Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Picture Books

My Teacher is a Monster! - Peter Brown
Bobby thinks his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is horrible, but when he sees her outside of school and they spend a day in the park together, he discovers she might not be so bad after all.

Picnic - John Burningham
Boy and Girl go out for a picnic and meet all sorts of animals along the way.

Cinderella: A Fashionable Tale - Steven Guarnaccia
Retells the classic fairy tale of the young servant girl who experiences a magical night and finally finds her prince. Features illustrations of apparel and accessories inspired by famous fashion designers.

The Bambino and Me - Zachary Hyman
George Henry Alexander is a huge fan of baseball. His favorite team is the New York Yankees and his favorite player is Babe Ruth. George plays baseball during his free time and he listens to the games on the radio with his dad. Everywhere he goes, he carries his Babe Ruth baseball card. On his birthday, George's parents surprise him with two tickets to watch the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees--his first real game! But his presents don't stop there. Uncle Alvin has sent him a baseball jersey and cap, but it's for the Boston Red Sox! Filled with horror, George tosses them aside, but his mother will not have any of that. He will wear them to the baseball game with his dad! What will happen at the game? Will George get to meet Babe Ruth while wearing the opposing team's jersey?

The Midnight Library - Kazuno Kohara
"Once there was a library that only opened at night. Step inside and meet the little librarian and her three assistant owls."-- Provided by publisher

Froodle - Antoinette Portis
One day, amidst the usual chirps, tweets, and caws, a little brown bird decides to try singing a new song and sets off an interesting reaction.

A Boy and a Jaguar - Alan Rabinowitz
The renowned cat conservationist reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice to be their advocate.

Almost an Animal Alphabet - Katie Viggers
A whimsical A to Z book which pictures an animal for each letter of the alphabet.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Picture Books

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus - Jen Bryant
The story of "shy young Peter Mark Roget, [for whom] books were the best companions--and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel - Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Capturing an engineer's creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.

The Legend of Saint Nicholas - Anselm GrĂ¼n
An introduction to the saint who is the inspiration for giving.

Manger - poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
There is a legend that describes how, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all creatures are granted the power of speech for one hour. In this rich collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and a dozen other poets imagine what responses they might offer. The poems represent a diverse group of animals, but all come together with one singular purpose: celebrating the joy of the miraculous event.

Three Bears in a Boat - David Soman
Afraid to face their mother after breaking her beautiful blue seashell, three bears set out on an high seas adventure to try to find a replacement.

Thank You, God - J. Bradley Wigger
Offers readers of all ages and backgrounds the perfect chance to reflect on all the things that they have to be grateful for. It is a celebration of family and friends, of homes and food to share, and of the wonder of creation from the first light of day to the calm, peaceful night.

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

The Graveyard Book - P. Craig Russell
The graphic novel adaptation of the book by Neil Gaiman. Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.