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August Staff Picks -- Juvenile Book Edition

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back every month for a new list.

 

Interrupting chicken

 

 

 

Interrupting chicken

By David Ezra Stein

This has been a bedtime staple at our house since we first discovered it. Little Chicken wants Papa to read him a bedtime story, but can't help but jump into the stories to help out the familiar characters. Lots of fun for the whole family.

Recommended by Jessica S.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library

 

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's library

By Chris Grabenstein

The Westing Game meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a ton of book references thrown in for good measure. Perfect for the 9-12 crowd.

Recommended by Amy M.

Boom!

 

Boom!

By Mark Haddon

This book keeps a child's attention. The dog in the book is not scared of anything except thunder. I like how the book shows how to get over things that scare you. Also available as audiobook (CD) and eBook.

Recommended by Celicia F.

Rubia and the Three Osos

 

 

Rubia and the Three Osos

By Susan Middleton Elya

This book entertains listeners of all ages in English and Spanish with bright and colorful pictures. Along with rhyming text, there is a helpful glossary at the end. You will have no trouble enjoying the adventure of a classic tale refreshed!

Recommended by Carol L.

Tyler makes spaghetti!

 

 

Tyler makes spaghetti!

By Tyler Florence

My 4 years old loves spaghetti and meatballs! This book explains visually for her what all the ingredients are and where they come from. Every time I plan to make spaghetti for dinner she tells me what we need to make spaghetti and meatballs.

Recommended by Joyce L.

Powerless

 

 

Powerless

By Matthew Cody

Daniel moves to a new town with his family, and quickly stumbles upon a major secret -- some of the kids in the town have superpowers. They swear him to secrecy, and he helps them take on their next mission: to see if they can overcome the fate of mysteriously losing their special power on their 13th birthday, along with their memories of the power and of their friends' powers. Kids will eat this up. It loses some of its clarity in the end, but by then readers won't notice or care. Another writer with an impressive imagination. Also available as audiobook (CD) and eBook.

Recommended by Christian R.

Today I feel silly & other moods that make my day

 

 

 

Today I feel silly & other moods that make my day

By Jamie Lee Curtis

A wonderful book to read with a child to open up communication about feelings. Allows children to learn to name their feelings, while also showing that it's possible to feel many things in a day, and all are okay. Also available as audiobook (CD).

Recommended by Samantha P.

The mouse and the motorcycle

 

The mouse and the motorcycle

By Beverly Cleary

Ralph is a young mouse living in the Mountain View Inn. One day he sees a toy motorcycle and he wants to ride. After a mishap he is rescued by Keith the owner of the toy motorcycle and they become friends. Keith teacher Ralph to ride the motorcycle and the adventures start. This still is one of my favorite books. Also available as eBook and DVD.

Recommended by Katie D.

Castle: How it works

 

Castle: How it works

By David Macaulay

For young readers who’ve ever been curious about castles, David Macaulay masterfully tackles this topic with interesting insight and vivid illustrations. This lively book transports the reader back in time.

Recommended by Robin S.

 
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