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Youth Services Staff Picks

February 2015 Staff Picks 


Which book will be your Valentine this month?  The Staff has picked theirs!

 Halloween 2014

The Youth Services Team dresses up as Goodnight Moon for Halloween.



Audrey's Pick:


Ungifted by Gordon Korman – J F Adventure KOR

For grades 5 – 8; published 2012

Synopsis: Ungifted is the hilarious tale of a middle-school troublemaker named Donovan who accidentally moves into the gifted and talented program after a prank gone wrong.

Audrey says: Put on your LOLerskates, this book is HE-larious! Donovan is the type of goofy underdog prankster I would have loved to have had in middle school.



Audrey also suggests:
Wayside School series by Louis Sachar – J SER WAY
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff – J F GRA



Debbie's Pick:

Bear Sea Escape

Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud – E CHA

For grades Pre-K – 2; published 2014

Synopsis: When the bears seek warmth from their chilly perch atop the Paris Opera House, Little Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and whisked away . . . to a tropical island Papa Bear sets out on a frenzied journey to find Little Bear, traveling to a bustling wharf, beneath a sea brimming with coral and mermaids, onto a busy beach, and all the way to a sun-drenched island. 

Debbie says: Sleepy Baby Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and Papa Bear must travel far and wide to rescue him from a well-meaning boy.  Look-and-find lovers will enjoy following Papa Bear on his quest through the visual feast that is Bear’s Sea Escape.


Debbie also suggests:

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud – E CHA

Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward – E WAR





Jenn's Pick: 

Greek Gods

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan– J SER PER


For grades 3 – 7; Published 2014


Synopsis:  A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. So begins Percy Jackson's Greek Gods, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. He explains how the world was created, then gives readers his personal take on a who's who of ancients, from Apollo to Zeus. Percy does not hold back. "If you like horror shows, blood baths, lying, stealing, backstabbing, and cannibalism, then read on, because it definitely was a Golden Age for all that."  

Jenn says:I’ve always loved Greek myths but the tongue-in-cheek humor of this book is really funny.  I also enjoy how much fun Percy makes of Zeus! 

Jenn also suggests:
Once Upon a Starry Night: A Book of Constellation Stories by Jacqueline Mitton – J 523.8 MIT
She’s All That!: A Look-it-Up Guide to the Goddesses of Greek Mythology by Megan E. Bryant – J 397.63 BRY






Kelsey's Pick:  


The Iridescence of Birdsby Patricia MacLachlan – J B MAT

For grades Pre-K – 3; Published 2014 

Synopsis: If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world's most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper.  

Kelsey says: I love this book almost solely because the illustrations are so bold and bright. And I love the picture that they paint of Henri growing up with his mother.  As a whole, it’s just a very lovely biography.  

Kelsey also suggests:
Georgia Rises by Kathryn Lasky – J B OKE
Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh – J B HOP 






Lindsay’s Pick:  

Tofu Quilt

Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung Russell – J F Way Back When RUS 

For grades 4 and up; Published 2009 

Synopsis: A novel in verse, Tofu Quilt is an autobiographical tale of the author, Ching Yeung Russell, growing up in 1960s Hong Kong. She’s a young girl who dreams of becoming a writer in spite of conventional limits placed on her by society and family.  

Lindsay says: Tofu Quilt is a delightful, quick journey through the eyes of a girl as she grows up in a world where girls don’t quite have all the same privileges as boys. Written in verse, you flow through each line like you’re hearing it as a song. The author does a beautiful job of weaving in elements of the Chinese culture with her floating thoughts and childlike exuberance. Overall, you experience the author’s own personal journey to becoming a writer through her own eyes. 

Lindsay also suggests:
The Wild Book by Margarita Engle – J F Way Back When ENG
Looking for Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal – J F Way Back When ROS



Lynn’s Pick: 

Art to Wear

Super Simple Art to Wear by Karen Latchana Kenney – J 745.5 KEN 

For grades K – 4; Published 2010 

Synopsis: Uses simple language and how-to photos to introduce early crafters to a variety of projects including painted shoelaces, circle purses and more. 

Lynn says:
I loved to make crafts as gifts when I was a child.  The truth is I still do!  If you need some Valentine’s gift ideas, take a look at these great craft books. 

Lynn also suggests:
Fun to Make Crafts for Every Day by Tom Daning – J 745.5 FUN
Super Simple Magnets: Fun and Easy-to-Make Crafts for Kids by Karen Latchana Kenney -  J745.59 KEN




Ofilia's Pick:

Hug Machine

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell–E CAM 

For grades Pre-K – 1; Published 2014 

Synopsis:  The hug machine is available to hug anyone, any time, whether they are square or long, spikey or soft. 

Ofilia says: You cannot resist the Hug Machine—do not even try! A sweet book about a boy who lives to hug and everyone who benefits from it. Perfect for Valentine’s Day. 

Ofilia also suggests
Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! by Kyle Mewburn – E MEW
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal– E ROS




Veronica’s Pick:    


This is ORQ: (He Cave Boy) by David Elliot –E ELL 

For grades Pre-K – 1; Published 2014 

Synopsis:  Meet Orq, cave boy. And Woma, woolly mammoth. Orq love Woma. Only one problem: Mom is not a fan of Woma, who sheds and smells and is definitely not cave-trained. How can Orq convince his mother that Woma belongs with them? Orq has a plan to get Woma back in the cave . . .  

Veronica says:The illustrations in this book are so full of color and are so realistic. Every page has something fun to look at. The best part is trying to convince mom that having a wooly mammoth for a pet is a great idea. Who wouldn’t want that? 

Veronica also suggests:
Me Want Pet by Tammi Sauer – E SAU
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson– E ROB


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