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DB, DBC = digital book on cartridge, also available for download 
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LB = large print book
 

Preschool to Grade 2

Chin, Jason.
GRAVITY
Explains the invisible force that keeps objects from floating away. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2014.
BR 21071

Colleen, Marcie
PENGUINAUT!
Orville vive en el zoológico, rodeado de sus amigos animales que tienen aventuras emocionantes. ¡Un rinoceronte aladeltista! ¡Una jirafa buceadora! Orville batalla para alcanzarlos, hasta que un día planea una aventura propia: construir una nave espacial para volar a la luna. 
(Orville lives at the zoo, surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang-gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up, until one day he concocts an adventure all his own: build a spaceship and fly to the moon.) SPANISH LANGUAGE.
DBC 13038

Hadfield, Chris.
THE DARKEST DARK
Chris loves pretending he’s an astronaut, but at night Chris doesn’t feel so brave. 2016.
DBC 08737

Henkes, Kevin.
KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON
When Kitten sees her first full moon, she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. She ends up tired, wet, and hungry from trying to reach it and finally goes home, where a pleasant surprise awaits her. Caldecott Medal. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2004.
BR 16023

Joyce, William.
THE MAN IN THE MOON
When an orphan baby in the moon makes friends with the children of Earth, he shines to ward off their fears. 2011.
DBC 06574

Marino, Gianna.
NIGHT ANIMALS
Possum is hiding from the sounds in the night, and his fear sets off a chain reaction. 2015.
DBC 06469

Ray, Mary Lyn.
STARS
Explores the wonder of stars, whether they are in the night sky, on a plant as a promise of fruit to come, or in one’s pocket for those days when one does not feel shiny. 2011.
DB 74511

Salas, Laura Purdie.
IF YOU WERE THE MOON
Poetic text is juxtaposed with scientific facts about the moon.
DBC 08752

Swanson, Susan Marie.
THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT
This Caldecott Medal–winning bedtime book comforts by naming nighttime things. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2008.
BR 18041

Kindergarten to Grade 3

Bruchac, Joseph, and Gayle Ross.
THE STORY OF THE MILKY WAY: A CHEROKEE TALE
When cornmeal is stolen from an elderly couple, the others in a Cherokee village find a way to drive off the thief, creating the Milky Way. 1995.
DB 43759

Ehlert, Lois.
MOON ROPE: A PERUVIAN FOLKTALE = UN LAZO A LA LUNA: UNA LEYENDA PERUANA.
A bilingual adaptation of the Peruvian folktale in which Fox convinces Mole to climb to the moon with a woven grass rope. Bilingual: ENGLISH AND SPANISH. 1992.
DB 40759

Floca, Brian.
MOONSHOT: THE FLIGHT OF APOLLO 11
A true story of adventure and discovery, a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home seen from far away. 2009.
DB 85036

Gates, Mariam.
GOOD NIGHT YOGA: A POSE-BY-POSE BEDTIME STORY
A bedtime story that introduces calming yoga poses and movements. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2015.
BR 21058

Gerstein, Mordicai.
NIGHTWORLD
A cat persuades her boy to go into the late-night darkness, where they are greeted by the shadows of flowers and nocturnal animals. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2015.
BR 21062

Gibbons, Gail.
SUN UP, SUN DOWN
Understand the sun and the ways it regulates life on Earth. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1983.
BR 06110, DB 22321

Minarik, Else Holmelund.
OSITO
Osito (Little Bear) plays in the snow, has a birthday party, goes to the moon, and dreams about the things he would like to do. SPANISH LANGUAGE. 1969.
LB 03312

O’Ryan, Ray.
GALAXY ZACK SERIES.
Join a space boy as he explores the galaxy in this series of illustrated chapter books. 2013-2017.
GALAXY ZACK. BOOKS 1-4: HELLO, NEBULON!; JOURNEY TO JUNO; THE PREHISTORIC PLANET; MONSTERS IN SPACE!     DB 85357
GALAXY ZACK. BOOKS 5-8                 DB 86671
GALAXY ZACK. BOOKS 9-12               DB 87538
GALAXY ZACK. BOOKS 13-16             DB 90209

Sisson, Stephanie Roth.
STAR STUFF: CARL SAGAN AND THE MYSTERIES OF THE COSMOS
The story of a curious boy who never stopped wondering. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2014.
BR 21054

Van Allsburg, Chris.
JUMANJI
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and thrilling jungle adventure board game. Caldecott Medal. 1981.
DB 50700, BR 05317


Van Allsburg, Chris.
ZATHURA
Twenty years later, the story continues when Danny and Walter discover an oblong box that unleashes a new series of reckless characters. 2002.
DB 55280

Yolen, Jane.
OWL MOON
On a winter night with a full moon, a young girl and her father explore and observe the quiet of the night, the moon, the stars, and a great horned owl. Caldecott Medal. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1987.
BR 07903, DB 42932

Grades 2 to 4

Branley, Franklyn M.
THE SKY IS FULL OF STARS
Explains how to view stars and how to locate constellations throughout the year. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1983.
BR 5911, DB 22902

Branley, Franklyn M.
THE SUN: OUR NEAREST STAR
The sun is a star, like billions of others. But it is the star that is closest to us. It keeps us warm and gives us light and energy. Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth. 1961.
BR 15360, DB57817

Bruchac, Joseph, and Jonathan London.
THIRTEEN MOONS ON TURTLE’S BACK: A NATIVE AMERICAN YEAR OF MOONS
Celebrate each moon of the year with poems based on legends from Native American tribes. Includes an author’s note about the diversity of tribes and moon stories. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1997.
BR 08981

Burleigh, Robert.
LOOK UP: HENRIETTA LEAVITT, PIONEERING WOMAN ASTRONOMER
Learn about a female pioneer of astronomy who discovered the scientific importance of a star’s brightness. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2013.
BR 20035

Gibbons, Gail.
GALAXIES, GALAXIES!
How many galaxies are there in the universe? For years astronomers thought that the Milky Way was the universe. Now we know that there are billions more. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2007.
BR 17336

Simon, Seymour.
OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
Describes the origins, characteristics, and future of the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, meteoroids, and comets. 2014.
DB 40713

Williams, Dave, and Loredana Cunti.
TO BURP OR NOT TO BURP: A GUIDE TO YOUR BODY IN SPACE
This book answers many of kids’ most burning questions about the astronaut experience. 2016.
DB 86674

Yolen, Jane.
COMMANDER TOAD AND THE PLANET OF THE GRAPES
In search of new worlds to explore, Commander Toad and his crew land their spaceship on a strange planet. 1990.
DB 32119


Grades 3 to 6

Davis, Robin.
THE STAR WARS COOKBOOK: WOOKIEE COOKIES AND OTHER GALACTIC RECIPES
This intergalactic cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy-to-use recipes that will entice even the pickiest eaters. 1998.
BR 12243

Kelly, Erin Entrada.
HELLO, UNIVERSE
The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands a shy boy and his guinea pig at the bottom of a well. Newbery Medal. 2018.
DB 88222, BR 22214

Lassieur, Allison.
STEM TRAILBLAZER BIOS. BOOKS 1-8.
Books one through eight, written between 2015 and 2017, featuring notable people with careers in science and technology. Includes Astronaut Mae Jemison, Computer Scientist Jean Bartik, Genetics Expert Joanna L. Kelley, Mars Science Lab Engineer Diana Trujillo, Nintendo Video Game Designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Nuclear Physicist Chien-Shiung Wu, Urban Biologist Danielle Lee, Vaccine Innovators Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering. 2017. 
DB 86260

Lin, Grace.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON
An adventurous girl buys a magical goldfish, then joins a dragon on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon. Newbery Honor Book. 2009.
BR 18712, DB 70391

MacDonald, Betty Bard.
MRS. PIGGLE-WIGGLE
A fanciful story about the amazing Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, who lives in an upside-down house and smells like cookies and was once married to a pirate. 1957.
DB 14478

Grades 4 to 7

Angleberger, Tom. 
ORIGAMI YODA SERIES.
Sixth grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of the Star Wars character Yoda—created, worn, and voiced by their weird classmate Dwight—as they try to figure out whether it can really predict the future. Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner. Harvey, upset when his Darth Paper finger puppet brings humiliation, gets Dwight suspended. Dwight's puppet—Origami Yoda—asks seventh graders Tommy and Kellen to make a new case file to persuade the school board to reinstate Dwight. But Harvey and Darth Paper have a secret plan. 2010–2011.
STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA                DB 74732, BR 19478
DARTH PAPER STRIKES BACK: AN ORIGAMI YODA BOOK     DB 74739

Bracken, Alexandra. 
STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE: THE PRINCESS, THE SCOUNDREL, AND THE FARM BOY
Although the Rebel Alliance has won a few battles against the Empire, hope is fading. The Rebels’ only chance lies in unlikely hands. 2015.
DB 83213

Cowell, Cressida.
THE WIZARDS OF ONCE
A wizard prince with no magic and an outcast warrior princess team up on an adventure. 2017.
DB 90214

Grabenstein, Chris.
ESCAPE FROM MR. LEMONCELLO’S LIBRARY
Twelve kids are invited to a sleepover at the new library, but they must solve every clue and puzzle to find the hidden escape route. 2014.
DB 77918

Hawking, Lucy, and Stephen Hawking.
GEORGE'S SECRET KEY TO THE UNIVERSE. 
George enters the modern world of technology when he meets his new neighbor Annie and her scientist father Eric, whose supercomputer Cosmos can whisk these explorers anywhere in the universe. When a rival scientist sends Eric to a black hole, George must save him. 2007.
DB 66970

Hilton, Marilyn.
FULL CICADA MOON
In 1969, 12-year-old Mimi and her family move to an all-white town in Vermont, where Mimi’s mixed-race background and interest in “boyish” topics like astronomy make her feel like an outsider. 2015.
DB 84203

Jenkins, Martin.
EXPLORING SPACE: FROM GALILEO TO THE MARS ROVER AND BEYOND
Launch into an out-of-this-world examination of the past, present, and future of humans in space. 2017.
DB 88462

MacHale, D.J.
PROJECT ALPHA
Eight boys and girls compete for a spot on the space voyage that will search for a solution to Earth’s energy crisis. 2015.
DB 84169

Monroe, Jean Guard, and Ray A. Williamson.
THEY DANCE IN THE SKY: NATIVE AMERICAN STAR MYTHS
A collection of star legends from many North American Indian cultures. 1987.
DB 29175

Pflugfelder, Bob, and Steve Hockensmith.
NICK AND TESLA’S HIGH-VOLTAGE DANGER LAB: A MYSTERY WITH ELECTROMAGNETS, BURGLAR ALARMS, AND OTHER GADGETS YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF
After moving in with their eccentric uncle, Nick and Tesla encounter strange occurrences in their new neighborhood and build gadgets to help solve the mysteries. 2014.
DB 80750

Rowling, J.K.
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE
Rescued from the neglect of his aunt and uncle, a boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. 1997.
BR 11879, DB 47260

Rowling, J.K.
QUIDDITCH THROUGH THE AGES
This book provides answers to all the questions young Quidditch fans ask. 2001.
BR 13500, DB 52452

Shetterly, Margot Lee.
HIDDEN FIGURES: THE UNTOLD TRUE STORY OF FOUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WHO HELPED LAUNCH OUR NATION INTO SPACE
Before we got to the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and forever change the face of the country. 2016.
DB 86824

Simonds, Nina and Leslie Swartz.
MOONBEAMS, DUMPLINGS & DRAGON BOATS: A TREASURY OF CHINESE HOLIDAY TALES, ACTIVITIES & RECIPES
Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities, and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes. 2002.
DB 57026


Grades 5 to 8

Chaikin, Andrew.
MISSION CONTROL, THIS IS APOLLO: THE STORY OF THE FIRST VOYAGE TO THE MOON
Chronicles the NASA response to President John Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon, describing the successes and failures of all seventeen Apollo missions from 1967 through 1972. Discusses the astronauts' courage, moonwalks, and reactions to space travel. 2009.
DB 69525

