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The Water Hole
This is a book for the whole family! Dive into this exquisitely illustrated book that is much more than a story. For younger children, this 1-10 counting book will delight with a parade of animals from all over the world gathering at the waterhole. Older children will enjoy finding the 100 hidden animals throughout, as well as experience a symbolic story about the world's depleting resources. This book is a work of art!
Z Is for Moose
This is not your typical alphabet book. Moose is a little eager for his turn in the spotlight, and Zebra cannot get Moose, or the book for that matter, under control. Laugh out loud at Moose's zany invasion of the illustrations and text, all in an effort to secure his place in the sun.
If you're creeped out by scary stories, don't read this book! Doll Bones grabs you from the beginning as this enticing ghost story unravels a trio’s friendship. The eeriest doll imaginable contains the ground-up bones of a little girl whose haunting spirit compels a reburial far from home. The doll's maneuverings, as well as the unexplainable events occurring as the children undertake her quest, add unbearable tension. A page-turner of a story!
-Diane, Beacon Hill
The Year of the Baby
Anna and her family have welcomed baby Kaylee, newly adopted from China. Sadly, Kaylee isn’t thriving and she isn’t gaining weight. It takes a while to figure out, but Anna comes up with an intriguing idea that might help. A quiet, highly satisfying story that also incorporates STEM concepts in a seamless way.
-Miss Bea, Delridge/South Park
Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World
If you have a child, I highly recommend checking out this book. Each featured woman is uniquely different from the next. A short biography and interesting collages ensure that your kid will become well-acquainted with 26 confident ladies. This collection will be sure to inspire and empower!
The Day the Crayons Quit
Duncan is crazy for coloring. He colors so much, his crayons have quit. This delightful book has a letter from each crayon listing their grievances: from overuse to underuse to who is truly the right color for the job. This silly story will have children laughing and thinking about art and creativity.
Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship
Newbery Award winner Freedman has written another engrossing nonfiction book that has received high acclaim and starred reviews. This book examines the intersecting lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both men who were self-educated and fought to end slavery in the United States. Due to the photographs and subject matter, this book is best for grades 4 and up.
A large diamond-shaped birthmark on her face has defined Bee’s life for as long as she can remember. When she runs away to avoid becoming a sideshow display at a circus, she finds help in unlikely places…one of which may even be within herself. A lyrical and poignant look at what it means to be different.
-Erica, North East
I Spy in the Sky
A bird's eye peeks out of a hole cut into each page—but what kind of bird is it? Just turn the page to reveal bold, brightly colored illustrations of eagles, owls, hummingbirds and more! This gorgeous picture book works for ages 2 and up, adding color and science concepts into a simple repeating refrain, "I spy in the sky..."
No! That's Wrong!
Is it a hat, or is it a pair of underpants? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder in this goofy romp that celebrates repurposing clothing to suit oneself.
-Erica, North East
The Wig in the Window
Sophie Young and Grace Yang are best friends—and the super sleuth team of Young & Yang. Their walkie-talkies and spy gear come in handy when they witness their middle school counselor in what appears to be a bloody mess. Dr. Agford claims she had a mishap chopping beets, but that’s just the start of her suspicious activity. Recommended for fans of Sammy Keyes and Gilda Joyce mysteries.
- Linda, Central
Lion Vs Rabbit
Who doesn't love a good trickster tale? When mean Lion makes everybody mad, Rabbit gets hired to take him down a peg or two. The twist ending will make sure this is a favorite with everyone, but don't be in too much of a hurry—the incredibly detailed illustrations are worth savoring.
- Nathalie, High Point
Hello, Mr. Hulot
I loved this collection of wordless comics starring the hapless Mr. Hulot. He reminded me of Mr. Bean, and the sort of nonsensical adventures he might have riding a bike, or waiting for the bus, or visiting the zoo. Mr. Hulot is a well-known comedic film character in France, so if you enjoy this book you may want to borrow the films next!
-Christiane, Queen Anne
The Big Bad Wolf and Me
This is a fun spin on the classic "The Three Little Pigs"—ninja training! The first pig quits training after two weeks; the second fails to study his skills; however, the third devotes herself to learning and saves them from the big, bad wolf! I love this story because it shows readers how to empower themselves through hard work and determination. But my favorite part is that the sister pig is the hero!
–Erica, North East
Squirrels on Skis
What a great read-aloud! I picked this up thinking it was an older title because it looks a bit like the beloved classic, Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman, but it's a brand-new book with the same energy and zaniness you find in Dr. Seuss. A community comes together to help the squirrels ski without causing a public disturbance. A classic in its own right.
- Misha, Central
The Little Prince
This French classic is a book for all ages. Children will enjoy its playful storyline and adults will ponder its wit and meaning. The Little Prince is not only an enjoyable read, but may also give you a new outlook on life. It employs one of the most iconic quotes of our generation: "That which is essential is invisible to the eye."
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
Oh, Goat. You are so jealous. I’m jealous too sometimes. Unicorn can make it rain cupcakes! How can you compete with that? Turns out, Unicorn wishes he could be more like Goat. The solution? Team up and Awesome Friend Powers Unite! Taste My Cloven Justice!
I See Kitty
A little girl really, really wants a kitty, so much so that she begins to see kitty shapes everywhere she goes. Will she ever get a kitty of her own? This is a delightful picture book to share with children, and for grown-up cat lovers, the author also draws the very funny comic "Cat vs Human."
-Christiane, Queen Anne
How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story
Isaac, a ten-year-old Choctaw Indian, tells you about his family's difficult move from their ancestral land to Oklahoma, a journey he does not survive. This gripping story illustrates an important, heartbreaking and often neglected chapter of American history. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down!
My Blue Is Happy
Blue is best! Well, at least for me. My Blue Is Happy examines how color evokes diverse feelings in people. With delightful, vivid illustrations, this book is a great way to start conversations about emotions. How do you feel about red? What does it mean to you? For me, it’s the tart love of family, like ruby pie cherries eaten straight from the tree.
Do you love trash trucks and trash pickup day? If so, you're going to love following Mr. Gilly around town with his trusty trash truck. Both my toddler and I enjoy the rhymes, repetition and finding Mr. Gilly's two rat friends on every page!
-Emily, Beacon Hill