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Fish wants to show Snail another story, “Follow Me!” says Fish but Snail is too scared. Snail doesn’t like stories with Pirates or Monsters. Fish and Snail argue like all friends do but then Fish leaves, Snail is all alone in the Story of Fish & Snail. Freedman combines color and black in white in this unique story that challenges the idea that characters are stuck in their stories. What if one of them leaves? A must read! – Hannah 4+
A very charming yet hungry Fox meets a plumb Goose and invites her to dinner. As the Goose gets deeper and deeper into his thralls, innocently agreeing to “walk into the dark deep woods” four little Chick narrators warn her “That is NOT a good idea!” Told in Mo Willem’s classic hysterical style, this retold fairytale will have your children in giggles! A very fun story with a very big twist at the end! – Hannah 4+
By Peter Brown
Mr. Tiger is fed up with being proper and polite. Proper decorum is so boring! One day Mr. Tiger decides to make a radical, horizontal change. From then on things get a little... wild. Classic Peter Brown illustrations combined with hysterical text. This is the perfect read aloud and brings out the wild in all of us. -Hannah 4+
The girl feels lonely after trying to get the attention of her mother, father and sister. Alone in her room she discovers a red marker and draws a door. After walking through this door she enters a colorful world of her own imagination filled with castles, waterfalls, hot air balloons and imprisoned birds in this stunning adventure by author/illustrator Aaron Becker. Journey through Becker's spectacular world as you experience one girl's courage, hope and destiny. –Hannah 4+
Written by two storytelling greats, Mac Barnett and Jon Sciszka with the perfect juxtaposition between classic cheerful picture book illustration and aggressive graffiti. Battle Bunny takes a predictable story about a bunny who feels unappreciated on his birthday and turn it into an epic battle between evil Battle Bunny and his action hero nemesis, Alex. Lines are drawn, the president is called and monster rockets are detonated in this epic story of one boy who must SAVE THE WORLD. –Hannah 5+
Paul is alone and passes his time by swimming round and round in circles. Until one day Bernadette is plopped into his bowl. Bernadette shows Paul a world he never knew and he is no longer alone. Stunning illustrations accompany this love story that will have you in tears! Kids will giggle, adults will cry but EVERYONE, will love the story of Paul and Bernadette. All Ages - Hannah
Baby Dinosaur Dinah, wants to try everything! Stomping, chomping, roaring, even kissing. But who can she kiss? And why isn't anyone excited about being kissed by a dinosaur? From Caldecott winner David Ezra Stein comes a funny story wonderful for small children learning the art of being gentle. Ages 3+ - Hannah
The Tortoise and The Hare
This classic tale retold by the talented Caldecott winner Jerry Pinkney
illustrates the rewards of perseverance and determination and the
consequences of doddling. Expressive, colorful illustrations spring this
old story to life as we are reminded, slow and stead wins the race.
Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg team up to create this beautiful tribute to the cycle of life. The simple elegant writing of Patricia MacLachlan echos the beauty and sorrows that can come upon us. While Kellog's expressive illustrations and gentle colors warm our hearts with the promise of hope. A book for all ages, this book should be read by everyone! - Hannah
Laszlo is afraid of the dark. One night the dark comes into his room and tells him to follow it. Klassen’s bare, muted illustrations capture the familiar fear of the unknown in this tale. The dense black in the illustrations as well as stark contrast of the flashlight beams evoke the fear of darkness while learning from the message that you can conquer your fears. Snicket and Klassen are a winning combo in this epic book that metaphorically holds a child’s hand while they overcome their fears. 5+
Most kids spend their summers at summer camp but Robbie spends his with his Grandmother Maddy. Maddy is not like other grandmothers. She tells interesting stories, serves donuts for dinner and has a secret connection with wild animals. Robbie’s parents seem more interested in their music then in him and leave him for the whole summer to go on tour. The summer turns into a journey of discovery in this tale of new friends, campfires and bunnies in the garden. Join Robbie as he uncovers truths about himself and a dark truth in his mother’s past. – Hannah 6+
When Sir Sidney needs a break from running the circus, he places an ad
in the newspaper. When Barnabas Brambles show up, he seems perfect for
the job and the circus is left in his hands. But soon the animals learn
that there is only one thing Barnabas Brambles is interested in and it’s
not the well-being of the circus performers. Written with unique
illustrations and humorous speak bubbles this story teaches the lesson
of karma. – Hannah Ages 7
When Nate moves into his new house he finds a hidden tape recorder
beneath his floorboards. This discovery comes with a slew of strange
occurrences, including a watchful crow, a creepy doll and a mysterious
girl next door. Nate is thrust into a magical world of mystery. Greg
Ruth's illustrations accompany the text in the perfect balance of
action, horror and beauty. Cannot wait for more!
7+ - Hannah
A funny tribute to Dads everywhere, Ahmet Zappa, Son of Frank Zappa describes fun activities … baths of ice cream and spaghetti for breakfast all “because I’m you’re Dad.”
Kids will laugh at the silliness of mud forts and big burps. Dan Santat’s illustrates the energy of the writing with his silly, colorful depictions. Written for Zappa’s daughter Halo, you will love this story of unconditional love. – Hannah 3+
Roan has always dreamt of going to pilot school and becoming a starfighter just like his dad and brother. But he doesn't get in. Roan, surely destined for boring plant school has one more surprise in store. He receives a mysterious letter inviting him to Jedi academy! But Jedi training usually starts at the age of two, will Roan be able to catch up? And what's this thing everyone calls "the Force"? From the NYT best selling author Jeffery Brown who brought us Darth Vadar and Son, comes a recording of one boy's journey to becoming a Jedi complete with light saber tournaments, lessons from Yoda and fist bumps using the Force! You will love this! –Hannah
This is the story of a girl named Flora and her best friend Ulysses, who happens to be a donut eating, poetry writing, philosophical squirrel, who can fly. After an unfortunate accident involving a vacuum cleaner, Flora and Ulysses find themselves on an epic adventure, involving arch-nemesis, a temporarily blind boy, a waitress named Rita and a huge, evil cat. Kate Dicamillo wows us again with this hilarious, adventurous yet beautiful story about family, love and friendship. 7+ Hannah
Poppy, Zack and Alice, who as long as they can remember play a make believe game of pirates, mermaids and adventure under the watchful eye of the Great Queen, a bone-china doll kept behind glass in Poppy’s house. A sudden event that leads to Zack quitting the game has all three friends troubled. Especially when Poppy starts having dreams about the Great Queen and the mystery that surrounds her. One part mystery, one part ghost story with a whole lot of adventure this story will have you at the end of your seat. Spooky and heartwarming! –Hannah Ages 10+
When the “Others” arrived everyone reacted differently. Some panicked and went into bunker-down survivalist mode, some went crazy and partied, some felt saved and welcomed the newcomers. No one had any answers, no little green men showed up in a rural American farming community and said, "we come in peace." There was no communication, no reaction, till 10 days after their arrival and the 1st Wave hit. The 1st Wave didn't kill too many people but the 2nd and the 3rd wiped out 97% of the world's population, the 4th scattered the remaining survivors and sent them into hiding. Cassie, a 16-year-old girl alone in this devastated world, lives day to day in fear, moving and hiding. She has lost everything and everyone, ready to give up on life until she meets Evan Walker, another survivor in their wrecked world. Together they must learn to trust each other and remember the one thing that might save them all, their humanity. An action packed, thrilling read set in a post-apocalyptic world. Yancey has created strong characters in this epic tale that challenges what we expect from a sci-fi alien story. Great for fans of Ender's Game or Stephan King. A must read! I couldn't put it down! 13+ - Hannah
A world left devastated by the Seven Stages War has one priority: survival. Each community works together to provide enough food and resources for all inhabitants. Children are educated until graduation where a chosen few are selected to continue further and have the chance to take part in the Testing where they compete for a spot to be educated further and become the eventual leaders of the communities. Cia is surprised and thrilled to be selected for the Testing. No one from her colony has been selected for years. Moments before she is whisked away, she receives disturbing advice from her father. Trust no one. Cia and her childhood friend Tomas travel together to the Testing. Surely she can trust Tomas? Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games. You will not put this books down. –Hannah Ages 13+
In post apocalyptic America there only remains
two regions left. Faith lives on the outside in an empty wasteland of abandoned
schools and shopping malls. More and more people are moving into the
quarantined state. A group of violent rebels called the Drifters roam the
outside world, reject technology and oppose the state. Faith’s world is changed
when her best friend leaves for the quarantined state without saying goodbye
and a mysterious boy takes an interest in her. It is refreshing to read a story
that speaks in an honest voice about relationships and love. Exciting action at
times interspersed with moments of beauty that has me begging for more.
It all starts when she sits next to him on the bus. Eleanor is the new girl at school. She dresses strangely and doesn’t fit into any high school standard of cool. Park is just trying to keep his head down and avoid any negative attention. Their love starts as a trickling steam that grows larger and larger but it heading toward a waterfall. This story took me straight back to my school bus days, which only made me realize how wonderful and rare their love is. Written from the point of view of both Eleanor and Park we can see the dynamic stages of falling in love for there first time. An absolute must read! – Hannah
Cath writes fan fiction. She is utterly and wholly a fan. And she is good at it. The site her and her twin sister write gets tens of thousands of hits and it has been their loving project every since their mom left when they were 8. Now Cath and her sister are starting college and things are changing. All of a sudden her sister wants ‘space’ and Cath has to navigate college by herself. Her mother suddenly wants back in her life and there is a cute guy always hanging around her room. Funny, charming and sometimes heart-breaking, join Cath on her road to self discovery. – Hannah 13+
Ezra is at the top of the high school social ladder. His talent for tennis, sports car and girlfriend have ensured that his weekends are filled with keggers. In one night everything in Ezra’s world is shattered, his social life, athletic career and his kneecap. Suddenly out from the curtain of popularity Ezra is embraced by an old friend and welcomed into a fold of misfits. Then he meets Cassidy, a girl whose casual confidence and unique philosophy of adventure dazzles him. The Beginning of Everything is written with a realistic honesty, wit and heart. – Hannah 13+
Serena dreams of two things, leaving her home town and becoming a travel writer, and Sawyer LeGrande, the boy she has grown up with and loved for as long as she can remember. A sudden tragedy push Serena and Sawyer together into a passionate, messy and dangerous love that results in Sawyer's disappearance and Serena's pregnancy. Two years later, Serena drives miles of highway back and forth to lull her toddler to sleep, covering many miles but never going far from home as she morns the life she has lost. Her life is thrown into chaos as she must face her past when Sawyer suddenly returns. The story alternates between the present day and the past. Beautifully told with the air of modern day realties, Katie Cotugno, writes with brave honesty and powerful clarity. 14+ Hannah
Jack and Aubrey are childhood friends. When their school dance is evacuated by the military it becomes apparent that teenagers are being held and quarantined all over America. In a world where terrorist attacks have become a daily occurrence, a virus is spreading among teenagers and giving them strange powers. It is up to them to choose which side they want to fight for. Wells skillfully tells this thrilling tale that will have you at the edge of your seat and second guessing which characters you're rooting for. Great for sci-if fans! -Hannah 13
All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry In a small farming town two young girls go missing, two years later one returns. Filled with words she is unable to speak, Judith returns to an angry mother, no father and a town full of judgment. She pours her heart out silently to a boy who she has loved since childhood. When news of an outside threat comes to the town she must confront her past, and her fears to save the boy she loves and through this love find her voice. A startlingly disturbing yet poignantly beautiful story that is immersed in mystery until the very last page. –Hannah 14+
Forget Twilight, finally a vampire book you want to read! The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is Holly Black's hat tip to greats such as Anne Rice and Bram Stoker. It explores a world where humans and vampires collide. Following the “outing” of vampires when a rogue vampire travels the world “infecting” people, the United States government deals with it they only way they know how. Take all known vampires, infected people, and many innocents and barricade them in impenetrable prisons called Coldtowns. Coldtowns are open to anyone but once you enter you may never leave. When Tana wakes up in a bathtub at a house party, she discovers a bloody massacre of which the only survivors are her (infected) annoying ex boyfriend and a mysterious boy with a dangerous secret. Not knowing what to do Tana can only think of one option; go to Coldtown. Heart thumping action and unique characters with a sprinkling of humor and a whole lot of blood, Holly Black has done it again with The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
Walton's debut novel is unusual, stunning and completely took me by surprise! The tale spans four generations of peculiar women cursed by falling in love too young and too hard, never to recover. Each heartbreaking story leads us through the lineage to the tale of Ava Lavender, a secret love child born with wings. As Ava grows she struggles with her curse and the isolation of being different. A horrific encounter directs her life to emulate the devastation of her ancestors and she must learn to rise from the ashes and fly. Sorrow follows these women throughout their lives as their ghosts surround them. But don't think you'll be drowning in tears! With the tragedy comes Walton's incredible characters that weave in and out of fantasy such as a girl who falls in love with a birdwatcher and turns herself into a sparrow. The novel is peppered with magic and leaves an after taste of French pastry. If your looking for something totally different, look no further!
Jellyfish and Peanut Butter are best friends who love to explore their watery home until one day they meet Crabby. Crabby sits on his rock and says mean things to them. One day Crabby is caught in a trap! Can Jellyfish and Peanut Butter save him in time? A sweet heartwarming story of friendship and kindness from the author of Punk Farm and Lunch Lady! This book will warm the cockles (or crabs) of your heart...
The Girl and the Bicycle
by Pett, Mark (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
This beautiful wordless picture book teaches the lesson of earning and saving money. A little girl, followed by her distracted little brother, explores ways of saving her money for a beautiful green bicycle she sees in a show window. Perfect for anyone who has the memory of wanting of saving for that special something. In Mark Pett's signature style of muted colors, The Girl and The Bicycle will delight you throughout till the sweet ending. - Hannah All Ages
Rex Wrecks It!
by Clanton, Ben (Candlewick)
Rex likes wrecking things. When sprinkles makes a magical heart... Rex wrecks it. When Wild makes a wooden tower... Rex wrecks it. When Gizmo makes a rocket... Rex wrecks it. Rex's friends are pretty upset at Rex so they come up with a plan to stop Rex wrecking things. Ben Clanton's hysterical story about the toddler in all of us will delight readers big and small. A must read for the Rex in your life. 2+ - Hannah
In My Heart
by Witek, Jo (Harry N. Abrams)
In our harts we have feelings, all types of feelings, some bug, some small, some loud, some quiet. Children will delight at this bright lovely book. With bright, playful illustrations, Jo Witek describes all kinds of feelings. From happy feelings like "My heart feels like a big yellow star, shiny and bright" to "mean words hurt my feelings and my heart feels hurt too." With a cut paper interactive feature, this book helps educate children and show them that it's ok to have all kinds of feelings. 4+ - Hannah
The Force is strong with Tony DiTerlizzi in this epic Star Wars compendium picture book. Star Wars fans new and old will revel in the stunning original illustrations from Ralph McQuarrie as they are guided through light saber battles, Jedi wisdom and a fight for freedom by master storyteller, Tony Diterlizzi. Children will delight in reading aloud the highlighted, sound-affect, text through out the story complimented by McQuarrie's legendary illustrations artfully selected to be appropriate for children. This book will be loved by the life-long die hard fans as well as the young and newly discovered ones. Love this book, you will...