Recommendations

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The Art of Magic The Art of Magic

by Hanna Voskuil

A pack of paints, a set of pens and unlimited creativity throw two friends into an enchanted, fast-paced adventure. ZuZu's first summer without her best friend is looking pretty grim until she meets Andrew at a visit to the historic Mapleton Mansion. Together they stumble upon some enchanted art supplies and discover the shapes they draw and paint can come to life. Their creations are harmless,… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services September 01, 2022
The World Belonged to Us The World Belonged to Us

by Jacqueline Woodson

It's getting hot outside; hot enough to turn on the hydrants and run through the water, which means it's finally summer in the city! Released from school and reveling in their freedom, the kids on one Brooklyn block take advantage of everything summertime has to offer. Freedom from morning until night to go out to meet their friends and make the streets their playground; jumping Double Dutch,… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, August 26, 2022
Be Thankful for Trees Be Thankful for Trees

by Harriet Ziefert

We all know that trees are special, but have you ever stopped to think about just how many ways that trees are part of our daily lives? Chances are you ate something today that came from a tree, and you probably or walked on something that was made from a tree. You may have even played or listened to an instrument made from a tree. Trees keep you alive, and they contribute to your happiness every… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, August 04, 2022
Wingbearer Wingbearer

by Marjorie Liu

In this middle-grade graphic novel, the first of a series, we meet Zuli. Raised by mystical bird spirits in the branches of the Great Tree, she's never ventured beyond this safe place. When a sinister force threatens the life-giving magic of the tree, she must get to the root of it. This adventure is bigger than anything Zuli imagined, bringing her face-to-face with an ancient dragon, the… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, July 21, 2022
The Sweetest Scoop The Sweetest Scoop

by Lisa Robinson

Ben and Jerry became friends at age 12, even though one was into art and the other into science. After, college when one could not sell their art and the other did not get into medical school, they got together to brainstorm what to do next. Since they loved food, and found that ice cream was easier than other food to make, they decided to open an ice cream shop. Next, they found an abandoned gas… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, July 08, 2022
Different Kinds of Fruit Different Kinds of Fruit

by Kyle Lukoff

Annabelle is elated when there’s a new kid, Bailey, in town. Annabelle loves hearing about their life in Seattle, plus Bailey has a cute smile and smells really good. When Annabelle’s irascible father shares that he and Bailey have something big, and surprising, in common, Annabelle begins to see herself, and her family, in a new light. She also starts to realize that her community… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, June 09, 2022
Button Pusher Button Pusher

by Tyler Page

Button Pusher is a realistic graphic novel about Tyler, a child diagnosed with ADHD. Tyler's brain is different. He has a hard time paying attention in class. He acts out in silly, over-the-top ways. To the adults in his life, Tyler seems like a troublemaker, but he knows that he's not. Tyler is curious and creative. He's the best artist in his grade, and when he can focus, he gets great grades!… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, May 26, 2022
Born on the Water Born on the Water

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

A young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Her Grandma gathers the whole family and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders. Before that, they had a home, a land and a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived. With… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, April 28, 2022
Catalina Incognito Catalina Incognito

by Jennifer Torres

This new beginning chapter book series features Catalina, a girl who likes things to be perfect. Her family describes as her being persnickety. She is disappointed when her great-aunt, Tia Abuela, a famous telenovela actress, gives her a sewing kit for her 8th birthday. However, she discovers that it’s not boring but instead, can be used to turn ordinary clothing into magical disguises. She… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, April 15, 2022
We Have a Playdate We Have a Playdate

by Frank Dormer

This early reader story follows four friends around the playground as they learn from each other and have the most fun they can in a day. The simple illustrations focus on the characters and the actions. Each chapter takes the group to a new piece of playground equipment, each with its own challenges. How does snake enjoy the swings? What happened to the monkey bars? There is fun, laughter, (and… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, March 31, 2022
Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa

by Julian Randall

Fans of Tristan Strong and Land of Stories, here is your next obsession. Pilar Ramirez’s world is changing, and she doesn’t care for it. Her Chicago neighborhood is gentrifying, her best friend moved away and her responsibilities have doubled. The only constant is Abuela and Mami’s code of silence around her cousin Natasha who disappeared in the Dominican Republic 50 years ago.… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, March 17, 2022
Bathe the Cat Bathe the Cat

by Alice B. McGuinty

It's cleaning day, but the family cat will do anything to avoid getting a bath. So instead of mopping the floor or feeding the fish, the family is soon busy rocking the rug, vacuuming the lawn, and sweeping the dishes. Bouncy rhyme carries the story headlong into the growing hilarity until finally Dad restores some kind of order, but will the cat avoid getting his whiskers wet? This hilarious… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, March 03, 2022
The Gender Identity Guide for Parents The Gender Identity Guide for Parents

by Tavi Hawn

The Gender Identity Guide for Parents is a timely resource for any parent, educator or adult interested in clear, easily understood topics and advice regarding kids and gender expression and identity. This book is a quick read, coming in at 138 pages (including FAQs, references and print and online resources). Tavi Hawn, practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker, defines and explains concepts… Continue

Laura Goldsborough Recommended by Laura Goldsborough Children's Services Librarian, February 17, 2022
The Genius Under the Table: growing up behind the Iron Curtain The Genius Under the Table: growing up behind the Iron Curtain

by Eugene Yelchin

This autobiography of the artist and illustrator as a child growing up in the Soviet Union feels like life. Yevgeny, as he was called as a child, struggled with understanding the world around him. It is quite a world; Leningrad in the 1960’s. He is an ordinary child going to school and trying to please his family. Does he have a special talent like his brother? Who is the man missing from… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, February 03, 2022
What Lives in the Woods What Lives in the Woods

by Lindsay Currie

Ginny and her brother Leo are ready to enjoy their summer, but their plans change when their dad, a restoration expert, announces that the family will spend a month in Michigan at Woodmore Manor, a creepy old mansion with lots of history and spooky legends. Ginny starts encountering strange phenomenon; ticking sounds only she can hear, shadowy figures, a mannequin that moves and broken… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, January 20, 2022
Frankie & Bug Frankie & Bug

by Gayle Forman

This book has everything a summer story should have: ice cream, lemonade, roller skating, time at the beach, new friends and...a serial killer. Set in 1987 Venice, California, we meet 10-year old Bug, her family and her neighbors as summer begins. Bug is frustrated that her plans for a perfect summer are being changed, but this summer and meeting Frankie will open her eyes to a much wider world.… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, January 05, 2022
My Two Border Towns My Two Border Towns

by David Bowles

A picture book debut by an award-winning author about a boy's life on the U.S./Mexico border, visiting his favorite places on The Other Side with his father, spending time with family and friends and sharing in the responsibility of community care. My Two Border Towns by David Bowles, with stunning watercolor illustrations by Erika Meza, is the loving story of a father and son's weekend ritual, a… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 22, 2021
Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World

by Donna Jo Napoli

Have you ever read a story about the moon that has its roots in the Russian Arctic? How about a magic frog from Sri Lanka? Or a magic bowl in Palestine? Donna Jo Napoli has collected and adapted these oral stories and others from around the world. The stories are all connected by the “thread of magic” and illustrated beautifully by Christina Balit (who also illustrated Napoli’s… Continue

Children's Services Recommended by Children's Services December 09, 2021
The Sea in Winter The Sea in Winter

by Christine Day

It's been a hard year for Maisie Cannon ever since she tore her ACL and her dreams of dancing ballet professionally were put on hold. Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows they just can't understand how hopeless she feels. She is not excited for their family midwinter road trip near the Makah community where her mother grew up. Soon, Maisie's anxieties and dark moods start… Continue

Kendra Recommended by Kendra Children's Services Associate, November 29, 2021
Marcus Makes a Movie Marcus Makes a Movie

by Kevin Hart

Comedian Kevin Hart makes his writing debut with this middle-grade novel. Marcus is a middle school student who joins the video club because nothing else is open. He loves to draw comic strips and has created a hero named Toothpick. Once he commits to making this movie, he is all in. Marcus is sure he is the greatest filmmaker of all time. But he quickly discovers that making a movie is WAY… Continue

Kim Scott Recommended by Kim Scott Children and Teen Services Manager, November 11, 2021
Asha and the Spirit Bird Asha and the Spirit Bird

by Jasbinder Bilan

This is the story of Asha, a girl living in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight, so her father works far away from their small-town home. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their farm. Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. The journey is dangerous; they must cross the world's highest mountains… Continue

Becky S Recommended by Becky S Children's Services Associate, October 14, 2021
A Black Hole is Not a Hole A Black Hole is Not a Hole

by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

This is a great introduction to the extremely complex concept of black holes. The author not only explains what they are, but how they form, where they are located and what would happen if a person were to visit one. It also gives the historic timeline of scientific theories and discoveries regarding black holes. This beautifully illustrated book is highly informative, but it also makes the… Continue

Patti Eaton Recommended by Patti Eaton Children's Services Assistant Manager, September 30, 2021