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Children’s Book Discussion Titles

Check out a set of books for your class or book discussion group.

Sets consist of 15-30 books. They are stored at the Lee Road Library, but can be picked up at any of our branches.

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  • Al Capone Does My Shirts
    Choldenko, Gennifer 2004
    A twelve-year-old boy named Moose moves to Alcatraz Island in 1935 when guards’ families were housed there and has to contend with his extraordinary new environment in addition to life with his autistic sister. Newberry Honor Book
  • BFG, The
    Dahl, Roald 1982
    Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath
    Bruel, Nick 2009
    Bad Kitty really needs a bath, but she doesn’t have to like it in this hysterical first-in-series illustrated book. Children’s Choice Award winner
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
    DiCamillo, Kate 2000
    Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Fla., and all the good things that happen because of her ugly dog Winn Dixie. Newbery Honor Book.
  • BenBee and the Teacher Griefer: The Kids Under the Stairs
    Holt, K.A. 2020
    Ben Bellows—who failed the Language Arts section of the Florida State test—and three classmates who love playing video games get stuck in a summer school class. But these kids aren’t dumb—they’re divergent thinkers who learn they simply approach things in a different way than traditional school demands. First in series from this award winning author.
  • Bone: Out from Boneville
    Smith, Jeff 2005
    After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins — Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone — are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. First in award winning comic series
  • Booked
    Kwame Alexander
    Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. (graphic novel)
  • Bud, Not Buddy
    Curtis, Christopher Paul 1999
    Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of a man he believes is his father. Newbery Medal Award and Coretta Scott King Award.
  • Bug Boys
    Knetzger, Laura 2020
    Join two bug friends, Rhino-B and Stag-B as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this early graphic novel series.
  • Bunnicula
    James Howe
    Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household–a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs! (graphic novel)
  • Charlotte’s Web
    White, E. B. 1952
    The story of Wilbur, the pig, smallest of the litter, who is raised by the farmer’s daughter, and who finds a friend in Charlotte, the spider. Newbery Honor book.
  • Chocolate Touch, The
    Catling, Patrick Skene 1952
    A boy aquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.
  • City of Ember
    Duprau, Jeanne 2003
    In the year 241, Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.
  • Crooked River, The
    Persell, Shirley 2005
    When twelve-year old Rebecca Carter’s father brings a Native American accused of murder into their 1812 Ohio settlement town, Rebecca, witnessing the town’s reaction to the Indian, struggles with the idea that an innocent man may be convicted and sentenced to death.
  • Crossover , The
    Alexander, Kwame 2014
    Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. ewbery Medal Award and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
  • Dead End in Norvelt
    Gantos, Jack 2011
    Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore. Newbery Honor book.
  • Dog Knight, The
    Jeremy Whitley
    A nonbinary middle schooler saves a dog from bullies and is offered the chance to become the Dog Knight, protector of a magical pact between humans and dogs. (graphic novel)
  • Ella Enchanted
    Levine, Gail Carson 1997
    In this novel based on Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Expedition Backyard
    Mosco, Rosemary and Binglin Hu 2022
    Join two best friends—a mole and vole—on their everyday expeditions to find beautiful plants, meet new animals, and learn more about the world all around them in this nonfiction graphic novel.
  • Flipped
    Van Draanen, Wendelin 2001
    In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
  • Friendship, The
    Taylor, Mildred D. 1987
    Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s. Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
  • Frindle
    Clements, Andrew 1996
    When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allan invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
  • Frizzy
    Claribel A. Ortega
    Marlene loves three things: books, her cool Tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only thing she needs to focus on is school and “growing up.” (graphic novel)
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington
    Marks, Janae 2021
    The critically acclaimed and captivating story of a courageous girl who questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition as she seeks the truth about her father, learns about inequality in the criminal justice system, and hides an investigation from her family. Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of the Year, SLJ Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Book of the Year, Junior Library Guild Selection, Edgar Award Nominee
  • Gregor the Overlander
    Collins, Suzanne 2003
    When Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy.
