Good summer reads for kids.

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Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week
Caroline Adderson

JE ADDERSON

At last, it’s Jasper John Dooley’s turn to be Star of the Week at school. Unfortunately, nothing turns out as planned. His Show and Tell falls flat. A new baby at his friend Ori’s house steals his spotlight. And worst of all, the new baby has only-child Jasper wondering if his own family is too small. When Jasper decides to build himself a brother (named Earl) out of wood, Earl’s schoolyard shenanigans send Jasper to the principal’s office! But with a little help from family and friends, things turn around for Jasper. And by the time Friday arrives, he is once again sure that he has what it takes to be a star.


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Bink and Gollie, Two for One
Kate DiCamillo,Alison McGhee

JE DICAMILLO

The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie-utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire-must use teamwork and their gray matter while navigating its many wonders. Will the energetic Bink win the world’s largest donut in the Whack-a-Duck game? Will the artistic Gollie wow the crowd in the talent show? As the undaunted duo steps into the mysterious tent of fortune-teller Madame Prunely, one prediction is crystal clear: this unlikely pair will always be the closest of pals


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Nikki and Deja: Wedding Drama
Karen English

JE ENGLISH

Ms. Shelby’s third-grade girls are so excited about her upcoming wedding that they start a wedding planning competition, which drives a wedge between best friends Nikki and Deja, the two whose names were drawn to attend the event.


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The Dunderheads Behind Bars
Paul Fleischman

JE FLEISCHMAN

The Dunderheads—a gang of misfits with unique and unusual talents—come to the aid of one of their own when Spider is falsely arrested for stealing jewelry.


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Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems & Paintings
Douglas Florian

POETRY JNF FLO

An illustrated collection of poems for children about pirates.


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Sadie and Ratz
Sonya Hartnett

JE HARNETT

Hannah and her hands, named Sadie and Ratz, regularly get into trouble, especially when younger brother Baby Boy is around.


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Letters to Leo
Amy Hest

J HEST

In a series of letters to her new dog, fourth-grader Annie Rossi relates her daily exploits and remembers her mother.


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Earwig and the Witch
Diana Wynne Jones

J JONES

Although an orphan, Earwig has always enjoyed living at St. Morwald’s, where she manages to make everyone do her bidding, but when she is taken in by a foster parents who are actually a witch and a demon, she has a hard time trying to turn the situation to her advantage.


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Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes
Jarrett J. Krosoczka

GRAPHIC J LUNCH

For having skipped the school field trip, Dee, Hector, and Terrence must join the mathletes team but as they are poised to beat the undefeated champions, secret crime fighter Lunch Lady discovers something strange about the opposing team.


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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
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POETRY JNF NAT

Combines photography with lyrical text celebrating the animal world, in a compilation that includes works by such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling.


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Castle: How It Works
David Macaulay,Sheila Keenan

HISTORY MEDIEVAL JNF MAC

Take a tour of a medieval castle. Every part of the castle has a function. Walls keep the enemy out. Towers protect the lord and the soldiers. From the moat and portcullis to the great hall and dungeon, see how a castle works as an enemy army tries to storm the walls.


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The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)
Alexander McCall Smith

MYS J MCCALL SMITH

When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a boy is tagged as the culprit but Precious Ramotswe is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief and along the way she learns that your first guess isn’t always right.


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Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers
Dav Pilkey

J PILKEY

After being sent to jail for the rest of their lives, George and Harold are taken on a trip back in time by Tippy Tinkletrousers to their Kindergarten days where they must deal with their bully without the help of Captain Underpants.


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Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian
Michael Rex

GRAPHIC JE FANGBONE

Eastwood Elementary has a new student, and he’s nothing like the other kids in 3G. Fangbone is a barbarian warrior from another world! And he’s been charged with the task of keeping a deadly weapon from Skullbania’s vilest villain, Venomous Drool. Can Fangbone’s new classmates team up to help him triumph over hound-snakes, lava-ferrets, and his first pop quiz?


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Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team
Audrey Vernick

SPORTS BASEBALL VER

Documents the story of the Baseball Hall of Fame honorees, tracing how the Acerra family of New Jersey formed their own semi-pro baseball team in the 1930s and became the longest-running all-brother team in history.


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Following Grandfather
Rosemary Wells

JE WELLS

Jennie is as close to her grandfather as a mouse can be, and when he suddenly dies she keeps thinking she sees him turning a corner, sitting on a bench, heading for the pier, or walking along their beloved beach, seeking the elusive Queen’s teacup seashell.


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Just Behave, Pablo Picasso!
Jonah Winter

BIOGRAPHY J921 PICASSO

An inspiration to anyone who’s ever felt judged!”One day the world is a peaceful, lovely landscape painting… The next day – BLAM! – Pablo bursts through the canvas, paintbrush in hand, ready to paint something fresh and new. Pablo Picasso may have been one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, but that doesn’t mean he painted what people wanted him to paint! In fact, some people hated his paintings, and called them “ugly!” and “terrible!”—something many kids can relate to. But Picasso didn’t listen to all those people, and kept on working the way he wanted to work, until he created something so new, so different… that people didn’t know what to say!

For every young artist who’s drawn something other kids think is “ugly,” this story of rebellion and creativity is sure to inspire.


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Remembering the Titanic
Frieda Wishinsky

TRANSPOR BOATS JNF WIS

Pictures and text describe the disastrous sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and the discovery of its remains in 1985.


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Each Kindness
Jacqueline Woodson

E WOODSON

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.


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