Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora
Thank you, Omu! by Oge Mora
04/15/2021
"It's like Thanksgiving dinner, only better!” Mary Poteet, Middle Valley Elementary
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Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
04/08/2021
"The 4th & 5th graders couldn't believe that someone their age could do all she did considering the prejudices against her.” Mary Poteet, Middle Valley Elementary
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Spencer's New Pet by Jessie Sima
Spencer's New Pet by Jessie Sima
03/25/2021
"One boy almost squealed with excitement when he saw the book.” Penney Letbetter, Lakeside Academy
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Hammering for Freedom by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
03/16/2021
"Students love this story that is from Chattanooga, TN.” Pam Johnston, Thrasher Elementary
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Photo: Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry
02/25/2021
"The kids love the illustrations of a real life museum.” Lindsay Prater, Soddy Elementary
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Photo: Book cover of Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
02/17/2021
"Without prompting, students begin discussing why they think Livy can't remember or whether Bob is a zombie.” Debbie Condry, McConnell Elementary
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A Dog Like Daisy by Kristen O’Donnell Tubb
A Dog Like Daisy by Kristen O’Donnell Tubb
02/10/2021
"The upper grade students at DuPont Elementary love the relationship between Daisy and her owner.” Donna Hatmaker, DuPont Elementary
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Drawn Together by Minh Le
Drawn Together by Minh Le
02/09/2021
Wow! Looks at those illustrations! I wish I could draw like that!” Elisabeth Biernik, Rivermont Elementary
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Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger
Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger
01/13/2021
"Students LOVE the ending and ask for the follow-up, Friends Don't Eat Friends, to be read.” Danielle Ball, Clifton Hills Elementary
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The Memory String by Eve Bunting
11/19/2020
"Students can relate to the little girl in the story who has gone through some major life changes." Candace Lowe, Daisy Elementary
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We Don't Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins Book Cover
We Don't Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins
11/12/2020
"Kids love Penelope Rex, who finds ponies & people delicious! Will she ever make friends in her new school?" Mary Poteet, Middle Valley Elementary
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The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld book cover
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
11/05/2020
"Kids will love this simple yet powerful story of feelings." Janessa Fooshee, librarian, Battle Academy
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Photo: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
10/21/2020
"What students love about the book is that it makes them laugh out loud and they can relate to a lot to the experiences of the characters Greg and Rowley.” Carrie Vinson, North Hamilton County Elementary
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The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
The Pigeon Has to Go to School by Mo Willems
10/07/2020
"Students at my school love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. I can't keep them on the shelf." Sue Smith, Ooltewah Elementary
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Photo: book cover of Blended by Sharon M. Draper
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
09/16/2020
"I like that Izzy learns it's not about what color you are, but that everyone is equal. And I like that she calls her hair a frizzy tornado, because that sounds just like mine.” Demiyah B, student, Alpine Crest Elementary
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The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak
09/10/2020
"Soddy Elementary School kiddos love this book because of the rich, creative word choices. This book makes any kid laugh out loud. It's an amazing read aloud." Lindsay Prater, Soddy Elementary
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The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
09/03/2020
"Students root for this character and can't wait to read more. Our 4th and 5th graders LOVE this book!" Jeannette Yann, Spring Creek Elementary
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Photo: The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
08/27/2020
"It is a sweet story that encourages students to find their own meaningful words." Carrie Vinson, North Hamilton County Elementary
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Photo: Book cover of Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
05/20/2020
"We learn why it is okay to be different from everyone else!" Nicole Galletta, librarian, Big Ridge Elementary
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Photo: Book Cover of The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
05/13/2020
"It explores a difficult time in our nation's history and reminds each of us to practice virtues of kindness and acceptance." Robin Perry Hutchinson, librarian, Hillcrest Elementary
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Photo: This Is a Ball by Beck & Matt Stanton Book Cover
This Is a Ball by Beck & Matt Stanton
05/06/2020
"Kids do go crazy for this book because it calls a block a ball, a monster a princess, a balloon a kite, and other silly things." Penny Ledbetter, librarian, Lakeside Academy
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Photo: Book Cover of The Bad Seed by Jory John
The Bad Seed by Jory John
04/02/2020
"Even though you may have made bad choices, you can still be good." Mary Poteet, Middle Valley Elementary
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Book Cover of How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans by David LaRochelle
03/26/2020
"It's funny, and I love it when she found the note on the wall, 'We have taken your parents. The beans'” Janelle D., Alpine Crest Elementary
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Photo: Cover of Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco
02/27/2020
“The kids love the surprise ending that reveals the true owner of the tapestry.” Sue Smith, a Librarian at Ooltewah Elementary
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Photo: Cover of Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
02/27/2020
“Students and adults alike can learn a bit about friendships and figuring out who deserves your love by reading this story.” Mary Poteet, a Librarian at Middle Valley Elementary
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Photo: Cover of The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Mitten by Jan Brett
02/26/2020
"I think the pictures are exciting and beautiful.” Patty Buccellato, Hardy Elementary School
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Photo: Cover of Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds
02/26/2020
“ My students love this story about Jasper Rabbit, a young rabbit who wants creepy underwear that glows in the dark..” Caroline Mickey, a Librarian​ at Alpine Crest Elementary
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Photo: Cover of Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
02/26/2020
"I love this book! It's fun learning about art and solving a mystery at the same time!" Elisabeth Biernik, Rivermont Elementary
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Photo: Cover of The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
The Oldest Student By Rita Lorraine Hubbard
02/26/2020
The Oldest Student By Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Nolan Elementary. In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who--with perseverance and dedication--proved that you're never too old to learn.
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The Wild Robot by Jeff Brown
The Wild Robot by Jeff Brown
11/18/2019
“Our students enjoy reading how Roz, the robot, finds a purpose on a remote island after being washed up to shore during a violent hurricane.” - Donna Hatmaker, DuPont Elementary Librarian
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Chalk by Bill Thomson
Chalk by Bill Thomson
10/23/2019
“Students are filled with wonder as they read about a group of kids that find a special bag of chalk and start creating.”
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Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko Book Cover
Kung Pow Chicken by Cyndi Marko
10/09/2019
Kung Pow Chicken is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Kimberly Lane, a Librarian at Wolftever Creek Elementary. This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina
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Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe: The Three Little Pugs by Noah Z. Jones
Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe: The Three Little Pugs by Noah Z. Jones - Suggested for Grades K-3
05/06/2019
“Students love the colored illustrations in this chapter book that allow readers to get the best of both worlds. These stories take a classic fairy tale and change the details to create a funny story.” - Beth Hoelke, librarian at Hixson Elementary School.
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A Dog Like Daisy by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb
04/15/2019
“Students love that the story is from the dog's point of view. They are very curious about the use of service dogs to help veterans suffering from PTSD. Students agree that the story has many sad parts, but ultimately it is about facing the painful experiences in life and being willing to accept help from others.” - Debbie Condry, librarian at McConnell Elementary
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Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey - Suggested for Grades - 2 - 5
02/18/2019
“Kids who love reading graphic novels love this series! They are intrigued by the weirdness, strange villains, and laughs that come along with reading about Dog Man and his nemesis Petey." - Janessa Fooshee, librarian at Battle Academy
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Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sacher
01/14/2019
“The kids love this book because of the outrageous stories that take place with students who are in school every day just like them. The humor mixed with funny characters is always enjoyable for the readers.” -Nicole Cobb, librarian at East Ridge Elementary School
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