Book Buzz

Our Book Buzz Blog features the latest picks for kids selected by library staff and volunteers.
05/29/2009 - 4:04pm

Start your New Year off right by sharing with young readers one of the most inspiring children’s books of 2008. “Planting the Trees of Kenya” by Claire A. Nivola is the true story of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, a woman who changed her country one tree at a time. 

05/29/2009 - 3:57pm

This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of his ground-breaking book, “On the Origin of Species.”  Kathryn Lasky’s new illustrated biography, “One Beetle Too Many,” makes an appealing introduction for nine- to twelve-year-olds to the man and his “idea that scared the world.”

05/29/2009 - 3:46pm

    If you have a Rick Riordan fan at your house, you’re well aware that the final book in his Percy Jackson series has just been published. 

     Percy, now 16, is a “half-blood,” the son of Poseidon, the ocean god, and a human mother.  In “The Last Olympian” he leads the final battle between the Greek gods and the forces of Kronos.  Strong characterizations, surprising plot twists, and enough mystery and suspense to keep readers on the edge of their seats have made this series a best-seller, and Riordan does not disappoint in the final book.  Readers new to the series would do well to start at the beginning with “The Lightning Thief.”

05/29/2009 - 4:08pm

          Developing empathy, reducing impulsiveness, improving decision-making even when upset – these are all social and emotional skills that children build slowly, with lots of help from caring adults.


12/06/2010 - 2:52pm

Faraway Home by Jane Kurtz
Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there.

09/04/2009 - 1:36pm

Thanks for your request for a Book Match. It sounds as though you like lots of different kinds of books. Here are some suggestions:

Bo & Mzzz Mad by Sid Fleischman. When his father dies, Bo Gamage moves in with his distant and estranged relatives, the Martinkas, and finds that "Mad" lives up to her name, PawPaw despises him, and Aunt Juna hopes he'll help search for the gold mine that started a family feud.