Title: Amazing Me! Dance!

  • Author(s): Carol Thompson
  • Illustrator(s): Carol Thompson
  • Ages: 0-3
  • ©2017 Child's Play (International) Ltd
  • Call Number: Juv Boardbk Thompson
What's the Story?

The Amazing Me! series includes Dance, Dressing Up, Music, and Sing. In Dance!, two friends clap their hands, tap their feet, and move and groove together. The books in this series feature diverse and multicultural friends, and the illustrations are lovely using an array of pleasant pastel colors. What I like about Dance! is that it is very easy to mimic the dance moves as you read this with a little one. You can shimmy, shake, and bop right along as you dive into this delightful board book!

Title: Mouse Loves Summer

  • Author(s): Lauren Thompson
  • Illustrator(s): Buket Erdogan
  • Ages: 5-7
  • ©2004, 2018 Simon Spotlight
  • Call Number: Juv Primer Thompson, Lauren
What's the Story?

Mouse and Big Sister Minka explore a summer picnic, encountering watermelon, bread, peanut butter, ants, and more. They have a wonderful and fun-filled day, complete with flying kites, rolling down hills, and watching fireworks. The text in this book is simple with no more than two to three short sentences per page. It is intended for a rising reader to share with help.

Title: Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar

  • Author(s): James Dean
  • Illustrator(s): James Dean
  • Ages: 6-7
  • ©2018 HarperCollins
  • Call Number: Juv Reader Dean, James
What's the Story?

Pete the Cat and his friends are on another adventure! This time, they are on a bug safari to see ants, a ladybug, a spider, and a caterpillar. Pete brings the caterpillar home to his mom and dad, and he provides a mini-habitat for his new friend in a jar filled with twigs and leaves. But wait! The caterpillar disappears into a pupa, and Pete waits with anticipation to find out what sort of creature will emerge. Pete the Cat is always a big hit with this age demographic, and I think young readers will appreciate the caterpillar to butterfly transformation. This is a level one beginning reader with simple sentences. There are also patterns in the language that repeat to help an emerging reader. I would recommend this to any beginning reader.

Title: Mae’s First Day of School

  • Author: Kate Berube
  • Illustrator: Kate Berube
  • Ages: Kindergarten- 3rd grade
  • ©2018 Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Call Number: Juv PicBk Berube, Kate
What's the Story?

Mae’s first Day of school is a picture book about first day jitters targeted at K-3. Mae is scared of going to school because she has many uncertainties such as what if the other kids don’t like her? Or what if she misses her mom? Mae decides that she is not going, and ends up climbing a tree to hide, wondering if she could live in it instead of going to school. While in the tree, she meets two other anxious firsttimers who join her in her hideout. They discuss their fears together and decide to help each other through the first day. I like how one of the anxious first timers is the teacher. I think this makes the story interesting. The art is simple but really fun and expressive The strong point for this book is the writing. It makes a great read-aloud story, and it’s an accurate representation of the fears of starting a new thing, and how everyone shares the same fears.

Title: Craftily Ever After Tie-Dye Disaster (#3)

  • Author: Martha Maker
  • Illustrator: Xindi Yan
  • Ages: 5-9
  • ©2018 Little Simon
  • Call Number: Juv Maker, Martha
What's the Story?

With a mother as a talented seamstress, Maddie has hopes of being a famous fashion designer. In the meantime, Maddie’s Mother was chosen to design and make a special suit for the mayor to wear in celebration of the new town hall. Within one week, Maddie’s Mother has the suit ready, but when the Mayor’s office drops off a dress shirt to match the suit; a problem arises when Maddie takes a bag out of her Mother’s sewing studio without her permission. Maddie and her best friends, Emily, Bella, and Sam are learning about the 1960’s in school and meet up to tie-dye fabrics from their different homes. Since the Mayor’s favorite shirt was in the bag, it did not escape being tiedyed. Can Maddie and her best friends untie this disaster? Check it out and read to find out this “craftily ever after” ending.

Title: Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers

  • Author(s): Zac Gorman
  • Illustrator(s): Zac Gorman
  • Ages: 8-11
  • ©2018 Oni Press, Inc.
  • Call Number: Juv Graphic Costume Quest
What's the Story?

Klem is a monster who lives in Repugia- a city of monsters who are currently plagued with a candy shortage. Klem always wanted to fit in with the cool monsters, so in order to be invited to a cool monster’s party, he promises to bring candy for everyone. And since it’s Halloween, Klem convinces his friends, Sellie and Brolo, to accompany him to the human world for trick-or-treating. To their surprise, there’s candy everywhere! But there are also bullies at every turn, ready to take all of Klem’s sweet, sugary treasure! Will he and his friends make it to the human world and back in one piece? Will Klem finally be a part of the cool monsters? Will his adventure end the torment of the candy shortage? You’ll have to read to find out. Recommended for older children because of the increase of dialogue throughout. However, the artwork is colorful and detailed, so any audience would appreciate it. It’s the perfect read for adventurous reader.

Title: Hubots Real World Robots Inspired by Humans

  • Author: Helaine Becker
  • Illustrator: Alex Ries
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • ©2018 Kids Can Press
  • Call Number: Juv 629.892 /b 395h
What's the Story?

Today, scientists are using increasingly sophisticated levels of artificial intelligence (AI) and embodied intelligence (EI) to create robots. These robots look, act, and even think like humans. While they might act like people on the surface, many have superhuman powers – like walking through fire. These firefighting Hubots are made from heat-resistant materials. In this book, ten different hubots are described, highlighting each one’s appearance, unique skills, and purpose. Some of these actions include, putting out fires, lifting heavy material after a disaster, acting as a setup crew for space colonies, and providing companionship for the elderly. There is a section in the book about how people feel about these robots. Explanations for why some people find them creepy are given. There is also discussion on how these attitudes might change in the future. The book is easy to read with short paragraphs and great pictures that will appeal to almost everyone, even reluctant readers. I especially like the fact that there is a “Statue Update” for each Hubot. It explains who (company, university, NASA) and which country is building the robot. The book has a nice glossary and recommends more books and websites on the topic. Hubots has a very forward thinking approach to future life with robots. It could provide a great starting point for discussions about larger societal issues surrounding technology and robots.

Title: So Tall Within, Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom

  • Author: Gary D. Schmidt
  • Illustrator: Daniel Minter
  • Ages: 6 to 12
  • ©2018 Roaring Brook
  • Call Number: Juv Bio T874sc
What's the Story?

As an adult, Isabella was tall, almost 6 feet, but throughout her life, she was especially tall within. She was one of 11 or 12 children, most of whom had been sold as slaves before Isabella could remember. Her mother, Mau-Mau Bett, told her the same stars and moon looked down on all of them all. At the age of 9, Isabella was separated from her mother so she looked for solace in the night sky. She faced many challenges throughout her life. She was sold 3 more times to cruel owners, forced to marry and then promised her freedom which promise was rescinded. Through these unimaginable horrors she stood tall for her rights. Once she gained her freedom and was able to reunite with some of her children and siblings, she decided to make a journey or sojourn to tell the truth about slavery. Isabella changed her name and Sojourner Truth, stood tall and began her long walk toward spreading the truth about freedom. A quote from a speech in Massachusetts, “Children, I have come here like the rest of you, to hear what I have to say.”

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