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SOMSD Elementary School Wish List

The books listed here are part of the All Voices, All Stories initiative for the South Orange Maplewood School District. Books purchased on this page will be donated to elementary schools throughout the district.

Please choose the options "Pick up at store" and "Pay online" when ordering, and write "All Voices, All Stories donation" in the comment field to ensure the orders are processed correctly.

All donated books will be sent to the Office of Curriculum & Instruction for processing, tracking of donations, and equitable distribution amongst the elementary schools.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316013697
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2009

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.


Darius & Twig Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780061728259
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Amistad - May 13th, 2014

New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere in Darius & Twig, a novel about friendship and needing to live one's own dream.


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781442408937
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2014

This Printz Honor Book is a “tender, honest exploration of identity” (Publishers Weekly) that distills lyrical truths about family and friendship.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common.


Tyrell Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780439838801
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Push - August 1st, 2007

An astonishing new voice in teen literature, writing what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of the year.


Saving Montgomery Sole Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9781250104403
Availability: Backordered
Published: Square Fish - April 18th, 2017

Saving Montgomery Sole is a beautiful and offbeat novel from Mariko Tamaki, co-creator of the bestselling Printz Honor and Caldecott Honor Book This One Summer.


Ghost (Track #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481450157
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 30th, 2016

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.


Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award&


American Born Chinese Cover Image
By Gene Luen Yang, Gene Luen Yang (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312384487
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Square Fish - December 23rd, 2008

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.


The Crossover (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544107717
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 18th, 2014

New York Times bestseller ∙ Newbery Medal Winner ∙Coretta Scott King Honor Award ∙2015 YALSA 2015 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults2015 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers ∙Publishers Weekly Best Book ∙ School Library Journal Best Book∙ Kirkus Best Book

"A beautifully


All the Colors We Are/Todos Los Colores de Nuestra Piel: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color/La Historia de Por Qué Tenemos Diferentes Colores de P Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9781605540795
Availability: Backordered
Published: Redleaf Press - February 11th, 2014

The essential resource for 20 years


The Birchbark House Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9780786814541
Availability: Backordered
Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 3rd, 2002

"[In this] story of a young Ojibwa girl, Omakayas, living on an island in Lake Superior around 1847, Louise Erdrich is reversing the narrative perspective used in most children's stories about nineteenth-century Native Americans. Instead of looking out at 'them' as dangers or curiosities, Erdrich, drawing on her family's history, wants to tell about 'us', from the inside.


A Piece of Home Cover Image
By Jeri Watts, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
Not currently available
ISBN: 9780763669713
Availability: Special Order, Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - June 14th, 2016

A child-friendly story about the trials and triumphs of starting over in a new place while keeping family and traditions close.


Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419705830
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

 
In this allegorical picture book, a young rabbit named Pancho eagerly awaits his papa’s return. Papa Rabbit traveled north two years ago to find work in the great carrot and lettuce fields to earn money for his family. When Papa does not return, Pancho sets out to find him.


Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Cover Image
By Ashley Bryan, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481456906
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - September 13th, 2016

Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book


Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagi


Last Stop on Market Street Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9780399257742
Availability: Backordered
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Winner of the 2016 Newbery Medal
A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2015
A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book of 2015


A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day Cover Image
By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780425287682
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

A celebration of the extraordinary life of Ezra Jack Keats, creator of The Snowy Day.


This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, James Ransome (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399239861
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 29th, 2013

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature


The Snowy Day Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140501827
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Puffin Books - October 28th, 1976

Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!


No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.


Henry's Freedom Box Cover Image
By Ellen Levine, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439777339
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Scholastic Press - January 1st, 2007

A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse.


The Skin I'm in Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9781423103851
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 17th, 2007

I Love My Hair! Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316523752
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2001

A modern classic, this whimsical story has been celebrating the beauty of African-American hair for 20 years!

In this imaginative, evocative story, a girl named Keyana discovers the beauty and magic of her special hair, encouraging black children to be proud of their heritage and enhancing self-confidence.



10,000 Dresses Cover Image
By Marcus Ewert, Rex Ray (Illustrator)
Not currently available
ISBN: 9781583228500
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Triangle Square - November 4th, 2008

Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows. . . . Unfortunately, when Bailey's awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary. "You're a BOY!" Mother and Father tell Bailey.


If Kids Ran the World Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545441964
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: The Blue Sky Press - August 26th, 2014

Two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon show children playfully creating a more generous, peaceful world where everyone shares with others.

All roads lead to kindness in this powerful final collaboration between Leo and Diane Dillon.


