A book by Matthew Cordell. It's raining. There's nothing to do. Ruben is bored. But things start looking up when his grandmother gives him and his little brother some gum. Gum is fun. But it tends to make a mess! Uh-oh. . . .
Wolf in the Snow, by Matthew Cordell, won the 2018 Caldecott Medal. This book uses beautiful illustrations and simple sounds, rather than words, to tell the story of a girl and a wolf pup finding their way home in the snow.
Jason Chin’s book Grand Canyon received a 2018 Caldecott Honor, Sibert Honor, and the 2018 Orbis Pictus Award. This book captures the beauty and landscape of the Grand Canyon and follows the journey of a father and daughter as they discover life in the present and past.
Marcelo in the Real World, winner of the 2010 Schneider Family Book Award, is a book about a teenage boy struggling with an autism-like condition. His father, who doesn’t believe that Marcelo has any condition, challenges him to “join the real world” and work in the mailroom of his law firm. This proves to be quite difficult, but an intriguing legal case and beautiful friendship might show him how reality could transform his world.
Hello, Universe, by Erin Entrada Kelly was the winner of the 2018 John Newbery Medal. This story is about four middle-schoolers who become friends when they embark on a rescue mission to fix an over-the-top prank set off by the neighborhood bully, Chet.
Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was written by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier. It received many awards, including a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and an Orbis Pictus Honor. Rappaport takes some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most influential words and uses them to write about his life and how he changed history in a nonviolent way.
The Bear Who Wasn’t There, by LeUyem Pham is a comical book about Bear, who doesn’t show up on his page. While it seems Bear is nowhere to be found, Duck is everywhere, trying to deceive us on Bear’s location. Watch out—Bear might appear where you least expect it.