Children’s Picture Books
123 Versus ABC, by Mike Boldt. ABC XE Bol
Boldt's bright and playful picture book asks a big question: Which is more important, numbers or letters? This fresh and funny picture book plays with both numbers and letters in the most imaginative way
Mary Wrightly, So Politely, written by Shirin Yim Bridges, illustrated by Maria Monescillo. XE Bri
Mary Wrightly is the best-behaved little girl around. But when a shopper comes between Mary and the blue elephant toy she wants to buy for her beloved baby brother, will Mary just let the woman walk away with it?
The Deer Watch, by Pat Lowery Collins, illustrated by David Slonim. XE Col
Young readers can feel the anticipation - and share the moment of discovery - as a young boy and his dad set out to find one of nature's unforgettable wonders.
Bye-bye Baby Brother, by Sheena Dempsey. XE Dem
For every older sibling who has ever thought, "Hey, what about me?" and every parent who has ever used those magic words, "Just give me one minute."
Hank Finds an Egg, by Rebecca Dudley. XE Dud
Hank finds an egg on the ground while walking in the woods, discovers the nest from which it fell, and tries his best to return it.
Night Sky Wheel Ride, written by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Yayo.
A brother and sister take a wild ride on a Ferris wheel of the imagination.
If you want to see a whale, written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead. XE Fol
Advises the reader about what to do, and not do, in order to successfully spot a whale, such as wrapping up in a not-too-cozy blanket, ignoring the roses, and especially, being patient.
Water in the Park, written by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin. XE Jen
From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park.
Ten Things I Love About You, by Daniel Kirk. XE Kir
Rabbit just adores his friend Pig. So he is excited to make a list of all the things he loves about Pig. And who better to help him write the list than Pig himself? Rabbit and Pig's clever back-and-forth shows the funny ways friends bounce ideas and feelings off each other.
No Fits, Nilson! By Zachariah OHora. XE Oho
Amelia must continually remind her gorilla friend, Nilson, not to have angry fits, especially when they are running errands with her mother. But sometimes Amelia stomps and growls, too.
The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olsham and Sophie Blackall.
In Paris, France, more than a hundred years ago, a small man named Lalouche is let go from his job as a mail carrier and discovers that he has great skill as a fighter.
The Kindhearted Crocodile, written by Lucia Panzieri, illustrated by AntonGionata Ferrari.
A crocodile that longs to be a pet sneaks into a house, hides in the pages of a picture book during the day, and comes out at night to do kind and useful things for the family while they sleep.
The Big Bad Wolf Goes On Vacation, by Delphine Perret. XE Per
Bernard, the clever, cookie-munching hero of Perret's award-winning "The Big Bad Wolf and Me, " is back. When he learns that his pal Louis is vacationing by the sea with his grandpa, Bernard wants to go too. Soon they're off on a wacky (but, for Bernard, slightly humiliating) road trip that ends with the perfect day on the beach.
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great, by Bob Shea. XE She
Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Unicorn is such a showoff, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it's cracked up to be.
Tiger in My Soup, written by Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler. XE She
When a boy is left in the care of his older sister, he begs her to read him his favorite book, but she is too absorbed in her own reading to pay him any attention. She won't be distracted, even when the boy finds a ravenous tiger hiding in his soup! His sister misses all the action; only after the steamy beast is slain does she return to the table with her brother and finally agree to read to him. But is the tiger really gone?
When No One Is Watching, written by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by David A. Johnson. XE Spi
When alone, a young girl enjoys dancing, singing, growling, and cheering but when anyone other than her best friend is watching, she is quiet and shy.
Wildlife, by Paul Thurlby. XE Thu
See wildlife as you've never seen it before with Paul Thurlby's menagerie of curious animals. With unique and humorous artwork that's so stylish you'll want to remove it from the book and hang it on your wall, Paul Thurlby brings to life twenty-three animals in a way that will appeal to readers of all ages.
A Long Way Away: a Two-Way Story, by Frank Viva. XE Viv
In the first reading experience of its kind - the follow-up to "Along a Long Road" - this work allows readers to blast off on a journey through 26 feet of continuous vertical art, which reads beautifully no matter which cover they start from.
Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf, written by David Almond, illustrated by Dave McKean. X Almond
Using sticks, leaves, and clay, Little Ben makes a mouse, Sue, a bird, and Harry, a snake, but when they create a terrifying wolf that turns on them, Little Ben must summon the courage to save them.
I Represent Sean Rosen, by Jeff Baron. X Baron, J.
In this very funny tween novel, a debut for playwright Baron, Sean Rosen pretends to be a grown-up as well as his own manager and sells a movie idea to a major motion picture studioNvia SkypeNall while enduring the ups and downs of middle school.
