Book Recommendations from the Children's Room Staff--and YOU!
April & May 2021
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Miss Sam's Reviews
Juanito goes to the local flea market with his Abuela (grandmother) As the day goes on, the different vendors trade items with Juanito and his Abuela, and they enjoy the company of their community and friends. A lovely look at how flea markets have similarities no matter where they are located. (STORIES-- Herrera)
This is the story of a boy and his pet, a chicken. Each day he learns how to take better care of it. When she disappears one day, Daniel is worried. The chicken, Jen, is just doing what chickens do! This book is perfect for someone just learning how to read, in either English or Spanish. The book also has discussion questions and a craft idea for further exploration of the story. (Beginner-- Ada, Alma Flor)
I enjoyed this book about one girl's experience as a bacha posh in Afghanistan. Obayda's father loses a leg while on a trip to a pharmacy with her to get her medicine. It results in them moving from Kabul to a more rural part of the country, one where a warlord watches everything. To increase their luck, Obayda's aunt suggests that they turn her into a bacha posh or a pre-teen girl who lives as a boy. During that time, Obayda (now Obayd) discovers new freedoms and makes a new friend. What will happen when they want to change her back? For an initial look at gender differences, and this specific aspect of Afghan culture, this book is an excellent start. (J Fic Hashimi)
Miss Diana's Reviews
This is a sweet wordless picture book told with black and white sketches, and a little brown bag that makes a significant appearance on each page. It’s fun to think and talk about what’s going on with the characters and how their lives are affected by this bag’s incredible story. Once you’ve looked through this book, you’ll want to read it again, share it with others, and even let it inspire you. (STORIES Cole, Henry)
Take a trip back to 1899, in the heat of Texas, where you’ll be introduced to Calpurnia Tate, the only girl among her five brothers. As young Callie develops a common interest and bond with her grandfather, she also discovers she’s more interested, and talented, in science than being a future home maker. Enjoy reading, or listening, to the many comical moments throughout Callie’s troubles and triumphs as she explores the indoor and outdoor lives around her. (J FIC Kelly, J CD FIC Kelly)
If you’re at all interested in getting closer to wildlife safely, then you must read this gem of a short story found on the non-fiction shelf. Antonio lived in a hotel in Canada where lumberjacks and woodsmen would spend many nights and tell him stories about their outdoor adventures. He spent much of his time outside himself, hoping to see wild animals, with very little luck. The real adventure began when a forest fire came through the area and what everyone had to do to survive. (J 971.3 Bond)
Your Reviews
This is a mystery and adventure book about the history of Bigfoot. I really liked the book. It helped me learn more about Bigfoot. It has lots of animals. I would recommend this book to people that like Bigfoot.

~Review from Ayden S., age 8
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From Miss Sam:
5 Favorite Steve Jenkins Books

Steve Jenkins is an author and illustrator who uses paper-cut illustration to accompany his science texts. Many of these were inspired by questions his children asked! Check out some of these fun titles for yourself.

  1. Actual Size. Compare yourself to animals with this fun book, where everything is drawn its actual size! J 591 Jenkins
  2. Bones: Skeletons and How They Work. A fun guide to human and animal skeletons that also explains how they work. J 573.76 Jenkins
  3. How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?. Flies are surprisingly elusive creatures, but many animals have figured out how to make them into food. Learn some of the different ways it happens. J 591 Jenkins
  4. How to Swallow a Pig: Step-by-Step Advice from the Animal Kingdom. This book about different animal behaviors is written in the style of an advice book. J 591 Jenkins
  5. The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest--and Most Surprising--Animals on Earth. A collection of facts about over 300 animals. A delight to pour over. J 591 Jenkins
From Miss Diana:
5 Favorite Earth Day Themed Books

Doing good things for the Earth has always been a passion for me. I hope some of our books will help you find yours. 

  1. Peppa Pig and the Earth Day Adventure by Peppa. Peppa and her family go on an earth-friendly outing to the Botanical Gardens in their new electric car named Roger. HOLIDAY EARTH DAY Peppa
  2. Fancy Nancy: Everyday is Earth Day by Jane O'Connor, pictures based on art by Robin Preiss Glasser.  Fancy Nancy tries to teach her family about going green but may get a little too hasty at times about making some changes. BEGINNER O'Connor
  3. Who Is Greta Thunberg? by Jill Leonard. The answer to the question in that title is: she's an intelligent and determined Swedish girl who is determined to advocate for the worldwide problem of climate change. J Biography Thunberg
  4. Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species by Ana Pego. This brand new book talks about the worldwide problem with the plastic in the oceans and how each reader can make a difference to help. Simply looking at the photos can be eye-opening. J 363.72 Pego
  5. Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of People Who are Helping to Protect Our Planet by Harriet Rohmer. Who doesn't like to read about heroes who have done great things in the world? This book includes twelve short stories about real people who saw a problem and cared enough to do something about it. It even includes some ways you can get involved too. J 333.72 Rohmer
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