Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Darice C.

Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese

Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School DilemmaLena’s Shoes are Nervous, by Keith Calabrese, is a witty story about a young gal on her first day of kindergarten.  Although she is anticipating a fun day, her little school shoes don’t want to go. What can she do? Well, she decides to consult her dad, and between the two of them, and some serious contemplating, they together come up with a creative solution.  A must read.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Business Pig by Andrea Zuill

Business PigJasper the pig was born on a farm, but didn’t feel that he was too much like the other pigs. He drew graphs and charts, walked around  in a suit holding a briefcase, and refused to be so messy like his sloppy little siblings. Read this book and see how Jasper found his place around the farm.

 Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

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

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

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