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The Best Bad Thing by Yoshiko Uchida

At first dismayed at having to spend the last month of her summer vacation helping out in the household of recently widowed Mrs. Hata, Rinko discovers there are pleasant surprises for her, but then bad things start to happen. Sequel to A Jar of Dreams

Carolivia Herron, author of Nappy Hair, is an alumna of Coolidge High School.

Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron

vaishalii: “ Nappy Hair is about an African-American young girl who has the nappiest hair on Earth. Throughout the book, nappy hair is given a strength and emphasis of power, referring to it as.

Earlier this month, we shared our top picks of 2015 Mighty Girl stories for toddlers and young children in our post, Top 2015 Mighty Girl Books for Young Children. This year's releases included a bounty of girl-empowering fiction and biographies for both middle grade and young adult readers. In this blog post, we're sharing many of our favorites from the past year. With such a wide diversity of books ranging from realistic fiction to fantasy -- all starring Mighty Girl protagonists…

Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson. (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group, "A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart"-- Provided by publisher.

Wonderful books to read with Mom or give as a gift for Mother's Day + more great gift & activity ideas!

Marvelous Books for Mother's Day

Great Books for Mother's Day -- the perfect book to read (or give to) Mom or Grandma! Plus more fun DIY gift ideas for Mother's Day

19 picture books you should still have on your shelf....Follow for Free "too-neat-not-to-keep" teaching tools & other fun stuff :)

Remember These 19 Classic Picture Books?

The Teacher's Funeral

In rural Indiana in fifteen-year-old Russell's dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle "hauls off and dies.

An Island Like You

An Island like You by Judith Ortiz Cofer

Red Means Good Fortune: A Story of San Francisco's Chinatown Grade 3/4

Red Means Good Fortune: A Story of San Francisco's Chinatown Grade

19 Multicultural Kids Books for Christmas post (19 November) from Youth Literature Reviews.A range of ages , but some there for older Preschoolers.

Multicultural Books for Christmas

great list of fantastic series for kids ages 8-12. great books to put on the summer reading list!

30 best book series for kids ages 8-12 summer reading list

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ - great list of fantastic series for kids ages great books to put on the summer reading list! - Super Effective Program Teaches Children Of All Ages To Read.

The BFG by Roald Dahl, possibly the best children's author ever to meet the English language.


The BFG by Roald Dahl (Farrar, Straus, Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

In May, a book that changed my life, Catherine Called Birdy, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Birdy not only opened a new door on what historical fiction could look like, it took the hinges clean off. From The Nerdy Book Club.

A Nerdy Birdy Invitation by Kirby Larson

Eight Middle Grade Novels that Adults Will Love as well.

Eight Middle Grade Novels Even Adults Will Love

Counting by 7s

Get this from a library! Counting by [Holly Goldberg Sloan] -- Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.