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Recommended Children's Books
(Children's picture book) A couple moves in together. But can their pets handle the big change? A scruffy white dog lives alone with her human father. She loves her toys, her royal dog bed, and lying at her dad's feet at night. Elsewhere, a large houndlike dog and an orange tabby live together with their mother. The dog loves playing. The cat doesn't seem to love anything--except, perhaps, sleeping in the dog's bed. A moving van unites the two families under one roof, forcing the new pet stepsiblings to get to know one another. Faces are swatted. Clothing is eaten. Things just aren't as comfy as they used to be. Gradually, the pets start to warm up to one another--that is, until the family adds yet another member to the mix
(Children's picture book) Cow ends up with mud on her hooves, and she is not happy. Her bad mood starts a chain reaction of frustration and anger as all the farm animals act out against one another. When Cow makes Duck angry, Duck in turn is mean to Frog, and so on, mimicking the way that children, and adults, are often unable to express their frustration and anger and perpetuate bad feelings. Eventually, Dog stops the cycle when he offers kind words to a distraught Pig.
(Children's picture book) When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit. Debut author-illustrator Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs.
(Ages 8-12) Bob sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister with the help of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had and learns the true meaning of friendship and family.
(Ages 8-12) Three siblings face their middle school problems as they learn about space. The Thomas siblings--13-year-old Cash and 12-year-old twins Fitch and Bird--all struggle to navigate the doubts of middle school and their dysfunctional family. Cash sees himself as a failure. He isn't good at anything, and now he's repeating seventh grade with his two younger siblings. Fitch is good at video games but bad at controlling his temper. Bird likes tinkering with machines but feels invisible. The Thomas household is toxic with their parents' constant fighting, and Bird feels like she has to keep their family from malfunctioning altogether. It's January 1986, and their teacher is gearing them up for the launch of the space shuttle Challenger.
(Ages 13-17) Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people... In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance -- and Papi's secrets -- the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
(Ages 12 and up) The summer after Tyler's freshman year of college, her mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer; a month before Tyler's twentieth birthday, her mother died. In this graphic memoir, Feder takes readers along on the nightmare road trip that nobody wants to make in a frank and funny, intimate and poignant graphic novel that chronicles her love for her mother, the crushing grief of downspiral and bereavement, and the weirdness of making your way in the world with a dying or dead parent. This will make a lot of teens facing bereavement feel heard and enlighten their wondering friends, and they'll all appreciate the final takeaway: "It was the scariest thing that could ever happen. But I survived."
(Released May 19th)
Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.
The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined -- every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.