Staff Picks Grades 3-5

April 2019

Ellie, Engineer: The Next Level
by Jackson Pearce

When Ellie and her friends help their elderly neighbor, Mrs. Curran, fix up her house, the older woman believes that Toby, not Ellie, is responsible for the engineering and building. Ellie and her friends work to convince Mrs. Curran that girls can be engineers, too.

Love Like Sky
by Leslie C. Youngblood

Living in a blended family is not easy, especially for a girl whose parents have both remarried and moved on to build new families.

Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon
by Suzanne Slade

Follow the events of the United States’ race to the moon, focusing on the 2,979 days between President Kennedy's “put-a-man-on-the-moon” speech on May 25, 1961 and the successful lunar landing on July 20, 1969.

Warren & Dragon: 100 Friends
by Ariel Bernstein

Warren Reginald Nesbitt is moving and will be starting at a new school. He soon learns that when it comes to friends, quality is more important than quantity.

Lizzy and the Good Luck Girl
by Susan Lubner

Lizzy and her best friend, Joss, volunteer at an animal shelter and are knitting cat sweaters that they hope to sell to raise funds. When they follow a stray into an abandoned building, they discover Charlotte, a girl who has run away to escape trouble at home.

Are You Ready to Hatch an Unusual Chicken?
by Kelly Jones

Sophie Brown and her chickens are back in this sequel to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer, and they've got a new challenge. After inheriting Redwood Farm, Sophie is determined to hatch chicks and return the farm back to its former glory. When her new brood arrives, she discovers that one of her chicks may be even more unusual than those she's raising.

by Sarah Weeks

Rory has distinctive traits, with particular habits and behaviors, like tapping three times before sitting and speaking in "beepish." She is more comfortable with her dog, Duck, than with classmates and most people. None of this bothers Rory, but she is very concerned about an impending visit from Heidi, a girl who once lived with Rory's parents and how this will affect her place in her family.

Eliza Bing is (NOT) a Star
by Carmella VanVleet

Eliza Bing does her best to conquer the sixth grade, new friendships, afterschool Tae kwon do, and a role in the school play.

Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different
by Ben Brooks

Find interesting stories about boys and men that contributed to and changed the world in their own ways, such as Bill Gates, Barack Obama and Daniel Radcliffe.

Ellie May on April Fools’ Day
by Hillary Homzie

Ellie May really wants to be funnier than the class clown on April Fools' Day, but her enthusiasm turns the day into a bit of a disaster.