Staff Selections Kids

Carol

The Rain Train
Elena De Roo, illus. by Brian Lovelock

Elena De Roo's train poem transports a child from the busy activities of the day through a rainy night and into sleep.  The reader of this bedtime adventure will share (and share in) the sights, sounds, and motion of travel.

 

 

Mary

There Is a Tribe of Kids
Lane Smith

When a “tribe of kids” strays off , casually incommoding one of their number, the plucky castaway launches on an expedition on his own.  Through his experiences in  the natural world, he learns the order of things.   Fitting in here, falling out of step there, a series of encounters carry him to his own kind of “kids”.   The humane message inferred throughout  this tongue-in-cheek romp is revealed in the conclusion:  it’s only natural to want to find your tribe.  Lane Smith is just the artist to convince you.

Tim

Shadow Scale
Rachel Hartman

The sequel to Seraphina has arrived!  The story picks up right where we left it, with the kingdom of Goredd preparing for war with the dragons of the north.  Seraphina has set out for the countryside to find the other half-human, half-dragons from her visions to unite them as part of Goredd's defense.  But building a coalition is not easy for a court musician with little experience in diplomacy or war, and Seraphina is forced to improvise and compromise along the way.  Author Rachel Hartman gives us a stunning conclusion to Seraphina's story, complete with eye-opening revelations about love, betrayal, religion, and allies likely and unlikely, climaxed by a battle scene I guarantee you'll remember long after you've finished the book.  Seraphina and Shadow Scale are a two-volume set of one of the best YA fantasies I've read in a long time.  Wow!
 

Victoria

Juana & Lucas
juana Medina

Spunky Juana loves many things, best of all her dog Lucas. Learning English, however, is "nada de fun." Her genius abuelo proposes that English will come in handy if Juana wishes to talk with her hero, Astroman, at Spaceland when her family travels to Florida. Kids 6 - 10 years of age are sure to enjoy spending time in Bogotá, Colombia with Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina and may decide, like Juana, that the more languages a person speaks, the better. This short novel offers great pleasure as a read-aloud or for independent reading. For good reason it received the Pura Belpré Author Award honoring a Latino author whose work best portrays, affirms & celebrates the Latino cultural experience. In addition, Juana & Lucas portrays, affirms & celebrates childhood

Barb

Out of Wonder
Kwame Alexander, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator), Chris Colderley

This beautifully illustrated book of poetry by Kwame Alexander and two co-authors celebrates Kwame's 20 favorite poets of all times and places. The criteria for inclusion is they must be interesting people and they must love their poetry with a passion. The authors write their own poems in the style or theme of their choices.Their hope is that readers will be inspired to discover these poets and write their own poems. The three sections of the book are designed to pay tribute, offer inspiration and give thanks for the poets who have been muses.
They hope your heart will sing and you will use them as a stepping-stone to wonder.
Poets included are Basho, Rumi, Emily Dickinson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Chief Dan George, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Okot p'Bitek, William Carlos Williams, Judith Wright, Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros,  Billy Collins, Nikki Giovanni, Terrance Hayes, Walter Dean Myers, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mary Oliver.

 

Zoey

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans
Don Brown

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans is a moving and startling portrayal of Hurricane Katrina in the days after it hit shore, destroying the city. This graphic novel is an incredibly honest telling of the storm’s destruction and the suffering that followed and may in fact be too grim or graphic for younger readers. However, it will certainly lead advanced readers to understand the grave, brutal experience of this contemporary American natural disaster. The careful and affecting drawings magnify the weight of this important book.

 

Sarah

The Edge of Everything
Jeff Giles

 

In The Edge of Everything, Zoe is grieving her father and trying to help her mother make ends meet, while wrangling an extremely ADHD younger brother.  Zoe is a smart, super tough, and a really good caver (the caving scenes are gripping and utterly realistic).  She’s partnered with escapee-from-hell X (not his real name).  All of the secondary characters are three-dimensional, and the plot moves along at a fast pace, making the book impossible to put down.  Despite the heavy-seeming subject matter, the book is funny, especially the dialogue.  If you like your books about epic hell-rescues with a big shot of hilarity, this is the book for you.