Youth Services Staff Picks
Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm written by Jonathan London; illustrated by Andrew Joyner - E LON
For PreS-Grade 2; Published March 2017
Synopsis: Duck and Hippo may be completely different, but they are best friends. When playful Duck invites careful Hippo to go for a walk in the rain, they have trouble sharing Duck's umbrella. But Duck and Hippo won't let that stop them. Soon they are puddle-jumping and sailing down the river! Until...WHOOOSH! A terrible wind sends the umbrella flying up, up, up into the air, with one friend holding on. What will Duck and Hippo do now?
Andrea says: Duck and Hippo make playing in the rain look like so much fun!
Andrea also suggests:
Singing in the Rain written by Arthur Freed – E FRE
Tap Tap Boom Boom writtenby Elizabeth Bluemle – E BLU
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett- E BAR
For preK-Grade 3; Published August 1978
Synopsis: Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Anna says: April showers bring May flowers or…mashed potatoes??? This is a fun silly story and the movie with the same title is cute, too!
Anna also suggests:
Pickles to Pittsburgh: The Sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett - E BAR
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 3: Planet of the Pies by Judi Barrett - E BAR
The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper - R ELE (Red)
For PreS-Grade 1; Published May 2017
Synopsis: Yellow Bird has found a button and wants to share it with Red Bird and Blue Bird. This is just an ordinary button. It does not do anything when you press it. But when Red Bird and Blue Bird give it try, they are delighted to find that the button does not do nothing, and that is something!
This book is so funny, and fun to read! There is no such thing as a “good for nothing button”!
Audrey also suggests:
In a People House by Theo LeSieg– R SEU (Red)
What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma Virjin – E VIR
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen – E KNU
For PreS-Grade 2; September 2006
Synopsis: When a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There are no rules about lions in the library. When something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.
Crystal Says: This is a delightful story about books, friendship and what happens if you’re not quiet in the library. You’ll read this one over and over again.
Crystal also suggests:
Un Leon en la Biblioteca by Michelle Knudsen – JSPA E KNU
Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen - E KNU
The Matzo Ball Boy by Lisa Shulman - J HOL E SHU
For K - Grade 4; published February 2005
Synopsis: In this Jewish version of "The Gingerbread Boy," a matzo ball runs away from an old woman as she prepares her Passover dinner.
Debbie says: Perhaps the Matzo Ball Boy should have stayed and kept the lonely bubbe company?
Debbie also suggests:
The Passover Lamb by Linda Elovitz Marshall –J HOL E MAR
Is It Passover Yet? By Chris Barash -J HOL E BAR
Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea - E SHE
For PreS - Grade 2; Published February 2016
Synopsis: Ballet Cat and her friend Butter Bear have practiced a dance to perform for an audience, but Butter Bear will need a lot of encouragement to try the super high leaps.
Kelsey says: As I have probably mentioned a million times before, Bob Shea is my favorite children’s author and illustrator. I even have a copy of a Ballet Cat book signed by him. So of course, I HAVE to pick a Ballet Cat book for my staff pick, and this one is my FAVORITE favorite!
Kelsey also suggests:
Ballet Cat: What’s Your Favorite Favorite? – E SHE
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea –E SHE
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship by Irene Latham –J 811.6 LAT
For Grades 4-7; Published January 2018
Synopsis: Latham, who is white, and Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable way, exploring such topics as hair, hobbies, and family dinners. This remarkable collaboration invites readers to join the dialogue by putting their own words to their experiences.
Ofilia says: Told from two points of view, this unique book explores issues of race in a gentle and inquisitive manner. This book is a fantastic way to encourage discussion among older kids about being perceived as “different” whether it is race based or not. The lovely illustrations match the tender tone of the book and punctuate the positive message in the end.
Ofilia also suggests:
Amazing Faces by Lee Bennet Hopkins – J 811.008 AMA
Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford – J 811.6 WEA
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore – J F MOO
For Grades 5-8; published September 2017
Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They are still grieving the gang-related death of his older brother. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a gang almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world.
Roben says: April isNational Autism Awareness Month so I selected books with characters on the autism spectrum - like Lolly’s new friend Rose. She builds a LEGO world that complements his and helps him figure out where he belongs in the real world.
Roben also suggests:
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold – J F ARN
Slider by Peter Hautman – J F HAU (Bluebonnet)
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters – J 811.6 LAT
ForGrades 4-7; Published January 2018
Synopsis: How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don’t know each other . . . and they’re not sure they want to.
Stephanie says: Sometimes working with the new kid can be scary. We often make mistakes or even say the wrong thing. Charles and Irene both learn from the mistakes they make and find out that there is more to each other than they first thought. This fabulous collection of poems helps us see past appearances and notice the things we’ve been missing.
Stephanie also recommends:
One Good Thing about America by Ruth Freeman – J F FRE
The Lottery’s Plus One by Emma Donoghue – J F DON
Where’s Halmoni? by Julie J. Kim – J GN WHE
For Grade K – Grade 2; Published 2017
Synopsis: Searching for their missing grandmother, two Korean children follow tracks into a fantastic world filled with beings from folklore who speak in Korean. Includes translations and information about the folkloric characters.
Yentl says: This graphic novel is so great! I like that, although all of the creatures speak Korean, you have an idea of what is happening through the pictures. I love the vibrant colors throughout. This is such a cute story that offers a peek into another culture.
Yentl also suggests:
Yoko books by Rosemary Wells – E WEL
Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park – E PAR