Category Archives: Staff Picks

Read Something Scary!

Ready for Halloween? Try one of these scary books! Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief and Sinister by Stefan Bachmann Thirty-six eerie short tales relate to an imaginary museum of creepy artifacts and are arranged into such thematic “drawers” as love, luck, song, and fairy tales.       Took: a Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn A witch called Old Auntie… Read more »

Charlie and the Grandmothers

Every boy and girl loves to visit the grandmothers, right? You haven’t met Grandmother Pearl and Grandmother Opal. In Katy Towell’s latest scary story, Charlie and the Grandmothers, Charlie and Georgia are sent to visit their grandmothers. Grandmothers they have never heard of. These are not warm and cuddly grandmothers. They don’t play games with you. They won’t bake you… Read more »

Check It Out!: New Non-Fiction for Kids

When the Earth Shakes: Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunamis by Simon Winchester The author explores how and why these natural forces shape the earth, from the infamous volcanic eruption at Krakatoa and the earthquake that flattened San Francisco, to the 21st-century tsunamis that devastated Indonesia and Japan. Richly illustrated with fascinating historical and stunning contemporary photographs.   The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the… Read more »