May 2024 Book Recommendations

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Trees Make Perfect Pets by Paul Czajak (Gr. K-3) 

Abigail is determined to get the perfect pet. So she chooses “Fido.”  Fido keeps her shaded from the sun, stays put where she tells him to stay, and even gives her air to breathe. That’s because Fido is a tree!  But not everyone thinks having a tree as a pet is a good idea — especially when Fido starts to grow.

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Florette by Anna Walker (Gr. K-3)  

When Mae’s family moves to a new home, she wishes she could bring her garden with her. She will miss the apple trees, the daffodils, and chasing butterflies. But there’s no room for a garden in the city. Or is there?

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The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder (Gr. Pre-K-2)  

Terrance the turtle was born without a shell, so he uses a cardboard box instead. Terrance loves his box. It keeps him dry on soggy days, safe from snooping strangers, and is big enough to share with a friend. But when another turtle tells Terrance that his shell is weird, he begins to wonder whether there might be a better shell out there.  Through trial and error, Terrance learns that there’s nothing wrong with being different–especially when it comes to being yourself!

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A Garden in Your Belly : Meet the Microbes in Your Gut by Masha D’yans (Gr. K-5)  

Your belly is full of tiny creatures–and they love to eat! All along your gut, tiny creatures move, eat, and grow. Go on a journey with the garden of microscopic flora growing inside your body and how they affect everything in our bodies.

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Flower Talk: How Plants Use Color to Communicate by Sara Levine (Gr. K-5) 

A grouchy cactus explains how flowers use color, shape, and even smell to attract pollinators. Flowers aren’t talking to humans; they’re talking to animals! And those animals can help them make their seeds through pollination.

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Havoc in the Hammock! By Kelly Russel Jaques (Gr. K-2)  

One tired tortoise tries to rest in a nearby hammock. But two scheming spiders, three crazy crickets, four mischievous mice, and a host of other jumping animals have other plans!

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Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy (Gr. K-3)

Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.
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The Piñata That the Farm Maiden Hung by Samantha R. Vamos (Gr. K-2)  

As soon as a young girl sets out on errands, the farm maiden makes a piñata with help from a boy, horse, goose, cat, sheep, and farmer. But when they all fall asleep in the afternoon sun, they must scramble to finish getting ready for the surprise party before the girl comes home.

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Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris by Linda E. Marshall (Gr. K-3)

Ixchel wants to follow in the long tradition of weaving on backstrap looms, just as her mother, grandmother, and most Mayan women have done for more than two thousand years. But there is not enough extra thread for Ixchel to practice with.  Then Ixchel has an idea! She collects and washes plastic bags and cuts each bag into thin strips. Ixchel weaves the plastic strips into a colorful fabric that looks like a beautiful rainbow—just like the weavings of Mayan women before her.

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Saturday by Oge Mora (Gr. K-2)  

Ava and her mother look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong–ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they’d been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown until Ava reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.

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Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera (Gr. K-2) 

A young girl enjoys a rainy day alone with her mother, cherishing each ordinary moment for the joyful expression of love it represents. From combing their hair to a song-filled walk under cloudy skies, every part of the day is special because it is spent together.

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Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol (Gr. K-2)

Freda is disappointed when she can’t eat all the delicious blueberries she’s picked. She has to wait a whole year before they’re back. Then Gran reminds her that they can save blueberries in a jar, as jam. So Freda begins to save ALL her favorite things. Finally Freda realizes that saving everything means she can’t enjoy anything, and that some things are best saved as memories.

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