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Staff Picks 4 Kids

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.

This is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander

This is the GameThis is the Game by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander. “Let’s play ball!” Baseball is what this new poetry book is all about.  Each poem highlights a different aspect of the game and makes you feel like you are there experiencing it in person.  It definitely “hits a home run”!

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

By bjones on April 16, 2012 Categories: Early Readers, For Grades 2-4, Non-fiction, Picks by Barb M.

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein

Every Thing On ItIf you like Shel Silverstein (and who doesn’t!?!), you’ll love his new collection of poems called Every Thing On It. Though the author is no longer alive, members of his family were able to put together some of his work that had not yet been published. The poems and drawings are as hilarious and strange as his others. In the title poem, a boy imagines a hot dog with literally “everything on it.” The author seems to have an affinity for pelicans because there are quite a few poems about them.

Book reviewed by Erin E. Youth Services Programming Coordinator

By bjones on February 14, 2012 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Funny, Non-fiction, Picks by Erin E.

The Story Behind Toilets by Elizabeth Raum

The Story Behind Toilets The Story Behind Toilets by Elizabeth Raum. Tired of reading yet another biography of George Washington or Amelia Earhart? Why not try a “biography” of toilets? There’s a real story to how people learned to treat their “waste products” (i.e., urine and excrement – we know what those are, right?).  Once people began building bigger and bigger settlements, what to do with this stuff became a really big deal. And some of their ideas just didn’t work that well.  This is an interesting (if you like toilets – and who doesn’t?) and quick-reading book, with lots of diagrams and photos. Check it out! Maybe you can read it while you’re in the bathroom!

Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant

By MPPL on September 27, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction, Picks by Loreen S.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery by Steve Sheinkin

The Notorious Benedict Arnold Did you know that the most notorious traitor in American history, Benedict Arnold, was also one of our greatest heroes?  I didn’t!  He was one of George Washington’s most trusted generals.  He was utterly fearless in battle, a genius at strategy, and beloved by his soldiers.  Without his daring early victories, the American Revolutionary War would have been quickly lost.  But he had no political skill—he wasn’t careful about hurting people’s feelings. He was blunt, egotistical, and had a bad temper.  Some of the people he upset began to spread rumors about him (some true, some not).  He felt insulted and felt that he wasn’t getting the credit he deserved.  With his fame and power slipping away, he came up with a desperate plan that would have given victory to the British—a plan that very nearly worked. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery by Steve Sheinkin is a fast moving, easy read that you won’t want to put down.  It’s an incredible action adventure–part extreme survival story, part spy thriller–and 100% true.


By MPPL on July 11, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting by Jim Murphy

Truce World War I was a tragic war for many reasons.  It was the first war in which modern weapons like machine guns were used. Sadly, the military leaders of the time would not change their tactics—they still expected soldiers to overwhelm the enemy by charging as a group directly at the enemy’s position.  Not only were casualties horrific, the whole war could have easily been avoided if not for the ambitions of a few world leaders.  But when Christmas day came in 1914, something amazing happened. The soldiers simply stopped fighting. In Truce: The Day the Soldiers Stopped Fighting, Jim Murphy does a great job of explaining World War I so clearly that you can easily understand how the soldiers felt when they called their own truce on Christmas Day.



By MPPL on March 30, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

50 Ways to Save the Earth by Anne Janekliowitch

50 Ways to Save the Earth If you’re in search of ways you can help preserve and protect our Earth, then you should pick up a copy of 50 Ways to Save the Earth because it’s full of great ideas.   Tip number 15 suggests using recyclable paper when wrapping birthday or holiday gifts as one way to conserve paper.  To make the wrapping paper even cooler you could always personalize it with your own decorations.  Not only are there things you can do at home, but there are also tips on how you can respect and limit your impact on nature, like keeping your dog on a leash while you’re walking to prevent any wildlife from being frightened or not throwing litter in gutters or streams because it pollutes animals homes and our water supply.  If you’re looking to take action now to protect the earth then fill your head with green ideas by checking out this book today!

By MPPL on March 14, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction

True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay

True Green Kids Ever wondered what a kid can do to do save the planet? Well True Green Kids has 100 different projects, activities, and actions any kid can do to help preserve the environment.  If you have an MP3 player, cell phone, or any toy that uses batteries, then you can make use of thing 8: use rechargeable batteries! They may cost more, but they can be reused thousands of times.  When you don’t dispose of regular batteries correctly, the metal can soak into the ground and pollute water supplies. If you like crafts, then things 81-90 are for you! They offer different ways you can be creative and green like making art out of found objects or using natural elements in your masterpieces.  If you’re ready to be an activist for the Earth, then come in the Library and grab True Green Kids. Soon you’ll be greening up your room, shopping habits, school, and even vacations!

By MPPL on January 17, 2011 Categories: For Grades 4-6, Non-fiction