by Becky Birtha
During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.
Sylvia Jean, Scout Supreme
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Sylvia Jean disguises herself in order to assist a neighbor who does not want her enthusiastic help, but she still might be the only one in her Pig Scout Troop who will not earn a Good Deed Badge.
Librarian on the Roof! A True Story
by M. G. King
The story of RoseAleta Laurell, who arrived in Lockheart, Texas, in 1989 to be the head of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library. The library was outdated, so she spent a week on the library roof to raise money and interest in the library, with special emphasis on a new children's section.
Stand Straight Ella Kate
by Kate Klise
A fictionalized biography of Ella Kate Ewing, born in 1872, who was eight feet tall by the age of seventeen and who became financially independent by traveling the country for nearly twenty years appearing at museums, exhibitions, and in circus shows.
Pierre the Penguin: A True Story
by Jean Marzollo
Rhyming text and colorful illustrations describe the efforts of aquatic biologist Pam to help Pierre, an African penguin living at the California Academy of Sciences, when he begins to go bald.
Memoirs of a Goldfish
by Devin Scillian
A goldfish gives a personal account of his experiences while swimming around his bowl as it slowly fills with fish and other accessories, only to realize when he is relocated for a cleaning how much he misses them.
by Roseanne Thong
When Mai feeds the caged birds at a Buddhist temple in Vietnam, her simple act of kindness starts a chain of thoughtful acts that ultimately comes back to her. Includes author's note explaining the Buddhist concepts of karma and samsara, or the wheel of life.
The Can Man
by Laura E. Williams
After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart.