Category Archives: Staff Picks

Staff Picks – February

Children’s books recommended this month by the Children’s Department staff.  Click the picture or title of book to reserve or view the catalog.

Picture Books

  Janet – Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice

Sam the zookeeper never forgets to feed the animals.


Book Cover  Stacy –   Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller–and hungrier.


Book Cover  Marcie – Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato

At Mouse’s house, Elliot the elephant finds more than a friend–he finds a family.


Book Cover  James – Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin

While Raccoon is eating pizza at his secret pizza party, he sees a masquerade party going on in the house next door to him and joins the fun.

Easy Readers

  Janet – Fox and His Friends by Edward Marshall

In three separate episodes Fox wants to play with his friends, but duty in one form or another interferes.


Book Cover  Stacy – Clammy Clam by Chris Raschka

In this tribute to the silent type, readers are reminded that kids can be unpredictable, requiring improvisation and compromise. Chris Raschka’s expert balance of visual and textual humor will bring even the shyest of readers out of their shells!


Book Cover  James – Walruses by Cari Meister

This photo-illustrated nonfiction story for young readers describes the body parts of walruses and how they fight with their tusks. Includes photo glossary and quiz.



Book Cover  Janet –  Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

As Trent Zimmerman struggles to move past a traumatic event that took place several months earlier, he befriends class outcast Fallon Little, who helps him understand that he can move on.


Book Cover  Marcie –  A Long Way From Chicago : A Novel In Stories by Richard Peck

A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.


Book Cover  James – The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold


Book Cover  Janet – Earmuffs for Everyone! : How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs by Meghan McCarthy

This picture-book biography of Chester Greenwood explores the invention of the earmuffs and the patenting process.


SNYDER , Laurel. Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova . illus. by ...  Stacy – Swan : The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder

So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, inspiring legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova. Beautiful, inspirational, and triumphant, Anna Pavlova’s life is masterfully captured in this exquisite picture book.


Book Cover  James – How to Make Slime by Lori Shores

Simple text and full-color photos instruct readers on how to make slime and explain the science behind the activity.

Staff Picks – January

Children’s books recommended this month by the Children’s Department staff.  Click the picture or title of book to reserve or view the catalog.

Picture Books

Book CoverJanet – The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

A tiger comes to tea at Sophie’s house and eats and drinks everything in sight, so that there is nothing left for Daddy’s supper.


Leo a Ghost Story Picture Book Dreaming Wish List July 2015 There's a ...  Stacy – Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett

Leo is a friendly house ghost–but when a family moves into his house, and tries to get rid of him, he leaves and roams the city looking for a friend.


Book Cover Marcie – Corduroy by Don Freeman

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.  James – Sparky! by Jenny Offill

A child takes a sloth named Sparky as a pet.



Book Cover   Janet – Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & The Beast by Robin McKinley

Kind Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay, and through her love releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast.


Book Cover  Stacy – Crenshaw by Katherine  Applegate

A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.


Book Cover  Marcie – Theodore Boone:  Kid Lawyer by John Grisham

With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it’s up to this amateur attorney to save the day.


Book Cover  James – The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

When wasps come to Steve in a dream offering to fix his sick baby brother, he thinks all he has to do is say yes. But yes may not mean what Steve thinks it means.


Book Cover   Lindsay – Drowned city : Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage — and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality.