Youth Services Staff Picks
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm– J F HOL (Way Back When)
For Grade 3-6; Published May 2010
Synopsis: In 1935, when her mother gets a job housekeeping for a woman who does not like children, eleven-year-old Turtle is sent to stay with relatives she has never met in faraway Key West, Florida.
Andrea says: This historical fiction novel was such a delight to read. Set in the depression era, Turtle is sent to Key West where she and her cousins find adventures in babysitting and searching for pirate treasure. I loved how this book incorporated events and people from history like Ernest Hemingway and the Labor Day Hurricane that devastated the Florida Keys in 1935.
Andrea also suggests:
Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm – J F HOL (Way Back When)
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm – J F HOL (Way Back When)
The Tiptoeing Tiger by Philippa Leathers - E LEA
For Pre K – 3rd grade; Published February 2018
Synopsis: No one in the forest is scared of Little Tiger, so he sets out to frighten someone.
Audrey says: Little Tiger is so funny in his quest to scare anything in the jungle. J
Audrey also suggests:
Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner– E WIE
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis – E ELL
And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner - E BRE
For Preschool – Grade 2; Published May 2017
Synopsis: From flip-flops and hide and seek to fireworks and ice-cream trucks, there's something for everyone in this celebration of the summer season.
Crystal says: Summer is the most wonderful time of year and it goes perfect with ice cream!
Crystal also suggests:
Summer by Sia�‚n Smith - J 508.2 SMI
Scholastic Atlas of Weather - J 551.6 SCH
Dad School by Rebecca Van Slyke - E VAN
For preschool-grade 1; published April 2016
Synopsis: Lucas’ dad takes him to school and talks about his days of attending school. Lucas thinks that’s how his dad learned all the great stuff he knows. Fixing boo-boos, mending leaky faucets and all the words to old songs are just a few of the things he learned.
Debbie says: Dads are great!
Debbie also suggests:
Gator Dad by Brian Lies –E LIE
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein -E STE
No Truth Without Ruth by Kathleen Krull - J B GIN
For Grades PreK – 3; Published February 2018
Summary: An introduction to the second female Supreme Court justice describes how she faced discrimination because of her gender throughout her education and working life, and how her fight for equality changed the way the law dealt with women's rights.
Kelsey says: Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the most important and influential women our country has ever seen. I’ve always admired her, but the recent influx of children’s books about her life have made me appreciate her even more. I highly recommend this book for young ladies with opinions.
Kelsey also suggests:
Sonia Sotomayor by Kathleen Krull - J B SOT
Sandra Day O’Connor by Mary Hill - J B OCO
Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem-Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis – J B STE
For Grades 1-3; Published March 2018
Synopsis: A picture-book biography of the life and career of Gloria Steinem.
Ofilia says:I learned about Gloria Steinem as a teen and she changed my life! She is inspirational and this book not only captures her voice, but her style and passion. This is a fantastic introduction that will motivate future “hope-a-holics” everywhere.
Ofilia also suggests:
A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women’s Rights by Kate Hannigan – J B LOC
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education by Raphaele Frier – J B YOU
The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip Christian Stead – E STE
For Preschool – Grade 2; Published August 2017
Synopsis: Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue little Ellsworth, the goldfish spoiled and selfish Amy Scott received for her birthday and threw into the ocean, declaring, “Goldfish are boring!” Amy, as it turns out, was wrong as this decidedly non-boring story proves.
Roben says: Summer is the perfect time to go on an ocean adventure, especially one written by Philip Stead.
Roben also suggests:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead – J CALD STE
The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain – J F TWA
Rot: the Cutest in the WORLD! by Ben Clanton - E CLA
For 4-8 years; published December 2017
Synopsis: Rot, a mutant potato, enters a "Cutest in the World" contest but worries when he sees his competition.
Stephanie says: Rot has the one thing you need when you enter a “Cutest in the World” contest: CONFIDENCE! Although, when he first sees his competitors, he does get a bit nervous… You and your reader will be seriously LOLing as you read Rot’s story, and by the end of the book, you’ll agree that there is something wonderful about all of us!
Stephanie also suggests:
Dear Girl, by Amy Rosenthal – E ROS
Be Who You Are! by Todd Parr – E PAR
The Slug by Elise Gravel – J 594.3 GRA
For Grades 2-4; Published August 2014
Synopsis: Covers such topics as the slug's two pairs of tentacles--one pair for seeing, one pair for smelling--its breathing hole (on the side of its head), and its pretty gross mucous covering (in order to find a partner, the slug can follow another slug's mucous trail. True love!).
Yentl says: This is such a cute book! I love the Disgusting Creatures series by Elise Gravel because they are funny and have all kinds of silly pictures. They are short, but informative. They’re great for those who love to know facts about insects and animals.
Yentl also suggests:
Any of the Disgusting Creatures books by Elise Gravel like
The Fly – J 595.77 GRA or Head Lice – J 595.7 GRA