Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks, Gita Varadarajan | Kate F. says "Kids can be so inspiring in the ways they band together and overcome differences!"
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo | Meredith R. says: "There is no stronger bond of friendship between kids than those forged through summer adventures."
Worm Loves Worm by JJ Austrian and Mike Curato | Kristin M. says: "Who knew earthworms could be so cute? Welcome to the wedding of Worm and Worm."
Hilo: the Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick | Meredith C. says:"Amnesiac Hilo crashes to Earth with no clothes. When an Obliteratron follows him, it'll take more than his cyborg skills to save the day."
Soar by Joan Bauer | Laela T. says: "Welcome to Jeremiah's life. He can never play baseball again. Why, he can't even run! Now what is he going to do?"
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova | Kate F. says: "Middle school is hard enough, but when you're the new kid and you fall down in front of everyone on your very first day? Well, that's just awkward."
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel | Meredith C. says: "A creepy middle-grade read about supernatural phenomena and fear."
Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins| Heather W. says: "If "Toy Story" and "The Velveteen Rabbit" had a book together, it would be just like this."
Nerdy Birdy by Aaron Reynolds | Erin K. says: "Nerdy Birdy learns a lesson about fitting in, friendship and being true to yourself."
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate| Heather W. says: "Is it possible to fall in love with a book in the first 50 pages? If it's this book, the answer is 'yes!'"
It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon by Jarett Krosoczka | Kate F. says: "Lost balloons, broken toys? Sometimes we all need a little reminder about looking on the bright side!"
The Marvels by Brian Selznick | Erin K. says: "A stunning book with Selznick's trademark mix of page-turning illustrations and a beautiful, complex story."
Leo: a Ghost Story by Mac Barnett | Kristin M. says: "Leo is the most-adorable, least-scary ghost I have ever met. He gives Casper a run for his money."
Almost Super by Marion Jensen | Heather W. says: "It's heroes vs. villains in this story of people with superpowers who live among us."
Billy and Goat at the State Fair by Dan Yaccarino | Laela T. says: "A boy, his goat and a trip to the state fair. What could possibly go wrong?"
Gorillas in Our Midst by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones | Kate F. says: "Yes, this is a picture book, but grown-up me could not stop laughing!"
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt | Erin K. says: "Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid."
The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke | Laela T. says: "This is a high seas caper involvin' a skull-and-crossbones-wearin' pig, a stout captain and t' unwanted attention o' Barracuda Bill."
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar | Heather W. says: "A little mud never hurt anyone. Or did it?"
Buck's Tooth by Diane Kredensor | Erin K. says: "Buck's big front tooth is easy to brush, but that's about the only thing it's good for. It ruins everything!"
Sea Rex by Molly Idle | Kristin M. says: "What happens when a bunch of dinosaurs spend a day at the beach? An afternoon of toothy delight!"
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson | Kate F. says: "Fruits and veggies aren't the only things that grow in this sweet story about compassion and generosity."
The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdall | Laela T. says: "This story mixes the modern day family with old fashioned charm and values."