Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Realistic Stories

Audiobook Roundup

Video of Ms. Becca talking about three audiobooks for kids

Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler by Steve Sheinkin

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When Abraham Lincoln overhears school, kids say in history class that history is so boring he warns them not to do it again or they will not like what happens! In this time travelling novel Doc and Abby are transported to 1860 to help save history! This is a first book in the Time Twister Series, check out Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean next! 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.  

Slacker by Gordan Korman 

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When Cameron Boxer almost burns the house down because he was playing video games his parents give him an ultimatum. Join an activity or lose your video game system. Cameron decides to make a fake club at school. Cameron soon finds out how much work his new fake club is and learns maybe there is more to life than video games. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook

The Candy Caper by Tom Watson 

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Trouble at Table 5: The Candy Caper is the first book in this illustrated early chapter book series. Join Molly and her group of friends as they scheme to get into the Principal office to count how many candies are in the Principal’s candy jar. 

This book is available on Overdrive as an eaudio and ebook.  

Anti-racist Books and Resources for Families

In turbulent times, we realize it can be helpful to use literature as a way to discuss and explain difficult situations with your children. MPPL Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books and resources to assist you as you discuss events with the youngest members of your family.

Books @ MPPL

Anti-racist Books for Families
Anti-racist Books for Pre-K-K
Anti-racist Books for grades 2-4
Anti-racist Books for Tweens (4th-6th grade)

You can place holds on these items for parking lot pick up, or many of them are also available from Hoopla, Overdrive/Libby, and RBdigital.

Hoopla collection of Audiobooks, “Talking to Kids About Race”

Resources

These resources have been vetted by library staff, however, since they are outside sites, we are not responsible for the content.

31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids

RESOURCES FOR TALKING ABOUT RACE, RACISM AND RACIALIZED VIOLENCE WITH KIDS

Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning about Race and Racism with Young Children and Their Families

Racial Equity Tools: Children, Families, and Youth Development

Talking to Kids About Race

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Anti-racism Resources for All Ages, curated by Dr. Nicole Cooke

E-audio and E-book-Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker

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Move over, Ramona, Junie B. Jones, and Gooney Bird Green! Clementine is here! Clementine, by Sarah Pennypacker, brings us into this 8 year old’s life, where she joins her father in fighting off pigeons, and “fixes” her friend’s hair by first cutting most of it off, and then coloring it using permanent marker (including little “squigglies” on her forehead for bangs). This is the first book of a series, so you’ll get to spend lots of time laughing and learning with Clementine.

Book reviewed by Loreen  S., Youth Services Assistant

The first book, Clementine, is available in e-audio from Overdrive/Libby, and book six, Clementine and the Spring Trip, is available as an e-book from Overdrive/Libby.

E-book- Restart by Gordon Korman 

RestartHave you ever wished you could have a “do over” for one day? How about a “do over” for your entire life? 

 This is what happens to Chase. He survives a fall from his roof, but he has loses all his memory. He doesn’t even recognize his mother or dad! And he doesn’t understand why some of the kids at school are afraid of him, and others just plain hate him. 

 Read this book to find out what he learns about himself- the good and the bad. This is Gordon Korman at his best! 

 Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant 

Restart is available as an e-book on Libby/Overdrive.

E-Book & E-Audiobook – Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak SpanishEighth grade is hard. When you’re 180 pounds and six feet tall, it can be even harder. Most of the kids in Marcus Vega’s school are terrified of him. Marcus uses his intimidating size to help protect smaller kids from the real school bully, Stephen. He uses the money he earns at school to help his mom and his brother. When Stephen says something horrible about Marcus’ brother, Marcus gets into a fight with Stephen and finds himself suspended. Their family decides to take a break and visit Puerto Rico. On this trip, Marcus discovers new things about himself and his family. He realizes that things around him are not always what they seem. If you enjoy realistic fiction, I would highly recommend this for fifth and sixth graders. 

 This book is available as an ebook and e-audio in OverDrive’s Digital Library.  

 Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison