Looking for a summer read? Check out this list of award winners and critically acclaimed books! This collaboration between Alachua County Public Schools and Alachua County Library District is sure to be a hit for any child!
“This (is an) ode to inspiring African American heroes in the fields of sport, the arts, and political activism, as well as everyday champions ... Nelson’s photo-realistic illustrations, rendered in oil, include action shots (Jesse Owens, mid hurdle), portraits (Martin Luther King Jr. and an African American Union soldier), composites (of jazz and sports greats… the poem closes with a hopeful nod to the rising generation.” Booklist starred (February 15, 2019 (Vol. 115, No. 12))
“A big brown bear doesn’t know what a river can do—until he falls in. As the water rushes on and he floats away on a log, Bear inadvertently finds a number of new friends. ... Anyone who fondly remembers the similarly themed Little Golden Book Big Brown Bear (and everyone else!) will have warm feelings toward this river- riding fellow who isn’t expecting what he finds but embraces the experience and happily accepts the friendships that come along with it.” Booklist starred (March 15, 2019 (Vol. 115, No. 14))
“Maillard and Martinez-Neal bring depth, detail, and whimsy to this Native American food story, with text and illustrations depicting the diversity of indigenous peoples, the role of continuity between generations, and the adaptation over time of people, place, and tradition. Fry bread becomes a metaphor for resilience.” Booklist starred (September 1, 2019 (Vol. 116, No. 1))
“12 friends are planting a garden. Each child is distinct in appearance and personality, but other differences are harder to see or to understand. Seven-year-old Sonia tells of pricking her finger to measure her blood sugar and giving herself insulin shots to manage diabetes ... Next, Rafael talks about having asthma …Ten more children in succession talk about their wheelchair, blindness, deafness, dyslexia, autism, stuttering, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, nut allergy, or Down syndrome … each child handles a challenge with courage and grace.” Booklist starred (October 1, 2019 (Online))
“A beret-sporting pig adores books so much that he acquires them anywhere….He harbors a secret shame: he can’t decode the words inside them. Or he can’t, at least, until he … meets Miss Olive, a spectacle-sporting elephant-slash-librarian who offers him kindness and patience. With lots of practice, he becomes not just a book lover but also a book reader.” Booklist (January 1, 2019 (Vol. 115, No. 9))