Staff Picks 4 Kids

Staff Picks 4 Kids Blog

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Cover image for Tuesdays at the castleI really loved this book.  It is about a royal family who live in a magical castle. This castle is constantly changing based on what it feels is needed.  If it likes you,  your room might grow and get very nice but if it doesn’t like you, get ready for an uncomfortable stay.  This castle even picks who will be king.  When the King and Queen go missing while picking up the eldest son from Wizardry school, a neighboring Prince wants to take over the castle.  Cecilia and her brother Rolf are left to figure things out as the Castle gives them clues. This is the first book of three in this series.

 

Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard  by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Cover image for Look up! : bird-watching in your own backyardSeveral years ago, the author thought it would be nice to keep a nature sketchbook.  She would sit outside drawing trees, rocks and flowers…and couldn’t help but notice lots of birds…some she knew, and others she did not recognize.  Had they been there all along and she just wasn’t paying attention?  YES!  She couldn’t stop watching and got hooked!

She suggests keeping a sketchbook with you, writing things down and drawing pictures.  And that’s what this book contains…tips to help you head out and start observing these beautiful, amazing creatures.  Colors, shapes, size, sounds, …observe it all!

Great illustrations, facts, cartoons and word bubbles…it’s a lot of fun!

Book reviewed by Carol C.., Elementary School Liaison

The Big Book of Superheroes by Bart King

Cover image for The big book of superheroesThis is not a book about Superman, Spiderman, or the Hulk. This is a book about how YOU can be a superhero. What do superheroes need? Well, there are chapters about choosing a superhero name, discovering your superpower, finding a sidekick, dressing like a superhero, and more. Each section is sprinkled with hilarious comic panels, as well as fun facts and anecdotes about famous superheroes, from Thor to the Incredibles. You may particularly enjoy the “Superpower Activity” sections that instruct how to create costumes and props, hone your super skills, or perform a “Sidekick Test” on your friends. There is even a chart to help you pick your superhero name.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Cover image for Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's libraryKyle is really not a fan of reading. He would rather play games whether their board games or video games. However, that changes when Kyle is selected along with 11 other kids to spend the night at the new library in their town. The library was built by Luigi Lemoncello, the creator of all the games Kyle likes and who also grew up in the same town. Mr. Lemoncello, though, is very eccentric and this library is anything but typical. With robots, holographs, and many other technological items, this library is fantastic. However, what Kyle and the rest of the kids don’t realize is that once you enter the library, it’s difficult to leave. You need to play Lemoncello’s game, find the clues, and then find your way out of the library. The first one to leave gets a prize. This book is a ton of fun to read and there is constantly stuff going on. Check it out and see if you can figure out the puzzle before you get to the end of the book and all is revealed.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved by Diane Lang

Cover image for Vulture verses : love poems for the unlovedThis poetry book starts out with a boy deciding to write friendship notes to all his friends, especially those who probably would never get a note like vultures, moles, snakes, etc.  Each page is a note written in poetic form to a forgotten, somewhat disliked, animal or insect.  Underneath each poem is a fact or two about how the animal actually helps us or explains their important role in our lives.  Who knows…you may want to write  a friendship note too!