May 2018 Staff Picks

The Detective London McKenna mystery series by Alex Gates is dark. I’ve read a few of them, but they are not easy reads. The pace is very quick, though.

Nina E.

I am currently reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. For fans of Wonder, but 10 times a better read!

Out of My Mind is narrated by a girl with cerebral palsy who’s very intelligent but unable to express herself verbally or physically. Hoping for the ending I expect, but there have been some unexpected story lines.

2018-2019 Middle School Battle of the book list

Justin M.

I am reading Flat Broke with Two Goats which is a memoir by Jennifer McGahan.  Her book was chosen for The Big Read.  She was at Main St. Books in Davidson on Saturday evening.  I enjoyed seeing her.  The first part of the book is difficult to read as her first marriage was an abusive relationship.  The second part of the book is about homesteading in North Carolina near Asheville.

Cheri S.

I just read The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud.  I read it for pleasure.  It was on the Battle of the Book reading list last year.  This was an exciting fantasy book about young teens that run a ghost hunting agency.  I would definitely recommend it, but it is probably not for everyone since it is can be bit dark and scary. 

Rachel V.

 

What the kids enjoy this Spring

Hi, it’s Ms. Crystal from the Outreach department in Youth Services.  Some of my teachers have been asking for a list of the books that we have been reading during our preschool and school visits this month.  Here are a few of my favorites that I have been using and they have been big hits with my Story Time listeners!

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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

By: Susan Shea

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By: Eric Carle

dontletthepigeondrivethebus_bookcoverDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

By: Mo Willems

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Knuffle Bunny

By: Mo Willems

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Polar Bear’s Underwear

By: Tupera Tupera

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Tap the Magic Tree

By: Christie Matheson

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Mother Bruce

By: Ryan T. Higgins

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The Curious Garden

By: Peter Brown

August Kids Picks

Animal FactsAnimal Facts to Make You Smile
by Grace Hansen
E 590 HAN

First book in a fantastic series about animals and facts that most of us don’t know. Simple text and real life photos of animals in their habitat. Guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!
-Crystal

GruffaloThe Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler
E DON

Silly tale of a mouse who escapes being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake by inventing a lunch date with a strange monster: the gruffalo. Then, to his surprise, the mouse encounters the gruffalo himself–only some quick thinking will get him out of this mess!
-Mike

Spy GuySpy Guy
by Jessica Young
E YOU

Spy Guy is a spy—but not a very good one. He’s too loud, too squeaky, and in need of a good disguise. All Spy Guy wants is to figure out the secret to spying. But as the Chief says, that he must discover for himself. With a lot of trial and even more error, can Spy Guy figure out the secret to spying?
-Crystal

The Last Train: A Holocaust StoryThe Last Train: A Holocaust Story
by Rona Arato
J 940.531 ARA

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.

The Nazi occupation forces the family into situations of growing panic and fear: first into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. Separated from their father, 6-year-old Paul and 11-year-old Oscar must care for their increasingly sick mother, all while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy amid the horrors of the camp.
-Lynae

UnwantedsUnwanteds
by Lisa McMann
J MCM

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths . Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret–behind the mirage of the ‘death farm’ there is instead a place called Artime.
-Serena

July Kids Picks

We have kids books, picked out just for you!

Circus Mirandus Circus Mirandus
by Cassie Beasley
J BEA

Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.
-Crystal

Princess Plot Princess Plot
by Kirsten Boie
J BOI

Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess–sweet! In the wink of an eye, she’s whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the “shoot.” But something’s amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use her to take control of the country, now being fought over by rebels. As the plot twists and turns, Jenna discovers just what she’s made of–and just why she resembles the missing princess so much!
-Crystal

Saving Lucas Biggs Saving Lucas Biggs
by Marisa de los Santos
J DEL

When thirteen-year-old Margaret’s father is unfairly sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, she is determined to save him, even if it means using her family’s secret-and forbidden-ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man.
-Crystal

U.S. PresidentsU.S. Presidents
by Ken Jennings, illustrated by Mike Lowery
J 973.009 JEN

Become a genius of presidential trivia with this guide from Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings. Learn all about the weird habits and activities of our nation’s great leaders and impress your friends and family!
-Mike

Buk Buk BukThe Buk Buk Buk Festival
by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
E AUC

