Book List in Order: 25 titles

  • 2018 Green Earth Book Award FinalistLionel lives in a Paris apartment building but loves keeping bees with his Aunt Celine at her farm outside the city. But when her bees start dying, how can he help? The solution, he realizes, is in the rooftop gard...


  • When Anna is gifted a copy of The Secret Garden, it inspires her to follow her dreams maybe she can plant ivy and purple crocuses and the birds will come. Or maybe what grows from her dream of a garden is even better: friendship. And friendship, like...


  • It's summer time and twelve-year old Anna Wang is writing letters and exchanging English for Chinese lessons with her pen pal Fan in China. When Anna and her friend Andee decide to invite Fan to stay as an exchange student in Cincinnati, Fan responds...


  • Eleven-year-old Anna heads off to sixth grade, leaving the comfort and familiarity of elementary school behind and entering the larger, more complex world of middle school. Surrounded by classmates who have their roots all in America, Anna begins to ...


  • Sometime before 1818, an enslaved young man named Dave was brought to Edgefield, in theheart of South Carolina’s pottery-producing area. From the time he was first taught to turn apotter’s wheel, Dave showed exceptional natural talent. Soon he wa...


  • Last year, Anna learned how to be a good friend. Now that her family has adopted a baby girl from China, she wants to learn how to be a good sister. But the new year proves challenging when the doctor warns that the baby isn’t thriving. Can Anna an...


  • In Chinese, peng you means friend. But in any language, all Anna knows for certain is that friendship is complicated. When Anna needs company, she turns to her books. Whether traveling through A Wrinkle in Time, or peering over My Side of the Moun...


  • Young Nancy is helping Ni Ni (Grandma) in the kitchen when a letter arrives with bad news -- her childhood home in China, with its beautiful garden pond filled with fish and ringed with chrysanthemums, is being torn down. Later that day, at the summe...


  • Jerome is staying with his Aunt Geneva and her family, now that his mother has passed away. Aunt Geneva does her best to make Jerome feel welcome, but it just doesn't feel like home. He misses his mother, he misses his piano, and his cousins make it ...






  • As a young girl in Budapest in the 1930s, Marika dreams of growing up to be a scientist or maybe an explorer. An older brother who never tells her anything, a beloved rag doll, an embarrassing mother, school, friends--Marika's life revolves around or...


  • Jerome is staying with his Aunt Geneva and her family, now that his mother has passed away. Aunt Geneva does her best to make Jerome feel welcome, but it just doesn't feel like home. He misses his mother, he misses his piano, and his cousins make it ...


  • Sharon can hardly believe the news. Di Di, her two—year—old brother, is being taken to China to spend a year with their grandparents. Why can't he go to day care, or be watched by a babysitter when Mama goes back to work? Sharon wonde...


  • When your mom has breast cancer, how do you cope? Ann is just short of fifteen when Mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. How can she tell the girls in ballet class that her mother had her breasts cut off? Her matter-of-fact sister, Jane, takes charge...


  • One family's story of survival in postwar Hungary, 1948. In Budapest after the war, when Kata’s family first returns from hiding, they are glad to be alive and hopeful that life will improve. But the secret police is questioning everyone about thei...


  • Class with Miss D. gives the students at Pleasant Hill Elementary the confidence they need to move on to their new school. The third-graders are sad that this will be their last year at Pleasant Hill Elementary before their school is torn down. Poem...


  • In the inner city, Aaron creates hope right outside his door. Aaron loves the corner where he lives. Right next to their house is Aaron's dad's shop, Cincy Tire and Wheel. His dad can change a tire faster than Aaron can say his name. And Aaron is a...


  • A serious young boy has to learn to take a stand for his own well-being. In 1952 eight-year-old Peti's Hungarian relatives come to live with his family in America. His older cousin Gabor is a sullen boy who argues with his parents and bullies Peti. P...


  • On her eightieth birthday, a woman watches three young sisters play outside in the snow, remembers good times with her own sisters, and receives several birthday surprises, in a title that includes a simple recipe for making lemon ice with snow....


  • “You are my messenger. Look everything. Remember,” Grandma Nai Nai tells eleven-year-old Xiao Mei as the girl heads off to Shanghai, China, to visit their extended family. Xiao Mei is both excited and apprehensive. She will meet many new relative...






  • Dowry. The word sounds like something from the Middle Ages. "Mama, I don't need a dowry," I say quickly. "Nobody in Budapest has a dowry anymore." -From the book Twelve-year-old Juli wants neither a dowry nor the dancing lessons that her mother has l...


  • "The class is so quiet you can hear Tina's hard shoe soles on the floor. Everyone is watching us. Sisters, they are thinking."Ten-year-old Sarah misses her best friend and neighbor, Victoria, terribly. She still waits for her in the back yard just in...


  • An intergenerational and cross-cultural story of love and friendship.The lines around Ni Ni’s eyes were deeper than before. Her hair was thin and grey. I wanted to tell her that she didn’t have to move. She didn’t have to move at all. Nobody wo...


  • Anna loves to sit in the corner of her father's workshop watching his skillful hands as they lovingly repair books. She understands what other people do not: Though the new large binderies that are stealing her father's business can bind books faster...


  • Jonathan isn’t as strong or physical as his brother and can’t seem to please his beekeeper dad when he tries to help on the farm.Worried about the drought that has caused a big decrease in honey production, his dad is irritable and remote, seemin...