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Genie Meanie

by Mahtab Narsimhan, illustrated by Michelle Simpson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: bullying, friendship, asian

When eight-year-old Kiara discovers that her recently deceased grandmother left her a genie, trapped in a bottle of garam-masala, she’s elated. She’ll be a modern-day Aladdin and have someone to do her bidding. And Kiara could really use a little magic. Third grade is just about to start and she’s spent the summer worried about being in class …

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The Dragon Thief

by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Geneva B
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, african american, mythical

Stealing a baby dragon was easy! Hiding it is a little more complicated, in this sequel to reviewer favorite Dragons in a Bag.

Jaxon had just one job--to return three baby dragons to the realm of magic. But when he got there, only two dragons were left in the bag. His best friend's sister, Kavita, is a dragon thief!

Kavita only wanted what was best f …

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Time to Shine: An Acorn Book (Fairylight Friends #2)

by Jessica Young, illustrated by Marie Vanderbemden
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: chapter books, mythical, friendship

Fairy friends Ruby, Iris, and Pip explore Fairy Forest in the wintertime in this magical early reader!

 

Pick a Book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books w …

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Time to Shine: An Acorn Book (Fairylight Friends #2) (Library Edition)

by Jessica Young, illustrated by Marie Vanderbemden
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: chapter books, friendship, mythical

Fairy friends Ruby, Iris, and Pip explore Fairy Forest in the wintertime in this magical early reader!

 

Pick a Book. Grow a Reader!

This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, plenty of humor, and full-color artwork on every page, these books w …

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The Errand: The Queen

by Leo LaFleur, illustrated by Adam Oehlers
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: fantasy, fantasy & magic

The Queen is the third volume in The Errand graphic novel series. In each book of this series, Leo La Fleur and Adam Oehlers use poetic language and hauntingly beautiful illustrations to spin a darkly fantastical tale in which the reader follows a simple errand boy on a courage-testing adventure of great magic and ever deepening peril.

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Two Drops of Brown in a Cloud of White

by Saumiya Balasubramaniam, illustrated by Eva Campbell
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: emigration & immigration, parents, emotions & feelings, monsters

A child’s joy on a snowy day finally helps her mother feel at home in their new country

A little girl and her mother walk home from school on a snowy winter day.

“So much snow,” says Ma. “So monochromatic.”

“Mono crow what?” her daughter replies.

Ma misses the sun, warmth and colors of their faraway homeland, but her daughter sees magic …

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i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k'?l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli?

by Harron Hall, illustrated by Shianna Allison
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: native canadian, native american

i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k??l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli? is an original story with a universal message, shedding light on the importance of water as a living entity. The story features a young girl named suli?, who hears the song of the water calling for her while playing outside. suli? ventures out of her yard and into the forest. Along the way …

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The Stowaways

by Meghan Marentette, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc., fantasy & magic

Unlike the other Weedle mice, The Stowaways love to go on adventures - even when it means getting close to humans! But when Rory and his Gran plan to rescue Grampa Stowaway, whom everyone else thinks is dead, the adventure may be far more dangerous than he has bargained for.

The Stowaways aren't like the other Weedle mice. They are inventive and cur …

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Catch the Sky

by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Emily Dove
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: poetry (see also stories in verse), imagination & play, seasons, non-classifiable

“Clever and effective for the pre- and primary school nature shelves.”—Kirkus 

In the vein of Jack Prelutsky and Dennis Lee comes a celebration of the sky with thirty zippy poems that will lift kids’ spirits and let their imaginations soar.

What do you see when you look up at the sky? In this “lyrical” picture book (Booklist) for ages 3-8 …

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Snow Doves

by Nancy Hartry, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: emigration & immigration, values & virtues, imagination & play

Sami has just arrived in a new country. The snow piled up outside his window is a mysterious and, frankly, chilly surprise! Joy, his new neighbor, does not speak his language, but that does not stop them from communicating as Joy helps Sami overcome his fears. The two new friends get bundled up against the cold, and Sami discovers the magic of play …