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 Reads – April 2019

BRJ01331 How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends? [Dinosaur series] by Yolen, Jane.

This dinosaur-packed rhyming adventure shows dinosaur/children duos learning to play nicely and be good friends. Purchased from Seedlings. For preschool- grade 2. 2006.


DB068535 Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees: School Poems by Hopkins, Lee Bennett.

Twenty poets celebrate teachers and elementary school from backpacks to lunch bags, from school-bus drivers to measles, and from art class to maps. In "Hamster Math" a student caring for two classroom hamsters during summer vacation learns about multiplication. For grades K-3.    2008.


DBC10098 Rachel Carson and her Book that Changed the World by Lawlor, Laurie.

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published "Silent Spring," the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world. For grades K-3.


DB055040 Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems Jitomates risuenÌos y otros poemas de primavera : poems by AlarcoÌn, Francisco X.

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.


DB088544 Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends by Yee, Wong Herbert.

When spring arrives, Mouse and Mole pack art supplies for each to sketch a bird book. The friends design unique disguises to get close to the birds. Finally they combine their talents to create one great book. Commercial audiobook. For grades K-3. 2009.


BR021787 A Poem for Peter: the Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

A poetic celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of the Caldecott Medal winner The Snowy Day (BR 10045). Recounts Keats's life growing up in Brooklyn as a son of struggling Polish immigrants and his dream of becoming an artist. For grades 2-4. 2016.


BR002970 Where The Sidewalk Ends: the poems of Shel Silverstein

A collection of 127 madcap poems. Subjects include acrobats, Band-Aids, dancing pants, and sleeping sardines. For grades 2-4 and older readers.


BR021794; DB086948 Maxi's Secrets: (or, what you can learn from a dog) by Plourde, Lynn.

Timminy is reluctant to leave Portland behind and move to the country. As a consolation prize, however, he gains Maxi, a gentle giant of a dog who the family quickly discovers is deaf. Maxi changes Timminy's life forever. For grades 4-7. 2016.


BR021803; DB086864 When the Moon was Ours by McLemore, Anna-Marie.

Inseparable and special, best friends Miel and Sam try to stay out of reach of the four Bonner sisters, who are rumored to be witches. The Bonners will do anything to possess the roses that grow out of Miel's wrists. Descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.


BR021806; DB086028 The Sun is Also a Star by Yoon, Nicola.

Natasha, a girl of science and facts, and Daniel, a good son and student, meet by chance at the worst possible time, but they believe there is something extraordinary in store for both of them. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high and older readers. 2016.


BR022420; DB092221 The Poet X : a novel by Acevedo, Elizabeth.

A novel in verse. Frustrated by her Mami's religious aspirations for her, Xiomara copes by writing poetry. When her school starts a poetry club, Xiomara looks for a way to participate in this forbidden activity. Strong language and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2018.