Other Big Read Books

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Christopher Paul Curtis' civil rights era novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963, is the 2014 Irving Big Read's alternate selection for middle school grades. The story centers around ten-year-old Kenny and his family as they travel from Michigan to visit their grandmother in Alabama during this tumultuous year in America's history. This novel is beloved by children and educators, and received honors from both the Newberry and Coretta Scott King award committees.

During the Big Read in October, many elementary-aged children will be reading this novel in school and in the after school program at Irving Recreation Centers. Christopher Paul Curtis is appearing at the Valley Ranch Library on Tuesday, October 7 at 7 p.m. to talk about the novel and signing copies of his books.

The Sneetches and Other Stories

A lesson about diversity and tolerance as told through a group of star-bellied and non-star bellied Sneetches highlight this Dr. Seuss classic book for children. Sneetch-themed parties will be happening at Irving Library this month for young and elementary-aged children.

Hush, Little Baby, a Folk Song in Pictures

This board book by Marla Freeze follows the mockingbird theme from our Big Read selection in this classic lullaby for children. This book will be the center for several storytime events throughout the month.

Recommended Readings

In addition to the selected books, this short list of books are recommended for the themes of diversity, social awareness, and having courage in the face of bullying.


Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington (ISBN 978-0316210492)

Chapter Books:

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig and Beth Adams (ISBN 978-0307931139)
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (ISBN 978-0061992278)
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (ISBN 978-0552778626)

Picture Books:

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (ISBN 978-0688147327)
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (ISBN 978-0399255373)
Each Kindness
by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis (ISBN 978-0399246524)
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy (ISBN 978-1933916729)
One by Kathryn Otoshi (ISBN 978-0972394642)
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis (ISBN 978-0399231162)
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and David Catrow (ISBN 978-0399234163)