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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

Thank you, Omu! by Oge More

Thank you, Omu!This book begins with Omu (AH-moo) in her top floor apartment cooking a thick red stew in a big fat pot for her nice evening meal. Just before she sits down to eat it, there’s a knock at the door. It’s a little boy asking about the delicious smell. What do you think Omu does? Of course she shares her stew! But then, the smell drifts further, and another person comes knocking! And another, and another. Will there be enough stew for everyone? The warm colors on the pages match the warm & fuzzy feelings you’ll get from this sweet book about food, comfort, and community.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver

My Year in the MiddleLu is the daughter of Argentinian immigrants, living in Alabama. She’s in sixth grade, in a recently integrated school and feeling like an outsider of her own because she’s Latina. For the most part, white students and black students sit on opposite sides of the room, are only friends with people who look like them. Lu’s love of running brings her closer to a black student, Belinda, but this also puts her at odds with her traditional parents sometimes. Tensions rise throughout the book with the upcoming election between Brewer and Wallace (the segregationist)… people start choosing sides leading to disagreements between friends, fights, and a lot of confusion about what is right. When Lu ultimately decides to stand up for what she believes in, she’ll discover who her real friends are and who she really is. Pick up this historical fiction novel if you are interested in civil rights, running, and a well written story that’s heartwarming.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian

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

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