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Staff Pick: I’m a Little Black Girl

I'm a Little Black Girl


I'm a Little Black Girl! introduces adorable Mia, who wakes with her hair "just-a-going every which-a-ways!" With her abundant energy and joy leading the way, readers follow Mia as she plays with her friends who are all shades, shapes and sizes. There's tall Kia, Keisha the reader, Charlotte her best friend, Dina Rose-Marie the artist, Imani the dancer, Anna who loves sports, Ruby the singer, and honey-haired Tracy. Mia finds that "Pretty" is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what the mirror shows.

"Mia loves everything about herself, from the way her hair stands all over her head first thing in the morning, to the crazy dances she does on the way to breakfast. She’s a pretty little black girl and she loves it. She enjoys her friends who come in all shapes, sizes and shades of brown. Together they are a group of girls who like having fun but they’re also kind to each other by always using good manners and spreading love all around. They have big dreams and will one day show the world what they’re made of."

Recommended by Claudine Polley - Fountain Square Library

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Staff Pick: Lady Pancakes & Sir French Toast

Lady Pancakes & Sir French Toast

Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship--until they discover that there's only one drop of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast!

A children’s picture book chronicling the hilarious and bumbling competition between Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast as they race each other through the fridge to reach the last of the maple syrup. This picture book has everything needed for a fun story time for parents and kids of all ages. In this rhyming and comical tale, two leftover foods find their competitive spirit when they race through the fridge on their way to secure that last drop of maple syrup. Along the way, they run into various food related obstacles and fellow friend (and some foe) foods as they make their way through the terrain of the fridge. This story is a great lesson in friendship while also showcasing food groups and words for children to become familiar with. Josh Funk weaves an imaginative tale using food as props and scenery to create a realistic world for his two main characters. Children’s sense of imagination will love all of his little details such as the Broccoli Forest and Potato Mash Mountain. Kearney’s illustrations make the fridge world all that more fun for readers to enjoy. This story will make you laugh and want to read it again and again. I recommend this title for anyone who enjoys such stories as ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and ‘The Book with No Pictures’. Keep an eye out for Funk’s next stories; I’m sure they will be just as wonderful as this one!

Recommended by Maggie - Warren Library

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Staff Pick: The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.

Every thief needs a scapegoat. In The Bear Ate Your Sandwich, the thief constructs an elaborate tale that explains what happened to the missing sandwich. The actual klepto, a little dog, is revealed as the narrator at the end of the book. The dog spins an elaborate tale of a wondrous journey from the forest to the city park where he stumbles upon this irresistible treat. This story is sure to win the hearts of adults and children. It has beautiful illustrations that depict the fantastic tale spun by the dog. It definitely is an irresistible tale, just like its subject, the prized sandwich. If you have ever had a dog steal your food you will definitely get a good chuckle at this story.

Recommended by Lindsay Haddix - Nora Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Little Red Gliding Hood

Little Red Gliding Hood

Little Red is an excellent ice skater, but she will need a good partner for the skating pairs competition and the only one available is a certain Wolf, who needs new skates as badly as Little Red does.

Little Red Gliding Hood laces up her worn-in, worn-out ice skates and “swizzles, twizzles, spins, and waltzes” across the river through the enchanted forest to Grandma’s House.  On the way, she spots a banner announcing a Pairs Skating Competition- and the Prize….Brand-New Ice Skates!  Oh slippery slush, all she needs is a partner! Goldilocks and Baby Bear, the Dish and the Spoon, Tortoise and the Hare… everyone has a partner! EXCEPT: The Big Bad Wolf!  Oh, slippery slush, will Little Red Gliding Hood find a partner in someone who usually wants to eat her?  Can you sort out the mixed up nursery rhymes and fairytales to name the winner of the pairs competition?    Watch the competition in Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar with pictures by Troy Cummings.

Recommended by Patty Wallace - East 38th Street Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Polar Bear’s Underwear

Polar Bear's Underwear

Polar Bear has lost his underwear and he asks his friend, Mouse, to help him find it.