Erskine, Kathryn.
THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF BEING
Julian is an optimistic nine-year-old who navigates the challenges of his stressed family by resolving to discover a comet. 2017.
DB 89578

Kluger, Jeffrey, and Ruby Shamir.
TO THE MOON! : THE TRUE STORY OF THE AMERICAN HEROES ON THE APOLLO 8 SPACESHIP
This book about the exciting and inspiring true story of Apollo 8, the first crewed spaceship to break free of Earth’s orbit and reach the moon, tells the story of these three brave men, the frantic rush to get their rocket ready, and the journey that gave the American people—and the world—a new look at the planet we live on and the corner of space we inhabit. 2018.
DB 90523

Thimmesh, Catherine.
TEAM MOON: HOW 400,000 PEOPLE LANDED APOLLO 11 ON THE MOON
This book chronicles the lives of some of the hundreds of people who worked behind the scenes to land a man on the moon. 2006.
DB 63398

Valente, Catherynne M.
FAIRYLAND SERIES
Twelve-year-old September's ordinary life in Omaha, Nebraska, becomes an adventure when the Green Wind offers her a ride to Fairyland on the back of a leopard. Once there an evil marquess demands that September retrieve a talisman from the enchanted wood. Andre Norton Award.  2011-2013.
GIRL WHO CIRCUMNAVIGATED FAIRYLAND IN A SHIP OF HER OWN MAKING 
DB 73304
GIRL WHO FELL BENEATH FAIRYLAND AND LED THE REVELS THERE     DB 77845
GIRL WHO SOARED OVER FAIRYLAND AND CUT THE MOON IN TWO     DB 80604

Grades 6 to 9

Burns, Khephra, and William Miles.
BLACK STARS IN ORBIT: NASA’S AFRICAN AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS
In 1983 Guion Bluford became the first African American astronaut to fly in space. This book traces the history leading to that milestone, including the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black astronaut in the space program, and the important scientific and support contributions by blacks. It also tells how African American men and women continue the legacy in the 1990s. 1995.
DB 41667

Carson, Rae.    
WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER
Set in the early 1800s, this is the story of Leah Westfall, who has a secret talent—she can sense the presence of gold around her. When her parents are robbed and murdered, Leah disguises herself as a boy and leaves George for the gold rush in California. Some violence. 2015.
DB 83092

Clark, Henry.
WHAT WE FOUND IN THE SOFA AND HOW IT SAVED THE WORLD
Finding a rare zucchini-colored crayon leads a 12-year-old and his friends on an adventure to save Earth from invading interstellar storm troopers. 2014.
DB 77116

Miller, Ron.
EARTH AND THE MOON
Chronicles the origin, evolution, and exploration of the earth and the moon, and discusses their composition, their place in our solar system, and more. 2003.
DBC 02928

Grades 9 to 12

Alifirenka, Caitlin and Martin Ganda, with Liz Welch.
I WILL ALWAYS WRITE BACK: HOW ONE LETTER CHANGED TWO LIVES
Traces the friendship between an American girl and her pen pal from an impoverished region of Zimbabwe, describing how 12-year-old Caitlin wrote to an unknown student for a class assignment and shared a life-changing six-year correspondence. 2016.
DBC 06869

Farmer, Nancy.
THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patrâon, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States. Some violence and some strong language. National Book Award. Newberry Honor Book. 2002.
BR 17298, DB 55927

Murphy, Julie.
DUMPLIN’
Questioning her plus-sized body for the first time when an athletic boy appears to return her affections, Willowdean enters her city’s beauty pageant and uses her sassy styles and talents to compete against thinner contestants. Strong language. 2015.
DB 82707

Pfeffer, Susan Beth.
MOON CRASH SERIES. 2006–2013.
When a meteor collides with the moon, teenage Miranda and her friends and family struggle to survive the unimaginable. Four gripping books follow their ordeal.
LIFE AS WE KNEW IT         BR 18228, DB 65047
DEAD AND THE GONE         BR 18229, DB 68838
THIS WORLD WE LIVE IN         BR 19054, DB 71462
SHADE OF THE MOON         BR 20216, DB 77262

