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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

Drum Roll Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow 

Drum Roll PleaseMelly and her best friend, Olivia, are all set for rock-‘n’-roll summer camp and on their way when Melly’s parents announce that they are getting a divorce. Then Melly and Olivia get placed in different cabins and bands…but Melly has only ever played with Olivia. Everyone else in her band has a different style of music and it doesn’t seem like they can find any common ground. Her bandmate Adeline becomes a new friend and Melly realizes she has a crush on her. This novel takes Melly through many emotions: angry, confused, shy, scared, curious, understanding. This is a great story about coming out of your shell, romance, and of course, music.

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian

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 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