Staff Picks

Quick-Fix Vegan

Vegan, hungry, and in a hurry?  Robin Robertson's Quick-Fix Vegan can help!

'Color Blind' by Tom Dunkel

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

Everyone is familiar with the story of Jackie Robinson’s heroic breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947.

Book Review: 'Homemade with Love'

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

A Nose for Vampires

Pinocchio: 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.

'Rookie Yearbook One,' Edited by Tavi Gevinson

Rookie Yearbook One is not just a style guide. Tavi Gevinson is the editor of the book and founder of the website Rookie.

Miss Christina's April Reading Pick

'Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie'

Julie Sternberg’s Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie takes place in the summer before 8-year-old Eleanor’s third-grade year.  Eleanor is dealing with the loss of her cherished babysitter, Bibi, who moved away to take care of her ill father.  Eleanor’s parents tr

'Bomb' by Steve Sheinkin

A Review

Bomb 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.

Who's Afraid of the Dark? Not Us!

Books for overcoming night fright

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.   

'The Matchbox Diary'

When 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.

'Beethoven's Hair' by Russell Martin

Staff recommendations

Beethoven'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

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