Perhaps they are the key to preventing another war.

Niccol, Andrew, director. The Host. Open Road Films, 2013. 125 min. (PG-13). Fewer and fewer humans live each day, as aliens take over their bodies. Melanie has survived with her brother and boyfriend but is soon captured. When the alien known as Wanderer takes over, Melanie fights for control of her mind and body.

Price, Loyd, and Christopher Sadler. Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions. Aardman Animations, 2002. Various runtimes. (TV-NR). In this television series, fictional inventor Wallace tests out his machines, usually with disastrous results. Luckily his dog, Gromit, is around to stop the mayhem.

Reeves, Matt, director. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. 20th Century Fox, 2014. 130 min. (PG-13). In this continuation of the series, it is now 2026 and humanity is nearly extinct. Attempting to find a power source, a small band of humans travels into the woods near San Francisco and discovers a community of intelligent apes. What starts as a tenuous peace treaty soon grows into a war.

Stanton, Andrew, director. WALL-E. Pixar Animation Studios, 2008. 98 min. (G). Earth has been abandoned, and humanity now sails around space in luxury ships. Garbage-collecting robot WALL-E does his best to keep up with the overwhelming trash that smothers the planet. When he finds a plant growing, it starts him on an adventure that will take him into space and perhaps bring humanity home.

Web Resources

30 Most Unique and Creative Cardboard Sculpture Designs. Examples of cardboard sculptures, ranging from art exhibits to costumes to video-game consoles.

35 Creative Halloween Costumes from Cardboard Boxes. A collection of box-related costumes, including Minecraft characters, the TARDIS, and others.

Altered Book Page. Alternate examples of blackout poetry using mixed media.

Art in a Jar: A Puzzle in Blue, Yellow and Shred. An alternate take on the book-in-a-jar display, featuring a famous painting cut into large strips.

Blackout Poetry. This artist’s website provides examples of blackout poetry involving intricate illustrations resembling Zentangles.

Blackout Poetry. This blog documents a teacher’s classroom experience using blackout poetry with her students.

Blackout Poetry. A lesson plan for middle- and high-school students on how to create blackout poetry.

Caine’s Arcade. Official website for Caine Monroy, the boy who built an elaborate cardboard arcade in his dad’s auto parts store. Features both the film Caine’s Arcade and the follow-up, Caine’s Arcade 2: From a Movie to a Movement.

Cardboard Armour. A collection of photos outlines the construction of cardboard armor.

Cardboard Costume Challenge. This site gathers images and tutorials from its annual challenge to design costumes from cardboard.

CD Art. Step-by-step instructions for creating CD scratch art.

CD-R Recordable Discs. Purchase packs of 25 to 100 CD-Rs.

Chain Reaction Challenge. An article on a Rube Goldberg competition at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Cool Cosmos. A NASA education website for infrared astronomy, featuring a section with questions for astronomers. The Night Sky and Stars sections offer information about constellations.

Crafty Friday: The Box House. A blog outlining the building of a series of box houses, including supplies used and the building process.

DIY Constellation Lightbox. Step-by-step directions, with pictures, for building a constellation light box.

Does YA Challenge or Reinforce Gender Stereotypes? An essay examining gender stereotypes in young adult literature.

Dystopian vs. Post-Apocalyptic Teen Books. An article on the differences between dystopian and postapocalyptic fiction for teens.

Epic Fort 2011. Videos and photos of an adult-sized cardboard fort, with a building supply list.

Genre Guide: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction for Teens. Article reviews the definition and common characteristics of postapocalyptic fiction aimed at teens.

Getting Started with Your First OOAK Doll Repaint: Supplies. A list of supplies needed for repainting a vinyl doll face.

Girlstart DeSTEMber Constellation Light Box. Step-by-step instructions and print-out for building a constellation light box.

Global Cardboard Challenge. The official site of the Global Cardboard Challenge, created by the Imagination Foundation. Explains how the challenge works, the value of play, and instructions on how to participate. Resources include a playbook with ideas for challenges, supply lists, and sponsor request letters.

Hands-On Activity: Design and Build a Rube Goldberg. activities/cub_simp_machines/cub_simp_machines_lesson05_activity1.xml. A lesson plan for building a Rube Goldberg machine, with educational objectives.

How Light Pollution Works. Information about how light pollution works, including its effects on animals and humans.

How to Build a Playhouse with Spare Cardboard Boxes. While focused on building cardboard playhouses, this article offers great tips for finding cardboard supplies and reinforcing a cardboard structure.

How to Fix Doll Hair. Instructions on how to determine the best method for fixing a doll’s hair.

How to Make Horns. A pictorial tutorial on how to make horns from rolled cardboard.

How to Work with Cardboard. A crafting blog that answers questions about working with cardboard. Provides several project ideas and guides at the bottom of the page.

Instructables LED Star Constellation Light or Night Light. Alternative directions for constructing a constellation light box that includes building your own lights and attaching them to a circuit board. A good option for those wanting to learn about astronomy and electronics.

Laptop Stand Made of a Pizza Box. Instructions on altering a pizza box to serve as a laptop computer stand.

List of Apocalyptic Films. A Wikipedia list of films that feature the end of the world or a postapocalyptic wasteland setting.

Make a Cardboard Instrument. Instructional videos and finished projects, all focused on making musical instruments, including guitars, harps, flutes, and more, out of cardboard.

Making a Newspaper Blackout Poem (Time-Lapse Video). Artist Austin Kleon demonstrates the process used to create a blackout poem.

Minecraft in Real Life! School of YouTube. Video depicting the building of a Minecraft fort using painted cardboard boxes.

Myths About Constellations. An overview of myths associated with the constellations identified by civilizations around the world.

Negative Space Art by Noma Bar. Examples of Noma Bar’s artwork that uses negative space.

Notoriously Too-Grown-Up Dolls Get a Cute Makeunder by a Clever Artist. An article on the controversy over Bratz dolls and how artist Sonia Singh is upcycling the dolls to be more natural.

Novelty Lights, Inc. CG10-G-CL Commercial Grade Christmas Mini Light Set. An example of where to purchase mini light strands with 10 lights.

OIC Loose-Leaf Book Rings. Listing for purchasing binder rings.

Passive Programming: Book in a Jar. This blog outlines the steps, with pictures, of creating a book in a jar, as well as patron reactions to the display.

PB Knock-Off Angel Wings. A tutorial on how to make folded wings with cardboard and papier mâché.

Positive and Negative Space Lesson Plan. Lesson plan aimed at elementary through middle school students, promoting awareness of shape and space.

A Real Page-Turner. A blog entry about the Rube Goldberg machine built to turn pages by Princeton University engineering students.

Rube Goldberg. Dedicated to the memory of Rube Goldberg and his art and engineering influence, this site is home to the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest and offers kits and educational resources for building Rube Goldberg machines.

Scratch-Art Wood Scratch Sticks. Safer than using a knife or other scratchboard tool, wooden scratch sticks can be used for scratch art.

StarChild Question of the Month. StarChild is NASA’s Learning Center for Young Astronomers. This page explains what constellations are and how we view them.

Stereotypes. A collection of book lists focusing on books that challenge stereotypes in literature for children and teens.

TanglePatterns. An index and graphic guide to Zentangle patterns, with instructions on how to draw them.

Teen Room CD Hanging. Step-by-step instructions for building a hanging CD wall decoration.

Top 10 Rube Goldberg Machines in Movies. A selection of scenes from movies featuring Rube Goldberg machines. Turns out we really like to use them to make breakfast.

Tree Change Dolls. Artist Sonia Singh’s website, where she repairs and upcycles discarded and damaged dolls.

Watch a 16" Tonner Doll—Charlotte—Repaint from Start to Finish Part 1. Step-by-step instructions, with pictures, on how to repaint a doll’s face.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten. A list, provided by the Young Adult Library Services Association, of teens’ top 10 titles. Review this list for popular books that can be used in your book-in-a-jar display.

Zentangle. The official site of the Zentangle method, which is a method of creating a beautiful image from a series of structured patterns.

Zombies, Zombies, Everywhere: Are You Ready for the Apocalypse? Extend your movie program by adding on one of the suggested activities included in this blog.