Priest, Cherie.
I AM PRINCESS X
Best friends Libby Deaton and May Harper invented Princess X when they were in fifth grade, but when the car Libby is in goes off a bridge, she is presumed dead, and the story came to an end—except now, three years later, Princess X is suddenly everywhere, with a whole underground culture focused on a webcomic, and May believes her friend must be alive. 2016.
DB 82008

Senior High and Older

Amoruso, Sophia.
GIRLBOSS
The founder of Nasty Gal fashion shares a manifesto for ambitious young women that explains how to channel personal passion and energy while overcoming insecurities, outlining advice on doing work and garnering recognition. Some strong language. 2015.
BR 20486, DB 79697

Anderson, Chris.
TED TALKS: THE OFFICIAL TED GUIDE TO PUBLIC SPEAKING
Chris Anderson, head of TED since 2001, explains how to develop one’s unique public speaking and communication skills. 2017.
BR 21577, DB 85217

Anderson, M.T.
FEED
Identity crises, consumerism, and starcrossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. Strong language. National Book Award finalist. 2002.
DB 55687

Asimov, Isaac.
CAMBIO! 71 VISIONES DEL FUTURO (CHANGE!: 71 GLIMPSES OF THE FUTURE)
Presenta setenta y un artículos breves que predicen cómo será el futuro humano, basados en los conocimientos y tendencias de hoy día. Abarca temas como la tecnología del ordenador, la ingeniería genética, los avances en medicina, un idioma universal, la telepatía, los robots, las fuentes alternativas de energía y la explotación del espacio.  (Seventy-one short articles that offer insights on what the world of tomorrow may be like, based on today's knowledge and trends.  Explores such topics as computer technology, genetic engineering, advances in medicine, a universal language, telepathy, robots, alternate energy sources, and the exploitation of space.) SPANISH LANGUAGE. 1986.
DB 28463

Bacigalupi, Paolo.
SHIP BREAKER
Teenager Nailer is a scavenger. He collects copper wiring from grounded oil tankers. But when he discovers a beached clipper ship, he must decide between stripping the ship and rescuing the wealthy girl trapped inside. Some strong language. 2010.
DB 71441


Broomhead, Laurent.
A LA CONQUISTA DEL ESPACIO
Breve introducción a la exploración espacial, que presenta datos básicos sobre los cohetes, los satélites, los viajes espaciales, los hombres en el espacio, la llegada a la Luna, las estaciones espaciales y otros temas.  (Short introduction to space exploration provides basic information on rockets, satellites, space flight, men in space, the moon landings, space stations, and other topics.)  SPANISH LANGUAGE. Uncontracted Braille. 1983.
BR 06983

Carriger, Gail.
FINISHING SCHOOL SERIES
Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her fourteen-year-old daughter Sophronia to become a proper lady and enrolls her in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality—where Sophronia also learns the arts of deceit, espionage, and modern weaponry. 2013-2015.
ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE         DB 77373
CURTSIES AND CONSPIRACIES         DB 77370
WAISTCOATS AND WEAPONRY     DB 83760
MANNERS AND MUTINY         DB 83914

Clarke, Arthur C.
DOS MIL Y UNO: UNA ODISEA ESPACIAL
Novela basada en la popular película. En la nave espacial Discovery, dos hombres viajan por el espacio hacia una reunión con una poderosa inteligencia cósmica.  (Novel based on the popular film. On a voyage into the unknown, the spacecraft Discovery hurtles its human passengers through time toward a confrontation with an unknown, powerful intelligence.)  SPANISH LANGUAGE. 1968.
DB 12250

Edwards, Janet. 
EARTH GIRL; EARTH STAR; EARTH FLIGHT
Abandoned and stuck on Earth because of her inability to survive on other planets, Jarra crafts a fake background for herself to join a class of otherworld students who are excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. Violence. 2014. 
DB 82663

