Children Recommendations

Round Trip

The Madman of Piney Woods

The madman of Piney WoodsBy Curtis, Christopher Paul
CPC has hit it out of the park again! In this companion book to Newbery Honor Book Elijah of Buxton, Curtis takes us to the year 1901 in Buxton, Ontario, 40 years after the events of Elijah of Buxton and introduces us to Red and Benji. They are a couple of mischievous boys (one of them African-Canadian and one of them Irish-Canadian) who meet and become fast friends after they find that they and their families have many similarities.... Read more
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The Fourteenth Goldfish

 “Middle school is like one of those highway restrooms in the middle of nowhere. It’s dirty and smelly and it’s crowded with strange people.”

Gaijin: American Prisoner of War

Using stunning images (I mean, just look at this cover!) and a simmering narrative, Matt Faulkner creates a masterpiece of visuals and story about a shameful era in American history. Based on a true story, it’s about 13-year-old Koji Miyamoto, a child of a white mother and a Japanese father who struggles with his identity in 1941 San Francisco. This graphic novel begins when Koji and his mother are listening to the radio one night and get news of the Pearl Harbor bombing.

The Great Greene Heist

Jackson Greene has sworn off the family practice of conning, but then discovers the school elections are being fixed. His friend Gaby is running for president but stands no chance of winning, thanks to her competitor's bribe of the principal. Jackson has some tough choices to make. A fun read for ages 10 and up, author Varian Johnson humorously depicts the political scene of a school (coming perilously close to the feel of real-life politics).

El Deafo

In the growing genre of comics called “Graphic Medicine” most books are oriented towards grown ups. However, there are at least a handful of “Graphic Medicine” comics for kids to read. In many ways, these books could be even more helpful to children, for whom medical situations could be even more traumatic.

Dental Kit

Perhaps it is time for your child's first trip to the dentist. Maybe your class is working on a first-grade health unit. Whatever the occasion, this dental kit can supply all your educational needs.The kit contains the picture book titled Open Wide by Laurie Keller, 3 posters describing good dental hygiene and the tooth's anatomy, a dental chart, a model of a tooth complete with oversized toothbrushes, and much more!  

God got a dog

God got a dog, God got cable and God went to beauty school. These are 3 of the 16 scenarios in this short, sweet and funny book by award-winning author Cynthia Rylant and award-winning illustrator Marla Frazee. God experiences childlike wonder in the beauty of everyday life:

God went to India
To see the elephants.
God adores elephants.
He thinks they are
the best thing
He ever made.
They do everything
He hoped for:
They love their children,
they don’t kill,
they mourn their dead.

The Post Office Book : Mail and How it Moves

Gail Gibbons has a great series of books that shows how things work, using simple, fun, cartoon-like illustrations that while in some ways plain, also have a lot of detail. I first saw a book of hers, Department Store, at the Friends of the library book sale. It is definitely worth checking out. That book takes you through the day of a department store, in all the departments and with great detail.

Big Time Rush. Season One.

The guys from BTR join the library's collection with season 1 (in 2 parts).  Relive the fun as they get ready for their album release, embark on a media tour, and plan a dance party that would make Cinderella blush.  Rushers, rejoice!  

One Came Home

Part mystery, part history, this well-crafted tale of a young girl's determination to find out what happened to her older sister deservedly won a 2014 Newbery Honor and has been nominated for an Edgar Award (for the best juvenile mystery). Georgie refuses to accept the truth--that her sister ran away from home, was killed two weeks later, and her body is now being lowered into the ground. Georgie sets out to follow the path her sister took with only her shooting skills to steady her, a stubborn mule to teach her patience, and her sister's former beau to guide her.

Breaking Stalin's Nose

This fast-paced, wonderfully illustrated book begins with 10-year-old Sasha Zaichick on the eve of his becoming a “Young Soviet Pioneer”. He lives with his father and 46 other people in a communal apartment in Moscow, all sharing a single kitchen and, yes, a single toilet. Later that night, three men in State Security uniforms (and jackboots) come to the apartment, take Sasha’s dad away and tell Sasha that the “state” will come first thing in the morning to pick him up.

