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Family Read Alouds 2018

A list great Read Alouds curated by MPL Youth Services Librarians

Cover of Princess in Black
Sharon and Dean
Hale
LeUyen Pham
Candlewick
2014

The prim, proper Princess Magnoila could NEVER fight crime... luckily her alter ego, Princess in Black, is on the case!

Cover of The One and Only Ivan
Katherine
Applegate
Harper
2012

This Newbery Medal winning is about love and freedom, and finding friendship in unexpected places.

Cover of Dragons and Marshmallows
Asia
Citro
Marion Lindsay
Innovation Press
2016

A young girl and her trusty cat uses science to help the barrage of magical animals that keep showing up at her doorstep.

Cover of Year of the Dog
Grace
Lin
Little, Brown
2006

After 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!

Cover of The Birchbark House
Louise
Erdrich
Hyperion
1999

First 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.

Cover of The Evolution of Calpurnia
Jacqueline
Kelly
Holt
1999

A girl in 1899 Texas explores the natural world with the help of her naturalist grandfather.

Cover of Because of Winn Dixie
Kate
DiCamillo
Candlewick
2000

A gentle, emotional story about a girl, a dog, and family secrets. 

Cover of Lola Levine Meets Jelly an
Monica
Brown
Little, Brown
2017

Lola Levine finally is FINALLY getting a pet-- but, of course, things don't go as planned. Joyful and funny.

Cover of Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Que
Debbi
Michiko Florence
Elizabet Vukovic
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
2017

Jasmine'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

Cover of Last Stop on Market Street
Matt
de la Pena
Christian Robinson
Putnam
2015

A 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.