Staff Picks Grades K-2

June 2017

The 3 Little Dassies
by Brett, Jan

In this adaptation of the traditional folktale, three little dassies (also called rock hyraxes) build their houses in the Namib Desert of Southern Africa, hoping for protection from the eagle that lives atop a nearby mountain.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
by Wallmark, Laurie

Ada had a passion for mathematics since she was a baby. With her mother’s encouragement, Ada continued with her studies and inventions even through a serious bout with measles. After meeting inventor Charles Babbage, Ada wrote a program for Babbage’s “thinking machine”, almost 100 years before the first computer!

Awesome Dawson
by Gall, Chris

All his life, Dawson has been inventing things, repairing toys in unusual ways, and helping clean up his neighborhood by reusing discarded objects, but when his Vacu-Maniac malfunctions it is his friend Mooey whose brainpower saves the day.

Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy!
by Flintham, Thomas

When King Viking and his evil robot army attack Animal Town and kidnap Singing Dog, it is up to Super Rabbit Boy, with some help from Sunny and his video game console, to save the day.

Henry’s Amazing Machine
by Dodds, Dayle Ann

Henry finally finds a purpose for the "Incredible, Amazing Machine" that he built.

Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic
by Kimmelman, Leslie

The true story of how First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt scandalized the nation when she served hot dogs to the King and Queen of England during their 1939 visit to the United States.

Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building
by Hopkinson, Deborah

In 1931, a boy and his father watch as the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building, is constructed, step-by-step, near their Manhattan home.

Time for T-ball!
by Heller, Alyson

At T-ball practice, Caleb is not very nice when the other children try to hit the ball, but when it is his turn, he finds that he is not much better.

A Father’s Day Thank You
by Nolan, Janet

Harvey the bear searches for the perfect Father's Day present and decides that thanking his dad is the best gift of all.

Papa’s Mechanical Fish
by Fleming, Candace

In the summer of 1851, with encouragement and ideas provided by his family, an inventor builds a working submarine and takes his family for a ride.