Written by: Jessica Kenskey & Patrick Downes
Illustrated by: Scott Magoon
Published by: Candlewick Press
Recommended age: 8 to 12
Written by husband and wife team, "Rescue and Jessica" is a sad but uplifting story of a young disabled girl who becomes friends with a black lab, who is a service dog. Together Rescue and Jessica helped each other get over sadness, anxiety, and disappointment. The story is based on a true story but give the sensitively told version of the incident. The authors were both injured in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, which changed their lives but brought them together with their dog, Rescue.
Bat’s Big Game by Margaret Read MacDonald
Another book about soccer? Well it's World Cup season, so it is fully appropriate. I thought men’s soccer wasn’t doing so well in the US and that it was just the women who were keeping the game alive. At least that’s what I overheard on the radio.
Speaking of hearing, ever heard the saying you can’t have your cake and eat it too? That’s kind of the message of this book. Everybody wants to be a winner. But you have to choose a side. What side will it be? Loyalty and commitment are two important traits to being a good sportsman.