New Book Picks - September 2010

Toddlers (Ages 1-3)

Meeow and the Big Box  by Sebastien Braun

Meeow, a black cat, plays with a big box.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes  by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
Rhyming text compares babies born in different places and in different circumstances, but they all share the commonality of ten little fingers and ten little toes.

Gentleman Bug  by Julian Hector
Teased because he likes to spend all of his time reading, the Gentleman Bug decides to change in order to catch the eye of the new Lady Bug in the garden, but she is not impressed until he goes back to being himself.

Picture Books (Pre K-K)

Lola Loves Stories  by Anna McQuinn

Lola loves to hear Daddy read a new library book each night, an activity that spurs her imagination and results in inventive play the next day.

Pet Shop Lullaby   by Mary Ann Fraser

When the pet store closes for the night, a hamster's activities keep the other animals awake as they try to think of some way to put him to sleep.

The Pout-Pout Fish  by Deborah Diesen
The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise.

Early Readers (Grades 1-3)


How Rocket Learned to Read  by Tad Hills
A little yellow bird teaches Rocket the dog how to read by first introducing him to the "wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet."


Clever Jack Takes the Cake  by Candace Fleming
A poor boy named Jack struggles to deliver a birthday present worthy of the princess.

Bones and the Clown Mix-Up Mystery  by David A. Adler
Detective Jeffrey Bpnes helps a clown who performed at his friend's birthday party to find some lost clothing.

Children's Fiction (Grades 4-6)


As Simple as it Seems   by Sarah Weeks
Eleven-year-old Verbena Polter gets through a difficult summer of turbulent emotions and the revelation of a disturbing family secret with an odd new friend who believes she is the ghost of a girl who drowned many years before.


We the Children  by Andrew Clements

Sixth-grader Ben Pratt's life is full of changes that he does not like--his parents' separation and the plan to demolish his seaside school to build an amusement park--but when the school janitor gives him a tarnished coin with some old engravings and then dies, Ben is drawn into an effort to keep the school from being destroyed.


13 Treasures  by Michelle Harrison

Bedeviled by evil fairies that only she can see, thirteen-year-old Tanya is sent to stay with her cold and distant grandmother at Elvesden Manor, where she and the caretaker's son solve a disturbing mystery that leads them to the discovery that Tanya's life is in danger.

Teen Fiction (Ages 12 & Up)


Prada and Prejudice   by Mandy Hubbard
During a school trip to England, fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of Prada shoes in an effort to impress the popular girls, a scheme that backfires and sends Callie back to 1815.


Castle on Deadman's Island  by Curtis Parkinson
When the owner of the castle on Deadman's Island dies, his bizarre will leaves it to three of his friends who hate each other. Dark schemes follow, and the curse of the castle, entrenched forever in local lore, strikes again.


Cupcake Queen   by Heather Hepler
Thirteen-year-old Penny is uprooted from Manhattan and planted in the podunk town of Hog's Hollow after her parents' separation where she struggles to find peace with the help of her new friend Tally and a cute boy named Marcus.