Category Archives: Staff Picks

Staff Pick: What the Heart Knows

Staff Pick: What the Heart Knows

What the Heart Knows

Presents a collection of inspirational poems that offer hope, wisdom, comfort, and humor for life’s challenging moments.

A tall and thin volume of poems to invite our better thoughts and actions, complete with lovely illustrations and a red ribbon book mark.   Find the words here to repair a friendship, gift a spell, bless the curl of the cat, or the smell of a dog.   These poems are sorted into chants, charms, spells, laments, and blessings.  Wonderful to read even better to share; memorize, add your voice, and share with someone of your choice.

Recommended by: Barbara Obergfell, OutreachLibrary

 

 

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Staff Pick: Animal Superstars

Staff Pick: Animal Superstars

Animal Superstars

Presents the stories of three incredibly talented animals, including a motorcross daredevil dog, a groundhog weather wonder, and a rock star cat.

Here is a book from National Geographic that spotlights three “amazing” animals: a motorcycle dog, a groundhog weather wonder and a kitty rock star.  These are real-life stories about these talented animals and the humans that share the adventures that these animals experience.  There are color photographs, additional informational facts about each animal plus web resources.  If you like reading about animals, you might also like other National Geographic KIDS Chapters like Tiger in Trouble! by Kelly Milner Hall.  This is about animal rescues and the caring humans that helped these animals start a new life.  One more, is Dog Finds Lost Dolphins by Elizabeth Carney about animal heroes.  Animal lovers will enjoy all of these nonfiction chapter books.

Recommended by: Georgia Ellars –Eagle Branch

 

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Staff Pick: Stable

Staff Pick: Stable

Stable

The history of Kensington Stables in Brooklyn, New York City.

One hundred years ago everybody used horses for transportation.  In those old days New York City alone had over 100,000 horses.  One of the old city stables is still operating in Brooklyn with 37 working horses available for riding lessons, trail rides and street fairs.  Ted Lewin tell us the story of this stable through beautiful pictures of past and present.  As a special treat he draws each horse’s portrait with his name underneath.  Horse lovers will love this book!

Recommended by:  Mary Sullivan, Decatur

 

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Staff Pick: The Lemonade War

Staff Pick: The Lemonade War

The Lemonade War

Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, 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.

Can’t stand your little sister? Is your big brother bugging you? Evan and Jessie can relate. The Lemonade War begins when Evan sets up a lemonade stand to get away from his pesky little know-it-all sister, Jessie. Jessie just wants to make her big brother proud so she sets up a lemonade stand too and the war begins. In this funny tale of who’s better than who Jessie and Evan spend their last days of summer fighting a battle over who can make the most money selling lemonade. Will they stop fighting before school starts? Will they enjoy the last day of summer? Read The Lemonade War to find out!

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney – Spades Park Branch

 

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Staff Pick: Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged

Staff Pick: Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged

Viola Desmond Won't Be Judged

With sympathy and historical accuracy, relates the story of how, in 1946 Nova Scotia, Black Canadian Viola Desmond was jailed because she refused to move from a main floor seat to the balcony of the Roseland Movie Theatre.

Long before Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks took a stand by sitting down, Viola Desmond refused to accept that black people should be segregated from white people.  She lived in Canada, and in 1946 she went to jail for refusing to give up her main floor seat to sit up in the balcony of a movie theater.  She took her case all the way to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.  Her story, told in this book with powerful words and bold pictures, inspired many Canadians to fight against the injustice of racism.  This story shows not only that racism exists in many places, but that people all over the world fight against it.

Recommended by: Emilie Lynn, East 38th

 

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