  • Half Magic
    Eager, Edward 1954
    Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes, but only halfway. The summer quickly changes from boring to exciting for her and her brother and sisters, as they are thrust into one adventure after another.
  • Hatchet
    Paulsen, Gary 1987
    After a plane crash, Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, surviving only with the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother. Newbery Honor book.
  • Holes
    Sachar, Louis 1998
    At Camp Green Lake, a boys’ detention center, the boys build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. What could the warden be looking for under the dried-up lake? Newbery Medal Award.
  • Hoot
    Hiaasen, Carl 2002
    New to Florida, Roy spots the running boy–running away from the school bus, carrying no books and wearing no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail, which leads him to potty-trained alligators, a fake-fart champion, and a renegade eco-avenger. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Hundred Dresses, The
    Estes, Eleanor 1944
    An immigrant girl in an American school is ridiculed for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. When she tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses at home, she unwittingly triggers a game of teasing that eventually ends in a lesson for all. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins
    O’Dell, Scott 1960
    Accidentally left alone on an isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years surviving and finding a measure of happiness in a solitary life. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Johnny Tremain
    Forbes, Esther 1971
    A silversmith’s apprentice becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days before the American Revolution. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Letters from Rifka
    Hesse, Karen 1992
    In letters to her cousins, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family’s flight from 1919 Russia and her own experiences when she must be left in Belgium for a while when the others migrate to America.
  • Lightning Thief, The
    Riordan, Rick 2005
    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea.
  • Long Way from Chicago, A
    Peck, Richard 1998
    A boy recounts his annual summer trips with his sister to rural Illinois during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Maniac Magee
    Spinelli, Jerry 1990
    After the death of his parents, Magee’s life assumes legendary proportions, as he accomplishes astounding athletic feats which awe his contemporaries. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Measuring Up
    Lily LaMotte
    Twelve-year-old Cici has just moved from Taiwan to Seattle, and the only thing she wants more than to fit in at her new school is to celebrate her grandmother, A-má’s, seventieth birthday together. Cici cooks up a plan to bring A-má to her by winning the grand prize in a kids’ cooking contest to pay for A-má’s plane ticket. (graphic novel)
  • Mighty Miss Malone, The
    Curtis, Christopher Paul 2012
    With love and determination befitting the “world’s greatest family,” twelve-year-old Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.
  • Missing May
    Rylant, Cynthia 1992
    After the death of the beloved aunt who has raised her, twelve-year-old Summer and her Uncle Ob leave their West Virginia trailer in search of the strength to go on living. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Mississippi Bridge
    Taylor, Mildred D. 1990
    In this pre-Civil Rights era story, a bus careens off a bridge, killing all of the white passengers, after an African-American family is ordered off the bus to make room for them.
  • More Stories Julian Tells
    Cameron, Ann 1986
    More episodes in the life of Julian including a bet with his best friend Gloria, a secret project, and what happens when his brother Huey decides to be Superboy.
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
    Atwater, Richard 1938
    The unexpected delivery of a large crate changes the life of Mr. Popper. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
    O’Brien, Robert C. 1971
    Having no one to help her, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long-lived. Newbery Medal Award.
  • My Side of the Mountain
    George, Jean Craighead 1972
    Finding a tree for a home and a falcon for a companion, Sam runs away to live in the woods of the Catskill Mountains. Newberry Honor Book.
  • Nocturnals, The
    Tracey Hecht
    A fun-filled adventure series about three unlikely animals who solve unpredictable mysteries with friendship, teamwork, and humor.
  • On My Honor
    Bauer, Marion Dane 1986
    When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devastated and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience. Newbery Honor Book.
  • One Crazy Summer
    Williams-Garcia, Rita 2010
    In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Newbery Honor Book, the Coretta Scott King Award.
