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!

classicsClassic Picture Books
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein

funnyFunny Picture Books
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman & Zachariah OHora
A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert
Monsters New Undies by Samantha Berger & Tad Carpenter

Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
Building a House by Byron Barton
Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges & Shari Halpern

Worries AnxietyWorries & Anxiety
The Worry Box by Suzanne Chiew & Sean Julian
There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi & Laurel Molk
Captain Starfish by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

STEMSTEM Picture Books
The Dinosaur Expert by Margaret McNamara & G. Brian Karas
Izzy Gizmo by Pip Jones & Sara Ogilvie
Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros & Brianne Farley

Piggies in the Kitchen by Michelle Meadows & Ard Hoyt
Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough
Amelia Bedelia Bakes Off by Herman Parish & Lynn Sweat

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
Little Frog & the Scary Autumn Thing by Jane Yolen & Ellen Shi

SchoolBack to School
School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex & Christian Robinson
The Class by Boni Ashburn & Kimberly Gree
Chicken in School by Adam Lehrhaupt & Shahar Kober
Edda: A Little Valkyrie’s First Day of School by Adam Auerbach
A Tiger Tail by Mike Boldt

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner & Jaime Kim
If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano the the Beach, Don’t! by Elise Parsley
Peppa Pig & the Great Vacation

BilingualBilingual Books
Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris
by Linda Elovitz Marshall & Elisa Chavarri
Ming’s Adventure in the Forbidden City: A Story in English and Chinese by Li Jian & Yijin Wert
Where Are You Going? To See My Friend!: A Story of Friendship in Two Languages by Eric Carle & Kazuo Iwamura

Beginner Chapter BooksBeginning Chapter Books
Wild Swans
by Xanthe Gresham Knight
Pug Pals: Two’s a Crowd by Flora Ahn
Secondhand Slice by Jake Maddox

Easy ReadersEasy Readers
My Toothbrush is Missing
by Jan Thomas
Pig and Cat Are Pals by Douglas Florian
That’s My Book!: And Other Stories by Salina Yoon

Start to FinishStart to Finish Series
From Milk to Ice Cream

From Plastic to Soccer Ball
From Wax to Crayon

Sister Day
by Lisa Mantchev & Sonia Sánchez
The Seven Princesses by Smiljana Coh
Snow Sisters by Kerri Kokias & Teagan White


Empowering Picture Books
Lovely by Jess Hong
I Am Enough by Grace Byers & Keturah A. Bobo
Dear Girl by Amy Krause Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal & Holly Hatam

Women's BiogsWomen’s History Month Biographies
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca & Daniel Rieley
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel, Jazz Jennings & Shelagh McNicholas
Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy & C.F. Payne

Black HistoryBlack History Month Picture Books
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
by Ashley Bryan
That is My Dream by Langston Hughes & Daniel Miyares
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson & Frank Morrison

CSK Winners2018 Coretta Scott King Award Winners
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Eloise Greenfield
Mama Africa! How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine & Charly Palmer
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

Black History BiosBlack History Month Biographies
Radiant: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim & E.B. Lewis
The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford & Elizabeth Zunon

Recent ReadsGreat Books I Read in January
Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez

Picture Book BiographiesPicture Book Biographies
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca & Daniel Rieley
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter
Trailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson by Leda Schubert & Theodore Taylor III

BCCLS Mock WinnersBCCLS Mock-Award Winners
The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish (Newbery)
Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers (Caldecott)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Printz)

The Mitten by Jan Brett
Andy & Sandy and the First Snow by Tomie dePaola with Jim Lewis
Super Snow Day Seek and Find by Michael Garland

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

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

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

Beginning Chapter Book SeriesBeginning 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 2017 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