YouthREAD 2024

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YouthREAD 2024   

     YouthREAD allows young readers the opportunity to explore themes similar to those found in the CommunityREAD selections. We also have special programs for children and teens. 

     YouthREAD titles selected as companions to Hidden Figures are as follows: 



Pre-K – Grade 2

Hello, Star by Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic Illustrated by Vashti Harrison


little girl looking at the sky with telescope


When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out. Every night the girl reassures her friend that she is still there. As the years pass, the girl learns everything she can about planets, space, and the universe, inspired by her dimming friend—until she realizes she needs to do something more. This touching tribute to stars, space, and science celebrates how a small act of compassion can flourish into a life full of meaning and wonder.


Hello, Star Discussion Questions & Activities

Hello, Star Bookmarks 



Grades 3 - 5 

Hidden Figures (Picture Book Version) by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling Illustrated by Laura Freeman


black women on book cover with moon


In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.


Hidden Figures (Picture Book Version) Discussion Questions & Activities

Hidden Figures (Picture Book Version) Bookmarks 



Bonus Book for Grades K - 5 

Eclipse by Andy Rash


sunshine with people wearing eclipse glasses


After hearing about the total solar eclipse happening in two months, a boy makes a plan with his father to go see it. They drive to the perfect campsite, not wanting to miss the couple of minutes when the sun will be completely hidden by the moon. When the moment happens, being together makes it even more special.

Eclipse is a heartfelt and playfully illustrated ode to seeking out unique adventures and savoring the most special moments with the people you love.


Eclipse Discussion Questions & Activities

Eclipse Bookmarks 



Grades: 6 - 8

Hidden Figures: Young Readers' Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly


photo of women on book cover


This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It's the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.


Hidden Figures: Young Readers' Edition Discussion Questions & Activities

Hidden Figures: Young Readers' Edition Bookmarks 



Grades 9 - 12

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly


movie poster of hidden figures showing three actresses in the movie


Hidden Figures is the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space—a powerful, revelatory history essential to our understanding of race, discrimination, and achievement in modern America. The basis for the smash Academy Award-nominated film starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. 

Hidden Figures Discussion Questions & Activities

Hidden Figures Bookmarks