Summer 2019 Friends & Neighbors: Grades K-2

By Skokie Staff Bibliocommons Youth Services

Connect, explore, imagine, and create. It's more fun when you include family, friends, and neighbors.

  • Henry and the Yeti

    2018 by Ayto, Russell

    Henry sets off on an expedition to prove Yetis really exist.

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  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    2017 by Barnes, Derrick D.

    Enjoy this look at barbershops and the confidence that comes with a fresh haircut.

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  • Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

    2016 by Campoy, F. Isabel

    Community art beautifies a neighborhood and brings people together.

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  • Bink & Gollie

    2010 by DiCamillo, Kate

    Bink and Gollie don't seem to have much in common--Bink is short and wildly enthusiastic about pretty much everything, while Gollie is tall and reserved. They both love roller skating and pancakes, however, and being friends.

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  • A Piglet Named Mercy

    2019 by DiCamillo, Kate

    Learn how the porcine star of the Mercy Watson series found her adoptive family and discovered her love for toast "with a great deal of butter."

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  • Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles Think of That!

    2002 by Dillon, Leo

    Feel the rhythm of famous tap dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

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  • The Rabbit Listened

    2018 by Doerrfeld, Cori

    Empathy is a hard concept for adults, let alone kids. This book illustrates the point beautifully--It's not about how you would feel in a situation, rather how to be there for someone in need.

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  • Anna and Johanna

    2018 by Elschner, Géraldine

    This lovely picture book celebrates the connection between two girls who are lifelong friends and are unaware that they are also related to one another. A letter found on their birthday helps them understand the circumstances and strengthens their bond.

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  • Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere

    2017 by Gravel, Elise

    Olga loves animals and she loves science, but not so much humans. When she finds a mysterious creature in her garbage can, she must use all her scientific skills to figure out what it is.

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  • Paris City Trails

    2016 by Greathead, Helen

    There is a lot more to Paris than the Eiffel Tower. Did you know there is Cat Cafe and that you can find original Tintin artwork in Paris? Also check out Rome, London, Washington, DC, New York, and Singapore in the same series.

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  • Mapping Sam

    2018 by Hesselberth, Joyce

    As its subtitle indicates, this is "A Book About What Is Where and How to Get from Here to There." Sam the cat leads readers on a gorgeous nighttime tour of her neighborhood, using maps, labels, blueprints, and all types of cartographic conventions.

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  • The Dog and the Piglet: And Four Other True Stories of Animal Friendships

    2012 by Holland, Jennifer S.

    Heartwarming true tales of animals from different species who become friends. Terrific photographs!

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  • Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

    2017 by Keating, Jess

    A beautifully illustrated book by a zoologist, Shark Lady will inspire readers to explore nature. Eugenie Clark is an important role model. Armed with curiosity and perseverance, anyone can be a scientist and positively affect the world.

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  • We Are Growing!

    2016 by Keller, Laurie

    Fans of Elephant and Piggie will enjoy this funny, Geisel Award winning easy reader. All the blades of grass except Walt seem to be best at something: Will Walt find his own talent when he comes face to face with the Lawn Mower?

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  • Sidewalk Flowers

    2015 by Lawson, JonArno

    Young people often see the world from a vantage point different from that of adults, and the main character in this book is no exception. As she walks through the city with her dad, who is not paying much attention, she finds and gathers small flowers from between the cracks in the sidewalk and gives them to those who need them most.

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  • Who Is My Neighbor?

    2019 by Levine, Amy-Jill

    Blues and Yellows have never mixed, but when Midnight Blue gets into trouble, that all changes.

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  • Ling & Ting Share a Birthday

    2013 by Lin, Grace

    Celebrate with Ling and Ting as they enjoy birthday gifts and cakes. Have fun looking for the differences between the sisters, because even though they are twins, they are not exactly the same.

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  • Who Left the Light On?

    2018 by Marnier, Richard

    Joining a community is not always easy--especially when you don't do things the same way as everyone else. If everyone is willing to keep an open mind, perceived "nuisances" can quickly lead to both inspiration and innovation!

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  • Come with Me

    2017 by McGhee, Holly M.

    Learning by example can help young people feel empowered to make a difference. Join the little girl in this book and notice how small acts of kindness can make a big impact.

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  • World Pizza

    2017 by Meng, Cece

    Mama's wish for world peace is interrupted by a giant sneeze, and pizza rains down around the globe. A kid-friendly simplification of a "moment [in which] the world was filled with kindness and love and no fighting" that can lead to more in-depth conversations about creating a community and world filled with understanding.

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  • Graduation Day

    2017 by Parda, Piotr

    For graduates of all ages, this wordless picture book will be quite surprising. Turning the unkind actions of her classmates into something beautiful for their community, the main character in this book is worth celebrating.

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  • The Mystery of the Gold Coin

    2014 by Paris, Harper

    Ethan and Ella travel the world with their mom (who is a journalist) and dad (who homeschools them). In each book in the series, they travel to a different place and solve an intriguing mystery.

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  • I Need All of It

    2018 by Postert, Petra

    Imagine children telling their grown-ups stories about found objects, and you will easily relate to Jim and his dad in this story. Performing a mundane task, such as sorting the laundry, is anything but boring when creativity takes over.

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  • Another

    2019 by Robinson, Christian

    A little girl slips through a portal and discovers a whole world of dimensions! Adorable pictures and mind-boggling perspectives make this book a winner.

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  • The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

    2014 by Santat, Dan

    Not every child has an imaginary friend, but shouldn't every imaginary friend have a child to belong to?

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  • Feel the Beat: Dance Poems That Zing from Salsa to Swing

    2017 by Singer, Marilyn

    We are all moved by different beats and rhythms. Find yours by reading a dance poem or listening to the accompanying CD.

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  • Anywhere Artist

    2018 by Slade-Robinson, Nikki

    You don't need fancy or expensive supplies to make beautiful art, just your imagination and some found treasures.

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  • The Thing Lou Couldn't Do

    2017 by Spires, Ashley

    Kids who aren't quite ready to jump in and join the group to play will relate to Lou. She is usually ready for adventure but is uncertain about whether or not she can climb a tree like her friends.

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  • Phone Call with a Fish

    2018 by Vecchini, Silvia

    Two young classmates find a way to connect with one another even though one is so shy at school that he does not speak.

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  • I Am Human: A Book of Empathy

    2018 by Verde, Susan

    Being human means being unique and imperfect, yet never alone.

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  • The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop

    2019 by Weatherford, Carole Boston

    Awesome artwork shows the roots of rap and the history of hip-hop.

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  • Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!

    2019 by Willems, Mo

    We never thought Elephant and Piggie could get even better, but this is another hit!

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