Mommy & Me Craft: make and learn together

mommyMommy & Me Craft: make and learn together
Call #: J 745.5 Mom

The perfect way to introduce kids to the wonderful world of crafting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and more, Mommy and Me Craft is full of fun craft ideas for the whole family.

With a wide range of projects including animal masks, friendship bracelets, knitted bunnies, fabric bags, pom pom creatures, and more, kids will develop a sense of achievement upon completion of projects and will love the rewarding feeling of being able to have something to show for the time they’ve spent. In addition to the projects featured throughout the book, readers will learn about materials such as wool and fabric: what they are, where they come from, and fun facts about each one, making Mommy and Me Craft one-of-a-kind.

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Winter sky

winterWinter sky
Call #:J GIFF
by Patricia Reilly Giff

Siria loves everyone at Pop’s firehouse. And she loves the stars in the winter sky. Her mother, who died, named her after Sirius—the Dog Star, brightest in January. But starry nights can fill with flames, and Siria sneaks out to chase the firetrucks. If she’s there, everyone will be safe. Still, Siria’s not brave like Pop. Her best friend Douglas used to chase with her, and it wasn’t so scary. But she did something wrong; they’re not friends now. This winter, Siria must learn to be brave. Because she’s got to fix things with Douglas; and when Pop is injured, she needs courage, and her friends, more than ever.

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The children of the king

kingThe children of the king
Call #:J HARTN
by Sonya Hartnett

Internationally acclaimed author Sonya Hartnett tells a hauntingly beautiful story set during World War II.
Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins.

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Bird

birdBird
Call #:J CHAN
by Crystal Chan

Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits, and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut.

Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away.

Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the tragedy of their family’s past; they say that Grandpa attracted a malevolent spirit—a duppy—into their home. Grandpa hasn’t spoken a word since. Now Jewel is twelve, and she lives in a house full of secrets and impenetrable silence.

Jewel is sure that no one will ever love her like they loved Bird, until the night that she meets a mysterious boy in a tree. Grandpa is convinced that the boy is a duppy, but Jewel knows that he is something more. And that maybe—just maybe—the time has come to break through the stagnant silence of the past.

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The Riverman

rivermanThe Riverman
Call #:J STARM
by Aaron Starmer

Alistair Cleary is the kid who everyone trusts. Fiona Loomis is not the typical girl next door. Alistair hasn’t really thought of her since they were little kids until she shows up at his doorstep with a proposition: she wants him to write her biography. What begins as an odd vanity project gradually turns into a frightening glimpse into the mind of a potentially troubled girl. Fiona says that in her basement, there’s a portal that leads to a magical world where a creature called the Riverman is stealing the souls of children. And Fiona’s soul could be next. If Fiona really believes what she’s saying, Alistair fears she may be crazy. But if it’s true, her life could be at risk. In this novel from Aaron Starmer, it’s up to Alistair to separate fact from fiction, fantasy from reality.

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The last wild

wildThe last wild
Call #:J TORDA
by Piers Torday

In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he’s told there’s something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he’s finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester’s help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?

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Hunt for the Hydra

hydraHunt for the Hydra
Call #:J FRY
by Jason Fry

When you’re a privateer, running a starship is a family business. For Tycho Hashoone, his twin sister, Yana, and their older brother, Carlo, the family business is far from easy.

For starters, they have to make a living however they can, all while dodging pirates and Earth’s dreaded warships. Then they have to please the Jovian Union, an alliance of moons that provides the Hashoones their letter of marque against Earth’s merchant fleet. But hardest of all, the siblings have to impress their mother, Captain Diocletia Hashoone, who keeps a log of how they perform on every test, simulation, and mission aboard their family starship, the Shadow Comet. Because while the three siblings might be crewers together, only one of them will be chosen as the Comet’s next captain.

Talk about sibling rivalry!

Part high-seas adventure, part space-age epic, the Jupiter Pirates is an unforgettable saga about a solar system on the brink of war and one family caught in the middle of it.

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The secret box

secret boxThe secret box
Call #:J RINGW
by Whitaker Ringwald

It looked like an ordinary package.

On her twelfth birthday, Jax Malone receives a surprise gift from her great-aunt Juniper: a mysterious locked box that will only open in one location. If Jax’s mom hadn’t freaked out and tried to return it, Jax wouldn’t have paid much attention. She would have assumed it was just another boring present to add to the most boring, un-magical birthday ever.

