Homer Price (Puffin Modern Classics) by Robert McCloskey (Illustrator)
Call Number: J MCC h
Publication Date: 2005-12-29
Welcome to Centerburg! Where you can win a hundred dollars by eating all the doughnuts you want; where houses are built in a day; and where a boy named Homer Price can foil four slick bandits using nothing but his wits and pet skunk.The comic genius of Robert McCloskey and his wry look at small-town America has kept readers in stitches for generations!
The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl
Call Number: J DAH e
Publication Date: 2022
The Enormous Crocodile is planning what to have for his lunch. This foul fiend - the greediest croc in the whole river - wants to eat something juicy and delicious. His teeth sparkle like knives in the sun and he's getting hungrier and hungrier. But what can the greedy grumptious brute guzzle up?
Beware - he's looking for someone . . . someone who looks a lot like YOU!
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson; Hayley Lazo (Illustrator)
Call Number: J SAN a
Publication Date: 2022-05-03
Experience the action-packed first book in #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's laugh-out-loud middle-grade fantasy series like never before--Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians is now in paperback with all new covers! AN ANCIENT RIVALRY REAWAKENS. Everything I'd known about the world was a lie. On my thirteenth birthday, I, Alcatraz Smedry (yes, I got named after a prison, don't ask) received my inheritance: a bag of sand. And then I accidentally destroyed my foster parents' kitchen. It's not my fault, things just break around me, I swear! I thought the sand was a joke until evil Librarians came to steal it. You're probably thinking, "Librarians are nice people who recommend good books," but that's just what they want you to think! It turns out they're actually a secret cult keeping the truth from you--a hidden world filled with magical eyeglasses, talking dinosaurs, and knights with crystal swords! Or so my Grandpa Smedry claimed when he suddenly showed up to rescue me. So now I have to go with him to invade the local library and get that sand back, before it's used to conquer the world. And Grandpa says how I keep breaking things is actually an amazing talent. There's no way that can all be true, right? Will I ever make it back home alive? "An excellent choice to read aloud to the whole family. Funny, exciting, and briskly paced." --NPR
The Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson; Hayley Lazo (Illustrator)
Call Number: J SAN s 2
Publication Date: 2022-07-05
#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn series Brandon Sanderson continues the epic adventure he began in Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians So now you've read all about me, Alcatraz Smedry, and how I was swept out of my life in your normal world and into the fight against the Librarians (jerks!). After being all heroic and stuff in that tale, I didn't expect to charge headlong into enemy territory: the Library of Alexandria, where I--and my grandpa and my grouchy bodyguard Bastille and her even grouchier mother and some weirdly gifted cousins--would face the Curators (ghosts who will gladly help you check out a book as long as you don't mind giving up your mortal soul) and some new nasty Librarians who hate our guts...and would be happy to rip them out for us. But none of that comes close to the horror we would have to face if we succeeded in finding what we were searching for... MY DAD! (DUN DUN DUNNNNNN!) The Scrivener's Bones is the second book in this action-packed fantasy series for young readers.
Henry and the Chalk Dragon by Jennifer Trafton; Benjamin Schipper (Illustrator)
Call Number: J TRA h
Publication Date: 2018-04-20
To vanquish the threat of a rampaging Chalk Dragon, Sir Henry Penwhistle, Knight of La Muncha Elementary School, is going to have to do more than just catch his art--he's going to have to let his imagination run wild. And that takes bravery.
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
Call Number: J AUX p
Publication Date: 2012-11-01
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Gardener, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is the utterly beguiling tale of a ten-year-old blind orphan who has been schooled in a life of thievery. One fateful afternoon, he steals a box from a mysterious traveling haberdasher--a box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. When he tries the first pair, he is instantly transported to a hidden island where he is presented with a special quest: to travel to the dangerous Vanished Kingdom and rescue a people in need. Along with his loyal sidekick--a knight who has been turned into an unfortunate combination of horse and cat--and the magic eyes, he embarks on an unforgettable, swashbuckling adventure to discover his true destiny.
If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DUS i
Publication Date: 2019-08-13
In this exuberant companion to If I Built a Car, a boy fantasizes about his dream school--from classroom to cafeteria to library to playground. My school will amaze you. My school will astound. By far the most fabulous school to be found! Perfectly planned and impeccably clean. On a scale, 1 to 10, it's more like 15! And learning is fun in a place that's fun, too. If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.
The Christmas Owl by Ellen Kalish & Gideon Sterer
Call Number: E KAL c
Publication Date: 2022
Bursting with Christmas magic, discover the heart-warming story of a little owl who's discovered living in the world's most famous Christmas tree.
When Little Owl’s home is cut down by people saying it will make a beautiful Christmas tree, she’s not sure she wants anything to do with Christmas, whatever that is. But when she wakes up, she finds that her tree has been transported to the Big City! Far from home, she's soon to find out the true meaning of Christmas.
Inspired by the real life story of the little owl who find her way to New York in the famous Christmas tree outside the Rockefeller Center.
If I Were Saint Nick---By the Cat in the Hat by Random House
Call Number: E HEI i
Publication Date: 2022-09-06
The Cat imagines how HE would fill-in for Santa Claus in this hilarious new Beginner Book--a sequel to If I Had Your Vote by the Cat in the Hat--that's perfect for Christmas celebrations and gift giving! After receiving a letter from Santa Claus, the Cat in the Hat contemplates how HE would run Christmas differently if put in charge of the "Whole North Pole Show." Among the things he'd change: dressing his "elves"--Thing One and Thing Two--in Toy Making Sweaters with real "tricks up their sleeves;" wrapping presents in singing gift wrap; using Cane Cranes to lift giant candy canes up into four-story tall stockings; and designing a new expandable Santa Suit to store all the cookies and snacks people leave him! A perfect cheerful choice for seasonal read-alouds and holiday gift-giving, this rhymed easy-reader will delight Dr. Seuss fans and Cat fanciers young and old! Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
How to Send a Hug by Hayley Rocco; John Rocco (Illustrator)
Call Number: E ROC h
Publication Date: 2022-11-15
Learn how to send a hug to someone you love today! This heartfelt story shows readers the incredible impact writing and receiving handwritten letters can have on yourself and others. How will you know your hug arrived safely? Because when you send a hug, You just might get one in return Artie loves giving hugs. But she can't give a hug to her Grandma who lives so far away. Instead, she shows us how to send hugs using the magic of handwritten letters in this timeless story about connecting to loved ones when you can't always do so in person. Both timely and timeless, How to Send a Hug is about reaching out across the miles when you can't do so yourself in person and turning words into love.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Seuss
Call Number: E SEU h
Publication Date: 2021-09-21
Grow your heart three sizes--and dazzle your eyes--with this FULL COLOR edition of the beloved holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!--the perfect gift for under the tree and for Dr. Seuss fans and collectors any time of year! This season of giving, give a gift that's never been given before--a full color edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Originally published in 1957 using just 2 different colored inks (red and black), this new, jacketed edition features Dr. Seuss's original illustrations in full color for the very first time--the way he'd have likely colored them had he published the book today! While this edition is not a replacement for the original, we think it makes a cheerful addition to the Dr. Seuss canon that is bound to appeal to Dr. Seuss fans of all ages. PS: The drabness of the Grinch's life in his cave compared to the happy, vibrant life of the Whos in Who-ville has never been easier to see!
I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived #3) by Lauren Tarshis; Scott Dawson (Illustrator)
Call Number: J TAR i
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
The horror of Hurricane Katrina is brought vividly to life in this fictional account of a boy, a dog, and the storm of the century.Barry's family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry's little sister gets terribly sick, they're forced to stay home and wait out the storm.At first, Katrina doesn't seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry's world is literally torn apart. He's swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century -- alone?
I Survived the Japanese Tsunami, 2011 (I Survived #8) by Lauren Tarshis
Call Number: J TAR i
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
The disaster felt around the world . . .Visiting his dad's hometown in Japan four months after his father's death would be hard enough for Ben. But one morning the pain turns to fear: first, a massive earthquake rocks the quiet coastal village, nearly toppling his uncle's house. Then the ocean waters rise and Ben and his family are swept away-and pulled apart-by a terrible tsunami.Now Ben is alone, stranded in a strange country a million miles from home. Can he fight hard enough to survive one of the most epic disasters of all time?
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola
Call Number: E 398.242 DEP l
Publication Date: 1997-10-06
In Mexico, the poinsettia is called flor de la Nochebuenao flower of the Holy Night. At Christmastime, the flower blooms and flourishes, the quite exquisite red stars lighting up the countryside. This Mexican legend tells how the poinsettia came to be, through a little girl's unselfish gift to the Christ Child. Beloved Newbery honor-winning author and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Tomie dePaola has embraced the legend using his own special feeling for Christmas. His glorious paintings capture not only the brilliant colors of Mexico and its art, but also the excitement of the children preparing for Christmas and the hope of Lucida, who comes to see what makes a gift truly beautiful.
The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie dePaola (Illustrator)
Call Number: E 232.923 DEP s
Publication Date: 2021-09-14
Tomie dePaola's "gorgeous...sumptuous" (Horn Book Magazine) retelling of the story of the three wise kings is perfect for sharing with little ones during the Christmas season! Three wise men of the East, having seen a new star symbolizing the birth of a great king, follow the star to Bethlehem where they present gifts to the newborn Jesus. This beautiful rendition of the well-known tale is sure to delight young readers.
Don't Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton; Gianna Marino (Illustrator)
Call Number: E 591.68 CLI d
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Did you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their paws after every meal? The world is filled with millions of animal species, and all of them are unique and special. Many are on the path to extinction. In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them. Taking readers through the course of a day, Don't Let Them Disappear talks about rhinos, tigers, whales, pandas and more, and provides helpful tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely. With warm and engaging art by Gianna Marino, this book is the perfect read for animal-lovers and anyone who cares about our planet.
Building an Orchestra of Hope by Carmen Oliver; Luisa Uribe (Illustrator)
Call Number: E 780.71 OLI b
Publication Date: 2022-10-01
An exuberantly illustrated true story about innovation, community, and the power of music. In Cateura, Paraguay, a town built on a landfill, music teacher Favio Chavez longed to help the families living and working amid the hills of trash. How could he help them find hope for the future? Favio started giving music lessons to Cateura's children, but soon he encountered a serious problem. He had more students than instruments! But Favio had a strange and wonderful idea: what if this recyclers' town had its own recycled orchestra? Favio and Colá, a brilliant local carpenter, began to experiment with transforming garbage into wonder. Old glue canisters became violins; paint cans became violas; drainpipes became flutes and saxophones. With repurposed instruments in their hands, the children of Cateura could fill their community--and the world--with the sounds of a better tomorrow. Based on an incredible true story, Building an Orchestra of Hope offers an unforgettable picture of human dignity reclaimed from unexpected sources. Carmen Oliver's inviting words and Luisa Uribe's dynamic illustrations create a stirring tribute to creativity, resilience, and the transformative nature of hope.
The Illustrated Robert Frost by Ryan G. Van Cleave (Editor)
Call Number: J 811 FRO i
Publication Date: 2022-08-02
From "Birches" to "The Road Not Taken," no poet has won such a place in our hearts as Robert Frost. In this gorgeously illustrated collection of poems, readers are introduced to twenty-five of Frost's most beloved works, each illustrated with stunning, full-color collage artwork. Brief commentary and helpful definitions accompany each poem, making The Illustrated Robert Frost among the most accessible--and beautiful--introductions to Frost available. Poems include "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening," "Mending Wall," "Fire and Ice," and many more. From the Introduction: SUGGESTION 1: Enjoy the poems. This seems far more important than trying to puzzle out what the author meant (or what other people believe the author meant). SUGGESTION 2: Engage with the poems by asking questions.... SUGGESTION 3: Be your own boss. Read the poems in order or jump around as you see fit. Share them or savor them all by yourself. Say them aloud or whisper their words in your heart. Poetry makes life better. There is NO wrong way to experience a poem. So, read on, dear friend. And thank you for choosing poetry.