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.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fiction for Upper Elementary and Middle Schoolers

My Basmati Bat Mitzvah - Paula J. Freedman
Tara Feinstein, proud of both her East Indian and Jewish heritage, questions what it means to have a bat mitzvah and deals with her own doubts about her faith.

Risked - Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Missing: Book 6. Jonah, thirteen, and Katherine, eleven, travel through time to 1918 Russia just as Alexei, Anastasia, and the rest of Tsar Nicholas II's family is about to be executed. Author's note includes facts about the Romanov's and the mystery surrounding their deaths

The Boundless - Kenneth Oppel
Aboard "The Boundless," the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.

Guys Read: Other Worlds - Jon Scieszka
An anthology of original science fiction and fantasy stories.

Code of Silence - Tim Shoemaker
When thirteen-year-olds Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives.

New Nonfiction

Papa is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost - Natalie S. Bober
When Robert Frost was a child, his family thought he would grow up to be a baseball player. Instead, he became a poet. His life on a farm in New Hampshire inspired him to write 'poetry that talked,' and today he is famous for his vivid descriptions of the rural life he loved so much. There was a time, though, when Frost had to struggle to get his poetry published. Told from the point of view of Lesley, Robert Frost's oldest daughter, this is the story of how a lover of language found his voice.

Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature - Sarah C. Campbell
A photographic introduction to shapes and fractal patterns in nature.

Gravity - Jason Chin
What keeps objects from floating out of your hand? What if your feet drifted away from the ground? What stops everything from floating into space? Gravity ... Jason Chin has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song - Debbie Levy
Traces the history of the inspiring anthem and explains how it has come to represents the right for equality and freedom around the world.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table - Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.

Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story - William Martin
Abridgment of: "Prophet with Honor". An account of the famed evangelist's life and ministry, examining Graham's character, contributions, and influence on the world religious scene.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New Nonfiction Series

The following titles are from the "Seedlings" series for early elementary students by Kate Riggs. Each book provides a kindergarten-level introduction to the animal, covering its growth process, behaviors, habitat, and defining physical features.





U.S. Symbols series by Tyler Monroe - Simple text and full-color photographs briefly describe each its role as a national symbol.

The Pledge of Allegiance

The Star-Spangled Banner

The Statue of Liberty

Uncle Sam

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fiction for Elementary and Middle Grades

Lemonade War series - Jacqueline Davies
The Lemonade War - Evan and his younger sister, Jessie, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a successful lemonade stand.

The Lemonade Crime - When money disappears from fourth-grader Evan's pocket and everyone thinks that his annoying classmate Scott stole it, Evan's younger sister stages a trial involving the entire class, trying to prove what happened.

The Bell Bandit - Siblings Evan and Jessie must solve the mystery of a missing cherished
family treasure while coming to terms with their beloved grandmother's unsettling behavior.

The ACB with Honora Lee - Kate de Goldi
Perry's mother and father are busy people ... they're impatient, they're tired, they get cross easily. And they think that only children, like Perry, should be kept busy. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia rest home, but Gran never remembers them. 'Who is that man?' Honora Lee asks when Perry's father leaves the room. After movement class is abruptly cancelled, Perry is allowed to go to Santa Lucia on Thursday afternoons. She discovers her Gran has an unconventional interest in the alphabet, so Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others. Soon everyone is interested in Perry's book project.

Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale - Charles de Lint
Sarah Jane Dillard discovers and helps an injured 'sangman fairy in the Tanglewood Forest, putting herself, her six sisters, and friends Aunt Lillian and the Apple Tree Man in the middle of a fairy feud.

New Picture Books

Pop-up Books:
The Little Mermaid: A Pop-up Adaptation of the Classic Fairy Tale - Robert Sabuda
A little sea princess, longing to be human, trades her mermaid's tail for legs, hoping to win the love of a prince.

Picture Books:
Violet the Pilot - Steve Breen
Young Violet's only friend is her dog, Orville, until one of her homemade flying machines takes her to the rescue of a Boy Scout troop in trouble.

Tug-of-War - John Burningham
Hippopotamus and Elephant bully Hare for being small in size and possessing a twitchy nose, until Hare demonstrates his wit when he challenges the large animals to a tug-of-war competition and claims he can win.

The Geese March in Step - Jean-Francois Dumont
Zita just can't seem to march to the same beat as the rest of the geese, but before long, she realizes, as do the other barnyard animals, that her own special rhythm is just right.

Duck to the Rescue - John Himmelman
When something goes wrong on the farm, Ernie the duck is determined to help out, but no matter how hard he tries, nothing goes quite as he plans.

Katie and the Puppy Next Door - John Himmelman
Katie the dog learns that sharing can be fun when she becomes friends with the playful puppy next door.

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! - Adam Lehrhaupt
Monkeys, toucans, and alligators unleash mayhem.

New YA Books

Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman
In 1930s Munich, the favorite niece of rising political leader Adolph Hitler is torn between duty and love after meeting a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter.

The Tyrant's Daughter - J.C. Carleson
Exiled to the United States after her father, a Middle Eastern dictator, is killed in a coup, fifteen-year-old Laila must cope with a completely new way of life, the truth of her father's regime, and her mother and brother's ways of adjusting.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant - Tony Cliff
"Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk is an Indiana Jones for the 19th century. She has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life." -- from publisher's web site

The Selection Trilogy - Kiera Cass
The Selection - Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

The Elite - Sixteen-year-old America Singer is one of only six girls still competing in the Selection--but before she can fight to win Prince Maxon and the Illean crown, she must decide where her own heart truly lies.

The One - As her Selection approaches its finish, America must decide where her heart truly lies--and Prince Maxon must pick one winner to wear the crown.