Even when elementary and middle school children can read on their own, books offer a unique way for parents to stay connected and involved in their lives. These powerful stories from our book fair catalogs are ideal selections for parents to read along with kids ages six and up — either out loud together or on your own at the same time. The opportunities to start important conversations are endless and you just might find yourselves getting to know each other in a whole new way.
Fall 2021 Read Together Titles
Girl on a Motorcycle by Amy Novesky
The inspiring tale of courage and determination as the first woman sets out to ride a motorcycle around the world. Despite setbacks, struggles, and disappointments, she relishes in the challenge and in the breathtaking beauty and diversity of the world and its inhabitants.
Explore themes of: Independence, Resilience, Inclusivity, Multiculturalism, Curiosity.
Willodeen by Katherine Applegate
When eleven-year-old Willodeen discovers that the magical hummingbears are disappearing from her village, can she figure out what's happening and find her voice to champion for their protection? In this rare fictional approach to ecological ethics, consider the impact that just one small change can have on an enormous ecosystem.
Explore themes of: Natural World & Ecosystems, Friendship, Confidence.
White Rose by Kip Wilson
In this retelling of a true story of quiet, nonviolent resistance, Sophie Scholl and her brother form the undercover group White Rose to undermine the fascist Nazi regime. As Sophie faces capital punishment for the distribution of dissident pamphlets, this poignant novel in verse explores what some are willing to do to protect others.
Explore themes of: Persecution, Courage, Hope.
Spring 2021 Read Together Titles
Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
In this stunningly illustrated Robert F. Sibert medal winner, follow the life of a single honeybee from birth to death — all in the span of less than a month. Discover how the individual's role evolves to support the greater good of the hive. You'll never look at bees the same way!
Explore themes of: Teamwork, Role Playing, Responsibility, Natural World.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. But when a new family moves in, not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.
Explore themes of: Inclusivity, Diversity of Culture, Kindness, Community.
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Ages 10 and up
Eleven-year-old Melody is the smartest kid in her whole school, but NO ONE knows it — all because she has cerebral palsy and can't walk or talk. But she also has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. And she's determined to let everyone know it...somehow.
Explore themes of: Empathy, Communication, Confidence, Friendship, Different Abilities.
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Three children are fleeing their homes with their families: Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, who boards a ship bound for the other side of the world; Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994 setting out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America; Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015 beginning a long trek toward Europe. Through their harrowing journeys, there is always the hope of tomorrow. This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.
Explore themes of: Persecution, Resilience, Immigration/Asylum, Hope.
Stay tuned for the launch of our expanded Brightstory Book Club program! We're hard at work developing the best content to support your families as you explore new titles together.