Poor Polar Bear has lost his underwear. If only Polar Bear could remember what they look like…maybe Mouse can help. We follow our two friends as they see a variety of underpants. Due to the magic of cutouts on the pages, we see the underwear first followed by the owners on the following page. Each animal wears appropriately themed underpants, but none belong to Polar Bear. The story is full of wonderful bright colors and delightful surprises. A simple background only helps bring out the vibrant illustrations in this funny book that will surely make little ones giggle.

Recommended by Carol Segal - Glendale Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Go to School Little Monster

Go to School Little Monster

Little Monster is nervous about his first day of school, but his teacher Mr. Drool and the other monsters put him at ease.

This book is about Little Monster’s first day of school. He meets other monsters and one monster, Fang, who has really big teeth and draws scary pictures. Fang draws a picture of a huge dinosaur with Little Monster in it’s jaws. He is only pretending and wants to be friends. Little Monster’s teacher, Mr. Drool, helps little Monster feel comfortable in classroom, on the playground and at lunch. I think children and teachers, especially, will enjoy this book because of the story, the rhyming and the great watercolor illustrations. I really enjoyed it.

Recommended by Carol Segal - Glendale Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Big, Bigger, Biggest

Big, Bigger, Biggest

Introduces young children to the language of comparison, synonyms, and antonyms, and features pictures of animals in all shapes and sizes.

Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Nancy Coffelt introduces readers to adjectives, comparatives, and synonyms with the help of all kinds of fun animals friends. Readers can learn a heap, a slew, a ton of new colorful words like immense or viscous. This book makes for a great read-aloud and discussion starter. And who knows, you might just find a new favorite word.

Recommended by Mary Wirt - Pike Branch Library


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Staff Pick: Little Eliot, Big City

Little Eliot, Big City

Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller--and hungrier.

In a big city that isn’t properly sized for a little elephant, Elliot does his best to live his quiet life amidst the hustle and bustle that surrounds him. When he finds a problem that is impossible to overcome on his own, he find that even the littlest things can help make his life a little easier and a lot more fun.

This heartwarming tale of friendship and personal growth, in spite of one’s natural disadvantages, is a title that is certain to engage readers of every age and background. While children will love the adorable and relatable character of Elliot the little elephant, adults will enjoy the book’s beautifully illustrated pages, filled with artwork reminiscent of Depression Era artists such as Thomas Benton, Edward Hopper and Diego Rivera. Due to his vertical disadvantages, Elliot’s tale is one that could be especially inspiring to anyone with a physical disability or complication, showing that any obstacle that might stand in their way can be overcome with a little help.

As the first book by author and illustrator, Mike Curato, this book is a promising start to what will soon become a new juvenile series—the sequel, “Little Elliot Big Family,” is slated to hit the shelves in October of this year.

---Recommended by Joseph Lutholtz, infoZone - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Branch Library


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Staff Pick: Ninja Red Riding Hood

Ninja Red Riding Hood

In this twist on "Little Red Riding Hood," a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.

The Big Bad Wolf is having a hard time catching a meal because all of his prey is learning martial arts. So, what happens when he encounters a little girl with a red hood and awesome moves? In the eternal debate of Pirates vs. Ninjas, Ninjas seem to be winning. I’ve always been a fan of a good “fractured fairytale” and this is no exception. Ninja Red Riding Hood is light-hearted, fun, and action packed.

---Recommended by Kasey Panighetti, Franklin Road Branch


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Staff Pick: Nuts in Space

Nuts in Space

An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?

Far away in the deep, deep space is a spaceship with a very hungry and a completely lost space team trying to get back home. What obstacles will they face in order to reach home? What evil will they encounter on a banana ship!?
Nuts in Space is the story of a team who just completed their mission to get the lost nuts of legend and now they are on their way home...except for one thing their lost!! Now they must travel through the galaxy to find their way back home, passing some planets with some interesting creatures and running into trouble they never saw coming. Take a journey with the best team in the galaxy and fight against the Darth Banana to protect the nuts of legend!

Recommended by: Mikaela Smith - Garfield Park Library


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