“One day, a still day when the hot air hummed, the humans came.”
~ Ivan, page 128 in THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
Folks, there’s one and only book like Katherine Applegate’s THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN. It’s no wonder that it won the 2013 Newbery Medal and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. And that’s why we’ve featured the middle grade novel as our October KEM GEM. Based on a true story, it’s written in the truly unique voice of a silverback gorilla with an unusual penchant for painting.
Our library had so many holds on this book, I finally purchased my own copy. Read The One and Only Ivan to learn why this book is so popular among people of all ages and why we think it’s a story that needed to be told. Read our KEM GEM review and join the conversation. Please share your thoughts with us in The One and Only Ivan COMMENTS section. We’ll post a new book recommendation on the 15th of every month, so plan to visit often. We’re excited to read and learn with you!
- January - Clementine by Sara Pennypacker; illustrated by Marla Frazee
- February - Mick Harte Was Here by Barbara Park
- March – Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee; ill. by Tony Fucile
- April – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- May – Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
- June – Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
- July – Hen Had Her Ham by Meish Goldish; illustrated by Andy San Diego
- August – Kira-kira by Cynthia Kadohata
- September – 1 Zany Zoo by Lori Degman, illustrated by Colin Jack
- October - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, ill. by Patricia Costelao
- November - Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
- December – The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
- January – The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Basil Ering
HOW KEM GEMS BEGAN.