Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Carol C.

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

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

Louisiana’s Way HomeIn Kate DiCamillo’s 2016 book entitled Raymie Nightingale, we were introduced to Louisiana Elephante. She’s a sweet girl, with a beautiful singing voice and trapeze artist parents!  In 2018 we get the pleasure of an entire book revolving around her in Louisiana’s Way Home. It can be read as a standalone, but I really enjoyed reading it as a sequel. With grace and style all her own, Louisiana is faced with some terrible circumstances and some truths she’s not sure she is ready to face. Granny up and takes her to Georgia from Florida without warning, without her cat, and without even getting to say goodbye to her friends. Granny has no money and no apparent plan and Louisiana finds herself alone in a strange town wondering who she really is and what will become of her.

Recommended for kids in 4th-6th grade who like heartfelt reads.

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

The Boo Boos that Changed the World by Barry Wittensteen

The boo-boos that changed the world : a true story about an accidental invention (really!) / Barry Wittenstein ; illustrated by Chris HsuEarle married his beloved wife Josephine who happened to be quite accident-prone…especially in the kitchen. Whether it was slicing onions, grating cheese, or lifting hot pots off the stove, Josephine was constantly grabbing towels to stop the bleeding. But you can’t cook with a towel wrapped around your hand! Leave it to her husband to create something out of adhesive tape and sterile gauze which was small enough for her to use herself. Earle brought the idea to his boss, James Johnson, who decided to produce and sell the product. Combining the word “bandage” with “first aid,” they came up with Band-Aid. After giving them to boy scouts and WW II troops, they were a hit! Add multiple sizes, colors and designs…and you have a worldwide success.

Here’s an awesome, quick-read, nonfiction book that came about “quite by accident”

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

Restart by Gordon Korman

Cover image for Restart : lose your memory, find your lifeWhat do you think it would be like to lose your memory? You don’t remember your family, friends, or what you were like before the amnesia. That’s what happened to Chase Ambrose in Restart by Gordon Korman.

Nobody really knows why he was up there, but Chase fell off the roof of his house and was lucky to survive with only bumps, bruises, and a concussion with the loss of his memory.

It turns out that Chase was a star football player at his middle school and was quite the bully. But he doesn’t remember any of that! The other kids at his school remember all too well and it takes some time for them to trust and adjust to the new Chase Ambrose who is nice, helpful, and hard-working…unlike the old Chase Ambrose who was mean, hurtful and, quite possibly, a thief.

Everyone wonders whether Chase will go back to his old ways as his memory gradually returns or move forward with this fresh start. Very few people ever get a second chance like this and the question remains: Will Chase take this chance?

I recommend this book for 4th through 6th graders who like realistic, humorous fiction, with the slightest touch of mystery.

Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison