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November: Wizards Book of The Month

Check out DC Public Library's picks for November! Be sure to grab a library card to check out these books. Digital and physical copies are available. 

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Readers Grades K - 2

Fry Bread

Author: Kevin Noble Maillard

Description: Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.

It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.


Fry bread is time.

It brings families together for meals and new memories.


Fry bread is nation.

It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.


Fry bread is us.

It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.


Book ISBN: 9781626727465

eBook ISBN: 9781250760869

Readers Grades 3-5

I Can Make This Promise

Author: Christine Day

Description: In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity.


All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers.

Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her.

Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?


Book ISBN: 9780062871992

eBook ISBN: 9780062872036

Audio Book ISBN: 9780062987556

Readers Grades 6-8

My Name Is Not Easy

Author: Debby Dahl Edwardson

Description: Luke knows his I'nupiaq name is full of sounds white people can't say. He knows he'll have to leave it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles from their Arctic village.

At Sacred Heart School things are different. Instead of family, there are students -- Eskimo, Indian, White -- who line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there's some kind of war going on.

And instead of comforting words like tutu and maktak, there's English. Speaking I'nupiaq -- or any native language -- is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey.

Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he's not the only one. There's smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader -- if he doesn't self destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down.

Each has their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School -- and in the wider world -- will never be the same.


Book ISBN: 9780761459804

eBook ISBN: 9780761460916

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About Wizards Book of the Month

Make reading at home fun each month! Some parents are familiar with only a small selection of classic book titles or aren’t sure what titles to recommend for their children to read outside of the classroom. We wanted to select a Book of the Month that our entire Wizards community can read together.

In partnership with DC Public Library and Prince George's County Memorial Library System, the Wizards will highlight books for children in various age groups to read each month. Each month both library systems will select one book for readers grades K-2, one book for readers grades 3-5, and one book for readers grades 6-8 to explore. These books will be great for kids to read alone or for families to read together. Once your kids finish the book, let us know what you thought. Share your thoughts with us on social media @JrWizards #WizardsBookoftheMonth!

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