Welcome to Shelf Help, a quick look at new and noteworthy books to read with your BOOK IT! students. BOOK IT! wants to make it easy to keep up with literary trends and popular reads to keep your students interested.

See something you like? If eligible to receive First Book resources, visit the First Book Marketplace to find these great titles and others like these while supplies last. If the title happens to be unavailable when you visit, or if your school/program does not qualify for First Book, your purchase can still make a difference by choosing First Book as your Amazon Smile beneficiary.


Alma and How She Got Her Name
Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre

by Juana Martinez-Neal

Meet a darling little girl with a very big, very special name, Alma Sofia Esperanza Jose Pura Candela. Alma’s father tells her the origin of her name and the gifts of each family member she is named after. This book celebrates every part of Alma’s name.

*Available on the First Book Marketplace while supplies last


Julián is a Mermaid

by Jessica Love

Beautiful illustrations with a message of acceptance and being your true self. Julián accompanies his Abuela to her water aerobics class and watches all the adorned women swimming around. Julián then daydreams about being a mermaid. His loving Abuela helps him celebrate that dream and bring it to life.

*Available on the First Book Marketplace while supplies last


The House that Lou Built

by Mae Respicio

An endearing story of family, friendship and community. A young Filipino girl Lou, who shares a room with her mom in her grandmother’s house, dreams of building a tiny home of her own. Industrious Lou, aided by her family and friends, overcomes challenges and works together to make her dream come true.

*Available on the First Book Marketplace while supplies last