2021-2022 Book List

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Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean by Dean Robbins

Beyond Words: What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel by Carl Safina

The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women by Aisla Ross

Never Caught, the Story of Ona Judge: George and Martha Washington’s Courageous Slave

Who Dared to Run Away by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve


Martin Rising: Requiem For a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano

Picture Books

The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illus. by

Juana Martinez-Neal

Islandborn by Junot Díaz, illus. by Leo Espinosa

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden by Heather Smith, illus. by Rachel Wada

Poppy Takes Paris: A Little Girl’s Adventures in the City of Light by Allison Pataki and Marya

Myers, illus. by Kristi Valiant

What is Given from the Heart by Patricia C. McKissack, illus. by April Harrison

Graphic Novels

New Kid by Jerry Craft, illus. by Jerry Craft (with colors by Jim Callahan)

This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews, illus. by Ryan Andrews

A note:

We understand the incredible value that illustrators play in communicating a story. We chose to include the illustrators’ names for only the books listed in the picture book & graphic novels sections, but hope that you will pay attention to the illustrators’ names for every book you read. Questions about the illustrations are allowed for every book on the list, as this is an integral part of the story.