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

April Kids Picks

Here’s some of our favorite kids books we’ve been reading–we hope you’ll love them too!

Awesome Minecraft Building Ideas Awesome Minecraft Building Ideas
J 794.8 MIN

Ever wanted to build something in Minecraft? This guide answers all your questions!
-Serena

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett

E BAR

Two boys decide to dig until they find something spectacular. Kids will love watching as Sam and Dave dig humorously close to diamonds but keep missing them.
-Mike

I Dare You Not to Yawn I Dare You Not to Yawn
by Hélène Boudreau

E BOU

A boy gives yawn-resisting tips to avoid bed, but it just may be inevitable!
-Mike

The Kind of Friends We Used to Be The Kind of Friends We Used to Be
by Frances O’Roark Dowell

J DOW

Kate and Marylin are best friends forever… Well, except for last year when they weren’t friends anymore… And except for this year when they both want to be friends again, but just don’t know how.
-Crystal

The Day My Butt Went Psycho The Day My Butt Went Psycho
by Andy Griffiths

J GRI

When Zack’s butt decides to run away, Zack ends up on a journey across the Great Windy Desert, through the Brown Forest, and over the Sea of Butts before descending into the heart of an explosive buttcano to face the biggest butt of all. My son thought this book series was hysterical.
-Serena

Everything on a Waffle Everything on a Waffle
by Polly Horvath

J HOR

In the small Canadian town of Coal Harbour, in a quaint restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, everything comes on a waffle–lasagna, fish, you name it. Even waffles! Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp loves this homey place, especially its owner, Kate Bowzer, who takes her under her wing, teaches her how to cook, and doesn t patronize or chastise her, even when she puts her guinea pig too close to the oven and it catches fire. Primrose can use a little extra attention. Her parents were lost at sea, and everyone but her thinks they are dead.
-Crystal

The Mailbox The Mailbox
by Audrey Shafer

J SHA

Vernon Culligan had been dead to the town of Draydon, Virginia, so long that when the crusty Vietnam vet finally died, only one person noticed. Twelve-year-old Gabe grew up in the foster care system until a social worker located his Uncle Vernon two years before. When he comes home to discover that his uncle has died of a heart attack, he’s terrifed of going back into the system–so he tells no one. The next day, he discovers a strange note in his mailbox: I HAVE A SECRET. DO NOT BE AFRAID. And his uncle’s body is gone.
-Crystal

You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does) You’ll Like it Here (Everybody Does)
by Ruth White

J WHI

While Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they’re a lot like Earth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and can’t wait to grow up. But they also have grossly unique qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet. The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfather, by accident, to a far planet in which the society is not only oppressive but hostile to individual freedom.
-Crystal

Spring Kids Books

Celebrate the arrival of spring with these seasonal reads! Check out some of these exciting spring books for children of all ages:

The Gardener The Gardener by Sarah Stewart
E STE
A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.

Miss Rumphius Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
E COO
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful–and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

Seeds of Change Seeds of Change by Elaine Pascoe
JB MAATHAI
Describes how seeds are formed, how they grow, what they look like, how they reproduce, and how they make food and provides instructions for related hands-on science projects.

Grandma’s Gloves Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci
E CAS
When her grandmother, a devoted gardener, dies, a little girl inherits her gardening gloves and feels closer to her memory.


The Bee Tree The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
E POL
To teach his daughter the value of books, a father leads a growing crowd in search of the tree where the bees keep all their honey.


My Spring Robin My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell
E ROC
A little girl welcomes spring with a search for the singing robin that made last spring so special.

Hi, Koo! Hi, Koo!: a year of seasons by Jon Muth
J 811.54 MUT
Join Koo the panda bear with these haikus about the seasons.

Bear Wants More Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
E WIL
When spring comes, Bear wakes up very hungry and is treated to great food by his friends.

Clementine and the Spring Trip Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
J PEN
Third-grader Clementine’s school field trip to Plimoth Plantation leads to all kind of discoveries, from fourth grade eating rules to the source of the stink on the bus.

-Nancy

March Kids Picks

Get your week started right with some of our favorite Kids books!

