News from Youth Services Category: Non-fiction

E-Book-Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist/ ¡Esquivel! Una Artista del Sonido de la Era Espacial by Susan Wood, illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh

Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist Book CoverJuan García Esquivel grew up in Mexico loving music. He started finding work as a musician when he was just 14 years old, playing piano on a radio station. Later, he made music for a comedy show on the radio, and it was there that he started to experiment with music and sound, making drums sound like a lumbering giant, clarinets like a dog, and having singers make sounds, not words. His music was different from what most people had heard before, sounding like something from outer space. This is a non-fiction story with fantastic illustrations, about a person you might not have heard of before. It’s also fun to listen to his music at the same time. Someone also made silly videos to go along with some of his music, which you can find on the book’s website.

Juan García Esquivel creció en México amando a la música. Empezó trabajando con música cuando solo tenía catorce años, tocando piano para una estación del radio. Después, hizo música para un programa de comedia en el radio. Allí es donde empezó a experimentar con música y sonido, haciendo que los tambores suenan como un hombre torpe, clarinetes como un perro, y tener cantantes haciendo sonidos en vez de palabras. Su música era diferente de lo que personas habían escuchado antes, que suena como algo de espacio. Este es un cuento de no-ficción con ilustraciones fantásticas, sobre un personaje que tal vez no conoces. Es divertido escuchar a la música a la misma vez. Alguien hizo videos chistosos que acompañan a su música, que puedes encontrar en la página del web del libro.

The e-book in Spanish is available on Hoopla, and in English on Libby Overdrive.

There are English and Spanish copies of this book. The call numbers are: KIT J 780.92 ESQUIVEL, J. or J SPANISH 780.92 ESQUIVEL, J.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian

E-Book – Goo Makers by Kelly Milner Halls 

Goo Makers Hoopla BookWho likes gooey slime, gummy candy, and foam that erupts like a volcano? Want to learn how to make these? This book is for you if you answered yes to any of that. This book has easy to follow recipes for your favorite goo and also shows you how to make even better by adding sparkles, magnetic pieces, and more. Check out this book or one of the others in the series to make a fun treat. 

This book is also available as an ebook on Hoopla. 

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian 

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons by Natascha Biebow 

The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola CrayonsHow many times have you used crayons in your life? The answer is probably a lot, but did you know that before there were crayons, the only way to color was to use special artist type crayons that were expensive, broke easily, and some were even toxic? This is what Edwin Binney, an inventor, learned when his wife asked him to try and create a new type of crayon. Soon, he got to work. There were many writing tools at the time including a gray slate pencil, white chalk, and a black crayon, but how to make crayons with other colors. It was a lot of different experiments, mixing of materials, and using different pigments or colors, but soon he created what we know as Crayola Crayons. This true story is filled with amazing colorful illustrations and some unique facts.  

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian 

Grace Hopper Queen of the Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code Book Cover“If you got a good idea and you know it’s going to work, go ahead and do it.” Grace Hopper 

This picture book biography is about the unknown queen of the computer code. As a young girl Grace’s brilliant mind for math and science led her to tinker with gadgets. It was no wonder that her personnel motto was: “Dare and Do.” She graduated Yale University as the only woman in her class and became a teacher at Vassar College but wanted to do more to help her country. At thirty six, she was too old and too skinny to join the Navy but her excellent math skills landed her a job writing programs for the very first computer ever built. Grace invented the term “computer bug,” and taught computers to recognize words. Hooper was truly, “Amazing Grace,” a female role model . This was a fun and inspiring book to read. 

Book reviewed by Marsha D., Youth Services Assistant