Ms. Alessandra’s Spotlight

Each week, Ms. Alessandra spotlights a few books from the children’s or young adult sections in our weekly newsletter. Here is the archive of all our past spotlights. To get Ms. Alessandra’s Spotlights at their most current, register for our children’s newsletter here!

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Malone Elliott
The Thanksgiving Door by Debby Atwell
The Very Stuffed Turkey by Katharine Kenah

Short Stories

Short Story Collections
Princeless: Short Stories
Sesame Street 5-Minute Stories
The Most Important Thing: Stories About Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers by Abi

Worldless Picture Books

Worldless Picture Books
Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle
Journey by Aaron Becker


Beginning Chapter Book Series




Beginning Chapter Book Series
Magic Animal Rescue by E.D. Baker
Disney Princess Beginnings series
Puppy Place by Ellen Miles
Jada Jones series by Kelly Starling Lyons
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

SpookySpooky Books
Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
Disney’s Scary Storybook Collection
Olive and the Backstage Ghost by Michelle Schusterman

September NewSeptember New Releases
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater & the Fan Brothers
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Famous AuthorsPicture Books by Famous Authors
Being Wendy by Fran Drescher
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters by Barack Obama
Dumpy the Dumptruck by Julie Andrews Edwards

Wonderfall by Michael Hall
Fall Ball by Peter McCarty
Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer

Back to School 2Back to School Chapter Books
Allie, First At Last by Angela Cervantes
The School Ship Tobermory by Alexander McCall Smith
President of the Whole Sixth Grade by Sherri Winston

Back to SchoolBack to School Picture Books
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex
Bear’s Big Day by Salina Yoon
Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School by Adam Auerbach

EmotionsExpressing Emotions
Show Me How You Feel by J. Barnes
A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
Who Feels Scared? by Sue Graves

SI KidsSports Illustrated Kids
Hockey Stats and the Stories Behind Them
My First Book of Football
Big Book of Who: Basketball
Soccer Score by C.C. Joven

YA for Middle SchoolersGreat Young Adult Books for Middle Schoolers
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

newbery contendersEarly Newbery Award Contenders
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

AudiobooksAudiobooks from CloudLibrary
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Board BooksBoard Books
Heads & Tails by Carli Davidson
Tinyville Town: I’m a Librarian by Brian Biggs
My First Baby Signs by Phil Conigliaro & Tae Won Yu

National Geographic Little Kids: June/July 2017 issue
Princess Penelope’s Parrot by Helen Lester
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Graphic NovelsGraphic Novels
DC Super Hero Girls Vol. 2: Hits & Misses by Shea Fontana & Yancey Labat
The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman & Fred Fordham
Recess Warriors: Hero is a Four-Letter Word by Marcus Emerson

2017 PictureMost Popular Picture Books of 2017 (So Far)
Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher & Mark Fearing
Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol
A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins

2017 StandalonesMost Popular Stand-Alone Chapter Books of 2017 (So Far)
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Rules by Cynthia Lord

How It's MadeHow It’s Made
Made by Hand: Bicycles
How Did They Build That?: One World Trade Center
From Peanut to Peanut Butter

Looking Forward ToBooks I’m Looking Forward to Reading
Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros
Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World by Allan Drummond
The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla

Recent ReadsRecent Reads That I Loved
Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry
How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture by Tonya Bolden
Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale & Eleanor Shakespeare