GIlbert Willis Walk & Read
Join us this summer for Walk & Read in GIlbert Willis Park! Read along to Dazzling Travis by Hannah Carmona Dias in the park and enjoy these read-alikes from the Library.
Ambitious Girl by Meena Harris
A girl sees a woman labeled as having too much ambition, but when the girl considers its definition she finds herself inspired and realizes ambition is required to make changes to the world and have her voice be heard.
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind.
Bo the Brave by Bethan Woollvin
Once there lived a little girl called Bo, who wanted to be just like her brothers and capture a fearsome monster. Bo is small, too small to catch a monster--or so her brothers say. But Bo isn't one to take no for an answer, so she sets off on a quest to catch a monster of her own.
Boys Dance by John Robert Allman
Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate boys who dance, from their very first day of stretching at the barre while dreaming of the exciting roles they might one day play.
Cece Loves Science and Adventure by Kimberly Derting
When Cece and her Adventure Girls troop face a sudden thunderstorm, they use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve problems and make their way safely back to camp.
Cow Boy is Not a Cowboy by Gregory Barrington
Goat Girl--an adventurous goat-- meets Merle--a bull--she mistakes him for a cowboy since he's both a cow and a boy. Cowboys aren't ordinary so Goat Girl can't wait to introduce herself. "HOWDY COWBOY! An annoyed Merle insists he's not a cowboy. But will this not-a-cowboy change his mind when his rootin'-tootin' dream has a chance to come true?
Fred Gets Dressed by Peter Brown
After having fun running around the house naked and wild, young Fred decides to get dressed--in his parents' closet--with surprising results.
Hidden Figures: the true story of four black women and the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so he's not scared at all. "Looks easy, " says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can't help but root for.
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
A glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
Lily’s Cat Mask by Julie Fortenberry
Armed with a vivid imagination and her trusty cat mask, Lily can take on anything--even a new school... But when her teacher tells her no masks allowed in class, Lily worries, can she make friends without it? Anyone who has been daunted by a new experience, or struggled to put on a good face, will relate to Lily.
Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza
Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her 'girls can't be superheroes', suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That's when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition.
Most Marshmallows by Rowboat Watkins
Most marshmallows like to watch television and lead normal lives--but some marshmallows dream of greater things.
The Pout-Pout Fish and the Bully-Bully Shark by Deborah Diesen
Mr. Fish finds the courage to speak up for his friends when a shark comes to the park and bullies them.
Samanthasaurus Rex by B.B. Mandell
Samanthasaurus rex is a T. rex who marches to the beat of her own drummer, and saves the day in her own unique way.
Teddy’s Favorite Toy by Christian Zimmer
Teddy's favorite toy has the best manners, and the sickest fighting skills, and the ability to pull off a number of fierce looks. But when his toy goes missing, it turns out there's another woman around who's pretty fierce--it's Teddy's mom, and she will stop at nothing to reunite Teddy with his favorite toy
Let’s Play Monsters by Lucy Cousins
Little Gabriel loves to play monsters. And his family is happy to oblige, from Josie the hungry beast (munch, crunch, scrunch ) to Uncle Rufus with horns and a tail (oink oink moo ), and even Nonna the jelly monster (I'll gobble you up ). But what happens when Mom-the-monster comes to eat Gabriel up when it's time for bed?
Every Little Letter by Deborah Underwood
In a world where all the letters of the alphabet live in separate cities surrounded by walls, little h and small i's newfound friendship inspires all the divided communities to connect and form such words as courage, cooperate, and kindness.
Facts Vs. Opinions Vs. Robots by Michael Rex
A hilarious, timely conversation about the differences between facts and opinions, by the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight Goon. Mike Rex introduces young readers to the very important distinction between facts and opinions, and he reminds us that it is nice to listen to one another's opinions, and to stand up for the facts
The Heart of a Whale by Anna Pignataro
Whale's beautiful song calms a wriggly octopus, cheers a sad urchin, and much more but cannot cure his loneliness without the help of his friends.
Attack of the Underwear Dragon by Scott Rothman
When a dragon wearing very large underwear threatens the kingdom the Knights of the Round Table run away, leaving Sir Percival's young assistant, Cole, to face the beast.
I Am the Storm by Jane Yolen
As the climate shifts, families experience weather emergencies, including a tornado, a blizzard, a forest fire, and a hurricane, finding joy in preparedness and resilience.
Don’t Hug Doug by Carrie Finison
Meet Doug, an ordinary kid who doesn't like hugs, in this fun and exuberant story which aims to spark discussions about bodily autonomy and consent--from author Carrie Finison and the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of The World Needs More Purple People, Daniel Wiseman.
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
A young Asian girl notices that her eyes look different from her peers'. They have big, round eyes and long lashes. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother's, her grandmother's, and her little sister's. Drawing from the strength of these powerful women in her life, she recognizes her own beauty and discovers a path to self love and empowerment. This powerful, poetic picture book will resonate with readers of all ages and is a celebration of diversity.
The Whole Story by Vivian Mcinerny
In Vivian McInerny's playful debut, readers will fall in love with wonder again as Zia imagines what might happen if the hole in her pocket became big enough to fall right through. The Whole Hole Story is perfect for readers looking for a fresh take on the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon.
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to black and brown children everywhere.
The Wheels on the Garbage Truck by Jeffrey Burton
An action-packed yet adorable story, The Wheels on the Garbage Truck is the second book in a new series that is perfect for parents and little ones who love things that go. Follow the garbage truck around town as cuddly animal garbage collectors clean up the neighborhood
Silly Lullaby by Sandra Boynton
Curl up with your favorite little person and this charmingly unpredictable go-to-sleep book. Whether you are a parent, child, or just another snoozing chicken in the bathtub, Silly Lullaby is truly a sweet dream surprise. The sneakers in the freezer heartily concur.
How Do I Feel? A little guide to my emotions by DK Publishing
This colorful illustrated board book encourages pre-schoolers to understand what is happening in their body when they feel happy or sad, and how strong feelings can shape their actions. Fun characters illustrate each emotion, from a little flame representing Anger to a sparkly star for Pride, and simple text is ideal for reading aloud.
Little Turtle Tries by Michael Dahl
It's time to get dressed, which is no easy task for Little Turtle! But Little Turtle will not give up. Keep on trying, Little Turtle!
Curls by Ruth Forman
A joyfully poetic board book that delivers an ode to Black girls and the beauty of their curls.
Stir Crack Whisk Bake by Maddie Frost
Today is a special day because we're going to make something together! From gathering ingredients to pouring batter to swirling on frosting, little ones will experience the magic of baking cupcakes without leaving the comfort of their bedroom. Using an interactive storytelling style, Stir Crack Whisk Bake lets the tiniest chefs be in charge!
This is a Book of Shapes by Kenneth Kraegel
First comes the circle. Then the square and the triangle. Then the . . . emu pushing a pancake wagon down a hill? What begins as a concept book about everyone's geometric favorites soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists.
Kindness Rules by Eunice Moyle
This hilarious guide to good manners offers many fun teaching moments for kids and their parents--it covers all the basics for the preschool set, from saying "please" and "thank you" to sharing and being kind to others. Filled with bright, adorable illustrations in Hello Lucky's inimitable style, young children will love learning about manners with this delightful, sturdy board book.
How to Potty Train a Dinosaur by Alycia Pace
In this hilarious and delightful role reversal, kids will learn how to potty train a dinosaur (and maybe pick up a few pointers themselves ). How to Potty Train a Dinosaur goes through each important step of teaching a dinosaur to go to the bathroom--from teaching them how to know it's time to go to making sure they flush and wash their claws. Your little dinosaur will be so excited to put it to the test
In My Heart by Mackenzie Porter
A working mother reassures her child that even when they're apart, they're always in each other's hearts. This lovely board book perfectly captures the sentiment that many women feel about being a working mom. The lyrical text takes us through a mother's day away, showing us that although she's working hard, her child is always on her mind and always in her heart.
Don't Throw it to Mo by David A. Adler
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.
Attack of the 50-Foot Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
After grabbing a snack from a radioactive trash can, Fly Guy grows to 50 feet tall Can Buzz and the scientist figure out how to shrink him before the police and military attack?
Jack Goes West by Mac Barnett
Jack and the Lady take the train West to visit a dude ranch. One night, there's a bank robbery next door, and Jack is pegged as the bandit. But thanks to Jack's new rope tricks, the real robber is caught, and Jack leaves the Wild West a free rabbit with a big secret.
Bob Books: Set 1 Beginning Readers by Bobby Lynn Maslen
Teach a child letter sounds with Bob Books Set 1! With four letters in the first story, children can read a whole book. Consistent new sounds are added gradually, until young readers have read books with all letters of the alphabet (except Q). Short vowels and three-letter words in simple sentences make Bob Books Set 1 a fun confidence builder. With little books, come big success.
What is Inside This Box? by Drew Daywalt
Monkey has a big box, which he tells Cake has a cat inside, but only when the box is closed; Cake suggest that maybe it is a dinosaur instead, and the two friends puzzle over how they can solve the problem of finding out what is in the box, if it is always empty when opened.
Pete the Cat Phonics Box by James Dean
Pete the Cat helps kids learn to read with phonics. Who knew reading could be so groovy! Reviewed by a phonics expert, these twelve short full-color books feature repeated examples of short and long vowel sounds and common sight words. Each of the simple stories in this box set is designed to teach kids how to master reading while rocking out with Pete the Cat.
See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog by David LaRochelle
What happens when the book gets it wrong? Max is not a cat-- Max is a dog! But much to his dismay, this book keeps instructing readers to "see the cat." How can Max get through to the book that he is a dog?
My "a" Sound Box by Jane Belk Moncure
Little a has an adventure with items beginning with his letter's sound, such as apples, ants, and an astronaut.
Mr. Putter and Tabby Smell the Roses by Cynthia Rylant
When Mr. Putter and Tabby take Mrs. Teaberry to the Conservatory for her birthday, Zeke tries his best to stay out of trouble, but one of the trees is irresistible.
Unlimited Squirrels: Who is the Mystery Reader? by Mo Willems
As Zoom Squirrel and his friends try to identify the Mystery Reader, they learn about books, how they are written, and how to read--while sharing a-corny jokes.
The Lost Stone by Jordan Quinn
Eight-year-old Lucas, Prince of Wrenly, is eager to explore and Clara, daughter of the queen's seamstress, knows the kingdom well, so they team up to find a lost jewel and visit all of the land's main attractions as they search.
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee
On her first day of school, Mindy's school snack of dried seaweed isn't exactly popular at the lunch table. Luckily, her new friend, Sally, makes the snacks seem totally delicious to Mindy's new classmates, so they decide to start the Yummy Seaweed Business to try and raise money for the puppy she's always wanted. When another student decides to try and sabotage their business, Mindy loses more than she bargained for--and wonders if she'll ever fit in. Will Mindy be able to overcome her uncertainty and find the courage to be herself?
The Magic Day by Calliope Glass
Sparkleton begs his big sister to give him wish-granting magic for one whole day so he can prove what a glitteriffic wish-granting unicorn he can be. But all the wishes he grants come out opposite! Can Sparkleton's friends Willow and Gabe help him undo the magic before sunset? Or will every day be opposite day?
