• Edina Grows Readers

Two girls reading books at Concord Elementary
  • 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!

  •  When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry

    When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry

    by Molly Bang Year Published: 1999 Pre-K

    Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott Honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. What do you do?

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  •  Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

    Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

    by Jonathan Stutzman Year Published: 2019 Pre-K

    Tiny T. Rex has a HUGE problem. His friend Pointy needs cheering up and only a hug will do. But with his short stature and teeny T. Rex arms, is a hug impossible? Not if Tiny has anything to say about it!

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  •  Yo! Yes?

    Yo! Yes?

    by Chris Raschaka Year Published: 1993 Grades K-2

    Two lonely boys who don't know each other meet on a city street. Brought together with a simple Yo! answered by the other one's Yes? and the bounce of a basketball, this modern classic will strike a chord with every child who's ever longed for a friend.

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  •  Little Kids National Geographic Book of Why

    Little Kids National Geographic First Big Book of Why

    by Amy Shields Year Published: 2011 Grades K-2

    Using an interactive question-and-answer format and content grounded in a child's immediate world, the Big Book of Why delivers lively information, hands-on games, simple recipes, crafts, and more.

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  •  My Father's Dragon

    My Father's Dragon

    by Ruth Stiles Gannett Year Published: 1948 Grades K-2

    My Father's Dragon is a children's novel by Ruth Stiles Gannett about a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby Dragon. The narrative mode is unusual, in that the narrator refers to the protagonist only as "my father", giving the impression that this is a true story that happened long ago.

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  •  The Rabbit Listened

    The Rabbit Listened

    by Cori Doerrfeld Year Published: 2018 Grades 3-5

    When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs.

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  •  El Deafo

    El Deafo

    by Cece Bell Year Published: 2014 Grades 3-5

    Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers!

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  •  Frindle


    by Andrew Clements Year Published: 1996 Grades 3-5

    Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle?

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  •  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

    Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

    by Deborah Heiligman Year Published: 2017 Grades 6-8

    The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers' lives. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Heiligman draws on the letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime to weave a tale of two lives intertwined as Theo supported Vincent's struggles to find his path in life.

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  •  The Button War

    The Button War

    by Avi Year Published: 2018 Grades 6-8

    Twelve-year-old Patryk has never left his Polish village and doesn't know much about the outside world. Then one August, with the clatter-clatter of an aeroplane, the Great War explodes into his village. As the Germans and Russians fight for control, Patryk and his friends begin their own battle to find the best military button. It starts as a dare, but soon the boys find themselves trapped in a dangerous war. Just how far are they prepared to go to win?

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  •  Most Dangerous

    Most Dangerous

    by Steve Sheinkin Year Published: 2015 Grades 9-12

    In 1964, Daniel Ellsburg was a U.S. government analyst, helping to plan a war in Vietnam. It was the height of the Cold War, and the government would do anything to stop the spread of communism―with or without the consent of the American people. As the fighting in Vietnam escalated, Ellsburg turned against the war. He had access a top-secret government report known as the Pentagon Papers, and he knew it could blow the lid off of years of government lies. But did he have the right to expose decades of presidential secrets? And what would happen to him if he did it?

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  •  Children of Blood and Bone

    Children of Blood and Bone

    by Tomi Adeyemi Year Published: 2018 Grades 9-12

    Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

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