Gardner, Sally.
MAGGOT MOON
A teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing. What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall? On the other side of the wall, there is a dark secret. And the devil. And the Moon Man. And the Motherland doesn’t want anyone to know. But Standish Treadwell—who has different-colored eyes, can’t read, can’t write, and isn’t bright—sees things differently than the rest of the “train-track thinkers.” So, when Standish and his only friend and neighbor, Hector, make their way to the other side of the wall, they see what the Motherland has been hiding. And it’s big. Some strong language. 2012.
BR 19938

Haddon, Mark.
THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically gifted, autistic boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Some strong language. 2002.
BR 15215, DB 56893

Hartman, Rachel.
SERAPHINA
In a world where dragons and humans coexist and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity while she struggles to accept and develop her musical talents. William C. Morris Award. 2012.
BR 19821, DB 76170

Heiligman, Deborah.
VINCENT AND THEO: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS
This book examines the relationship between brothers Theo and Vincent van Gogh, showing how Theo supported the painter throughout his creative and interpersonal struggles. 2017.
DB 89827

Kluger, Jeffrey.
APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON
Author of Journey beyond Selene (DB 50687) chronicles the Apollo 8 mission—manned by Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders—which was the first to successfully orbit Earth's moon. Discusses behind-the-scenes interactions in Mission Control, at the astronauts' homes, and in the labs tasked with making the mission a success. Some strong language. 2017.
DB 88328, LB 09197

Maggs, Sam.
THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: A HANDBOOK FOR GIRL GEEKS
Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. Packed with tips, including how to make nerdy friends, rock awesome cosplay, defeat Internet trolls, and attend your first con. Features insightful interviews with fangirl faves. Some strong language. 2015.
BR 20937, DB 81634

Meyer, Marissa.
CINDER
In this retelling of several classic fairy tales, Cinder is a gifted mechanic and cyborg, living on an overcrowded, plague-ravaged Earth that’s on the brink of war with the Lunar people. When Cinder becomes involved with Prince Kai, ruler of New Beijing, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world. 2012.
BR 21348, DB 75631

Moldavsky, Goldy.
KILL THE BOY BAND
From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.” 2017.
DB 83876

Nordgren, Tyler.
SUN, MOON, EARTH: THE HISTORY OF SOLAR ECLIPSES, FROM OMENS OF DOOM TO EINSTEIN AND EXOPLANET
On April 8, 2024, millions of Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: a total eclipse of the sun. In Sun, Moon, Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun, Moon, Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. 2016.
DB 87308

Rowell, Rainbow.
FANGIRL
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? 2013.
DB 77545

Shetterly, Margot Lee.
HIDDEN FIGURES: THE TRUE STORY OF FOUR BLACK WOMEN AND THE SPACE RACE
The true story of NASA’s hiring of several women mathematicians who helped send the United States into space for the very first time. Basis for the 2016 movie. 2016.
BR 21798, DB 86234

Shetterly, Margot Lee.
TALENTOS OCULTOS: BASADA EN LA HISTORIA REAL JAMAS CONTADA
La hija de una ingeniera de la NASA perfila a las mujeres afroamericanas que trabajaron para la NASA, y su predecesora NACA, como computadoras humanas. Explora sus vidas antes de unirse a NACA/NASA, los desafíos que enfrentaron debido a la discriminación de género y raza, y su impacto en el programa espacial. Base para la película de 2016. Traducido del inglés. (Daughter of a NASA engineer profiles the black women who worked for NASA and its predecessor NACA as human computers. Discusses their lives prior to joining NACA/NASA, the challenges they faced due to gender and race discrimination, and their impact on the space program. Basis for the 2016 movie.) SPANISH LANGUAGE. 2017.
DB 85959

Zappia, Francesca.
ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS
Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she’s worked for begins to crumble. Strong language. 2017.
DB 90014
 

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NLS Bibliographies of Braille and Talking Books

Related Links
Disability Information and Referral Center
Getting Started with the Talking Book Program
Loan Policy
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

Page last modified: July 25, 2019