Month: February 2020

Staff Picks For Kids Blog

Magic on the Map! Let’s Mooove! by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky  

Magic on the Map! Let’s Mooove!Would you like to ride in a magic camper that talks to you? Finn and Molly decide to check out the camper their dad has brought home while their parents are asleep. When they go inside, they find out that the camper can talk to them and take them places very quickly! The camper takes them to a cattle ranch, and tells them they have some work to do. What will Finn and Molly find? How will they get back home? Read more to find out! First in a series. 

Appropriate for third grade and up. 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant 

Missing Mike by Shari Green 

Missing MikeMike and Cara are inseparable. Mike is a one-eyed rescue mutt who has had encounters with coyotes. 12-year-old Cara Donovan sometimes feels friendless until she picks this rust colored mutt to adopt. When wildfires encroach on the family’s town they are forced to evacuate. In the chaos of leaving Mike is lost and the family was not able to search for him. Cara and her family are placed into a volunteer host family’s home. Cara meets Jewel but her friendship can’t stop her thinking about the friend she left behind. Cara and Jewel start searching for Mike and soon find out how dangerous wildfires can be. This heartwarming story of is one girl’s stressful journey to find a new definition of home. 

Book reviewed by Rebecca R., Youth Collection Librarian 

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow 

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola CrayonsHow many times have you used crayons in your life? The answer is probably a lot, but did you know that before there were crayons, the only way to color was to use special artist type crayons that were expensive, broke easily, and some were even toxic? This is what Edwin Binney, an inventor, learned when his wife asked him to try and create a new type of crayon. Soon, he got to work. There were many writing tools at the time including a gray slate pencil, white chalk, and a black crayon, but how to make crayons with other colors. It was a lot of different experiments, mixing of materials, and using different pigments or colors, but soon he created what we know as Crayola Crayons. This true story is filled with amazing colorful illustrations and some unique facts.  

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian 

Sam the Man and the Chicken Plan by Frances O’Roark Dowell 

Everyone else in his family has a job. Sam wants to earn money too, so he turns to his neighbors to see if they need help doing chores and lands himself not one, but TWO jobs! One neighbor pays him a whole dollar each time he can convince her cranky old dad to join him for a walk. Sam’s second job is helping Mrs. Kerner take care of her chickens, which he discovers a knack for. Sam is soon on a mission to get a chicken of his own– one that lays blue eggs, which he can sell to his classmates to make even MORE money! Will his plan work? What will he do with all his riches? Find out the answers to these questions and see what else happens to Sam the Man in this charming and funny beginner chapter book series. 

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator