Youth Services Staff Picks
Start your summer with one of these awesome reads!
Moo Moo in a Tutu by Tim Miller - E MIL
For PreK-3rd grade; Published April 2017
Synopsis: A cow who wants to be a ballerina? Are you for real? This is a hilarious, one-of-a-kind friendship story between an adventurous cow named Moo Moo and a very loyal duck named Mr. Quackers that will have you quacking up all the way through and applauding for more.
Anna says: Adorable story letting everyone know that you can do anything you want to, especially with supportive friends by your side!
Anna also suggests:
Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book! by Julie Falatko – E FAL
Guess Again! by Mac Barnett - E BAR
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea - E SHE
For Preschool - 3rd grade; Published 2013
Synopsis: Envy turns to admiration and finally to friendship for Goat and Unicorn.
Audrey says: I love this story about a cantankerous goat, friendship, and the power of goat cheese to bring beasts, mythical and otherwise, together.
Audrey also suggests:
Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds - E REY
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young - E 2x2 YOU
Iceland by Jennifer A. Miller - J 949.12 MIL
For Grades 2nd - 4th ; Published 2011
Synopsis: An introduction to the landscape, culture, and people of Iceland, with photographs, maps, a description and image of the country's flag, and a fast fact file.
Crystal says: Iceland is commonly referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice. This book is a wonderful representation of the country’s wonder and beauty.
Crystal also suggests:
Vikings by Nancy Ohlin - J 948.022 OHL
Viking Longship by Mick Manning - J 948.022 MAN
Too Many Frogs by Sandy Asher - E ASH
For Preschool - 1st grade; Published February 2005
Synopsis: Rabbit's comfortable nightly routine is disturbed by exuberant Froggie, who settles in for a snack and a story without being invited.
Debbie says: Everyone loves to share a good story.
Debbie also suggests:
A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman - E DRA
Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems- E WIL
Phoebe and Her Unicorn, A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson - J GN PHO
Grades 3-7; Published September 2014
Summary: It all started when a girl named Phoebe skipped a rock across a pond and accidentally hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this led to Phoebe being granted one wish, and she used it to make the unicorn, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, her obligational best friend. But can a vain mythical beast and a nine-year-old daydreamer really forge a connection? Indeed they can, and that's how Phoebe and Her Unicorn unfolds.
Kelsey says: I just discovered these comics a couple months ago when we got new copies in and they are HILARIOUS. Now they are one of my favorites to recommend and are my June staff picks!
Kelsey also suggests:
Other books in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series by Dana Simpson - J GN PHO
Hildafolk series by Luke Pearson - J GN HIL
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol – E BRO
For PreK – 2nd grade; Published September 2016
Synopsis: Grandmother wants so badly to be left alone to finish the knitting for her grandchildren that she leaves her tiny home and her big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting.
Lauren says: Grandma just wants some alone time, but everywhere she goes she is followed by a pestering child, goat, alien, etc. It seems she will never get any time to herself to finish her creations, so she goes to the extreme just to find a place of her own. Will Grandmother ever finish her knitting?!
Lauren also suggests:
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers – E JEF
I’m Not Little! by Alison Inches – E INC
Tea Rex by Molly Schaar Idle – E IDL
For Pre-School – Grade 1; Published April 2013
Synopsis: Playing host to an unusual guest, T-Rex, Cordelia tries her best to make sure her tea party is a smashing success. But no matter how closely Cordelia follows hosting etiquette, her prehistoric friend plays by his own rules.
Ofilia says: It is important to make your guests feel at home, but what do you do when your guest is bigger than your house? This clever picture book not only shows you how to keep your manners when under pressure, but also illustrates the rewards of an unlikely friendship.
Ofilia also suggests:
Tea Party Rules by Ame Dyckman – E DYC
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems – E Dinosaurs WIL
A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas – E THO
For Preschool - K; Published April 2014
Synopsis: Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow's birthday.
Roben says: True friends provide the best surprises!
Roben also suggests:
Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome by Robby Novak - J 158 NOV
Who Wants a Tortoise? by David Keane - E KEA
Flying Lessons and Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh; J F FLY
For grades 4-5; Published 2017
Synopsis: From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.
Stephanie says: Flying Lessons… is full of great stories by some amazing middle grade authors. This is the first book from the WNDB (We Need Diverse Books) program started by Ellen Oh, who started WNDB because all kids should be able to locate themselves within stories. Being able to relate to book characters can help kids develop empathy and even encourage better reading habits. The stories in Flying Lessons… do not disappoint! You will really enjoy this book.
Steph also suggests:
George by Alex Gino – J F GIN
Families, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang – E LAN
What Can You Do With a Paleta?/Que puedes hacer con una paleta? by Carmen Tafolla – E TAF & J SPA E TAF
For Pre-K – 2nd Grade; Published 2014
Synopsis: As she strolls through her barrio, a young girl introduces readers to the frozen, fruit-flavored treat that thrills Mexican and Mexican-American children. Create a masterpiece, make tough choices (strawberry or coconut?), or cool off on a warm summer's day--there's so much to do with a paleta.
Yentl says: It’s summer time and there’s nothing better than a paleta/popsicle for this Texas heat. This book talks about the decision of which paleta to get and the endless things that you can do with it. It’s a difficult thing to choose, but the end results are very yummy. There are also Spanish words sprinkled throughout the story and the illustrations are very colorful and fun.
Yentl also suggests:
Veo el verano/I See Summer by Charles Ghigna - J SPA E GHI
The Thing about Yetis by Vin Vogel - E VOG