Saturday, April 25, 2015

Fresh Picks! April

April is nearing it's end, and we've been busily getting ready for summer reading. We're going to have lots of great programs and activities to keep you and your family busy. Only 51 more days until all the craziness starts! Until then, here are some of our new books to keep you occupied:

The Riverman by Aaron Starmer. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014. 

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This first book in the Riverman trilogy is truly original and exciting! Fiona Loomis, the weird girl next door, tasks Alistair Cleary with writing her biography. After Fiona visits a magical world through the portal in her basement, she learns of a creature called the Riverman who steals the souls of children, and fears hers may be next. Alistair must separate fact from fiction, and fantasy from reality to save Fiona and possibly himself. 

Book Level: 4.9
AR Points: 10.0

Home by Carson Ellis. Candlewick Press, 2015. 

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Ellis' illustrations give a whole new meaning to home. Every page is filled with delightful interpretations of many different homes, from a Norse god, to a raccoon, to the little old lady who lives in a shoe. 


A Violin for Elva by Mary Lyn Ray. Illustrated by Tricia Tusa. Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt, 2015. 

 
This is a story not only for kids, but also great for adults. Full of passion for music, Elva wants a violin. After her parents won't let her get one, Elva spends her time pretending. As she moves through her life her passion never fades, but she always has some reason for not learning to play violin. A story that shows the importance of following what makes your heart sing, and for learning it's never too late.


The Wild Weather Book: Loads of Things to Do Outdoors in Rain, Wind, and Snow by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield. Frances Lincoln, 2013. 


Although there were some flakes recently, we're hoping that there won't be any more snow. This is Ohio, so who knows, but here's hoping. However, there's bound to be wind and rain. Some might think that neither are good for playing outside in, but this book will show you otherwise! Loaded with fun things to do in all kinds of weather, this book is great for chasing away boredom. Use your imagination and creativity to make a natural umbrella, or rain shadows. Blow some bubbles in the wind, and make a wind flag! This book is an exciting way to engage your imagination and wonder for the world.


With May almost here, our new calendar is out and chock full with all the programs we'll be doing this summer.  For more information on our upcoming programs check out our website