Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: For Grades 2-4

The Word Collector  by Peter H. Reynolds

The Word Collector It’s always been my thought that it’s nice for people to collect things. And while we see that some people collect coins, and some collect stamps or art, little Jerome collected words. All kinds of words. Words that he read, words that he saw. And as Jerome built quite a mighty collection of words, what he did with those words is part of what makes his story so amazing. As you read this story, maybe think of what you would like to collect, and just what  you might want to do with your amazing collection.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold

Noodleheads See the Future book coverWhen you ask someone to give you a hand, you don’t mean for them to cut their hand off and give it you, right? What about when someone tells you to listen up? Does that mean that you tilt your head so that your ear is listening to the sky? No, these are just sayings people use, but for Mac and Mac, Noodlehead brothers, they take these sayings literally. After all, there is nothing in their noodle heads. So, when their mom talks about dreaming of a garden, they decide they are going to make it happen. This way they can get cake too. How do they know that? Can they see the future or is it because their mom always makes cake for them when they help her. Now, they just have to figure out how to make a garden.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

Famous Fails! Mighty Mistakes, Mega Mishaps & How a Mess can Lead to Success by Crispin Boyer

Famous Fails! Mighty Mistakes, Mega Mishaps & How a Mess can Lead to Success by Crispin Boyer book coverA book filled with quirky failures and famous flops, this one takes on peculiar tragedies and hilarious calamities in areas like science, technology, food, entertainment and more. Do you know where the world’s tallest empty building is? And just why is this building mysteriously removed from some photographs? Don’t you want  to know about smelly movies, mysterious islands, chocolate French fries, and fortune cookies for dogs? And anyway, how does a dog get away with impersonating a lion….at a zoo? However, not all mistakes are disappointing. How did somebody come up with discoveries like microwave popcorn? Do you know how Noah McVicker invented Playdough? What’s the hype about the cursed baseball team and a goat? (They made a comeback, didn’t they?)

There is a “Lesson Learned” on almost every other page, and at times, a spark of encouragement spurts, “It could have been worse!” There’s also a game challenging the reader to find different mistakes that are purposely embedded in this book! Are you up for the challenge? Find out that some mistakes, mishaps and messes can turn out for the best. Remember, not all setbacks turn out to be failures!

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Annable Graham

Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable book coverPeter and Ernesto are sloths that love looking at the sky from the top of their tree. Peter thinks there is nothing better than their tree and sky, but Ernesto wants to see more sky from all over the world. He decides to leave the tree and see the sky from the ocean, desert, forest, and more. When Ernesto leaves though, Peter is worried about his friend. He could get eaten by a bear! Should he try to find him? However, that means he would need to leave the tree and travel across scary bridges and dangerous ponds. With whales, monkeys, and parrots around to help, hopefully these 2 friends will find each other again in this fun graphic novel.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

Princess Pulverizer: Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik

Princess Pulverizer Grilled Cheese and Dragons by Nancy Krulik book coverPrincess Serena isn’t afraid of anything or anyone. She is the bravest girl in all of Empiria (and possible the world). She swings from the rafters, smashes into tables, and accidentally breaks things. Since she is neither calm nor peaceful, Serena decides she needs a different name. The princess decides she should be called Princess Pulverizer. When she decides she would rather go to knight school, her father, King Alexander, tells her she must go on a quest. Knights need to be kind and selfless, and these have never been her strengths. In order to receive permission to attend knight school, she must perform eight good deeds. On her journey, she gets into some difficult situations and meets some new friends. This is a good series for someone who enjoys fantasy and is starting to read chapter books.

Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison