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Rain, Fog and Snow: New Books for Younger Readers

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan Octopus hides in her dark cave. Her tentacles curve and twist around her bulbous body as she shyly watches the busy reef outside. When several small seahorses try to play, Octopus flees. In her attempts to avoid the curious creatures, she finds herself away from the reef, her familiar cave, […]

August 15th, 2013

Cats, Birds, and a New Colfer Series: New Books for Older Readers

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering He couldn’t speak. He had no clothes. He lived in the forests, under the harsh, cold moon, as wild as a wolf or a fox. He was a young boy and when they caught him; they called him […]

June 19th, 2013
Maya Makes a Mess

Use Your Imagination: New Books for Younger Readers

Bear Despair by Gaëtan Dorémus A large blue bear naps with his pudgy purple teddy. A smile plays across the bear’s wide face. What lovely dreams he must be having. But then, oh no! A long-legged, long-snouted, sharply toothed fox sneaks upon the sleeping bear. He steals the bear’s stuffie! He runs off, laughing, into […]

November 14th, 2012

Spooky stories for Halloween

Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann Gus and his dog Ella are best friends. One night, as they sit together under a full moon, Ella gently warns him that she will not be around forever. “But no matter what happens, I’ll always be with you,” she promises. After Ella is gone, Gus is very sad. Yet, […]

October 24th, 2012
mighty mars rover

Alaska, London and Mars: New Books for Older Readers

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska’s WWII Invasion by Samantha Seiple The Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska are located off the shores of Alaska. Most people don’t think of these rocky outposts as the sites of some of “the bloodiest and deadliest hand-to-hand combat battles between the United States and Japan.” […]

September 26th, 2012
in the garden

Freedom, Pandas and Digging in the Dirt – New Books for Younger Readers

In the Garden by Elizabeth Spurr, illustrated by Manelle Oliphant Under the sky and the sun and the tree and the shade, a little boy picks up a shovel and digs. This sweetly illustrated board book introduces the most basic — and important — words for a blossoming gardener. And, really, what child isn’t an […]

July 11th, 2012

Sport, Space and Science – New Books for Older Readers

Caddy’s World (2011) by Hilary McKay If it weren’t for Caddy’s friends, Caddy’s world might just fly off into little parts. With her friends, though, Caddy is happy, grounded, and “the bravest of the brave.” However, when a baby’s premature arrival sparks (even more) chaos at home and the friends each face new challenges at […]

May 16th, 2012
ruby in the smoke

Audiobooks for Your Winter Trips

I like my audio books fast-paced, dense with atmosphere, and smart. I want them almost (almost!) so engrossing that I forget what I’m doing. I want them to catch me unawares and deliver me at my destination surprised by how quickly I arrived.  Finally, I want them to be just awesome to listen to, read […]

February 29th, 2012