Book Recommendations for Young Readers

Here is a list of book recommendations from the 31st BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers. To see more book recommendations from our alumni and previous BYU Symposiums visit

Title Author Publisher Date ISBN Grade Level Cost
Kathleen Pope            
If Picasso Painted a Snowman Newbold, Amy Tilbury House Publishers 17-Oct 978-0884485933 6-Jan $17.95
A big, brightly colored, playful introduction to various important painters and art movements. A delightful, whimsical, educational picture book that shows how 17 well-known artists might have drawn a snowman. Backmatter thumbnail biographies of the artists complete this highly original tour of the creative imagination that will delight adults as well as children.
Read! Read! Read! Vanderwater, Amy Ludwig Wordsong 17-Sep 978-1590789759 K - 4 $17.95
Twenty-three poems capture the joys of reading from that thrilling moment when a child first learns to decipher words to the excitement that follows in reading everything from road signs to field guides to internet articles to stories. These poems also explore what reading does, lyrically celebrating how it opens minds, can make you kind, and allows you to explore the whole world. Ryan O'Rourke's rich artwork beautifully captures the imagination and playfulness in these poems.
Hippy Hoppy Toad Archer, Peggy  Schwartz & Wade 18-Mar 978-0399556760 PreK - 2 $16.99
It's hard to be a tiny toad minding your own business on a twig. First a bird pecks at him. . . . Then a bee buzzes. . . . Then a dog barks . . . and so on. And each time the toad is surprised by a buzz or a woof (or the toe of a sneaker!), he hops to a new location farther down the road. With fun sounds, clever rhymes, and an irresistible rhythm, this is the perfect story for sharing one-on-one or in a group. Delightful illustrations.
Hello Hello Wenzel, Brendan Chronicle Books 18-Mar 978-1452150147 PreK - K $17.99
Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears, linked together by at least one common trait. From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Brendan Wenzel's joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature's infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. An illustrated list of animals is included, listing the names of all pictured animals and their threatened status.
Her Right Foot Eggers, Dave Chronicle Books 17-Sep 978-1452162812 K - 3 $19.99
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World Hood, Susan HarperCollins 18-Jan 978-0062699459 PreK - 3 $18.99
Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women—each paired with a noteworthy female artist—to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers. From the award-winning author of Ada's Violin, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history. 
Festival of Colors Sehgal, Kabir Beach Lane Books 18-Jan 978-1481420495 PreK - 3 $17.99
Brother and sister Chintoo and Mintoo are getting ready for Holi, the Indian festival of colors. Their process is slowly revealed as the siblings gather petals, dry and separate them, and then crush the dried petals into powders. Lively digital illustrations show the children's excited family members and neighbors carrying the powders through the streets, and then "POOF!" wet and dry powders fly through the air in a rambunctious celebration. Readers will learn from the book's endnotes that Holi celebrates "inclusiveness, new beginnings, and the triumph of good over evil." 
Lost Boys Rosenblatt, Darcey Henry Holt & Co. 17-Aug 978-1627797580 6-Apr $16.99
In 1982, twelve-year-old Reza has no interest in joining Iran's war effort against Iraq. But in the wake of a tragedy and at his mother's urging, he decides to enlist, assured by the authorities that he will achieve paradise should he die in service to his country. War does not bring the glory the boys of Iran have been promised, and Reza soon finds himself held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Iraq. Friendship, heartbreak, and Reza's very survival are at stake as he finds solace through music and forges his own path—wherever that might take him.
Walking with Miss Millie Bundy, Tamara Nancy Paulsen Books 17-Jul 978-0399544569 6-May $16.99
A poignant middle grade debut about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman in the 1960s South. Alice is angry at having to move to Rainbow, Georgia—a too small, too hot, dried-up place she's sure will never feel like home. Then she gets put in charge of walking her elderly neighbor's dog. But Clarence won't budge without Miss Millie, so Alice and Miss Millie walk him together. Bundy's beautifully written debut celebrates the wonder and power of friendship: how it can be found when we least expect it and make any place a home.
Code Word Courage Larson, Kirby Scholastic Press 18-Apr 978-0545840750 7-Mar $16.99
In September 1944 11-year-old Billie lives with her great aunt, Doff, eagerly waiting for her older brother Leo to return from boot camp, and desperate to find the father that left when she was little; but Leo brings a friend with him, a Navajo named Denny (who becomes one of the code talkers) and the injured dog they have rescued and named Bear.  When the two young men go off to war, Bear becomes the thread that ties them all together and helps Billie to find a true friend.
Midnight Without a Moon Jackson, Linda HMH Books for Young Readers 17-Dec 978-1328753632 7-May $7.99
It's Mississippi in the summer of 1955, and Rose Lee Carter can't wait to move north. For now, she's living with her sharecropper grandparents on a white man's cotton plantation. Then, one town over, an African American boy, Emmett Till, is killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. When Till's murderers are unjustly acquitted, Rose realizes that the South needs a change and that she should be part of the movement. Linda Jackson's moving debut seamlessly blends a fictional portrait of an African American family and factual events from a famous trial that provoked change in race relations in the United States.
Escape from Aleppo Senzai, N. H. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books 18-Jan 978-1481472173 7-Mar $16.99
It is December 17, 2010: Nadia's twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia's home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Nadia is separated from her family and must find her own way out of Aleppo to be reunited with her family.  Inspired by current events, this novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl's journey to safety.
Night Diary Hiranandani, Veera Dial Books 18-Mar 978-0735228511 7-Mar $16.99
It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. The divide has created much tension between Hindus and Muslims, and hundreds of thousands are killed crossing borders. Half-Muslim, half-Hindu twelve-year-old Nisha doesn't know where she belongs, or what her country is anymore. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. Told through Nisha's letters to her mother, The Night Diary is a heartfelt story of one girl's search for home, for her own identity—and for a hopeful future.
Ahimsa Kelkar, Supriya Tu Books 17-Oct 978-1620143568 6-Apr $18.95
Ten-year-old Anjali's comfortable life changes dramatically when her parents decide to honor Mahatma Gandhi's request that every Indian family give one member to the fight for freedom from British rule. Anjali's mother takes the active role. She aspires to help the Dalit community, referred to with the pejorative "untouchables" by most in the town. Anjali believes that the Dalit children in their town should be able to go to school, and Ma is determined to make that happen. The road ahead is not smooth, as violence breaks out between Hindus and Muslims, and Ma and other freedom fighters are jailed unjustly for their efforts, though they follow the principles of "ahimsa," or nonviolent resistance. Anjali continues her mother's crusade to integrate their school, knowing that before she can change others' beliefs, she must first change her own. Inspired by the author's great-grandmother, this middle grade debut is powered by strong, fully developed characters who make mistakes and learn over the course of the story.
Heart and Mind of Frances Pauley Stevens, April Schwartz & Wade 18-Feb 978-1524720612 7-Mar $16.99
Eleven-year-old Frances is an observer of both nature and people, just like her idol, anthropologist Margaret Mead. She spends most of her time up on the rocks behind her house in her "rock world," as Alvin, her kindhearted and well-read school bus driver, calls it. Figgrotten, the name she gives herself, thinks of the school bus driver, Alvin, as her best friend and confidant; she rides directly behind him and the two discuss books and life. School is a challenge for Figgrotten who must temper her enthusiasm and always having the right answer so her classmates will participate. Her fourth grade teacher Mr. Stanley understands Figgrotten and allows her the freedom to be original. But when an unexpected tragedy occurs, Frances slowly discovers that perhaps the world outside her rugged, hidden paradise isn't so bad after all, and that maybe--just maybe--she can find connection and camaraderie with the people who have surrounded her all along.
Cassy Lewis            
After the Fall Santat, Dan Roaring Book Press 17-Oct 978-1626726826 PreK - 3 $17.99
Santat's touching story shows us how Humpty Dumpty got back up again and learned to face his fears. The illustrations are magnificent, the story inspiring. The perfect book for teaching kids to be resilient and persistent and never give up.
Malala's Magic Pencil Yousafzai, Malala Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 17-Oct 978-0316319577 PreK - 3 $17.99
In this autobiographical picture book, Yousafzai recounts her life story of finding her voice and learning to speak up in a culture that wanted her to remain silent. A wonderful story to introduce young readers to this amazing young woman who is making a difference in the world with her words. Great book for discussing how we can make a positive impact in the world around us.
Alma and How She Got Her Name Martinez-Neal, Juana Candlewick 18-Apr 978-0763693558 PreK - 3 $15.99
Martinez-Neal uses charming illustrations to highlight this story of how Alma was named after many of her ancestors. The narrative provides a great starting point for discussing family traditions and the power of one's name. This tender story and lovely illustrations are a celebration of identity, family, and belonging.
The Word Collector Reynolds, Peter H. Orchard Books 18-Jan 978-0545865029 PreK - 3 $17.99
"Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. Jerome collected words . . ." Magical things happen when Jerome begins to string his words together, words he had not imagined side by side. They become poems and songs, and powerful words when connected like "I'm Sorry" and "You Matter".  This wonderfully written book captures the beauty of language and the impact words can have when you share them with the world.
Jabari Jumps Cornwall, Gaia Candlewick 17-May 978-0763678388 PreK - 3 $15.99
Cornwall's book is set at the local swimming pool where Jabari wants to be ready to jump off the high dive, but still needs a little time to feel confidant enough. His loving dad provides patience and understanding, but it is Jabari himself who works up the courage to finally jump. This is a great book for discussing how trying something new can make us feel both brave and scared at the same time. You can also talk about how the illustrations help the reader understand Jabari's feelings.
The Bad Seed John, Jory HarperCollins 17-Aug 978-0062467768 PreK - 3 $17.99
This fun book is best enjoyed as a read aloud. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the humor and will keep reading along to see what happens to the "Bad Seed." This is a story that would lead to a great discussion about our reactions to life experiences, the consequences of our choices, and the chance to make a change for the better. 
Lola Dutch Wright, Kenneth & Sarah Jane Bloomsbury USA Childrens 18-Jan 978-1681195513 PreK - 1 $17.99
Think "Madeline" meets "Fancy Nancy", Lola Dutch is a creative and imaginative girl filled with grand ideas. Outrageous, extraordinary, and over the top, Lola puts her whole heart into everything she does, but sometimes it ends up being "a little bit much." The whimsical illustrations add a wonderful effect to an already imaginative story. The author & illustrator are locals, and they already have plans for additional books in the works. 
There's a Monster in Your Book Fletcher, Tom Random House Books for Young Readers 17-Sep 978-1524764562 PreK - 2 $17.99
This interactive picture book is best enjoyed as a read aloud. It will have children wiggling, shaking, and eventually tucking this book monster into bed. Reminiscent of "There's a Monster at the End of This Book", this book will grab, and keep, the attention of each child that's brave enough to keep turning the pages. 
Not Quite Narwhal Sima, Jessie Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 17-Feb 978-1481469098 PreK - 3 $17.99
Reminiscent of "The Ugly Duckling" or the movie "Elf", the main character Kelp goes off on a journey of self-discovery and finds that he's "Not Quite Narwhal", but is actually a Unicorn. A delightful tale of being caught between two worlds and finding one's place. Perfect for children of all ages who love narwhals and rainbows and unicorns, and, let's be honest, who doesn't? This book glitters and sparkles and entertains from the beginning to the end.
Dear Girl Rosenthal, Amy Krouse HarperCollins 17-Dec 978-0062422507 PreK - 3 $17.99
This mother-daughter team offers a love letter encouraging girls to accept and love themselves. They advise girls to be confident, to speak up, to be curious and adaptable to anything. Such a touching and lasting love letter for the duo to have written together before Amy's passing. "Dear Girl" is a gentle reminder that each of us is powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world.
