It is September 9, 2001. A day like any other day. Children in school, parents working, families settling down to their dinners – nothing out of the ordinary in any way. Our story begins here, introducing us to four children and their families, one each in Chicago, Illinois; Shanksville, Pennsylvania; Brooklyn, New York; and Columbus, Ohio. All of them will soon feel the impact of the events of September 11, 2001, each in their own special way. The tragedy of 9.11 is gently brought home through the stories of these ordinary children. The history of the day becomes more personal as we see it unfold through their eyes. If you like historical fiction, and would like to understand 9.11 in a new way, this is the book for you.
Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant
Old turtle swims into his final wave as the sea creatures he has met throughout his life recall how he touched their lives. For instance, the sea otters remember how he loved to have fun and the dolphins remember his curiosity and bravery. So, even though the old turtle has died, he lives on in the heartfelt memories of his many friends. Beautiful illustrations add to this wonderful, touching story perfect; for a child or even an adult dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Invisible Cats? Dogs that can talk? Villains chasing Nate and Delphine? In How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul Tobin, Nate and Delphine have to figure out how to shrink Nate’s cat, Proton, to his original size (Nate loves science and experimenting and made Proton the size of an elephant and invisible). The Red Death Tea Society (the villains) are trying to stop Nate and Delphine from shrinking Proton. Who will win? Read this book and find out!
Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant
This wonderful picture book tells the story of Pakistani sisters and their first experience with a birthday party invitation. When oldest sister Rabina receives her first invitation to a birthday party, her younger sister begs to go along and the girls’ mother insists that Rabina take her sister to the party. This, of course, has the disastrous results that Rabina believes it will. This book so perfectly illustrates the universal challenges of sibling relationships right to the sweet and surprising end. Big Red Lollipop is a delight.
Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant
Kadir Nelson’s art is just brilliant. In his latest picture book, If You Plant a Seed, the pictures are so vibrant and colorful that they jump off of the page. Nelson has written a tale about planting seeds with a double meaning. The pictures show the literal planting and harvesting of vegetables, while the text talks about planting seeds of kindness rather than selfishness. There’s no question about the message here, and there is much to enjoy in the faces and gestures of these charming animals.
Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator