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Ricky Rocket

A summer reading initiative from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A Chair for My Mother

By: Vera Williams

Age Level: 3-6 years old

After a fire destroys their home and possessions, Rosa, her mother, and her grandmother save...

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A Is for Activist

By: Innosanto Nagara

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Each spread presents a letter and a bit of social commentary urging children to take a stand...

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All Kinds of Families

By: Mary Ann Hoberman

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Playful language distinguishes this broad and often funny look at what makes "family....

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Another Brother

By: Matthew Cordell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

"For four glorious years, Davy had Mom...

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Apple Pie Fourth of July

By: Janet Wong

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young girl worries that no one will buy the Chinese foods made by her family, especially on the...

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Around the World in a Bathtub

By: Wade Bradford

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Everywhere people take baths, but baths and bathing traditions are different in places and...

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Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic

By: Ginnie Lo

Age Level: 3-6 years old

While on a visit to her aunt and uncle in Illinois, the narrator and her family unexpectedly find a...

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Bee-Bim Bop!

By: Linda Sue Park

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What's better than just eating a favorite dish? Anticipating it while preparing it, of course!...

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Bigmama's

By: Donald Crews

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Every year the narrator and his family take a trip down to Cottondale, Florida, to visit his...

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Black Is Brown Is Tan

By: Arnold Adoff

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Rhythmic language and luminous paintings show the joy of this warm and loving family as they...

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Blackout

By: John Rocco

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Does no electricity mean that there's nothing to do or are there new adventures just...

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Building Our House

By: Jonathan Bean

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The oldest child narrates the family's move from the city to build their own house on farm land....

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Cherry Pies and Lullabies

By: Lynn Reiser

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Three generations bake a pie, make a crown of flowers, pass on a handmade quilt, and share a...

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Chicken Sunday

By: Patricia Polacco

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Love and caring extend across generations and cultures as a young Jewish girl from a Russian...

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Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do

By: Katherine Heling, Deborah Hembrook

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Clothes on lines and a rhyming description ask readers to figure out what job the wearer might do....

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Crustacean Vacation

By: Brian Benoit

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Humans are sure to see themselves in the beach vacation taken by a crab family. From playing in the...

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Families

By: Sheila M. Kelly, Shelley Rotner

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Some kids are adopted, others live with one parent, other children live with two moms or two...

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Good Dog, Carl

By: Alexandra Day

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A lovable Rottweiler named Carl has everthing under control while Mom steps out on an errand. Or...

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How Far Do You Love Me?

By: Lulu Delacre

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A warm portrait of universal parental love begins on a beach when a boy asks his mother, "How far...

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How to Babysit a Grandpa

By: Jean Reagan

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Babysitting can be fun, especially if you get to babysit your grandpa! A child's advice makes for...

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I Love Saturdays y domingos

By: Alma Flor Ada

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A girl visits both sets of grandparents on weekends. On Saturdays, she speaks English with Grandpa...

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I Pledge Allegiance

By: Pat Mora

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years...

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Just the Two of Us

By: Will Smith

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Jubilant illustrations show how a father supports his son as he grows into a man and eventually...

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Let's Get a Pup! Said Kate

By: Bob Graham

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Her parents are receptive to Kate's suggestion, "Let's get a pup!" and head...

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Maybe Something Beautiful

By: F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mira brings color and builds community through her beautiful art which she first gives to...

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Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile

By: Gloria Houston

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Dorothy became a librarian to share her love of books and reading. How she started a library...

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Music, Music for Everyone

By: Vera Williams

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When Rosa's grandmother becomes sick, Rosa comes up with an idea that not only makes...

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On the Road

By: Susan Steggall

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A family trip begins with everyone piling into the car. They then travel through the city with...

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One Gorilla: A Counting Book

By: Anthony Browne

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Whether or not the primates introduced from 1 to 10 are familiar, readers are sure to appreciate...

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One World, One Day

By: Barbara Kerley

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Every day children around the world awake to begin their days having breakfast, going to school...

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Plant a Little Seed

By: Bonnie Christensen

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Two children start to plan their community garden while snow is still on the ground. Come spring...

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Rainbow Stew

By: Cathryn Fallwell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The children are distressed that it's raining while visiting their grandfather. But Grandpa has the...

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Thanking the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As they did for the Lunar New Year, each family member contributes to the preparations for the mid-...

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The Curious Garden

By: Peter Brown

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Liam discovers that he can help his dreary city blossom into a green place that draws everyone out...

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The Forever Garden

By: Laurel Snyder

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young girl and an older woman, Honey, bond over Honey’s garden and her chickens. When Honey...

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The Village Garage

By: G. Brian Karas

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The workers at the village garage are busy all year long! They're busy from spring clean up...

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Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems

By: Kristine George

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Share the sights, sounds, smells, and humor of a family camping trip through this collection of...

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Uptown

By: Bryan Collier

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Join a boy as he takes you uptown to introduce his Harlem home, filled with excitement, sounds,...