Image of a girl holding a paint brush and a white paint can next to an unpainted brown fence

Under Construction

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Adams, Ivy. The International Kissing Club. Walker Childrens, 2012. 400 p. (978-0802723185, pap.). Close friends traveling the world keep track of each other’s romantic relationships on an anonymous Facebook page.

Anderson, M.T. Burger Wuss. Candlewick, 2008. 188 p. (978-1439530726, lib. bdg.). Anthony’s girlfriend dumps him for another guy, so he plots revenge. The plan starts with Anthony getting a job at the burger joint where the other guy is a star employee. DB050325

Barker, David M. Organic Foods. Lerner, 2016. 64 p. (978-1467793919, lib. bdg.). An overview of what makes foods organic and how they differ from other foods at the grocery store.

Bauer, Joan. Close to Famous. Puffin, 2012. 272 p. (978-0142420171, pap.). Culpepper is a small town full of people with big dreams. If only Foster can help everyone accomplish their dreams while still learning how to bake. BR019473, DB073023

Bedford, Allan. The Unofficial Lego Builder’s Guide. No Starch, 2012. 240 p. (978-1593274412, pap.). Basic structure and techniques to build and sculpt better Lego systems.

Benwell, Sarah. The Last Leaves Falling. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. 368 p. (978-1481430654). Abe is Japanese and has ALS, which complicates his relationships, so he starts looking for new friendships online.

Blake, Susannah. Crafts for Revamping Your Room. Enslow, 2013. 32 p. (978-1464405754, pap.). Offers ideas on how to use recycled items to create crafts and redecorate your bedroom.

Boykins, Tamara. Dazzling Duct Tape Designs: Fashionable Accessories, Adorable Decor, and Many More Creative Crafts You Make at Home. Ulysses, 2013. 99 p. (978-1612431338, pap.). Duct-tape crafts include pillows, belts, and headbands.

Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. 288 p. (978-0316381994). Roz, a robot, wakes up alone on an island. Roz cares for an orphaned goose, and the island begins to feel like home until Roz’s past starts emerging.

Buzbee, Lewis. Bridge of Time. Square Fish, 2013. 320 p. (978-1250027344, pap.). Lee and Joan are friends who steal away on their school field trip and fall asleep at a lighthouse. They wake and discover the Golden Gate Bridge is gone.

Byers, Ann. Reid Hoffman and LinkedIn. Rosen Classroom, 2013. 128 p. (978-1448895243, lib. bdg.). The history and development of LinkedIn and how Hoffman created this professional networking site.

Carmichael, L.E. Amazing Feats of Civil Engineering. Essential Library, 2014. 112 p. (978-1624034275, lib. bdg.). Carmichael recounts the history of each project, including what was accomplished by the engineers, from bionic legs to vehicles going to Mars.

Cassriel, Betsy R. Robot Builders! Mason Crest, 2015. 48 p. (978-1422234266, lib. bdg.). Information on careers related to science and technology.

Chupeco, Rin. The Girl from the Well. Sourcebooks Fire, 2014. 272 p. (978-1402292187). Okiku wanders the world killing murderers and freeing innocent souls. DB080023

Cohen, Jacob. Getting the Most Out of Makerspaces to Build Robots. Rosen, 2014. 64 p. (978-1477778210, pap.). Explores different robot technology including Lego Mindstorms, Tetrix, and VEX Robotics.

Coleman, Tina, and Peggie Llanes. Teen Craft Projects 2. American Library Association, 2013. 128 p. (978-0838911525, pap.). Filled with craft projects to use with teens and includes instructions, time frames, and adaptations.

Cornille, Didier. Who Built That? Skyscrapers: An Introduction to Skyscrapers and Their Architects. Princeton Architectural, 2014. 84 p. (978-1616892708). This book features eight iconic buildings and their architects.

Croce, Nicholas. Enhancing Your Academic Digital Footprint. Rosen Central, 2012. 48 p. (978-1448883622, pap.). Croce teaches readers how to enhance the academic digital footprints they leave behind when using technology.

Danticat, Edwidge. Untwine: A Novel. Scholastic, 2015. 320 p. (978-0545423038). Giselle’s family is in a car accident that kills her twin sister. Unable to speak or move, Giselle plays her past over in her mind as she struggles with her guilt.

Darke, J.A. The Screaming Bridge. Stone Arch, 2015. 128 p. (978-1496503763, pap.). A bridge is haunted by a bunch of children whose bus went into the river below. Emma and her friends decide to go to the abandoned bridge.

Dashner, James. The Eye of Minds. Delacorte, 2013. 320 p. (978-0385741392). Michael plays the video game Virtnet, which sometimes has murderous results. The designers of the game take him on a mission to find the cyberterrorist. BR020329, DB077516

Davis, Joshua. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014. 240 p. (978-0374534981, pap.). Four Mexican immigrants and two science teachers build an underwater robot to win a national robot competition. BR020681, DB080725

DeWoskin, Rachel. Blind. Viking Books for Young Readers, 2014. 416 p. (978-0670785223). Entering high school during sophomore year is already a challenge, but Emma has to do that along with relearning how to do everything since she lost her sight.

Dresbach, Jesse. DIY String Art: 25 Designs to Create and Hang. Interweave, 2016. 128 p. (978-1632504678, pap.). Features designs you can make from string.

Drew, Sarah. Junk Box Jewelry: 25 DIY Low Cost (or No Cost) Jewelry Projects. Zest, 2012. 112 p. (978-0982732267, pap.). Instructions on how to use leftover craft materials to make new things.

Driza, Debra. Mila 2.0. Katherine Tegen, 2013. 480 p. (978-0062090362). Mila flees for her life after she discovers too much about her identity. She is an experiment created inside a computer lab. DBC01441

Driza, Debra. Mila 2.0: Redemption. Katherine Tegen, 2016. 416 p. (978-0062090423). Mila learns that she is a danger to the world, but the General may be a greater danger. She has to decide if she will come out and fight for her former world.

Driza, Debra. Mila 2.0: Renegade. Katherine Tegen, 2014. 448 p. (978-0062090393). Hunter and Mila are on the run again. She must protect him from whoever is trying to kill her as she accepts her true identity as a machine.

Duff, Haylie. The Real Girl’s Kitchen. Razorbill, 2013. 240 p. (978-1595146830, pap.). Blogger Haylie Duff turns her recipes and kitchen tricks into a book.

Dupre, Judith. Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings. Black Dog & Leventhal, 2013. 176 p. (978-1579129422). This full-color edition is arranged by the date of construction of the buildings.

Duyvis, Corinne. Otherbound. Harry N. Abrams, 2014. 400 p. (978-1419709289). Nolan can transport into the mind of a mute girl in another world. DB079482

Ellis, Deborah. The Breadwinner Trilogy. Groundwood, 2009. 520 p. (978-0888999597, pap.). Parvana is an 11-year-old girl in Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to help provide for her family. DB058951 (Book 1 Spanish Edition), DB055612 (Book 2), DB062759 (Book 3)

Farizan, Sara. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel. Algonquin Young Readers, 2014. 304 p. (978-1616202842). Leila is from a conservative Persian American family and doesn’t know how to tell them she is a lesbian. When she starts to fall for a new girl at school, she begins to confide in friends and discovers that everyone is more complicated than they seem.

Fine, Sarah. Of Metal and Wishes. Margaret K. McElderry,  2014. 336 p. (978-1442483583). A retelling of the The Phantom of the Opera, but in a slaughterhouse.

Fiore, Kelly. Taste Test. Walker Childrens, 2013. 352 p. (978-0802728388). Nora Henderson gets on a reality TV show called Taste Test where the winner of the contest gets a scholarship to a cooking school in Paris and a cash prize.

Foran, Racquel. Robotics: From Automatons to the Roomba. Essential Library, 2015. 112 p. (978-1624035647, lib. bdg.). The history, through the present, on everything robotics.

Ford, Jerry Lee Jr. Scratch 2.0 Programming for Teens. Cengage Learning PTR, 2014. 384 p. (978-1305075191, pap.). Even first-time programmers will be able to teach teens how to create animations and games using Scratch with this guide.

