Youth Services Staff Picks
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Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty - E BEA
For Grades K-2: Published September 2016
Synopsis: Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.
Anna says: This is such a great book to get children, especially girls, interested in STEM activities. I love that the protagonist is a female and that she loves science! The rhymes are fun and hold the attention of kids (and parents)!
Anna also suggests:
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty- E BEA
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty- E BEA
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy - J B GIN
For Preschool to 3rd grade; published September 2016Synopsis: Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable! This biographical picture book tells the justice’s story through the lens of her many famous dissents, or disagreements.
Audrey says: An inspiring true story about overcoming the odds, and how you really can be and do anything you set your mind to! For Ruth, that was becoming a lawyer at a time when that was looked down upon due to her being a woman. She is also a mother, and was asked by Bill Clinton to serve on the Supreme Court where she is known for her commitment to equality, social justice, and if she thinks you are wrong, she will dissent!
Audrey also suggests:
Frida Kahlo by Sanchez Vegara, Ma Isabel - J BIO KAH
Coco Chanel by Sanchez Vegara, Ma Isabel - J BIO CHA
Across the Universe: The Sun by Kate Riggs - J 523.7 RIG
For Grades 1-3; published January 2015
Synopsis: A young scientist's guide to the sun and other stars, including how they interact with other elements in the universe and emphasizing how questions and observations can lead to discovery.
Crystal says: Did you know the sun is a star? This book is filled with amazing facts about the sun and other stars that light up the night sky.
Crystal also suggests:
Across the Universe: Galaxies by Kate Riggs - J 523.112 RIG
Across the Universe: Planets by Kate Riggs - J 523.4 RIG
Buddy and the Bunnies in Don’t Play With Your Food by Bob Shea -E SHE
For preschool - Grade 3; published January 2014
Synopsis: Buddy the monster would love to eat some bunnies. Maybe he will get around to it when the bunnies stop stuffing him with cupcakes, taking him swimming and other fun stuff.
Debbie says: Bunnies are friends not food.
Debbie also suggests:
That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems - E WIL
Zomo the Rabbit : a Trickster Tale from West Africa by Gerald McDermott - E MCD
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne Valente - J SER FAI
For grades 5-9; published May 2011
Summary: Twelve-year-old September lived an ordinary life in Omaha until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland.
Kelsey says: I’ve recommended this one before, but since the last time quite a few new Fairyland books have been released. Catherynne Valente’s writing is beautiful and this series is unlike anything I have ever read before. So I feel very confident in recommending it a second time to readers who are looking for a wholly original fantasy.
Kelsey also suggests:
The rest of the Fairyland series by Catherynne Valente - J SER FAI
Guess Again! by Mac Barnett – E BAR
For Preschool – Grade 2; published September 2009
Synopsis: A collection of poems with unexpected endings.
Lauren says: Do you think you can guess what’s hiding? Guess again! The answer isn’t as simple as you might imagine. Guess Again! is a silly book of poetry that will have you scratching your head with each page turn.
Lauren also suggests:
A Dazzling Display of Dogs by Betsy Franco – J 811.54 FRA
Science Verse by Jon Scieszka – E SCI
How to Put Your Parents to Bed by Mylisa Larsen – E LAR
For Preschool - Grade 2; Published February 2016
Synopsis: A child provides instructions for putting tired parents to bed.
Ofilia says: Have you noticed that your parents look very tired? This book turns the tables at bedtime and makes the child responsible for getting mom and dad tucked in. The text is clever and the Babette Cole’s illustrations bring a vibrant energy to the story.
Ofilia also suggests:
How to Babysit Grandpa by Jean Reagan – E REA
Oh Daddy by Bob Shea – E SHE
Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade - E MEA
For Preschool – Grade 2; published September 2016
Synopsis: Wearing his perfectly clean suit and living in his perfectly tidy room, Edward the pig avoids getting messy until a big tub of paint falls on his head.
Roben says: Edward is a pig who does not like messes. Jump in a pile of leaves? Never! Obey the five second rule? Not a chance. But what will happen when his compulsive neatness accidentally leads to messiness? Will Edward melt down - or embrace the mess? One of my favorite new picture books!
Roben also suggests:
Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith - J F Classics KIN
Pigs by Gail Gibbons - J 636.4 GIB
Lion Island by Margarita Engle - J Way Back When J F ENG
For Grades 5-8; published 2016
Synopsis: A biographical novel about Antonio Chuffat, a Chinese-African-Cuban messenger boy in 1870s Cuba who became a translator and documented the freedom struggle of indentured Chinese laborers in his country.
Stephanie says: Antonio’s story will inspire you to try and fight for what you know what is right no matter your age! As a young boy Antonio knows there is a way he can help the Chinese and African people coming to Cuba and being forced into indentured servant contracts by the Spanish sugar cane empire. Engle based her book on the diaries of Antonio Chuffat, but writes her novel in verse using many fictionalized narrators who help Antonio as he becomes an advocate for civil rights in Cuba.
Stephanie also suggests:
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech – J F CRE
What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About?: Poems for When a Person Needs a Poem by Judith Viorst - J 811.54 VIO
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas – E THO
For Pre-School – Kindergarten; published 2009
Synopsis: A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of "let's pretend."
Yentl says: I love interactive books! I also love Jan Thomas. This book is very funny and entertaining. It will have you giggling and making the silliest faces ever. The pictures are colorful and amusing as well. You will love this!
Yentl also suggests:
Get Out of My Bath byBritta Teckentrup – E TEC
Tap the Magic Tree byChristie Matheson – E MAT