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.