Staff Picks

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Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

w.dclibrary.org/node/34688#overlay=node/34688/revisions/111137/editWas it the cover illustration or the title, Defending Jacob, that drew me to this book?  The description on the inside of the front jacket promised a suspenseful mystery full of guilt, betrayal, a father's fierce loyalty and his love for his son.

'Jazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle, and Shake'

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

CD cover for Jazz for KidsJazz for Kids: Sing, Clap, Wiggle, and Shake is a family friendly jazz compilation that will appeal to adults and kids of all ages.  It includes familiar favorites like “Old McDonald” and “The Muffin Man” alongside lesser known delights such as “Rag Mop” and “Doop-Doop-De-Doop.”  It is a great collection to teach children about jazz and a few of its famous musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. 

Self Help Book Recommendation

Published on Monday, April 1, 2013

Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment book coverLet Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey is an informative and practical read, if you wish to take time for yourself and develop a sense of inner peace.

Introducing... Aldo Zelnick!

Published on Friday, March 29, 2013

Aldo Zelnick is a fifth grader, an artist, and a collector of words. He keeps track of the events of his life in a journal, where he draws funny cartoons and confesses his innermost thoughts. Each of his journals focuses on a different letter. So far, there are seven books in the series.

They are written by Karla Oceanak, illustrated by Kendra Spanjer, and published by Bailiwick Press. Click the titles below to see each of the Aldo Zelnick books in the library's catalog.

Find them at the Tenley library in the children's fiction section, under J Oceanak.


Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

bookcoverThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini is a New York Times bestselling book. It's definitely worth opening up and reading and you don't have to be a serious book lover or an adult to do it.

'Great Wall of Lucy Wu'

Published on Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Great Wall of Lucy WuWendy Wan Long Sheng’s  The Great Wall of Lucy Wu  is a familiar-feeling story of Lucy, a sixth-grade Chinese American who loves basketball. Lucy is looking forward finally to a perfect year — she’s out from under the shadow of her beautiful and flawless older sister who has gone to college.  She has her own room now and she is looking to find her own identity. 

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

There comes a point when a lot of little children become princess obsessed. It's like a switch is flipped and suddenly it's all twirly, pretty dresses and fairy godmothers all the time.

While princesses themselves are inherently awesome, it can be hard to find princess books that don't relegate the princesses themselves to the background action. Luckily, we've spent some time around picture books and have come up with a list of 20 stories starring positive, proactive princesses who don't sit around all day waiting for a prince or glass slipper to save them.

Read these book with your princess (or prince) in training and feel good about the messages you're sharing with them.


Published on Monday, March 25, 2013

The CartelHey, looking for a good read?

The staff at  the Dorothy I Height/Benning Library highly recommends The Cartel  by Ashley & JaQuavis, as a good urban fiction read for the month of April. It is very suspenseful and has action throughout, it is one of those books you just can't put down.

A nonfiction book about baseball integration for young readers

Published on Friday, March 22, 2013

Are you a baseball fan? If so, how much do you know about the famous Brooklyn Dodger who wore number 42 -- Jackie Robinson? Or the “Great Experiment” of 66 years ago? Back in the 1940s, Major League Baseball did not have the number of players from different races, cultures and countries as it does today.
 

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