Books & DVDs

Out of My Mind
Sharon Draper
10-13 yrs.

Out of My Mind is a realistic book about Melody, a girl with spirit, humor and intelligence.  She also has cerebral palsy, but she'll inspire the reader, as she faces her challenges, one step at a time, and with great determination.  Just like her peers, she struggles with the desire for friendship and acceptance.  Get ready for some tears, as well as laughter, as you experience Melody's ups and downs in this hopeful story of overcoming life's obstacles.

Nov 11, 2014
Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors
Keith Baker
3-6 year olds

The peas from LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas are back in this new title, Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors!  Follow the peas as they take you on a colorful adventure!  Explore everything from blue seas to red trees to purple mountains to silver keys.  Each color word is portrayed in big bold letters across the two page spread giving children not only the visual of each color but also the literacy component of letter recognition and spelling.  Spotting the peas on each page and seeing what they’re up to is half the fun!  A great book for talking and interacting with your little one while learning colors at the same time.

Oct 10, 2014
Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band
Kwame Alexander
Pre-school through Gr. 2

Inspired by a band competition, Rooster gathers some fellow musicians to form a jazz band.  The book features rhyming verse and colorful appealing art by Tim Bowers.  Adults reading to their kids will smile at the names of Rooster's musical peers, like Duck Ellington, Bee Holiday, and Mules Davis. Acoustic Rooster is the 2014 Michigan Reads! One State One Book selection.  Westland patrons will see it featured at storytimes and other programs throughout the month of October!

Sep 9, 2014
Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World
Alexis York Lumbard
Pre-school through Gr. 3

This is a lovely introduction to world religions for young children.  The large text and beautiful pictures present a respectful glimpse into many different forms of prayer.  Though there are differences, children will see that there is beauty and integrity in each.  There is an appendix at the end with brief definitions of eight major world religions.

Sep 9, 2014
Rio 2
Release Date: 7/15/14
All Ages!

Family movie night is going to the birds!  The birds of Rio 2, that is!   Join Jewel, Blu, and their three youngsters on a journey back to the Amazon, where they will meet family, friends, and their old nemesis, Nigel.  Rio 2 is rated G and is a wholesome adventure your whole family can enjoy!


Sep 9, 2014
Mrs Fry
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid, Smelly Bus
Barbara Park
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

In this popular series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones goes to her 1st day of Kindergarten, which is exciting until Junie learns that she will have to ride the school bus home. She does everything in her power not to ride that bus. While everyone else looks for her, Junie spends extra time in her classroom and in the nurse’s office. A silly thing gets her found out. Junie is a totally sassy girl and not always for the faint of heart, but she is very clever and offers a fun ride for kids and families.

Sep 9, 2014
Muppets Most Wanted
Rated PG

The Muppets embark on another adventure as they take their show on an exciting world tour!  But, problems arise when the Muppets unknowingly become entangled with some criminals, Dominic Badguy and the “World’s Number One Criminal” and Kermit look-alike, Constantine, who are making plans to steal the Crown Jewels.  With Kermit mistakenly identified as Constantine and locked behind bars in the terrible Gulag prison, all seems lost!  Will Kermit escape in time to help his friends and save the day?  Find out by watching Muppets Most Wanted

Sep 9, 2014
Matthew Cody
Ages 8 - 12

Fans of superheroes and Percy Jackson will love Powerless!

Twelve-year-old Daniel has just moved to a new town. He makes friends relatively quickly, but he soon realizes that there’s something out of the ordinary about them: they have superpowers! While having special powers is pretty awesome, there is a catch: each person loses these powers on their thirteenth birthday. What is causing this to happen, and can Daniel stop it before all of his friends lose their powers forever? Read this book to find out!

Sep 9, 2014
Flora & Ulysses
Kate DiCamillo
3rd to 7th Grade

Your "illuminated adventures" will begin when you turn the pages of this Newbery Award winner.  Flora and Ulysses are remarkable in their observations and words.  Thank goodness, or you might not know a hero from an arch-nemesis.  Flora's encounter with a squirrel is hardly ordinary.  He flies, writes poetry and types.  She has a rough time getting people to believe in his exceptional gifts, obvious though they are.  This strong and heart-tugging story will stay with you for all the right reasons.  It is about resiliency, trust, loyality and hope.  And, more than that, it is about finding a super-hero in a humble form.

Aug 8, 2014
The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate
ages 9-12

This is the heartwarming story of a gorilla in a roadside zoo. Ivan, the title character, spends his days in his "domain" creating art, sleeping, talking with his friend, Bob the dog, and acting like a gorilla for the paying tourists. One day, a baby elephant, Ruby, is introduced to the zoo and is treated unkindly and unfairly by the owner. This causes Ivan and his friends to action. See how they change minds for the better as they search for a place to call home. See Christina Applegate's website for more info about this and other books she's written.

Jul 7, 2014

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