One Day a Dot: The Story of You, the Universe, and Everything
By Ian Lendler, illustrated by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. $17.99. Gr. K–3.
One day, a dot appeared…what happened next? The story of how everything and everyone came to be is told in a simple, picturesque style that captures the scope of our planet’s history.
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship
By Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, illustrated by Scott Magoon. $16.99. Gr. K–3.
Based on the relationship between Kensky, who lost her legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and her rescue dog, this is a heartwarming explanation of the role of service animals for young readers.
All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem With Stuff
By Meghan McCarthy. $17.99. Gr. 1–3.
Go back to 1987 for the story of a trash barge from Islip, New York, that spent five months at sea looking for a place to deposit 3,168 tons of waste. The story has an environmental message, without being too heavy. —Brian Smith, kindergarten teacher, Taylorsville, NC
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
By Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk. $17.99. Gr. 1–3.
This illustrated bio about Johnson’s journey from child who counted everything to NASA’s “human computer” is beautifully chronicled through succinct text and bold illustrations.
Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real
By Marc Tyler Nobleman, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler. $17.99. Gr. 2–4.
The stunning combination of watercolor illustrations and archival photos sets the scene for this true account of two mischievous girls who convinced the world in 1917 that fairies were real—until later confessing to the hoax.
Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code
By Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes. $16.99. Gr. 2–4.
As a child, Chester Nez was told to leave his Navajo culture and language behind. And then, as a young man, the United States Army needed him. Through his eyes, learn how Navajo code talkers helped win World War II in this celebration of Navajo heritage.
The Thrifty Guide to Ancient Rome: A Handbook for Time Travelers
By Jonathan W. Stokes, illustrated by David Sossella. $13.99. Gr. 3–7.
This first book in a nonfiction series takes a practical (and hilarious) approach to vacationing in ancient Rome, offering advice on attractions, where to stay…and what to do if you’re about to be fed to the lions!
What Would She Do? 25 True Stories of Trailblazing Rebel Women
By Kay Woodward, various illustrators. $16.99. Gr. 4–8.
The struggles and accomplishments of 25 women are powerfully described, alongside a clever “What would she do?” scenario for each, related to bullying, body shaming, academic pressure, and other issues girls face today.
Frenemies in the Family: Famous Brothers and Sisters Who Butted Heads and Had Each Other’s Backs
By Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Maple Lam. $17.99. Gr. 4–8.
Krull shares humorous profiles of 15 famous people and their siblings. The captivating stories are told through both witty prose and delightfully whimsical cartoons.
—Sharron Rothberg, teacher-librarian, Foster, RI