Matt de la Peña’s warmhearted story is musical in its cadences…Christian Robinson’s angular, bright illustrations are energetic and vibrant…a celebration of the joys of service, the gifts of grandmothers and the tenderness that the city can contain —The Washington Post
In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.
Harry Colebourn’s real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey–from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England…
And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.
Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. -Amazon
For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.
For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.
In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power -Amazon
In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
Don’t miss out on this year’s well-deserved Newbery Medal winner. Your life in not complete until you’ve met Ulysses, the flying, typing, poetry-writing squirrel. This book has just the right balance of sweetness, humor, action sequences and oddball characters to appeal to loads of young readers.
I highly recommend Raina Telgemeier’s three graphic novels Sisters, Drama and Smile. They are full of heart, humor and cringe-worthy childhood memories many of us can relate to. Smile and Sisters are an autobiographical companion set about Raina’s 1980’s bay area childhood perfect for ages 10 and up. Drama has a tad more mature themes and is great for middle schoolers on up.
The author of Because of Winn-Dixie and the Tale of Despereaux shares her summer reading picks for young readers aged 8-13.