Staff Picks - 2014 Spring Childrens

AGES 6 & under
What's Your Favorite Animal?What's Your Favorite Animal? by Eric Carl & Friends. A most fantastic new picture book for animal lovers! Some of our favorite children's authors - from Nick Bruel to Mo Williams - tell us about their favorite animals. You'll laugh your way through this charming book. ~ Tracy Hughes
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis. The creator of Pearls Before Swine hits another home run. Timmy Failure is possibly the worst private eye in the world. But gosh darn it, he's got enthusiasm! If you've got a Wimpy Kid fan in the house, this series is even better! ~ Chris Linendoll
The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. Lucy and Owen meet one night in New York during a city-wide blackout. They continue their friendship as they move several times in one year. A fantastic book about travel and long distance romance. Available 4/15/14. ~ Fran Tobia
Hi, Koo!: A Year of SeasonsHi, Koo! Travel through the seasons with the buoyant panda Koo and his friends. Haikus describe special moments during each season, accompanied by stunning watercolor illustrations. ~ Marika McCoola The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract ArtThe Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock, illlustrated by Mary Grandpre. Vasya, who can hear colors as well as see them, decides to paint what he feels and hears, not what he sees. Vasya Kandinsky became one of the most influential painters of his time. Beautuiful pages by the illustrator of the Harry Potter books. ~ Krysta Piccoli
The Good-Pie PartyThe Good-Pie Party by Liz Garton Scanton, illustrated by Kady Mac- Donald Denton. Posy is moving and she doesn't want to say "good-bye." But what about saying "good-pie?" A sweet book about good friends and moving away, with lovely, expressive illustrations. ~ Marika McCoola The RiverThe River by Alessandra Sanna. Though you are likely to find this enchanting book in the children's section, adults who adore inventive forms of storytelling through artwork will be delighted, too. Enjoy four seasons and four tales conceived along the banks of the Po River in Italy. Original and breathtaking. ~ Nancy Scheemaker
Hopper and Wilson Fetch a StarHopper and Wilson Fetch a Star by Maria Van Lieshout. Hopper and Wilson are going on another adventure! This time they are flying off to find the perfect star. An adorable story with equally adorable illustrations. I wish I could take these two friends home with me. ~ Krysta Piccoli Red Knit Cap Girl to the RescueRed Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue by Naoko Stoop. Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends rescue a baby polar bear and help him get back home. They sail through storms to the North Pole in a paper boat! Beautifully illustrated with paintings on wood, this is a story of friendship and adventure! ~ Leah Moore
The Gift of NothingThe Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell. Mooch is trying to find the perfect gift for his best friend Earl. What could possibly be special enough to give to a such a great friend? A charming book about loving what you have, despite the noisy world around us. ~ Krysta Piccoli  
The Winter HorsesThe Winter Horses by Philip Kerr. A fantastically poetic, magical, simple story of friendship and love in a not-so-simple, magical, poetic world. Horses and history come alive on the Russian steppe. ~ Jeanette Sessions Ophelia and the Marvelous BoyOphelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee. Ophelia discovers a boy in a locked room of a museum and offers to help him escape. However, he needs her help not only to escape, but also to stop the Snow Queen from destroying the world. A fantastically fun adventure with a brave, intelligent heroine. ~ Krysta Piccoli
The Miniature World of Marvin and JamesThe Miniature World of Marvin & James by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy. Marvin is a little beetle and his best friend is a boy names James. When James goes on vacation Marvin is stuck with his cousin. Can he stay out of trouble until James returns? A sweet story with a bugs-eye view of the world. ~ Krysta Piccoli A Snicker of MagicA Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Felicity Pickle is looking for a place to call home. Wandering makes it difficult to make friends. What happens when she ends up in her mother's home town? Could Felicity find her first best friend? Is there enough magic in Midnight Gulch to make them stay? ~ Whitney Kaaz
The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage. Fans of Three Times Lucky are in for a treat with this companion book, told in the incomparable voice of Miss Mo LeBeau. An intriguing new character joins the regular denizens of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, for this novel - part mystery, part ghost story, entirely delightful! ~ Gail King Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells. After her best friend leaves for the summer, Ivy finds a job looking after farm animals. Her summer is filled with winning over a stubborn pony, training a puppy and discovering her love of animals. Set on a ranch in mid-20th century Nevada. ~ Martha Cornwell
Kung Pow Chicken: Lets Get Cracking! and Kung POW Chicken #2: BOK! BOK! Boom!Kung Pow Chicken: Bok! Bok! Boom! by Cindi Marko. These silly easy reader chapter books will delight superhero fans of all ages. Complete with whimsical comic-style illustrations and lots of chicken puns, these gentle superchicken adventures are full of giggles for the whole family. ~ Rachel Person
The Impossible Knife of MemoryThe Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. A captivating novel detailing the ways families can hurt and heal each other, starring Hayley, who suffers through her father's PTSD-related mood swings. Sharp, well-drawn characters with too much weight on their shoulders and a thought-provoking premise; Anderson has given us yet another powerful story. ~ Paige Mushaw Road RashRoad Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons. Drumroll Please! Zach can write lyrics. He can play the drums. But he can't understand why his friends kicked him out of the band. When he has the option to join the hot new up-and-coming band, he jumps at the chance. ~ Jeanette Sessions
Cruel BeautyCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast mixed with Greek mythology! Nxy is bethrothed to Ignifex, an evil ruler of the kingdom, and has been trained from birth to kill him, but he is not what she expects. An amazing tale of duty, love and betrayal. ~ Martha Cornwell A Mad, Wicked FollyA Mad Wicked Folly by Sharon Briggs Waller. After Vicky is disgraced for posing nude for her atelier, her family tries to marry her off, but she dreams of attending art school. She finds an outlet for her artistic visions in the suffragette movement. You'll fall in love with this sassy, brave heroine. ~ Martha Cornwell
The Scar BoysThe Scar Boys by Len Vlahos. A compelling and moving account of growing up in the '80s, forming a punk band and falling for your friend's girl- all the while sporting scars from a bad childhood prank gone wrong. ~ Whitney Kaaz & Jess Wood We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart. There are few books that reach this level of drama and subtlety simultaneously. Moody, thoughtprovoking and unforgettable – to reveal the plot would be a disservice. Just know you'll need to clear your schedule for a few hours. Easily the best YA novel of the season. ~ Paige Mushaw
Founding Mothers: Remembering the LadiesFounding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies by Cokie Roberts. A Common Core mustread! Highlighting the amazing female patriots of the American Revolution, this book follows the courageous acts of women working behind the scenes to help shape America. ~ Martha Cornwell The Dumbest Idea Ever!The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley. Jimmy loves comics. When he's sick and unable to play basketball, he begins working on his own comic. The true story of Jimmy Gownley's first foray into comics will inspire doodlers and readers to act on their own "dumb ideas." ~ Marika McCoola
Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines from Joan of Arc to Mother TeresaGirls . . . and Boys Who Rocked the World: Heroes from King Tut to Bruce LeeBoys who Rocked the World by Michelle Roehm & Amelie Welden. Fantastic books for boys and girls looking for excellent role models in history. Each chapter is about a different person, so it's easy to pick up and put down. Did you know Jackie Mitchell was such a good pitcher that she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? You will soon! ~ Krysta Piccoli