Goodnight, Already by Jory John (Harper Collins, December 2014)
We have bears this month! All Bear wants to do is go to sleep. But next-door neighbor Duck is not tired and would love company. Duck’s persistent questioning is leaving Bear in a not-very- good mood. Bear is not happy. What parent cannot relate to an untired toddler? With great wit, John’s words and Benji Davies’ illustrations, this is a laugh-out-loud story with lots of appeal for all ages.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
(Alfred Knopf Books for Young Readers, January 2015)
A bear wakes up on a glorious morning and smells berries in the back of a truck. He climbs in, eats them all, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, he is in the heart of the city and finds many things similar to his forest at home. And then he eats your sandwich. Told by a friendly narrator, this story of a bear in the city is enhanced by clever illustrations and a very funny ending.
Where’s Bear? By Sophy Henn
(Philomel Books, January 2015)
A boy’s best friend is his bear. When his bear cub grows and grows some more, things get tricky. The boy must find a new home for his bear. This is a great picture bear for helping understand friendship and moving apart while remaining friends.
Bad Kitty: Puppy’s Big Day by Nik Bruel
(Roaring Brook Press, January 2015)
In the eighth book in this popular series for beginner readers, Puppy is going out for the day with Uncle Murray. You know there’s going to be trouble, but it’s trouble with plenty of heart. Bad Kitty shows up with sidebars about dog behavior, so readers are learning dog facts along with the very funny story.
Mr. Pants by Scott McCormick
(Dial Books, August 2014)
Mr. Pants is a cat that does not clean his room and likes to annoy his sisters, Foot Foot and Grommy. He also loves to play laser tag and wants to spend the last day of summer doing just that. This is an introduction to chapter books with seven short stories. The illustrations will amuse the reader while giving context clues for new words.
Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
(Abrams Books, January 2015)
Miles Murphy has a perfect life: a great house near the beach, plenty of friends and the role of chief prankster at his school. But then his family up and moves to the middle of nowhere, otherwise known as Yawnee Valley. The Valley is full of cows and not much else. When Miles heads to school, he learns that Yawnee Valley has a prankster who—gulp—might be even better than him. It’s a prankster war like no other, full of hilarious pranks and enhanced by Kevin Cornell’s illustrations. Plenty of laughs!
The Paper Cowboy by Kristin Levine
(Putnam Books, September 2014)
When Tommy finds a copy of The Daily Worker, he dreams of heroically revealing small town Downers Grove’s local communist. Instead, his vengeful prank of planting the communist newspaper in Mr. McKenzie’s general store sparks catastrophic and spiraling results. Convinced he can use his sister’s paper route to ferret out the real communist, he meets and befriends neighbors who end up being his salvation.
The Map to Everywhere
by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers,
November 4, 2014)
Orphan Fin is forgotten by all who see him, and he uses that to his advantage, finding a career as a thief in the pirate world of Khaznot Quay. Marrill is from Arizona and gets swept aboard a sailing ship that rises out of the mirage in an Arizona Parking lot. They’re desperate to return to their families and need to find the pieces of the Map to Everywhere before an evil wizard does. Husband and wife team Ryan and Davis have created a fantastic new series full of charm, adventure and all-around fun! For grades 4 and up.
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
(Putnam Books, September 2014)
It’s the dead of winter and the human survivors have been holed up at Cassie and Evan’s pre-arranged rendezvous point just four miles from Camp Haven for three weeks. Evan has not shown up. Ringer has left to scout out safer living conditions in the caverns nearby and has not returned. Teacup has gone missing. Vosch is still out there. Not only are the Others using the weather to wipe out humanity, but they also have an even more lethal weapon of destruction… and an Other searching for Evan. Remember Rule #1: Trust no one.
Unbroken: The Young Adult Adaptation
by Laura Hillenbrand
(Delacorte Press, November 11, 2014)
The best-selling true story of Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner and WWII hero, has been adapted for younger readers. His courage under such enormous pressure is inspiring. His human side is deftly woven into the story, as he was a scrappy youth and prone to trouble, but lovable all the same.
Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
(Dutton Juvenile, August 14, 2014)
Hopeless romantic Isla has harbored a crush on fellow student Josh since her freshman year. When she runs into him over the summer before senior year, Isla thinks that there might be a chance for them. Unfortunately. there are a number of obstacles in their way, and you’re not sure if they can navigate the path to happily ever after. Utterly charming characters make this a great read.