Spotlight on Diverse Books
We are going to be using this space to highlight diverse books!
July 26, 2021
Bowwow Powwow: bagosenjige-niimi'idim by Brenda J. Child, translated by Gordon Jourdain, illustrations by Jonathan Thunder
When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers--all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.
July 21, 2021
Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina, illustrations by the author
A spunky young girl from Colombia loves playing with her canine best friend and resists boring school activities, especially learning English, until her family tells her that a special trip is planned to an English-speaking place.
Previous Spotlight on Diverse Books Selections
As we put together lists of diverse books, we will add them to this section.
The following lists are chapter books recommended by our librarians. The lists are organized by genre (mystery, humor, fantasy, etc.) and are separated into two groups: 1st to 3rd grades and 4th to 6th grades.
Guided Reading Level List
If you child is given a reading level from the Fountas and Pinnell system (typically a level ranging from A to Z), check the list below to see what titles we have corresponding to each level.
At the library, we have print copies of the lists available that also include what section you can find the titles in at our library. Click here to view the Reading Olympics lists for Montgomery County online.
The Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) bestows honors and awards on numerous books for children and young adults each year. Click here to see the winners.
Notable Books and More
Each year, the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) also provides a list of the Notable Children's Books, Recordings, and Digital Media. Click here to see these lists.