Gardiner, Matthew. Origami Decorations and Flowers. Windmill, 2015. 32 p. (978-1477755501, lib. bdg.). Step-by-step instructions for making origami figures.

Gardner, Robert. Solids, Liquids, and Gases Experiments: Using Water, Air, Marbles, and More. Enslow, 2012. 48 p. (978-0766039629, lib. bdg.). Provides other ideas for engineering challenges for further programming or for teens interested in continuing to engineer at home.

Gay, Kathlyn. Do You Know What to Eat? Enslow, 2015. 128 p. (978-0766069879, lib. bdg.). Discusses the challenges of people facing eating problems.

Gold, Rozanne. Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2009. 160 p. (978-1599904450, pap.). Features more than 80 recipes, created by a group of teen chefs, centered on fresh foods. DB072405

Goldschadt, Sarah, and Lexi Walters Wright. Pom-Poms! 25 Awesomely Fluffy Projects. Quirk, 2013. 96 p. (978-1594746451, pap.). Brighten your home decor with these craft projects.

Green, Deborah. Your Sharpie Style: 75 Original Sharpie Craft Projects to Design Your Home and Your Life. William Morrow, 2016. 144 p. (978-0062434838, pap.). A variety of Sharpie crafts for beginners through advanced crafters.

Griffin, Bethany. The Fall. Greenwillow, 2015. 432 p. (978-0062107862, pap.). Reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, in which Madeline and her twin brother, Roderick, suffer from the Usher family illness, but she hears the house talking to her, filling her dreams, controlling her actions, and ensuring she never leaves the property.

Grogan, Shannon. From Where I Watch You. Soho Teen, 2015. 304 p. (978-1616955540). After Kara’s sister drowns, her parents split up. Her mom keeps Kara close, but all she wants to do is bake and leave her hometown. Then her teacher tells her about a baking contest in San Francisco.

Gurstelle, William. The Art of the Catapult: Build Greek Ballistae, Roman Onagers, English Trebuchets, and More Ancient Artillery. Chicago Review, 2004. 192 p. (978-1556525261, pap.). Gurstelle shares building instructions for and history about seven different catapults.

Han, Jenny, and Siobhan Vivian. Ashes to Ashes. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014. 400 p. (978-1442440814). They only wanted to get even. Lillia, Kat, and Mary must work together to stop what they started.

Han, Jenny, and Siobhan Vivian. Burn for Burn. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 384 p. (978-1442440760, pap.). Kat, Lillia, and Mary want revenge. They need each other’s help so that they won’t get caught.

Han, Jenny, and Siobhan Vivian. Fire with Fire. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014. 544 p. (978-1442440791, pap.). The girls’ scheme didn’t work exactly as planned. Now they just need to get back to their normal lives.

Hanson, Anders. Cool String Art: Creative Activities That Make Math and Science Fun for Kids. Checkerboard, 2013. 32 p. (978-1617838248). Advanced crafting instructions including diagrams and illustrations to complete projects.

Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Bombay Blues. Push, 2014. 560 p. (978-0545384780). Dimple is going to a family wedding. She wants to become her own person, yet she has a lot to learn from her parents and her ancestors.

Hidier, Tanuja Desai. Born Confused. Push, 2014. 512 p. (978-0545664516, pap.). Dimple has resisted her family’s traditions, but now her culture is the “in” thing. DB055988

Higgins, Jane. The Bridge. Tundra, 2012. 352 p. (978-1770494374). It’s the future, and the City is divided. Nik believes he will be asked to join a special security group. Then a bomb goes off in the school and Nik is being hunted. When he crosses the bridge, he discovers that all is not what it has seemed.

Jezewski, Mayumi. Origami Jewelry. Dover, 2016. 64 p. (978-0486805641 pap.). An easy-to-follow guide with illustrated directions for creating origami jewelry.

Kallen, Stuart. Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Referencepoint, 2015. 80 p. (978-1601528766). Research on the importance of the invention of Facebook.

Kamberg, Mary-Lane. Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, and Twitter. Rosen, 2012. 128 p. (978-1448869138, lib. bdg.). The history and development of Twitter and how these young adults created the successful social media outlet.

Kato, Shuki, and Jordan Langerak. Origami City: Fold More Than 30 Global Landmarks. Rockport, 2015. 144 p. (978-16311590269, pap.). Introductions to origami basics including illustrations that lead you step by step through folding 30 global landmarks.

Kindl, Patrice. Keeping the Castle. Speak, 2013. 272 p. (978-0142426555, pap.). Seventeen-year-old Althea Crawley’s mission is to secure a husband rich enough to repair the family’s crumbling castle, since her wealthier live-in stepsisters aren’t much help. This sharp-witted comedy of manners set in 19th-century England mirrors the narrative voice of Jane Austen.

Kmiec, Pawl “Sariel.” The Unofficial Lego Technic Builder’s Guide. No Starch, 2012. 352 p. (978-1593274344, pap.). Information on creating realistic and to-scale models of simple to advanced machines.

Knight, Choly. Awesome Duct Tape Projects: Also Includes Washi, Masking, and Frog Tape. Design Originals, 2014. 64 p. (978-1574218954, pap.). Learn how to personalize and organize using duct tape, washi tape, FrogTape, and masking tape.

Lawlor, Joe. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2013. 248 p. (978-0802854131, pap.). Jun Li is a computer genius, but he gets framed for committing cyberbullying. He has only a few days to clear his name.

Lewis, Anna M. Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers. Chicago Review, 2014. 272 p. (978-1613745083). This book tells the stories of 22 female architects, engineers, and landscape designers from the 1800s to today. Engaging profiles based on historical research and firsthand interviews stress how childhood passions, perseverance, and creativity led these women to overcome challenges and break barriers to achieve great success in their professions.

Lewis, R.C. Stitching Snow. Disney-Hyperion, 2014. 336 p. (978-1423185079). Essie’s talent is repairing robots and drones, but her hidden secret is being a princess.

Lippert-Martin, Kristen. Tabula Rasa. Egmont USA, 2014. 352 p. (978-1606845189). A corporation is erasing Sarah’s memories, but after an attack on the facility, she begins to regain her memories.

Locricchio, Matthew. Teen Cuisine. Skyscape, 2014. 207 p. (978-1477847961, pap.). Recipes for meals using fresh ingredients and made from scratch.

Lough, Amber. The Fire Wish. Ember, 2015. 336 p. (978-0385369794, pap.). Two teens, a Baghdad princess and a jinni, switch places.

Marcovitz, Hal. Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Google. Referencepoint, 2015. 80 p. (978-1601528742). Discusses the importance of Google and how Larry Page and Sergey Brin invented it.

Maleri, Jayna. Super Cute Duct Tape: Fabric, Lace, and Washi Tape for Your Gear. Taunton, 2015. 32 p. (978-1627109901, pap.). Describes 20 projects, including curtains and a sunglasses case.

Maletsky, Sophie. Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects. Zest, 2014. 240 p. (978-1936976546, pap.). Features easy-to-follow directions for tweens and teens on how to make amazing duct-tape crafts.

Marji, Majed. Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Art, Science, Math and Games. No Starch, 2014. 288 p. (970-1593275433, pap.). Scratch is a MIT visual program that teaches children and teens to create computer games and programs. This book teaches how to integrate topics like art, math, and science.

McCarry, Sarah. Dirty Wings. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014. 288 p. (978-1250049384). A friendship is formed between Maia and Cass, which changes the outcome of both their lives in this retelling of the story of Persephone.

McFadden, Laura. Knitless: 50 No-Knit, Stash-Busting Yarn Projects. Running, 2015. 160 p. (978-0762456642, pap.). Fifty uses for the leftover yarn from other completed projects.

McManus, Sean. How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons. Walter Foster Jr., 2015. 64 p. (978-1633220508, pap.). This book breaks down the Scratch software into a very basic way to learn the technology.

McNeal, Laura. The Incident on the Bridge. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2016. 336 p. (978-0375870798). A town suspects suicide when Thisbe is last seen standing on the edge of a bridge.

Mercer, Bobby. Junk Drawer Physics: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don’t Cost a Thing. Chicago Review, 2014. 208 p. (978-1613749203, pap.). Provides inexpensive challenge ideas for additional programming for teens who would like to practice their engineering skills.

