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Staff Picks 4 Kids

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Cover image for The book with no picturesThis book really does not have a single picture in it! A gimmick? Maybe. But the concept is executed so well. Quite often we are drawn to books because of the pictures or the cover. What’s amazing about this book is that it proves that words have their own power. And that words in the right combination can be hilarious!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By lbos on July 27, 2015 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Picks by Erin E., Picture Books

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Cover image for The day the crayons quitThis book is adorable.  Duncan goes to get his crayons out at school one day and finds a stack of letters.  Each one is written by a different color crayon. Each has his reasons for needing a break.  Red feels over used because of holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Gray doesn’t like to have to be used for such big animals like elephants and hippos. Black doesn’t like being use for outlining things while the other colors are used to fill in. Of course there is drama as well. Yellow and Orange crayons are arguing about who should be the color of the sun and are no longer speaking to each other. I love how Duncan makes all the crayons happy in the end.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on July 13, 2015 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Barb M., Picture Books

How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores

Cover image for How to build a tornado in a bottleCalling all scientists!  Do you like to build things and learn how they work?  This series is for you!  The Hands-On Science Fun series includes titles about making slime, fizzy rockets, mystery smell balloons and….TORNADOs in a bottle!

In How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores, 1st and 2nd graders are given clear directions on how to create their own tornado using little more than plastic bottles, tape and colored water.  You will also learn how a real tornado happens!  Great pictures and simple directions make this a fun book and an enjoyable series.

Book reviewed by Carol C.., Elementary School Liaison

By lbos on June 15, 2015 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Carol C.

Who Was Steve Jobs? By Pamela Pollack (Part of the Who Was/Who is… series)

Cover image for Who was Steve Jobs?I really enjoyed this simple but very fascinating biography of Steve Jobs. It included lots of information about his life that I had not known. It is amazing to think about how much he changed our lives with the things he invented.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on May 25, 2015 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight by Marthe Jocelyn

Cover image for Sneaky art : crafty surprises to hide in plain sightThis is a cute craft book with ideas of art you can leave in different places to make life a little more interesting. For instance, you can make a little cork sail boat to leave in a public fountain or sink. Spruce up a chair by putting baby socks on the feet of the chair or a winter glove on a doorknob.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on May 4, 2015 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Summoning the Pheonix: Poems and Prose About Chinese Musical Instruments by Emily Jiang –

Cover image for Summoning the Phoenix : poems and prose about Chinese musical instrumentsThis book is beautifully done and so interesting.  Each double page spread has a poem and illustration of a child playing a Chinese instrument. I had no idea there were so many different kinds.  The poems are very short and information about each instrument is given.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on January 26, 2015 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Pucks, Clubs, and Baseball Gloves: Reading and Writing Sports Poems compiled and annotated by Jill Kalz

Cover image for Pucks, clubs, and baseball gloves : reading and writing sports poemsLearn about the different types of poetry while enjoying poems about sports!  Each page is a different type of poem and at the bottom of the page it explains that particular poetic form. You might even want to try your hand at poetry.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on December 22, 2014 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Have a Hot time, Hades! By Kate McMullan 

Cover image for Have a hot time, Hades!Everything you know about Greek mythology is wrong, at least according to Hades in this series by Kate McMullan. Zeus is a really myth-o-maniac, (that’s old Greek for liar). Well, it seems Zeus stretched the truth a little bit regarding what actually happened. Now, Hades is ready to set the record straight and make sure the world knows that he’s not really a bad guy.

In this installment, Hades tells the real story of how the Greek Gods came to power and defeated their father Cronus.  This version involves the first Olympics, a kick stone game, and the bucket o’ bolts. Throw in a couple of monsters and you get Hades’ side of the story.  Some of the other Greek Myths retold in the series include the stories of Pandora, Hercules, and Cupid.

Book reviewed by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist Librarian

By lbos on December 8, 2014 Categories: Fantasy, For Grades 2-4, Picks by Keary B.

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Cover image for Leroy Ninker saddles upIf you like Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series you will love this spin-off.  It stars Leroy Ninker, a wanna-be cowboy, who works at a drive-in theater.  When his co-worker mentions he has everything he needs to be a real cowboy except the horse he answers a want ad looking for a buyer of a horse “really cheap”. Well, it is love at first sight.  Of course, Leroy has no idea how to take care of a horse so the adventure begins.

Book reviewed by Barb M., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant

By lbos on November 24, 2014 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Funny, Picks by Barb M.

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Cover image for PieWhat’s your favorite type of pie? No matter; whatever your favorite is, it would be available and free at PIE, Aunt Polly’s bakery. She just loved baking pies, and didn’t need the money, so her pies would all be free!

But then she died, and no one, not her sister, not her favorite niece, Alice, no one, had a copy of her famous pie crust recipe. Aunt Polly left the only known copy of it to her cat, Lardo!

How can someone leave a recipe to a cat? Good question. It’s a mystery, and Alice, with her friend, Charlie, is determined to find out!

(Another plus to this books are the 14 pie recipes, each one guaranteed to be delicious! Come to read the book; stay and try out a pie recipe!)

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant

By lbos on November 10, 2014 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Picks by Loreen S., Realistic Stories