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Decembrrrrrrr 2017



NNarwhalot Quite Narwhal By Jessie Sima - E SIM

For grades Pre- 3; Published February 2017

Synopsis: Born deep in the ocean, Kelp is not like the other narwhals and one day, when he spies a creature on land that looks like him, he learns why. 

Anna says:  This is absolutely adorable. The illustrations are so cute and I love the idea that you can belong somewhere even if you’re different!

Anna also recommends:
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin – E RUB
Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin – E RUB




GhostGhost by Jason Reynolds – J FIC REY (YA Lonestar)

For grades 5-9; Published August 2016

Synopsis: Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential. 

Audrey says: Ghost is a talented runner who gets a chance to move past his troubled pass with the opportunity to run on a professional track team. I love everything Jason Reynolds writes, and this is the first in a new series of his.

Audrey also suggests:
Patina by Jason Reynolds –J F REY  
As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds - J F REY   



Hundred Billion StarsA Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishmen - J 510.2 FIS 

For Pre-K to 3rd grade; Published October 2017 

Synopsis:  Did you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees? And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants? Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth. Can you imagine that many of anything? 

Crystal Says:  Oh my goodness! I’ve never seen numbers so big! What a fun way to learn about the world around us! 

Crystal also suggests:
Time for Kids. The World's Most Amazing Facts & Records! That's Awesome! - J 031.02 TIM
Extreme Planet : Carsten Peter's Adventures in Volcanoes, Caves, Canyons, Deserts, and Beyond! by Carsten Peter - J 551 NAT




43 Old Cemetery43 Old Cemetery Road  books 1-7by Kate KliseJSER FOR

For Grades 3-6; Published April 2009

Synopsis: A grumpy, old man who happens to be a writer moves into a mansion ocuupied by an abandoned boy and a ghost. 

Debbie says: Letters, pictures and newpaper clippings are added to help solve the mysteries. 

Debbie also suggests:
Greenglass House by Kate Milford – J F MIL
Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford -  J F MIL 



Under WaterUnder Water, Under Earth by Aleksandra Mizielin´┐Ż┬ska  - J NF 551 MIZ

For Grades 3-6; Published October 2016

Synopsis:  Dive below the surface and find out what happens under earth and under sea—from early submarines and deep-sea life to burrowing animals and man-made tunnels. You will never look at the world in the same way again! Gorgeous design and quirky illustrations make this a book to be pored over again and again.

Kelsey says: I love books like this! Just lots and lots of interesting facts with detailed and quirky illustrations. Check out the other books I recommended this month for even more neat facts about the world around us and beneath our feet.

Kelsey also recommends:
How Cities Work by James Gulliver Hancock – J 307.76 HAN
The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain – J 551 GUI 



There Might be LobsterThere Might be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi – E CRI

For Grades Pre-K – Grade 2; Published May 2017

Synopsis:  A little dog's paralyzing anxiety gives way to bravery when someone smaller arrives in need during a whooshy, splashy, overwhelming day at the beach. 

Ofilia says: Suki may be afraid of many things, especially lobsters, but she surprises herself when she is called on to save the day. Charming and relatable, this story uses fun language and vivacious illustrations to depict the sillier aspects of anxiety. You will definitely have to read it multiple times.   

Ofilia also suggests: 
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes – E HEN
Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley – E FOL




Girl Who ThoughtThe Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca - J B GRA

Grades K-5; Published August 2017

Synopsis: This book explores the life of the amazing Temple Grandin. Diagnosed with autism at an early age, doctors believed Temple would never talk. Temple surprised them all and became one of the most powerful voices in modern science and an unrelenting advocate for people on the autism spectrum. The author has used an engaging rhyming text that will appeal to all ages.

Roben says: Temple Grandin is my hero.  Read this book and she will be your hero, too!

Roben also suggests:
Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz – E SCH (Princess)
Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard – E GRI 



Rooster Would not QuietThe Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy – E DEE

For K – Grade 2; Published January 2017

Synopsis: The mayor of the noisy city of La Paz institutes new laws forbidding all singing, but a brave little rooster decides he must sing, despite the progressively severe punishments he receives for continuing to crow. 

Stephanie says: The Rooster, or gallito, that lives in La Paz will not let that bossy mayor, Don Pepe, squash his spirit! Nothing Don Pepe does or threatens to do will keep rooster from singing his song. I love the message of hope in this story, and the illustrations are beautiful! 

Steph also recommends:
Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex – E REX
BOB, NOT BOB! by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon - E SCA 



Perfect DayA Perfect Day by Lane Smith – E BRO

For Pre-K – 3rd Grade; Published February 2017

Synopsis: A perfect day means different things to different animals in Bert's backyard. 

Yentl says: Cat, Dog, Chickadee and Squirrel are having a perfect day. And then Bear comes along and it gets interesting. This book was sweet and funny. It is a simple read and the illustrations are very pretty. I loved it! 

Yentl also recommends:
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes – E HEN
Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan – E SRI

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