Book Bites: August 2014


poutPout-Pout Fish Goes To School by Deborah Deisen (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2014)

Pout Pout Fish is an unhappy but lovable character from two previous picture books. Now it’s time to go to fish school. Every child has apprehensions about nursery school; share this book early so when the time comes to go to school, your child will remember that Pout Pout Fish had some of the same feelings.


ItsOkayIt’s Okay To Make Mistakes by Todd Parr (Little Brown Books For Young Readers, 2014)

Todd Parr’s bright illustrations make reading this book aloud so much fun. It’s okay to try new things, to accept making a mistake, and to work at fixing the mistake, subtle life lessons that the whole family will enjoy.


bathtimeBath Time by Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing, 2007)

We are proponents of books everywhere in the house, whether it’s cookbooks in the kitchen, board books in the diaper bag, or a few fun plastic books for the tub. Sandra Boynton’s now-classic illustrations will have families laughing at those silly rabbits. And babies get some more reading done before bedtime.


Emerging Reader:

sleepoverSleepover with Beatrice & Bear by Monica Carnesi (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014)

At some point, kids start having sleepovers. When Beatrice the rabbit wants to have a sleepover with Bear, she doesn’t understand that Bear plans to hibernate throughout the winter. Everyone will enjoy the sweet illustrations as the two friends make their way throughout the year.


nutfamilyNuts: Bedtime At The Nut House by Eric Litwin (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014)

Eric Litwin (the creative voice of Pete The Cat) has created new characters that are sure to please his fans. His abilities as a songwriter and a storyteller shine through, especially when Mama is trying to put her dear little nuts to bed. They playfully respond, “We’re nuts, we’re nuts, we’re nuts.” We can just hear you singing now.


51Pz5vKb1cL._SL500_AA300_My Weird But True Journal by the National Geographic Society for Kids (National Geographic Society, 2014)

Kids love weird facts. Sometimes the weirder the better. This journal allows the reader and emerging writer to read a fact a day and record a fact a day. Budding journalists will be thrilled to investigate new and interesting facts every day and write about the weird things they learn.


Ages 8-12:

irisAfter Iris by Natasha Farrant (Puffin Books, 2014)

Three years ago, thirteen-year-old Bluebell’s twin sister, Iris, died. Ever since, each member of the unconventional and unruly Gadsby family has been coping as best they can. Engrossed in their work, Mr. and Mrs. Gadsby parent in absentia. Flora, Blue, Jasmine and Twig muddle along. Zoran, the Bosnian refugee au pair with his own poignant backstory, tries valiantly to manage this manic household. Bad boy Joss arrives to live with his grandfather next door and sets in motion a series of events—some comical, some heartbreaking–that brings this family drama to a head. For grades 5 and up.


The Misadventures of the Family FletcherMisadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Levy (Delacorte Press Books For Young Readers, 2014)

The Family Fletcher is a boisterous, happy crew.  All four boys are tenderly loved by their two dads.  Each boy has his own “dilemma” that he must work through, including Eli’s change of schools, Jax’s friendship troubles, and Frog’s imaginary friend.  It’s a feel-good book with humor and compassion.  Best for ages 9 and up.


MalalaI Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World by Malala Yousafzai (Little Brown Books For Young Readers, 2014)

Malala Yousafzai stood up for the rights of girls and women in Pakistan, and her outspokenness was behind an attack that left her almost dead. This powerful memoir has been revised for young readers, and her compelling story is worthy of a young reader’s time.



addisonUnfinished Life of Madison Stone by Adele Griffin (Soho Teen, 2014)

On the night of July 28, artist Addison Stone fell to her death from a bridge in New York. This novel is an imagined biography of a fictional figure, fully illustrated with photographs and samples of Addison’s artwork. It attempts to determine how and why Addison died and includes interviews with friends, family members and colleagues. Adele Griffin creates her own piece of art, rendering Addison Stone as a real, tragic figure, while exploring mental illness and the price of fame. A tremendous read for grades 9 and up.


61vN8LI0tzL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Through The Woods by Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014)

Graphic novels have come a long way since the Archie comics. Today many are mature stories with complex themes. The beauty of the graphic novel is that emotions can be portrayed so vividly. These dark fairy tales evoke sadness, despair, and ultimately some strong life lessons. You will never see the Disney remakes in the same way again.


13590919The Young World by Chris Weitz (Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014)

A mysterious sickness has run through the world and only young people survive. After aligning themselves into tribes, they fight to find food and drink. The only catch is that when they turn 18, they start to get sick. The plague phenomenon is big this year. What’s exciting for us is the “science” factor woven into the plots that encourages investigation. It’s action-packed adventure for reluctant readers and avid readers alike.

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