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We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past

By: Jacqueline Woodson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Teeka has a sharp eye as she describes each member of the family that joins the picnic in the...

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We March

By: Shane Evans

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Two children aroused by their parents join a march for equal rights. Short sentences and semi-...

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Whose Chick Are You?

By: Nancy Tafuri

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As the sun rose, an egg was ready to hatch but whose chick was it? "Whose egg is this?...

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Willie and Uncle Bill

By: Amy Schwartz

Age Level: 3-6 years old

When the doorbell rings three times, Willie knows that Uncle Bill has arrived to watch Willie while...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A City Through Time

By: Philip Steele

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Follow the progress of an imaginary city through six key periods of time, each captured by a...

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Barrio: José's Neighborhood/Barrio: El barrio de José

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 6-9 years old

José lives in a diverse neighborhood where he's just as likely to hear Spanish, English, or...

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Bronzeville Boys and Girls

By: Gwendolyn Brooks

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This collection of poems, first published in 1956, reveals the heroes we see in our everyday...

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Celebrate Independence Day with Parades, Picnics, and Fireworks

By: Deborah Heiligman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Celebrate the birthday of the United States with food and fun while learning the history and...

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City Green

By: DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

There is a garbage-filled, vacant lot on the street where Marcy lives. Instead of growing...

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Crouching Tiger

By: Ying Chang Compestine

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When Vinson's grandfather visits from China, the boy has conflicting feelings about his grandfather...

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Dear Mr. Rosenwald

By: Carole Boston Weatherford

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A 10 year old girl narrates this fictionalized story, based on real events and people, of how...

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Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia

By: Carmen Garza

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The artist recalls growing up in south Texas in this celebration of family and cultural...

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Freedom in Congo Square

By: Carole Boston Weatherford

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Join the rhythmic countdown to Sunday afternoon, the one time when enslaved Africans in 19th...

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From the Bellybutton of the Moon and other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano

By: Francisco Alarcón

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The poet remembers summers growing up in Mexico in poems presented in both English and Spanish....

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Happy Birthday, America

By: Mary Pope Osborne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Realistic watercolors present the summer celebration a boy shares with his family on the 4th of...

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Harlem

By: Walter Dean Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Experienced readers will enjoy this stunning and sophisticated visit to Harlem in word and image...

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Henry and Mudge: The First Book

By: Cynthia Rylant

Age Level: 6-9 years old

There are no other kids on Henry's block so his parents agree that a dog to play with will...

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If America Were a Village: A Book About the People of the United States

By: David Smith

Age Level: 6-9 years old

If all of the 300 million people were simply one village of 100 people, its diversity is easier to...

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If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House

By: Jane O'Connor

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The "beautiful 200-year-old mansion on 18 acres of land right in the heart of downtown...

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In My Family/En mi familia

By: Carmen Garza

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Kingsville, on the border of Mexico and Texas, comes to life in words and pictures in this book...

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Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns

By: Mary Quattlebaum

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jackson works to turn a community garden plot into a working business so he can buy the basketball...

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Leaving the Nest

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A baby jay, a small stripped kitten and a little girl with a bike come together in an unexpected...

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Me and My Family Tree

By: Joan Sweeney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A young girl uses simple language, her own childlike drawings, and diagrams to explain how the...

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Miss Rumphius

By: Barbara Cooney

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Miss Rumphius leaves the world more beautiful with an unusual legacy. This gentle story can...

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Nadia's Hands

By: Karen English

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Nadia is thrilled to be the flower girl at her aunt's wedding, yet continues to worries her...

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Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World

By: Allan Drummond

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How one person helped make one community into the bicycle capital of the world is told in...

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Red, White, and Boom!

By: Lee Wardlaw

Age Level: 6-9 years old

From one end of the United States to the other, the 4th of July is celebrated: on beaches, with...

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Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book

By: Nikki Grimes

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Dyamonde, a bright, articulate and confident 3rd grader, is entering the library's poetry contest...

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Roberto: The Insect Architect

By: Nina Laden

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Ever since he was a wee mite (a termite, that is), Roberto has wanted to be an architect....

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Sam and the Lucky Money

By: Karen Chin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

It's Chinese New Year's Day and Sam is finally old enough to spend the leisees — the...

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Tar Beach

By: Faith Ringgold

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Cassie doesn't have to actually go to the beach; she's got her very own "tar...

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The Ugly Vegetables

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In a neighborhood of flower gardens, a Chinese-American girl and her mother plant what the child...

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Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding

By: Lenore Look

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Jenny's favorite uncle, Uncle Peter, is getting married. Now Jenny won't be his only...

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Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City

By: Deborah Hodge

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Growing fruits and vegetables doesn't take a lot of space; they can even grow in crowded...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

By: Ashley Bryan

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Original documents from an early 19th century Southern estate that appraised enslaved Africans...

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Generation Fix: Young Ideas for a Better World

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Young people see a need and work to better their world in this upbeat chronicle of youthful...

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Murals: Walls That Sing

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Ancona takes a look at Latino and Hispanic murals within the United States in this fascinating...

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