Battle of the Bad-Breath Bats by David Bowles
Cousins Malia, Ivan, and Dante are visiting their aunt Lucy for the summer. But on their way to Gulf City's water park, they get lost on 13th Street. Only it's not a street at all. It's a strange world filled with dangerous beasts! Will the cousins find their way back to Aunt Lucy's?
Sprite’s Secret by Tracey West
Fourteen fairies have escaped into our world, all different, and all capable of causing great harm--and it is up to an eight-year-old girl named Violet and a Pixie Tricker, a fairy called Sprite-of-the-Green-Petals-from-the-Whispering-Woods, to trick themand send them back to their own world.
Kondo & Kezumi Visit Giant Island by David Goodner
Kondo and Kezumi lived on an island with fruit trees and berry bushes and flitter-birds and fluffle-bunnies. When a surprise bottle washes ashore, they discover a map with a mysterious message: WE ARE NOT ALONE. Kezumi wants to follow the map and explore the world. Kondo wants to stay home. But once Kezumi builds the perfect boat, the best friends set sail together. So begin the adventures of Kondo and Kezumi, where islands of cheese and giant mountains await.
Heart of Gold by Shannon Penney
Sparkle can't believe her puptastic luck! It's finally time for the Cutiecorns of Puppypaw Island to learn how to use their special magic. Sparkle's mom has given her a golden locket to mark the big day. But before the ceremony, the locket is stolen! Can the Cutiecorns put their horns together to find the thief before it's too late?
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it's up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what's wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it's too late?
The Candy Caper by Tom Watson
Molly gets things stuck in her head sometimes. When she sees a jar of candy on Principal Shelton's desk, she absolutely needs to know how many candies are in that jar! Luckily, her two best friends, Simon and Rosie, are ready to help her find the answer--even if it means detention for all of them!
March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hopper
Three second-graders who love science get thrown in a wild spiral of adventures after meeting their reclusive neighbor, Dr. Gustav Bunsen. When Dr. Bunsen's growth ray hits a crate of animal figurines, the toys not only start growing, but also come to life. When the beasts wander off, it's up to the DATA Set to track them down. But will they catch the mini beasts before they grow big enough to start trouble in town?
The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee
After unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery, she shares her winnings with her students in Classroom 13! But with great money comes horrible allergies, steep taxes, exploding volcanoes, and other problems. The first in a new chapter book series of hilarious stories about a rather unlucky classroom.
The Hippo at the End of the Hall by Helen Cooper
When Ben receives a mysterious invitation to an odd museum, he's swept into a peculiar world of forgotten secrets and wild magic in this illustrated novel. With a bit of luck, some strange magic, and a little help from his mom, Ben might succeed in ensuring the future of the museum -- and finding the answers about his father that he's been searching for his whole life.
Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian
Omar and his family have just moved, and he is NOT excited about starting at a new school. But when Omar makes a new best friend, things start looking up. That is, until a Big Mean Bully named Daniel makes every day a nightmare Daniel even tells Omar that all Muslims are going to be kicked out of the country . . . Could that possibly be true? Luckily, Omar's enormous imagination and goofy family help him get through life's ups and downs.
Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective by Amy Butler Greenfield
In ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh's pampered cat Ra and his scarab-beetle sidekick question the royal palace's animal inhabitants, solve a crime, and exonerate a servant girl falsely accused of theft.
Fart Quest by Aaron Reynolds
After their masters are vaporized in a goblin battle gone badly, Fart, Pan, and Moxie, three lowly apprentices, decide to impersonate their mentors and pick up the mantle as heroes of the realm. When The Great and Powerful Kevin puts out a call for help, young Fart and his friends jump at the chance and embark on a journey they were destined for.
Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas by Crispin Boyer
Zeus is a tiny little hamster with a mighty appetite for power. As king of the creatures, he dictates the nightly agenda to all his animal minions. But the others are getting pretty sick and tired of answering to the egotistical fluffball. must find the legendary "Golden Fleas" and solidify his position before the other animals at Mount Olympus Pet Center rebel. Can Zeus repair his friendships and restore order to the pet shop before their secret is revealed to the world?
