Staff Picks

Seen '42' and Looking for More Integrated Baseball History?

Published on Friday, May 10, 2013

Color BlindEveryone is familiar with the story of Jackie Robinson’s heroic breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947. Tom Dunkel’s Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line tells the story of semi-pro baseball’s great, integrated, Bismarck team of 1935.

Published on Friday, May 10, 2013

book coverHomemade with Love is a beautiful book which offers simple, from scratch recipes for you to enjoy with those you love.

The book starts out with the basics, including a chicken stock recipe and a simple marinara sauce. There are fun drink and snack recipes like Watermelon-Cilantro Sparkler, Rosemary & Pecorino Popcorn, and Pistachio Cupcakes. Entree ideas include Orange Balsamic Glazed Salmon and Drop Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie.

Published on Friday, May 10, 2013

bookcoverPinocchio: Vampire Slayer by Van Jensen leaves off where the traditional fairy tale ends with father and son living happily after. Things take a turn for the worse and Pinocchio becomes a vampire slayer.

Every time he tells a lie his nose grows, which makes a handy stake for slaying vampires. Follow along in this short graphic novel as he battles evil in order to protect the ones he loves and cares about.

Published on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kids love graphic novels! They are visually appealing, fun to look at, and action-packed.

New readers might not be quite ready to take on a full-length comic book, but there are plenty of books in graphic format for them to enjoy. Here are five examples, with links to DCPL's catalog.

Published on Thursday, May 2, 2013

Cover of Rookie Yearbook OneRookie Yearbook One is not just a style guide. Tavi Gevinson is the editor of the book and founder of the website Rookie. Rookie Yearbook One is a compilation of articles, photos and stories from the website and from Tavi's mind.

'Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie'

Published on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Julie Sternberg’s Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie takes place in the summer before 8-year-old Eleanor’s third-grade year.Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie Book cover  Eleanor is dealing with the loss of her cherished babysitter, Bibi, who moved away to take care of her ill father.  Eleanor’s parents try to console her but they cannot.  The story follows Eleanor as she builds a relationship with her new babysitter, Natalie.  Natalie encourages her to write to Bibi and while she waits to hear back, Eleanor and Natalie stay busy with plenty of fun activities with frie

A Review

Published on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bomb by Steve SheinkinBomb by Steve Sheinkin is an exciting ride through World War II as seen by some of the top physicists of their day. With the revelation that an atom could be split in two, creating fission, came an arms race towards the first atomic bomb. The U.S. knew that an atomic bomb in the hands of Hitler would have devastating effects and the best way to prevent that was to make a successful atomic bomb first. 

Books for overcoming night fright

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Monsters under the bed, and ghosts in the closet.  Creaky sounds, and strange shapes -- for kids, all kinds of spooky sensations can come to life once the lights go down.  Though not unusual, fear of the dark definitely hits some children harder than others.  Fortunately, this is nothing new, and over the years a number of great picture books have come out that specifically address this fear, and offer kids tools and strategies for overcoming it.   

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Cover for the Matchbox DiaryWhen a little girl visits her great-grandfather's house for the first time, he invites her to choose something from the room and he will tell her its story. When she finds a cigar box filled with matchboxes, her great-grandfather explains that before he was able to read or write, he collected his memories in these matchboxes. Each matchbox contains an object attached to a memory; a journey from Italy to the United States, and the challenges and joys that he and his family experienced.

Staff recommendations

Published on Monday, April 29, 2013

Beethoven's Hair bookcoverBeethoven's Hair by Russell Martin is a fascinating true account about a lock of Beethoven's hair snipped off on his deathbed and preserved in a glass and wood frame for almost two hundred years.  The readers find themselves traveling from the present, when a surgeon is opening the frame for the first time in years, back to the day the hair is reverently cut from the dead man's head.

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