The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) – Jeff Kinney

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

Wishtree – Katherine Applegate

The bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.  Trees can’t tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone ...

The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg

Caldecott Medal Winner A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg ...

The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill

Winner of the Newbery Award The New York Times Bestseller An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016, A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016, A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016, An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016, A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016, Named to KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016, 2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will ...

The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate

Soon to be a major motion picture! Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller. This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks ...

The Rabbit Ate My Homework – Rachel Elizabeth Cole

Drew Montgomery is in a real jam. His annoying little sister has blackmailed him into hiding a rabbit in his bedroom. If his “No Pets!” parents find out, he’ll be grounded till middle school for sure. Drew must find a way to wiggle out of the deal before the rabbit destroys his bedroom and his life.

The Wonky Donkey – Craig Smith

“I was walking down the road and I saw . . . A donkey, Hee Haw! And he only had three legs! He was a wonky donkey.” Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the books final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky, donkey!