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Youth Services Staff Picks

August 2014 Staff Picks 


Summer Reading Club is over but that doesn’t mean you have to stop reading in the summer!  Pick up a few favorites and enjoy your August reads.

 Staff Pick Crop

The Youth Services Team loves Pete the Cat and his red shoes!



Darlene’s Pick:     

Pick a Pup

Pick a Pup by Marsha Wilson Chall– E CHA

For Pre-K – 1; Published 2011

Synopsis: Today is the day that Sam picks a pup! But how will he ever decide which one? He and his gram take a trip to the city animal shelter, greeting their neighbors’ dogs as they go. There are sleepy pups, hyper pups, glamorous pups—and some that are a mix of everything!

Darlene says:
I chose this book because I liked that Sam put a lot of thought into choosing his new friend.

Darlene also suggests:

“Let’s Get a Pup” said Kate by Bob Graham – E GRA

Before You Were Mine by Maribeth Boelts – E BOE






 Debbie's Pick:  

Callie Cat

Callie Cat, Ice Skater by Eileen Spinelli – E SPI 

For grades K – 2; published 2007 

Synopsis: Callie Cat loves to ice skate. When the local rink announces a contest all of Callie’s friends urge her to enter and push her to practice so she will win the big prize. 



Debbie says: Maybe winning isn’t everything.


Debbie also suggests: 

Bella Gets Her Skates On by Ian Whybrow – E WHY 

Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli – E SPI







Jenn's Pick:  


Rome: In Spectacular Cross Sectionby Stephen Biesty– J 937 BIE 

For grades 3 – 7; Published 2003 

Synopsis:  "Rome in a Day" is set in 128 AD, on a festival day and follows one day in the life of a father and his 9-year-old son, Titus Cotta Maximus, as they spend a public holiday together in ancient Rome. Spend the day with father and son as they awake and breakfast in their home; make their way down to the busy streets; follow the procession to the Temple of Jupiter; take in the game at the Colosseum; conduct some family business at the busy docks; relax at the Baths of Trajan; and watch the races at the Circus Maximus before returning home at the end of the evening. A very full day!

 Jenn says: The illustrations in this book are great.  I have a hard time visualizing things and this made it easy to imagine what Ancient Rome would have looked like!

Jenn also suggests:

Italy by Margaret Gay Malone – J 945 MAL 

Pompeii by Richard Platt– J 937.7 PLA







Kelsey’s Pick:  


Kakapo Rescueby Sy Montgomery– J 639.798 MON

For grades 5 – 9; Published 2010 

Synopsis: Take a parrot. Color it green. Give it soft, fluffy feathers, and whiskers. Give it sumo proportions and take away its power of flight. Aha! A kakapo! Once millions of these rather affable birds waddled all over New Zealand. Reduced to fewer than 90, the kakapo have been isolated on Codfish and are now under the strict, careful guardianship of the New Zealand National Kakapo Recovery Team. Montgomery and Bishop were granted 10 days in which to accompany members of the team as they radio-tracked the birds night and day in their forest habitat, weighed chicks, watched nesting behavior through hidden cameras, and plowed through winds and torrential rain to monitor the well-being of their charges. 


Kelsey says: My fiancée loves these ridiculous looking birds, as well as all other birds, and so they have kind of grown on me. Kakapos look like fuzzy, adorable, moss-covered potatoes. The book has loads of pictures and lots of information, as well as ways to help protect the parrots and donate. 


Kelsey also suggests: 

Basically any bird book in the nonfiction section.



Lynn's Pick:

Alvin Ho BumpsAlvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars and Other Bumps in the Night by Lenore Look – J SER ALV

For grades 2 – 4; Published 2013

  • Synopsis: When fearful seven-year-old Alvin Ho learns that his mother is expecting a baby, he develops a sympathetic pregnancy--adding to his worry about the burglar who is targeting Concord, Massachusetts. 

Lynn says: This book gives a sometimes humorous and always enlightening view of an anxious second-grader's thoughts.  It's fun to read.     


Lynn also suggests:

The other books in the Alvin Ho series – J SER ALV





Ofilia’s Pick:    

President Taft

President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Rhode Montijo– J F MON Adventure 

For grades Pre-K – 2; Published 2014 

Synopsis:  George Washington crossed the Delaware in the dead of night. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union. And President William Howard Taft, a man of great stature — well, he got stuck in a bathtub. Now how did he get unstuck? Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Chris Van Dusen bring their full comedic weight to this legendary story, imagining a parade of clueless cabinet members advising the exasperated president, leading up to a hugely satisfying, hilarious finale.

Ofilia says: Want to learn more about history, specifically past presidents of the United States? There is no better way to start than with this hysterical picture book. Barnett’s comedic storytelling shines here while the illustrations by Chris Van Dusen really bring this silly story to life. 


Ofilia also suggests: 

George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra – E CHA

Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith– E SMI




Veronica’s Pick:    

Dinosaur BedtimeDinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea– E Dinosaur SHE 

For grades Pre-K – K; Published 2008 

Synopsis:  Roaaaar! Roaar! Nothing can stop me!

Nothing can stop little dinosaur-not talking grownups, spaghetti, or even bath time. But what happens when he faces the biggest challenge of al lbedtime?

With spare text and irresistible dinosaur roaaars, little dinosaurs will be begging for this book to be read again and again. 

Veronica says: This book reminds me of bedtime in our house. There is always one more thing to do before my dinosaurs actually get into bed. I loved the pictures and it is a book that kids of all ages get.


Veronica also suggests: 

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen – E Dinosaurs YOL 

Time for Bed, Fred by Yasmeen Ismail – E ISM      



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