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!

  •  Shubert is a S.T.A.R.

    Shubert is a S.T.A.R.

    by Dr. Becky A. Bailey Year Published: 2003 Pre-K

    When an upset in class causes bug crazy madness, Mrs. Bookbinder uses the opportunity to teach an active calming strategy and introduce the Safe Place. Shubert is having a yucky day. But he comes to Mrs. Bookbinder's class where he learns about being a S.T.A.R., ballooning and other anger management techniques. Children and adults learn to create and use a Safe Place.

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  •  Same, Same but Different

    Same, Same but Different

    by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw Year Published: 2011 Grades K-2

    Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different! Through an inviting point-of-view and colorful, vivid illustrations, this story shows how two boys living oceans apart can be the best of friends.

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  •  Actual Size

    Actual Size

    by Steve Jenkins Year Published: 2011 Grades K-2

    How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself—at their actual size.

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  •  The Bad Guys #1

    The Bad Guys #1

    by Aaron Blabey Year Published: 2016 Grades K-2

    They sound like bad guys, they look like bad guys . . . and they even smell like bad guys. But Mr. Wolf, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Shark are about to change all of that... Mr. Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys' first good mission. They are going to break two hundred dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr. Snake please stop swallowing Mr. Piranha?!

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  •  One Green Apple

    One Green Apple

    by Eve Bunting Year Published: 2006 Grades 3-5

    Farah feels alone, even when surrounded by her classmates. She listens and nods but doesn’t speak. It’s hard being the new kid in school, especially when you’re from another country and don’t know the language. Then, on a field trip to an apple orchard, Farah discovers there are lots of things that sound the same as they did at home, from dogs crunching their food to the ripple of friendly laughter. As she helps the class make apple cider, Farah connects with the other students and begins to feel that she belongs.

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  •  The Sun: Revised Edition

    The Sun: Revised Edition

    by Seymour Simon Year Published: 2015 Grades 3-5

    In this completely updated edition of The Sun featuring beautiful full-color photographs, Seymour Simon presents a fascinating introduction to the star that is the center of our Solar System. Young readers will love exploring the wonders of the sun, from the constant nuclear explosions at its core to the sea of boiling gases that forms its surface.

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  •  Out of My Mind

    Out of My Mind

    by Sharon M. Draper Year Published: 2012 Grades 3-5

    Eleven-year-old Melody is not like most people. She can’t walk. She can’t talk. She can’t write. All because she has cerebral palsy. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it. Most people—her teachers, her doctors, her classmates—dismiss her as mentally challenged because she can’t tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by her disability. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

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  •  Eat This!

    Eat This! How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (And How to Fight Back)

    by Andrea Curtis Year Published: 2018 Grades 6-8

    Eat This! examines how fast food marketing gets you to buy junk and how you can fight back. It shows how marketers embed sales pitches in media to lure consumers to foods that can negatively impact the health of children. The author explains what advertising is, discusses product placement and other tools used to sell products. Curtis provides careful insights into the fast food industry and ways in which young people can push back.

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  •  Piecing Me Together

    Piecing Me Together

    by Renee Watson Year Published: 2017 Grades 6-8

    Jade, who is also the book's narrator, is a sixteen-year-old African American student attending a mostly white private school in Portland, Oregon on a scholarship. Heeding her mother's advice, Jade works to take advantage of every opportunity presented to her. Hoping to be afforded the opportunity to study abroad so she can utilize her fluent Spanish Skills, Jade is instead offered the chance to be paired with a mentor in the Women to Women program by her school's guidance counselor. Paired with Maxine, Jade initially has high hopes for this mentorship, hopes which are dashed when Maxine proves unreliable. Jade begins to wonder if it's she or Maxine who is getting more out of the program. Through her art, Jade begins to act on the realization that she needs to make her own opportunities.

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  •  The Boys in the Boat

    The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Olympics

    by Daniel James Brown Year Published: 2014 Grades 9-12

    It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

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  •  Dry

    Dry

    by Neal Shusterman Year Published: 2018 Grades 9-12

    The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.

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