Books & DVDs

The Book With No Pictures
B.J. Novak
5-8 year olds

What?!  A picture book with no pictures?!  Sounds boring doesn't it?  But don't be fooled. This book is anything but dull.  Packed with crazy, made-up words and silly sentences that will have you laughing out loud, The Book With No Pictures is sure to become a fast favorite! 

Feb 2, 2015
Laura
El Deafo
Cece Bell
9 yrs. and up

This graphic novel tells the true story of Cece, an ordinary girl with ordinary problems, which include adjusting to a new school, how to make a true friend, and getting her first crush.  On top of those things, due to a childhood illness, Cece is dealing with a hearing loss.  After some ups and downs, Cece decides she can turn her deafness into a superpower and become, "El Deafo", superhero extraordinaire, with the help of her "Phonic Ear" hearing aid!  Tweens, teens, and adults will relate to and be inspired by Cece's story.

Feb 2, 2015
Claire
Hooray for Hat!
Brian Wan
Ages 4 - 8

This is a warm book shows how cheering up your friends when they're down can be as simple as giving them a small gift and including them in your fun. 

Feb 2, 2015
Andy
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories For All the Letters
Oliver Jeffers
Ages 4-10

Oliver Jeffers presents 26 delightful short stories-- one for each letter of the alphabet.  Stories include a Cup that dares to jump from a Cupboard to a window, a Lumberjack that has been struck by Lightning 111 times, and Robots that steal Rain clouds from the sky.  Kids will love the humorous ink illustrations. 

Feb 2, 2015
staceyq
If Kids Ruled the World
Linda Bailey
Ages 3-6

This book poses that if KIDS ruled the world things would be run VERY differently!  Birthdays would be every day, you could have all the pets you want (well maybe not a grizzly bear), and everyone would be a prince or a princess.  This is a surefire favorite... fun, fun, fun! 

Jan 1, 2015
Mrs Fry
We are the Ship cover image
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Words and paintings by Kadir Nelson
ages 8 - 12

We Are The Ship is a wonderful history of Negro League Baseball in the United States from its start in the 1920s to its end in the late 1940s (after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball). There are so many wonderful stories about Negro League Baseball: did you know they used to play 4-5 games in a day? did you know some teams had their own bus, but most traveled by car and often slept in those overnight? Did you know that many played winter ball in Latin America, where they received better overall treatment? The pictures are realistic and iconic and the story is a great read-aloud (check out mentions of former Detroit Stars player Norman "Turkey" Stearns, a MLB Hall of Fame inductee).

Jan 1, 2015
Andy
Calvin, Look Out!
Jennifer Berne
Ages 3-8

Calvin is a black bird, a really adorable one at that. He loves to read, but one day he realizes his vision is no longer clear.  Calvin needs glasses!  His family teases him, but Calvin proves he is a leader by not fretting too much about what others say.  All children get teased about something, and Calvin shows them they are not alone.  After a series of mishaps, Calvin gets lost and trapped in the forest.  It's his glasses (and smarts) that save the day!

Jan 1, 2015
Mrs Fry
I Survived: Five Epic Disasters
Lauren Tarshis
Ages 7-10

Have you ever heard of The Children's Blizzard of 1888?  Or The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919?  These actual events are just two of the horrific disasters featured in I Survived:  Five Epic Disasters.  Author Lauren Tarshis presents true stories of children who lived through these terrible tragedies.  Fans of Tarshis' popular I Survived historical fiction series will not want to miss this engaging non-fiction companion book.

Jan 1, 2015
staceyq
The Boxcar Children
Rated G
Ages 6 & up - A Great Family Film!

Gertrude Chandler Warner’s classic chapter book “The Boxcar Children” comes to life in this new animated feature film!          When four orphaned siblings fear the prospect of living with a cruel grandfather they have never met, they set up house in an abandoned boxcar.  The children’s new secret life is going well until their sister, Violet, comes down with a terrible illness, forcing the siblings to reveal all.   

Jan 1, 2015
Laura
Bernida: A Michigan Sailing Legend
Al Declercq and Tom Ervin
6 yrs. and up

Through the eyes of a fictional character, Luke, we hear the true account of a sailboat, Bernida, who first competed in the classic Port Huron to Mackinac race in 1925.  We also read how the Bernida holds special meaning to Luke as a connection to his late grandfather, who captivated Luke with stories of the sailboat's racing ventures.  Through the years, the boat had its good times and bad, but eventually new life is given back to the sailboat and Luke is there to witness the Bernida as she races to the finish once again!

Dec 12, 2014
Claire

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