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 March 2018


BRJ01429 Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! By Dr. Seuss

Let your imagination run wild with a classic Dr. Seuss book about the "thinks" you can think. The world is full of endless possibilities and dreams that imagination can create! For grades preschool - 2 and older readers. 1975.


BRJ01392; DBC06865 My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay by Cari Best 

Zulay and her three best friends are all in the same first grade class and study the same things, even though Zulay is blind. When their teacher asks her students what activity they want to do on Field Day, Zulay surprises everyone when she says she wants to run a race. With the help of a special aide and the support of her friends, Zulay does just that. Grades K-3. 2015.


BR021148 March Mischief: Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy.

When three leprechaun statues disappear just before St. Patrick's Day, Bradley, Brian, Nate, Lucy, and other friends follow clues in order to solve the mystery. Sequel to February Friend (BR 21117). Uncontracted braille. For grades 2-4. 2010.


BR021250; DB083184 Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

In the bustling city of Paris, a small, brave dog called Diva and an adventurous cat named Flea become unlikely friends. Uncontracted braille. For grades 2-4. 2015.


BR021197; DB074270 Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker

Third-grader Clementine's science-project rat has escaped from his cage at school. Meanwhile, during a family meeting at home Clementine learns that her perfect family of four will become five when a new baby arrives. Sequel to Clementine, Friend of the Week (BR 21130). For grades 2-4. 2011.


DB072700 Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes

Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood. But when she makes friends with Free--another new student at school--Dyamonde finally starts to feel at home. For grades 2-4. 2009.


BRA01017; BR012547; DB046654; LP016926 Frindle by Andrew Clements

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. For Grades 3-6. 1996.


BR021151; DB080497 Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Bullied and moved among different schools, sixth-grade student Ally creatively distracts anyone from discovering that she has problems reading. But one teacher, Mr. Daniels, helps her understand that she has dyslexia. He encourages Ally to understand her feelings in a new way. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2015.


DB072592 A Pot o' Gold: A Treasury of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, and (of Course) Blarney by Kathleen Krull

Limericks, ballads, poetry by Joyce and Yeats, and retellings of legends about mermaids, fairies, and leprechauns. Selections from the cultural heritage of Ireland balance child-friendly material with original sources. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.


DB073280; DB088148 The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest by Ian McAllister & Nicholas Read

Discusses the wolves of Canada's Pacific Coast, who are smaller than their inland cousins and can swim and catch salmon. Explains their social behavior, seasonal habits, and coexistence with First Nations people. Companion to The Salmon Bears (DB 71788). For grades 4-7. 2010.


DB073439 Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Orphaned Plain Kate's mismatched eyes and skillful wood carving cause rumors that she is a witch. Her problems multiply when she sells her shadow to a stranger with sinister intentions. It's up to Kate, her talking cat, and a friend to stop him. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.


BR021338; DB083631 Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith

Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic. But when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him. John Steptoe Award.  For grades 5-8. 2015.


DB072692 Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City by David Weitzman

Pays tribute to Mohawk ironworkers, who have worked high in the air building skyscrapers and bridges for more than a century. Examines the myth of the fearless, sure-footed Indian. Covers Mohawk history, the 1907 Quebec Bridge disaster, and the Empire State Building's construction. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2010.


DB073154 Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes

Alternating poems compare and contrast the conflicted feelings of Ishmael, son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham, and Sam, a teenager in modern New York City. Each is abandoned by his father, yet loves his new, younger stepbrother. For grades 6-9 and older readers. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. 2010.


DB072788 Wish by Joseph Monninger

Eleven-year-old Tommy is an avid shark buff who has cystic fibrosis. When his wish foundation's "swim with the sharks" adventure proves a touristy disappointment, his fifteen-year-old sister Bee takes Tommy on a side trip to meet his surfer e-mail buddy and experience a special day. For grades 6-9. 2010.


DB072976 Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

En la Barcelona de 1980 Oscar Drai suena despierto, deslumbrado por los placeres mocernistas cercanos al internado en el que estudia. En una de sus escapadas conoce a Marina, una chica audaz que comparte con oscar la aventura de adentrarse en un enigma doloroso del pasado de la ciudad.


Barcelona, 1980. While away from his boarding school, fifteen-year-old Óscar Drai meets the Blau family, including Marina. Óscar joins her in attempting to discover the truth about a 1940s orthopedic factory that produced an amazing device. For junior and senior high and older readers. Spanish language. 2007.


BR021201; DB082326 The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Adam struggles with his OCD therapy assignments, and his relationship with his divorced parents doesn't help matters. During a session at his OCD support group, however, he falls for fellow member Robyn and decides to save them both. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.



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