Youth Services Staff Picks
Time to gobble up a good book!
Go Away, Big Green Monster! By Ed Emberley - E EMB
For PreK – Grade 3; Published April 1992
Synopsis: Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.
Anna says: This is one of my daughter’s favorite books! It’s fun and easy to read. The die- cut illustrations are so fun and help to teach shapes and colors for the little ones!
Anna also recommends:
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas – E THO
Leon and the Place Between by Angela McAllister- E MCA
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard - E ALL
For K – Grade 3; Published September 1977
Summary: The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.
Audrey says: The adventures of Miss Nelson are my all-time favorite stories. After Miss Nelson feels taken advantage of by an unruly class, she goes missing and is replaced with the substitute, Miss Viola Swamp. These books make me laugh out loud every time I read them.
Audrey also recommends:
Miss Nelson is Back by Harry Allard – E ALL
Miss Nelson has a Field Day by Harry Allard – E ALL
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster - J CALD JUS
For Pre-K – Grade 1; Published May 2005
Synopsis: A little girl loves going to her Nanna and Poppy's house because their kitchen window is a magical portal to a world of discovery and imagination, in a delightful story that celebrates childhood and the love of family.
Crystal Says: This book makes the imagination soar! Colorful pictures and stories with grandma and grandpa are always fun.
Crystal also recommends:
Neville by Norton Juster - E JUS
Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie by Norton Juster - E JUS
Babies in the Bayouby Jim Arnosky - E ARN
For PreK - K; Published March 2010
Synopsis: All babies need their parents to look after them no matter what kind of baby they are.
Debbie says: Wonderful illustrations.
Debbie also recommends:
A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na- E Na
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox - E FOX
Wildwood by Colin Meloy - J SER WIL
For Grades 3 - 7 ; Published August 2011
Summary: When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness--a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon--and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.
Kelsey says: I think these books are perfect for fall. I recommend curling up on the couch with a big cozy blanket and some hot chocolate and having an adventure with Prue and Curtis.
Kelsey also recommends:
Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy - J SER WIL
Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy - J SER WIL
Pig the Winner by Aarpm Blabey – E BLA
For Pre-K – Grade 2; Published June 2017
Synopsis: Told in rhyming text, Pig is a greedy pug, who insists on always winning, and throws a tantrum if anything thwarts him--until one day he swallows not only all his food, but his bowl as well and when his friend Trevor saves him he learns a valuable lesson on sharing.
Ofilia says: Pig the pug must win all the time! He cannot stand to lose and he isn’t very nice about it either. The rhymes in the story are very clever and the illustrations are super fun. This could be considered a “lesson” book, but told in a very fun and skillful way.
Ofilia also recommends:
This Monster Cannot Wait! by Bethany Barton – E BAR
Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace by James Proimos – E PRO
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins - E HIG
For PreK – Grade 2; published November 2015
Synopsis: Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs. Unfortunately, some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings think Bruce is their mother. What’s a grumpy bear to do?
Roben says: Curmudgeon Bruce will steal your heart and leave you laughing.
Roben also recommends:
Hotel Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins - E HIG
Be Quiet! By Ryan T. Higgins - E HIG
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp – E SWA
For K – Grade 3 ; Published September 1995
Synopsis: Giving Thanks is a special children's version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations.
Stephanie says: “To be a human being is an honor and we offer thanksgiving for all these gifts of life”; this is how many Native tribes begin each day- by giving thanks to Mother Earth for all her plentiful bounties. Giving thanks is something most of us only think about doing in the month of November. This book reminds us that we should be thankful every day.
Steph also recommends:
Thunderboy Jr. by Sherman Alexie – E ALE
When We Were Alone by David Robertson - E ROB
You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown – E BRO
For Pre-K – Grade 2; Published September 2011
Synopsis: Lucy, a young bear, starts her day determined to make a new friend but her enthusiasm leads to all sorts of problems until, just as she is about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her.
Yentl says: Lucy is a very enthusiastic bear who wants a new friend. She does whatever she can to be accepted by someone new. The problem is that she gets into a little trouble along the way. After all her attempts, she still hasn’t found anyone. She just wants to give up. Until a certain feathered individual comes to the rescue! I love this book and how it teaches that there will always be people who think you are awesome and want to be your friend.
Yentl also recommends:
Play With Me by Michelle Lee – E LEE
Quackers by Liz Wong – E WON