Early Readers

Staake, Bob
Ej Sta

A wordless graphic novel about the inspiring friendship that develops between a bluebird and a young boy. Suggested ages 3-6

Chick and Brain: Egg or Eyeball?

Bell, Cece
J-GN Bell Chick and Brain Egg or Eyeball

Oh! Oh, oh, oh! Look what Brain found. Chick and Spot say it is an egg. Brain says it is an eyeball. Is it an egg or an eyeball? Suggested Ages 3-6


Lê, Minh
Ej Le

Iris loves to push the elevator buttons in her apartment building, but when it's time to share the fun with a new member of the family, she's pretty put out. That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore on her own. Suggested Ages 3-6

Little Robot

Hatke, Ben
J-GN Hatke

When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it's all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day! Suggested Ages 3-6


Ej Guo

In this heartwarming, wordless picture book, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench.  With perseverance and patience a tentative friendship begins. But it's not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying relationship takes hold. Suggested ages 3-6

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse

Viva, Frank
J-GN Viva

A boy and a mouse take a bumpy sea journey to the majestic expanses of the Antarctic, where they see the sights and meet new friends. Suggested Ages 3-6

Picture Books and Younger Elementary
Binky the Space Cat

Spires, Ashley
J-GN Binky Adventures v.1

Binky has a dream to become a space cat. Join him in his rigorous training as he battles aliens (bugs), explores space (the outdoors), and protects his humans. Suggested ages 6-9

Cat and Cat: Girl Meets Cat

J-GN Cat and Cat v.1

Life was quiet for Cath and her dad, living alone. But when they adopt a cat named Sushi, things get a bit too exciting! It’s a hilarious and heartwarming adventure of the daily life of a girl…with a dad and a cat along for the ride! See also Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home series. Recommended for ages 6–9.

Dog Man

Pilkey, Dav
J-GN Dog Man v.1

Dog Man is a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman who faces off against his archnemesis, Petey the Cat. Suggested ages 6-9


Green, John
J-GN InvestiGators v.1

With their very exciting spy technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! Suggested ages 6-9


Davis, Eleanor
J-GN Davis Stinky

Stinky is a monster who loves pickles and possums but is terrified of people! When a new kid enters his swamp, this adorable little monster comes up with all sorts of crazy plans to scare him away. Suggested ages 6-9

Older Elementary
Amulet Book 1: The Stonekeeper

Kibuishi, Kazu
J-GN Amulet v.1

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin are thrust into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.  Emily discovers she is heir to an ancient power, and the fate of both worlds may rest in her hands.  See also Mark Stiegel’s 5Worlds series & Jeff Smith’s Bone series.  Recommended for ages 9–12+

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

Ottaviani, Jim
J-GN 920.72 Ott

In this graphic novel Jim Ottaviani and illustrator Maris Wicks capture the great humor and incredible drive of Mary Cleave, Valentina Tereshkova, and the first women in space. Suggested Ages 9-12+


Nat Enough

Scrivan, Maria
J-GN Nat Enough v.1

Natalie has never felt that she's enough. On the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought––now she's not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more about her true self and natural talents.  See also Raina Telgemeier’s Smile & Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward. Recommended for ages 9–12.

New Kid

Craft, Jerry
J-GN Craft New Kid

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. See also: Jen Wang’s Stargazing. Suggested ages 9-12

Pilu of the Woods

Nguyen, Mai K.
J-GN Nguyen

Willow, who has been struggling with her emotions since her mother's death, runs away into the woods and meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who cannot find her way back home. Suggested ages 9-12


Underground Abductor

Hale, Nathan
J-GN 306.362 Hal

Tells the story of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and later activities rescuing others through the Underground Railroad. Part of the excellent Hazardous Tales series by Nathan Hale. Recommended for ages 9–12.

When Stars Are Scattered

Jamieson, Victoria
J-GN 305.9069 Jam

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp. Suggested Ages 9-12