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12/06/2016 - 2:41am
Before Morning by Joyce Sidman

In this gift-giving season, I’m sure it is no surprise that my favorite gift to give is books. It gives me great pleasure to have a recipient come back to me later and say, “I loved that book!” Some of my friends and family receive books I know they want (a frequent request is for the next book in their favorite series), but the gifts I most enjoy giving are books they didn’t know about at all but that turn out to be perfect fits. Columns in the coming weeks will have lists of books published in the last year that I think would make great gifts for teens and elementary-aged children, but I’m starting this week with picture book suggestions for young children. Because these are newer books, published in 2016, I’m hoping they will help me accomplish that goal of giving gifts people didn’t even know they wanted.

12/01/2016 - 2:38am
They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

"The cat walked through the world,
with its whiskers, ears and paws..."

When you see a cat, what do you see?

11/22/2016 - 9:42am
Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (Book #1 in The Warriors series)

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter (Book #1 in The Warriors series)
For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all. (catalog summary)
 

If you like Warriors and fantasy stories, here are some titles you might enjoy:




Darkwing by Kenneth Oppel
Dusk, the world's first bat, must lead his colony to safety in a time of changing species. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

 

11/21/2016 - 10:36am
Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir by Tui Sutherland

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Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir by Tui Sutherland
Overjoyed to be reunited with her fellow ocean-dwelling dragons, Tsunami the SeaWing continues efforts to end the war for Pyrrhia in spite of a dangerous assassin who is threatening all their lives. (catalog summary)

If you like the Wings of Fire series, check out these other titles as well:

 



Adventures in Flatfrost
by Jordan Quinn
Mischief-makers Prince Lucas, his best friend Clara, and Ruskin the scarlet dragon learn to respect the hard work of others when they are sent to Flatfrost to fetch more ice from the giants who live there. (catalog summary)

 

 

11/16/2016 - 10:20am
Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. (catalog summary)
 

Do you like Because of Winn Dixie? Here are a few other titles you might enjoy. 

 

Arf by Quinn Spencer
Birdie Gaux's dog, Bowser, considers himself in charge of security at 19 Gentilly Lane, so when the house is broken into Bowser wants to find the man with the limeade aftershave (and the cat) responsible—but nobody seems to know what the culprits were looking for, or why a strange girl is asking questions about Birdie's father, a policeman who was killed in the line of duty years before Bowser was adopted. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

11/15/2016 - 12:28pm
The Stranger (Animorphs series) by Katherine Applegate

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The Stranger (Book #1 of the Animorphs series) by Katherine Applegate
Sometimes weird things happen. Just ask Cassie, Jake, Marco, Rachel, and Tobias. One night they spot a strange light in the sky. Soon they are face to face with an alien from another planet who informs them that the Earth is being invaded by evil Yeerks, and gives them a special power to fight back: the ability to morph into any animal they desire. It is now up to them to save the planet! (catalog summary)

If you like the Animorphs series, you may like the following titles:




Artemis Fowl (Book #1 in the Artemis Fowl series)
by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. (catalog summary)

 

 

 

11/08/2016 - 3:45pm
If you like Easy Reader Books about Animals

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If you like easy-reader books about animals, here are some picture books about animals that I think you might like:



Arctic Animals
by Tad Carpenter
Young readers are provided with simple facts about an arctic animal and asked to use these to guess which creature is hiding behind the flaps on the next page. (catalog summary)

 


Barn Dance!
 by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
Unable to sleep on the night of a full moon, a young boy follows the sound of music across the fields and finds an unusual barn dance in progress. (catalog summary)

 

11/08/2016 - 11:12am
The Curious Kid's Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-on Activities for Ages 4-8 by Asia Citro

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Here are some great titles for a budding scientist!

The Curious Kid's Science Book: 100+ Creative Hands-on Activities for Ages 4-8 by Asia Citro
In The Curious Kid's Science Book, your child will learn to design his or her own science investigations to determine the answers! Children will learn to ask their own scientific questions, discover value in failed experiments, and—most importantly—have a blast with science. (catalog summary)

Exploring Kitchen Science: 30+ Edible Experiments & Kitchen Activities
Join the world-famous Exploratorium on a curious and tasty expedition through your kitchen, where you'll learn to flash-freeze ice cream with way-cool dry ice, create dyes with your favorite fruits and veggies, see your food glow in the dark, whip up oobleck, and more! (catalog summary)
 

Junk Drawer Chemistry: 50 Awesome Experiments That Don't Cost A Thing by Bobby Mercer
There's no need for expensive, high-tech lab equipment to conduct chemistry experiments—you probably have all you need in your home junk drawer. Turn three pennies and two galvanized washers into a simple battery. Crush a soda can using atmospheric pressure. Convert an LED flashlight into a simple electrolyte tester. Split liquid water into two unique gasses, or use cornstarch to create a gooey, mysterious, non-Newtonian fluid. And model radioactive decay using M & M's, or a chain reaction with a set of dominoes. Who needs a laboratory when you have a kitchen counter? Science teacher Bobby Mercer provides readers with more than 50 great hands-on experiments that can be performed for just pennies...or less. Each project has a materials list, detailed step-by-step instructions with illustrations, and a brief explanation of the scientific principle being demonstrated—atoms, compounds, solutions, mixtures, reactions, thermodynamics, acids and bases, and more. (catalog summary)

11/01/2016 - 12:51am
Nancy Tafuri

When Nancy Tafuri began her illustrating her own marvelous stories, she had a hard time at first finding a publisher who would believe in her work. Fortunately for the many, many children who have been delighted by her books, Nancy persisted, learning more about her craft while waiting to be published. Her books were successful, and they definitely found their young audiences. Eventually, the New York Times would call Nancy Tafuri “the Queen Mother of Warmly Soothing Animal Bedtime Stories.”

11/08/2016 - 3:49pm
If you like Wintery Books

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The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett
Baba, Nicki's grandmother, knits pure white mittens for him, even though she is afraid that he will lose them in the snow. Sure enough, the first time Nicki is out, he drops one and some animals promptly move into its snug wool interior. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear and, finally, a mouse. That mouse tickles the bear's nose and he sneezes, dislodging all of the animals at once. Nicki finds his mitten, and takes it home, but Baba is left to wonder about how it became so enormously stretched out. Brett's magnificent paintings feature her usual array of folk details, and this time, intricate knitting tracks, ornate embroidery, the crusty, peeling texture of the birch bark borders and the exquisite patterns found in Baba's homey rooms. (Publisher's Weekly)
 

If you like books like The Mitten, check out these other wintery children's titles:



Danny's First Snow
by Leonid Gore
When he ventures outside to experience his first snowfall, a young rabbit discovers that his world has greatly changed. (catalog summary)



 

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