Thursday, August 21, 2014

Music CDs

123s and ABCs (Ella Jenkins)
Throughout sixteen tracks, the woman known as the First Lady of Children's Music offers lessons on counting and the alphabet in multiple languages. Her joyful engagement and delight in music comes across in each performance.

25 Favorite Bible Songs! (Veggie Tales)
The gang from Veggie Tales put joy into the hearts of listeners with a collection featuring some of the most popular Bible songs including Keep You Walking; Jesus Loves Me; and Oh, No What We Gonna Do.

American Playground (Putumayo Kids)
This fun collection features classic American tunes that the whole family can sing along to.

Count, Add, Subtract! Fun with Math, Music, and Movement (Hap Palmer)
Hap Palmer has the gift of making learning fun, and setting it all to music. Hap combines hip songs and fun games to make addition and subtraction come alive for children. Uses a colorful variety of musical styles, including jazz, country, Latin, hip-hop and rock.

Disney Classics Collection - A magical collection of the most memorable Disney musical moments of all time, featuring music from iconic Disney films, TV classics, and the Disney parks.
Four CDs include:
Disney Modern Classics
Disney Television Classics
Disney Theme Park Classics
Disney Timeless Classics

Frozen - 2-Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack
Walt Disney Animation Studios' "Frozen" features eight original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez ("In Transit," "Winnie the Pooh") and Tony Award-winning songwriter Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q," "The Book of Mormon"), plus a phenomenal score by the composer of last year's Oscar-winning short "Paperman," Christophe Beck.

New Picture Books

The Handiest Things in the World - Andrew Clements
Celebrates in verse, accompanied by photographs, the many things hands can do.

Light in the Darkness: A Story About How Slaves Learned in Secret - Lesa Cline-Ransome
Risking a whipping if they are discovered, Rosa and her mama sneak away from
their slave quarters during the night to a hidden location in a field where they learn to read and write in a pit school.

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas - Lynne Cox
World-renowned swimmer and author Lynne Cox and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knew exactly where she belonged. Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again -- each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away -- but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home. Includes back matter with information about elephant seals.

Weeds Find a Way - Cindy Jenson-Elliott
Describes some of the ways that weeds live and grow in the most hostile environments, such as a tangle of tree roots or a crack in the cellar of an old house, where other plants cannot thrive.

My Country Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights - Claire Rudolf Murphy
Explains how the song "My country, 'tis of thee" can be understood to go along with the expansion of civil rights in the United States.

My First Book of Chinese Words: An ABC Rhyming Book - Faye-Lynn Wu
Introduces Chinese language to preschool children in a gentle, playful way. The ABC structure provides a familiar framework that encourages fun and easy learning.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Nonfiction - Graphic Format

Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (Hazardous Tales series) - Nathan Hale
"World War I set the tone for the 20th century and introduced a new type of warfare: global, mechanical, and brutal. Nathan Hale has gathered some of the most fascinating true-life tales from the war and given them his inimitable Hazardous Tales twist. Easy to understand, funny, informative, and lively, this series is the best way to be introduced to some of the most well-known battles (and little-known secrets) of the infamous war."-- Provided by publisher

Survive! Inside the Human Body! - Gomdori Co. & Hyun-Dong Han
Vol. 1: The Digestive System
This lively, full-color science comic explores Phoebe's insides after she accidentally swallows a microscopic ship. The only problem? Dr. Brain (the ship's eccentric inventor) and Phoebe's friend Geo are on board! Geo and Dr. Brain must avoid danger at every turn--like hazardous stomach acid and feeding parasites. (Ew!) Will they escape? You've got a front row seat as they travel through Phoebe's esophagus, stomach, and intestines.

Vol 2: The Nervous System
In this volume, our heroes Geo and Dr. Brain face hostile white blood cells, Phoebe's powerful heartbeat, and a bruise that threatens to suck them out of the bloodstream and leave them stranded forever! As you follow their fast-paced comic adventure through Phoebe's blood, heart, and lungs, you'll learn about the human circulatory system.

Vol 3: The Circulatory System
When Geo and Dr. Brain find themselves inside Phoebe's brain, they must brave shocking electrical signals and navigate a maze of neurons and synapses. Will they dynamic duo finally escape? And what's the matter with Phoebe anyway? As you follow this up-close exploration of Phoebe's brain, you'll learn how the brain and nervous system work.

New Picture Books

The Monkey Goes Bananas - C.P. Bloom
Monkey, having spied a banana tree across the water, will stop at nothing to get a snack.

Goodnight Songs - Margaret Wise Brown
A previously unpublished collection of lyrics for twelve lullabies, illustrated by contemporary, award-winning artists Jonathan Bean, Carin Berger, Sophie Blackall, Linda Bleck, Renata Liwska, Christopher Silas Neal, Zachariah Ohora, Eric Puybaret, Sean Qualls, Isabel Roxas, Melissa Sweet, and Dan Yaccarino.

The Lion and the Bird - Marianne Dubuc
"A lion finds a wounded bird in his garden and decides to care for it through the winter. When spring arrives, the bird's flock returns. The bird goes off with its flock. Lion is sad. But autumn brings a wonderful surprise."-- Provided by publisher

The Hueys in The New Sweater - Oliver Jeffers
"One Huey wears a new sweater to be different from the other identical Hueys, only to have them decide to be different too--by wearing sweaters."-- Provided by publisher

The Hueys in It Wasn't Me - Oliver Jeffers
"Hueys may look the same, think the same, and even do the same things, but that
doesn't mean they can't disagree. The only problem is, they can't seem to agree on what they didn't agree on in the first place! Which ultimately leads to an even bigger disagreement."-- Provided by publisher

How to Cheer Up Dad - Fred Koehler
"A young elephant sees his dad is in a bad mood and tries to cheer him up, not realizing his own mischief caused the bad mood in the first place."-- Provided by publisher

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend - Dan Santat
An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable--he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

New Picture Books

Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too - Anna Dewdney
Nelly Gnu spends a day building a play house with her father.

I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! - Jill Esbaum & Gus Gordon
While showing her timid gal pals the wonders of the woods, brave Nadine the cow discovers that she is not entirely fearless.

Cloudette - Tom Lictenheld
Cloudette, the littlest cloud, finds a way to do something big and important as the other clouds do

Rules of Summer - Shaun Tan
Two boys explain the occasionally mysterious "rules" they learned over the summer, like never eat the last olive at a party, never ruin a perfect plan, and never give your keys to a stranger.

Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine - Gloria Whelan
Inspired by a true story, when Queen Victoria is unable to go swimming without her subjects glimpsing her in a swimming suit, her husband, Prince Albert, comes up with an innovative solution so his wife can indulge in the healthy exercise.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


U.S. Symbols Series - Tyler Monroe (for primary students)
The American Flag
Explores the history and symbolism of the American flag.

The Bald Eagle
"Simple text and full-color photographs briefly describe the bald eagle and its role as a national symbol."--Provided by publisher

Seedlings Animal Series - Kate Riggs (for primary students)
Each book discusses the animal's growth process, behaviors, the lands they call home, and defining physical features.

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog - Ann Bausum
American soldier J. Robert Conroy befriended a stray dog with a stumpy tail while training to fight overseas in WWI. They bonded so closely that Conroy smuggled him to Europe, where Stubby accompanied Conroy's regiment on the Western Front, lending both his superior olfactory senses and amiable temperament to the war effort.

Graphic Novels

The King's Dragon - Scott Chantler
Book 4 in The Three Thieves series. While waiting for Dessa, Topper, and Fisk to emerge from a healing community where he is sure they have taken shelter, Captain Drake remembers his early days as a member of the King's Dragons and the web of intrigue that his younger, more idealistic, self was drawn into, and wonders if the key to catching the three thieves could lie in his own dark past.

