A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker. Ages 4-7.
Mouse has been invited to sleep over at Bear’s house, but
as in previous books, Mouse begins to
seriously annoy Bear.
Lawn to Lawn by Dan Yaccarino. Ages 4-6.
Four “forgotten” lawn ornaments travel
through the city avoiding trash trucks and
gargoyle gangs until they arrive at Ritzy Estates.
Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray by Nick Bruel. Ages 6-10.
Uncle Murray is pet-sitting Bad Kitty and Poor Puppy when he brings out the dreaded vacuum cleaner.
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner. Ages 5-7.
When the librarian sends a stubborn first grader home with a bagful of books, she does not like any of them - until she finds a story about a stubborn, smelly, snorty ogre with warts.
Hamster and Cheese by Colleen Venable. Ages 7-10.
A silly mystery, complete with red herrings (actually goldfish), false
suspects, and the occasional sandwich-shaped turtle.
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems. Ages 5-7.
Snake wants to play catch with Elephant and Piggie, but he has no hands. No problem - Piggie has an idea...
"Series" ously Entertaining -The Latest Book in a Series
Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies.
The Bats are back playing night baseball under a circus tent with crowds of bat-fans and vendors selling “mothdog” snacks.
The Toy Breaker by Geoffrey Hayes. Ages 5-7.
Benny and Penny return in their third book. This time they’re hiding toys from Cousin Bo because Bo always breaks them.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. Ages 8-12.
A new group of heroes enters Camp Half-Blood. Can they save the world
with help from old friends?
Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Ages 8-12.
Amy and Dan Cahill face the greatest challenge on their quest to find
the 39 clues - making a choice that could impact the world’s future.
Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer. Ages 10-14.
Artemis has committed his fortune to a project he believes will save the
planet for both humans and fairies. Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?
The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye by Nancy Springer. Ages 11-14.
Enola receives a curious message from an old Gypsy woman wearing an amulet displaying her long-lost mother’s initials.
Beastly Good Reads
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall. Ages 3-6.
A child can be “silly as a seal” or “crafty as a fox” in this delightful book completely illustrated with hearts.
Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert. Ages 4-6.
Celebrate the spots, stripes and colors of animals in short poems, rhymes and the occasional tongue twister.
Orangutans are Ticklish by Steve Grubman. Ages 5-8.
Zoo animals strike fanciful poses for extraordinary photographer Steve Grubman, who then shares some pithy animal facts.
The Case of the Fire Alarm by Dori Butler.
Buddy, the golden retriever, likes his new job as a therapy dog so much he swears off mysteries. But when a fire alarm frightens everyone out of the school and there’s no fire, how will they find out who pulled the alarm?
Life-Size Aquarium by Teruyuki Komiya. All Ages.
Crisp, life-size photographs of jellyfish, crabs, even a leafy sea dragon, bring the aquarium into your living room.
Books for Boys
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton.
Who will win - shark or train? Underwater, shark will surely triumph. But at roasting marshmallows?
Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. Ages 5-8.
Buzz creates a comic book that features Buzz Boy who has “super strength” and Fly Guy who is a human-sized, wise-cracking fly.
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk by Dav Pilkey. Ages 8-11.
Caveboys Ook and Gluk travel to the future where they learn kung fu. If they can figure out how to return to the past, they can free their people.
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen. Ages 11-15.
Samuel puts the tracking, hunting and survival skills he’s learned to new use when the Revolution reaches his family’s homestead.
Pirates vs. Pirates by Richard Platt.
Ten pirates from centuries past clash as never before in five dramatic duels. Who will be the Ultimate Pirate?
You've Got Talent
Hip Hop Dog by Chris Raschka and Vladimir Radunsky. Ages 5-7.
Raschka supplies the verbal beats and Radunsky sets the gritty scene in this story of a down-and-out dog made good.
Stage Fright by Meg Cabot. Ages 10-14.
Allie learns “there are no small parts, only small actors” in the latest paperback entry in
the Rules for Girls series.
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Ages 11-15.
Fifth-grader Melody has cerebral palsy - she is unable to walk, talk or care for herself. But she does have a very special talent which helps her compete in a contest - she’s a genius!
Amazing Magic Tricks by Jon Tremaine.
This professional magician’s manual will help you amaze your friends and family with magical skills.
Books for Teens
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers. Ages 12+.
Serving time at a juvenile detention facility, teenager Reese gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an
unlikely friend with a disturbing past.
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld. Ages 12+.
An Austrian Prince and a young woman disguised as a teenage boy join forces to save the lives of many in a 1914’s Europe populated by genetically altered beasts and machines.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. Ages 13+.
The star-crossed lovers of Shiver return in this story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who is becoming one.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
The long-awaited ending to the Hunger Games trilogy.