Spotlight

Take a look at our current and past "spotlight" materials.  These are excellent books, CDs and DVDs that your friends at the library want to be sure you don't miss!

 

Countdown to kindergarten

Countdown to kindergarten

By Alison McGhee

Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.

 

  

 

 

 

 

Octopus alone

Octopus alone 

By Divya Srinivasan

Octopus leaves her cave in a lively reef because she is shy and the seahorses there find her fascinating, but when she finds a quieter, more peaceful spot she misses her home and friends.

 

  

 

Duck & Goose go to the beach

Duck & Goose go to the beach

By Tad Hill

Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they're happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn't? Well, Duck, for one...

 

 

 

 

Hide and Squeak

Hide and Squeak

By Heather Vogel Frederick

A mouse baby leads his father on a merry game of hide-and-squeak at bedtime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You're all my favorites

You're all my favorites 

By Sam McBratney

Three much-loved baby bears begin to wonder if their parents have a favorite.

 

 

 

 

Bud, not Buddy

Bud, not Buddy

By Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

 

 

 

  

 

   

Harlem's Little Blackbird

Harlem's Little Blackbird

By Renee Watson

A tribute to lesser-known Harlem Renaissance performer Florence Mills includes coverage of her youth as a child of former slaves, her singing and dancing performances that inspired songs and entire plays, and the struggles with racism that prompted her advocacy of all-black theater and musicals.

 

 

  

   

Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky

By Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Christopher Myers

Why shouldn't the Jabberwocky be a fourteen-fingered, slam-dunking beast? Lewis Carroll challenged readers' imaginations with his most famous poem, "Jabberwocky". Here, Christopher Myers takes on that challenge in this fresh take on the classic poem by brilliantly re-imagining it as a face off on the basketball court. 

 

 

  

   

Spring is here

Spring is here

By Will Hillenbrand

Excited that spring has finally arrived, Mole tries--unsuccessfully--to wake up Bear, but then he comes up with the perfect plan.

 

 

   

   

Fearless : the story of racing legend Louise Smith

Fearless : the story of racing legend Louise Smith

By Barbara Rosenstock

Introduces the life of stock car racer Louise Smith, from her first ride behind the wheel of her father's Ford to her thrilling stock car races across the country during the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

   

   

A sweet smell of roses

A sweet smell of roses

By Angela Johnson

A stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.

 

 

   

   

When the beat was born : DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop

When the beat was born: DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop

By Laban Carrick Hill

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks, the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

 

   

   

We March

We March

By Shane Evans

Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.





   

   

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

By Mo Willems

Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his prounouncement.


     

A Very Fuddles Christmas

A Very Fuddles Christmas

By Frans Vischer

Twas the holiday season of treasures and treats. but Fuddles the cat only wanted to eat....and open his presents, then sit down and play but that's not what happened on one Christmas day

   

 

 

 

 

I'm a turkey!

I'm a turkey!

By Jim Arnosky

In spoken-word song with rhyming text, a turkey describes his life in a large flock, always looking out for other creatures that might find him tasty.

   

 

 

 

Bully

Bully

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.

   

 

 

 

Boo, Katie Woo!

Boo, Katie Woo!

By Fran Manushkin

Disappointed that her monster costume does not frighten anyone, Katie Woo still finds a way to have a happy Halloween.

 

 

  

  

 

 

The day the crayons quit

The day the crayons quit

By Drew Daywalt

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

 

 

  

 

 

Monster School : first day frights

Monster School : first day frights 

By David Keane

On his first day at a new school, Norm, a regular boy, has trouble fitting in with his monstrous classmates.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Amelia Bedelia's first library card

Amelia Bedelia's first library card 

By Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia helps out at the library with her classmates and wonders what kind of book she should borrow when she receives her first library card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

EllRay Jakes is not a chicken!

EllRay Jakes is not a chicken!

By Sally Warner

Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dark

The Dark

By Lemony Snicket

Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandfather's journey

Grandfather's journey

By Allen Say

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

 

 

 

 

 

Granny Torrelli makes soup

Granny Torrelli makes soup

By Sharon Creech

With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.



 

 

  

 

 

National Geographic book of animal poetry: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar and roar!

Book of animal poetry: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar and roar! 

By Patrick J. Lewis

Combines photography with lyrical text celebrating the animal world, in a compilation that includes works by such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling.

 

 

  

 

 

Green

Green

By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

 

 

  

 

 

Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

By Steve Sheinkin

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

 

 

  

 

 

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan  (2013 Newberry Medal Winner)

By Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not my hat

This is not my hat  (2013 Caldecott Medal Winner)

By Jon Klassen

A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

 

 

 

This is not my hat

I Have a Dream

By Martin Luther King, Jr.; paintings by Kadir Nelson

An illustrated edition of Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech.

 

 

 

 

 

I Funny: A Middle School Story

I Funny: A Middle School Story

By James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Resolving to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Hanukkah

A City Christmas Tree

By Rebecca Bond

Maggie visits the Christmas tree man on Liberty Street, then brings her brothers, sister, and finally her parents, as they each dream their own dreams of what it means to have a Christmas tree in the city.

 

  

Celebrate Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah

By Deborah Heiligman

In Celebrate Hanukkah Deborah Heiligman welcomes readers to a holiday celebrated by Jewish communities around the world. The vivid photography of National Geographic illustrates the joyous celebrations of Jewish people around the world - including Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, the United States and Poland, as they light menorahs, spin dreidels, and make latkes.

 

 

 

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

By Mo Willems

Presents the wacky story of three dinosaurs, including a visitor from Norway, who insist that they have not tidied up their home and prepared yummy pudding to trap a tasty little girl.

 

  

 

 

 

The Bumpy Little Pumpkin

The Bumpy LIttle Pumpkin

By Margery Cuyler

Little Nell chooses an unusual pumpkin for her Halloween jack-o-lantern, despite her big sisters' criticisms.

 

 

 

  

 

Awesome AutumnAwesome Autumn

By Bruce Goldstone

The author compiles all kinds of sights, sounds, and scents of the autumn season.

 

 

 

 

  

 

Suppose You Meet a DinosaurSuppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners

By Judy Sierra

Illustrates basic polite behavior that one might need to use while grocery shopping at the same time as a dinosaur.

 

 

  

Eddie Gets Ready for SchoolEddie Gets Ready for School

By David Milgrim

As young Eddie goes through his checklist to get ready for school, his mother does not agree with all of his choices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dog ParadeDog Parade

By Barbara Joossee

Dogs of all sizes, shapes, and personalities come together with their humans to don costumes and participate in a parade.

 

 

 

 

 

Treasury of Greek MythologyTreasury of Greek Mythology: classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes & monsters

By Donna Jo Napoli

Presents illustrated retellings of classic Greek myths, sharing the stories of Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena, Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa, with sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster that link the tales to constellations, history, geography, and culture, and including profiles, a family tree, and other resources.

 

 

 

  

G if for Gold Medal: An Olympics AlphabetG if for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet

By Brad Herzog

The letters of the alphabet introduce the facts about the Olympic movement and Olympic sports.

 

 

 

 

Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!

By Margaret Mayo

Rhythmic text depicts astronauts exploring outer space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Bear Sees BlueBaby Bear Sees Blue

By Ashley Wolff

Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies, and other colorful things in nature.

 

 

 

 

Press HerePress Here

By Herve Tullet

Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.

 

 

   

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!

By Polly Horvath

Middle-schooler Madeline's hippy parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them. Also available as an audiobook!

 

 

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