Books & DVDs

Flora & Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo
3rd to 7th Grade

Your "illuminated adventures" will begin when you turn the pages of this Newbery Award winner.  Flora and Ulysses are remarkable in their observations and words.  Thank goodness, or you might not know a hero from an arch-nemesis.  Flora's encounter with a squirrel is hardly ordinary.  He flies, writes poetry and types.  She has a rough time getting people to believe in his exceptional gifts, obvious though they are.  This strong and heart-tugging story will stay with you for all the right reasons.  It is about resiliency, trust, loyality and hope.  And, more than that, it is about finding a super-hero in a humble form.

Aug 8, 2014
StorySeeker
The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate
ages 9-12

This is the heartwarming story of a gorilla in a roadside zoo. Ivan, the title character, spends his days in his "domain" creating art, sleeping, talking with his friend, Bob the dog, and acting like a gorilla for the paying tourists. One day, a baby elephant, Ruby, is introduced to the zoo and is treated unkindly and unfairly by the owner. This causes Ivan and his friends to action. See how they change minds for the better as they search for a place to call home. See Christina Applegate's website for more info about this and other books she's written.

Jul 7, 2014
Andy
The Amazing Story of Space Travel: Max Axiom Stem Adventures
Agnieszka Biskup
8-12 year olds

Do you like Science? Do you like reading Graphic Novels? Would you like a book that teaches science facts in a graphic novel format?  If you answered “Yes!” to these questions then the Max Axiom series is for you!  In “The Amazing Story of Space Travel,” join Max as he explains how astronauts travel to and from outer space.  This book is loaded with facts and includes diagrams, side bars and a “More About Space Travel” section.  For added knowledge, the book provides a glossary where scientific terms covered in the book are defined.  Other Max Axiom topics include Cell Phone Technology, Combustion Engines and Television Technology.  They can be found in our Youth Graphic Novel section.

Jul 7, 2014
Laura
Little Red Writing
Joan Holub
4-10 yrs.

This clever twist on a favorite folk tale takes a brave red pencil on a writing adventure.  Obstacles like run-on sentences lead to nowhere, but a truck full of adverbs helps Little Red get back on her story path.  Engaging illustrations complement the story line and will enhance repeated readings.  Younger ones who are familiar with Little Red Riding Hood will delight in comparing this to the original.  Older readers will be drawn in by the playful puns and teachers can use this as an introduction to a writing exercise. 

Jul 7, 2014
Claire
No Easy Way
Fred Bowen
Age 8 and up

Ted Williams shines as one of the greatest batters in major-league baseball because of his determination and strength of character.  Loving baseball as a boy, he spent countless hours developing the skill he most desired - hitting.  He didn't seem to mind the physical strain that true athletes know.  After striving throughout his school years and as a minor-league player, he lands a position with the Boston Red Sox and wins recognition for batting .400 for an entire season in 1941.

Charles S.Pyle's detailed illustrations beautifully depict bygone days of a legendary season for a remarkable man, whose exceptional skill was hard-won and valiantly earned.

Jun 6, 2014
StorySeeker
Fortunately, The Milk
Neil Gaman
Grade 2 and up

This short book by the prolific Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young is the tall tale of a dad who gets lost on his way back from buying milk for his kids’ cereal. Dad finds himself carried by the great Professor Steg (a stegosaurus, if you must know) in his Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier (a balloon) on adventures through space and time. They go face to face with nasty pirates, angry natives, and green space blobs, in their attempt to manage the time-space continuum and get  dad and his bottle of milk back home. Lots of adventure, hijinx, and wordplay in this quick-paced book. Enjoyable as a read-aloud or a solo adventure!

Jun 6, 2014
Andy
Look! A book!
Bob Staake
Preschool - Grade 2

This fun book by Bob Staake is filled with zany and colorful artwork as well as great rhymes for your young ones. Children get to sneak peak at a few subjects ("A book! A hook! A cowboy cook!") before turning the page onto a wacky world of objects and one challenging seek and find: "Can you find the squawking crow?" The colorful pages really beg for more investigating after the initial find and- what luck!- the end of the book provides a list of 12 more searches ("4 candy canes, 5 dougnuts, ... 11 baseballs, 12 hammers.") to be done book-wide. Fun to be had for all! (When you're done with this, check out Look! Another Book!).

Mar 3, 2014
Andy
Pete's Big Lunch
Eric Litwin
Preschool - Grade 2

Pete's lunch turns into a crazy event as he builds a sandwich that is so big he can't even eat it without help!

Kids will love the new J READER format of Pete the Cat books... come check them out!

Nov 11, 2013
Mrs Fry
Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor
Ages 6-10

 

Fancy Nancy, everyone's favorite fancy girl, is now a detective!  New and fancy words are still a part of the fun in this all-new chapter book series by Jane O'Connor.

In Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, Nancy
and her best friend, Bree, have a crime to solve.  Will these super sleuths be able to crack the case?

Stop by and borrow the book to find out!

May 5, 2013
Mrs Fry
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon
S.S. Taylor
10 and up

Kids who are curious and into exploration will love this book.  Kit, M.K., and Zander are the children of Alexander West, the great explorer who has recently and mysteriously died.  Set in the future, the kids must follow their father's clues to discover new lands, new people, new fortunes in the American Southwest.  Lots of adventure, lots of excitement.

May 5, 2013
Andrea

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