Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Non-fiction

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our PlanetThe author of Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow has come out with another celebration of nature and its wonders. This book is full of stunning photographs and rich descriptive words. The back matter gives information on how to turn your “thank you” into actions—skipping straws, for example. Sayre also gives location and species detail for all of the photographs, in case you’re wondering WHAT or WHERE some of the amazing pictures are. Thank You, Earth is biology, ecology, math, and life lessons wrapped in a gorgeous package.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Look at Me: How to Attract Attention in the Animal World  by Steve Jenkins

Look at Me: How to Attract Attention in the Animal WorldEveryone loves learning about camouflage in the animal world, and nonfiction books are a great way to learn about it. However, animals don’t only use camouflage. Sometimes it is just as important to stand out! Changing colors, leaping, dancing, odors, inflating like a balloon, or even screaming are quite useful to signal a warning or for territorial defense. Add some fabulous illustrations and you have another successful book by Steve Jenkins.

Recommended for animal lovers in 2nd-4th grade.

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection edited by Colby Sharp

The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story CollectionThe Creativity Project, edited by Colby Sharp, is a written and visual collaboration of innovative  ideas using words, art, poetry and stories from various professionals about how writers and illustrators think,explore, and their ideas evolve to a completed work. Each short segmented chapter initiates the process by submitting  a conceptual prompt and then another resourceful contributor submits their idea of how  they work from scratch, sometimes to a finished product.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued A Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose

Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued A Bald EagleBeauty is an amazing bald eagle and was born in the wild. She learned to fly, hunt and use her beak to break up food, and live on her own. However, one day that all changed when she was hurt by a bullet. It took most of her upper beak and hurt her face as well. Without her beak, she couldn’t hunt anymore or take care of herself. Luckily, a policeman found her and brought her to a wildlife center where they helped her heal. However, she was still missing her beak and that is when an engineer became interested in helping Beauty. Could they 3D print a beak for her to wear? Would it work the same way her original beak worked? It had never been done before, but maybe this was a way to help Beauty. In this incredible true story, learn how using a 3D printer helped Beauty.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

Paul Writes a Letter by Chris Raschka

Paul Writes A Letter book coverIn Paul Writes a Letter, Raschka gives us a lovely introduction to St. Paul and his epistles. Paul was a faithful and educated man who in the middle of his life began to believe in the story and teaching of Jesus. He traveled all throughout the Roman Empire to speak of his new way of thinking. While he traveled, he wrote letters to the people he had seen or would see soon.  Paul writes letters about hope and faith and about caring for others.  Each of the fourteen epistles attributed to Paul are featured with its own colorful, double page spread.  Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka’s new picture book is full of humanity and kindness.

Book reviewed by Amy S., Youth Outreach and Programming Assistant