The Mapmaker’s Sons, by V. L. Burgess. X Burgess, V.
Thomas Hawkins, is a student no different from his peers at the Lost Preparatory Academy for Boys, until a man with a wooden leg appears and Thomas must leave the life he knows or chance not reaching his next birthday. After years of scaling the school's rooftops, engaging in swordplay and treasure hunts with his friends, and fighting-off blood thirsty pirates, this imaginary world suddenly becomes all too real. And as if a close encounter with a pirate isn't enough, Thomas discovers a brother he never knew and a gift that will eventually save both their lives: he can make maps come alive.
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet, by Nancy J. Cavanaugh. X Cavanaugh, N.
Ratchet is an 11-year-old girl who knows more about spark plugs than sleepovers. Homeschooled by her mechanic-environmentalist dad, and with her mother long dead, Ratchet only wants one thing: to belong.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein. X Grabenstein, C.
Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.
Hero on a Bicycle, by Shirley Hughes. X Hughes, S.
When their mother reluctantly joins the Italian Resistance against Nazi occupying forces in World War II Florence, young Paolo and his sister, Constanza, devise a clever way to use their bicycle to assist the movement.
See You at Harry’s, by Jo Knowles. X Knoles, J.
Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible in her family, where grumpy 18-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, 14-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies, and adorable, three-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention. When tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.
The Vine Basket, by Josanne La Valley. X La Valley, J.
Mehrigul, 14, is a Uyghur, a tribal group scorned by the Chinese communist regime. Against obstacles that include her embittered father and her obligations to their farm, she has three weeks to make the baskets that will help her family and give her some hope for the future.
Starry River of the Sky, by Grace Lin.l X Lin, G.
This companion to "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" is filled with Chinese folklore, fascinating characters, and exciting new adventures.
Odette’s Secrets, by Maryann Macdonald. X Macdonald, M.
For Jews in Nazi-occupied Paris, every day brings new dangers. So when Odette's father is thrown into a work camp and the Nazis suspect her mother of helping the Resistance, Odette is sent to the French countryside. Inspired by the life of the real Odette Meyer, this moving free-verse novel is a story of triumph over adversity.
Sugar, by Jewell Parker Rhodes. X Rhodes, J.
In 1870, Reconstruction brings big changes to the Louisiana sugar plantation where spunky ten-year-old Sugar has always lived, including her friendship with Billy, the son of her former master, and the arrival of workmen from China.
Magicalamity, by Kate Saunders. X Saunders, K.
Eleven-year-old Tom is shocked to learn that he is a demisprite, half fairy and half mortal, and that he, aided by three fairy godmothers, must save his father, who is hiding in the fairy Realm, while safeguarding his mortal mother.
Paperboy, by Vince Vawter. X Vawter, V.
When an eleven-year-old boy takes over a friend's newspaper route in July, 1959, in Memphis, his debilitating stutter makes for a memorable month.
Children’s Non-fiction, Graphic Novels and Biographies
When Stravinsky met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot, by Lauren Stringer. X792.8 Str
Composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian comrades, worked together to bring a very different and new ballet to a Parisian audienceN"The Rite of Spring"Nand rioting filled the streets!
Dreaming Up: a Celebration of Building, by Christy Hale. X720 Hal
A collection of concrete poetry, illustrations, and photographs that shows how young children's constructions, created as they play, are reflected in notable works of architecture from around the world. Includes biographies of the architects, quotations, and sources
Who says Women Cant Be Doctors?: the Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, written by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Pricement. XB Blackwell, E.
In the 1830s, when a girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors. But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren't smart enough to be doctors.
Etched in Clay: the Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet, by Andrea Cheng. XB Dave
The life of Dave, an enslaved potter who inscribed his works with sayings and poems in spite of South Carolina's slave anti-literacy laws in the years leading up to the Civil War. Includes afterword, author's note, and sources.
On a Beam of Light: a Story of Albert Einstein, written by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. XB Einstein, A.
A boy rides a bicycle down a dusty road. But in his mind, he envisions himself traveling at a speed beyond imagining, on a beam of light. This brilliant mind will one day offer up some of the most revolutionary ideas ever conceived.
Becoming Ben Franklin: How a Candle-Makers Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty, by Russell Freedman. XB Franklin, B.
In 1723, Ben Franklin arrived in Philadelphia as a poor and friendless 17-year-old who had run away from his family and an apprenticeship in Boston. Sixty-two years later he stepped ashore in nearly the same spot but was greeted by cannons, bells, and a cheering crowd, now a distinguished statesman, renowned author, and world-famous scientist.