Parenting Non-Fiction
Brain Rules for Baby:
How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child
by John Medina

Submitted by Katie S.
This fascinating and easy to follow book talks all about how to promote healthy brain development in children from birth to the age of five. It has research based information but it is presented for the average person. It’s straightforward, direct, and best of all, interesting. 
(Parenting Collection)
Good Dog, Happy Baby:
Preparing Your Dog for the Arrival of Your Child
by Michael Wombacher

Submitted by Katie S.
Does this sound familiar? You’re having a baby and you have a family dog with behaviors that make you concerned about introducing the two. Dog trainer, Michael Womabacher, writes about a 12 step process with photos and easy to use instructions to help you introduce your two loved family members.
(Parenting Collection)
Baby Sign Language Basics
by Monta Z. Briant

Submitted by Katie S.
Want to communicate with your child before they learn to talk? This book shows you how simple it is to integrate sign language into your baby’s routine and to keep at it to make it a habit. It includes more than 300 signs with a photo and "how to" description.
Practical and fun!
(Parenting Collection)
Children's Non-Fiction
From an Idea to Google:
How Innovation at Google Changed the World
by Lowey Bundy Sichol

Submitted by Katie B.
How did Google get started? Lowey Bundy Sichol has written an entertaining book about Larry Page and Sergey Brin. She tells us about them growing up, how they both were interested in computers, and how they are dedicated to doing new things. The book is illustrated with line drawings, mostly cartoon style, and callouts called “fun facts.“ I think adults will enjoy this as well as school-age children. It is amazing what Google has evolved into; it is much more than a search engine. Who knew that Google would grow into an industry that brings us some of the best software products available?
(Children’s Non-Fiction)
The Most Awesome Question and Answer Book about Nature, Animals, People, Places - and You!
by Doreen Cronin

Submitted by Katie B.
Ever wondered where birthday parties originated from, where libraries get their books from, and why some animals act the way they do? These are just a few of the questions that are answered. Questions from why do we get sick to how a car works, to questions about how sand is made, and much more are answered and explained in a way that young kids will understand.
(Children’s Non-Fiction)
Does It Fart?
A Kid's Guide to the Gas Animals Pass
by Nick Caruso

Submitted by Katie B.
Does it Fart? provides answers in a witty and educational way. From spiders and whales to cheetahs and chimpanzees, we find out who does what, why and when, and for those creatures who don’t fart, we discover what they do instead. Not only is it a silly book but you actually learn fun facts throughout. Who doesn't love a book that makes you laugh out loud?
(Children’s Non-Fiction)
Children's Fiction

Rising Above Shepherdsville
by Ann Schoenboum

Submitted by Stefanie M.
It’s the summer of 1977 and Dulcie Dixon is moving to Shepherdsville, Ohio with her aunt Bernice. Dulcie is spelling bee champion, but she can’t seem to find her words since she lost her mother. This is a heartfelt, slice-of-life novel about loss, grief, friendship, and finding your voice, for fans of Kate DiCamillo.
Recommended for grades 5+
(Children’s Fiction)
My Pet Human
by Yasmine Surovec

Submitted by Stefanie M.
There’s a stray cat in the neighborhood and he’s totally fine being on his own, or so he thinks. Oliver gets to live his life as he pleases, and anyway, he has very high standards for the kind of pet human he would like to adopt. But after meeting a new family on his block, he wonders if it might be nice to have access to treats all the time, and ponders all the different tricks he could teach a pet human. Will Oliver give in and give up his life on the streets? This is an adorable early chapter book, especially for those who are pet humans themselves. 
Recommended for grades 2-3
(Children’s Fiction)
Nursery Rhyme Comics
by Chris Duffy (Editor)

Submitted by Emily D.
This book is star studded with popular graphic novelists: Raina Telgemeier, Roz Chast, Tao Nyeu, Sara Varon, Jen Wang, Gene Luen Yang, Ben Hatke, Kate Beaton, Lucy Knisley, Vera Brosgol, and more! Each artist illustrates a classic nursery rhyme and gives it a new twist. A very fun read for new and older readers. 
(J Graphic Novel) 
Potato Pants!
by Laurie Keller

Submitted by Sara E.
A potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants in this hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness.
(New Picture Books)
Rescue & Jessica:
A Life-Changing Friendship
by Jessica Kensky
& Patrick Downes

Submitted by Sara E.
Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.
(Children’s Monarch Award Book)
How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps
by Nicole Winstanley

Submitted by Sara E.
In this hilarious and clever "how-to," a little girl and a know-it-all narrator are thwarted by a cat who refuses to take a bath.
(New Picture Book)
Kids Choice & Monarch Book Clubs
August 16th - February 28th

Monarch Book Club (Grades K-3)
Great books for emerging readers, the Monarch Award nominees offer a chance to read something different. Which one will be your favorite? Read all twenty to find out. Voting starts in November, prizes given at halfway and completion of list. Pick up your list at the Kid City Desk downstairs.

Kids Choice Book Club (Grades 3-5)
Choose from a diverse collection of the Illinois Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill nominees. Earn a prize when you read five and ten books. Pick up your list at the Kid City Desk downstairs.