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Youth Services Staff Picks

July 2017
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AG CookingAmerican Girl Cooking: Recipes for Delicious Snacks, Meals & More by Williams-Sonoma J 641.562 AME
For grades four through seven; October 2016 

Synopsis: Being able to cook good food is a skill you’ll enjoy and benefit from your entire life. With this book as your very own cooking coach, learn how to make tasty and nutritious snacks, soups, salads, main dishes, and more to share with your friends and family. 

Anna says: Summer is the perfect time to learn a new hobby such as cooking! This is fun for parents to do with their kids, too. Family bonding over food - wahoo!

Anna also suggests:
American Girl Baking by Williams-Sonoma - J 641.71 AME
American Girl Parties: Delicious Recipes for Holidays and Fun Occasions by Williams-Sonoma - J 793.21 AME



Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson – E JAMOlympig

For pre-K through third grade; Published 2012

Synopsis:  Pursued by Mr. Hamstring, a reporter who is sure he will fail, Boomer becomes the first pig ever to compete in the Animal Olympics and demonstrates that attitude can be more important than winning. 

Audrey says: "If you practice and try your best," says Boomer, "you can do anything!" Olympig is a silly, fun, and encouraging story to always try your hardest and be yourself. 

Audrey also suggests:
Bumble-ardy by Maurice Sendak - E SEN
I’m Not a Pig in Underpants by Elwood H. Smith - E SMI 



Little Red LionLittle Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith - E SMI (2x2)
For pre-K through kindergarten; Published 2016 

Synopsis:  Little Red is on her way to visit Auntie Rosie with a basket of goodies and some spot medicine. Along the way she meets the Very Hungry Lion. The Lion is eager to gobble up Little Red. The Lion's plan doesn't work out the way he wanted. 

Crystal says:  This is an imaginative re-telling of the classic fairytale with delightfully fun artwork. 

Crystal also suggests:
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins - E COU
Peter and the Wolf by Christopher Raschka - E RAS 



Fine DessertA Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat by Emily Jenkins- E JEN

For kindergarden through second grade; published January 2015 

Synopsis: Beginning in 1710 a mother and daughter make a dessert called blackberry fool using a whisk made from twigs. One hundred years later a mother and daughter use a whirring beater and 100 years later a father and son use an electric mixer. Three hundred years of different preparation methods; same great dessert. 

Debbie says: YUM! 

Debbie also suggests:
The Tiny King by Taro�„ Miura - E MIU
Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato- E CUR 



Yoga BunnyYoga Bunny by Brian Russo - E RUS
For pre-K through second grade; Published December 2016

Summary: It's a perfect day for yoga, and Bunny is practicing his poses and wishes his friends would do yoga with him! But Lizard is too tired, Fox is in a rush, and Bird has the hiccups. Will Bunny ever be able to get his friends to slow down and realize that yoga just might be the solution to their problems?

Kelsey says: Yoga Bunny and I are very similar. Sometimes you need to just chill and concentrate on your poses and how your body feels in order to get some zen. The illustrations in this are adorable and I love the yoga pose design on the end papers. A super cute look at slowing down and appreciating the life around you.

Kelsey also suggests:
Yoga for Kids: Simple Animal Poses for Any Age by Lorena Pajalunga - E PAJ
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth - E MUT 



JourneyJourney by Aaron Becker – E BEC

For grades one - four; Published August 2013 

Synopsis:  Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination -- and unexpected friendship. 

Lauren says: This book lets the pictures do all the talking! When a little girl can’t find anyone to play with her, she lets her imagination run wild and goes on an adventure by herself in a world of her own creation.

Lauren also suggests:
Quest by Aaron Becker – E BEC
Return by Aaron Becker – E BEC 




Fun in the SunFun in the Sun by David Catrow – E CAT
For preschool through kindergarten; Published February 2015 

Synopsis:  A hapless dog frolics in the sun and sand on a perfect beach day. It's fun in the sand, but now there's sand in his lunch and sand in his suit. Time for a dip in the water. The dog splishes, splashes, and rides the waves; it's fun in the water too. As the sun goes down, he flies a kite with new friends. Fun in the sky - but did he remember sunscreen? 

Ofilia says: David Catrow is brilliant at making an ordinary day extraordinary through his amazing talent at humorous illustrations. This little dog’s expressions are hysterical and be sure to take your time and enjoy all of the fun visuals throughout the entire book. This book is a perfect getting ready for the beach book. 

Ofilia also suggests:
Wave by Suzy Lee – E LEE
Chu’s Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman – E GAI 



The Book ItchThe Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson - E NEL
For grades one through four; Published Nov. 1, 2015

Synopsis: This wonderful book relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there. 

Roben says: This is the amazing story of The National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux.  “…the more you read, the easier it is to figure out for yourself what is true." 

Roben also suggests:
Firefly July, A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul Janeczko and Melissa Sweet - J 811.008 FIR
I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes - J 811.52 HUG 




Inside OutInside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai - J WBW F LAI
For grades four through six; Published 2013 

Synopsis: Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. 

Stephanie says: This book made me think about the torture families go through when they are forced to leave their country for a strange new place. The subject matter Lai deals with is still so topical and her book will compel you to remember to be compassionate, especially to people who are new to our country. 

Stephanie also recommends:
Nasreddine by Odile Weulersse - E WEU
Hello Atlas by Ben Handicott - J 490 HAN



Be a FriendBe a Friend by Salina Yoon – E YOO
For pre-K through kindergarten; Published 2016 

Synopsis: Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in extraordinary ways. Some children do show-and-tell. Dennis mimes his. Some children climb trees. Dennis is happy to BE a tree... But being a mime can be lonely. It isn't until Dennis meets a girl named Joy that he discovers the power of friendship--and how special he truly is! 

Yentl says: I loved this book and the friendship that is born when Dennis and Joy meet. Dennis communicates silently and the kids call him mime boy. Since no one can talk to him, he doesn’t have friends. Until one day Joy shows Dennis that she can be like him too. They are silent together, but they understand each other. Joy and Dennis become friends and have so much fun together from then on. 

Yentl also recommends:
Thank You and Good Night by Patrick McDonnell  - E MCD
Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis - E POR

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