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Recommended Reading SPRING 2015 SUMMER 2015 Nest by Jorey Hurley From birth to first flight to new friend, the first year of a bird's life is full of activity and wonder. Artist Jorey Hurley pairs vivid, crisp artwork with simple, minimal text — often just one word per spread — to create a breathtaking, peaceful chronicle of nature and life's milestones. Pre-K Press Here by HervÉ Tullet Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! e Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast- paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. K–2 Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland When Zack meets his second-grade teacher, Miss Smith, he can tell right away that her class will be different. But he has no idea just how different it will be! Miss Smith has a knack for telling tales. When she reads from her incredible book, the stories literally spring to life! Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter The inspiring and timely story of Sonia Sotomayor, who rose up from a childhood of poverty and prejudice to become the first Latino to be nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. 3–5 is Is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson The story of one family's journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family's history. Diego Rivera: Artist for the People by Susan Goldman Rubin Diego Rivera offers young readers unique insight into the life and artwork of the famous Mexican painter and muralist. The book follows Rivera's career, looking at his influences and tracing the evolution of his style. His work often called attention to the culture and struggles of the Mexican working class. 6–8 Bluefish by Pat Schmatz Travis is missing his old home in the country, and he's missing his old hound, Rosco. Now there's just the cramped place he shares with his well-meaning but alcoholic grandpa, a new school, and the dreaded routine of passing when he's called on to read out loud. But that's before Travis meets Mr. McQueen, a teacher who doesn't take "pass" for an answer. Changers Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock-Cooper Changers Book One: Drew opens on the eve of Ethan Miller's freshman year of high school in a brand-new town. Ethan is a Changer, a little-known, ancient race of humans who live out each of their four years of high school as a different person. After graduation, Changers choose which version of themselves they will be forever. 9–12 Persepolis: e Stor y of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from age 6 to 14, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. More book recommendations from California Reads Know & Tell Resources 16

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