Staff Picks 4 Kids

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

Cover image for The true blue scouts of Sugar Man SwampBeing a swamp scout in the Sugar Man Swamp is not an easy job. Just ask Bingo and J’miah, the newest raccoon swamp scouts. Bingo and J’miah are in charge of making sure the swamp is safe and if there is a danger, the need to wake up the Sugar Man who is a cousin of Bigfoot. When Bingo and J’miah hear a rumbling in the distance, they know it’s time to wake the Sugar Man. Can the Sugar Man save the swamp and all the animals that live there? Find out in this really great book. Each chapter is told from different points of view. If you’re looking for a fun read or have already read The One and Only Ivan, this might be the next book to choose.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores

Cover image for How to build a tornado in a bottleCalling all scientists!  Do you like to build things and learn how they work?  This series is for you!  The Hands-On Science Fun series includes titles about making slime, fizzy rockets, mystery smell balloons and….TORNADOs in a bottle!

In How to Build a Tornado in a Bottle by Lori Shores, 1st and 2nd graders are given clear directions on how to create their own tornado using little more than plastic bottles, tape and colored water.  You will also learn how a real tornado happens!  Great pictures and simple directions make this a fun book and an enjoyable series.

Book reviewed by Carol C.., Elementary School Liaison

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Cover image for Bud, not BuddyThings have not been going well for ten-year-old Bud.  First, Todd, his foster brother, sticks a pencil up his nose while he’s sleeping.  Then when he defends himself, Todd beats him up and Bud is the one who is punished by being locked overnight in the shed.  There he sees a huge vampire bat, which he attacks with a rake.  Only it turns out the bat is really a hornet’s nest with about 6000 hornets heading straight for him.

Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt

Cover image for Rhyme schemerIf you liked Love That Dog, you’ll love Rhyme Schemer by K.A. Holt, another verse novel from the perspective of a boy who says he’s not crazy about poetry… but his cleverly-written stanzas tell us otherwise. Kevin rants about a bully at school, his complicated family, and just about everything that is going wrong in his life. One way he deals is by masquerading as a sort of poetry bandit, anonymously plastering the school with torn out pages of library books, on which he’s circled, blacked out, and doodled on the letters and words to compose a poem. If Kevin is found out, the kids would make him “King of the School,” but on the other hand he could also get himself suspended.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator