Recommended Reads for Youth

Recommended Reads are the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library's monthly series of books that can be found in our collection.

Recommended Reading for May 2018


BRJ01337 Baseball Ballerina by Kathryn Cristaldi.

A young narrator is forced to take ballet lessons from her parents when all she wants to do is play baseball. Worried that her baseball friends will make fun of her, she quickly learns that maybe ballet might not be so useless after all, and may even have its advantages.  For grades K-3. Purchased from Seedlings. 1992.


BR021090 When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes.

The world transforms from the dark of winter to a lush and blooming spring that animals and people celebrate!PRINT/BRAILLE.  For grades K-3. 2016.


DB041442 In My Mother’s Garden by Melissa Madenski.

It is the first day of spring, and Rosie is very excited. Her mother's birthday will soon be here, and Rosie has a special surprise planned. Because her mother loves flowers, especially pansies, Rosie is going to make her a pansy garden. But can Rosie keep the secret until her mother's birthday? For grades K-3.


DB059484 Xochitl and the Flowers/Xochitl, la Nina de las Flores by Jorge Argueta.

After moving to San Francisco from El Salvador, Xochitl and her mother sell flowers around the neighborhood. When her father rents an apartment with a big junk-filled yard, their new friends help the family create the garden of their dreams. English and Spanish text. For grades K-3. 2003.


DB055040 Laughing Tomatoes and other Spring Poems/Jitomates RisuenÌos y Otros Poemas de Primavera by Michael Emberly.

Bilingual collection of humorous and serious poems celebrating spring, when nature and poetry make us "see everything for the first time." For grades K-3 and older readers. Pura BelpreÌ Honor Book.  Bilingual English and Spanish language. 1997.


DB069741 Baseball Science by James Bow.

Examines the roles of science and technology in modern baseball games, from developing the most efficient equipment and ball parks to strengthening athletes by improving training techniques and nutritional requirements. For grades 3-6. 2009.


DB089431 Schomburg, The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford.

After being told as a child that Africa's descendants didn't have a history, Arturo Schomburg (1874-1938) set out to prove the opposite and amassed a collection of African books, letters, music, and art that is currently housed in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. For grades 4-7. 2017.


DB089502 Unstoppable True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals by Nancy Furstinger.

A collection of stories featuring animals learning to use prosthetic limbs after losing their own. Allison, for example, is a sea turtle left with only one flipper after a predator attack. The rescue center staff designed a suit for her to be able to swim and change directions. For grades 4-7. 2017.


DB089292 Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith.

Overview of Canada's residential school system, which removed indigenous children from their own families and cultures. Reports on the devastation it has caused indigenous families. Examines how we can foster reconciliation with indigenous people at every level in society, and learn from our history. Some violence. For grades 4-7. 2017.


DB089168 Chasing Space: Young Readers’ Edition by Leland Melvin.

A NASA astronaut shares his experiences that led him off the football field and into space. Discusses his time as an NFL football player and as an engineer, as well as the spacewalk training accident that left him with a partial hearing loss. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2017.


DB089230 Patina : Track, book 2 by Jason Reynolds.

As a newbie to the elite track team the Defenders, Patina Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her anger and personal demons. For grades 5-8. 2017.


DB083449; BR021759 Soar by Joan Bauer.

When his adoptive father accepts a temporary job in Hillcrest, Ohio, twelve-year-old Jeremiah is determined to coach his middle school's baseball team. As a heart transplant recipient, he can't play, but Jeremiah doesn't let that slow him down in pursuing his coaching dreams. For grades 5-8. 2016.


DB089358 I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez.

After her older sister, Olga, dies suddenly, Julia knows she cannot live up to her sister's standards in the eyes of her traditional family. But she soon discovers that Olga may not have been as perfect as everyone thought. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2017.


DB089429 Artificial Intelligence and Building Smarter Machines by Stephanie Sammartino McPherson.

An overview of the history of artificial intelligence and the ways that this accelerating technology promises to make humanity's lives easier and better. Experts debate the pros and cons of superintelligence and mankind's potential future with it. For senior high and older readers. 2017.


DB068126 Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña.

Aspiring baseball pitcher Danny Lopez struggles with identity issues while living with his white mother and attending private school. Danny spends the summer with his father's Mexican family in the barrios of San Diego, where he befriends the local teens and learns about his roots. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2008.



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