Young Picture Books
Little White Rabbit
by Kevin Henkes
We are thrilled that this Henkes title is now available to read to those children who need something sturdier to hold when reading over and over again. Little White Rabbit goes exploring his world in a way that only Henkes can do in his distinctive, gentle style.
On My Leaf
by Sara Gillingham
From the designer of Petit Collage, this unique series of board books features a different animal as a felt finger puppet who is engaged in her surroundings on every page. The story is simple and babies are transfixed by the motion.
Paul Meets Bernadette
by Rosy Lamb
As young ones venture out with their parents, they start making their own first friendships. In this beautifully illustrated story, Paul is a goldfish all alone in his fishbowl until one day Bernadette drops in from the heavens. You know they will be the best of friends before you read THE END.
Little Red Writing
by Joan Holub
Who doesn’t know the classic story of Little Red Writing Hood? In this hilarious send up, Holub writes about a little red pen and the travails of learning how to write a story. We get the jokes and the message about the importance of story.
by Randi Zuckerberg
Dot is a spunky techno-savvy youngster who uses her tablet, her laptop and her cell phone to tap, tag, talk, surf, search and share. When Dot becomes overwhelmed with digital devices, her mom sends her outdoors to reboot, recharge and restart. Through delightful and colorful illustrations, Dot reminds us all that it’s equally important to embrace nature as well as technology.
Lulu Walks The Dogs
by Judith Viorst
This sequel to Lulu Wants A Dinosaur is as engaging as the first. Lulu is one strong-headed little girl. Her desire to earn money goes awry as she takes a job as a dog walker. Lane Smith’s illustrations are perfect for Judith Viorst’s sly text that keeps everyone laughing.
Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage
It’s a mystery how Mo Lebeau ended up washed ashore as a baby in Tupelo, MS. Now she’s 11 and with her friend, she is determined to solve some very important mysteries. Full of historical detail, this is sure to please both boys and girls. It’s a great read aloud for the classroom.
A Hundred Horses
by Sarah Lean
When 11-year-old Liv is left on holiday with her aunt on a remote farm, she is not pleased. A young thief steals her coveted suitcase and the story is on. Friendship and family troubles are lovingly portrayed by an expert author. And horses almost always seal the deal on fiction for girls.
Promise of Amazing
by Robin Constantine
Wren Caswell is your average girl, not a trouble maker like her older brother or brilliant like her sister. She’s struggling with being the quiet one and wants to make a change. Grayson Barrett was once the king of his private school until he got caught ghost writing term papers and was expelled. They meet one night at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, and what follows is a sweet, tender, funny and realistic look at a high school romance. Authentic voices for both Wren and Gray make this ring so true.
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Cassie has an uncanny ability to “read” people—to determine their intentions, motivations, and backgrounds. Her mother disappeared years ago and is presumed dead, and her dad lives overseas. When the FBI comes calling, asking her to join a special program in which teens solve cold cases, she figures she has nothing to lose. Of course, nothing is as it seems. Barnes weaves a taut mystery, full of CSI-like details and plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing. It’s creepy and fast-paced and amazing!
The Impossible Knife of Memory
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hayley and her dad, Andy, have been on the road for five years now, never able to stay in one place due to the PTSD that has haunted Andy since his return from Iraq. They move back to his hometown so she can go to school and try to have a normal life. Things get in the way and Andy’s PTSD comes back with a vengeance. Anderson is one of the most brutally honest YA authors; she takes you where you don’t necessarily want to go, but in her hands, this riveting, harrowing novel becomes, quite simply, unforgettable.