Middle School SummerReads
Mrs. Mellin Recommends...
A 2020 Asian Pacific American Literature Award winner.
2020 Award Winners from the American Library Association
The Grizzly Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (“Bret D. Huson,” Gitxsan) illustrated by Natasha Donovan (Métis Nation of British Columbia). An American Indian Youth Literature Honor book. Follow a mother bear in Northwest British Columbia as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.
Stargazing written and illustrated by Jen Wang. Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award.
The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree by Paola Peretti. A Mildred L. Batchelder Award Honor book. Mafalda struggles with the idea that she is going blind but finds inspiration from an unusual source. Read this if you liked Out of My Mind.
My Papi Has a Motorcycle written by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña. A Pura Belpré Award winner. Our 3rd grade students loved the energetic movement in this story of Daisy’s twilight ride through her California town, and chose it as Pike’s Mock Caldecott winner this year.
The Undefeated written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The Randolph Caldecott Medal winner, the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner, and a John Newbery Honor book.
Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga. A John Newbery Honor Book. Jude never thought she'd be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria, to live in Ohio.
Author Lynne Kelly introduces her book, Song for a Whale, an Odyssey Honor Book and Schneider Family Award Winner.
Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya. A Schneider Family Honor Book. Emilia navigates life with ADHD while adjusting to her dad's return from active duty.
All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World by Lori Alexander. A Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book. Learn about the first person to build a microscope - in the 1600s!
When Aidan Became a Brother written by Kyle Lukoff, illustrated by Kaylani Juanita. A Stonewall Award winner. This is a warm story about an expanding family.
The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come written by Sue Macy, illustrated by Stacy Innerst. A Sydney Taylor Book Award winner. In this illustrated biography of Aaron Lansky, Macy and Innerst both take inspiration from Jewish culture and heritage.
ALA Youth Media Award Summaries
American Indian Youth Literature Award: honoring work by and about American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Asian/Pacific American Literature Award: honoring work about Asian/Pacific American heritage.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award: outstanding book published internationally.
Pura Belpré Award: excellent portrayal of the Latinx experience.
Randolph Caldecott Award: distinguished illustration.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: distinguished book for beginning readers.
Coretta Scott King Book Award: appreciation of African American culture.
John Newbery Award: distinguished writing.
Odyssey Award: best audiobook production.
Michael L. Printz Award: literary excellence in young adult literature.
Schneider Family Award: artistic expression of the disability experience.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal: distinguished informational book.
Stonewall Award: exceptional merit relating to the GLBT experience.
Sydney Taylor Book Award: authentic portrayal of the Jewish experience.
Ms. Spence: Great New Books
Focused on Our Environment
Author Angela Dominguez reads from Stella Diaz Never Gives Up!
Author Leslie Bulion reads from Amphibian Acrobats.
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone. A special and hilarious road trip.
Going Down Home with Daddy written by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter. A Caldecott Honor Book. A joyous celebration of family reunions.