Youth Services Staff Picks
Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney – E DEW
For grades Pre-K – K; published 2012
Synopsis: Llama Llama doesn't want to share his toys with his new neighbors. But when fighting leads to broken toys and tears, Llama learns that it's better to share
Anna says: Sometimes it is difficult to share especially when it’s our favorite things. Llama Llama learns that it could be more fun to share and have a friend to play with than to have all of his toys alone.
Anna also suggests:
Llama, Llama Misses Mama by Ann Dewdney – E DEW
Llama, Llama Nighty-Nightby Ann Dewdney – E DEW
Holy Squawkamole! by Susan Wood – E WOO
For grades K – 2nd; published 2019
Synopsis: Yum, guacamole! That's what Little Red Hen craves, and she could use some help gathering and mashing the ingredients. So she asks her friends, including an armadillo, snake, and iguana, to lend a hand. Every one just says 'no.' But after Little Red Hen works hard to make the scrumptious fresh guac, all the animals want a taste.
Chelsea says: Little Red Hen is the cleverist little chef. And boy does she make me crave some guacamole. But make sure you always help out your friends when they ask - you never know what they’ll do to get pay back if you say no!
Chelsea also suggests:
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin – E RUB
Spicy Hot Colors by Sherry Shahan – E SHA
Science Surprises: More than 100 Amazing Experiments by Vicki Cobb – J 507.8 COB
For grades 3rd – 7th; published 2013
Synopsis: Provides inexpensive, easy-to-follow experiments suitable for school science fairs and projects, including extracting DNA in the kitchen, talking underwater, building a charge detector, and mixing white light.
Crystal Says: Are you ready for the Science Fair? Do you need awesome ideas? This is THE book to get your creative juices going! It’s packed full of fun experiments for the young scientific mind.
Crystal also suggests:
We Dare You!: 100s of fun Science bets, challenges, & experiments you can do at home by Vicki Cobb – J 507.8 COB
Mythbusters: confirm or bust! Science fair book #2 by Samantha Margles – J 507.8 MAR
Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman– E BAT
For grades K – 3rd, published 2015
Synopsis: Dog wants a job and is willing to do anything. He’ll even be the other animals if necessary.
Debbie says: Everyone has something to contribute!
Debbie also suggest:
Poo in the Zoo by Steve Smallman – E SMA
Duck Gets a Job by Sonny Ross – E ROS
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski – J SER KRO
For grades 5th & up; published 2008
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Petra, accompanied by her magical tin spider, goes to Prague hoping to retrieve the enchanted eyes the Prince of Bohemia took from her father, and is aided in her quest by a Roma boy and his sister.
Kelsey says: The Cabinet of Wonders is unique. It’s like Steampunk-lite, with a bit of Traveler lore thrown in. The settings are detailed and Petra is a great heroine who is easy to love. In the Kronos Chronicles series, Rutkoski succeeds in creating an entirely believable, alternate, Renaissance Prague filled with folklore and adventure. A perfect fall read!
Kelsey also suggests:
Kronos series by Marie Rutkoski
The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brownby Mac Barnett – J B MAR
For Grades 1st – 5th; published 2019
Synopsis: In 42 inspired pages, this biography by award-winning writer Mac Barnett vividly depicts one of the greatest children's book creators who ever lived: Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and The Little Fur Family. Illustrated with sumptuous art by rising star Sarah Jacoby, this is essential reading for children's book lovers of every age.
Ofilia says: Not only does this picture book give a fantastic introduction to the spirit and moxy that made up Margaret Wise Brown, but it also asks powerful questions that will get you thinking. The illustrations by Sarah Jacoby are captivatingly sweet and match the tone of the text perfectly.
Ofilia also suggests:
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlovl by Laurel Snyder – J B PAV
John Ronald’s Dragons: The story of J.R.R. Tolkienby Caroline McAlister
Redwall by Brian Jaques – J SER RED
For Grades 5th & up; published 1986
Synopsis: As the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey bask in the glorious summer of the Late Rose, all is quiet and peaceful. But things are not as they seem. Cluny and his band of barbarous rats are determined to overtake Redwall. Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy their enemy.
Roben says: There is much to learn from the peaceful residents of Redwall as they put aside their differences and work together to overcome their common enemy, the evil Cluny the Scourge.
Roben also suggests:
Redwall series by Brian Jaques – J SER RED
Mice of the Roundtable series – J SER MIC
Say Something! by Peter Reynolds – E REY
For grades: Pre-K – 3rd; published 2019
Synopsis: A child is encouraged to find their own voice, and to say something, even though it may, at times, be difficult to speak out.
Stephanie says: Be yourself. Let others be who they are. Say something when you need your voice to be heard. Say something when you see someone who is hurt. Be confident. Be a role model. This book has a great message!
Stephanie also suggests:
Sweety by Andrea Zuill – E ZUI
Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers – E JEF
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling – J F BOW
Firegirl by Tony Abbott – J F ABB
For grades 5th – 8th; published 2006
Synopsis: A middle school boy's life is changed when Jessica, a girl disfigured by burns, starts attending his Catholic school while receiving treatment at a local hospital.
Whitney says: This book is hard hitting, but incredibly inspiring. Tom struggles to accept Jessica for who she is rather than how she looks. Not only that but he realizes some of his friends may never be able to see past Jessica’s scars to know the person within.
Whitney also suggests:
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen– J MYST HIA
Scat by Carl Hiaasen – J MYST HIA
There are no Bears in this Bakery by Julia Sarcone-Roach – E SAR
For Grades Pre-K – 2nd; published 2019
Synopsis: When Muffin, a cat, hears a suspicious noise at the Little Bear Bakery, his investigation reveals a hungry bear cub.
Yentl says: Muffin is a cute cat who knows everything about Little Bear Bakery. Especially that there are no bears there. Muffin is on the case when she discovers a mysterious creature one night and she decides to help him. The illustrations in this book are so cute! It is a cute and silly story of unlikely friends.
Yentl also suggests:
Albert’s Treei by Jenni Desmond – E DES
Come Home Already! By John Jory – E JOH
There’s A Bear in my Chair by Ross Collins – E COL