• Edina Grows Readers

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  • The mission of Edina Public Schools is to work in partnership with families and the community to educate all individuals in order to become lifelong learners.  To be a lifelong learner is to be a reader. Edina Grows Readers supports this mission by encouraging daily reading by all, reading outside of school and promoting a culture of reading in the broader Edina community.

Books Kids Love

  • The Edina Grows Readers “Books Kids Love” list is updated each month!  The list is a way for students to share titles of books they love with others. While these are books kids love, families/guardians ultimately decide which books are appropriate for their children. Most books included on the list are available at the Hennepin County Public Library. Check back monthly for new titles!

  •  I Am Enough

    I Am Enough

    by Grace Byers Year Published: 2018 Pre-K

    This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

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  •  Night at the Fair

    Night at the Fair

    by Donald Crews Year Published: 1998 Grades K-2

    It's time! The gates are open, the rides are spinning-come to the fair! The sky goes dark and the colored lights begin to flash and sparkle. There are games to play and treats to eat. From the top of the Ferris wheel you can see where you've been-and where you have yet to go. So much to do and see. Hurry!

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  •  Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson

    Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-soaking Stream of Inventions

    by Chris Barton Year Published: 2016 Grades K-2

    You know the Super Soaker. It’s one of top twenty toys of all time. And it was invented entirely by accident. Trying to create a new cooling system for refrigerators and air conditioners, impressive inventor Lonnie Johnson instead created the mechanics for the iconic toy.

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  •  Cam Jansen

    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds (#1)

    by David A. Adler Year Published: 2004 Grades K-2

    Can Cam help catch the diamond thief? Cam and her friend Eric are sitting at the mall when the jewelry store is robbed. Cam sees the thief, but the police arrest the wrong person. Now it's up to Cam to catch the real criminal!

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  •  Turning Pages: My Life Story

    Turning Pages: My Life Story

    by Sonia Sotomayor Year Published: 2018 Grades 3-5

    As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. They helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, to deal with her diabetes diagnosis, to cope with her father's death, to uncover the secrets of the world, and to dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible.

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  •  Mistakes That Worked

    Mistakes That Worked: 40 Familiar Inventions & How They Came to Be

    by Charlotte Foltz Jones Year Published: 1991 Grades 3-5

    Popsicles, potato chips, Silly Putty, Velcro, and many other familiar things have fascinating stories behind them. In fact, dozens of products and everyday items had surprisingly haphazard beginnings. Mistakes That Worked offers forty of these unusual tales, along with hilarious cartoons and weird and amazing facts. Readers will be surprised and inspired!

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  •  Front Desk

    Front Desk

    by Kelly Yang Year Published: 2018 Grades 3-5

    Ten year-old Mia Tang moved to the US for a better life, a freer life, but so far, it's a life where she runs the front desk of a motel while her parents clean rooms. And she's not even allowed to use the swimming pool. Based on author Kelly Yang's real-life experience immigrating to America from China and running a motel with her parents, this novel explores how one little girl overcomes language barriers, discrimination, and her own lack of confidence to find her voice--and use it to make a difference.

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  •  Enchanted Air

    Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings

    by Margarita Engle Year Published: 2016 Grades 6-8

    Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother’s tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Then a revolution breaks out in Cuba. Margarita fears for her far-away family. When the hostility between Cuba and the United States erupts at the Bay of Pigs Invasion, Margarita’s worlds collide in the worst way possible. How can the two countries she loves hate each other so much? And will she ever get to visit her beautiful island again?

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  •  I Believe in a Thing Called Love

    I Believe in a Thing Called Love

    by Maurene Goo Year Published: 2017 Grades 6-8

    While she is an overachiever in the realm of academics and extracurricular activities, Desi Lee is socially awkward when it comes to romance. She has perfect SAT scores and is possibly Stanford-bound. Yet when boys are involved, Desi is an accident-prone wreck. She lives with her dad, who loves Korean dramas. Both are still struggling with the loss of Desi's mother years earlier. When an embarrassing incident involving a crush occurs, a miserable Desi hunkers down and spends a weekend binge-watching Korean dramas. The teen comes up with a 24-step plan to snag a boyfriend, which is based on the formula of success for every K-drama television show. Desi has her heart set on the new kid in school, Luca, and puts her scheme into motion.

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  •  March

    March

    by John Lewis Year Published: 2013 Grades 9-12

    March is a vivid first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis (GA-5)'s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

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  • I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    by Erika Sanchez Year Published: 2017 Grades 9-12

    Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it's not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first love (first everything), Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister's story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

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