Out of Wonder - Poems Celebrating Poets Alexander, Kwame Candlewick 17-Mar 978-0763680947 7-Mar $16.99
In this gorgeous book, Alexander introduces us to twenty of his favorite poets. Some lived centuries ago and wrote in languages other than English, while others are still alive and writing poetry today. Alexander selected his poets based on two criteria: first, they had to be interesting people, and second, we had to be passionately in love with their poetry. Alexander believes that by reading other poets we can discover our own wonder. Such a beautiful collection of poetry and breathtaking artwork that will enhance any classroom, library, or home.
Refugee Gratz, Alan Scholastic Press 17-Jul 978-0545880831 7-Apr $16.99
Gratz presents three interrelated stories of survival. This book centers on three children and their families who are driven from their homes by war, violence, and unrest. Josef must leave Nazi-controlled Germany and sail to Cuba with his family. Isabel and her family try to escape Cuba on a makeshift raft during the exodus in the 1990s. Mahmoud and his family seek refuge from the ongoing war and violence in Syria by fleeing to Greece. These three accounts share elements of hardship, fear, and trauma, while also highlighting the power of love, family, and incredible sacrifice. This powerful and timely story will help young people make sense of today's refugee crisis. 
The War I Finally Won Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker Dial Books 17-Oct 978-0525429203 7-Apr $16.99
It's rare when a sequel is just as beautifully written and as touching as the first book. In this sequel to "The War That Saved My Life", Ada's story continues on. This book's message of perseverance, grit, and forgiving oneself and others is so needed in today's world. The author intertwines history, humanity, humor, and heroism. This book illustrates the power of the human spirit and how we can triumph over life's challenges.
Restart Korman, Gordon Scholastic Press 18-Mar 978-1338053807 7-Mar $6.99
Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof or hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. At first, Chase is desperate to get his memory back, but as he begins the school year and pieces together who he used to be, Chase starts to think that maybe it would be best not to know. Why are so many kids afraid of him? Why doesn't he like the guys who used to be his best friends? Can he really start over as a "new" person? By using multiple voices—especially those of the bully and the victim— the author has taken the subject of bullying to a new place. This refreshing perspective, along with Korman's ability to tap into the middle schooler's mind, makes this book a must-have for any classroom or library.
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Bowling, Dusti Sterling Children's Books 17-Sep 978-1454923459 7-Mar $14.95
Aven was adopted by a wonderful family when she was two years old. She is a normal kid in every way... except one. She was born without arms. After moving to Arizona for her father's job opportunity, Aven befriends a boy with Tourette Syndrome in her new middle school. Together they help each other in ways they never would have imagined. This book will be the next "Wonder" or "Out of my Mind" in your classroom or library. It's an incredible story of friendship, kindness, understanding, and compassion. 
Teri Dean            
Can I Be Your Dog? Cummings, Troy Random House Books for Young Readers 18-Mar 978-0399554520 PreK - 2 $16.99
Arfy, a homeless mutt, lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he'd make. His letters to prospective owners share that he's house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won't anyone open their heart - and home - to a lonesome dog?
Friends Stick Together Harrison, Hannah E. Dial Books 18-Apr 978-0399186653 PreK - 3 $17.99
Rupert is a rhinoceros of refined sensibilities. Levi, the new tickbird in class, is not. He burps the alphabet, tells corny jokes, and does really embarrassing air guitar solos. Rupert wants him gone. But when Levi finally does bug off, Rupert finds the peace and quiet a little boring. This sweet and moving friendship story shares an important message of acceptance for every reader.
Everything You Need for a Treehouse Higgins, Carter Chronicle Books 18-Apr 978-1452142555 PreK - K $17.99
Treehouses are for wonder. Treehouses are for snacks. Treehouses are for whispers and snickers and echoes. Treehouses are for everyone. This magical work of art celebrates the universal wonder of treehouses and all the adventure that live among the branches.
The Rabbit Listened Doerrfeld, Cori Dial Books 18-Feb 978-0735229358 PreK - K $17.99
When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answers. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs. A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathy.
Hello Lighthouse Blackall, Sophie Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 18-Apr 978-0316362382 PreK - 3 $18.99
Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.
Don't Blink! Rosenthal, Amy Krouse Random House Books for Young Readers 18-Apr 978-0385391870 PreK - 2 $18.99
Here's how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you can avoid bedtime, simple as that. (It's a pretty sweet deal, actually.) But each time you blink, you have to turn a page. Those are just  the rules. So whatever you do, DON'T BLINK!
The Brilliant Deep Messner, Kate Chronicle Books 18-May 978-1452133508 K - 3 $17.99
All it takes is one: one coral gamete to start a colony, one person to make a difference, one idea to change the world. The ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world's coral reefs - with hammer and glue, and grafts of newly grown coral - are the living legacy of conservationist Ken Nedimyer.
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird Hegedus, Bethany Balzer + Bray 18-Jan 978-0062456700 PreK - 3 $17.99
The inspiring true story of Harper Lee, the girl who grew up to write To Kill a Mockingbird. Nelle Harper Lee grew up in the rocky red soil of Monroeville, Alabama. From the get-go she was a spitfire.
Let the Children March Clark-Robinson, Monica HMH Books for Young Readers 18-Jan 978-0544704527 4-Jan $17.99
In 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, thousands of African American children volunteered to march for their civil rights after hearing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak. They protested the laws that kept black people separate from white people. Facing fear, hate and danger, these children used their voices to change the world.
Aru Shah and the End of Time Chokshi, Roshani Rick Riordan Presents 18-Mar 978-1368012355 7-Mar $16.99
Seventh grader Aru should never have lit the ancient lamp. When she put the lighter to the wick, the world froze and she released the awful Sleeper. Aru is suddenly launched into the world of the gods and surrounded by mythical characters come to life.
Ghost Boys Rhodes, Jewell Parker Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 18-Apr 978-0316262286 5+ $16.99
Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community in the wake of what they see as an unjust and brutal killing. A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history.
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl McAnulty, Stacy Random House Books for Young Readers 18-May 978-1524767570 7-Mar $16.99
Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn't remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she's technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test--middle school! 
The Parker Inheritance Johnson, Varian Arthur A. Levine Books 18-Mar 978-0545946179 7-Mar $16.99
When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding its writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle.
The Librarian of Auschwitz Iturbe, Antonio Henry Holt & Co. 17-Oct 978-1627796187 12-Aug $19.99
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Krauss, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.
Mapping the Bones Yolen, Jane Philomel Books 18-Mar 978-0399257780 12-Jul $17.99
It's 1942 in Poland, and the world is coming to pieces. At least that's how it seems to Chaim and Gittel, twins whose lives feel like a fairy tale torn apart, with evil witches, forbidden forests, and dangerous ovens looming on the horizon. Influenced by Dr. Mengele's sadistic experimentations, this story follows twins as they travel from Lodz ghetto, to the partisans in the forest, to a horrific concentration camp where they lose everything but each other.
Dread Nation Ireland, Justina Balzer + Bray 18-Apr 978-0062570604 YA $17.99
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. Provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is a stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar - a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.
Gene Nelson            
Dude! Reynolds, Aaron Roaring Book Press 18-Apr 978-1626726031 PreK - 3 $17.99
It's totally about this platypus and this beaver who are friends. They want to go surfing but dude, there's this shark who's in the ocean, too.  But don't worry. This shark approaches and you'll never guess what happens.
Stone for Sascha Becker, Aaron Candlewick 18-May 978-0763665968 PreK - 4 $17.99
This year's summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without Sascha, the beloved family dog, along for the ride. But a wistful walk along the beach to gather cool, polished stones becomes a brilliant turning point in the girl's grief.
Ocean Meets Sky Fan Brothers Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 18-May 978-1481470377 PreK - 3 $17.99
A little boy builds a ship to honor his great grandfather and sets sail for the magical place where ocean meets sky from his grandfathers stories.
