Monthly Highlights

Looking for something new to read? Here are the books we’re most excited to read this month.

January 2017

81KjBO+dpxLOrigami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion
by Sok Song
Children’s Non-Fiction, 736.982 Song

Learn how to transform a simple sheet of paper into a runway-ready outfit with these easy-to-follow instructions. This book has 30 unique designs!

61s0Q7NSK2L._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_ Teen Titans Go! Volume 3, Mubo Jumbo
By Sholly Fisch
Juvenile Graphic Novel, Fisch

The Teen Titans have to help cure Starfire’s Tamaranean flu, beat the Titans East in a baseball game, and take the Batmobile for a road trip without getting caught! But their real challenge will be facing off against their most villainous villain yet – reality TV producers!

51er6LGo5aL._SX393_BO1,204,203,200_D.I.Y. Make It Happen: YouTube Channel
by Virginia Loh-Hagan
Children’s Non-Fiction, 006.75 Logan

Looking to create your own YouTube channel? Then check out this handy guide!

December 2016

by Laurie Halse Anderson
Children’s Fiction, Anderson

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge—but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state—where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

61vshege6bl-_sy481_bo1204203200_A Bike Like Sergio’s
by Maribeth Boelts
Picture Book, Boelts

Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben’s mom sends him to Sonny’s corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn’t have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone’s purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it’s not one dollar or even five or ten—it’s a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio’s! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money?

51vecek4exl-_sx334_bo1204203200_Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition
by Margot Lee Shetterly
Children’s Nonfiction, 510.9252 Lee Shetterly

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

September 2016

by Jude Watson
Children’s Fiction, Watson

March and Jules are teenage twins, following in their father’s footsteps as jewel thieves, but when their latest job goes wrong the end up with one jewel, a sapphire called the Morning Star, one of three cursed jewels — and the only way they can break the curse is to elude the FBI, Interpol, and a gang of international criminals, find the other two jewel and reunite them!

How Elections Work9781503809024
by Jeanne Marie Ford
Children’s Non-Fiction, 324.65097 Ford

Learn how Americans cast their votes and make their voices heard in national, state, and local elections!

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by Shelly Becker, illustrated by Eda Kaban
Children’s Picture Books, Becker

When superheroes don’t get their way, when they’re sad, when they’re mad, when they’ve had a bad day, the COULD super-tantrum, the COULD but they DON’T, because REAL superheroes just wouldn’t, they WON’T!

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by John Briggs, illustrated by Nicola Slater
Children’s Picture Book, Briggs

Lemmings all look alike, sound alike, and act alike, except for Larry who uses his independent mind to teach the other group how to use their brains and stop making terrible group decisions.

August 2016

by Sheri Lynn Fishbach
Children’s Fiction, Fishback

Dex is a middle schooler who sees his culinary skills as a way to save his grandmother’s restaurant and win the heart of the girl of his dreams, so when he lands his own cooking television show, he has to navigate a scheming associate to win the day.

61GtgcCj-ALAround America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Children’s Non-Fiction, 324.62309 Rockliff

This book follows suffragettes Nell Richardson and Alice Burke’s cross-country journey to campaign for women’s right to vote.

51UgAag7qUL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Smart About Sharks
by Davey Owen
Children’s Non-Fiction, 597.3 Davey

It’s time to learn about the sea’s most feared (and most misunderstood) residents: sharks! It’s time to explain the mysteries of the deep. Some deadly, some not-so-deadly, and almost all just generally misunderstood.


goodbye-summer-hello-autumnGoodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
by Kenard Pak
Children’s Picture Books, Pak

In a simple conversation with nature, a young girl witnesses how the season changes from summer to autumn.

May 2016

51BtFHNN45L._SX307_BO1,204,203,200_ The Last Kids on Earth
by Max Brallier
Children’s Fiction, Brallier

After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

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by Dan Green
Children’s Non-Fiction, 509.2 Green

If you think scientists are boring eggheads in white coats who never leave the lab, this dynamically illustrated book will set you straight! Meet the rebels: super-brainiacs who were off-the-charts smart, but also made mistakes, argued, took risks, performed weird experiments, broke the rules . . . and achieved our greatest leaps forward. From dinosaur hunters to germ finders to quantum physicists, these men and women pushed the boundaries of science to get to the truth. Now, through fascinating stories, you can find out how they did it.

51uFYRAoA0L._SX495_BO1,204,203,200_Be Glad Your Dad is Not an Octopus
by Matthew Logelin and Sara Jensen
Picture Book, Logelin

Most of the time, you’re glad your dad is your dad, until he gets grouchy, bossy, or just totally gross. Then you wish you could swap him for something else. But be careful what you wish for, because it could be way worse….


March 2016

61GFqHgUivL._SX357_BO1,204,203,200_Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall
by Tom Angleberger
Children’s Fiction, Angleberger

After battling deadly space piranhas in Sector 7 of the Cosmos, Rocket and Groot crash-land on a planet made up of strip malls, maniacal robots bent on customer service, and killer toilets – yes, killer toilets!

JacketTru and Nelle
by Gregi Neri
Children’s Fiction, Neri

In their small town of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1930, misfits Tru and Nelle strike up a friendship and find a mystery to solve when someone breaks into the drugstore and steals some candy and a fancy brooch.

homeSnappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to be in This Book)
by Julie Falatko
Picture Book, Falatko

Snappsy the alligator is having a normal day when a pesky narrator steps in to spice up the story. Is Snappsy reading a book … or is he making CRAFTY plans? Is Snappsy on his way to the grocery store … or is he PROWLING the forest for defenseless birds and fuzzy bunnies? Is Snappsy innocently shopping for a party … or is he OBSESSED with snack foods that start with the letter P? What’s the truth? 

51zgDfpjGJL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Mighty Military Robots
by William N. Stark
Children’s Non-Fiction, 623.7 Stark

This book provides young readers with exciting information on the most modern U.S. military robots.


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