Monday, December 14, 2015

New Youth Books

Car Crazy (Juvenile Non-Fiction Series)
This brand new non-fiction series is perfect for all the young car aficionados, perfect for grades 3-7! This informative series includes the titles: Bently Continental GT, Bugatti Veyron, Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Dodge Viper SRT, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador, McLaren 12C and Parsche 918 Spyder. Each volume includes the history, technology, gear, style and specs of the vehicles. With great eye-catching pictures, highlighted vocabulary, a glossary and a “To Learn More”, these books are not to be missed!

How the Sun Got to Coco’s House by Bob Graham (Easy Picture Book)
In this beautifully illustrated picture book, children can start to learn how the sun makes its way to their homes each morning. The author demonstrates how the sun creeps over various countries and terrains, wakes cities and animals, and finally makes its way to Coco’s house, to remain there with her throughout the day as she goes about her various activities. This is a delightful book to share with your child one-on-one as a morning story. It is also a perfect story to reassure a child fearful of night time that the sun will arrive at their house again in the morning after waking up other children all over the world.

Lenny & Lucy by Philip C. Stead (Easy Picture Book)
Moving can be hard. It can be especially hard on children, who have to get used to a new house, new sights and sounds, and new neighbors.  In this book Peter and his dog Harold have moved to a new house with woods (woods which both are convinced hid terrible things) right across a bridge, making sleep impossible. So Peter makes Lenny, Guardian of the bridge out of pillows and clothes. And then, to keep Lenny company, he makes Lucy to be Lenny’s friend. With Lenny and Lucy guarding the bridge, everyone slept soundly at last. And then Peter meets Millie, the neighbor. And together with Harold, Lenny and Lucy they watch the woods and look for owls. With sparsely colored illustrations, this book is a wonderful reassurance to a child who has just moved about how to learn to settle into a new house, and make things that seems scary a bit less scary.
The Nuts Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants by Eric Litwin (Easy Picture Book)
The author of the ever popular Pete the Cat books introduces some new characters, Hazel and her family (they are all nuts!). Hazel loves to sing and dance and loves her polka-dot pants. So of course, one day she makes up a song about her polka-dot pants. But her family is too busy to sing and dance with her! So Hazel rocks in her polka-dot pants all along, until a very special someone comes along to rock with her! In classic Litwin fashion, there is a link included in the book to take you to a video of Hazel rocking out in her polka-dot pants so you can sing along to the book. Perfect for that active child who can’t stop moving, this book and song will be used in our newest Super Saturday program, Stretch and Learn, coming in January.

When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey (Easy Picture Book)
This is hands-down my favorite holiday book this year-and the kids from Cherry Creek 3rd grade agreed with me when they came for a class visit and chose this book to listen to.  In this charming picture book with fantastic illustration, the author imagines what Santa would have been like as a baby. Would he have made cute baby sounds, or instead does he go Ho Ho Ho even as a baby? What would his favorite color be? What are his parents like? Who is his best friend? This giggle-inducing book answers all these questions and more, and is a real treasure to share with your children during the holidays this year.

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang (Juvenile Graphic Novel)

Just in time for our new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program at the library coming in January this new graphic novel introduces kids to the basics of coding and binary code! Even though this book talks about math, kids who like Captain Underpants or the Lunch Lady are going to eat up the humor and the characters, especially tough new girl Hopper. 

Magnus Chase and the GODS of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (Juvenile Fiction)
All you Percy Jackson fans, the wait is over! The long anticipated new book from author Rick Riordan is a great start to what promising to be a fantastic new series, this time focusing on the gods of Asgard. With Valkyries, elves, dwarves, trolls, talking pigeons, and dead heroes who aren’t quite dead, this is an adventure not to be missed! Keep a lookout for at least one familiar face from another of Rick Riordan’s books. One of my favorite new books of 2015, you can get it from the library either on audio disk or in book format.

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Juvenile Fiction Series)
With the new Star Wars movie less than a month away, it is the perfect time to start reading the new canon Star Wars books that are being published. This newest juvenile series contains three books. Smuggler’s Run features Han Solo and Chewbacca and is set between the movies A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Moving Target features Princess Lei and is set between the films The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. The Weapon of a Jedi features Luke Skywalker and takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. These novels contain some clues about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, and are perfect for your young (or even not so young!) Star Wars fans.

--Sarah Rehborg, Youth Services Librarian 

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