Toomer Library Update

Winter 2020 Update

Mr. Carpenter’s Picks for the best books of 2020 for Young Readers

(Many of the titles listed below are available to students via our digital resources. The titles in Italics are available via the Hoopla Digital Platform through ClassPass. Others maybe available using Overdrive/Libby or E.Read.Kids but will likely require some waiting.)


Pre-K - Second Grade

Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant (Abrams)

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles (Scholastic)

The Bear and the Moon by Matthew Burgess (Chronicle)

Camping Trip by Kara Munn (Candlewick)

Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina (Candlewick)

A Green New Day by Antoinette Portis (Holiday House)

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming (Holiday House)

I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes (Penguin)

I Talk Like a River by Jordan Scott (Holiday House)

Lift by Minh Le (Little, Brown)

Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera (Simon & Schuster)

My Pencil and Me by Sara Varon (Macmillan)

The Old Truck by Jerome Pumphrey (Norton)

Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck Together by Brian Smith (HarperCollins)

A Pig, a Fox, and a Fox by Jonathan Fenske (Penguin)

Pizza and Taco: Who’s the Best by Stephen Shaskan (Random House)

RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carol Boston Weatherford (Simon & Schuster)

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake (Algonquin)

We Are Water Protector by Carole Lindstrom (Macmillan)

What About Worms!? By Ryan T. Higgins (Disney)

Yasmin the Writer by Saadia Faruqi (Capstone)



Third Grade - Fifth Grade

All Thirteen by Christina Soontornvat (Candlewick)

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (Penguin)

Class Act by Jerry Craft (Harper)

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (Random House)

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (Harper)

Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Le (DC)

How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco (Random House)

Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist (Random House)

The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead (Random House)

Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan (Scholastic)

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte (Harper)

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert (Little, Brown)

Science Comics: Crows (Macmillan)

Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz (Penguin)

Snapdragon by Kat Leyn (Macmillan)

A Sporting Chance : How Paralympics Founder Ludwig Guttmann Saved Lives with Sports

by Lori Alexander (HMH)

Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley (Random House)

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth by Wade Hudson & Chyrl Willis (Random House)

Trespassers by Breena Bard (Scholastic)

Twins by Varian Johnson (Scholastic)

Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson (Bloomsbury)

What Lane? By Torrey Maldonado (Penguin)

When the Stars Scatter by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed (Penguin)

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (Random House)

Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse (Random House)

Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne (Macmillan)



Middle School

Displacement by Kiki Huges (Macmillan)

Fault Lines in the Constitution adapted by Ally Shwed (Macmillan)

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Penguin)

Go With the Flow by Lily Williams (Macmillan)

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (Scholastic)

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (Random House)

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming (Random House)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning’ by Jason Reynolds (Little, Brown)

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson (DC)



High School

Apple: Skin to the Core by Eric Gansworth (Levine Querido)

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder (Penguin)

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone (Random House)

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (Macmillan)

Flamer by Mike Curato (Macmillan)

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (HarperCollins)

This is My America by Kim Johnson (Random House)

Reading Material during Virtual Learning

Toomer Elementary students have access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, and digital comics. Be sure your students have time to explore our digital resources and read the titles they find most appealing.

Digital Content Request Form

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Students and staff have the option of tracking their reading (and listening) for APS's Race2Read initiative. Use the Beanstack app in MyBackPack to track all the minutes you read or listen to books.

To log into Race2Read use your APS username and the password race2read

To protect your reading privacy you do not have to enter the title of the book or story you've read just tell us how long you spent reading or listening.

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Third, fourth, and fifth grade students should check their teachers's Google Classroom each week for the link to the newest Flipgrid topic!

Eric Carpenter

School Libarian

Toomer Elementary School