Frazee's Favorites

Tenacre librarian Esther Frazee shares the titles of some of her favorite books. A new list will be posted every month, so stay tuned!

April Favorites

I have come across some books, websites and a podcast you may enjoy exploring with your children.

KidNuz is a podcast and also a website that seems appropriate for grades 3-5. There is a new episode daily that provides children with an appropriate dose of what is in the news. All podcasts are added to the website and there are also other activities included. The quiz that comes after the news is quite good.

Digital Stories:
Two digital stories sites for remote learners have a nice collection of “video books” and may be entertaining and something your child would like to explore.

David Walliams, often compared to Roald Dahl, is sharing a story a day through the end of April at 11:00 a.m. at this website:

What I have read recently:
Middle Grades:
Wink, Rob Harrell
The List of Things That Will Not Change, Rebeca Stead
Stand Up, Yumi Chung, Jessica Kim
When Stars Are Scattered, Victoria Jamieson

Picture Books:
That’s Life, Ame Dyckman
A Little Bit Brave, Nicola Kinnear
Don’t Worry Little Crab, Chris Haughton


Frazee's Favorites by Month

List of 5 items.

  • March 2020

    Some books that I would like to call your attention to during the month of March are picture book biographies of mathematicians. Additionally, please find a list of authors who have created series with a math focus.
    Biographies of mathematicians that may inspire and encourage your child:
    A Computer Called Katherine, Susan Slade
    Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science, Diane Stanley
    Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, Kathryn Davis and Gilbert Ford
    The Girl with a Mind for Math, Julia Mosca
    Nothing Stopped Sophie, Cheryl Bardoe
    Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein, Don Brown
    Lines, Bars, and Circles, Helaine Becker
    Block Head: Life of Fibonacci, Joseph D’ Agnese and John O’Brien
    Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling…, Rachel Dougherty
    Authors of series with a math focus:
    Stuart J. Murphy
    Greg Tang
    Loren Leedy
    David Adler
    Jon Scieszka
  • February 2020

    There have been many outstanding books in this genre published in the past few months. Here are some of my favorites:
    Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison
    Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History, Vashti Harrison
    Two Brothers, Four Hands, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
    The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver, Gene Barretta
    Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis’ Fleet-of-Foot Girl, Megan Reid
    Mae Among the Stars, Roda Ahmed
    Counting on Katherine, Helaine Becker
    The Oldest Student, Rita Lorraine Hubbard
    Greta and the Giants, Zoe Tucker
    Baseball Biographies for Kids, Dean Burrell
    Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter…, Linda Marshall
    The Power of Her Pen, Lesa Cline Ransome
  • January 2020

    Early readers and early chapter books
    Beneath the Bed, Max Brallier
    Charlie and Mouse Even Better, Laurel Snyder
    Dory Fantasmagory Tiny Tough, Abby Hanlon
    Harold & Hog Pretend for Real, Dan Santat
    Hello Crabby, Jonathan Feske
    Hello Hedgehog, Norm Feuti
    King & Kayla Case of Found Fred, Dori Butler
    Smell My Foot, Cece Bell
    Snail and Worm, Tina Kugler
    The Quiet Boat Ride, Sergio Ruzzier
    The Adventures of Zip, David Milgrim
    Yasmin in Charge, Saadia Faruqi
  • December 2019

    Tenacre librarian Esther Frazee shares her predictions for the 2020 Caldecott and Newbery Medals. The winners will be announced on January 27.

    2020 Caledcott Medal Predictions
    Awarded to the artist of the most distinguished picture book published in 2019.

    Going Down Home with Daddy, Kelly Lyons
    The Full House and the Empty House, L.K. James
    Carl and The Meaning of Life, Deborah Freeman
    Another, Christopher Robinson
    Saturday, Oge Mora
    River, Elisha Cooper
    You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks, Evan Turk

    2020 Newbery Medal Predictions
    Awarded to the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children with a copyright date of 2019.

    The Bridge Home, Padma Venkatraman
    A Good Kind of Trouble, Lisa Moore Ramee
    New Kid, Jerry Craft
    The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise, Dan Gemeinhart
    Torpedoed, Deborah Heiligman
    Infinite Hope, Ashley Bryan
    Pay Attention, Carter Jones
    Queen of the Sea, Dylan Meconis
  • November 2019

    We love to read!
    Tenacre librarian Esther Frazee compiled a short list of her favorite books. Enjoy!

    Picture Books
    A Bear Came Along, Richard T. Morris
    Dasher, Matt Tavares
    Scarecrow, Beth Ferry & The Fan Brothers
    Truman, Jean Reidy & Lucy Ruth Cummins
    Saturday, Oge Mora
    Fry Bread, Kevin Noble Maillard & Juana Martinez-Neal

    Chapter Books
    The Line Tender, Kate Allen
    The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James, Ashley Herring Blake
    A Place to Belong, Cynthia Kadohata
    Look Both Ways, Jason Reynolds & Alexander Nabaum
    Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers, Celia C. Pérez
    Roll With It, Jamie Sumner

    Manhattan, Jennifer Therms
    Infinite Hope, Ashley Bryan
    Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of 'The Children's Ship,' Deborah Heiligman
    The Great Shark Rescue, Sandra Markle
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