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Pine Cone 2021 Reading List (Kids)

West Bloomfield School District Pine Cone reading program begins January 25. These are the books for 2021.

Going down home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons

Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.

Henry Heckelbeck gets a dragon by Wanda Coven

Future spy Henry discovers that he has magic, like his big sister, Heidi, when he accidentally creates a tiny dragon, which definitely does not belong at Brewster Elementary School.

I am enough by Grace Byers

Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.

Just ask! : be different be brave, be you by Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia and her friends plant a garden, and each one contributes in his or her own special way, in a book that celebrates the many differences among humans.

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

A wild chase ensues inside a well-stocked refrigerator when two friendly leftovers compete for the last drop of syrup, learning a valuable lesson about friendship along the way.

Memoirs of a goldfish by Devin Scillian

A goldfish gives a personal account of his experiences while swimming around his bowl as it slowly fills with fish and other accessories, only to realize when he is relocated for a cleaning how much he misses them

Mindy Kim and the yummy seaweed business by Lyla Lee

Mindy Kim wants to fit in at her new school, but her favorite lunch leads to scorn, then a thriving business, and finally big trouble.

My hair is a garden by Cozbi A Cabrera

After being teased yet again about her unruly hair, MacKenzie consults her neighbor, Miss Tillie, who compares hair care with tending her beautiful garden and teaches MacKenzie some techniques. Includes tips for shampooing, conditioning, and protecting black hair, and recipes for hair products.

The one day house by Julia Durango

A little boy promises his beloved friend, an elderly lady, that one day he will fix up her old house--and his words inspire the other people in the neighborhood to pitch in and get it done

The proudest blue : a story of hijab and family by Ibtihaj Muhammad

Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school.

This is how we do it : one day in the lives of seven kids from around the world by Matt Lamothe

Follows the daily lives of seven children from around the world, including such places as Japan, India, Uganda, and Italy, and discusses how schools, meals, and play can be different or similar in different places in the world.

Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein

In 1959 Bernard is a young Red Sox fan, troubled by the lack of Black players in major league baseball, especially as there are none at all on his favorite team--but change is coming in the form of a rookie named Pumpsie Green.

Wordy birdy by Tammi Sauer

"Wordy Birdy loves to talk, but will she ever learn to listen?"--

Alexander Graham Bell answers the call by Mary Ann Fraser

Profiles the inventor from his early life in Scotland with his mother, who lost most of her hearing to an infection, to his later life as a teacher in Boston, and describes his work with Thomas Watson to invent the telephone.

Buzzing with questions : the inquisitive mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N Harrington

Presents the life and career of the African American entomologist, describing how he overcame racial discrimination in the pursuit of his education and how his pioneering work in the study of insect behavior won him international recognition.

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

"A biographical look at the life and career of Fred Rogers and the impact of his show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood"--

Meerkats by Laura F Marsh

Describes the habitat, food habits, and social behaviors of meerkats, and explains how they protect themselves from predators.

Giraffes by Laura Marsh

Explore the African savanna with giraffes in this exciting reader. Packed with beautiful and engaging photos, kids will learn all about these amazing animals. This level 1 reader is carefully leveled for an early independent reading or read aloud experience, perfect to encourage the scientists and explorers of tomorrow!

Dolphins by Melissa Stewart

Presents an introduction to dolphins, discussing their physical characteristics, life cycle, eating habits, and behavior

Rocks and minerals by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Introduces the different types of, and uses for, rocks and minerals, and discusses how they are formed.

Pandas by Anne Schreiber

Describes pandas and their behavior.

Race day by Gail Tuchman

Young readers are invited along on an automobile race, where they can see what it is like to race, take pit stops, and zoom around other cars.

Pinky and Rex go to camp by James Howe

Although his best friend Rex is excited about going to camp, Pinky is afraid of leaving home.

Pinky and Rex and the just-right pet by James Howe

Seven-year-old Pinky, a confirmed dog lover, has a change of heart after his family's new pet kitten pounces on his foot in the middle of the night.

Pinky and Rex and the spelling bee by James Howe

Excited about holding onto his position as the best speller in the second grade, Pinky has an embarrassing accident but is cheered up by his best friend Rex.

Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.

Yasmin the chef by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin's family is hosting a big party, but Yasmin is worried that the traditional food her family is cooking is too spicy--so her family challenges Yasmin to come up with a dish of her own.

Yasmin the writer by Saadia Faruqi

Yasmin struggles with Ms. Alex's assignment to write an essay about her hero until she realizes that her hero is someone very close to her.

You can do it, Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

"A collection of four more stories featuring Yasmin! Whether she's braving the goalie net for the first time on the soccer field, trouble-shooting a plant problem in the garden with her family, tackling a tricky writing assignment, or managing a disagreement with her friends, Yasmin is always thinking outside the box to come up with creative solutions. Yasmin can do it!"--Amazon website

Noodlehead nightmares by Tedd Arnold

Brothers Mac and Mac star in this collection of bedtime tales inspired by folktales about fools from around the world.

Noodleheads. Fortress of Doom by Tedd Arnold

Using knowledge from a library book, brothers Mac and Mac build a fortress, but Meatball, armed with a book of his own, wants to take it from them.

Noodleheads find something fishy by Tedd Arnold

Brothers Mac and Mac are outwitted by Cousin Meatball, three fish, and even a fishing rod when they set out to learn something new. Includes author's note on tales of fools and the motifs found in this story.

Noodleheads see the future by Tedd Arnold

Inspired by folktales about fools from around the world, brothers Mac and Mac Noodlehead exasperate Uncle Ziti, are fooled by their friend Meatball, and make a garden for their mother

Noodleheads lucky day by Tedd Arnold

"Brothers Mac and Mac are SO lucky that everything goes well - even when their frenemy Meatball plays tricks on them"--
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