Summer 2023


Stories from the Past to Read,
Share, and Treasure

Series for Summer Reading



written/illus. by Sandra Boynton, (Little Simon, Brd 2017), 18p, Ages 2+

In this latest addition to the Pookie series, young listeners will watch Little Pookie discover 10 things that his mama knows about him. In a clever rhyming and counting book, mama tells him, “1. You like macaroni. / 2. You’re suspicious of peas. / 3. You are happy outdoors / with your ears in the breeze.” And, of course, number 11 is the best one!

Other Books in the Series: What’s Wrong, Little Pookie | Night-Night, Little Pookie | Happy Birthday, Pookie | Let’s Dance, Pookie | I Love You, Pookie | Merry Christmas, Little Pookie


written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012), 40p, Ages 3-7

Bear would love to invite his friends for dinner, but the cupboard is bare. Not deterred, Bear’s friends stop by with food, enthusiasm, and generosity. Mouse brings a huckleberry pie, Hare donates muffins, Badger strolls in with fish, Gopher and Mole present honey nuts, and Raven and Wren offer pears and herbs.
After every gift, “Bear always remembers to say “Thanks!” As Bear sighs and moans with nothing to share, “Mouse squeaks, ‘Don’t fret. / There’s enough, dear Bear. / You don’t need any food, / you have stories to share!’ ” Stories of sharing, gratitude, and thankfulness are great any time but especially around the season of Thanksgiving.

Others in the Series: Bear Can’t Sleep | Bear Counts | Bear Feels Scared | Bear Sees Colors | Bear Stays Up for Christmas | Bear Snores On | Bear Wants More | Bear’s Loose Tooth | Bear Feels Sick | Bear’s New Friend



written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illus. by AG Ford, (Chronicle Books, 2020), 40p, Ages 3-7

This is demolition day for the Construction Site crew as they work together to smash, crush, sort, and haul away debris from an old building. With teamwork and perseverance, Crane Truck swings the wrecking ball (“He bashes through a concrete wall. . . / and leaves a hole, fifty feet tall!”), then sorts the debris into piles to be recycled. Meanwhile Excavator bashes in the walls and sifts through the reusable material. Skid Steer breaks the rocks apart, while Dump Truck and Flatbed haul rubble away. Each has a job to do and work together in time for the ground to be leveled for Cement Mixer to pour concrete for a new building. Tired, they bed down for the night and dream of the jobs for tomorrow. Kids will love the sounds of KA-BOOM!, SMASH!, THUD!, and CRUMBLE! CRASH when read aloud and accentuated.

Other Books in the Series: Construction Site: Road Crew Coming Through! | Three Cheers for Kid McGear! | Mighty, Mighty Construction Site! | Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site! | Steam Train, Dream Train | Construction Site: Merry and Bright | Construction Site on Christmas Night

AGES 4 - 8


written/illus. by Brian Lies, (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), 32p, Ages 4-8

In cheery verse and enchanting illustrations, a bunch of fury and friendly bats decide to visit the beach. When the moon is at its fattest, the little critters pack their moon-tan lotion, baskets of munchies (marshmallows with bug legs and pickled slugs), and fly to the seashore for a night of fun. They use left over food containers for boat races, dig sand caves, play bat songs. They top off the evening by entering an ice cream shack to snack on bugs around the light bulb. Soon it’s time to fly home. From beginning to end, this is a delight to read aloud.

Other Books in the Series: Bats at the Ballgame | Bats at the Library | Bats in the Band


written/illus. by Ben Hatke, (First Second Books, 2014), 40p, Ages 4-7

A resourceful redheaded girl moves her Victorian home, which resides atop a giant tortoise, to a cliff overlooking the sea. Julia settles in with her books, a lovely fire, toast, and tea. Not content with the loneliness of the quiet house, Julia hangs up a sign inviting lost creatures to stay. Soon homeless creatures of every kind arrive, take over the house, and chaos erupts. Elves overrun the kitchen, the mermaid invades the bathtub, and the troll discovers the record player.
Back to her workshop, Julia creates a chore chart for her housemates. “The dragon made toast and the mermaid washed the dishes. The folletti tended the fire, the goblins mopped up, the ghost was in charge of dusting. . . and the troll picked out the music.” With order restored, Julia hears disturbing noises from the old house, advertises for a handyman, and finds a very unique repairman. Kids will love the menagerie of creatures and the lesson of helping others less fortunate.

Others in the Series: Julia’s House Moves On #2 | Julia’s House Moves On #3


written/illus. by Aaron Becker, (Candlewick Press, 2013), 40p, Ages 4-8

A world of imagination, adventure, bravery, and enchantment await all who open this charming wordless picture book. A lonely little girl discovers a red marker in her bedroom. Drawing a door, she escapes into a lush green forest, filled with lights, lanterns, and a small stream. Drawing a boat, she climbs in and floats away to a magnificent kingdom of castles, turrets, and towers, all linked by waterways.
Encountering a fleet of strange air warships, she watches as soldiers capture an exotic purple bird. Sketching a hot air balloon, she frees the bird from its golden cage, but finds herself captured. Elaborate illustrations of unknown lands, flying ships, and daring rescues make for a fun and memorable “Journey.” Leave the busyness of life, pull up a chair, relax, and enjoy the power of wordless storytelling at its best.

Other Books in the Series: Quest | Return

AGES 7 - 10


The First Misadventure

written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Kevin Cornell, (Antheneum Books, 2014), 112p, Ages 7-10

Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie, The Chicken Squad, spend their days solving mysteries and fighting crime. They take on a new case, when a frightened squirrel, Tail, barges into the chicken coop claiming that something big, scary, enormous, frightening, huge, and terrifying is in the yard. Thinking that a UFO may have landed, the chicks use grass clippings as a camouflage and pelt a new barbecue grill. Retired search-and-rescue dog, J. J. Tully, races in to save the day. This great chapter book for young readers will tickle their funny bones with laugh-out-loud silliness.

Other Books in the Series: The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Adventure #2 | Into the Wild: Yet Another Adventure #3 | Dark Shadows: Yes Another Misadventure #4 | Gimmie Shelter: Misadventures & Misinformation #5 | Bear Country: Bearly a Misadventure #6


written by Eve Titus, illus. by Paul Galdone, (Aladdin Books, 2016/1958), 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.

Others in the Series: Bear Basil and the Cave of Cats | Basil in Mexico | Basil in the Wild West | Basil and the Lost Colony | Basil and the Big Cheese Cook-Off | Basil and the Royal Dare | Basil and the Library Ghost


The Storm

written by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Preston McDaniels, (Simon & Schuster, 2002/2015), 80p, Ages 7-10

A lonely feline lighthouse keeper and a sea-loving dog rescue and make a home for three orphan mice in this first in a series of sweet books about love, kindness, and families. Pandora is lonely and a little weary as keeper of the lighthouse, but her life radically changes when a storm blows in a shipwrecked, crusty old sheepdog, Seabold. Over the next few months as he heals from injuries, they become good friends, and Seabold decides to stay. When he rescues three orphan mice, Whistler, Lila, and Tiny, Pandora nurses them back to health and both decide that their family is complete. “It happened because a noble young cat wished to save lives. Because a brave dog wished to sail. And because three small children wished for a family.”

Other Books in the Series: The Whale #2 | The Eagle #3 | The Turtle #4 | The Octopus #5 | The Otter #6 | The Sea Lion #7 | The Bear #8

AGES 8 - 12


written by Julie Falatko, illus. by Colin Jack, (Scholastic, 2018), 192p, Ages 8-11

Hilarious fun and slap stick comedy abound when two dogs, Waldo and Sassy, realize that their boy, Stewart, has school problems. Deciding to rescue him, they pose as a new student at the Bea Arthur Memorial Elementary School and Learning Commons.
Disguised in an old trench coat with Sassy on the bottom and Waldo on top her shoulders, they walk to school where Waldo registers them for Stewart’s class as Salty Woofadogington from Liver, Ohio (Waldo speaks human which he learned from a video). Turns out they love school, Stewart’s teacher, the class skeleton, the cafeteria, Sloppy Joes, playing Frisbee, and music class.
When they realize that Stewart doesn’t have a topic for a project due the next day, the well-meaning dogs suggest squirrels. The resulting chaos of Stewart’s presentation will have kids reeling with laughter. Black and white illustrations are found on the majority of pages with the dog’s favorite food (just about everything) in bold throughout the story. Anyone with a sense of humor will love this first tale of two wacky dogs and their boy.

Other Books in the Series: Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Start a Club by Accident #2 | Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go on a Class Trip #3 | Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Enter Stage Left #4


A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

written by Jeanne Birdsall, (Alfred A. Knopf Books, 2005), 272p, Ages 9-12

When the summer vacation plans of the Penderwick family change, a widowed father and his four spirited daughters rent a cottage in the Berkshire Mountains. Located on the grounds of a large estate in Massachusetts, the cottage is owned by the snobbish and rude Mrs. Tilton. 12-year-old Rosalind, 11-year-old Skye, 10-year-old Jane, and 4-year-old Batty are delighted with their quaint cottage and are eager to explore the grounds.
There they meet Jeffrey, the lonely 11-year-old son of Mrs. Tilton. Cagney, the teenage gardener, Churchie, the housekeeper, and Harry, the tomato man. After Skye nearly knocks Jeffrey unconscious, they become good friends and share adventures, mishaps, and accidents. From the innocent fun of catching fireflies on a summer night and baking scrumptious brownies to rescuing Jeffrey from a dreaded military school, this delightful and memorable tale of a charming, close-knit, eccentric family will have readers begging for more adventures.

Others in the Series: Bear The Penderwicks on Gardam Street #2 The Penderwicks at Point Mouette #3 The Penderwicks in Spring #4 The Penderwicks at Last #5


The Sherlock Files: Book 1

written by Tracy Barrett, (Henry Holt & Co., HC, $16.99, 2008), 160p, Ages 8-12

Two American children, newly arrived with their parents in London, discover that they are related to Sherlock Holmes. While playing a favorite guessing game to sharpen their detective skills, a stranger gives 12-year-old Xena and 10-year-old Xander a note in disappearing ink: “My very, very dears. I speak for the whole Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives (SPFD) when I say that we are thrilled beyond words to welcome you to England, the home of your ancestors.” The children are given a notebook of Sherlock Holmes' unsolved cases, and they begin a quest to solve the case of a famous missing portrait by Nigel Batheson. They are also introduced to Andrew, Dr. Watson’s great-great-great grandson, who is not so enthusiastic about their involvement. Observant and gifted, Xena’s athletic abilities and Xander’s photographic memory aid them in following leads, conducting investigations, and applying their unique powers of deduction to locate the missing artwork. Children who enjoy mysteries and adventure will thoroughly enjoy this first adventure in a new series with Sherlock Holmes great-great-great grandchildren.

Other Books in the Series: The Beast of Blackslope #2 | The Case that Time Forgot #3 | The Missing Heir #4

AGES 10 - 13



written by Karina Yan Glaser, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), 304p, Ages 9-13

Down on 141st Street in Harlem, New York there lives a warm and loving family called the Vanderbeekers, who love their old brownstone home with its whistling pipes, wobbly banisters, and “the crack in the shape of Eastern Europe on the ceiling.” 12-year-old twins Isa and Jessie, 9-year-old Oliver, 6-year-old Hyacinth, and 4 (and 3/4)-year-old Laney, along with Frantz, the dog, George Washington, the cat, Paganini, the rabbit, and parents look forward to Christmas with great anticipation.
When their landlord, Mr. Beiderman, decides not to renew their lease at the end of the year, the parents look for new accommodations, and the children, who consider the brownstone a member of the family, begin a mission to change their grouchy, reclusive landlord’s mind in 11 days. From building a scientific contraption to water the garden from the roof and leaving small gifts outside his door to obtaining community signatures on a petition, nothing makes a difference, until they realize that the landlord’s disposition is grounded in tragedy.
This heartwarming and humorous story about family, friends, and community coming together during difficult times will charm and captivate readers from the first page. And yes, this Christmas book is a great read any time of the year.

Other Books in the Series:
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden
The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue
The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found
The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish
The Vanderbeekers on the Road
The Vanderbeekers Ever After


written by Jason Henderson, (Feiwel and Friends, 2019), 288p, Ages 10+

Seventh grader Gabriel Nemo, descendant of the infamous Captain Nemo, loves the ocean and resolves to create a safer place for its inhabitants. Aided by two friends, Peter and Misty and using technology from his parents’ underwater research lab, they attempt to rescue sinking ships, face mutant sea creatures, thwart the Navy, and elude Peter and Misty’s parents.
When Gabriel’s infamous sister, Nerissa, asks for help in saving a newly discovered ocean creature from being destroyed by the US Navy, little do Gabriel and his crew realize that these creatures have strange and deadly abilities, inhabit old sunken World War II planes and ships, feed on plastic pellets from the Great Garbage Patch, and do not appreciate any help.
Readers will enjoy Gabriel’s Nemotech submarine, daring rescues, undersea battles, fantastic inventions, and unusual technology in this first middle-grade series.

Others in the Series: Quest for the Nautilus | The Serpent’s Nest

AGES 12 - 15


written by James Ponti, (Aladdin, 2020), 384p, Ages 12+

Five kids from around the world are recruited by England’s MI6 Secret Intelligence Service to form a spy team for missions where adults would prove to be conspicuous. 12-year-old Sara Martinez, the latest recruit, is rescued from the New York Juvenile Court System after hacking into the foster care computers to report her foster parents, who are committing abuse fraud. Sara is saved from spending years in jail by Mother, a mysterious man, who offers Sara a second chance at life and a new home with the MI6 agency.
Arriving at the F.A.R.M (The Foundation for Atmospheric Research and Monitoring), a covert facility in Scotland, Sara meets the four other members of the team: 15-year-old Paris from Rwanda, 14-year-old Sydney from Australia,13-year-old Kat from Nepal, and 12-year-old Rio from Brazil Their unique personalities, backgrounds, and skills—sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives— will enable them to invade the world of espionage where adults cannot go.
Mother’s current mission is to infiltrate a youth environmental summit in Paris and stop an attack from a global criminal organization. Little do they realize that the threat is in the form of a deadly virus, and it will take all of the team’s combined talents and dynamics to stop the imminent threat. Kids will love the humorous Motherisms, little sayings of Mother’s to help the kids remember key principles of spying. “Bad guys never wait, so good guys can’t be late.” More adventures to come.

Other Books in the Series: Golden Gate #2 | Forbidden City #3 | City of the Dead #4


written by Stuart Gibbs, (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019), 400p, Ages 12-15

According to Albert Einstein, “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
12-year-old Charles Thorne is highly athletic, a daredevil, an admirer of Albert Einstein, and an extremely intelligent tween with the ability to solve crimes that bewilder adults. She is also capable of stealing 40 million dollars from a tech firm. Charlie finds herself kidnapped by two CIA agents and manipulated into helping them locate Pandora, a complex equation created by Albert Einstein and hidden in the 1930’s somewhere in the world. Thus begins an adventure around the globe, to locate and solve a mystery code that could create clean energy as well as a weapon of mass destruction.
Defying foreign agents, world powers, and evil organizations, Charlie begins to question not only the motivations of everyone involved, but whether Pandora should ever come to light. From the ski slopes of Colorado to the tundra of Greenland, to the secret tunnels underneath Jerusalem, to the Hubble laboratory in California, readers will enjoy puzzles on top of puzzles, breakneck chases, lessons on cryptography, Einstein, and a bit of history.

Others in the Series: Bear Charlie Thorne and the Lost City #2 | Charlie Thorne and the Curse of Cleopatra #3


written by Gavin Rohan, (Bloomsbury, 2014), 272p, Ages 12-15

Alan Knightley, a brilliant, dedicated, but obsessive detective suddenly awakens from a four-year coma ready to take on the Combination, an ancient criminal organization responsible for his coma and all unexplained crime in the world. Escaping the hospital, Alan seeks out his 13-year-old son, Darkus, who holds the key to his stolen records. With the help of Darkus’ deductive and observation skills, they unravel the mystery behind a self-help mystical book, THE CODE, tied to spontaneous criminal activity.
When Alanis kidnapped, Darkus continues the investigation, narrowly avoiding death at the hands of his stepfather, who has been hypnotized by THE CODE to kill him Conspiracy theories, high speed car chases, irrational criminal behavior, secret WW II underground railway stations, and blended family dynamics, make this Sherlock Holmes-like read a great page-turner for the start of a new father-son detective series.

Other Books in the Series: Knightley & Son: K-9 #2 | Knightley & Son: 3 of a Kind #3

AGES 14 - 18


DEATH CLOUD: Sherlock Holmes:
The Legend Begins

written by Andrew Lane, (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011), 320p, Ages 14+

In the summer of 1868 fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to live with his eccentric aunt and uncle in their Hampshire mansion. His brother, Mycroft, sends an American tutor to keep Sherlock out of trouble.
When two people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Sherlock, a streetwise orphan Matty, and the tutor’s daughter, Virginia, investigate the bizarre murders. Sherlock encounters mysterious beekeepers, escapes from kidnappers, participate in brutal boxing matches, and thwarts an eccentric crippled mastermind behind the plot to destroy the British Empire.
This action packed first adventure of a young Sherlock Holmes offers a solid introduction to the younger years of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic character. It provides an insight to the adult Holmes’ interest in bees, future drug addition, boxing, sword fighting, and investigation skills he uses later in life. Authorized by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, this first adventure/detective tale of Sherlock Holmes’ younger years is an engaging tale.

Other Books in the Series: Black Ice | Fire Storm | Snake Bite | Knife Edge | Stone Cold | Night Break


(The Starlore Legacy) #1

written/illus. by Chuck Black, illus. by Elena Karoumpali, (Perfect Praise Publishing, 2019, 252p, Ages 15+

Following a great galactic war between two immortal races, NOVA tells of the early years in the Aurora Galaxy, the planet Jypton with its two-class system of slaves (Rayleans) and elites (Jyptonians), and of a young pilot, Daeson Starlore. Born into royalty, Daeson is eager to graduate at the top of his class at the Starcraft Academy, but his thrill-seeking adventures make for dangerous choices that could lead to expulsion.
After a chance encounter with an attractive Raylean mechanic, Daeson finds his life turned upside down with the realization that he is not of royal blood, but the slave class. After killing a sentry, who could expose him, Daeson and Raviel flee from the elite authorities in his Starcraft to a deserted planet near the Omega Nebula, only to find themselves fighting off dangerous radiation from the nebula and meeting a damaged android named Ricket. Upon return to Jypton, they discover that the Chancellor has been assassinated and there is wide-spread persecution of the Rayleans. Desperate, Daeson decides to seek the Oracle who foretold his future. Readers will enjoy the advanced technology, the genetic code altering agent, and the action-packed adventures of a young pilot, who seeks his destiny in this first episode of the Starlore Legacy.

Others in the Series: Flight | Lore | Oath | Merchant


written by Kat Carlton, (Simon & Schuster, 2013), 256p, Ages 14-17

“Can u pick up milk on ur way home?” For sixteen-year-old Kari Andrews, junior at Kennedy Preparatory School in Washington, DC, this is an emergency text—a Code Black warning from her father. Shedding her school uniform for a Goth disguise and picking up her seven-year-old brother, Kari enlists the help of a few friends (makeup artist, computer whiz, and judo expert) to locate her missing parents, declared double agents working for the Russians. Escaping Agency thugs, breaking into CIA headquarters to rescue her mother, discerning friends from enemies, and trying to impress a longtime crush, Kari is determined to exonerate her parents from all false charges. But are they false? Engaging characters, plot twists and a surprise ending make for a wild and fun teenage ride through espionage territory.

Other Books in the Series: Sealed with a Lie

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written/illus. by Sandra Boynton, (Boynton Bookworks, Simon & Schuster, Jan. 2023, $7.99, ISBN 978-1-6659-2501-3), 24p, Ages 1-3

Sandra Boynton presents the best show in town when ten smiling, dancing, jumping, and singing bunnies perform for a pack-filled theatre of a cow, pig, duck, and many, many chickens. “We are ten terrific rabbits / and we like to dance and sing. / Ten terrific rabbits. / We can do most anything.”

Everyone is invited to join in with their hopping, marching, and singing the Rabbit Song about their long ears and quivering noses. They even build a bunny tree for kids to enjoy. Little listeners will love this cute board book with the bunnies ending message: “But if you’re NOT a rabbit, don’t worry. It’s okay. / Just find yourself some bunny ears and you’ll be on your way.”
        Themes: Animals, Humor, Rhythm & Rhyme


written by Amelia Hepworth, illus. by Pintachan, (Little Tiger Press, $8.99 Board Bk, 2021, ISBN
978-0-593-37920-2), 12p, Ages 1-3

“Elephant! Elephant! / What can you see? / Next to the lily pad, / who could it be?” In this clever lift-the-flap book, little ones try to guess, the animals hiding behind a lily pad, tall grasses, behind a tree, and in water. Little ones lift the flaps on each page to discover a crocodile, lion, hippo, and giraffe. On the last page the elephant wonders who is hiding and lifting the flap is a surprise mirror. Kids will love this interactive board book as they lift flaps to find the hidden images.
        Themes: Animals, Concept, Series
Other Books in the Series: Little Hen, Little Hen, What Can You See? | Puppy Dog, Puppy Dog, What Can You See? | Ladybird, Ladybird, What Can You See?


written by Annie Bailey, illus. by Jeff Harter, (Doubleday, 2022, $7.99, ISBN 978-0-593-30135-7), 24p, Ages 3+

“Ten little excavators wake up with the sun. Can’t wait to work—Vrooom! Now it’s time for fun.” Though the day ten excavators dig, clear, smooth, and smash. Counting down from ten to one, when each one experiences a problem, the next number is featured. “Ten little excavators digging up a line. One breaks a pipe—Sploosh! Now there are … nine.” Kids will love the noisy words on each page, practice their numbers, learn what excavators do, and have a good night’s rest along with the “10 Little Excavators”.
        Themes: Adventure, Concept, Machines, Rhythm & Rhyme, Series
Other book in the series: Ten Little Tractors


written/illus. by Richard Scarry, (Random House Books for Young Readers, $4.99, May 2023, ISBN 978-0-593-56770-8), 22p, Ages 3+

In the latest Richard Scarry’s Busytown board book series, little ones will find many different cars and trucks according to the number on each page. From “1 log-loader truck” to “10 fun cars” little ones will learn the numbering system and enjoy Richard Scarry’s clever illustrations of 55 cars and trucks. Featured are tow trucks, construction vehicles, taxis, antique cars, old-time racing cars, delivery trucks, dump trucks, emergency vehicles, race cars, and fun, crazy cars. Kids will love the toothbrush car, the cheese car, and the pickle car too.
        Themes: Concept, Machines, Series
Other Books in the Series: Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks from A to Z


written by Eric Ode, illus. by Kent Culotta, (Kane Miller EDC Publishing, $14.99, Jan 2023, ISBN 978-1-68464-554-1), 32p, Ages 3-7

“Tow Truck One is big and loud. / Tow Truck Two is strong and proud. / Tow Truck Three is brave and smart; / this little truck has lots of heart.” They travel by the ocean, over hills, through valleys and cities, always on the lookout to help others in distress. When discovering a car in need of help, Tow Truck 1 easily sets him on the back of her truck. Tow Truck 2 helps another truck stuck in the mud. When they receive a call that Tow Truck Number Four is in distress, only little Tow Truck 3 can maneuver a narrow bridge to rescue it. That night after a long, successful day, the three tow trucks enjoy a well-deserved rest for the night. Kids will enjoy the expressions on the headlights of the trucks.
        Themes: Adventure, Concept, Heroes, Vehicles
Other Books in the Series: Taxi Man | Busy T rucks on the Go


JUST FOR YOU #3 (Piggy Series)
written/illus. by Francesca Pirrone, (Clavis Publishing, Sept 2022, $18.95, ISBN
978-1605377841), 32p, Ages 3+

“It’s winter, Piggy is tidying up the attic. Look! Balls of wool!” At first, he decides to knit a sweater from the lovely colored balls, but then realizes that there are enough balls to share with all his friends. He gives two green balls to rabbit, a red ball to kitty, and a little blue ball to his friend Little Bird. “Here you go, Turtle, a pink ball for you. To protect yourself from the cold.” Last of all, Mouse receives three orange balls, his favorite color.
Upon returning home, Piggy realizes that there are no balls left for him. Sad that he miscounted the balls, Piggy resigns himself to no sweater for the winter. Find out how Piggy receives a new multicolored sweater to enjoy the winter and play in the snow. Kids will enjoy the kindness and sharing theme but might wonder at animals knitting.
        Themes: Animals, Friendship, Heroes, Values
Other Books in the Series: Little Book of Kindness #1 | Little Book of Caring #2


written/illus. by Joseph Kuefler, (Balzer + Bray, May 2023), 48p, Ages 3-7

Joseph Kuefler’s latest addition to his Digger series finds Digger and his construction crew working hard on a new construction site, until one day -- “Digger and Scoops uncovered a caterpillar. Good morning said Digger. Did we wake you? Asked Scoops.” After consuming a large number of green leaves, supplied by Digger and Scoops, the caterpillar decides to weave its cocoon in Digger’s bucket. When the other machines keep working, Digger decides to take a break and wait for the caterpillar to emerge. While waiting, Digger begins to notice and appreciate the world around him.
When the caterpillar emerges as a butterfly, the crew takes notice, stops working, and follows it down the river to where the butterflies live. “There, among the flowers and trees, Digger and the crew played with their new friends.” Kids will enjoy this clever book about caring for nature and the end papers that present each stage of a caterpillar’s life and protection of their habitats.
        Themes: Adventure Friendship, Insects, Machines, Series
Other Books in the Series: The Digger and the Flower #1 | The Digger and the Duckling #2

Ages 4-8

written by Wendi Silvano, illus. by Lee Harper, (Two Lions, May 2023, $17.99, ISBN
978-1662508356), 40p, Ages 4-7

Turkey is excited to visit the ocean but must stay with Farmer Jake’s petting zoo on the boardwalk for the Summer Children’s Festival. Sad that he’s unable to walk on the beach, the farm animals help him sneak down, disguised as a crab (Pig reminds him to walk sideways), a seashell (to sunbathe), a surfer (to hang ten), and a snorkeler with fins (shark alert). Unfortunately, Turkey doesn’t fool the lifeguard or Farmer Jake and is always returned to the festival. When Farmer Jake takes a nap, Rooster reminds Turkey of a sand-sculpture contest on the beach, and all the animals participate in making “Turkey Town” which turns out to be the winning sculpture and a house on their own private beach.
Kids will love the delightful puns throughout the clever story, root for Turkey’s efforts to enjoy the beach, and love the animals who give Turkey his most enjoyable “Santastic Beach Day”.
        Themes: Adventure, Animals, Humor, Series
Other Books in the Series: Turkey Trouble #1 | Turkey Claus #2 | Turkey Trick or Treat #3 | Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter #4 | Turkey Goes to School #5 | Turkey’s Valentine Surprise #6


written by Jamie Michalak, illus. by Kelly Murphy, (Candlewick Press, $17.99, May 2023, ISBN 978-1-5362-2230-9), 32p, Ages 5+

In this second book in the Dakota Crumb series, the cute little mouse detective receives a request from her cousin, Julien, to find a rare book of lost treasures somewhere in Paris. Using a clue to find the bookshop, Dakota enters and discovers more clues – a crown, a heart, a small cake with a note to look up, and a sign “Beware of Cats”. When she finds a mysterious open door among two cat bookends, Dakota discovers a wonderful surprise inside just for her.
Kids will love this brave and daring little treasure hunter who avoids dangerous enemies to search for clues. End pages invite kids to take their own treasure hunt and explore the bookshop again using a page from her surprise.
        Themes: Adventure, Animals, Heroes, Humor, Mysteries
Other Book in the Series: Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter


(A Picture Book About an Essential Neighborhood Traffic Light)

written/illus. by Breanna Carzoo, (HarperCollins, July 2023, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-06-305406-6), 32p, Ages 5+

Poor Greenlight, she doesn’t realize the importance of her job and doesn’t understand when its her turn to shine, the cars drive away. “I used to think I was super bright and sparkly, and spectacular. . .but every time I share my light with the world. . . it’s like they can’t get away from me fast enough.” After shutting down Greenlight realizes there is nothing wrong with her and the world is waiting for her to shine. The massive pileup of honking cars waiting for her to shine are grateful too.
        Themes: Concept, Heroes, Values
Other Books in the Series: Other Book in the Series: Lou (A Children’s Picture Book About a Fire Hydrant and an Unlikely Neighborhood Hero


written by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Jen Corace, (Viking Books, July 2023, $18.99, ISBN
978-0-593-46503-5). 40p, Ages 4-7

“Mouse and Giraffe were neighbors. Every morning, they met by their mailboxes for a sip of sweet tea and a bite of conversation.” They might have become friends, only they rarely agreed on anything—hot weather verses cold weather, delicious smells of pie or soup from Mole’s house, delightful rain or inconvenient flooding, and clear or cloudy nights. Neither can see the others point of view, until Mouse comes down with a cold and Giraffe decides to help by collecting his mail, watering his petunias, providing hot tea, a bowl of Mole’s soup, a slice of Bear’s pie, and a drawing of the nighttime clear sky. “So you can see the night sky the next time it’s cloudy, Giraffe explained.” Find out what a very grateful Mouse makes for Giraffe in return for his kindnesses in this tale of differing perspectives and finding friendship.
        Themes: Animals, Concept, Friendship, Heroes, Humor


written by Mischa Damjam, illus. by Torben Kuhlmann, (NorthSouth Books, 2022, $17.95, ISBN
978-0-7358-4476-6), 32p, ages 5-8

When a circus came to town, Petronius is presented as “the funniest clown in the world, together with his stubborn donkey, Theodore.” The lights came up and the band began to play, but Petronius and refused to entertain the audience. Theodore also refused and “waggled his ears from left to right and from right to left” to also say no. It seemed that Petronius was tired of being a foolish clown and desired to tell stories. Ferdinand the dancing pony, Luise the giraffe, Augustus the lion, and Otto the dog were also tired of doing tricks.
Packing up their belongings, the six entertainers leave, set up camp, and dream of having their own circus, but realize they need to earn money to buy a circus tent. Luise works lighting streetlamps every evening and putting them out at midnight. Ferdinand pulls a milk cart to a dairy. Earning enough money, the six friends move to a larger town, put up a tent, paint posters, and finally open the “Circus for Children and Poets” Find out how their lovely performances and Petronius’ stories charm and win over every child and adult in town. Kids and adults will love the magnificent illustrations and root for the brave performers who wanted a change of life.
        Themes: Adventure, Animals, Friendship, Heroes

Ages 7-10

written by Victoria J. Coe, illus. by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, $15.99, Apr. 2023, ISBN 978-0-593-40697-7), 96p, Ages 7+

Fenway is “A little dog with a GIANT personality.” Surprise is just around the corner for Fenway when he accompanies his human, Hattie, to visit her grandmother. He meets Merlin, a very loud bird, who speaks human. From then on Fenway vows to keep Hattie safe from “the loudmouth bird”. There is no way that they will ever be friends with Merlin screeching “HELLO” constantly.
After Hattie and her grandmother leave, Fenway hears Merlin screeching “FENWAY, FENWAY, and realizes something is wrong. Merlin’s bell is missing! Find out how two pets can become friends, manage to communicate with each other, and find peace and contentment in this newest heartwarming and humorous Make Way for Fenway chapter book.
         Themes: Animals, Families, Friendship, Heroes, Series
Other Books in the Series: Fenway and the Bone Thieves | Fenway and the Frisbee Trick


(Adventures of Sherlock Bones)

written by Tim Collins, illus. by John Bigwood, (Buster Books, 2023, $9.99, ISBN
978-1-78055-751-9), 192p, ages 7-10

This second adventure in the Sherlock Bones series finds dog detective Sherlock and his trusty sidekick Dr Catson taking a well-deserved vacation on the Nile River to visit the tomb of King Tutancatmun. They look forward to seeing the recently discovered golden mask of the old cat pharaoh but are warned of a bad luck curse on those who enter the tomb. When the mask mysteriously disappears, Sherlock and Catson are blamed for the theft, find a new entrance to the tomb, and learn that Sherlock’s mortal enemy, Moriratty, is also in Egypt. Kids will love the interactive puzzles, search games, diagrams, mazes, the crazy tour group, the mysterious cat’s eye, and enjoy how the crime is cleverly solved.
         Themes: Adventure, Animals, Heroes, Humor, Mysteries, Series
Other Books in the Series: Sherlock Bones and the Case of the Crown Jewels #1 | Sherlock Bones and the Case of the Vanishing Magician: A Puzzle Quest #3

Ages 8-12

(The Great Pet Heist)

written by Emily Ecton, illus. by Dave Mottram, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99, April 2023, ISBN 978-1-6659-1905-0), 240p, Ages 8-12

This third tale in The Great Pet Heist series finds spaniel Butterbean and his detective friends investigating a break-in at the Strathmore apartment’s basement. When the Yorkie named Biscuit, from the second floor, faces eviction for barking at the intruders and Madison is blamed for vandalism, the group takes matters into their own paws and claws.
Butterbean, Walt the cat, Oscar the myna bird, pet rats Marco and Polo, Chad the resident octopus, Wallace the wild rat, and the white cat go undercover to prove Madison’s innocence and discover a group of mischievous raccoons that sneak beneath the cameras to forage. When polite requests and threats do not work with the raccoons, the animals decide it’s time for a more creative solution.
Kids will love the clever animals, especially Butterbean who yearns to become a therapy dog, Chad who works for food, and the performing raccoons in this wild third adventure caper.
         Themes: Adventure, Animals, Heroes, Humor, Families, Friendship, Pets, Series
Other in the Series: The Great Pet Heist #1 | The Great Ghost Hoax #2

Ages 10-13

written by Colleen Nelson, (Pajama Press, June 2023, $18.95, ISBN 978-1-77278-279-0), 224p, Ages 11+

Seventh grade friends Roxy Markowski and Scout Chang-Poulin live in the Umbrella House, an aging co-op in New York City’s East Village. With Roxy’s skills of research and writing and Scout’s photography, video, and editing abilities, they post information about East Village life on their YouTube channel, EaVillKids. They discover that a real estate developer is planning to tear the Umbrella House down, but the city council’s permission is required. To reveal this atrocity, Roxy and Scout decide to enter a Young Voice competition by Veracity News. Not only will they make a name for themselves but also reveal the plight of the Umbrella House through a video of the residents and their love for art, community, and family.
When Roxy discovers the identity of the anonymous Midnight Muralist, a famous East Village artist whose murals once saved buildings from destruction, the residents are excited. Find out how Roxie, her grandmother, Scout and his two moms, bookstore owner Miguel, artist Ortiz, and musician Lenny and other concerned residents join forces to save their home from unwanted gentrification. With time running out and limited options, they wonder if their efforts will convince the city council to stop the takeover.
Based on a true story, readers will love these two creative kids and their efforts to save their East Village apartment building and city landmark. Photo, map, and Author’s Note are included.
         Themes: Adventure, Families, Friendship, Values

Ages 12-15

A Comedy in Three Parts 1

written by Richard Peck, (Puffin Books, $8.99, 2006, ISBN
978-0-14-240507-9), 224p, Ages 12+

“If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," So thinks fifteen-year-old Russell Culver upon learning that his teacher has up and died. The year is 1904 and Russell dreams of leaving his tiny Indiana farm for the Dakotas to join a team of harvesters working with the new threshing machines. He realizes that nothing is holding him back from leaving, until his seventeen-year-old, controlling sister, Tansy, becomes the school’s new teacher. Despite stolen supplies, a privy fire, an exploding stove, and snakes, nothing deters Tansy from teaching History, Geography, Math, Grammar, Science, Music, and modern technology in a one-room schoolhouse. Realistic, nostalgic, and enchanting, readers will enjoy Richard Peck’s colorful characters, dry wit, and humorous situations, as well as the dog, JW (short for Just Worthless).
         Themes: Families, Friendship, Heroes, Humor
Other Books by Author: A Year Down Under | A Long Way from Chicago | Here Lies the Librarian | A Season of Gifts


Gems from the Past

Leave the busyness of life, pull up a chair, relax, and enjoy the power of storytelling at its best.

written by Angela McAllister, illus. by Jason Cockcroft (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, $15.99, 2003, ISBN 978-1-58234-834-0), 32p, Ages 3-6

“Blue Rabbit slept in a large bed with a very big pillow. He could not reach the bottom with his toes. He couldn’t reach the top with the tips of his ears. But Blue Rabbit didn’t feel lost in his very big bed because every night he had his Boy to cuddle.”
In this lovely reversal of the lost-toy stories, Blue Rabbit is a plush toy, loved, cherished, and comforted by Boy, his owner, who sleeps with him each night. When one evening Blue Rabbit couldn’t find Boy and inquires if the other toys have seen him, he concludes that Boy is lost in the garden. The toys try to comfort Blue Rabbit, but he never gives up hope, until one evening Boy returns with suntan and shrunken clothes.
“When they hugged each other tight, Blue Rabbit knew his Boy hadn’t really changed at all. For he was still soft and warm and stuffed with love.” Children will enjoy this heartwarming bedtime story of friendship, love, and family in the imaginary world of toys.
         Themes: Bedtime, Family, Friendship, Toys


The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away

written/illus. by Virginia Lee Burton, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1937, 2017), 48p, Ages 4-7

Published in 1937, a beautiful black and shiny little locomotive pulls car full of passengers, baggage, and fuel from the city to the country and back again. One day she said, “I am tired of pulling all these heavy coaches. I could go much faster and easier by myself, then all the people would stop and look at me, just me, and they would say, ‘What a smart little engine! What a fast little engine! What a beautiful little engine! Just watch her go by herself!’”
When left alone on the tracks as her engineer, fireman, and conductor are having coffee, she whizzes off on an exciting adventure racing through fields, past crossings, jumping draw bridges, and into the country where she becomes lost and alone on a track that has been unused for 40 years. Discover how one small engine realizes that running away is not as exciting as she thought in this wonderful classic in print for 80 years.
         Themes: Adventure, Classics, Machines


written/illus. by Aaron Becker, (Candlewick Press, 2013), 40p, Ages 4-8

A world of imagination, adventure, bravery, and enchantment await all who open this charming wordless picture book. A lonely little girl discovers a red marker in her bedroom. Drawing a door, she escapes into a lush green forest, filled with lights, lanterns, and a small stream. Drawing a boat, she climbs in and floats away to a magnificent kingdom of castles, turrets, and towers, all linked by waterways. Encountering a fleet of strange air warships, she watches as soldiers capture an exotic purple bird. Sketching a hot air balloon, she frees the bird from its golden cage, but finds herself captured. Elaborate illustrations of unknown lands, flying ships, and daring rescues make for a fun and memorable “Journey.”
         Themes: Adventure, Fantasy, Heroes, Series, Wordless


written by Helen L. Taylor, illus. by Joe Sutphin, (Moody Publishers, $22.99, 2021, ISBN
978-0-8024-2053-4), 320p, Ages 7+

This lovely retelling of John Bunyan’s classic allegory of the Christian life has been beautifully written and illustrated just for children. Preserving the original plot, it tells the story of a rabbit, Little Christian, as he travels the King’s Highway to meet the great King in the Celestial City.
Little Christian lives in a large city of wickedness and cruelty called Destruction. Passing strangers tell stories of his city’s coming devastation and describe a faraway city where a good and wise King rules and loves little creatures. Little Christian decides to travel to the King’s City, but along the way meets other strangers and pilgrims and experiences many dangers, crises, temptations from those who seek to deter him (moles Obstinate and Pliable, otters Formalist and Hypocrisy), and help from animals who encourage him, and give him shelter (Evangelist the owl, Goodwill the gatekeeper, Interpreter the badger).
Children will enjoy Little Christian’s persistence and determination to reach his destiny, his friend Christiana’s adventurous journey to the Celestial City, and the marvelous illustrations throughout this classic retelling of John Bunyan’s famous allegorical tale.
         Themes: Adventure, Animals, Families, Friendship, Heroes


written by Lloyd Alexander, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman, (Dutton Children’s Books, 1992), 32p, Ages 7-10

Dissatisfied with his career choice, a young carpenter seeks a certain fortune-teller about his future. The cagey old fortune-teller promises him a fortune if he earns a large sum of money, promises him a long life if it isn’t cut short by an early demise, promises that he will marry his true love if she agrees, and promises him happiness forever if he avoids becoming miserable.
When he runs back with more questions for the fortune-teller, the carpenter finds him missing. Little does he realize that the fortune-teller’s predictions will change both their lives in a very unusual way. Set in the beautiful country of Cameroon, this folktale is full of adventure, wisdom, and humor.
         Themes: Adventure, Countries & Cultures, Folk Literature, Humor


written/illus. by Robert McCloskey, (Viking Press 1943, Puffin Books 1976), 160p, Ages 8-11

Welcome to Centerburg, USA where a young boy named Homer Price resides with his family, builds radio sets for fun, pumps gas at his father’s gas station, helps his mother clean the tourist cabins she manages, and tinkers with his uncle's newest invention—an automatic donut maker. Readers will love Homer using his wits and pet skunk to catch bandits, a rampaging donut machine making hundreds of donuts with a lost diamond bracelet in one, a competition between his uncle and the sheriff involving a local widow and a ball of string, and a mysterious shaggy looking stranger claiming he can rid the town of mice with a fancy musical machine. Written in 1943, this classic with its colorful townspeople, humorous events, and one clever and thoughtful boy from small-town America, make is a winner for the whole family.
         Themes: Adventure, Classics, Families, Friendship, Heroes, Humor, Series
Other Book in the Series: Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price


written by Betty G. Birney, illus. by Matt Phelan, (Antheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007, ISBN 978-1416934899), 224p, Ages 10+

During the summer of 1923 in the small farming community of Sassafras Springs, Missouri, eleven-year-old Eben McAllister yearns for adventure as he reads about the Seven Wonders of the World (The Great Pyramids at Giza, Colossus of Rhodes, Statue of Zeus, Lighthouse at Alexandria, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Temple of Artemis, and The Hanging Gardens of Babylon).
Tired of Eben’s moping, his father challenges him to find seven wonders in Sassafras Springs in seven days. If he does, Pa will buy him a ticket to visit his cousins in Colorado to see its marvelous, majestic mountains.
With his journal and faithful dog, Eben records wonders that families in the community are eager to share. A Sunday school teacher whose apple head doll saved her life, a bookcase that ended a drought and saved a man’s life, an outhouse flying in a cyclone, a musical saw that fended off crop-eating locusts, a floating table, and a truth-telling loom. Find out if Eben McAllister finds his seventh wonder in this heartwarming, coming-of-age tall tale where wonders can be found in the most extraordinary places.
         Themes: Adventure, Classics, Families, Heroes, Humor, Tall Tales


written by Sid Fleischman, illus. by Brett Helquist, (1963 Little, Brown and Company, illustrated pb 2013, $8.99, ISBN 978-0-316-28612-1), 224p, Ages 13+

In1849 cries of a Gold Rush echo across the country to Boston, where a young boy resides with his sisters and Aunt Arabella. When his aunt loses all her money, twelve-year-old Jack and the faithful family butler, Praiseworthy, sail to California to strike it rich to help her. These two unlikely gold miners/adventurers sail on the paddle wheeler, Lady Wilma, around South America’s Cape Horn and up to San Francisco. Along the way, they outwit thieves, survive vicious storms, save grape cuttings and barrels of spoiled potatoes, deal with an invasion of Peruvian cats, and help the ship’s captain to beat competing ships to San Francisco.
There, they begin their trip to the Sacramento gold fields and encounter miners, outlaws, and varmints. To buy picks, shovels, horn spoons, and a hotel room, clever Praiseworthy cuts and keeps the miners’ hair and beards that contain gold dust. Surviving a stage coach robbery, they arrive at the diggings and begin panning for gold. Written in 1963, this classic western adventure will give readers a taste of history, hilarious action, fascinating characters, clever plots, and the escapades of two tenacious heroes nicknamed Jamoka Jack and Bullwhip.
         Themes: Adventure, Classics, Friendship, Heroes, Historical Fiction, Tall Tales, The Wild West


written by Richard Peck, (Puffin Books, $6.99, 2006, ISBN
978-0-14-240908-4), 106p, Ages 12+

14-year-old Peewee (Eleanor) McGrath and her big brother Jake strive to run a small garage in rural Indiana in 1914. In spite of the nasty interference by the rival Kirby’s, Jake is determined to succeed and build a race car.
When a strange tornado tears through the local cemetery, it mysteriously avoids the recent grave of the local librarian, Electra Dietz (“After Years of Service, Tried and True, Heaven Stamped Her—OVERDUE.”) Although the library is now closed, one day four lovely young women motor down the road, with wealthy Irene Ridpath at the wheel of a classy Stoddard-Dayton, with the hopes of becoming new librarians. Not only a role model for grease monkey Peewee, Irene is also greatly interested in racing cars, which sparks Jakes interest.
Discover how this humorous tale brings together old-time dirt track racing and the transformation of Eleanor, who wins the first ten-mile stock car race in Hendricks County history. Readers will enjoy the pranks, hijinks, library puns, quirky endearing characters, and Peck’s one-liners in this clever tale of rural life in the last century, strong families, exciting auto races, and especially the 1978 ending.
         Themes: Adventure, Families, Friendship, Heroes, Humor, Machines
Other books by Richard Peck: A Long Way from Chicago | A Year Down Under | A Season of Gifts |The Teacher’s Funeral


written by Kathleen Karr, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998), 208p, Ages 14+

In 1860 a 15-year-old, who has just completed third grade (for the fourth time), is advised by his teacher that, “As much as I’ve enjoyed your companionship, it’s time for you to brave the world. To spread your wings.”
When an opportunity to purchase 1,000 turkeys presents itself, Simon Green hatches a plan to walk them from eastern Missouri to Denver, Colorado and make a sizeable profit. With his former teacher bankrolling the project, Simon picks up a drunken muleskinner and his dog to help, and eventually a runaway slave, and a sole survivor of cholera on the prairie. Thus begins an unforgettable journey herding the turkeys 900 miles braving weather, rustlers, rivers, Indians, a rogue U.S. Calvary unit, Simon’s unscrupulous father, and a storm of grasshoppers (which the turkeys enjoyed).
Readers will love this heroic young entrepreneur bent on making his way in the world, in this classic and comic western epic featuring a cast of endearing and capable young people with good old fashioned common sense and wisdom. Inspired by actual turkey drives in the American west, the late Kathleen Karr had first-hand knowledge of poultry having grown up on a chicken farm in New Jersey.
         Themes: Adventure, Animals, Classics, Friendship, Heroes, Holidays, The Wild West

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