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 February 2018


BR021001 This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

A little fish steals a big fish's hat and hopes he will get away with it. PRINT/BRAILLE. For grades K-3. Caldecott Medal. 2012.


BR021020; DBC06529 – Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park For grades K-3.


DB056525; BR014823 – Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park

Junie B. is delighted to receive a mushy, gushy "valentime"--as she calls it--from a secret admirer. When she finds out who he is, she is surprised. For grades K-3. 1999.


BR016905 – Valentine’s Day Is… by Gail Gibbons

Discusses the customs celebrated on February 14, the day of friendship and love. Explains the origins of the holiday, reveals why the heart is the symbol of Valentine's Day, and describes how to make a valentine. For grades K-3. 2006.


BR016982 - Attack of the Fifty-Foot Cupid [#2, Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist] by Jim Benton

It's almost Valentine's Day. Franny's new lab assistant Igor, a dog of many breeds, accidentally brings to life a picture of Cupid and then enlarges Cupid to gigantic proportions. Now Franny has to deal with the problem. For grades 2-4. 2004.


DB078922; BR021117 – February Friend: Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy

When a rabbit is discovered in a closet during a Valentine's Day celebration at school, first-graders Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy search for the owner. Uncontracted braille. For grades 2-4. 2009.


BR019863 – Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer by Jane O’Connor

Nancy's cool guitar teacher Andy and her favorite babysitter Annie both become single. So Nancy sneakily tries to get them together on Valentine's Day. For grades 2-4. 2013.


DB039501 – Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Detective Nate the Great hates mushy words, and slushy words, and valentines too. When someone gives his dog Sludge a valentine that says "I love you Sludge/More than fudge," he agrees to help Sludge find out who sent it. But Nate the Great soon finds himself involved in a case of two mystery valentines. For grades 2-4. 1994.


DBW08632; DB088554 – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney

A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down. An unexpected twist gives Greg a partner for the dance and leaves his best friend, Rowley, the odd man out. Commercial audiobook. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2012.


BR020950; DB082165 – Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town. For grades 4-7. 2015.


BR020997; DB082093 – Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Bridge makes her way through seventh grade on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her best friends, curvaceous Em, crusader Tab, and a curious new friend--or more than friend--Sherm. With them, she finds her purpose in life. For grades 5-8. 2015.


DB079158 – Josephine: The Dazzling Life if Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell

A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker (1906-1975). The African-American dancer worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to become a sensation on the grandest of stages in France. For grades 5-8. 2014.


DB060712; BR016199 – Cupidity by Caroline Goode

Senior Laura Sweeney, a mythology buff, prays to Jupiter for a boyfriend. The Roman gods at the Mount Olympus retirement home heed Laura's call and send Cupid disguised as a beautiful girl (Cupidity) to help Laura. Cupidity, however, causes more havoc than Laura can handle. For senior high readers. 2005.


BR019990 – The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

When sixteen-year-old Devan's father dies, she is sent to live with her mother, the famous writer Reece Malcolm, in Los Angeles. Suddenly Devan is showered with material items and attends an expensive performing-arts school--but her mother is keeping secrets. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


DB076406; LP025357 – Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

1986. After socially painful circumstances toss Eleanor and Park together, they form an unlikely--and extraordinary--romance. Although the two sixteen-year-olds know that the odds of remaining together forever are slim, they find the courage to try. Strong language. Printz Honor book. For senior high and older readers. 2013.


DB083557; BR021328 – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his high school classmate with the threat that his sexual identity--and that of his secret pen pal Blue--will be revealed. Strong language. William C. Morris Award.  For senior high and older readers. 2015.



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