September 2016



Preschoolers
Great Books from 2015

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THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE
written by Alison Ritchie, illus. by Nahta Nój, (Templar Books, 2015), 32p, Ages 3-7

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SHEEP GO TO SLEEP
written by Nancy Shaw, illus. by Margot Apple, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), 32p, Ages 2-5

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GEMMA & GUS
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015), 32p, Ages 2-5

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FINDERS KEEPERS
written/illus. by Keiko Kasza, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2015), 32p, Ages 3-5



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Ages 4-8
Great Books from 2015

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MONTY'S MAGNIFICENT
written/illus. by Gemma O'Neill, (Templar Books, 2015), 40p, Ages 3-7

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MR. SQUIRREL AND THE MOON
written/illus. by Sebastian Meschenmoser, (North South Books, 2015), 48p, ages 4-8

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EDGAR WANTS TO BE ALONE
written/illus. by Jean-François Dumont, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015), 28p, Ages 4-8

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COYOTE AND THE LAUGHING BUTTERFLIES
written/illus. by Harriet Peck Taylor, (Simon & Schuster, 1995/2015), 32p, Ages 4-8





Ages 8-12
Great Books from 2015
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FLY AWAY
written by Patricia MacLachlan, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015), 128p, Ages 7-10

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ASTROTWINS:
Project Blastoff

written by Mark Kelly, Martha Freeman, (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster, 2015), 224p, Ages 8-12





Ages 10-14
Great Books from 2015
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THE INCREDIBLE SPACE RAIDERS FROM SPACE!
written by Wesley King, (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2015), 304p, Ages 8-12

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WEBSTER:
Tale of an Outlaw

written by Ellen Emerson White, (Aladdin, 2015), 256p, Ages 10-13





Ages 14-18
Great Books from 2015
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THE STORYSPINNERS
(The Keepers Chronicles)

written by Becky Wallace, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2015), 432p, Ages 14-18

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ZEROES
written by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, (Simon Pulse, 2015), 560p, Ages 14-18



 






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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to teens.

The best children's books contain imaginative stories, memorable characters, beautiful illustrations, and lyrical language. Well-written stories should contain heroes and role models to imitate. Whatever the genre, a great book should be an enjoyable read, and contain heart, humor, hope, and a happy ending, In addition, for older readers the best stories help others and make the world a better place.

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Preschool
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THERE'S A BEAR ON MY CHAIR
written/illus by Ross Collins, (Nosy Crow, $16.99. August 2016, ISBN 978-0-7636-8942-1), 32p, Ages 2-5

With one large polar bear, one small mouse, and one chair, sharing is impossible. "He is so big, / it's hard to share. / There isn't any / room to spare." When bear takes charge of mouse's chair, he has no intention of leaving. Mouse offers bribes, makes threats, and throws tantrums, but bear just reads his newspaper, creates an Elvis impression, takes a nap, and checks his cell phone. When mouse gives up and leaves, bear decides to walk home. Imagine his surprise at finding mouse in his house and in his bed asleep!

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SOME BUGS
written by Angela DiTerlizzi, illus. by Brendan Wenzel, (Little Simon, $7.99, June 2016,
ISBN 978-1-4814-6444-4), 34p, Ages 2-5

Bugs come in just about all shapes, sizes, and behaviors, as found in this busy, rhyming book about insects. "Some bugs HOP. / Some bugs GLIDE. / Some bugs SWIM. / and some bugs HIDE!" Each page presents an insect habit to observe in a variety of outdoor settings from a flower garden, pond, and leaves to branches and logs. "So KNEEL down close, / LOOK very hard, / and find SOME BUGS / in your backyard!" Endpapers feature labeled drawings of more than 45 bugs.

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BEAR'S BIG DAY
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Bloomsbury Children's Books, $14.99, June 2016, ISBN 978-0-8027-3832-5), 40p, Ages 3-6

Beginning school doesn't always mean leaving stuffed childhood friends behind. Bear from Found (2014) and Stormy Night (2015) is excited about going to school for the first time, and decides to leave Floppy behind on the windowsill. "Bear hugged Floppy good-bye. 'You need to stay home,' said Bear. 'That's what little bunnies do. Big bears go to school.'" When Bear is too sad to color, eat, or nap at school, his teacher finds a way to solve the problem of a missing friend. Now Bear enjoys each day at school with Floppy safely secured in a new pocket in Bear's backpack.

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ABERDEEN
written/illus. by Stacey Previn, (Viking Children's Books, $16.99, Aug. 2016,
ISBN 978-0-451-47148-2), 40p, Ages 2-5

A curious little mouse offers many excuses for making unwise choices. "Aberdeen didn't mean to leave the yard. BUT a balloon floated by, so he followed it." He didn't mean to trample the neighbor's flowers, or dig a hole under their fence, or let the balloon carry him away. As his mishaps continue, he falls into the mud, splashes in a puddle, and confronts a dangerous owl. When Mama comes to the rescue, Aberdeen apologizes with "I didn't mean to make you worry." Depending upon the consequences, sometimes a good adventure is too good to pass up.

 
Ages 4-8
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THE BEAR AND THE PIANO
written/illus. by David Litchfield, (Clarion Books, April 2016), 40p, Ages 4-7

One day in the forest a young bear discovers a piano and begins to play. After years of practice he and his friends come to love his piano and the beautiful music. Encouraged to leave the forest and his friends, the bear moves to the city, where he becomes a sensation to sell-out crowds. Realizing that fame can be a lonely place and missing his forest friends, he returns home. Thinking that his friends may be angry with him for leaving, he discovers that they have been protecting the piano and were eagerly awaiting his return. This sweet and engaging story will help readers and listeners understand the power of friendship versus the pursuit of happiness and the price of success.

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SNAIL AND SLUG
Written/illus. by Denys Cazet, (Atheneum Books/Richard Jackson Books, $17.99, May 2016, ISBN 978-1-4814-4506-1), 32p, Ages 4-7

On a hot day down by a pond Snail meets Slug. When Slug complains about her lack of shelter, Snail invites her home for some ice tea. "'Your house is bigger than it looks,' Slug remarked. 'You can't always judge a book by its cover,' said Snail." When they decide to picnic, a huge banana slug interrupts and threatens to steal their food and eat them. Thanks to Slug's quick thinking, disaster is averted via a salt shaker. Since Snail loves to read and Slug love to cook, they decide to live together in Snail's shell home, with its kitchen (including dishwasher), two bedrooms, library, cellar, and attic. Friendship is much more pleasing when there is kindness, adventure, courage, and a bit of salt.

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RETURN
written/illus. by Aaron Becker, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, August 2016, ISBN 978-0-7636-7730-5), 40p, Ages 6-9

The lonely little girl from Journey (2013) and Quest (2014), along with her red crayon, returns in a third adventure into the magical kingdom of castles, canals, purple-plumed birds, and enchanting landscapes in search of friendship and adventure. This time the little girl's father follows her through the rich lantern-hung forest and waterways to the kingdom, where they battle evil horned warriors, escape on a flying purple gryphon, and dad becomes a hero by defeating the villain. This wordless trilogy will captivate young children with its marvelous illustrations, magical creatures, and good old-fashioned triumph of evil.

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THE WHALE
written by Vita Murrow, illus. by Ethan Murrow, (Templar Books, $17.99, April 2016, ISBN 978-0-7636-7965-1), 32kp, Ages 4-8

According to the Cape Chronicle newspaper, "Fifty years ago today, the mythical Great Spotted Whale was allegedly sighted swimming close to these shores. But was it all a big hoax? No one knows for sure. It's time to find out if this creature exists." When two children decide to prove the existence of the mythical whale individually, they equip their boats with audio equipment, video cameras, and recorders, and then head out to sea. When a violent collision destroys both boats, they decide to join forces and use the broken halves of their vessels to create a new boat. Their hard work, determination, and technical knowledge pay off when they spy two spotted whales. The detailed black and white illustrations of this almost wordless book make this whale-of-a-tale adventure come alive.

