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[Grades 3-4] Great Books to Read in May

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It's May. It's time to hug all moms and say Happy Mother's Day! Read a book with moms and immerse in a sea of happiness.Important days you may want to read about: Baby Day (May 2nd), Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), Star Wars Day (May 5th), and Memorial Day (May 25th).

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  • Star Wars Mad Libs

    Roger Price, Leonard Stern

    Paperback (Mad Libs, Sept. 4, 2008)
    Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Star Wars cast are back in intergalactic action in Star Wars Mad Libs. With 21 Mad Libs stories about characters and events from the original six blockbuster films, you'll be laughing your NOUN off!
  • Star Wars: The Secrets of the Jedi

    Marc Sumerak

    Hardcover (Insight Kids, Nov. 12, 2019)
    2020 IBPA Awards Winner! Discover the world of Star Wars’ Jedi through this fun and fully interactive reading experience.Join Jedi Master Luke Skywalker on a fully interactive journey into the world of the Jedi. Discover the storied history of this noble order of peacekeepers; explore the secrets of the Force; study the art of mastering the lightsaber; and learn about the lives of some of the most revered Jedi of all time, including Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker. Featuring amazing original illustrations and unique special features—including a pop-up holocron, a translator card, a Jedi equipment booklet, pullouts, and more—this book is the ultimate exploration of the Jedi and their incredible impact on the galaxy.
  • The Kids-Did-It! Cookie Bookie: A

    Michelle Abrams, Glenn Abrams

    Paperback (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 7, 2009)
    This deliciously fun introduction to baking features easy-to-follow and fun-to-look-at cookie recipes, each inspired and illustrated with delightful watercolors from the Kids-Did-It! Designs(r) kids' art collection. Just imagine Chocolate Chipmunks, Dragon Crisps, Peanut Butterflies, Moon Melts or Peppermint Pig Puffs! Tasty dessert recipes deliciously illustrated! This cookbook is kid-friendly, colorful and creative, with delightful illustrations, yummy step-by-step recipes using everyday ingredients and instructive graphics that help make the recipes easy to understand. "My personal favorites are the MoonMelts," says author, art teacher and baker, Michelle Abrams. "Picture delicious, gooey marshmallow cream stuffed between two cocoa cookies floating in a colorful field of planets and stars! "This playful cookbook appeals to anyone looking for something fun to do with kids. Even better, the recipes are easy AND delicious, and each young illustrator earns a royalty - plus, it makes a great gift!" RECIPES: Chocolate Chipmunks Cherry Chirps Peanut Butterflies Lady Bug Dots Dragon Crisps Vanilla Stars Tea Treats Bird Nests Sweethearts Monster Mish-Mashes Choo-Choo-Chewy Brownies Peppermint Pig Puffs Lamb Jams Moon Melts
  • Locomotive

    Brian Floca

    Hardcover (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, Sept. 3, 2013)
    The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the “stunning” (Booklist) Moonshot.It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean. Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!
  • The First Strawberries

    Joseph Bruchac, Anna Vojtech

    Hardcover (Dial, Sept. 6, 1993)
    A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth.
  • The Wall

    Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler

    Hardcover (Clarion Books, April 23, 1990)
    A young boy and his father visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veterans

    Barbara E. Walsh, Layne Johnson

    Hardcover (Calkins Creek, Sept. 1, 2012)
    When American soldiers entered World War I, Moina Belle Michael, a schoolteacher from Georgia, knew she had to act. Some of the soldiers were her students and friends. Almost single-handedly, Moina worked to establish the red poppy as the symbol to honor and remember soldiers. And she devoted the rest of her life to making sure the symbol would last forever. Thanks to her hard work, that symbol remains strong today. Author Barbara Elizabeth Walsh and artist Layne Johnson worked with experts, primary documents, and Moina's great-nieces to better understand Moina's determination to honor the war veterans.A portion of the book's proceeds will support the National Military Family Association's Operation Purple®, which benefits children of the U.S. military.
  • Between Mom and Me: A Mother and Son Keepsake Journal

    Katie Clemons

    Paperback (Sourcebooks Explore, March 1, 2019)
    A one-of-a-kind journal for the mother & son who crave a rule-free, creative way to connect with each other. This engaging prompt journal is the perfect tool to build mother-son relationships. Kids can record memories, swap stories, compare perspectives, and explore common and unique interests with their moms! Interactive lists and letters back and forth invite both mom and son to reflect, write, and doodle about topics timely to their lives as kids, build self-confidence, and improve their penmanship.
  • Ramona and Her Mother

    Beverly Cleary, Jacqueline Rogers

    Paperback (HarperCollins, March 17, 2020)
    This warm-hearted story of a mother's love for her spirited young daughter is told beautifully by Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary. This chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 7 to 9 who are reading independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children.Ramona Quimby is no longer seven, but not quite eight. She's "seven and a half right now," if you ask her. Not allowed to stay home alone, yet old enough to watch pesky Willa Jean, Ramona wonders when her mother will treat her like her older, more mature sister, Beezus. But with her parents' unsettling quarrels and some spelling trouble at school, Ramona wonders if growing up is all it's cracked up to be. No matter what, she'll always be her mother's little girl…right?
  • Deep in the Sahara