The Comeback by E.L. Shen
Twelve-year-old Maxine Chen dreams of being a figure skating champion, but a remarkably talented new girl at the arena and a racist classmate at school test her resolve.
The Great Pet Heist by Emily Ecton
When their elderly owner goes to the hospital, Butterbean the dachshund, Walt the cat, Oscar the mynah bird, and rats Marco and Polo plan a robbery to support themselves.
Isaiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
Isaiah is now the big man of the house. But it's a lot harder than his dad made it look. His little sister, Charlie, asks too many questions, and Mama's gone totally silent. Good thing Isaiah can count on his best friend, Sneaky, who always has a scheme for getting around the rules. And when things get really tough, there's Daddy's journal, filled with stories about the amazing Isaiah Dunn, a superhero who gets his powers from beans and rice. Isaiah wishes his dad's tales were real. He could use those powers right about now!
Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake
The last thing Badger wants is a roommate, and certainly not Skunk, but since the house does not belong to him he does not have a choice; and soon everything in Badger's quiet and ordered life studying rocks is turned upside down, but after he drives Skunk and his chickens away, Badger starts to miss his roommate and sets out to find him and make amends.
Beetle & the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne
Twelve-year-old goblin and witch-in-training Beetle enlists her former best friend, Kat Hollowbones, to help stop Kat's sorceress aunt from demolishing the mall where Beetle's friend Blob Ghost is trapped.
Catstronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
Alerted to a global energy crisis, the President consults with the World's Best Scientist, who suggests sending a special group of astronauts to turn the Moon into a solar power plant. Meet the fearless commander Major Meowser, brave-but-hungry pilot Waffles, genius technician and inventor Blanket, and quick thinking science officer Pom Pom on their most important mission yet.
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. Jordan finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel
The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction unless five ancient and mysterious beacons are lit. When war erupts, three unlikely heroes will discover there's more to themselves--and more to their worlds--than meets the eye. When clumsy student Oona Lee, resourceful An Tzu, and star athlete Jax Amboy are forced to team up on an epic quest, it will take not one, not two, but 5 WORLDS to contain all the magic and adventure.
InvestiGators by John Green
With their Very Exciting Spy Technology and their tried-and-true, toilet-based travel techniques, the InvestiGators are undercover and on the case! And on their first mission together, they have not one but two mysteries to solve! Can Mango and Brash uncover the clues, crack their cases, and corral the crooks--or will the criminals wriggle out of their grasp?
Super Sidekicks: No Adults Allowed by Gavin Aung Than
Feeling unappreciated by their superheroes, J.J. and his fellow sidekicks make their own crime-fighting team, but first they have to prove to the adult superheroes that they're more than just sidekicks. And once the evil Dr Enok discovers his favorite pet Goo has left him, the world might need saving sooner rather than later.
The Pathfinders Society: The Mystery of Moon Tower by Francesco Sedita
Summer camp just became a whole lot more interesting when five curious kids accept a mysterious project: work together as a team to uncover a series of strange clues, reveal a secret path -- and follow its twists and turns to a legendary treasure!
Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz
When ten-year-olds Shirley and Jamila meet, Jamila is simply hoping for a friend in her new neighborhood but Shirley is a detective and together they seek a missing gecko. The mystery of the missing gecko turns Shirley and Jamila's summer upside down. And when their partnership hits a rough patch, they have to work together to solve the greatest mystery of all: What it means to be a friend.
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush is about to discover that witches aren't just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. It turns out that Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth's family is at the center of it all! When Moth's new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Jack dreads summer because his single mother has to work and leaves him at home with his boring little sister who is autistic. She doesn't talk at all. Ever. But one day while they are at a flea market, she does talk. She tells Jack to trade their mother's car for a box of mysterious seeds. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made!