Books & DVDs

Look! A book!
Bob Staake
Preschool - Grade 2

This fun book by Bob Staake is filled with zany and colorful artwork as well as great rhymes for your young ones. Children get to sneak peak at a few subjects ("A book! A hook! A cowboy cook!") before turning the page onto a wacky world of objects and one challenging seek and find: "Can you find the squawking crow?" The colorful pages really beg for more investigating after the initial find and- what luck!- the end of the book provides a list of 12 more searches ("4 candy canes, 5 dougnuts, ... 11 baseballs, 12 hammers.") to be done book-wide. Fun to be had for all! (When you're done with this, check out Look! Another Book!).

Mar 3, 2014
Andy
Pete's Big Lunch
Eric Litwin
Preschool - Grade 2

Pete's lunch turns into a crazy event as he builds a sandwich that is so big he can't even eat it without help!

Kids will love the new J READER format of Pete the Cat books... come check them out!

Nov 11, 2013
Mrs Fry
Nancy Clancy: Super Sleuth
Jane O'Connor
Ages 6-10

 

Fancy Nancy, everyone's favorite fancy girl, is now a detective!  New and fancy words are still a part of the fun in this all-new chapter book series by Jane O'Connor.

In Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, Nancy
and her best friend, Bree, have a crime to solve.  Will these super sleuths be able to crack the case?

Stop by and borrow the book to find out!

May 5, 2013
Mrs Fry
The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon
S.S. Taylor
10 and up

Kids who are curious and into exploration will love this book.  Kit, M.K., and Zander are the children of Alexander West, the great explorer who has recently and mysteriously died.  Set in the future, the kids must follow their father's clues to discover new lands, new people, new fortunes in the American Southwest.  Lots of adventure, lots of excitement.

May 5, 2013
Andrea
Wonderstruck
Brian Selznick
Ages 8 and up

Through the combination of both words and pictures, Brian Selznick tells the story of two main characters, Ben, living in 1977, and Rose, living 50 years earlier, in 1927.  Ben's story, told completely in words, and Rose's story, told completely in pictures, come together in a surprising ending that is sure to leave you Wonderstruck! 

Apr 4, 2013
Laura
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Eric Litwin
Preschool - 1st Grade

Have you ever had a pair of new shoes that you just love?  Well, in this book by Eric Litwin, that's just how Pete the Cat feels about his brand new white shoes!  But, when Pete accidentally steps into a pile of strawberries that turn his new shoes red, does Pete get upset and cry?   "Goodness, no!"  Pete keeps a happy attitude through it all! 

Apr 4, 2013
Laura
What Came From the Stars
Gary D. Schmidt
Ages 10 and up

This fascinating story brings fantasy into a realistic fiction setting.  The protagonist, 11 year old Tommy Pepper, is still mourning the death of his mom and dealing with peer pressure when all of a sudden, he's the recipient of an amazing object from outer space that lands in his lunchbox! In one chapter, we see how this object starts to impact Tommy's life and then, in the next chapter, we are reading about life on a remote planet.  Once into the story, this book is hard to put down!

Feb 2, 2013
Claire
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Dr. Seuss
ages 3 and up

This classic by Dr. Seuss is a fun book to read with your child.  The rhyming is great and ridiculous.  "My shoe is off. My foot is cold. I have a bird I like to hold." It is hard to get tired of reading it over and over, making it a great book to help your child learn how to read.

Jan 1, 2013
Kristy
Wonder
R.J. Palacio
8+

Auggie was born with a facial deformity.  To protect him from the harsh treatment of his peers, his mom homeschooled for as long as she could.  Now, Auggie will be attending 5th grade at Beecher Prep.  It's hard to not stand out as the new kid, but Auggie has to deal with people treating him different just because of how he looks.  Auggie just wants to be like the other kids and accepted for who he is.  This book is funny and sad, but the message is critical for all ages to get a grasp on.  

Jan 1, 2013
Andrea
Under Wildwood
Colin Meloy
9+

Book 2 in The Wildwood Chronicles.  Occasionally, the second book in a trilogy is a huge letdown.  Just biding time until the (hopefully) impressive finish.  That is not the case here with Under Wildwood.  Prue is drawn back to Wildwood and meets up again with her friend Curtis after a group of assassins hired by an unknown being comes after her.  Meanwhile, a sketchy man of industry obsessively works on infiltrating the Impassible Wilderness so he can exploit it for his own profit.  The first book introduced Wildwood.  This one gets deeper and darker, revealing more layers of this magical land.  The ending is a cliff hanger, setting up tension for the final installment.

Jan 1, 2013
Andrea

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