    Kelly Cunnane, Hoda Hadadi

    Hardcover (Schwartz & Wade, Oct. 8, 2013)
    "Poetic language, attractive illustrations and a positive message about Islam, without any didacticism: a wonderful combination," declares Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to cover their heads and clothes in public. But it is not until Lalla realizes that a malafa is not just worn to show a woman's beauty and mystery or to honor tradition—a malafa for faith—that Lalla's mother agrees to slip a long cloth as blue as the ink in the Koran over Lalla's head, under her arm, and round and round her body. Then together, they pray. An author's note and glossary are included in the back of the book.
  • Road Trip with Max and His Mom

    Linda Urban, Katie Kath

    Hardcover (HMH Books for Young Readers, April 17, 2018)
    In this sweet and funny companion to Weekends with Max and His Dad by acclaimed author Linda Urban, Max and his mom embark on a road trip as they adjust to their new understanding of family. Third-grader Max is heading off on a road trip with Mom. With miles to travel, cousins to meet, and a tall roller coaster to ride (maybe), it will be an adventure! But Max always spends weekends with Dad; will Dad be okay if he’s left behind? And will Max be brave enough for all the new explorations ahead of him?
  • Fairy Mom and Me #1

    Sophie Kinsella, Marta Kissi

    Hardcover (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Jan. 2, 2018)
    Fans of Sophie Kinsella's sparkling humor will love her first ever illustrated series for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo!Ella Brook can't wait to grow up, because one day she will become a fairy and have her own sparkly wings and a teacher on Fairy Tube, just like her mom! Until then, Ella has to learn by watching her mom in action. But sometimes spells go wrong, and Ella's mom can never seem to remember the right magic codes on her Computawand. A lot of the time, it's up to Ella to come to the rescue. Does she have what it takes to be a fairy one day? Or will there be more glitches than glitter?
  • The Wakame Gatherers

    Holly Thompson, Kazumi Wilds

    Hardcover (Shen's Books, Dec. 1, 2007)
    Nanami has two grandmothers: Baachan, who lives with her family in Japan, and Gram, who lives in Maine. When Gram visits Japan for the first time, Baachan takes her and Nanami on a trip to the seaside to gather Wakame, a long, curvy seaweed that floats near the shore. While the three assemble their equipment and ride the streetcar to the beach, Baachan explains how Wakame and other seaweeds are used in Japan. Gram shares stories about how seaweeds are used in Maine, and Nanami translates for them both. By the end of the day, Nanami's two grandmothers discover that they have much in common despite being from countries that fought in the war they both remember vividly. Now, looking out across the beach at the surfers, dog walkers, and seaweed gatherers, they share an appreciation of this precious peace. Holly Thompson's beautiful prose captures the exuberance of a young girl who easily traverses between two cultures and languages. It also illuminates the love and understanding that grow between two older women who are so different, yet share an unbreakable bond. Kazumi Wild's bright, vivid paintings make the Japanese landscape and the rocky shores of Maine come alive, reminding us all that we share this earth and the peace that we create.
  • Poems in the Attic

    Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon

    Hardcover (Lee & Low Books, May 15, 2015)
    During a visit to her grandma s house, a young girl discovers a box of poems in the attic, poems written by her mother when she was growing up. Her mother s family often moved around the United States and the world because her father was in the Air Force. Over the years, her mother used poetry to record her experiences in the many places the family lived. Reading the poems and sharing those experiences through her mother s eyes, the young girl feels closer to her mother than ever before. To let her mother know this, she creates a gift: a book with her own poems and copies of her mother s. And when she returns her mother s poems to the box in the attic, she leaves her own poems too, for someone else to find, someday. Using free verse for the young girl s poems and tanka for her mother s, master poet Nikki Grimes creates a tender intergenerational story that speaks to every child s need to hold onto special memories of home, no matter where that place might be.
  • The Secret Garden

    Frances Hodgson Burnett, Inga Moore

    Hardcover (Candlewick, Feb. 12, 2008)
    The beloved original text offered in a definitive gift edition by esteemed illustrator Inga Moore."Then she slipped through the door, and shut it behind her, breathing quite fast with excitement, and wonder, and delight. She was standing inside the secret garden."First published in 1909, The Secret Garden has entranced readers with the courage and strength of two unhappy and withered children who become determined to make their lives and the lives of others around them more joyful. In this remarkable edition, Inga Moore’s beautifully observed illustrations capture the wonder of the secret garden springing to life under the tender care of Mary Lennox; her spoiled invalid cousin, Colin; and Dickon, a Yorkshire boy.