Category Archives: Staff Picks

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 »

I Text Dead People

Some people see dead people. Some people can hear dead people. With Rose Cooper’s latest novel, Annabel Craven can text ghosts.   Cooper’s I Text Dead People tells the story of Annabel Craven, new girl at Winchester Academy and recipient of a special cell phone. One that allows her to send and receive texts from ghosts. This either very cool or way… Read more »

Return to Augie Hobble

From the author of It’s a Book, Lane Smith, comes his first novel that is funny, mysterious, scary and tender. In Return to Augie Hobble, you’ll meet Augie Hobble. He lives in a fairy tale world, actually Fairy Tale Place (a not-very-successful amusement park that his father runs). His life is far from magical. He has to do schoolwork over… Read more »

Birmingham Sunday

        In light of the tragic events in South Carolina, I wanted to share this wonderful book, Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner.   Racial bombings were so frequent in Birmingham that it became known as “Bombingham.” Until September 15, 1963, these attacks had been threatening but not deadly. On that Sunday morning, however, a blast in the… Read more »

Marcia Brown

          Marcia Brown has passed away at the age of 96. She was a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal. Her most famous book was Stone Soup, a favorite of mine on Captain Kangaroo!  Once a Mouse, Cinderella, and Shadow all won Caldecott Medals. She also won six Honor Medals. She also won the Laura Ingalls… Read more »

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

Interested in medical mysteries? Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow is the story of a woman who was identified in the early 1900’s, as a carrier of the deadly disease, typhoid. Mary Mallon worked as a cook and  unknowingly exposed thousands of people to this disease.  When officials tracked her down, she refused to cooperate and became known as… Read more »