Youth Services Staff Picks
March 2017: Check out what we've been reading.
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak – E NOV
For Grades K-2; published 2014
Synopsis: This innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian. You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except in this book, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, " kids will beg to hear this book again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
Anna says: This book is so fun and the title alone intrigues you to find out if there really are no pictures (there really aren’t any). Kids and adults will find this book hysterically funny. Enjoy!
Anna also suggests:
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt - E DAY
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt - E DAY
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolf - Juv Way Back When J FIC WOL
For Grades 5-8; published May 3, 2016
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.
Audrey says: Sometimes doing what is right and standing up for the people and things that you care about and believe in can be difficult. That is the situation Annabelle finds herself in when a cruel bully infiltrates her school.
Audrey also suggests:
Tru & Nelle by G. Neri -J F NER
Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin - J F LOF
League of Archers by Eva Howard – JUV Adventure J F HOW
For Grades 5-7; published 2016
Synopsis: Ellie Dray has grown up idolizing Robin Hood but when the famous outlaw is killed right before her eyes--and she is accused of his murder--she finds herself questioning all she thought she knew. Now an outlaw herself, she and her friends must fight to clear her name and stop the local baron's evil plans.
Crystal says: Robin Hood’s legend finds a worthy successor in Ellie and her League of Archers. The League learns that justice will always need heroes, even if those heroes are all-too-human in their mistakes.
Crystal also suggests:
Hawksmaid: The Untold story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian by Kathryn Lasky - JUV Adventure J F LAS
The Case of the Missing Marquess: an Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer - J SER ENO
Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight - JUV Classics J F KNI
For Grades 3-7; published December 17, 1938
Synopsis: The collie Lassie is the Carraclough family’s most valuable possession and Joe Carraclough’s best friend. When Joe’s father loses his job Lassie is sold to the wealthy Duke of Rudling. After Lassie runs away to return to Joe three times the Duke moves Lassie 1,000 miles away to Scotland thinking this will stop her returning to Joe.
Debbie says: Love and kindness conquer all.
Debbie also suggests:
Woof by Spencer Quinn- J SER BOW
Arf by Spencer Quinn - J SER BOW
Waiting by Kevin Henkes - E HEN
For Grades Pre K- K; published September 1, 2015
Synopsis: What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.
Kelsey says: Kevin Henkes has been around long enough that I remember him from my own childhood. His illustrations are always gorgeous, and his pastel color schemes always remind me of spring. Which is why I chose him for March. I have to say, his mouse books are my favorite, but Waiting is just as good.
Kelsey also suggests:
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes – E HEN
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes - E HEN
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young – 2x2 E YOU
For Grades Pre-K - 1st; published July 5, 2012
Synopsis: A little girl who desperately wants a beautiful unicorn as a pet winds up with a less than desirable one instead.
Lauren says: Lucy has always wanted a unicorn and one day, she finally gets her wish…except it’s not exactly what she imagined. Sparkle is a little different from what Lucy imagined, but she learns to love him all the same. This cute and hilarious picture book will have you in stitches and maybe even make you want a unique pet just like Sparkle.
Lauren also suggests:
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea – E SHE
Fritz Danced the Fandango by Alicia Potter – E POT
Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell – 2x2 E CAM
For Grades K – 3; published March 2016
Synopsis: Dylan's parents have always boasted that he is the "very best and cleverest super-villain in the whole wide world," but when he meets Addison Van Malice, his powers are put to the test.
Ofilia says: Dylan is really good at being a villain. In fact, he is the best in his and his parent’s humble opinions. Then he starts school where he meets his malevolent match! This story will have you laughing out loud. Be sure to study the illustrations as there are several visual jokes dispersed throughout.
Ofilia also suggests:
Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos – E HEO
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea – E SHE
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume 2 by Kate DiCamillo - J SER TAL
For Grades 1-4; published August 25, 2015
Synopsis: Deckawoo Drive’s intrepid animal control officer, Francine Poulet, fears she has met her match –a screaming raccoon that may or may not be a ghost!
Roben says: The books in the Tales of Deckawoo Drive series expand the stories of characters found in DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series. If you like porcine wonder Mercy, then you will definitely enjoy these books, too. They contain wonderful characters, gentle humor, and encouragement. And you might even find Mercy meandering through the pages.
Roben also suggests:
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume 1 by Kate DiCamillo - J SER TAL
Where Are You Going, Baby Lincloln?: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume 3 by Kate DiCamillo - J SER TAL
Tillie the Terrible Swede by Sue Stauffacher - J B AND
For Grades K-3; published 2011
Synopsis: When Tillie Anderson came to America, all she had was a needle. So she got herself a job in a tailor shop and waited for a dream to find her. One day, a man sped by on a bicycle. She was told "bicycles aren't for ladies," but from then on, Tillie dreamed of riding—not graceful figure eights, but speedy, scorching, racy riding! And she knew that couldn't be done in a fancy lady's dress. . . . With arduous training and her (shocking!) new clothes, Tillie became the women's bicycle-riding champion of the world.
Stephanie says: This book was a great, empowering read. Tillie not only became a champion cyclist, she also used her own skills as a seamstress to invent a new style of clothing for female cyclists!
Stephanie also suggests:
Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter – J B MAL
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark by Debbie Levy - J B GIN
Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French – E FRE
For Grades PreK-1; published 2007
Synopsis: Despite the discouragement of her little brother, Joey, Josephine proves that kangaroos can, indeed, become dancers when she fills in for an injured prima ballerina.
Yentl says: Josephine was a very good dancer and she tried her hardest to make others see that this was true. When others say “can’t” she proves them wrong. She overcomes many obstacles and achieves her dreams. This was a very inspiring story and I loved it.
Yentl also suggests:
Ready to Dream byDonna Jo Napoli – E NAP
Possum Magic byMem Fox – E FOX