Brave Girl

Did you know that there is a Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association? There are so many librarians, around the country, helping to "solve social problems and inequities in order to carry out their mandate to work for the common good and bolster democracy." Each year the Feminist Task Force within the Social Responsibilities Round Table publishes a list, as part of the Amelia Bloomer Project, of some of their favorite books for girls from babies to teens, both fiction and non fiction.

Old Bear

Sometimes a story that is very simple can be brought to life with beautiful illustrations, especially when they are drawn by the author. This way, the book artist can bring their complete vision together in one book. Some of my favorite contemporary illustrations are by Kevin Henkes, who wrote and illustrated, among other books, Old Bear. Old Bear is great for all seasons. The story is very simple. An old bear hibernates and dreams and remembers when he was a young cub, enjoying all the seasons of the wilderness.

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler/E. L. Konigsburg

What a delightful story this is!  From the start you'll find our spunky heroine, Claudia, planning an adventure for herself.  Because of the injustices she feels she's suffered at home, she's decided to run away.  Thinking that her second youngest brother Jamie would be a good companion to take along because he's quiet and occasionally good for a laugh, Claudia decides that they're not just going to run away from home but they are going to run to somewhere:  the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Claudia is a mastermind when it comes t

Cookies : bite-size life lessons

It can be difficult to explain to young children important life concepts we as adults hope children will be conscious of. For example, how can an adult explain to a child somewhat abstract notions, such as what cooperation, patience, modesty, trustworthiness, optimism, courage, contentment, and what being wise means? Simple. Explain it in terms they understand: cookies.

The One and Only Ivan

Based on a true story, The One and Only Ivan is the tale of a silverback gorilla that lived at the Exit 8 Big Top and Video Arcade for 9855 days (27 years). 27 years in a glass cage with only a tire swing, a baseball, a small plastic pool filled with dirty water and an old TV. 

Back to School Tortoise

This picture book follows a placid-looking tortoise as he gets ready for his first day back at school, with a unique twist. Tortoise is not your average animal getting ready to go back to school. The reader follows along as he walks along to school, imagining all the ways his first day can go awry. But, “as bravely as he could” Tortoise decides to open the door into the classroom. Beyond delightful, this story provides a fresh new look on an old routine. Painted in earthy and neutral tones, the nature settings and even the classroom fade into a quiet background.

Tuck Everlasting

I picked up a copy of Tuck Everlasting on a whim. Being that it is a well known, classic piece of literature I knew the premise of the story, yet Tuck Everlasting still managed to surprise me. The story follows Winnie Foster, a sheltered child, who watches life pass by from behind her gated yard. She wonders what her life would be like, away from her family’s watchful eye, and on sunny days sits in the yard and thinks about running away. On one such day a man dressed in a yellow suit comes to the gate and asks Winnie questions about a family in town.

When You Reach Me

Even though I work with the adult collection here, I still enjoy reading books written for kids - this clever and thought-provoking gem is not to be missed! It’s New York City in the 1970s. Sixth grader Miranda’s best friend, Sal, is ignoring her, her mom is practicing to be on the $20,000 Pyramid game show and she starts getting mysterious notes from someone that knows a lot about her. The notes urge her to prevent a tragedy that is supposed to occur in the future. Who is sending the notes and how can the writer know the future?

Snow Party

As I write this, spring is starting, so it's a funny time to write a review of Snow Party, but it's simply one of my favorite contemporary picture books. Working on the bookmobile in the winter, it was always fun to pick out winter themed picture books for storytimes and I always relished reading this one, which is my favorite snowpeople-starring picture book.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Happy Day! A new Mo Willems book! Three Dinosaurs are -definitely not- setting a trap for Goldilocks in Willem’s inspired spin on the classic Goldilocks & the Three Bears.

The Boy Who Cried Alien

In this fun rhyming twist on the Boy Who Cried Wolf, no one believes Larry the Liar when he tells them a spaceship with two aliens have  landed in Malarkey Lake, that is, until the aliens invade the town!

Three Cups of Tea

“The first cup of tea you are a stranger; the second cup, a friend; and the third cup you’re family.”

It's a Dog's Life

“Do you like dogs? Sure you do. We’re man’s best friend right? But how many of your other best friends lick your face? Lick themselves? Or roll in dead animals?”