A Tale of Two Daddies Cover Image
By Vanita Oelschlager, Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator), Mike Blanc (Illustrator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780981971452
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Vanita Books - April 1st, 2010

A Tale of Two Daddies is a playground conversation between two children. The boy says he heard that the girl has two dads. The girl says that is right. She has Daddy and Poppa. True to a child's curiosity, practical questions follow. "Which dad helps when your team needs a coach? / Which dad cooks you eggs and toast?" To which she answers: "Daddy is my soccer coach.


Charlie and Lola: My Best, Best Friend Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9780803735866
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dial Books - July 7th, 2011

Lola and Lotta are best, best, BESTEST friends who do completely everything together. They always pair up, they look after the tadpoles in the pond, and they especially always swap lunches. But when Evie, a new girl, joins the class, suddenly it's Evie whom Lotta does everything with, even lunch swapping.


Red: A Crayon's Story Cover Image
By Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062252074
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Greenwillow Books - February 3rd, 2015

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as "red" suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and It's an Orange Aardvark! Funny, insightful, and colorful, Red: A Crayon's Story, by Michael Hall, is about being true to your inner self and following your own path despite obstacles that may c


The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage: The Fight for Interracial Marriage Cover Image
By Selina Alko, Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator)
Not currently available
ISBN: 9780545478533
Availability: Special Order, Subject to Availability
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 27th, 2015

For most children these days it would come as a great shock to know that before 1967, they could not marry a person of a race different from their own. That was the year that the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia.


What Do You Do with a Problem? Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200009
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 1st, 2016

"What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get.


Why Are People Different Colors?: Big issues for little people about identity and diversity (The Life and Soul Library) Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9781847808646
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - August 1st, 2016

Why Are People Different Colors? provides the perfect platform to explore family issues and questions that children have as they grow up and try to make sense of the world around them. Each fully-illustrated spread poses questions around the theme of identity and diversity, helping children to understand different ethnic structures, cultures, and ages and generations.


I Am Jazz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803741072
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Dial Books - September 4th, 2014

The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere


Nappy Hair Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9780679894452
Availability: Special Order, Subject to Availability
Published: Dragonfly Books - December 7th, 1998

Now in Dragonfly: a lively, empowering story about Brenda's knotted-up, twisted, nappy hair and how it got to be that way! Told in the African-American "call and response" tradition, this story leaps off the page, along with vibrant illustrations by Joe Cepeda.

Winner of a Parenting Reading Magic Award


Ron's Big Mission Cover Image
By Rose Blue, Corinne Naden, Don Tate (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525478492
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 22nd, 2009

Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron's obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage—it is a young man's first courageous mission.


Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down Cover Image
Not currently available
ISBN: 9780316070164
Availability: Special Order, Subject to Availability
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 3rd, 2010

It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.

A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.


Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Cover Image
By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780449817445
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 6th, 2015

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable.


For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story (Encounter: Narrative Nonfiction Picture Books) Cover Image
$7.95
ISBN: 9781491465561
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Capstone Press - July 1st, 2016

She grew up in a world where women were supposed to be quiet. But Malala Yousafzai refused to be silent. She defied the Taliban's rules, spoke out for education for every girl, and was almost killed for her beliefs. This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference.


Maddi's Fridge Cover Image
By Lois Brandt, Vin Vogel (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936261291
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Flashlight Press - September 1st, 2014

Winner of:
2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People
2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award
2015 MLA Mitten Award Honor
Human Rights in Children's Literature Honor


With humor and warmth, this children’s picture book raises awareness about poverty and hunger

Best friends Sofia and Maddi live in the same neighborhood, go to th


Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 Cover Image
By Michelle Markel, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061804427
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 22nd, 2013

The true story of the young immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It’s a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.


Heather Has Two Mommies Cover Image
By Leslea Newman, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763690427
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Candlewick - August 9th, 2016

“Each page is artfully and distinctly rendered to be a visual depiction of the beauty of joy and diversity.” — School Library Journal


Stella Brings the Family Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452111902
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Chronicle Books - May 5th, 2015

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do? It's not that she doesn't have someone who helps her with her homework, or tucks her in at night. Stella has her Papa and Daddy who take care of her, and a whole gaggle of other loved ones who make her feel special and supported every day. She just doesn't have a mom to invite to the party.


All Families Are Special Cover Image
By Norma Simon, Teresa Flavin (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807521755
Availability: In stock at publisher. Usually arrives in our store within 1-5 business days.
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - January 1st, 2003

When Mrs. Mack says she will soon be a grandmother, her students realize that teachers have families just like they do! Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about his or her own unique family.


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