A list great Read Alouds curated by MPL Youth Services Librarians Princess in Black Sharon and DeanHaleLeUyen PhamCandlewick2014The prim, proper Princess Magnoila could NEVER fight crime... luckily her alter ego, Princess in Black, is on the case! The One and Only Ivan KatherineApplegateHarper2012This Newbery Medal winning is about love and freedom, and finding friendship in unexpected places. Dragons and Marshmallows AsiaCitroMarion LindsayInnovation Press2016A young girl and her trusty cat uses science to help the barrage of magical animals that keep showing up at her doorstep. Year of the Dog GraceLinLittle, Brown2006After Pacy's family celebrates the Chinese, she finds out that The Year of the Dog is the year you're supposed to "find yourself." Not as simple as it sounds! The Birchbark House Louise ErdrichHyperion1999First in a terrific series about a young Ojibwa girl who lives on an island in Lake Superior around the time the Little House books are set. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate JacquelineKellyHolt1999A girl in 1899 Texas explores the natural world with the help of her naturalist grandfather. Because of Winn Dixie KateDiCamilloCandlewick2000A gentle, emotional story about a girl, a dog, and family secrets. Lola Levine Meets Jelly and Bean MonicaBrownLittle, Brown2017Lola Levine finally is FINALLY getting a pet-- but, of course, things don't go as planned. Joyful and funny. Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen DebbiMichiko FlorenceElizabet VukovicFarrar, Straus, and Giroux2017Jasmine's family gathers ever new year to make mochi. Her grandmother is coming all the way from Japan. This year Jasmine is DETERMINED to participate Last Stop on Market Street Mattde la PenaChristian RobinsonPutnam2015A grandmother helps a little boy see the beauty in his urban surroundings, even if they don't have as much as other people. A colorful celebration of city life and family.