  • One and Only Ivan, The
    Applegate, Katherine 2012
    When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Our Only May Amelia
    Holm, Jennifer L. 1999
    As the only girl in a Finnish American family of seven brothers, May Amelia Jackson resents being expected to act like a lady while growing up in Washington state in 1899. Newbery Honor book.
  • Out of the Dust
    Hesse, Karen 1997
    Fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Rabbit Chase
    Elizabeth LaPensée
    Anishinaabe culture and storytelling meet Alice in Wonderland in this coming-of-age graphic novel that explores Indigenous and gender issues through a fresh yet familiar looking glass. (graphic novel)
  • Ramona the Pest
    Cleary, Beverly 2006
    Ramona works hard at being noticed in kindergarten.
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Taylor, Mildred D. 1976
    A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand. Newbery Medal Award and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
  • Rules of the Road
    Bauer, Joan 1998
    Jenna Boller wishes there were as many warning signs on the highway of life as there are on the highways she drives from Chicago to Texas with her cranky shoestore-owning boss, Mrs. Gladstone.
  • Seedfolks
    Fleischman, Paul 1997
    One by one a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden. In doing so, the gardeners themselves are transformed.
  • Shiloh
    Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds 1991
    When he finds a beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a man known to mistreat dogs. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Squad Goals
    Kendrick, Erika 2021
    Camp is in session in this cheer-tastic middle-grade novel about making new friends, finding your place, and learning to embrace your inner Magic.
  • Stone Fox
    Gardiner, John Reynolds 1980
    Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
  • Stuntboy in the Meantime
    Reynolds, Jason 2021
    From Newbery Medal honoree and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a hilarious, hopeful, and action-packed middle grade novel about the greatest young superhero you’ve never heard of, filled with illustrations by Raúl the Third.
  • Tale of Despereaux, The
    DiCamillo, Kate 2003
    The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Talented Clementine, The
    Pennypacker, Sara 2007
    Eight-year-old Clementine, convinced that she has no talents, tries to find a way to avoid participating in the class talent show.
  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
    Blume, Judy 1972
    Peter finds his demanding two-year-old brother an ever increasing problem.
  • Trouble with Chickens, The
    Doreen Cronin
    A heavily illustrated, hilarious chapter book series about the adventures of a dog detective named J.J. Tully.
  • True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
    Avi 1990
    Charlotte, the lone “young lady” on a ship in 1832, learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Tuck Everlasting
    Babbitt, Natalie 1975
    A spring whose water prevents one from ever growing old is the secret of the Tuck family.
  • View from Saturday, The
    Konigsburg, E. L. 1996
    Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who selects them to represent their sixth grade in the Academic Bowl competition. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Walk Two Moons
    Creech, Sharon 1994
    After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. Sal knows this journey is the only chance to reunite her family. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Watsons Go to Birmingham, The
    Curtis, Christopher Paul 1995
    The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma, in Alabama, in the summer of 1963. Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
  • Westing Game, The
    Raskin, Ellen 1978
    The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance. Newbery Honor Book.
  • Whipping Boy, The
    Fleischman, Sid 1986
    A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Witch of Blackbird Pond, The
    Speare, Elizabeth George 1958
    In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft. Newbery Medal Award.
  • Woman in the Woods and Other North American Stories edited, The
    Kel McDonald and Kate Ashwin
    Loup Garrou, trickster rabbits, and spirits with names that can’t be spoken — the plains and forests of North America are alive with characters like these, all waiting to meet you in this collection of folklore retold in comics. (graphic novel)
  • World of Pollinators
    Creative Homeowner Press
    Learn about pollinating insects and other nature topics with this educational and hands-on book. Includes illustrated guides, exciting outdoor projects, and fun learning activities for kids ready to get involved in learning about nature while also taking action to protect it. (nonfiction)
  • Wrinkle in Time, A
    L’Engle, Madeleine 1962
    Meg Murry travels into the fifth dimension with her younger brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend Calvin to find her father, a scientist who disappeared during a top secret government experiment. Newbery Medal Award.