Books for Younger Readers

We want younger readers and even pre-readers to enjoy Tosa’s All-City Read too. Consider exploring the books below so your youngsters can read and talk about some of the same themes that appear in our adult book. These books are available at the Wauwatosa Public Library and at The Little Read Book on State Street in the Village.

For high school students

High school readers will enjoy the themes and characters in Just Mercy or the they might prefer the adaptation for young adults: Just Mercy: A True Story of the Fight for Justice, also by Bryan Stevenson. They may also be interested in the book The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (and the 2018 movie based on the book).

For middle readers (ages 8-14) 

Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson (ages 10-14)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (ages 9-12)

Courage by Barbara Binns (ages 8-12)

Our Children’s Book Sponsor, Mathnasium, will be giving away 100 copies of Hidden Figures, Young Readers’ Edition, by Margot Lee Shetterly, at the Farmers Market on September 21. 

For Preschool to Grade 3 (ages 4-8)

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier
Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me* by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier (ages 5-8)

*Note: This heart-wrenching tale explores the theme of separation from a parent, whether due to a prison sentence, death or abandonment.