When Mischief Came to Town
By Katrina Nannestad
For middle grade readers, this story’s heroine is an orphan in 1911 Denmark named Inge who goes to live with her grandmother in the country. Life is very different there, and Inge’s lively ways aren’t always a hit with her new neighbors, yet she eventually finds her place. From HMH Books for Young Readers.
By Kevin Henkes
An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig — all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill — wait for marvelous things to happen in this heartfelt picture book by a Caldecott Medalist and bestselling author who knows just how much young children can relate to waiting. From HarperCollins Publishers.
Stick and Stone
By Beth Ferry
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation and the two become fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favor? Ferry’s warm, rhyming text includes a subtle anti-bullying message even the youngest reader will understand. Charming illustrations add warmth and personality. From HMH Books for Young Readers.