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October 2018 Staff Picks


Monster in My ClosetThere’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer – E MAY

For Preschool – 2nd Grade; Published May 1, 1992 (Reissue)

Synopsis:  The pesky nightmare in the closet won't stay in there at night, even with the door closed all the way. When he gets out, what do you do? Comfort him and put him to bed, of course! The ultimate afraid-of-the-dark story has helped generations of kids deal with the nightmares in their own closets. 

Andrea says: Sometimes nightmares are more scared of you than you are of them. I love this funny, classic story of a boy who fights and overcomes his fears.

Andrea also suggests:
There’s an Alligator under my Bed by Mercer Mayer -E MAY
There are Monsters Everywhere by Mercer Mayer-E MAY




GargoyleProfessor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman- J SER TAL

For Grades 4-7; Published September 25, 2012

Synopsis: Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing.  The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very peculiar – in fact, he just might be a monster-in-disguise.  Twelve-year-old Robert Arthur knew that seventh grade was going to be weird, but this is ridiculous! 

Anna says: Get ready for Halloween with this spooky but exciting series! 

Anna also suggests:    
The Slither Sisters by Charles Gilman - J SER TAL
Teacher’s Pest by Charles Gilman - J SER TAL 




Keith HaringKeith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring: J B HAR (Bluebonnet Nominee)

 For: K-3rd Grade; Published February 14, 2017

Synopsis: Iconic pop artist Keith Haring comes to life for young readers in this picture book biography written by his sister. 

Audrey says: This month’s staff pics are all about artists that I admire and want to share, regardless of whether they are a writer, musician or visual artist.

Audrey also suggests:
Dizzy by Jonah Winter– J B GIL
Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude by Jonah Winter– J B STE




Hello WorldHello World! By Manya Stojic- J 413 STO

For K-2nd Grade; Published November 1, 2002 

Synopsis:  Children from all around the world say "hello" each in their own languages, each and every day. Learn how to "hello" in forty-two languages, from Amharic to Zulu. 

Crystal Says:  Did you know there are almost seven thousand languages spoken by people all over the world…wow!!! Hopefully, one day you’ll hop on a plane and fly to a place you’ve never been and say “hello” in their language. This book can help you out with that! 

Crystal also suggests:
Explorers by Rupert Matthews - J 910.722 MAT
Be an Explorer by Chris Oxlade - J 796.55 OXL 




Bear Wasn't ThereThe Bear Who Wasn’t There byLeUyen Pham - E PHA

For preschool-grade 3; published November 15, 2016 

Synopsis: Who will find bear when he doesn’t show up in his own book? 

Debbie says: Hint - don’t count on duck. 

Debbie also suggests:
Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman – E SOM
Snowy Bear by Tony Mitton - E MIT




HelenWait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn - J F HAH (BOO!)
For Grades 4-7; Published November 1, 1987

Summary:  Molly and Michael aren't very happy about moving with their mother and her new husband into a converted church—and they particularly dislike their younger stepsister, Heather. If that's not bad enough, Heather starts talking to a ghost named Helen and warning Molly and Michael that Helen is coming for them.

Kelsey says:  I was not a big fan of scary things until I got much older, but Mary Downing Hahn’s books were the exception. Wait Till Helen Comes was the perfect amount of spooky for a young reader, and left me wanting more. Definitely a must read for Halloween season!

Kelsey also suggests:
Any of Mary Downing Hahn’s other works. J F HAH (BOO!) 




Gum GirlThe Gumazing Gum Girl! Popped Star by Rhode Montijo – J SER GUM

For Grades 2-4; Published April 2018

Synopsis:  As Gabby Gomez is trying to tell her family she is Gum Girl, she encounters Ninja-Rina, a masked ballerina for whom no crime is "tutu" big. 

Ofilia says: I love Gum Girl! Gabby is the daughter of a dentist, so gum is strictly forbidden in her household, but she is gum girl! How else is she supposed to unleash her super sticky powers? Plus you have a crazed ballerina on the loose, so someone has to take care of that. Montijo manages to pack so much fun and emotion into a seemingly simple superhero story. Super fun series! 

Ofilia also suggests:
The Gumazing Gum Girl: Chews Your Destiny and Gum Luck by Rhode Montijo – J SER GUM
Lulu Series: Lulu Walks the Dog, Lulu and the Brontosaurus, Lulu’s Mysterious Mission and Lulu is Getting a Sister by Judith Viorst – J SER LUL




Peter ErnestoPeter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable – J GN PET

For grades K-3; published February 6, 2018 

Synopsis:  Best friends Ernesto and Peter are nothing alike, so when Ernesto decides that he wants to see the sky from every place on Earth, Peter stays behind and frets, but each finds their own adventure. 

Roben says: Adventure awaits!  You just have to be brave enough to take that first step.

Roben also suggests:
The Pink Umbrella by Ame���lie Callot – E CAL
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller – E MIL 




Pet Your DogMay I Pet Your Dog?: The How-to Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (and Dogs Meeting Kids) by Stephanie Calmenson - E CAL

Ages: 4-7; published April 1, 2007

Synopsis: Children encounter dogs wherever they go - in the park, on the sidewalk, at their friends’ homes. Sometimes it’s love at first sight, on both sides—but not always. In this book, Harry the dog explains how to safely meet him and his friends. 

Stephanie says: All too often I see extremes with children and dogs; either the child is afraid of the dog and refuses to go near it, or a child is very friendly and excited and then the dog is the one who is scared. This book is a much needed resource for parents and kids. 

Steph also suggests:
Stay: a Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise – E KLI
Our Very Own Dog  by Amanda McCardie - E MCC 



SpeediestSpeediest!: 19 Very Fast Animals by Steve Jenkins – J 591.479 JEN

For Grades 1– 3; Published May 22, 2018

Synopsis: Describes nineteen of the fastest animals on the planet, including the cheetah, the sailfish, the peregrine falcon, and the Panamanian termite. 

Yentl says: Speediest is a great book that includes awesome information about some of the fastest animals in the world. The illustrations are very colorful and detailed. These are perfect for those young readers that want some cool fact books about animals. 

Yentl also suggests:        
Stinkiest!: 20 Smelly Animals by Steve Jenkins – J 591.47 JEN
Deadliest: 20 Dangerous Animals by Steve Jenkins– J 591.65 JEN

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