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Staff Picks 4 Kids

A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke

syndetics-lcGet ready for a cuteness overload! No, this book isn’t about kittens or puppies, it’s about sloths! I never thought they were cute, until I saw “A Little Book of Sloth”. This book is full of puns, interesting facts about sloths, and a ton of pictures. You’ll learn about the two kinds of sloths—the “Muppet” variety and the “cross between a Wookie and a pig” variety—, what they like to do all day (Hint: Rest and hug. But mostly rest), and meet the superstar sloths at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica. Plus, this book will remind you that sometimes, the best thing to do is “just chill” and relax.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Outreach Coordinator

By lbos on September 9, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Claire B

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia

syndetics-lcIn the 2014 Bluestem nominee entitled I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia, many unusual health remedies are discussed. Take a nasty sore throat for example: Should you put a frog in your mouth, rub skunk oil on your chest, wear a necklace made from earthworms, or tie a dirty sock around your neck? I bet you are wondering where these remedies came from and if they actually work. For the answers to these questions, you’ll have to read this fun yet informative book! But I will tell you that while one of these remedies might actually help your throat, they will all give you a stomach ache!

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By lbos on August 26, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Carol C.

Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

syndetics-lcThis is one history book that reads more like a spy thriller.  It’s the story of the atom bomb, perhaps the most destructive weapon known to mankind.  Get ready for a wild ride with genius inventors, spies, counterspies, and powerful politicians — all players in this piece of 20th century history.  And hold on as you follow the true twists, turns, and treachery in this exciting account of how the atom bomb came to be.  A great read!

Book reviewed by Mary Ann S., Assistant Head of Youth Services

By lbos on August 12, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Mary Ann S.

Noisy Poems for a Busy Day by Robert Heidbreder

syndetics-lcThis poetry book has short fun poems that will take you from sun up to sun down. From the breakfast table to the park and on to the bedtime routine.  Only one short poem per page and the illustrations are bright and cheery!

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

By lbos on August 5, 2013 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

The Skull in the Rock by Lee Berger and Marc Aronson

syndetics-lc“Dad, I’ve found a fossil.”  These words led to one of the most important archaeological discoveries in history.  In 2008, nine-year Matthew and his father Professor Lee Berger discovered two-million-year-old fossilized bones belonging to a young male and a female.  The Skull in the Rock details their find and its impact on what we know about human evolution.  To make sure that everyone who reads the book can take part in the adventure, the authors continue to cover new discoveries on the website www.scimania.org.  Even if science isn’t your thing, this book is a fascinating read.

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

 

By lbos on February 11, 2013 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Mary S.

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

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This poetry book is beautiful!  I couldn’t wait to turn the page to read the next part of the poem and see the beautiful photography of different insects. This book is much like a picture book and the last two pages have thumbnail pictures of the illustrations with information about each bug. Rick Liender provided the wonderful photographs.

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

By lbos on December 31, 2012 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

syndetics-lcIn the book Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer, each spread consists of a page of poems next to an illustrated page. Both the words and the pictures are sort of mirror images of each other (hence, the title of this book), and both are creatively done. Each pair of poems contains exactly the same lines, but the second one is the reverse of the first. My favorite is “Bears in the News” which shows the three bears discovering Goldilocks in their bed– from both the bears’ and Goldilocks’ points of view. It’s so simple, yet so brilliant!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By lbos on December 17, 2012 Categories: For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E., Picture Books

50 Poisonous Questions by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

50 Poisonous QuestionsWhen you read 50 Poisonous Questions by Tanya Lloyd, you will learn a lot about poison, obviously, but also about history. Like the crazy medical treatments doctors used for George Washington’s fever…that ended up killing him! You’ll learn how to hunt with a frog.  Find out why the government is conspiring with your mom to make you eat vegetables. And learn whether some poisons can actually help people. With all your new knowledge you can solve the book’s puzzles about how people and animals have been poisoned. Prepare to be surprised and amused by these amazing true facts!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Coordinator

By bjones on October 8, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Claire B

A Braid of Lives edited by Neil Philip

Braid of Lives A Braid of Lives edited by Neil Philip is a collection of writings by American Indians remembering their childhoods from about 100 to 150 years ago. Almost every other page is a huge black and white photograph of American Indian kids and parents.  The stories and pictures are both amazing!  There are funny stories about games and about getting in trouble, but also stories about what was most important to them and their families.  I thought it was interesting how in almost every story the kids just wanted to be able to do what the grownups and the bigger kids were doing, and they would work hard until they could run as fast or ride a horse as well as the others. If you are interested in how kids lived in the past in America, this is the book for you.

 

By bjones on August 16, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Big Wig: A Little History of Hair by Kathleen Krull

Big WigBig Wig: A Little History of Hair by Kathleen Krull presents hilarious anecdotes that trace the history of grooming and hairstyles around the world. For instance, did you know that the ancient Maya used boards to flatten and elongate babies’ heads, and then tied beads in front of their eyes to encourage them to cross? There are also several absurd ideas people have come up with for curing baldness. These humorous facts, combined with Peter Malone’s silly illustrations, make this book an interesting, fun, and easy read.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By bjones on June 18, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.