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Books for Kids (ages 6-8)

Dory Fantasmagory            

By Abby Hanlon

(Juvenile Fiction; ages 6-8)

Dory’s older siblings call her Rascal for a reason. She wants nothing more than to play with them, but they have drastically different ideas of fun and consider Dory a baby. To get some peace from Dory’s wild imagination, the sibs tell her a story about Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who steals baby girls, inadvertently kicking off an even crazier flight of fancy. Dory immediate starts planning her defense against Mrs. Gobble Gracker, which includes everything from shooting darts at her to pretending to be a dog.  Happily, her brother has always wanted a dog… has Dory finally found a way to play with her siblings?  This story is a hilarious romp form beginning to end, with fantastic drawings on every page and just the right kind of subversive tone to tickle most children’s funny bones. (Format: Print)




The Princess in Black

By Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illus. by LeUyen PHam

(Juvenile Fiction; ages 5-8 years)

It’s an ordinary day at Princess Magnolia’s castle, and she is entertaining the nosy Duchess Wigtower, when, suddenly, the secret Monster Alarm goes off! Smoothly, so as to not tip off her irritating guest, Princess Magnolia springs into action. Ducking into a nearby closet, she transforms into her alter ego, the Princess in Black. Not only is Princess Magnolia a beautiful mix of princess and superhero, the secondary characters also shine. The bright, clear, humorous illustrations by LeUyen Pham, only add to enjoyment. A great book for any kid (or parent) who likes to mix their royalty with a bit of spunk. (Format: Print)





Hug Machine

By Scott Campbell

(Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

Nothing will be left un-hugged when the Hug Machine is around, no matter how large or how prickly. Hugging is a lot of work, so refueling is required, and by the end of the day even the Hug Machine can use a hug. (Format: Print)





By Aaron Becker

(Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

Following the epic masterpiece that was Journey, Becker’s Quest is an ode to art and imagination. This wordless story follows the adventures of two children who go through a magical door and find themselves in an unknown world. Armed only with their crayons, they collect the treasures to free the king and save the world. Adults and children alike will get lost in these amazing illustrations.  An adventure you will read again and again.  (Format: Print)





By Elys Dolan

(Picture Book; ages 5-8 years)

This book opens with an important question: What do you think weasels do all day? Well, as the coffee-loving creatures in the next few pages show us, they plot… WORLD DOMINATION! Provided they can ever get their machine to work. The illustrations really carry the show. They are packed with weasels doing different things and communicating in little word bubbles. Some are quite on task (such as the leader, complete with a monocle and pet white mouse), some are a bit sidetracked (such as the Health and Safety inspector who is trying to frustrate the dreams of another weasel who is toting around a huge, presumably unsafe drill), and some are completely out to lunch (such as the weasels playing “World of Woodcraft”). The end papers of the book show the results of the machine – a world run by weasels!  (Format: Print)




Louise Loves Art

By Kelly Light

(Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

“I love art! It’s my imagination on the outside.” With that fabulous definition, Louise shares her artistic process and her preparations for her art show on the Gallery du Fridge. But while she’s preparing, her little brother (named Art) is creating his own artwork – using one of Louise’s masterpieces. She’s initially upset until she takes a close look at what Art has made. You’ll love Louise! (Format: Print)




Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover

By Josh Schneider

(Picture Book; ages 4-8 years)

Princess Sparkle-Heart, a doll, is Amelia’s best friend, much to the disgruntlement of Amelia’s dog. He waits for an opportune moment to take his revenge against the doll, and then he rips her to shreds. Amelia is (dramatically) heartbroken. With her mother’s help, she reconstructs her friend – with a few alterations for the Princess’ own protection. This is a truly laugh-out-loud picture book.  Everything about it, from Amelia’s shock of bright red hair, to the antics of the toy penguin shown in most spreads, made this book fantastic. It also pokes a couple of gender-role stereotypes right in the eye. (Format: Print)




Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle

By Cheryl Bardoe; illus. by Alan Marks

(Juvenile Non-Fiction; ages 5-8 years)

For your budding entomologist (or even anyone you know with an affinity to dung humor), presenting the incredible dung beetle. Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle features two different texts; the larger print text allows for a group read-aloud and the smaller text provides in-depth information to supplement the simpler read-aloud text.  Attractive watercolor and pencil illustrations are informative, but amazingly, not gross. The three varieties of dung beetles use this “waste” for their complete survival in three very different ways. A fascinating and informative read. (Formats: Print; e-video)




Hot Dog!  Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic

By Leslie Kimmelman; illus. by Victor Juhasz

(Juvenile Non-fiction; ages 7 years and up)

This nonfiction picture book tells the true story of the British monarchy’s first visit to America since we won our independence from England. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt’s duty, as the president’s wife, was to plan the celebration. And much to the chagrin of many, she chose to serve the royal couple hot dogs! A wonderful insight into the life of this remarkable woman of prodigious abilities and talent, Hot Dog! offers up a quirky tale. The illustrations, which are caricatures, add just the right touch of humor. Recommended for those with an interest in presidents, history, and stories of strong women. (Format: Print)




Every Body’s Talking: What We Say Without Words

By Donna M. Jackson

(Juvenile Non-Fiction; Grades 5 and up)

Every wonder what a person in front of you is thinking, or how they’re feeling? Do you know which gestures are OK to use in the U.S.A., but are terribly insulting somewhere else? Would you like a few simple tips on how to boost your confidence before speaking in front of others? Or, are you looking for tips on how to make  your comic book characters look more lifelike? Then this book is for you. People say as much with their bodies as with their words, and our bodies are often the more honest communicators. The author breaks down body language into easily understood chunks to help readers interpret the actions and expressions of others, along with tips to improve your own confidence and interpersonal skills. The photos and other graphics are clear, well-chosen, and help illustrate the author’s points. (Format: Print)




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