Staff Picks Grades 3-5

May 2018

Open if You Dare
by Dana Middleton

It's Rose, Birdie, and Allie's last summer together and they're determined to live it to the fullest. When the trio of friends discover a long-buried box labeled "Open if You Dare ," they find a letter inside written by a girl forty years earlier.


A Dash of Trouble
by Anna Meriano

Leonora Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas. They spend their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion, and no occasion is more important than the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.


The Art of the Swap
by Kristine Carlson Asselin

When twelve-year-olds Hannah and Maggie switch places, Hannah must prevent a famous art theft in 1905 and Maggie must cope with modern life until they can switch back.


A Pup Called Trouble
by Bobbie Pyron

Brimming with curiosity, Trouble can’t wait to explore the world beyond Singing Creek. So one morning the coyote pup stows away in the back of a truck and finds himself lost in the heart of New York City. While Trouble misses his siblings, he quickly makes friends in Central Park with a prankster crow, a timid opossum, and a poetic poodle.


Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands
by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is one of the most famous pieces of civic architecture in the world. But most people are not as familiar with Maya Lin, the reserved college student who entered and won the design competition to build it.


Mez’s Magic
by Eliot Schrefer

Deep within a tropical rain forest, Mez, a panther cub, possesses the odd ability to be alert during the day, when other nocturnal creatures are sent into a deep, magically induced sleep. One afternoon, she ventures from her den and is approached by Auriel, a boa constrictor and fellow “nightwalker,” who reveals the incredible reason for their unnatural wakefulness.


Stanley Will Probably Be Fine
by Sally J. Pla

Nobody knows comic trivia like Stanley. It’s what he takes comfort in when the world around him gets to be too much. After he faints during a safety assembly, Stanley takes his love of comics up a level by inventing his own imaginary superhero to help him through.


Deadliest! 20 Dangerous Animals
by Steve Jenkins

Some animals have developed deadly characteristics to stay safe and thrive in their environments, including the electric eel that can send electricity and the deadly spines of the giant silk moth caterpillar.


Charlie Numb3rs and the Man in the Moon
by Ben and Tonya Mezrich

Charlie Lewis, also know as Numb3rs, loves math, so he is super pumped when a former student of his father’s, Anastasia Federov, asks him and his fellow Whiz Kid friends to help find evidence proving a former astronaut stole invaluable moon rocks from the government.


Ellie, Engineer
by Jackson Pearce

When Ellie, who loves to invent and build things, decides to build a doghouse as a gift, she needs to get past the boys-against-the-girls neighborhood feud and ask for help.