This month out Youth Services staff have picked out a few of their favorite books. Here are just some of the titles you can find on our special selection shelf.
Miss Teri says to check out Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton. It is a sweet story about Little Crab who is reluctant to enter the ocean. The waves on the rocks look menacing but Big Crab is reassuring. The crabs go down the rock slowly and soon find themselves under the water! Little crab is so proud of himself that he does not want to leave!
XO, OX A Love Story by Adam Rex is one of Miss Julie’s all time favorite books. ! It’s an unconventional lovely (and funny) story of opposites attracting. The beautiful watercolor illustrations come to life through a series of letters between a humble, honest ox with a gift for plainspoken eloquence and a famous, glamorous, and vain Gazelle. It is a refreshingly optimistic book
This book is an excellent example of what friendship, kindness, and honesty can do. Sometimes people who seem very different on the outside are not that different on the inside if you take the time to get to know them. Friendship can grow at the most unexpected time! This book will be a favorite with children of all ages.
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins is one of Robert’s favorite books to recommend. It is a funny story about a grumpy bear who finds himself the mother of several goslings, quite by accident. He tries to take them back to their nest, tells them to go away, and even ROARs at them, but they just won’t leave him alone. Bruce decides to make the best of it until they can fly south for the winter. The detailed illustrations add to the story making it a favorite for kids of all ages.
Tacky is an odd bird which might be why Ms. Becky likes him so much. Tacky the Penguin is a book about being different. Tacky’s friends, Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly and Perfect, always do what penguins are expected to do and Tacky likes to do things his own way. When some hunters show up to their nice, icy land the penguins discover that Tacky may be odd, but he was a pretty nice bird to have around.
Miss Teri picked a favorite chapter book too. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. “Meet Miss Moses LoBeau – rising sixth grader, natural born detective, borderline straight-A student, and goddess of free enterprise. Mo washed ashore in Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, eleven years ago during one of the meanest hurricanes in history, and she’s been making waves ever since.” Miss Teri says, “This is one the funniest books I’ve read – it’s a fun, smart mystery!”
Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow her entire life. When Betty Glengarry starts bullying Annabelle and the other children, Annabelle wishes Betty would disappear. When it happens, and the community suspects a drifter, Annabelle must find the courage to make her voice heard.
Bayou Magic is a book that walks the line of magic and reality and does it in a masterful way. From the publisher: “It’s Maddy’s turn to have a bayou summer. At first she misses life back home in the city, but soon she grows to love everything about her new surroundings — the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only Maddy sees. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be only the sibling to carry on her family’s magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero?”
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