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William Bee. "Stanley" (Series)
Stanley the Builder. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley the Farmer. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley's Diner. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley's Garage. (Peachtree, 2014)
Stanley is one helpful hamster, with lots of great tools
and equipment. In simple text and bold pictures,
Stanley spends his days helping one friend after
another. A perfect little series of little books for little
doers.

Picture Books

Artie Bennett, illustrated by Pranas T. Naujokaitis.
Belches, Burps, and Farts, Oh My! (Blue Apple, 2014)
What's better than a book about gas? One with
unforgetable pictures and easy-to-memorize rhymes!
In typical Artie Bennett fashion (Do you remember
The
Butt Book
and Poopendous?) this book puts the
logical in scatological, making sense of the things we
all have in common without ever lessoning the gut-
busting humor. Watch out! If your kids laugh too hard
they might slip up and learn something!

Nonfiction Picture Book

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Zachariiah
Ohora.
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! (Abrams Books for
Young Readers, 2014)
Now here is a destructive force of nature that many
little guys can relate too! Even when he is trying to be
good, Tyrannosaurus's energy, and the damage, just
can't be contained. In a classroom of good little
dinosaurs, T-Rex puts the terrible in terrible lizards.

Picture Book

Alan Lawrence Sitomer, illustrated by Abby Carter.
Daddy's Zigzagging Bedtime Story. (Disney Hyperion
Books, 2014)
It is bedtime, and Jake wants one book; Jenny wants
another. Jake wants one kind of story; Jenny wants
another altogether. Never fear, Dad is here, with a
story unlike any his kids have ever heard.

Picture Book

Deborah Hopkinson. The Great Trouble: A Mystery of
London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel.
(Knopf,
2013)
A dread disease arises in a poor and packed
neighborhood in 19th century London, and in days six
hundred are dead. The poor die in droves while the
rest of the city stands back in horror, so it is up to a
boy of the streets, and the sewers, to head off the
disease before it takes everyone he loves.
Middle School Historical Fiction

Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen. The Dark.
(Little, Brown, 2013)
A little boy the dark lives in his house. He's afraid of
the dark, but as long as it doesn't come calling it can
have the basement, the closet, and the night. Then the
dark comes calling...
Picture Book

Mack. Higher, Daddy! (Clavis, 2014)
What little guy doesn't love being tossed in the air by
dad? This little lift-the-flap book celebrates the pure
joy that has given so many mommies pure terror! An
on the lap book that every little guy will want to read
over and over and over...
Picture Book

Mary Losure. Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of
Aveyron
. (Candlewick Press, 2013)
We use the word “wild” all the time when we talk
about kids. But what does wild really mean? What of a
child who never knew parents, houses, even words?
Who lived in the woods and ate what he could dig with
his own hands? Would you say he was a savage, or
was he free? Two hundred years ago, such a boy was
caught and dragged naked into a French town. What
could be done with him? What should be done with
him? Was he being saved or imprisoned?
Middle School Nonfiction

Margarita Engle, illustrations by Olga & Aleksey
Ivanov.
Mountain Dog. (Henry Holt, 2013)
Gabe is a rescue dog, an amazing hero who saves the
lost, the injured, the frightened. Tony has lost his
mom, has been nearly destroyed by being forced to
make dogs fight to the death, and is frightened that
there is no future for him. No boy and his dog were
ever better matched.
Middle School Realistic Fiction

Fred Bowen. Double Reverse. (Peachtree, 2014)
Everyone who plays team sports has to face the
priority question at some time. Are you a quarterback,
or a football player? Are you a member of the offense,
or a member of the team? But in Fred Bowen's latest,
priorities get challenged, stretched, and tied in knots
when a soccer defenseman becomes a goalie to
become a football player to become a kicker and end
up as a running back?? And SHE's not even the main
character! Keep your eye on the ball in this high-fun,
high-action sports tale.
Middle School Sports

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In the News:

Reading Every Day Tulsa Kids Magazine,
November 2013

Raising Boy Readers: Video of a parent
program in Chelmsford, MA, March 26, 2013

Boys and Books: Wisdom from Michael
Sullivan, Jenny's Book Review, March 14, 2012

Never A Dull Moment: Body piercing? Extreme
sports? Teen pregnancy?  Welcome to the
action-packed world of hi/lo books, School
Library Journal, February 2012

New and Forthcoming Nonfiction, School
Library Journal Webcast, Mopderator,
September 29, 2011

Boys Will Be Boys, Citizen Reader, August 29,
2011

Want To Meet a Published Author?, Ms.
Woulfe's Classroom Blog!, August 10, 2011

Breaking All the Rules, Eastern Express
[Eastern (NE) Library System], May/June 2011

Another Expert on Boys and Reading, Okie
Reads, June 14, 2011

More News Stories

Resources:

He Said/She Said: Best Books for
Teen Boys, 2013
Presented at the New Hampshire School
Library Media Association, May 16, 2013
Past lists:    2009    2010    2011     2012

Listen to The Sapphire Knight on
YouTube!

Public Libraries: Enduring History   
Presentation from the Seacoast Library Cooperative,
June 24, 2011
Now available!
Raising Boy Readers
Library Journal Online calls Raising
Boy Readers
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cogent, thoughtful... refreshing doses of
real-world common sense.. annotated
book lists  are priceless... Amazingly
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