Children

Bear Feels Scared

Friday, June 5, 2015
Karma Wilson
Bear Feels Scared

If you haven't read Karma Wilson's books yet-get started with her Bear books.  The rhythm and language is addicting.  The classic is Bear Snores On, of course, but Bear gets into all kinds of situations in the series.  Bear Feels Scared is all about Bear venturing a bit far and feeling scared.  His friends worry about him and go searching "through the wild, wet, weather".  If Wilson isn't already one of your favorites she will be after meeting Bear.

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Cindy A., Circulation

The One and Only Ivan

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Katherine Applegate
The One and Only Ivan

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself.  Yes I know, a story told by a gorilla, but his story is amazing!  Ivan was captured as a baby from the jungles of Africa and has spent the last twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall. Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see his home, and his art, through new eyes.  The story evolves into a personal quest for Ivan to help Ruby, his new friend.

This book is a winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. The story is a compelling page turner.  You just want to keep reading!  The words are very powerful, yet the chapters are short, making it a great choice for kids who have a hard time staying engaged in a book.  Parts of the book are very sad and emotional, but the final outcome is a joyful one. Check our Catalog

Barb C., Technical Services

Red: A Crayon's Story

Friday, April 24, 2015
Michael Hall
Red: a crayon's story



If you enjoy picture books such as "The Day the Crayons Quit," you'll enjoy the book "Red".  A crayon with a red wrapper cannot seem to draw any color other than blue.  Red and red's teachers & parents get frustrated when red cannot draw a proper strawberry or collaborate with yellow to draw a proper sun.  When red is at his/her lowest, someone asks red to draw an ocean; red feels immensely proud at finally being able to draw something right and realizes that red can draw perfectly wonderful blue pictures.  A nice book to read-aloud to preschool-kindergarten aged children.  Check our Catalog



Janice H., Youth Services

The War That Saved My Life

Monday, April 13, 2015
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The War That Saved My Life

"This a beautifully woven story of a young British girl during World War II.  Ada was determined to overcome physical disability and emotional abuse in order to grow personally and contribute to her besieged homeland.  From caregiver to the wounded to part time detective, she became a real hero for all to admire and love."  Check our Catalog

Kate D. Youth Services

I Will Surprise My Friend

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Mo Willems
I Will Surprise My Friend

The "Elephant and Piggie" books are delightful, fun, and entertaining for children, parents, and grandparents as well.  My favorite Elephant & Piggie books is "I Will Surprise My Friend".  If you have a preschool to early elementary age child, and want to hear them laugh out loud, read them this book.  

In "I Will Surprise My Friend," Gerald and Piggie decide to try a new game where they surprise each other.  Each waits on the other side of a large rock, waiting patiently for the other to surprise them.  After enough time passes by they both become increasingly worried - if the other is okay, or if the other has left for lunch.  They both jump out and startle each other at the same time so much that they become exhausted and decide to play their regular games from there on out.  Mo Willems is such a skilled artist and illustrator at conveying emotions, his books are the easiest to read aloud, you know exactly how to read each sentiment.  If you have a preschooler and haven't read Mo Willems' books yet, they are highly recommended!

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Janice H., Youth Services

Someone Named Eva

Monday, February 9, 2015
Wolf, Joan M
Someone Named Eva

This is one of the stories we don't talk about.  Throughout history we do horrific things during times of war.  This story shares on a very personal level the efffects of the Lebensborn Program during WW II.  Children from various countries were taken from their families and raised to become good German citizins.  They were trained in the language and culture before being adopted out to German families.  This tells the fictional story of a young girl, Milada,  taken from the village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia which has historical significance.  Through Milada we can empathizes with children who were traumatized in a lesser known way by war.  Very compassionately written.  Check our Catalog

Cindy A. , Circ

Born To Fly

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Michael Ferrari
Born To Fly

Bird McGill at eleven years old is determined to be a fighter pilot.  We are at war with the Japanese and her father, who believes his daughter can do anything, is off flying missions.  Bird becomes friends with the most unlikely child, a Japanese boy whose parents have been interned out of fear.  They suspect a spy is living in their little town and fight the higher forces to prove it and save the President from being killed.  My son and I loved this action packed story.  The feel of having control of a P-40 Warhawk and testing your self with those that believe in you being at your shoulder is incredible.  Ferrari was inspired to write this after seeing a little girl's hopes being deflated by being told by an older brother that she couldn't become a fighter pilot.  This is an excellent story for anyone who needs a little encouragement to keep believing in making their dreams become reality. Check our Catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

Mix It Up!

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Herve Tullet
Mix It Up!

 Loved the book. Great interactive book on colors. Its magic! You tap a gray spot on the page and colors appear. You tilt the book while on a page that blue and red are side by side and voilà you get purple when you turn to the next page. So you have yellow on one page and blue on the opposite page. What would happen if you shake the book really hard?  Mix it up....green Right!  Touch screen in a book move over iPad.  Check our Catalog

Kate D., Youth Services

Tuesday Tucks Me In

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Luis Carlos Montalvan
Tuesday Tucks Me In

Tuesday Tucks Me In was written by seventeen-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Luis Carlos Montalvan, who served multiple tours in Iraq. Luis’s experience as a solider and current veteran combined with the advanced education he has earned in journalism and narrative medicine make him very qualified to educate others about the challenges some veterans face following their days in the service. Unfortunately, as a result of his service, Luis suffers multiple disabilities including post-traumatic stress disorder

Told through the voice of Tuesday, young readers are shown what a typical day looks like supporting Luis. The comfort and constant care that this service dog displays for his friend is heartwarming for readers and will be enjoyed by dog lovers of any age. Written for grades Kindergarten through third, this book is appropriate for its intended audience and does a nice job adequately covering the issues being presented. Simple text and photographic illustrations naturally help build reader connections to the informative text. The tone is well balanced filled with both humorous and realistic writing that speaks directly to the calm and soothing effect Tuesday has on Luis. Pictures of Tuesday giving kisses, hugs, and cuddling with Luis at night show the amazing bond these two have formed.

The book ends with more information about service dogs, the effects post-traumatic stress disorder can have on your life and how Tuesday has made a difference for Luis. The information describes not only what a service dog is but what organization trains service dogs and what the training entails. As Luis speaks about his disabilities and the debilitating effect they were having on his life, he states that his furry friend saved his life and makes it possible for him to not only function each day but to get out and make a difference in other veterans lives. Additional information with current website links is also offered for readers that wish to learn more about service dogs, wounded warriors or ways to help disabled veterans. Tuesday Tucks Me In is an excellent resource that can be used to introduce young readers to the challenges some veterans face after serving our country.

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Emily D., Circulation

 

 

The Christmas Boot

Friday, November 28, 2014
Lisa Wheeler
The Christmas Boot

My mother has always collected Christmas story books.  I have grown my own collection to enjoy with my boys.  This is a tale full of wonder suited to the season.   It combines the talents of Lisa Wheeler who we greatly enjoy reading and local artist, Michael Glenn Monroe, who partners with a few of our local writers to bring to life their words.  This is a very simple story, but it always brings tears to my eyes that our desires and needs can be met when we know to ask and trust.  Check our catalog.

Cindy A., Circ.

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