Myers, Walter Dean. On a Clear Day. Crown Books for Young Readers, 2014. 256 p. (978-0385387538). In this novel set in 2035, the world has divided into Gaters, who live in closed safe communities; favelos, the poor and starving; and terrorists and mercenaries. DB079719

Nagle, Jeanne. Getting to Know Scratch. Rosen Classroom, 2014. 64 p. (978-1477776971, lib. bdg.). This guidebook introduces teens to programming languages and is a great resource for an aspiring coder.

Neri, G. Knockout Games. Carolrhoda, 2014. 304 p. (978-1467732697). As the gang leader’s girlfriend, Erica uses her technology skills to publicize the gang. DB079635

Nix, Garth. To Hold the Bridge. HarperCollins, 2015. 416 p. (978-0062292520). A collection of short stories that are a mix of horror, science fiction, and fantasy.

Owen, Ruth. Ready, Aim, Fire! Powerkids, 2014. 32 p. (978-1477762868, lib. bdg.). Information on how to build various devices that can launch pom-poms, paper balls, or marshmallows.

Pascual, Paula. Paper Pom-Poms: Creative Projects and Ideas to Decorate Your Life. Lark Crafts, 2016. 96 p. (978-1454709084, pap.). A variety of beginner-friendly paper projects perfect for decorating your home or garden.

Patterson, James.House of Robots series. Multiple titles. Little, Brown, 2014–2015. 316–352 p. ISBNs vary. A highly illustrated series about an extraordinary robot who attends fifth grade. DB081080

Pilegaard, Ulrik, and Mike Dooley. Forbidden Lego: Build the Models Your Parents Warned You Against! No Starch, 2007. 192 p. (978-1593271374, pap.). For advanced Lego enthusiasts who need the next challenge. This book adds other building materials to step up the game on building these Lego structures.

Priwer, Shana, and Cynthia Phillips. Bridges and Spans. Routledge, 2009. 112 p. (978-0765681201). Examining the history, design, and disasters of a variety of bridges.

Rajczak, Kristen. Instagram: Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Rosen Young Adult, 2015. 128 p. (978-1477779170). The history and development of Instagram and how these young adults created it.

Rau, Dana Meachen. A Teen Guide to Quick, Healthy Snacks. Compass Point, 2011. 64 p. (978-0756544065, lib. bdg.). Fast and healthy snack recipes.

Rauf, Don. Rachael Ray. Enslow, 2016. 128 p. (978-0766073302, lib. bdg.). A biography of the famous chef.

Reid, Emily. I Can Make Decorations. Windmill, 2015. 32 p. (978-1477755600, lib. bdg.). Includes ideas that could be used as makerspace projects.

Reinhardt, Dana. How to Build a House. Ember, 2009. 240 p. (978-0375844546, pap.). Shaken by the recent divorce of her father and stepmother and her separation from stepsister and best friend Tess, Harper Evans jumps at the chance to participate in a summer program in a small Tennessee town, where she and other high school students will build a new house for a family whose home was destroyed by a tornado. DB068388

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Quirk, 2013. 382 p. (978-1594746031, pap.). Sixteen-year-old Jacob, traumatized by his grandfather’s sudden, violent death, travels with his father to a remote island off the coast of Wales to find the orphanage where his grandfather was sent to escape Nazi persecution in Poland. When he arrives, he finds much more than he bargained for: the children from his grandfather’s stories are still at the orphanage, living in a time loop in 1940. DB075853

Roesler, Jill. Your Digital Footprint: 12 Things You Need to Know. 12 Story Library, 2016. 32 p. (978-1632352255, lib. bdg.). Information about your digital footprint.

Roux, Madeleine. Asylum. HarperCollins, 2014. 336 p. (978-0062220974, pap.). Recently graduated from a high school where he never fit in, Dan Crawford finds a happy new home at New Hampshire College Prep—or so he thinks. It’s true that he becomes close friends almost immediately with fellow students Abby and Jordan, but at the outset none of them fully realized that their dorm’s previous function as an asylum for the criminally insane was not just a fascinating fact; it is a history that continues to insinuate itself into the present.

Sarn, Amelie. I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister. Delacorte, 2014. 160 p. (978-0385743761). Two Muslim sisters who were previously very close are pushed apart by their differing religious views.

Silvera, Adam. More Happy Than Not. Soho Teen, 2015. 304 p. (978-1616955601). With the help of his girlfriend, 16-year-old Aaron attempts to be happy despite painful memories of his father’s suicide and his own attempted suicide. But he feels as though he can’t find happiness again, until he meets and becomes friends with Thomas, for whom he has an increasing attraction. After being beaten by his friends, he considers having a memory-alteration procedure to “straighten” himself out. DB082411

Smith, Dodie. I Capture the Castle. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2003. 343 p. (978-0312316167, pap.). The story of 17-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. At a low point in the Mortmains’ life in their castle, Cassandra begins a journal vividly describing her family’s unusual life and her feelings about growing up in the 1930s. DB047004

Smith, Tana. DIY Bedroom Decor: 50 Awesome Ideas for Your Room. Adams Media, 2015. 192 p. (978-1440588020, pap.). Tana, the maker of the TanaMontana100 YouTube channel, brings you do-it-yourself projects to personalize your bedroom.

Standiford, Natalie. The Boy on the Bridge. Scholastic, 2013. 256 p. (978-0545334815). A love story set in the time of the Cold War between a Russian and an American. Will they risk everything for love, or will they surrender to the world around them?

Stuber, Barbara. Girl in Reverse. Margaret K. McElderry, 2014. 336 p. (978-1442497344). An adopted girl wants to learn about her biological mother and her Chinese heritage. While she wants to learn from her past, her family is pushing her too hard toward her future. IN PROCESS

Talley, Robin. Lies We Tell Ourselves. Harlequin Teen, 2014. 384 p. (978-0373211333). A joint school project by a white student and an African American student in 1959 shines light on several racial issues.

Taylor, Chloe. Sew Zoey series. Multiple titles. Simon Spotlight, 2013–2016. 160–176 p. ISBNs vary. This series focuses on Zoey, who is an aspiring fashion designer.

Taylor, Greg. Killer Pizza. Square Fish, 2011. 368 p. (978-0312674854, pap.). Toby starts working at Killer Pizza, making pizzas named after monsters. He didn’t know he also signed up for monster hunting. IN PROCESS

Taylor, Nicole M. Bots series. Multiple titles. EPIC, 2015–2016. 198–208 p. (ISBNs vary.). A six-book series about robotics genius Edmond West.

Wagner, Laura Rose. Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go. Harry N. Abrams, 2015. 272 p. (978-1419712043). An earthquake hits Haiti, and Magdalie loses everything except her sister. Then her sister chooses to move to Miami. This is her story of sorrow and how she learns to cope.

Williams, Kathryn. Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous. Square Fish, 2013. 256 p. (978-1250027450, pap.). Sophie loves to cook and gets to compete in a contest to win a prize of going to culinary school. Things get complicated when she falls for another contestant.

Wood, Antony, ed. 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings. Images Publishing, 2015. 296 p. (978-1864706512). This book highlights the current list of the 100 tallest buildings.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. Nancy Paulsen, 2014. 352 p. (978-0399252518). Woodson tells the story of her youth in free verse, beginning with her birth in 1963, during the Civil Rights Movement. She recounts racial discrimination, her family, and her discovery of joy in writing. BR020541, DB080026

Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Delacorte, 2015. 320 p. (978-0553496642). Madeline, a biracial 18-year-old, has severe combined immunodeficiency, a rare condition that renders her allergic to nearly everything and requires her to live inside a carefully sealed environment. She is homeschooled, and one of the assignments for her architecture class is to design a model outdoor shopping/dining center in her favorite style—art deco. DB082468

Movies and DVDs

Ballard, Carroll, director. Fly Away Home. Columbia, 1996. 107 min. (PG). Amy finds a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned. Amy and her dad teach the baby birds how to fly using ultralight airplanes that they built.

Bay, Michael, director. Transformers: Age of Extinction. Paramount, 2014. 165 min. (PG-13). Autobots are on the run from bounty hunters, but they team up with a family to face the CIA.

