Staff Picks

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

Discover the Joy of Birds This Spring!

National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Birds of North America

This little book will surprise even experienced birders with its word and picture portraits of what makes 160 of our most common birds anything but ordinary.  It packs an amazing amount of readable -- and intriguing -- information into a very small space.  The pictures not only show typical behaviors but succeed as attention grabbers in themselves.  The text is unique among

'Beautiful Creatures' by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures, at its core, is a "forbidden love" story, with a healthy portion of "it's a race against time" thrown in.

'Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker' by Jennifer Chiaverini

Staff Recommendation

In her first historical novel, best selling author Jennifer Chiaverini writes about Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hobbs Keckley, an African-American modiste who lived in Washington, D.C. for many years. A former slave, Mrs.

'Why Jazz? A Concise Guide'

What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music?

'Before I Go to Sleep' by S. J. Watson

Staff recommendations

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson grabs the reader's interest immediately but then, progresses very slowly.

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