Instead, Jax decides she must open the box—whatever it takes. So she recruits her reluctant cousin Ethan and together they trick Ethan’s obnoxious older brother, Tyler, into helping them find the site where the box will open.

But what starts as a fun adventure quickly turns crazy, even dangerous, when Jax, Ethan, and Tyler discover themselves at the center of a mysterious family legacy—and learn that the box was not intended as a gift, but as a call for help. . . .

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Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!

Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Splash!
Call #: JP FLEMI
by Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas

“Surf’s up for a bunch of mischievous bunnies and one frazzled farmer in this beach-time read-aloud adventure.

Mr. McGreely had bunny problems.
He had bunnies in his garden.
Bunnies in his shed.
Bunnies in his cupboard.
Bunnies in his…BED!

“Mr. McGreely has had it with irksome rabbits, so he dons his swimsuit and a pair of goggles and gets ready for some time away at the beach. Little does he know, the bunnies have stowed away in his backseat! He also hadn’t known that the rascally rabbits have mad surfing and kite flying skills. His annoyance is at sunstroke level…until he sees a sign for a sandcastle-making contest, and realizes that teaming up with the pesky pufftails might just have some benefits.”

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When the Wind Blew

When the Wind BlewWhen the Wind Blew
Call #: JP JACKS
by Alison Jackson and Doris Barrette

“We all know the story of the old woman who lived in a shoe with her many children. But not everyone knows about the day when the wind blew very hard, and an unexpected guest arrived (cradle and all), setting off a chain of events that involves the three little kittens, Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep, Little Boy Blue, and many other beloved nursery characters. Can the old woman restore order to their world and still manage to get her children to bed on time? But, of course!”

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Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry

rubberTotally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry
Call #: J 745.5942 Dor
by Colleen Dorsey

Are you ready to make the most awesome, fun bracelets EVER? Then jump into Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry! With this new book and your Rainbow Loom®, Cra-Z-Loom™, or FunLoom™, you can make all of the cool rubber band accessories that are driving the hottest crafting craze in years.

Enjoy hours of creative fun with this ultimate guide to stretch band looms. Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry is packed with 12 original projects, more than 200 full color photos, and dozens of clear, easy-to-follow loom diagrams.

Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry shows you everything you need to get the most out of your loom. You’ll learn to create completely colorful and super stylish bracelets, earrings, belts, and more in just minutes. Step out in style with the Hippie Belt, show off your skills with the Zipper Bracelet, and embellish your journals, bags, and barrettes with Flower Charms. The possibilities are endless!

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How to Act like a Kid: backstage secrets of a young performer

actHow to Act like a Kid: backstage secrets of a young performer
Call #: J 792.028 Hod
by Henry Hodges & Margaret Engel

Henry Hodges has spent the last twelve years either on stage or in front of a camera. From playing Chip in Beauty and the Beast to Jeremy Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, Henry literally has lived on Broadway for most of his young life. His other credits include community and regional theaters, touring shows, opera, television commercials, and voice-overs for Snow Buddies and Space Buddies.
In How to Act Like a Kid, Henry will use his considerable experience–and wisdom beyond his years–to give young readers advice on open calls, auditions, rehearsals, dance and voice classes, child wranglers, studio teachers, and how to do homework in green rooms! Most of all, he will relate how to live a normal life while devoting your time to performing on stage and screen. The book will cover all the ups and downs of childhood acting, including disappointments: he didn’t get the role of Tiny Tim when he first auditioned for The Christmas Carol because he was too small, but returned to win the role for two seasons!

For the first time, young aspiring performers will be able to read about and learn from a young actor–through his own words.

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Gabe and Izzy: standing up for America’s bullied

izzyGabe and Izzy: standing up for America’s bullied
Call #: J 302.343 For
by Gabrielle Ford with Sarah Thomson

The moving, true story of the young woman dubbed “The Voice of America’s Bullied”; how her bond with her dog, Izzy, changed her life; and their mission to help break the cycle of bullying.

In middle school, Gabrielle “Gabe” Ford developed a degenerative muscle disease, and was harassed by bullies as a result. She did her best to keep her head high, but it wasn’t easy. Then Gabe got a dog, Izzy, who developed an uncannily similar disorder. They were invited to appear on Animal Planet to talk about their bond, which in turn led to an invitation to speak at a school. And so began Gabe’s career as an anti-bullying advocate. Dubbed “The Voice of America’s Bullied” by the Huffington Post, Gabe now makes a career of public speaking and has received numerous honors for her hard work. Here is her amazing story—from her lowest days dealing with various challenges, to the unbelievable and immediate bond with Izzy, to her ongoing mission to put an end to bullying, one school at a time.

