Book Bites: December 2017


I Know Numbers by Taro Gomi
(Chronicle Books, October 2017)
The inimitable Taro Gomi (Everyone Poops) illustrates everyday scenes in which people use numbers to go about their daily lives and have fun.  A great book for introducing number concepts.



King Baby by Kate Beaton
(Arthur A Levine Books, September 2017)
Parents and older siblings will recognize themselves and their rulers as King Baby makes many demands, delighting and taxing his subjects, on his way to becoming a “big boy,” eventually passing the reins to his successor. Laugh-out-loud funny.





Emerging Reader:

Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List by Kate Klise
(Feiwel & Friends, July 2017)
Eli the dog has been with Astrid’s family since her parents brought her home from the hospital. As she grows up and Eli ages, Astrid develops a bucket list of activities for the two of them to do. This is a lovely, gentle story about pets who grow old.




Love, Santa by Martha Brokenbaugh
(Scholastic, October 2017)
Every child wonders at some point about who Santa really is. Every year, a little girl writes a heartfelt letter to Santa. One year comes when she writes to her mom instead. This is a beautiful explanation of the mystery, magic, and love that is the Christmas spirit. Parents will need this book at some point, and we think this story embodies the best of the season.





Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
(Little Brown Books For Young Readers, October 2017)
Morrigan Crow has the misfortune to be born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, and is therefore destined to die on her 11th birthday. A mysterious man named Jupiter spirits her away to Nevermoor, a fantasy version of London. The only way Morrigan can remain in Nevermoor is to gain entrance to the Wondrous Society by passing several challenging tests. This is a fabulous debut novel for grades 4 and up that’s full of wonderful world building and characters you immediately consider friends.



Posted by John David Anderson
(Walden Books, May 2017)
Shortly into Eric’s 8th grade year, cellphones are banned at Branton Middle School after a nasty text goes viral among the student body. Students take to communicating via low-tech sticky notes, and soon both positive and cruel messages are papering the lockers and walls of the school. This is a powerful novel of the power of words, true friendship, and standing up for what is right.






Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
(Atheneum Books, October 2017)
When Will’s brother Shawn was murdered outside their apartment complex, Will is determined to find and kill the person who shot Shawn. As Will rides the elevator down to the lobby, the car stops on each floor, and a ghost gets on. Each ghost tells a story and wonders why Will is seeking vengeance. Told in spare prose poetry, this stunning novel describes the violence that still inhabits parts of our cities. An important conversation starter for all to read.




All The Wind In The World by Samantha Mabry
(Algonquin Books for Young Readers, October 2017)
Teenage friends James and Sarah Jac live a hard life working in the fields to harvest maguey.  When they arrive at The Real Marvelous, a ranch in dry west Texas, life changes dramatically for both of them. Sarah is asked to teach the owner’s younger daughter to ride horses.  James is “courted” by the older daughter.  Magical realism and folktales make this a well rounded story of star-crossed lovers.

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