Picture Books

Bunnies!!! Bunnies!!!
by Kevan Atteberry

E ATT

A monster searches everywhere to find the things he loves: bunnies!!!
-Serena

Just a Duck Just a duck?
by Carin Bramsen

E BRA

Duck and Cat discover that being yourself makes for being the best of friends!
-Serena

Full Speed Ahead Full Speed Ahead: How Fast Things Go
by Cruschiform

E CRU

Did you know that a tornado travels faster than a race car? Or that a human and spider travel at the same speed? Full Speed Ahead! is the first picture book to directly compare the speeds of animals, modes of transport, and forces of nature in a clear and visually striking album format. Objects are grouped from slowest to fastest, with objects of the same speed on one spread, creating fascinating “match” races. And with a sleek, graphic design and vibrant spot-color printing, Full Speed Ahead! is as gorgeous to look at as it is informative to read. On your mark, get set, go!
-Crystal

Penguin on Vacation Penguin on Vacation
by Salina Yoon

E YOO

Penguin vacations at the beach after growing tired of the cold. But when the beach isn’t at all what Penguin expected a new friend helps him learn how to play. Cute illustrations accompany the humorous story.
-Mike

Juvenile Books

Waiting for Normal Waiting for Normal
by Leslie Connor

J CON

Addie is waiting for normal. But Addie’s mom has an all-or-nothing approach to life: a food fiesta or an empty pantry, jubilation or gloom, her way or no way. All or nothing never adds up to normal. All or nothing can’t bring you all to home, which is exactly where Addie longs to be, with her half sisters, every day. In spite of life’s twists and turns, Addie remains optimistic. Someday, maybe, she’ll find normal.
-Crystal

Free Baseball Free Baseball
by Sue Corbett

J COR

Felix knows his dad was a famous baseball player in Cuba—and that his father risked everything to send Felix to America. But his mom won’t reveal anything else. When a team with Cuban players comes into town, Felix wonders if they knew his dad, and sneaks into their locker room to ask. That’s when the players mistake him for their new batboy.
-Crystal

A Snicker of Magic A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd

J LLO

Midnight Gulch used to be a magical place, a town where people could sing up thunderstorms and dance up sunflowers. But that was long ago, before a curse drove the magic away. Twelve-year-old Felicity knows all about things like that; her nomadic mother is cursed with a wandering heart.
-Crystal

February Kids Picks

Picture Books

Please, Mr. Panda Please, Mr. Panda
by Steve Antony

E ANT

Mr. Panda has a plate of doughnuts to share, but most of the other animals forget to say “Please.” This is a funny book about sharing and manners.
-Serena

Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Dosh Archer

E ARC

A spider arrives at City Hospital with some strange head injuries. How did this happen? And does it have anything to do with all the water rushing down the water spout? Early readers have never been such fun!
-Crystal

Crankenstein Valentine Crankenstein Valentine
by Samantha Berger

E BER

See what happens to an ordinary kid on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year-Valentine’s Day! Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It’s enough to turn anyone into a monster! YECHHHH!
-Crystal

How to Bake a Book How to Bake a Book
by Ella Burfoot

E BUR

Discover the secret ingredients to crafting a truly delicious story! Join one lucky little girl as she learns the recipe for making the perfect story. A pinch of good, a dash of bad, some big words, and carefully cut out characters all provide the ingredients for a truly delicious read!
-Crystal

Really, Really, Really, Big The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur
by Richard Byrne

E BYR

Finlay (a little dinosaur) is sitting on a grassy mound, counting jelly beans to share with his friend. A big dinosaur comes along and demands the sweets. He is rather rude, a bit of a show-off, and doesn’t believe Finlay even has a friend. Well, he’s in for a really, really, really big surprise!
-Crystal

Quick Little Chat While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat
by Amy Reichert

E REI

Rose tries and tries to get ready for bed while her mother is chatting with Uncle Fred, but she keeps getting interrupted as more people show up at the door. Oh no! There’s the doorbell again!
-Mike

Going Places Going Places
by Peter Reynolds

E REY

A boy and girl team up and use a bit of outside-the-box thinking for a creative entry in the “Going Places” contest.
-Mike

Juvenile

The Hundred Dresses The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes

J EST

At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies.
-Crystal

The Fourteenth Goldfish The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm

J HOL

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
-Crystal

House of Robots House of Robots
by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

J PAT

It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he’s dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E–for “Error”. Sammy’s no stranger to robots–his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it’s Sammy’s brother… it’s actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy’s one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it’s cool to be square?
-Crystal

Counting By 7s Counting By 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

J SLO

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life… until now.
-Crystal

January Kids Picks

Curl up with a great kids book this January!

