Houston Family Book List -- November 2010

HCPL's Book Bites column appears monthly in Houston Family Magazine.  Each column features suggested books for toddlers through teens.  Get the new list every month in the magazine, available at all of our branches.  Previous columns.

Toddlers (Ages 1-3)


A Sick Day for Amos McGee  by Philip C. Stead

Amos McGee is too sick to make it to the zoo, so his animal friends decide to return the favor and visit him, making it the best sick day ever.

Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy  by Denise Fleming

Depicts a number of animal babies sleeping as a mother puts her own baby to bed.

No  by Claudia Rueda

It’s winter and little bear doesn’t want to go to sleep. He’d rather play, and he’s sure he won’t get cold outside, no matter how long the winter is, how deep the snow might get, or how hard the storm might blow. Until, that is, little bear finds himself all alone in a snowstorm.

Picture Books (Pre K-K)

Not Yet, Rose

The Boss Baby   by Marla Frazee

From the moment the baby arrived, it was obvious that he was the boss.The boss baby is used to getting his way--drinks made to order 24/7, his private jet plane, and meetings around the clock.

Brontorina  by James Howe

Despite her size and not having the proper footwear, a determined dinosaur pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina.

Stagecoach Sal

Fleabag  by Helen Stephens

A stray dog and a lonely boy become fast friends at a neighborhood park, but everything changes when the boy's family decides to move away.

Early Readers (Grades 1-3)


Art & Max  by David Wiesner

Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.


Nana Cracks the Case  by Kathleen Lane

Eufala and Bog's very feisty grandmother takes a job with the Crispy County Police Department, searching for a candy thief.

A Snout for Chocolate

Look Out, Jeremy Bean!  by Alice Schertle

Jeremy Bean has a problem. Several, in fact. But a kid like Jeremy Bean can come up with some pretty unusual solutions, such as putting a bug in his pocket, wearing a lamp shade on his head, hiding in the school janitor's closet, and collecting everyone's shoes. If you're looking for adventure with a laugh along the way, meet Jeremy Bean!

Children's Fiction (Grades 4-6)

 Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Cosmic  by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Super-sized, eleven-year-old Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space.


Emily's Fortune  by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

In this comedy-adventure in the Wild West, shy young Emily and her turtle, Rufus, team up with fellow orphan and troublemaker jackson to outsmart mean Uncle Victor, who is after Emily's inheritance.


The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye  by Bonnie Shimko

Growing up in a small town in upstate New York during the 1960s, a young girl, unwanted by her mother, searches for love and acceptance.

Teen Fiction (Ages 12 & Up)


The Daughters  by Joanna Philbin

In New York City, three fourteen-year-old best friends who are all daughters of celebrities watch out for each other as they try to strike a balance between ordinary high school events and family functions like walking the red carpet with their famous parents.


Ship Breakers  by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.


No Moon  by Irene N. Watts

Fourteen year old nursemaid, Louisa Gardener overcomes her fear of the water to accompany her wealthy employers on an ocean voyage to New York, aboard the Titanic.