On down the countdown we go! If you missed yesterday’s post, go check it out!
The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell
The drawings of this book will draw you into this book before you even begin with one word from the author of How to Train Your Dragon. Set in an unknown ancient time, there are two groups. Xar is a Wizard and Wish is a Warrior. There were once bad Witches, but they were made extinct by the Warriors. Now the Warriors want to get rid of every last bit of magic. Xar is a Wizard who cannot do a single spell and Wish has a magical spoon and enchanted sword that no one knows about. They are both headstrong and determined—and instantly distrust each other when they meet. The danger and adventures instantly begin. Cowell has created an incredible world filled with delightful creatures and names and fascinating pictures and side notes that add to the story.
The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires
Lou learns to face her fear.
Ben Franklin’s In My Bathroom by Candace Fleming
In this hilarious middle grade novel, Ben Franklin accidently time travels to 10 year-old Nolan’s home, where Nolan shows Ben around the world he helped form.
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Fabulous middle grade graphic with beautiful art work by LeUyen Pham (Princess in Black series). This graphic memoir follows Shannon as she is finding her footing in the world of friendships and being true to herself. Good friendships aren’t easy, but they are worth it and this book reaffirms this.
100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids by Amanda Boyarshinov & Kim Vij
Filled with fun learning activities for a rainy afternoon.
Welcome to the first of 10 posts about our faves of 2017! The cool thing about this list is that we have varying tastes in this department so even in the 10 spot, there are some awesome titles and a little something for everyone. Check back tomorrow as our count down continues.
Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner
Sarabella is daydreaming all the time—it’s in her DNA. Although her teachers appreciate her daydreaming, they have troubles with her not doing her schoolwork or even sharing what she is daydreaming about. When her teacher gives an assignment to draw a picture of her favorite daydreams, Sarabella has troubles until she has a dream. To share it, you’ve just got to wear it, was the message. And that’s exactly what Sarabella did. She created an awesome paper hat that showed everything she was thinking about. I love the beautiful pictures and this sweet tale that says, daydreaming isn’t bad you just need to share it. Great to share with your own daydreamer.
Let’s Pretend We Never Met by Melissa Walker
A great coming-of-age friendship story! When Mattie and her family move mid-year of 6th grade, she makes a friend in her apartment building, bust soon discovers that Agnes is “the weird girl” at school. Will Mattie end her friendship with Agnes to fit in at school?
Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough
Through letters between Lucy and Santa she learns the true meaning of Santa.
A Letter to My Teacher by Deborah Hopkinson
Let me start by saying that the ONLY reason I ranked this book at 10 instead of higher is because I feel that adults may appreciate it more. This book gave me the feels. STRONG feels. If as a child you ever felt out of place and then you met that one teacher or adult who just got you, who appreciated your uniqueness and knew just how to channel it so you were successful, get some tissues before reading. The story is told from the perspective of an adult looking back on her younger self. A child who tended to march to the beat of her own drum who FINALLY met a teacher who helped her on her way to finding her path in life. The illustrations are beautifully done and as the child becomes more confident the pictures become more vibrant. This book would make a great gift to any teacher friends but also is a good read to any kiddo who feels like they are always being told their curiosity is troublesome.
Yoga Bug: Simple Poses for Little Ones by Sarah Jane Hinder
A beautiful board book illustrating yoga poses even the littlest ones can do easily, this books is just lovely. With simple fun text, and easy to understand illustrations, it’s the best yoga book for littles I’ve come across.
What better way for us to kick off the New Year than taking a look at some of our favorites that we have added to the children’s collection here at the library over the course of 2017. It isn’t easy for a bunch of bibliophiles to narrow down to a list of ten, but we did it! Just for you! Starting January 1st check back each day to see what Christina, Teresa, Sarah, Janna, and I think took top honors in our collection of new additions. We would love to hear what your favorites of the year were too so either comment below OR stop by the children’s desk and let us know!
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
The One and Only Ivan by Kate Applegate
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
OCDaniel by Wesley King
Blubber by Judy Blume
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
The Only Game by Mike Lupica
Need other suggestions? Just ask us!
I’m not much on realistic fiction typically. Living through upper elementary and middle school was hard enough the first time, right?! For some odd, quirky reason though, the realistic graphic genre has totally grabbed me. I get knots in my stomach every time a character hits an awkward spot and am cheering them on when they have a victory. The graphic format is just more powerful for me.
Real Life by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham is one of the best in this genre, by far. This should come as no surprise. This is the duo who has already blown us away with The Princess in Black series.
This new title though is one that unlike their fantasy series for early readers, lands us in the very real, very challenging topics of friendship, growing up, and finding your “tribe”. The friends who get you and have your back no matter what. Anyone who spends time with children knows friendship brings some of the highest highs and lowest lows. This book delves deeper into that from the child’s perspective. The anxiety, the fear of rejection and confusion surrounding why, the joy and peace of acceptance.
The story is actually a memoir written about Hale’s own childhood, revisiting the ups and downs of friendship, family, and change. As I read it, it brought back all the memories of the tumultuous nature of childhood friendships from my own childhood and the immense joy felt when you have acceptance and compassion.
The relationship between Wendy and Shannon is one I feel a lot of readers will connect too. Between family dynamics and mental health issues, these two characters are pushed apart but in the end, come to see that they actually have an ally in each other and are family, regardless of past hurts.