Amulet Book Four: The Last Council - Kazu Kibuishi
Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in fear. Emily is soon escorted to the Academy where she's expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, a group of the the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered--a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

Amulet Book Five: Prince of the Elves - Kazu Kibuishi
Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. With it, the Elf King forges new amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a fight to stop him, but Max stands in their way. And when she seeks information from the Voice of her Amulet, she discovers that the Voice is much more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

Swallow Me Whole - Nate Powell
"Swallow Me Whole is a love story carried by rolling fog, terminal illness, hallucination, apophenia, insect armies, secrets held, unshakeable faith, and the search for a master pattern to make sense of one's unraveling. In his most ambitious book to date, Nate Powell quietly explores the dark corners of adolescence-- not the cliched melodramatic outbursts of rebellion, but the countless tiny moments of madness, the vague relief of medication, and mixed blessing of family ties. As the story unfolds, two stepsiblings hold together amidst schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, family breakdown, animal telepathy, misguided love, and the tiniest hope that everything will someday make sense."--Publisher's web site

Elementary and Middle Grade Fiction

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble - Nick Bruel
Author/illustrator Nick Bruel tries to explain to the reader how to write a story, but Bad Kitty is not at all happy about the plot, which has her going on a turnip diet to lose weight. Includes a recipe for roasted turnips.

Jessie Elliot is a Big Chicken - Elise Gravel
"During the summer before high school, Jessie Elliot vows to never change her fun-filled, dorky ways--that is until her best friend starts hanging out with the cool kids."-- Provided by publisher

I Even Funnier: A Middle School Story - James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
"While on a mission to win the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic regional competition, New York middle schooler Jamie Grimm copes with rival comics and bullies, a buddy in trouble, and a sudden family emergency, all with a sense of humor and a loyal group of friends."--Provided by publisher

File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents - Lemony Snicket
"Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents in Stain'd-by-the-Sea, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case."-- Provided by publisher

Board Books

Can You Say It, Too? Moo! Moo! - Sebastian Braun
Demonstrates the different sounds farm animals make, in a book encouraging readers to lift flaps to identify each animal.

Global Baby Girls - The Global Fund for Children
Pictures and text celebrate girls from around the world.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Books About Interesting People

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America - Tonya Bolden
Recounts the story of the 1914 disappearance of eleven-year-old Sarah Rector, an African American who was part of the Creek Indian people and whose land had made her wealthy, and what it reveals about race, money, and American society.

Florence Nightingale - Demi
"Florence Nightingale revolutionized the world of medicine by emphasizing cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organization in hospitals. What began as an attempt to make army hospitals safer and more effective became a lifelong mission, and remains relevant today. This new picture book biography of Florence Nightingale, from celebrated author and artist Demi, beautifully portrays the story of Florence's life and explores the long-lasting effects of her career."-- Provided by publisher

Dare the Wind - Tracey Fern
Ellen Prentiss's papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly, she knew that they would need every bit of its speed for their maiden voyage: out of New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. In a time when few women even accompanied their husbands onboard, Ellen Prentiss navigated their ship to set the world record for speed along that route.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
"When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village. Everyone thought he was crazy but William persevered and managed to create a functioning windmill out of junkyard scraps. Several years later he figured out how to use the windmill for irrigation purposes."-- Provided by publisher

Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the Dog Who Loved Her - Amy Novesky
Discusses American Jazz singer Billie Holiday and her dogs, especially her pet boxer, Mister.

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise - Jan Pinborough
Examines the story of how librarian Ann Carroll Moore created the first children's room at the New York Public Library.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation - Duncan Tonatiuh
"Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California."-- Provided by publisher

New Picture Books

Crankee Doodle - Tom Angleberger
A pony tries to convince his cranky owner to take a ride into town. Includes notes about the song, "Yankee Doodle."

Iggy Peck, Architect - Andrea Beaty
Ever since he was a baby, Iggy Peck has built towers, bridges, and buildings, which comes in handy when his second grade class is stranded on an island during a picnic.

Michael Recycle - Ellie Bethel
Michael Recycle, the green-caped crusader, visits the town of Abberdoo-Rimey and proves to the residents that recycling can actually be fun.

Extraordinary Jane - Hannah E. Harrison
"Jane the dog doesn't have a unique talent in the circus like the rest of her family, until the ringmaster discovers what is truly special about her."--Provided by publisher

Battle Bunny - Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett
Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! - Mo Willems
The Pigeon is dirty and he needs a bath, but he won't go willingly.