Bird, Brad, director. Ratatouille. Pixar, 2007. 111 min. (G). Remy, a rat, and Linguini, a human, team up to cook in Gateau’s famous restaurant.

Burton, Tim, director. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Warner Bros., 2005. 115 min. (PG). Willy Wonka opens his factory for the first time to several children who found a golden ticket inside their chocolate bars.

del Toro, Guillermo, director. Pacific Rim. Warner Bros., 2013. 131 min. (PG-13). Huge monsters from the sea begin a war on the human population. Two heros are paired with enormous robots to hopefully win the battle.

Ephron, Nora, director. Julie and Julia. Columbia, 2009. 123 min. (PG-13). Julie, a blogger, challenges herself to cook all the recipes in Julia Child’s first cookbook.

Favreau, Jon, director. Iron Man. Paramount, 2008. 126 min. (PG-13). Tony Stark, a genius who invents weapons, is held captive, but instead of making weapons for terrorists he creates Iron Man to save and free himself.

Fincher, David, director. The Social Network. Columbia, 2010. 120 min. (PG-13). A college student named Mark Zuckerberg creates Facebook, which makes him the youngest-ever billionaire but also brings many complications.

Hallstrom, Lasse, director. The Hundred Foot Journey. DreamWorks, 2014. 122 min. (PG). The Kadam family flee India and move to France. They start a restaurant across from an award-winning French restaurant.

Howard, Ron, director. A Beautiful Mind. Universal, 2001. 135 min. (PG-13). A mathematical genius, John Nash makes a life-changing discovery but then loses himself in his work. After many trials he is successful and wins a Nobel Prize.

Israelite, Dean, director. Project Almanac. Paramount, 2015. 106 min. (PG-13). Teens find the blueprints to build a time machine.

Kosinski, Joseph, director. Tron: Legacy. Walt Disney, 2010. 125 min. (PG). Inside a digital world, a son has to defeat his own father’s evil creation.

Levy, Shawn, director. Real Steel. DreamWorks, 2011. 127 min. (PG-13). Robot boxing is a huge sport, so when Charlie, a former boxer, finds a small robot, he fixes it to box for him.

Lord, Phil, director. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Columbia, 2009. 90 min. (PG). Flint Lockwood creates a machine that invents food.

Nolan, Christopher, director. Inception. Warner Bros., 2010. 148 min. (PG-13). Cobb can steal secrets while someone is sleeping. This has made him a fugitive and an asset.

Nolan, Christopher, director. Interstellar. Paramount, 2014. 169 min. (PG-13). Takes place in the future, when Earth is experiencing a massive drought, causing an extreme food shortage. NASA researches and explores other planets to extend life.

Proyas, Alex. I, Robot. 20th Century Fox, 2004. 115 min. (PG-13). In the future, a cop investigates a crime in which he suspects a robot.

Schreier, Jake, director. Paper Towns. Fox 2000, 2015. 109 min. (PG-13). After an all-night adventure, Quentin’s lifelong crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.

Shriner, Wil, director. Hoot. Hoot, 2006. 91 min. (PG). Three kids take a stand against developers to protect endangered owls in Florida.

Softley, Iain, director. Hackers. United Artists, 1995. 107 min. (PG-13). Banned by the Secret Service from using computers until he is 18 years old because he wrote a computer virus, Dade finds out that another genius is planning a computer virus.

Stuart, Mel, director. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Warner Bros., 1971. 100 min. (G). In this classic book adaptation, Willy Wonka opens his factory for the first time to several children who found a golden ticket inside their chocolate bars.

Trevorrow, Colin, director. Jurassic World. Universal, 2015. 124 min. (PG-13). A new park is opened on the remains of the failed Jurassic Park.

Whedon, Joss, director. Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel Studios, 2015. 142 min. (PG-13). Tony Stark and the other Avengers battle the villainous Ultron.

Web Resources

The 10 Best New Skyscrapers in the World. The top-ranked skyscrapers in the world.

The 25 Best Skylines in the World. City skylines ranked by height and amount of buildings.

35 DIY String Art Patterns. Several different nail-and-string art designs.

50 Fun Things to Do with Paint Chip Samples. Fifty paint-chip crafts.

The 70 Best New Buildings of the Year. These 70 buildings represent the best new architecture.

Build. An online Lego building experience using Google Chrome and Google Maps.

Building Big. Exploring large structures like bridges, skyscrapers, dams, tunnels, and domes.

Building Safer Structures. Information about how earthquakes have destroyed buildings and how engineers are trying to create stronger and safer buildings for the future.

Classroom Resources. Classroom resources including activities and videos for a variety of ages.

Code. A website made to expand access to computer science to every school in every area.

Crafting With Ali: Paint Chip. Alternate version of a paint-chip skyline project.

Create an Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge for Kids. Provides information on planning an Engineering Mystery Bag Challenge for kids up to age 12. Includes suggested challenges and materials, as well as photos of finished prototypes.

Digital Footprint. Common Sense Media highlights what a digital footprint is and how to raise media-savvy kids. Includes videos.

Digital Reputation. Digital reputation information and ways to protect it.

Disability in Kidlit. Book reviews and discussion on the portrayal of disability in middle-grade and young adult literature.

Hands-on Activity: Shapes of Strength. Teaching the history of engineering, including the strength of different shapes.

K’Nex. Rods and connectors that allow a participant to build stationary and movable objects.

Latinos in Kid Lit. Latino children’s and young adult book lists.

Learning from Librarians and Teens About YA Library Spaces. An adult viewpoint of the best way to design a teen space within the library based on a variety of themes.

Lego Building Instructions. Downloadable instructions for building a range of Lego creations.

Make: Brushbot Kit. Purchase a brushbot party pack (set of 12).

Makerspace. Includes costs, updated information, and resources on creating a makerspace.

Makerspace Resources. Makerspace resources compiled along with videos and research.

Print and Cut Floor Plan Worksheet. Worksheets and activities for designing a tiny house.

Rich in Color. Showcases new multicultural young adult books.

Robot Magazine. Information on current robots, including kits and other news.

Scratch. A free web program to create stories, games, and animations.

ShakeZone for Kids. Activities and video footage of earthquakes. Information on shake-table testing of building models.

Structures and Large-Scale Projects. International database and gallery of structures.

Teen Iron Chef. Includes additional information about hosting an Iron Chef cooking challenge at your library, including getting food donations from local organizations.

Teen Space Guidelines. Space guidelines for the teen area in the library. Based on information collected in 2011 from the library community.

Teens Read Fun Foodie Fiction. Resource list from the Santa Clara County Library of a variety of books about cooking and food.

Top 5 Teen Zone Trends. Identifies top trends with teens in libraries and schools particularly pertaining to teen spaces.

Top Chef Shenanigans: From Olives to Marshmallow Fluff—Teen Programming That Works. Describes a Top Chef Shenanigans competition for teens based on one-minute games.

TPiB: Brushbots. An example of a brushbot library program.

Tween Program: Maze Maker. Describes a program where tweens designed a marble maze with a variety of materials.

When We Word Search. An assortment of word searches.

The World’s 20 Best Skylines, Ranked. This is a worldwide ranking of the best skylines according to which is most impressive and has the best engineering.

YA Friday: Cupcake Wars. A cupcake-themed Top Chef challenge where teens had to decorate a cupcake inspired by a book of their choice.

Beyond the Library Walls

Image of a boy holding a video camera to record his friend on a skateboard


Aldrich, Margret. The Little Free Library Book. Coffee House, 2015. 264 p. (978-1566894074). This book looks at the history of the Little Free Library, from the first to the more than 20,000 in many countries around the world. It also includes short stories and advice from owners of libraries.

Alpert, Mark. The Six. Sourcebooks Fire, 2015. 368 p. (978-1492615293). Adam has muscular dystrophy and has six months to live—but he is given the option to live forever as a military experiment.

Andraka, Jack, with Matthew Lysiak. Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World. HarperCollins, 2015. 256 p. (978-0062369659). This is the story of 14-year-old Matthew Lysiak and how he came to find a more effective way of diagnosing pancreatic cancer.

Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Harry N. Abrams, 2015. 305 p. (978-1419719608). Greg’s life changes when he is forced into a friendship with Rachel, who is dying of leukemia.

Anniss, Matt. Fighting Cancer. Gareth Stevens, 2014. 48 p. (978-1482413458, pap.). Facts about cancer, including causes, treatments, prevention, and screening.

Beals, Melba Pattillo. Warriors Don’t Cry: The Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High. Simon Pulse, 2007. 240 p. (978-1416948827, pap.). Melba was one of the first African American teens to integrate Little Rock Central High School. This is her story of her fears and the abuse she endured from the white students and their parents.

Beaufrand, M.J. The Rise and Fall of the Gallivanters. Harry N. Abrams, 2015. 288 p. (978-1419714955). In Portland in 1983, Noah becomes obsessed with finding girls who have gone missing. At the same time, his best friend is battling a mysterious illness. As their band prepares for the battle of the bands, Noah tries to find answers.

Berry, Nina. The Notorious Pagan Jones. Harlequin Teen, 2015. 400 p. (978-0373211432). Pagan killed her family while driving drunk. Her life turns upside down as she moves from famous movie star to juvenile delinquent.

Canfield, Jack, Mark Victor Hansen, and Amy Newmark. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times for Teens: 101 Stories About the Hardest Parts of Being a Teenager. Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2012. 400 p. (978-1935096801, pap.). Inspiring short stories of the challenges teens face.

Cervantes, Angela. Gaby, Lost and Found. Scholastic, 2013. 224 p. (978-0545489454). Gaby volunteers at a local animal shelter and wants to adopt a cat. Then her mother gets deported and her dreams of a perfect family start to slip away. DBC01444

Chambers, Aidan. Dying to Know You. Harry N. Abrams, 2012. 288 p. (978-1419701658). Karl’s girlfriend asks him to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. Karl seeks out her favorite author to write the letter for him. The author agrees under the condition that he can first interview Karl. The letter has unexpected consequences for them all. DB075634

Cheaney, J.B. I Don’t Know How the Story Ends. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015. 288 p. (978-1492609445). Isobel moves to Hollywood during World War I while her father is overseas fighting in the war. Ranger wants Izzy and her sister to be in the movie he is directing—but how does the movie end?

Cherry, Alison. The Classy Crooks Club. Aladdin, 2016. 336 p. (978-1481446372). Sent to spend the summer with her prim and proper grandmother, AJ is thrilled to join her grandmother’s heist club.

Chong, Susan Burns. Community Gardens: Grow Your Own Vegetables and Herbs. Rosen, 2014. 64 p. (978-1477717776, lib. bdg.). Discusses the why and how of community gardening.

Clinton, Chelsea. It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going. Philomel, 2015. 416 p. (978-0399176128). Chelsea uses her own experiences to cover different social issues such as poverty, education, and health, both globally and in the United States. DB082373

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic, 2010. 384 p. (978-0439023528, pap.). The rulers of Panem use hunger and food to control the public. Two teen representatives from each district of the country are chosen by lottery to participate in a life- and-death competition called the Hunger Games—only the strongest will survive. BR018488, DB068384, DB074957 (Spanish Edition), BR018554, DB069689, DB074971 (Spanish Edition), BR019134, DB071734, DB074983 (Spanish Edition)

Conaghan, Brian. When Mr. Dog Bites. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2014. 368 p. (978-1619633469). Dylan overhears his doctor saying that his life is going to end as he knows it, causing him to start checking things off his bucket list.

Cooney, Caroline B. Hit the Road. Paw Prints, 2008. 183 p. (978-1439521175, lib. bdg.). Brit is spending time at Nannie’s while her parents take a trip. Her visit quickly turns into a cross-country road trip with three senior citizens involving kidnapping, bad guys, and a class reunion.

Cornell, Kari. The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book: Fun Projects for All Seasons. Millbrook, 2015. 48 p. (978-1467726474, lib. bdg.). Includes a variety of ideas for gardening as well as projects to do in your garden such as testing the soil’s pH balance.

Covey, Sean. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Touchstone, 2014. 288 p. (978-1476764665, pap.). Discusses ways to cope with important teen issues such as parents, relationships, and the future. DB066870

Crutcher, Chris. Deadline. Greenwillow, 2007. 316 p. (978-0060850890). Diagnosed with a rare version of leukemia, 18-year-old Ben decides to keep his disease a secret. He starts a mission of living a lifetime in one year. BR017545, DB065481

De Vries, Maggie. Hunger Journeys. HarperCollins, 2014. 240 p. (978-0062313515, pap.). During World War II, two girls try to get close to the German border to find food. They are caught with false papers by German soldiers, but they escape on a train that may lead them into more danger.

Donovan, Sandy. Volunteerin Smarts: How to Find Opportunities, Create a Positive Experience, and More. Twenty-First Century, 2012. 64 p. (978-0761370215, lib. bdg.). Tips and tricks on how to find the best volunteering opportunities as well as how to be successful as a volunteer.

Downham, Jenny. Before I Die. Ember, 2009. 336 p. (978-0385751834, pap.). With just months left to live, Tessa compiles a list of things to do before she dies.

Dyer, Hadley. Watch This Space: Designing, Defending and Sharing Public Spaces. Kids Can, 2010. 80 p. (978-1554532933). Introduces the ins and outs of public space and how to use it.

Earl, Esther, Lori Earl, and Wayne Earl. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2014. 448 p. (978-0525426363). Esther died of cancer at the age of 16, but she left a legacy. She created a nonprofit organization to financially help families living with a child with cancer.

Eboch, Chris. Living with Dyslexia. Abdo, 2014. 112 p. (978-1624032448, lib. bdg.). Explores how people with dyslexia can overcome the challenges they face in school as well as how dyslexia is diagnosed and treated.

Etherington, Natasha. Gardening for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Special Educational Needs. Jessica Kingsley, 2012. 160 p. (978-1849052788, pap.). Explores positive outcomes, including physical, social, and emotional advantages of incorporating gardening into the lives of teens who have autism.

Furgang, Kathy. Ending Hunger and Homelessness Through Service Learning. Rosen Young Adult, 2015. 80 p. (978-1477779590). Various ways to help people who are hungry and in need.

Gantos, Jack. Dead End in Norvelt. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011. 352 p. (978-0374379933). Jack helps out an elderly neighbor with writing obituaries during the summer. BR019490, DB074209

Garza, Sarah. Action! Making Movies. Teacher Created Materials, 2013. 64 p. (978-1433349492, pap.). Includes facts about how movies are made, different technologies that can be used, and the people who make the movies.

Gay, Kathlyn. Volunteering: The Ultimate Teen Guide. Scarecrow, 2007. 127 p. (978-0810858336, pap.). A guide with ideas for teens who want to make a difference in their communities. This includes basic ideas as well as more advanced projects.

Graham, Amy. Choosing a Community Service Career. Enslow, 2011. 128 p. (978-1598453126, pap.). This book describes a variety of careers in the community service field.

Green, John. The Fault in Our Stars. Dutton, 2012. 318 p. (978-0525478812). Hazel and Augustus meet in a cancer support group. Augustus causes Hazel to examine her outlook on life and on love. DB074112, DB077980 (Spanish Edition)

Hall, Shyima, with Lisa Wysocky. Hidden Girl: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014. 240 p. (978-1442481688). Hall was sold into slavery when she was eight years old, smuggled into the United States and hidden by her captors. When she was finally found she was put into the foster care system.

Hamilton, Bethany, with Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. MTV, 2006. 240 p. (978-1416503460, pap.). Hamilton, a teen surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003, shares the story of her attack and her return to surfing. BR019783, DB059485

Hand, Carol. Urban Gardening. Lerner, 2016. 64 p. (978-1467793902, lib. bdg.). Discusses starting a garden and dealing with the challenges of gardening.

Harris, Alex, and Brett Harris. Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations. Multnomah, 2008. 242 p. (978-1601421128). Teen Christian writers challenge their peers to rebel against the low expectations society holds regarding teenagers.

Heiligman, Deborah. Intentions. Ember, 2013. 272 p. (978-0375872426, pap.). Fifteen-year-old Rachel overhears her rabbi having sex with a young woman and begins to question her faith and her trust in others.

Hepler, Heather. Frosted Kisses. Point, 2015. 272 p. (978-0545790550). After her parents separate, Penny and her mom move to New York. Penny is the new girl in town and is trying to figure out boys and friends, as well as to raise money for an animal shelter.

Hoffman, Alice. Green Heart. Turtleback, 2012. 288 p. (978-0606239547, lib. bdg.). After Green loses her family in a terrible tragedy, she withdraws into her garden. Through a series of mysterious encounters, she begins to heal.

Hoose, Phillip. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 208 p. (978-0374300227). Two brothers start the Churchill Club, where they sabotage the Germans by stealing weapons and destroying German items. DB083257

Hunt, Lynda Mullaly. Fish in a Tree. Nancy Paulsen, 2015. 288 p. (978-0399162596). Sixth-grader Ally doesn’t know how to read. She has been constantly on the move, so her teachers have never noticed—but that changes with Mr. Daniels. BR021151, DB080497

Kamara, Mariatu, with Susan McClelland. The Bite of the Mango. Annick, 2008. 216 p. (978-1554511594). After being brutally attacked by rebel soldiers in Sierra Leone, 12-year-old Mariatu miraculously survived. At a refugee camp, the sweet taste of a mango gave her the desire to live. A heartbreaking true story of courage and hope.

Kamkwamba, William, and Bryan Mealer. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. William Morrow, 2010. 320 p. (978-0061730337, pap.). The story of 14-year-old William Kamkwamba, an African teen whose village was hit by a drought. Without enough money for food or school, William spent his days in the library and figured out how to bring electricity to his community. DB072673

Kamkwamba, William, and Bryan Mealer. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition. Dial, 2015. 304 p. (978-0803740808). In this memoir adapted for young readers, Kamkwamba describes the drought that struck his village in Malawi, his interest in science, and his idea to build a windmill out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts.

Kladstrup, Kristin. Garden Princess. Candlewick, 2015. 272 p. (978-0763676681, pap.). A princess and a gardener are invited to visit Lady Hortensia’s garden. However, Hortensia is a witch who traps and enslaves her visitors.

Lowery, Lynda Blackmon. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March. Dial, 2015. 128 p. (978-0803741232). Lowery was the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. She was jailed 11 times before her 15th birthday and fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the rights of African Americans in nonviolent protests. DB081677

Maddox, Jake. Hoop Hustle. Stone Arch, 2015. 72 p. (978-1496504982, pap.). Brian has always been good at basketball. He relies on his height to give him an extra edge. One day while he is practicing at a senior center, George teaches Brian the skills he needs to get better. DB082499 (Also includes Caught Stealing; Soccer Shake-Up; and Touchdown Triumph)

Martin, Ann M. Best Kept Secret. Scholastic, 2014. 224 p. (978-0545359443). In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Francie tries to keep her dyslexia a secret. Follow her story as she overcomes her learning disability.

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite. Lee & Low, 2013. 224 p. (978-1600604294). Lupita, a Mexican American high school student, learns her mother has cancer. While her father takes Mami to an out-of-town clinic, Lupita’s priorities change as she cares for her siblings. She finds solace under a mesquite tree, where she writes in verse.

McDougall, Nancy, and Jenny Hendy. Ultimate Book of Step-by-Step Cooking and Gardening Projects for Kids. Lorenz, 2014. 512 p. (978-0857237965). Features gardening projects and recipes that families can make with food from the garden.

Monninger, Joseph. Whippoorwill. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2015. 288 p. (978-0544531239). Clair falls in love with a neighbor’s dog, who is being mistreated. The dog gets trained and cared for by Clair as their bond grows stronger.

Noel, Alyson. Unrivaled. Katherine Tegen, 2016. 432 p. (978-0062324528). Layla, Aster, and Tommy are teens who have their own dreams about making it big in Los Angeles. Soon they are invited into the VIP world of the city’s nightlife and drawn into a competition where money is the ultimate goal. But when Hollywood’s hottest young star goes missing in the process, they find themselves suspects in the case. The first book in the Beautiful Idols series. 

Pearsall, Shelley. The Seventh Most Important Thing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015. 288 p. (978-0553497281). Trying to deal with his father’s death, Arthur loses control when he sees the neighborhood “Junk Man” wearing his father’s hat. He is assigned to community service with the same man, which turns out to be a life-changing experience.

Peñaflor, Lygia Day. Unscripted Joss Byrd. Roaring Brook, 2016. 224 p. (978-1626723696). Child star Joss is filming a movie on location while dealing with family issues and her dyslexia, all while trying to stay true to her beliefs—even if that means standing up to the film’s director.

Penn, Maya S. You Got This! Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World. North Star Way, 2016. 224 p. (978-1501123719). An incredible young adult named Maya is an entrepreneur who created her own eco-friendly fashion line.

PewDiePie. This Book Loves You. Razorbill, 2015. 240 p. (978-1101999042, pap.). A blogger’s short stories give advice and a positive outlook to teens.

Quick, Matthew. Sorta Like a Rock Star. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011. 384 p. (978-03160435233, pap.). Even though Amber is homeless and living out of a school bus, she continues to have a positive attitude and hope. DBC05692, DB075470

Rawl, Paige, with Ali Benjamin. Positive: A Memoir. HarperCollins, 2014. 288 p. (978-0062342515). Paige’s life changed when, in middle school, she disclosed that she was HIV positive. It didn’t matter that she was an honor roll student and a cheerleader, or that she was born with the disease. The bullying began almost immediately. This memoir tells the story of surviving these experiences and becoming a force for positive change in the world.

Reinhardt, Dana. Tell Us Something True. Wendy Lamb, 2016. 208 p. (978-0385742597). River goes to a rehabilitation community for teens and then lies about being addicted to weed so he can stay.

Rissman, Rebecca. Eating Organic. Core Library, 2015. 48 p. (978-1624038624, lib. bdg.). A beginner’s guide to what is in the foods people consume, with information on how to make more responsible and informed decisions on what to eat.

Rissman, Rebecca. Urban Farming. Core Library, 2015. 48 p. (978-1624038686, lib. bdg.). A guide to growing organic fruits and vegetables in an urban setting and the benefits of doing so.

Rodriguez, Gaby, with Jenna Glatzer. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013. 240 p. (978-1442446236, pap.). Rodriguez shares her experience growing up in the shadow of lowered expectations, detailing how she was able to fake a pregnancy, and reveals what she learned from her experience.

Rossland, Ingelin. Minus Me. Oneworld, 2015. 288 p. (978-1780746944, pap.). Thirteen-year-old Linda discovers she needs a heart transplant. While she waits, she and her best friend try to work their way through a bucket list, including attending a pop concert and kissing a boy. But a mysterious boy named Zak keeps appearing, making Linda question her choices.

Sachar, Louis. The Cardturner. Ember, 2011. 352 p. (978-0385736633, pap.). After getting dumped by his girlfriend, Alton spends the summer driving his elderly, wealthy uncle to bridge club, where Alton is his cardturner. He is soon intrigued by his uncle, bridge, and a pretty, shy girl named Toni. DB075148

Schneider, Robyn. Extraordinary Means. Katherine Tegen, 2015. 336 p. (978-0062217165). Sadie and Latham meet at a school for kids with tuberculosis. They form a close bond, and both experience life lessons inside this school.

Sloan, Holly Goldberg. Counting by 7s. Dial, 2013. 384 p. (978-0803738553). After losing her parents, Willow, a 12-year-old genius who has never fit in at school, pushes through her grief and discovers how to form bonds with others. DB077917

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie. Scholastic, 2014. 304 p. (978-0545722865, pap.). Steven’s annoying little brother is diagnosed with leukemia. Steven must keep his emotions in check while dealing with his family, school, and his band. BR017937, DB064360

Stokke, Regine. Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words. Zest, 2014. 336 p. (978-1936976010, pap.). A blogger and advocate, Regine Stokke opened up her life during her struggle to survive leukemia. She tells about her day-to-day struggles with her disease and her life as a typical teenager. BR019874, DB076270

Sullivan, Mary. Dear Blue Sky. Puffin, 2013. 256 p. (978-142426678, pap.). Cassie learns from Blue Sky, an Iraqi girl who is living bravely in a war-torn city.

