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Youth Services Staff Picks

May 2015 Staff Picks 


Spring has sprung and with it a brand new crop of staff picks! 
Come check them out (literally) at the library!

 Halloween 2014

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

Anna's Pick:

Once UponOnce Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley – E OMA 

For grades 3 – 5; published 2005 

Synopsis: Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess whose beloved ponies are being stolen by a giant, and a boy conjures up the muscular biker who will guard the last pony in exchange for gold. 

Anna says: This is a super funny book about how boys and girls just can’t seem to get along but these two ultimately join forces to write a totally COOL ending to their crazy fairytale.   

Anna also suggests:
Once Upon a Royal Superbaby by Kevin O’Malley– E OMA
Seriously, Cinderella is SO Annoying by Trisha Speed Shaskan – E SHA





Audrey's Pick:

Before After

Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein & Matthias Aregui – E RAM

For grades Pre-K – 3; Published 2014

Synopsis:  Everyone knows that a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it’s also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong.

Audrey says: This book is made up of simple, graphic illustrations of things in the day-to-day before and after.

Audrey also suggests:
Fox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam – E PRI
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke– J GN ZIT



Debbie's Pick:

Viva Frida

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales – JSPA E MOR 

For grades 1 and up; published 2014 

Synopsis: Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Distinguished author/illustrator Morales illuminates Kahlo's life and work in this elegant and fascinating picture-book biography.  

Debbie says: A simple and beautiful book about a complex and beautiful artist. 


Debbie also suggests:
Chavela and the Magic Bubble by Monica Brown – E BRO
SeñorPancho Had a Rancho by René Colato Laínez – E COL




Jenn's Pick: 

Day Glo

The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton– J 535.352 BAR 

For grades 3 and up; Published 2009 

Synopsis:  A discovery that made the world a brighter place. Joe and Bob Switzer were very different brothers. Bob was a studious planner who wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Joe dreamed of making his fortune in show business and loved magic tricks and problem-solving. When an accident left Bob recovering in a darkened basement, the brothers began experimenting with ultraviolet light and fluorescent paints. Together they invented a whole new kind of color, one that glows with an extra-special intensity-Day-Glo. 

Jenn says:I had never given any thought to the invention of Day-Glo colors but this was an interesting read.  The story is intriguing but the illustrations are what really put this book over the top.  I loved the vintage style of the drawings and how the illustrator incorporated more and more Day-Glo colors as the brothers get closer to inventing them.  A fun (and colorful) read. 

Jenn also suggests:
Mix-It Up by Hervé Tullet – E TUL
A Book About Color by Mark Gonyea – J 701.85 GON




Kellie's Pick:    

Won Ton

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haikuby Lee Wardlaw – E WAR 

For grades K – 3; Published 2011 

Synopsis: Nice place they got here. Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home! Or so I've been told. Visiting hours! Yawn. I pretend not to care. Yet - I sneak a peek.
So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home.Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, this adoption story, told entirely in haiku, is unforgettable. 

Kellie says: Won Tonis a sweet story about a shelter cat that is adopted and is beginning to settle in with his new family. Told entirely in Haiku, this story is beautifully written and conveys the feelings of love and hope for a second chance in life.  

Kellie also suggests:
Goyangi Means Cat by Christine McDonnell – E MCD
Go Home! The True Story of James the Cat by Libby Phillips Meggs – E MEG




Kelsey's Pick:  

Dear Mr  Washington

Dear Mr. Washington by Lynn Cullen – E CUL 

For grades K – 4; Published 2015 

Synopsis: When President George Washington visits the home of the prominent painter Gilbert Stuart to have his portrait painted, Stuart's children, Charlotte, James, and baby John, try really hard to be good. But, try as they will, it's one disaster after another. The work must be completed one way or another, but will the president ever smile? Crafted as a series of letters from Charlotte Stuart to George Washington, this picture book is funny, colorful, and full of calamitous situations. 

Kelsey says: I love, love, love children’s history books, and I picked this one up as soon as we got our new book order in. It’s hilarious and charming and the Stuart children come to life in the pages. Definitely one to pick up for kids learning about or interested in our first president. 

Kelsey also suggests:
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett – E BAR
John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith – E SMI







Lindsay’s Pick:  

Grandmas Gloves

Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci – E CAS 

For grades K – 3; Published 2010 

Synopsis: When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory.  

Lindsay says: The story of Grandma’s Gloves is a beautiful tale of loss and remembrance for those we love. The story is told from the perspective of a child who loses her grandma. Castellucci softly and elegantly explores the many feelings we experience when those we love are no longer with us. She brings to light the legacy of their love and the chance we have to hold those we’ve lost close to us forever by acting in love toward those still around us. Plus, the illustrations are gorgeous and paint a beautiful picture in contrast to the sadness of loss. 

Lindsay also suggests:
Rudi’s Pond by Eve BuntingJ 155.9 BUN
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson– J NEWB PAT




Lynn’s Pick: 


Orangutans Are Ticklish by Steve Grubman – J 590.222 GRU 

For grades Pre-K – 2; Published 2012 

Synopsis: In this knockout book of animal photographs, perfect for the youngest animal lover, you'll discover all sorts of things. Did you know that orangutans are ticklish? Yes, they are—just like you and me. But be careful if you ever see a hippo yawning. It doesn't mean he's sleepy—it means he wants to fight. The gorgeous up-close pictures and fascinating facts are complemented by behind-the-scenes peeks at how animal photographs are taken. Animal lovers, young scientists, and budding photographers will all adore this beautiful nonfiction book.  

Lynn says: The illustrations and facts in this book are FUN and, sometimes, quite amazing.  Wonderful for almost any age.   

Lynn also suggests:
Incredible Animals: Eye Opening Photos of Animals in Action by Gertrude Chandler Warner – J 591.5 INC
Amazing Animals: The Remarkable Things that Creatures Do by Margriet Ruurs– J 591.5 RUU




Ofilia's Pick:

Queen Victorias

Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan Dotlich – E WHE 

For grades K – 3; Published 2014 

Synopsis:  Inspired by a true story, when Queen Victoria is unable to go swimming without her subjects glimpsing her in a swimming suit, her husband, Prince Albert, comes up with an innovative solution so his wife can indulge in the healthy exercise.

Ofilia says: I loved this book the instant I saw the cover. Such a fantastic illustration leaves you wanting to know the story behind it. The story is told in clever rhymes and the artwork skillfully supports the story. Be sure to pay attention to the royal children in the pictures as they are up to all sorts of shenanigans. 

Ofilia also suggests:
Tricking the Tallyman by Jacqueline Davies – E DAV
George Washington’s Teeth by Deborah Chandra– E CHA




Veronica’s Pick:    

Click Clack Peep

Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin –E CRO 

For grades Pre-K – K; Published 2015 

Synopsis:  All of the barnyard animals are excited about the arrival of a new duckling, until the noisy little one refuses to go to sleep.  

Veronica says:Have you have ever had one of those sleepless nights where no matter what you do the baby will not go to sleep??? Then this is the book for you. This is the new fun filled addition in the Click Clack Moo series and it doesn’t disappoint.      

Veronica also suggests:
No Sleep for the Sheep! by Karen Beaumont – E BEA
No Go Sleep! by Kate Feiffer – E FEI


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