Books Each year, a committee of educators, Rotarians and community members carefully choose nine or more books for the Gift of Literacy program. Click here to read the selection criteria. 2016 Book Selections


Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and their Parents by Lita JudgeEvery baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse “pinky” to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they’re born in the wild, they’re not so very different from us, after all!


EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy SierraThe Little Red Hen gives old MacDonald some pointers on composting—and a legendary farm is born—in this rhyming, rollicking read-aloud.


Gazpacho for Nacho by Tracey C. KyleNacho likes to eat only one thing—gazpacho! Gazpacho for breakfast, gazpacho for lunch, gazpacho for dinner, for snacks, and for brunch. Nacho won’t even try other dishes—until he discovers miles and piles of mouthwatering vegetables at the market.


I Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are by Bridget HeosIn an unforgettably fun, fact-filled presentation, a lovable narrator who happens to be a fly promotes his species to a sometimes engrossed, sometimes grossed-out, class of kids.


It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael HallFive carpenter ants at home in their tree stump hear a noise. What is it? One ant thinks it is a hungry aardvark lurking outside the stump, just waiting to eat them. One ant makes a hole in the stump to see. Orange light floods the stump—it’s not an aardvark, proclaims the ant chorus. It’s orange! So what is lurking outside the stump?


It’s Only Stanley by Jon AgeeMysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. “That’s very odd,” says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on the sounds, he’s always reassuring: “It’s only Stanley; he’s fixing the oil tank.” “It’s only Stanley; he’s clearing the bathtub drain.” But what Stanley the dog is actually doing while his oblivious family goes back to bed is deliciously absurd: he’s preparing for an interplanetary trip! And guess who’s going along for the ride!


Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía Una Llamita by Angela Dominguez (Bilingual)Everyone knows about Mary and her little lamb. But do you know Maria? With gorgeous, Peruvian-inspired illustrations and English and Spanish retellings, Angela Dominguez gives a fresh new twist to the classic rhyme. Maria and her mischievous little llama will steal your heart.


Nuts in Space by Elys DolanAn elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. Now all they have to do is go home. But—oh, dear—if only it were that simple. Everyone is starving, the Star Nav is broken, the neighbors are distinctly unfriendly, and it was a really bad idea to stop at the Death Banana and ask for directions. Will the crew find their way home? And, most importantly, will they get home before something happens to the nuts?


Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria WhelenPoor Queen Victoria! She loves to swim, but can’t quite figure out how to get to the water without her devoted subjects glimpsing her swimming suit. (Because, of course, such a sight would compromise her regal dignity.) Fortunately for the water-loving monarch, it’s Prince Albert to the rescue with an invention fit for a queen!