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Youth Services Staff Picks

September 2014 Staff Picks 


Back to school time is here!  If you need a break from homework and required reading, check out what the staff has picked for this month.

 Staff Pick Crop

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



Darlene’s Pick:     


Lumpito and the Painter from Spain by Monica Culling– E CUL


For K – 3; Published 2013


Synopsis: A charming picture book chronicles the story of the unlikely friendship between Pablo Picasso and the photographer's pet dachshund.


Darlene says: Lumpito knows where he wants to be, he chose his family.


Darlene also suggests: 

Weiner Wolf by Jeff Crosby – E CRO 

Pretzel by H. A. Rey – E REY







 Debbie's Pick:  

Cowboy OctopusCowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka – E SCI 

For grades 1 – 5; published 2007 

Synopsis: Friends Cowboy and Octopus do things together, help each other, try new food, make scary Halloween costumes, even disagree; all the things friends do together. 


Debbie says: Cowboy and Octopus are total opposites, but best friends nonetheless.


Debbie also suggests: 

Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus! by Julie Markes – E MAR 

Octopus arms by Keith Baker – E BAK







Jenn's Pick:  

Invisible Boy

The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig– E LUD


For grades K – 2; Published 2013


Synopsis:  Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party . . . until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine. 


Jenn says: As the quiet kid when I was at school, I can relate to Brian and his feelings of being overlooked.  A very sweet book that doesn’t patronize the feelings of quiet or shy kids.


Jenn also suggests: 

Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby – E BAT 

Sylvia and Bird by Catherine Rayner– E RAY








Kelsey’s Pick:  

Three Bears Boat

Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman– E SOM


For grades Pre-K – K; Published 2014


Synopsis: Three bear siblings break their mother’s favorite blue seashell, and rather than tell her, they decide to set out in their sailboat to find her a new one. On their quest they encounter salty sailors, strange new islands, huge whales, and vast seas but no blue seashells. When a treacherous storm suddenly blows in, the three bears find themselves tossed about in their little boat, far from Mama. What will become of their search, and what will it take to bring them safely home?


Kelsey says: We just got this one in and the illustrations are absolutely amazing. David Soman also does the Ladybug Girl books, but Three Bears in a Boat far surpasses his work in that series.


Kelsey also suggests: 

Ladybug Girl by David Soman – E SOM
Ladybug Girl At The Beach by David Soman – E SOM




Lynn's Pick:

Sixth Grade Muppet

Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppets by Kirk Scoggs – J SER TAL

For grades 2 – 4; Published 2011 

  • Synopsis: Sixth grader Danvers Blickensderfer really hits rock bottom when he auditions for the local talent show: his death-defying hula-hooping-ninja tribute to the great Gonzo is beat out by the world's most obnoxious middle school boy band, Emo Shun.

 Lynn says: What would you do if you turned into a muppet overnight?  This book takes a very entertaining look at how one boy made the best of his new situation as a muppet.        

 Lynn also suggests: 

Clash of the Class Clowns by Kirk Scroggs – J SER TAL
The Good, the Bad and the Fuzzy by Kirk Scroggs -- J SER TAL





Ofilia’s Pick:    

Boom Snot Twitty

Boom, Snot, Twitty by Doreen Cronin– E CRO

For grades Pre-K – 1; Published 2014

Synopsis:  Three friends spend a day together, despite their very different ideas about how to spend their time.

Ofilia says: This is a quiet book--one that you take your time reading and enjoying. Notice all the fun things going on with the simple, yet elegant illustrations. Reading it makes you feel happy and calm.  

Ofilia also suggests

Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley – E DUD

I Miss You Mouse by Greg Foley– E FOL





Veronica’s Pick:    

Flora Flamingo

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Schaar Idle– E IDL

For grades Pre-K – 2; Published 2013

Synopsis:  In this wordless book with lift-the-flaps, a flamingo and a girl explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. Beautiful and emotional, as well as funny and lighthearted, these irresistible, well-developed characters will win your heart with their performance.

Veronica says: I love how this little girl is trying to imitate the graceful, dancing flamingo, and the best part of this book is that it is told only in pictures so each time the reader looks at it they will discover a new story being told.

Veronica also suggests:

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae – E AND

Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson – E WIL  



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