I Got It! Wiesner, David Andersen Press Ltd 18-Jun 978-1783447428 PreK - 3 $7.20
The few seconds after the ball leaves the bat can be infinitely long. For this eager young outfielder, there's plenty of time to envision the increasingly fantastic and funny situations that might interfere with making the catch. Summoning determination and courage, he overcomes the imaginary obstacles and turns them into a springboard for success.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye Selznick, Brian Scholastic Press 18-Feb 978-1338180619 PreK - 3 $16.99
Baby Monkey's adventures come to life in an exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel. With pithy text and over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, it is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers. 
Girl Who Drew Butterflies Sidman, Joyce HMH Books for Young Readers 18-Feb 978-0544717138 7-May $17.99
Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be "born of mud" and to be "beasts of the devil."  Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them?  One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly.
One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll Krull, Kathrleen HMH Books for Young Readers 18-Jan 978-0544348233 4-Jan $17.99
The wordsmith Lewis Carroll is famed for the freewheeling world of Wonderland in his beloved classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In this gloriously illustrated picture book, Carroll's childlike love of life is showcased alongside his brilliance at creating and adapting playful words and phrases.
Boo Boos That Changed the World Wittenstein, Barry Charlesbridge 18-Feb 978-1580897457 PreK - 3 $16.99
1920s cotton buyer Earle Dickson worked for Johnson & Johnson and had a klutzy wife who often cut herself. The son of a doctor, Earle set out to create an easier way for her to bandage her injuries. Band-Aids were born, but Earle's bosses at the pharmaceutical giant weren't convinced, and it wasn't until the Boy Scouts of America tested Earle's prototype that this ubiquitous household staple was made available to the public. Soon Band-Aids were selling like hotcakes, and the rest is boo-boo history.
Rodent Rascals Munro, Roxie Holiday House 18-Jan 978-0823438600 4-Jan $17.87
What is the smallest rodent in the world? What is the biggest? How long can rodents live? How do they find mates? In this wonderfully detailed new book from an award-winning author, life-sized illustrations of rodent species from around the world accompany simple, thorough text describing their life cycles, sizes, habitats, and ranges.
Creature of the Pines Gidwitz, Adam Dutton Books for Young Readers 18-Apr 978-0735231702 7-Mar $14.99
Are you ready to protect the creatures of myth and legend? Then you belong in The Unicorn Rescue Society. HURRY-THE CREATURES NEED YOU!  Elliot Eisner isn't exactly thrilled with the first day at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens. The trip is being led by Professor Fauna, the weirdest teacher Elliot has ever met. And the only kid who will talk to Elliot, Uchenna Devereaux, isn't afraid of danger. She likes danger.
Train of Lost Things Paquette, Ammi-Joan Philomel Books 18-Mar 978-1524739393 7-Mar $16.99
Marty goes in search of the mythical Train of Lost Things, hoping that by finding his heart's possession he can save his father from cancer.
Endling: The Last Applegate, Katherine HarperCollins 18-May 978-0062335524 7-Mar $17.99
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra.  After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true.
Journey of Little Charlie Curtis, Christopher Scholastic Press 18-Jan 978-0545156660 7-Apr $16.99
When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves his family in debt, twelve year old little Charlie agrees to a company fearsome plantation overseer, Capt'n Buck, north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him.
Book of Boy Murdock, Catherine Greenwillow Books 18-Feb 978-0062686206 7-Mar $16.99
In 1350 a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome.
Cruel Prince Black, Holly Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 18-Jan 978-0316310277 YA $18.99
Jude, seventeen and mortal, gets tangled in palace intrigues while trying to win a place in a treacherous High Court of Faerie.
Unearthed Kaufman, Amie Disney-Hyperion 18-Jan 978-1484758052 YA $17.99
Scholar Jules and scavenger Amelia join forces to unravel secrets of a long extinct civilization, only to discover something that could spell the end of the human race.