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What in the World: fun-tastic photo puzzles for curious minds

worldWhat in the World: fun-tastic photo puzzles for curious minds
Call #: J 152.148 Agn
by Julie Vasburgh Agnone

Move over I Spy! National Geographic Kids What in the World? is a photographic game book the way that only National Geographic can do it. This book turns cool photos into fun-filled visual games. Fun facts and nuggets of information will be sprinkled throughout, so kids learn while they’re having fun. Games will include: “What’s wrong with this picture?”, hidden pictures, “find the camouflaged animal in the scene,” and many others. “What in the World?” will be an instant favorite and will have a place on the family bookshelf for years to come.

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Let’s Make Faces

facesLet’s Make Faces
Call #: J 704.942 Piv
by Hanoch Piven

Learn how to find faces in unexpected places using everyday objects in this interactive guide to cultivating creativity, from globally acclaimed portrait artist Hanoch Piven.

There are so many faces to discover in our world! All you have to do is look. Is a button just a button? Or is it an eye? That stick of gum sure looks like a mouth. How about some old yarn, unraveled from a scarf—that could be hair. Put all these objects together and you can make a face!

Join internationally renowned portrait artist Hanoch Piven on a delightful, artistic journey to reimagine the everyday world into facial fun in this instructive, illustrated guide.

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Beneath the Sun

sunBeneath the Sun
Call #: J 591.5 Ste
by Melissa Stewart
illustrated by Constance R. Bergum

When the sun is shining brightly, people put on sunscreen or scurry inside to cool off. But how do wild animals react to the sizzling heat? Journey from your neighborhood to a field where an earthworm loops its long body into a ball underground, to a desert where a jackrabbit loses heat through its oversized ears, to a wetland where a siren salamander burrows into the mud to stay cool, and to a seashore where a sea star hides in the shade of a seaweed mat. In simple yet informative language, Beneath the Sun shows young readers how the animals who live there survive the hottest time of the year.

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Sophie Sleeps Over

Sophie Sleeps OverSophie Sleeps Over
Call #: JP RUSSO
by Marisabina Russo

“Almost everyone has felt anxiety and uncertainty over a friendship.

“Sophie is looking forward to her first sleepover.

“She is excited from the tops of her ears to the tips of her toes and has even made a list of all the things she wants to bring over to her best friend Olive’s house. But, when she arrives, a bunny she’s never seen before opens the door.

“In this heartwarming tale of first sleepovers, furry animals, and friendship, Marisabina Russo asks the age-old question: can one bunny have two best friends?”

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Mama’s Day With Little Gray

Mama's Day With Little GrayMama’s Day With Little Gray
Call #: JP REID
by Aimee Reid and Laura J. Bryant

“From talented illustrator Laura Bryant and gifted newcomer Aimee Reid comes a charming, heartwarming story about a little elephant’s love for his mama.

‘Mama, when I grow up, will you grow down?’

“What would it be like if, one day, Little Gray were the big elephant and Mama the small one? Little Gray can picture it perfectly. He’d shade her from the sun, teach her to make mud, and find pictures in the clouds with her. In fact, he would do for her exactly what she does for him.”

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Please, Louise

Please, LouisePlease, Louise
Call #: JP MORRI
by Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, and Shadra Strickland

“A library card unlocks a new life for a young girl in this picture book about the power of imagination, from the Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison.

“On one gray afternoon, Louise makes a fateful trip to the library. With the help of a new library card and through the transformative power of books, what started out as a dull day turns into one of surprises, ideas, and fun, fun, fun!

“Inspired by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Toni Morrison’s experience working in a library as a young girl, this engaging picture book celebrates the wonders of reading, the enchanting capacity of the imagination, and, of course, the splendor of libraries.”

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I Spy in the Sky

I Spy in the SkyI Spy in the Sky
Call #: JP GIBBS
by Edward Gibbs

Look through each eye-catching spy hole to spot a new bird in the sky!

“Up in the sky there are many colorful birds to spy, each of them different. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess which one is next. Then turn the page to reveal the creature. Watch as young children quickly become engaged in the game — learning colors and animal facts along the way.”

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