New Book Picks -- October 2010


Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

1 Zany Zoo  by Lori Degman

When one fearless fox grabs the zookeeper's keys and opens all the cages, increasing numbers of animals behave in most unusual ways.

How You Got So Smart by David Milgrim

Loved ones remind a little boy of how far he's come and how much he's learned and accomplished along the way.

How About a Kiss For Me?  by Todd Tarpley

A baby tries to kiss things, from a dog and a frog to a mop and a jellyfish, before deciding that parents are the best recipients of kisses.

Picture Books (Pre K-K)

Not Yet, Rose

Barnyard Slam  by Dian Curtis Regan

Farm animals express themselves at a poetry slam hosted by Yo Mama Goose.

Carmen Learns English  by Judy Cox

Newly-arrived in the United States from Mexico, Carmen is apprehensive about going to school and learning English.

Stagecoach Sal

Daddy's Little Scout  by Janet Bingham

Little Fox and his father look at other woodland animals' homes, then make a new den for themselves.

Early Readers (Grades 1-3)


Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz

First-grader Montgomery Gerald Morris enjoys an exciting year as his class acquires a pair of parakeets as pets, he loses his first tooth, and he becomes a big brother.


The Can Man  by Laura E. Williams

After watching a homeless man collect empty soft drink cans for the redemption money, a young boy decides to collect cans himself to earn money for a skateboard until he has a change of heart.

A Snout for Chocolate

Frankly Frannie  by A J Stern

Frannie Miller, who cannot wait to grow up and work in an office with a swivel chair and her own assistant, causes havoc when she tries to help out while on a school field trip to the local radio station.

Children's Fiction (Grades 4-6)

 Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Alchemy and Meggy Swann  by Karen Cushman

In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.


The Dancing Pancake  by Eileen Spinelli

Eleven-year-old Belinda "Bindi" Winkler and her family find their way through tough times with the love and support of the community that grows around their newly opened restaurant, "The Dancing Pancake."


Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol by Jim Krieg

Legendary Griff Carver joins the Rampart Middle School Hallway Patrol and with the help of his new friends, Griff solves the case of counterfeit hall passes.

Teen Fiction (Ages 12 & Up)


Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt.


As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins

A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.


The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Seventeen-year-old Haven Moore leaves East Tennessee to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she meets playboy Iain Morrow, whose fate may be tied to hers through a series of past lives.