Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nonfiction for Elementary and Middle School

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life - Ashley Bryan
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.


Sea Otter Rescue - Suzi Eszterhas
Offers an illustrated look at the Alaska SeaLife Center's Wildlife Rescue Team and their efforts to treat young, orphaned sea otters.

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler - Russell Freedman
The true story of the White Rose, a group of students in Nazi Germany who were active undercover agents of the resistance movement against Hitler and his regime.

Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Animal Infographics - Steve Jenkins
How many species are there across the globe? How much do all of the insects in the world collectively weigh? How far can animals travel? Steve Jenkins answers these questions and many more with numbers, images, innovation, and authoritative science in his latest work of illustrated nonfiction. Jenkins layers his signature cut-paper illustrations alongside computer graphics and a text that is teeming with fresh, unexpected, and accurate zoological information ready for readers to easily devour. The level of scientific research paired with Jenkins creativity and accessible infographics is unmatched and sure to wow fans old and new.

The Rock & Gem Books...and Other Treasure of the Natural World
The Rock and Gem Book is packed full of photos of natural wonders, including rocks, minerals, gems, shells and fossils. This children's encyclopedia displays more than 1,200 full-color specimens, from sapphires and rubies to silver and pearl, revealing the unique qualities of each material and how it is used in industry, architecture, art and science. Including precious metals, rare fossils, tiny gemstones and giant shells, the Rock and Gem Book gives a complete overview of the Earth's naturally occurring marvels and the beautiful objects created from them.



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Fiction for Elementary Grades

Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson
Loving their gifted teacher, three boys are dismayed when the teacher falls ill and leaves for the rest of the school year, a situation that compels them to share their stories while cutting class and journeying across town together on a fateful day.


Gertie's Leap to Greatness - Kate Beasley
Gertie is a girl on a mission to be the best fifth grader ever in order to show her estranged mother that Gertie doesn't need her--not one bit!

Makoons - Louise Erdrich
Living with their Ojibwe family on the Great Plains of Dakota Territory in 1866, twin brothers Makoons and Chickadee must learn to become buffalo hunters, but Makoons has a vision that foretells great challenges that his family may not be able to overcome.

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin
Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. Together, the two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother -- before it's too late.

Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic - Ursula Vernon
Harriet Hamsterbone sets out to reverse the curse on twelve mice princesses who are forced to dance all night, every night.

A Dog Like Sam - Edward van de Vendel
Kix and Emilia adopt a stray dog and name him Sam, even though their parents say they cannot keep him, but then Sam's original owner comes looking for him.

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk
Twelve-year-old Annabelle must learn to stand up for what's right in the face of a manipulative and violent new bully who targets people Annabelle cares about, including a homeless World War I veteran.

Picture books

The Airport Book - Lisa Brown
An exploratory journey through the airport.

Plants Can't Sit Still - Rebecca E. Hirsch
Describes some ways in which plants can move, from sunflowers turning towards sunlight and vines creeping up a fence to tulips folding in at night and maple seeds whirling like helicopters in the wind.

Stowaway in a Sleigh - C. Roger Made
Late one night, Slipper the cat awakens to find a furry-booted man in her home and, like any curious cat would, climbs into his big red sack.

Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope - Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, and Mrs. Teaberry and her good dog, Zeke, head for the sledding slope for the wildest ride ever. Maybe winter is not so slow after all!


Who What Where? - Olivier Tallec
Simple text asks the readers a series of questions about the characters on each page, and the child must decipher the visual clues to find the answer.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

More New Christmas Books

Christmas in the Barn - Margaret Wise Brown
Rhyming text relating the birth of Jesus Christ in a barn among farm animals.


Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book - Tar Gomi
When busy Santa selects the presents by peering through the windows of each house and guessing what animal lives there, the results are often unexpected. Features die-cut illustrations.

Jesus is Born - Sophie Piper
Retells the story of the Annunciation, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus, and the visit of the shepherds, from the Gospel of Luke, and the Three Wise Men, from the Gospel of Matthew.



The Christmas Story - Robert Sabuda
The wonder and awe-inspiring story of the birth of Jesus is brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined pop-up paper sculptures.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Audiobooks

Grades K-3
The Reasons for Seasons - Gail Gibbons
An explanation of how the position of Earth in relation to the sun causes seasons, and the wonders that come with each one of them: summer, autumn, winter, and spring.



Grades 3-6
Pax - Sara Pennypacker
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. One day, the unimaginable happens, Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be, with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own.

Grades 5-8
Raymie Nightingale - Kate DiCamillo
Raymie Clarke decides that if she can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Picture Books

There's a Bear on My Chair - Ross Collins
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what's that? Is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!


A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love - Michelle Edwards
When Sophia was a baby, Mrs. Goldman knit a tiny baby hat to keep her warm. Last year, she taught Sophia how to knit. Now Sophia wants to knit a special hat for Mrs. Goldman. And she wants to do it all by herself!

Owl Sees Owl - Laura Godwin & Rob Dunlavey
A baby owl leaves the nest one night, explores the world around him, sees his own reflection, and then returns to the safety of home.

A Child of Books - Oliver Jeffers
A young reader introduces a boy to the many imaginative worlds that books bring to life.

Hare and Tortoise - Alison Murray
Hare is the fastest on the farm. Tortoise is as slow as they go. So when they decide to have a race, Hare is certain to win ... isn't he? Alison Murray offers an enchanting retelling of a much-loved Aesop's fable with a mischievous twist full of fun and stylish charm.
Ideas Are All Around - Philip C. Stead
In search of writing ideas, an author takes a walk with his dog around the neighborhood.

Samson in the Snow - Philip C. Stead
When friendly giant mammoth Samson falls asleep and wakes up in the middle of a blizzard, he finds and shelters a little red bird and a flower-loving mouse, beginning new friendships for all.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Nonfiction for All Ages

Elementary
Some Writer!: The Story of E.B.White - Melissa Sweet
"SOME PIG," Charlotte the spider's praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White's personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children's book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter.

Middle School
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives 
- Kenneth C. Davis
Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were "owned" by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country's great tragedy--that a nation "conceived in liberty" was also born in shackles.

Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West - Candace Fleming
This, the first significant biography of Buffalo Bill Cody for younger readers in many years, explains it all. With copious archival illustrations and a handsome design, "Presenting Buffalo Bill "makes the great showman come alive for new generations. Extensive back matter, bibliography, and source notes complete the package.


It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order -- and left a few notes specifically for Hitler's men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said good-bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. This account includes the discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world -- eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history.

High School
Women of Colonial America: 13 Stories of Courage and Survival in the New World
- Brandon Marie Miller
Using a host of primary sources, author Brandon Marie Miller recounts the roles, hardships, and daily lives of Native American, European, and African women in 17th- and 18th-century colonial America. Hard work proved a constant for most women--they ensured their family's survival through their skills while others sold their labor or lived in bondage as indentured servants and slaves. Even in this world defined entirely by men, a world where no one thought it important to record a female's thoughts, women found ways to step forth. Elizabeth Ashbridge survived an abusive indenture to become a Quaker preacher. Anne Bradstreet penned epic poetry while raising eight children in the wilderness. Anne Hutchinson went toe-to-toe with Puritan authorities. Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse built a trade empire in New Amsterdam. Martha Corey lost her life in the vortex of Salem's witch hunt. And Eve, a Virginia slave, twice ran away to freedom. With strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness, these women and many others played a vital role in the mosaic of life in colonial America.


New Middle Grade and YA Fiction

Middle Grades
The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known.

Raymie Nightingale - Kate DiCamillo
Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who's determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship -- and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

Snow White - Matt Phelan
The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL."

Young Adult
The Fever Code - James Dashner
Before the trials, WICKED found Thomas, the perfect boy, to help them build the Maze and find the cure for the Flare, a disease that plagues the world. But the truth of what is really going on is a secret and Thomas must uncover it before time runs out.



Every Hidden Thing - Kenneth Oppel
Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth century world has ever seen. To Samuel Bolt its the "rex", the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her chance to prove herself on this expedition with her professor father. With both eyeing the same prize, their budding romance seems destined to fail. As danger looms, can they join forces to find their quarry?


Monday, December 5, 2016

New Books for Christmas & Hanukkah

Gingerbread Baby and his friend, Matti, take his gingerbread band to the Christmas Festival where they are a hit--until the aroma of gingerbread reaches the children, signaling the time to run away.

The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story - Kallie George & Stephanie Graegin
Four animal friends-- Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel-- deliver a package for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Greta and Gracie are sisters - Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet and it's all fine until, one day, everything changes. It's nearly Christmas and together the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents and even try a spot of ice-skating! But Greta, of course, always knows best - poor Gracie can't get a word in edgeways. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is quietly sleeping, Gracie hears a funny noise ...whatever could it be? She creeps downstairs to investigate, and the next morning her very special revelation leaves chitty chatty Greta lost for words!

Maple & Willow's Christmas Tree - Lori Nichols
Sisters Maple and Willow get their first real Christmas tree, only to discover that Maple is allergic to it.

When the people of Chelm receive a giant menorah as a gift from the mayor of Lublin, the villagers try to come up with a fitting way to thank the mayor, but it isn't until the last night of Hanukkah that young Yitzi comes up with the right idea.