Youth Services Staff Picks
Ring in the New Year with these excellent books!
Flipped byWendelin Van Draanen – J F VAN
For Grades 5-9; Published October 2001
Synopsis: In alternating chapters, two teenagers describe how their feelings about themselves, each other, and their families have changed over the years.
Andrea says:Flipped is a sweet coming of age book that shows that there are always two sides to a story. I love that this book shows both the boy’s and girl’s point of view. It was interesting to see how a single action can be viewed entirely differently by two different people.
Andrea also suggests:
Shug by Jenny Han – J F HAN
Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis – J F TAR (Audiobook)
Bossier Baby by Marla Frazee – E FRA
For Grades Pre-2; Nov 2016
Synopsis: Boss Baby used to be in charge of his family, but that was efore he got an even bossier baby sister.
Anna says:Boss Baby gets a little taste of his own medicine when his little sister is born and is even bossier than he was!
Anna also suggests:
Boss Baby by Marla Frazee- E FRA
Barfburger Baby, I Was Here First by Paula Danziger– E DAN
Lenny & Lucy by Philip Christian Stead – E STE
For preschool-grade 2; published October 2015
Synopsis: Peter and his dog Harold do not like the dark and scary woods across the wooden bridge near their new house. Peter’s solution is to create a pillow and blanket watchman named Lenny to sit by the bridge and make sure nothing scary comes out of the woods and crosses the bridge to the new house.
Debbie says: If the woods harbor enough scary creatures even a pillow and blanket watchman needs help.
Debbie also suggests:
He Came with the Couch by David Slonim - E SLO
Simon's New Bed by Christian Trimmer - E TRI
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids From Around the World by Matt Lamothe - J 305.23 LAM
For Grades 3-7; Published May 2017
Summary: Follow the real lives of seven kids from Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia for a single day!
Kelsey says: Learning about the day to day lives of different families across the globe was fascinating. It helps that the Lamothe’s illustrations are fantastic (and I am always a sucker for well-done illustrations). I think kids will find this book just as interesting as I did, and will learn a bit about the world around them in the process.
Kelsey also suggests:
The Hello Atlas by Ben Handicott - J 409 HAN
A Year Full of Stories: 52 Folktales and Legends from Around the World by Angela McAllister - J 398.2 MCA
Gum Luck by Rhode Montijo – J F MOJ (Adventure)
Grades 2-4; Published June 2017
Synopsis: Gabby Gomez keeps her Gum Girl heroics secret from her parents, but there is a new villain in town and the city needs her to help.
Ofilia says: Gum Girl’s greatest nemesis isn’t a robot chef, but her own parents. Her mom and dad don’t know about her secret identity, which she knows is wrong, but how would her dentist dad ever understand that she has to chew gum in order to save the world? Filled with funny puns and fantastic illustrations, Gum Girl is a modern day superhero complete with a challenging back story and always ready for the next foe.
Ofilia also suggests:
Gumazing Gum Girl: Chews Your Destiny #1 by Rhode Montijo – J F MON (Adventure)
Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez – J F GON (Adventure)
Zoey and Sassafras Book 1 - Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro – J SER ZOE
For K-4th; Published March 2017
Synopsis: After discovering that she has the ability to see and help magical creatures, Zoey, and her cat, Sassafras, use science experiments to help a dragon with a problem.
Roben says:Cats and dragons; magic and science... definitely a book worth checking out!
Roben also suggests:
Any book in the Zoey and Sassafras series – J SER ZOE
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish – R PAR (Yellow)
Grades K - 2 ; Published (originally) 1963
Synopsis:The new maid, Amelia Bedelia, was so eager to please that she followed her instructions to the letter with the kind of silly results that will make children giggle.
Stephanie says: Amelia is a new maid for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers and she wants to get EVERYTHING just right at her new job. So, she follows the list Mrs. Roger’s left for her to the letter. Amelia’s literal interpretations result in quite a few surprising and strange circumstances that the Rogers’ encounter when they return home. This book will have your little reader laughing out loud.
Steph also suggests:
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish – R PAR (Blue)
Amelia Bedelia Helps Out by Peggy Parish – R PAR (Yellow)
Stanley’s Store by William Bee – E BEE
For Grades 1-2; Published 2017
Synopsis: During a busy day at the grocery store, Stanley uses a fork lift to remove fruits and vegetables from a truck, makes a display, and helps customers.
Yentl says: Stanley is such a busy little hamster who does a little bit of everything. In his latest book, he has a store and this details his day there. There is a lot going on in the store. It is never a dull moment. The illustrations are super cute and the book is full of color. And I love that Stanley is always happy to help his buddies when they need it!
Yentl also suggests:
Stanley the Mail Man byWilliam Bee – E BEE
Stanley the Builder by William Bee – E BEE