Feathers fly and humor abounds as the literary adventures continue for Henrietta, the talented chicken from The Plot Chickens. Thrilled to have her picture book published, Henrietta is all aflutter with excitement when shes invited to a local book festival. However, the event organizers did not count on having a chicken show up to sign books. Luckily, just when the festival director gives chase, Henrietta comes up with a clever plan to make herself heard and be respected.
-Crystal

Hug MachineHug Machine
by Scott Campbell
E CAM

No person or thing will go unhugged when the hug machine is around! Charming watercolors highlight this tale of an extremely affectionate little boy.
-Mike

Beach HouseBeach House
by Deanna Caswell
E CAS

In a funny and heartfelt celebration of family, vacations, and the joy of the sea, Deanna Caswell and Amy June Bates capture the essence of summer—building sand castles, jumping the waves, and watching the stars come out after a long day at the beach—and the love that warms every moment.
-Crystal

Being WendyBeing Wendy
by Fran Drescher
E DRE

In this delightful picture book, we meet Wendy, a girl who lives in an odd town where everyone has to wear a box. These boxes are labeled with what each person does. The teacher wears a TEACHER box. The baker wears a BAKER box. Even the doctor wears a DOCTOR box! These boxes are worn for life and Wendy has to choose hers soon. How will she ever decide on just one box? She’s interested in so many things! Wendy’s moxie makes her break out of her box . . . And she sets the whole town on end when she does!
-Crystal

Summer Kids Books

Even more kids books to keep you reading through the summer because you can never have too many!

Hi, Koo Hi, Koo!
by Jon J. Muth
J 811.54 MUT

An exuberant journey through the alphabet with panda bear, Koo.


Telephone Telephone
by Mac Barnett
E BAR

Clever page turns, hilarious details, and delightful wordplay abound in the bird world’s version of the classic game of telephone.


Monster My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not)
by Peter Brown
E BRO

Bobby thinks his teacher is the worst. . . that is until he accidentally meets her in the park.


The Pigeon Needs a Bath!  The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
by Mo Willems
E WIL

Pigeon returns- – this time he needs a bath but has other things to do. When he is finally convinced, he won’t get out of the tub!


Witch's Boy The Witch’s Boy
by Kelly Barnhill
J BAR

Following the adventures of new friends Ned and Aine in this imaginative tale of tricky magic. A complex journey about finding your voice.


Absolutely Almost Absolutely Almost
by Lisa Graff
J GRA

In this relatable tale, fifth grader Albie is not very good at a lot of things, but with a little help from a new babysitter, he finds out that being himself is the most important thing.


Half a Chance Half a Chance
by Cynthia Lord
J LOR

A young girl struggles to determine her place when her family moves to a new community. An authentic story of friendship, loss, and self-identity told through the lens of her interest in photography.


Rain Reign Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin
J MAR

Rose’s obsession with homophones and rules distinguishes her from most other fifth graders, but also provides insights into the world of a child challenged by Asperger’s Syndrome.


-Nancy

June Kids Picks

Fill up your Summer Reading log with these great books!

Juvenile:

Chicken Squad The Chicken Squad
by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell.
J CRO

When a squirrel comes to them scared of something Big and Scary, the Chicken Squad jumps to the rescue. But is it really a UFO? Funny start to a new series by the author of “Click, Clack, Moo.”
-Mike

The Island of Dr. Libris The Island of Dr. Libris
by Chris Grabenstein
J GRA

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking!
-Crystal

Beandog Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball
by Charise Mericle Harper
J HAR

Bean Dog and Nugget lose Bean Dog’s shiny new ball in a bush. They dream up elaborate and silly ways to get it back while they argue about who is actually going to go and get it.
-Serena

Wonder Wonder
by RJ Palacio
J PAL

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
-Nancy

Queen of the Diamond Queen of the Diamond
by Emily McCully
JB Murphy

Lizzie Murphy was good at baseball. In fact, she was better than most of the boys. But she was born in 1900, and back then baseball was not a game for girls. Lizzie practiced with her brother anyway, and then she talked her way onto the local boys’ team, first as a batboy, then as a player.
-Crystal



Easy:

Go! Go! Go! Go! Stop!
by Charise Mericle Harper
E HAR

Little Green only knows one word: ‘Go!’ It’s the perfect thing to get the construction site moving, but how will they stop?
-Serena

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
by Emily MacKenzie
E MAC

Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn’t just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spiraling into a life of crime!
-Crystal

Watermelon Seed The Watermelon Seed
by Greg Pizzoli
E PIZ

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.
-Serena