 
Ages 8-12
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BASIL OF BAKER STREET (The Great Mouse Detective)
written by Eve Titus, illus. by Paul Galdone, (Aladdin Books, $16.99, May 2016, ISBN 978-1-4814-6402-4), 112p, Ages 7-9

In 1885 a famous London sleuth of mousedom lives in the cellar of number 221B Baker Street, where his hero, the great Sherlock Holmes, resides. Basil learned his craft by listening to Holmes solve cases upstairs. When mouse twins, Agatha and Angela are kidnapped, it takes Basil and his associate Dr. Dawson all of their deductive skills, logic, and wit to solve, rescue, and reunite the twin girls with their frantic parents. Originally written in 1958, this enjoyable introduction into the mystery genre will delight young readers, especially with more mysteries to come. Disney's popular animated film, The Great Mouse Detective, was based on this charming series.



Ages 10-14
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THE IRON TOMB (Pyramid Hunters)
written by Peter Vegas, illus. by Mohammad Aram, (Simon & Schuster Children's Books, $16.99, August 2016, ISBN 978-1-4814-4578-8), 304p, Ages10-14

After spending the school year at a boarding school in Boston, thirteen-year-old Sam Force dreads his usual three-month summer vacation in Egypt with his Egyptologist uncle. Instead of Uncle Jasper, Sam is met at the airport by the Egyptian police, who are interested in finding his missing scientist uncle. Determined to locate Jasper, Sam narrowly escapes arrest and begins his journey by using a series of clues, codes, and puzzles left by his uncle. Not knowing who to trust, including new friends, Mary, a girl from the plane, and Hadi, a taxi driver, Sam navigates Cairo's rat-infested sewers, maneuvers sand dunes in an ATV, employs breaking and entering tactics, and survives being buried alive in a World War II ship under shifting sands. Nonstop action, Indiana Jones adventures, and ancient Egyptian history will appeal to readers, who enjoy mysteries, foreign lands, and heroes.


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URBAN OUTLAWS: Lockdown
written by Peter Jay Black, (Bloomsbury, $16.99, 2016, ISBN 978-1-61963-834-1), 304p, Ages 10-14

Book three in Urban Outlaws series finds Jack, Charlie, Slink, Obi, and Wren fighting to prevent their ex-ally, Hector, from unleashing a lethal computer virus on society. Jack and the Outlaws team up with a shadowy character called, "The Shepherd" to track down Hector. With the Shepherd's help, they fly from London to New York City to Los Angeles, where they steal a valuable briefcase from a Hollywood Movie studio for the Shepherd as payment for his help. Finding and confronting Hector is a dangerous, life threatening quest, but their gadgets, cutting-edge technology, and dare devil antics will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Those who love intrigue, suspense, and heroes will longingly await the next installment.



Ages 14-18
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THE LONG GAME
written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, (Bloomsbury, $17.99, May 2016, ISBN 978-1-61963-596-8), 368p, Ages 16+

In this follow-up to The Fixer (2015) 16-year-old Tess as come to grips with the knowledge that her sister, Ivy, is really her mother and her grandfather is a notorious D.C. kingmaker. She also realizes that she has inherited the family talent for accessing, assimilating, plotting, and discerning hidden goals of D. C.'s political powers. When Tess is drafted to help a student with her campaign for student body president, little does she realize that school elections are complicated with insider secrets, dirty tactics, and murder, leading to the arrest of a friend. When the high school is taken over by international terrorists and Tess is captured and used as a go-between in negotiations, she discovers that a close friend and school staff are involved with the terrorists. Action, mystery, corruption, and family drama will hold readers spell bound until the next installment.


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