Book Bites: February 2017

Baby Toddler:

You Don’t Want A Unicorn! by Ame Dyckman
(Little Brown Books For Young Readers, February 2017)

Trust us. You don’t want a unicorn. You might think it would be great to have one, but you’d be wrong.  They’re way more trouble than they’re worth! Children will giggle as they see how bad a unicorn can be, and you will read this story over and over again!



ABC Yoga: Join Us and The Animals Out in Nature
and Learn Some Yoga by Christiane Engel
The yoga rage has reached the youngest of fans.  This colorful board book shows different poses with a short phrase about each one.  It’s a fun way to introduce the practice that with luck will last a lifetime.  Prepare to get on the floor with this book!



Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher
(Dial Books, January 2017)
Toddlers love story time.  This story time at the library is loved by chickens as well.  In a zany madcap story, the action repeats and grows as the situation gets out of hand.  Little ones will love making sounds along with the story.  And we all know librarians can solve any problem, including this one.



Emerging Reader:

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy
(Scholastic Press, January 2017)
There is an underlying message in this tale of a feisty rooster. The new mayor of La Paz wants peace and quiet, so he bans singing.  But one rooster refuses to comply.  He endures the punishment but continues to strut.  His rebellion against unreasonable authority can lead to great conversations.




Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant
(Alfred A Knopf Books For Young Readers, September 2016)
Picture book biographies have improved so much in the past few years.  In this story of young Louis Braille, the illustrations help inform and excite the reader. Louis does not let his blindness quell his enthusiasm for learning to read. And your reader can learn the Braille alphabet at the end of the book.





In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson
(Roaring Brook Press, September 2016)
A quiet story with a moving message that is perfect for sharing or reading independently. Every day while Sophie is at school, her grandfather hides something for her to find when she returns.  What does Sophie do when her grandfather sleeps in on Sunday?  This is a charmer about the importance of inter-generational relationships.




Tweens Reads:

Addie Bell’s Shortcut To Growing Up by Jessica Broday
(Delacorte Books For Young Readers, February 2017)

All twelve-year-old Addie Bell wants is to be sixteen so she can have her own phone, wear makeup and drive a car. On the night of her twelfth birthday, Addie wishes on a magic jewelry box and wakes up to find herself sixteen. In her new world, she is friends with popular mean girl Clementine, has a makeup blog and a closet full of cool clothes. But she has lost her best friend Grace and discovers that driving and trigonometry are really hard! A very cute novel that reminds us we need to be careful what we wish for!




Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
(Harper Collins Books, November 2016)

Chuck Yeager, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and John Glenn are all household names. But what about Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden? The contributions of these four African-American female mathematicians who went to work at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, now NASA, in the 1940s are only now being recognized. This easily accessible young readers version of the adult best seller and major motion picture, Hidden Figures, highlights the accomplishments of these human computers as well as the social and racial challenges they faced. An enlightening and inspirational read.




This Adventure Ends Now by Emma Mills
(Henry Holt & Company, October 2016)

When Sloane’s dad moves from New York to Florida to escape his writer’s block, she figures one place is as good as another to live. She soon connects with a group of classmates and becomes involved in their intense relationships. Sloane has never really had friends before, so this is a new experience for her to navigate.





The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
(Balzer & Bray, February 2017)

In this retelling of Rumpelstiltskin, Alistair Teague is a Wish Granter, granting anyone their deepest wish in exchange for something valuable (generally their soul). When Prince Thaddeus makes a deal to protect himself and his twin sister, Princess Arianna, Teague is in a position of immense power. To save her brother and kingdom, Arianna, with the help of the new weapons master, Sebastian, must use her sharp mind to outsmart Teague.




Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
(Katherine Tegen Books, January 2017)
In a world where life is centered on the Current (similar to the Force in STAR WARS) every person has a “currentgift,” a special power. Some people are also “fated,” having a fate predicted by oracles that cannot be avoided. Akos and Cyra are teens living in warring cultures. Akos is trying to reunite his family, and Cyra is forced to do terrible things for hers. When their lives become entangled and their missions clash, Akos and Cyra must decide what is really worth fighting for.

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