Swain, H.A. Hungry. Feiwel & Friends, 2014. 384 p. (978-1250028297). In a hungerless world, food and famine are nonexistent. Drugs suppress appetites until Thalia starts to feel hunger even with the drugs.

Thompson, Laurie Ann. Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters. Simon Pulse/Beyond Words, 2014. 240 p. (978-1582704654). Step-by-step plans for recognizing a social problem, creating a business plan, and raising funds for a positive outcome. DB080001

Van Wagenen, Maya. Popular: How a Geek in Pearls Discovered the Secret to Confidence. Speak, 2015. 272 p. (978-0147512543, pap.). Though she’s regularly been stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, Maya decides to start her eighth-grade year following a popularity guide from the 1950s.

Villareal, Ray. On the Other Side of the Bridge. Arte Publico, 2014. 256 p. (978-1558858022, pap.). Lonnie and his father end up in a homeless shelter after his mom is murdered.

Whitman, Sylvia. The Milk of Birds. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014. 384 p. (978-1442446830, pap.). An American girl starts writing to another girl in Darfur. They discuss and learn about their cultures and problems throughout the book.

Yousafzai, Malala, with Christina Lamb. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Back Bay, 2015. 368 p. (978-0316322423). When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai stood up for her right to have an education. On October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price, when she was shot at point-blank range. Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. DB077454, DB080951 (Spanish Edition)

Yousafzai, Malala, with Patricia McCormick. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition). Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014. 240 p. (978-0316327930). In this adaptation of Yousafzai’s memoir for young readers, the Nobel Peace Prize winner recounts her time at home and at school and discusses the impact of the Taliban presence in Pakistan. DB079878


Avildsen, John G., director. Lean on Me. Warner Bros., 1989. 108 min. (PG-13). Based on a true story. A principal must deal with students’ drug abuse and gang violence.

Caro, Niki, director. McFarland, USA. Walt Disney, 2015. 129 min. (PG). Jim White moves to an unruly Latino community. He starts a long-distance running team, and the community comes together to support the team.

Fletcher, Anne, director. Step Up. Touchstone, 2006. 104 min. (PG-13). Tyler Gage vandalizes a performing arts school, which leads him to do community service. Tyler meets Nora, and they help each other realize their dreams.

Hancock, John Lee, director. The Blind Side. Warner Bros., 2009. 129 min. (PG-13). A woman takes in a teenager with a troubled background. The teen, Michael Oher, becomes a college football player and a NFL first-round draft pick.

Herek, Stephen, director. The Mighty Ducks. Buena Vista, 1992. 100 min. (PG). While completing his court-ordered community service, a self-centered lawyer finds himself coaching a youth hockey team.

Johnston, Joe, director. October Sky. Universal, 1999. 108 min. (PG). In October 1957, Homer is inspired to learn how to build rockets. One teacher in the high school encourages him when no one else in the community will.

Leder, Mimi, director. Pay It Forward. Warner Bros., 2000. 123 min. (PG-13). A school assignment leads Trevor to do three good deeds and ask nothing in return except for the recipient to pay it forward three times.

McG, director. We Are Marshall. Warner Bros., 2006. 131 min. (PG). Most of Marshall University’s football and coaching staff perish in a plane crash. The remaining players and a new coach try to keep the football program alive.

Sajbel, Michael O., director. The Ultimate Gift. Fox Faith, 2006. 114 min. (PG). A grandson attends his billionaire grandfather’s will reading expecting to be the recipient of his entire estate. He doesn’t expect to complete 12 tasks before getting his inheritance.

Shadyac, Tom, director. Patch Adams. Universal, 1998. 115 min. (PG-13). A medical student creates a free health clinic to treat patients while using humor.

Shankman, Adam, director. A Walk to Remember. Warner Bros., 2002. 101 min. (PG). Landon Carter is doing community service when he meets Jamie Sullivan. Through the time spent helping others and bettering themselves, they fall in love. But Jamie is keeping a secret.

Smith, Charles Martin, director. Dolphin Tale. Alcon Entertainment, 2011. 113 min. (PG). A boy volunteers at an animal sanctuary where he has a special bond with a dolphin that lost her tail. The boy hopes that with a prosthetic tale the dolphin will be able to swim again.

Swift, David, director. Pollyanna. Walt Disney Productions, 1960. 134 min. (G). Pollyanna goes to live with her aunt in a bitter town. She confronts everything head-on with her pleasant attitude and her determination to see the good in everything.

Tollin, Michael, director. Radio. Revolution, 2003. 109 min. (PG). Radio faces challenges in his life because of his mental disability. Harold Jones, T.L. Hanna High School’s football coach, befriends Radio, and their friendship helps Radio transform from a shy man into a light that shines over his community.

Wincer, Simon, director. Free Willy. Warner Bros., 1993. 112 min. (PG). When a boy gets caught vandalizing a marina, he must clean up the mess he has made. While there, Jesse forms a bond with Willy, a killer whale, and is determined to set him free.

Yakin, Boaz, director. Remember the Titans. Buena Vista, 2000. 113 min. (PG). The true story of Herman Boone, the African American coach of a newly integrated high school football team, who teaches his team a sense of community even through racial adversity.

Web Resources

6" Gold Award Trophy with Gold Winner Medals.
. Gold award trophies to purchase.

50 Things to Tell Your Pen Pal. A list of topics to discuss between participants.

American Community Gardening Association. Tips, tricks, and resources for creating a community garden.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Includes information about preventing animal cruelty, adopting pets, and more.

Cancer Center. Teens Health Cancer Center with information about treatment, prevention, diagnostic tests, and much more. Includes articles in Spanish.

Community Garden Checklist. Information on choosing a garden location, identifying resources, and engaging your community.

Do It Yourself Toys. A variety of easy to difficult cat toys you can make.

Feeding America. Nationwide network of food banks.

Food Security and Health. Solving senior citizen hunger in America.

Herb Gardening Guide. Learn how to grow herbs.

How to Make a Hat with a Knitting Loom. Directions on how to create hats using a round knitting loom.

How to Make a Single Layer Fleece Blanket. Instructions for making a knotted fleece blanket.

The Humane Society. The Humane Society is the nation’s largest animal protection organization.

Kids Activities. Community service ideas for children of all ages.

Kids Community Service Project Ideas. Includes community service project ideas and grants to kids to get their service projects going.

Knots of Love. Official Knots of Love site includes information about the organization, knitting patterns, and information about events.

Knots of Love: How to Donate and Yarn List. Includes approved yarn list, submission form, mailing address, and collection sites.

Links for Character Education. Provides links for character development in teens.

Little Free Library. Official Little Free Library website where you can find information about best practices, locations of current libraries, and much more.

Loom a Hat. Directions to create another style of loom hats. Includes a great size chart.

Meals on Wheels America. Meals on Wheels takes meals to seniors.

Project Linus. This site has information about making blanket donations, templates for blankets, and more facts about Project Linus.

Raised Garden Beds. Information about raised garden beds, including how to build and sustain them.

Round Plastic Knitting Looms. Inexpensive set of four round looms in different sizes.

Single-Layer No-Sew Braided Fleece Blankets Tutorial. Instructions for making a braided fleece blanket.

Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Covers the basics and more of square- foot gardening.

Successful Container Gardens. Information about container gardening.

Teen’s Favorite Inspirational Movies. Inspirational movie list.

Tips and Techniques. Tips and techniques for planning and producing a great video.

Tips to Write a First Letter. Tips on how to write the first letter to your pen pal.

Unfinished Libraries. Purchase a variety of Little Free Libraries here.

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Information about food and nutrition.

Video School. Learn from experts about a variety of filmmaking topics, such as choosing a camera.

Video Workshop. Georgetown County Library’s YouTube page with video tutorials on making better films.

Wordle. Includes examples of word clouds. This site also allows you to generate and edit word clouds from text that you provide.

Appendix A: Summer Reading and the New York State Learning Standards

Appendix B: New York State Public Library Systems

Appendix C: Youth Services Contacts


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