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
by Chris Grabenstein

J GRA

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids, (if not the teachers), and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.
-Crystal

Liesl Liesl & Po
by Lauren Oliver

J OLI

A mix-up involving the greatest magic in the world has tremendous consequences for Liesl, an orphan who has been locked in an attic, Will, an alchemist’s runaway apprentice, and Po, a ghost, as they are pursued by friend and foe while making an important journey.
-Crystal

Try This Try This: 50 Fun Experiments
by Karen Roman Young

J 507.8 YOU

Discover what makes science fun in this engaging book, filled with weird, wacky science facts, basic principles, and 50 creative science projects that take interactivity to a whole new level. Dynamic photos and art highlight projects step by step so kids can conduct experiments with confidence and accuracy.
-Crystal

Ella Ella Takes the Cake
by Carmela D’amico

E DAM

Ella’s offer to help out at her mother’s bakery takes her on an errand all across the village in this sweet story about responsibility.
-Mike

Super Snow Day Super Snow Day Seek and Find
by Michael Garland

E GAR

It’s a snow day! When Tommy wakes up, he finds a note from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, promising a surprise if he unravels clues she has hidden for him all over town. Tommy follows the clues through a gorgeous winter wonderland, from sledding and skating to magical ice palaces and forests full of winter creatures.
-Crystal

Mr. Prickles Mr. Prickles : a Quill-fated Love Story
by Kara LaReau

E LAR

Excluded by the other forest animals for not being cute, cuddly, and playful, a porcupine feels lonely and angry until he finds a prickly companion, Miss Pointypants.
-Serena

Clap your paws If It’s Snowy and You Know It Clap Your Paws
by Kim Norman

E NOR

Kim Norman and Liza Woodruff, the team behind the delightful Ten on the Sled, have created another irresistible winter-themed romp. This humorous variation on the classic song “If You’re Happy and You Know It” introduces a group of adorable animals playing joyfully in the snow.
-Crystal

Blizzard Blizzard
by John Rocco

E ROC

“Blizzard” is based on John Rocco’s childhood experience during the now infamous Blizzard of 1978, which brought 53 inches of snow to his town in Rhode Island.
Told with a brief text and dynamic illustrations, the book opens with a boy’s excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood’s immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow break through on their street.
-Crystal

Dragons love tacos Dragons love tacos
by Adam Rubin

E RUB

This book explores the love dragons have for tacos and the dangers of feeding them them anything with spicy salsa.
-Serena

December Kids Picks

Snowmen at Work Snowmen at Work
by Caralyn Buehner; illustrated by Mark Buehner

E BUE

When winter sidewalks seem to have been mysteriously shoveled, a child wonders if snowmen are magic and have nighttime jobs while the people sleep.
-Serena

Holly and Ivy The Story of Holly & Ivy
by Rumer Godden; illustrated by Barbara Cooney

E GOD

“The Story of Holly & Ivy” is a Christmas classic for a parent to read to children. It is about three Christmas wishes, one for life, one for home, and one for family. It’s a longer book at 31 pages, so get comfortable with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy.
-Joe

A Northern Nativity A Northern Nativity
by William Kurelek

J 394.2 KUR

This Christmas classic is both written and illustrated by one of Canada’s best known artists, William Kurelek, who created twenty paintings for this book.
-Joe

Holly Joliday Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday
by Megan McDonald; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

J MCD

Stink wants snow for the holidays but it hasn’t snowed on Christmas in Virginia in more than a hundred years. Will the new mailman, Mr. Jack Frost, be able to make his wish come true?
-Serena

Kid Sheriff Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads
by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith

E SHE

This humorous story tells of a boy who outsmarts a band of outlaws and saves the town.
-Mike

Mud Fairy The Mud Fairy
by Amy Young

E YOU

Emmalina is not your typical fairy but she still finds her own way to earn her fairy wings.
-Mike