Don't Feed the Geckos!: The Carver Chronicles, Book Three – Karen English
December 2015Carlos isn’t sure how he feels about the news that his cousin Bernardo will be joining his class at Carver Elementary. But when Bernardo comes to live with him temporarily, taking over Carlos’s top bunk, his spot on the school soccer team, and even his Papi’s attention, Carlos knows he isn’t happy. Worse, Bernardo starts messing with Carlos’s pet geckos!
Freedom in Congo Square – Carole Boston Weatherford
January 5, 2016This poetic, nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history captures a human’s capacity to find hope and joy in difficult circumstances and demonstrates how New Orleans' Congo Square was truly freedom’s heart.
Kenya’s Art – Linda Trice
January 12, 2016A late visit to a museum's recycling exhibit and a walk through her neighborhood with her daddy inspire Kenya to use her old, broken toys and other items to make art with her family. Now she's prepared to teach her whole class how to Recycle! Reuse! Make Art
American Ace – Marilyn Nelson
January 12, 2016A compelling coming-of-age story about genealogy, race, and identity, this poetic novel is also a fascinating approach to American history. The tale of the Tuskegee Airmen, the African-American Air Corps of the U.S. Army, is woven movingly into [a] family mystery.
Callaloo: The Legend of the Golden Coquí - Marjuan Canady
Callaloo: The Legend of the Golden Coqui is the second installment in the Callaloo book series from author Marjuan Canady and illustrator, Nabeeh Bilal. This story follows Winston and his best friend Marisol as they adventure from New York City to Puerto Rico to free the legendary golden coqui frog trapped in El Yunque Rainforest. Using clues left by the Taino Indians and the guidance of the coquis, the children navigate their way through the enchanted forest in hopes to complete their mission. In a race against time, Winston and Marisol must avoid the evil Chupacabra, solve the mystery and make it back home for Abuela’s Nochebuena dinner.
To Catch a Cheat: A Jackson Greene Novel #2 – Varian Johnson
January 26, 2016Jackson Greene is riding high. He is officially retired from conning, so Principal Kelsey is (mostly) off his back. His friends have great new projects of their own…Then Jackson receives a link to a faked security video that seems to show him and the rest of Gang Greene flooding the school gym. The jerks behind the video threaten to pass it to the principal unless…This is the sequel to The Great Greene Heist (http://amzn.to/1YvOgRg)
Spirit Week Showdown (Magnificent Mya Tibbs) – Crystal Allen
January 26, 2016A hilarious and spunky new heroine…Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is boot-scootin’ excited for the best week of the whole school year—SPIRIT WEEK! She and her megapopular best friend, Naomi Jackson, even made a pinky promise to be Spirit Week partners so they can win the big prize: special VIP tickets to the Fall Festival!
But when the partner picking goes horribly wrong, Mya gets paired with Mean Connie Tate—the biggest bully in school. And she can’t get out of it.
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend - Sharon Robinson
January 26, 2016Based on the true story of a boy in Brooklyn who became neighbors and friends with his hero, Jackie Robinson. Steven Satlow is an eight-year-old boy living in Brooklyn, New York, which means he only cares about one thing-the Dodgers…But then Steve hears a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood. It's 1948 and some of his neighbors are against it…Steve's new neighbor is none other than Jackie Robinson!
Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire Sundee T. Frazier
January 26, 2016Cleopatra Edison Oliver has always been an entrepreneur, just like her inspiration, successful businesswoman Fortune A. Davies. So when Cleo's fifth-grade teacher assigns her class a "Passion Project," Cleo comes up with her best business idea yet: the finest "tooth-pulling" company in town.