Library Column – June 22, 2006

Wrenn Compere asked me to share some great books from the younger readers half of the library. By the time this is printed in the Valley Reporter, Wrenn will have done her last story hour as our beloved children’s librarian. We will miss her! Our new children’s librarian, Clare Duplace, will be bringing her first story hour on July 5. Colleen Mays will be filling in as story hour leader on June 21st and June 28th, plus July 12th.

Picture Books

Grandfather Buffalo by Jim Arnosky a Vermont author and illustrator, is a simple, tender story of intergenerational bonds. The illustrations are rich, sweeping paintings of western landscapes. The story has a Native-American flavor and explores the interconnectedness of all life. A great read-aloud book for grandparents and grandchildren to share.

Backyard Detective (Critters Up Close) by Nic Bishop is an appealing book of “I Spy” photographs of insects and other creatures in natural environments. Accompanying field notes offer many riveting facts. Great for kids who like to look at bugs!

My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman has rich, lifelike watercolor illustrations by E. B. Lewis. The story is told from the point of view of Lily, a little girl who longs to be friends with Tamika. But Tamika, who already has a best friend, hardly notices Lily. Friendship is not always simple! A great springboard into conversation with a school aged child.

The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens is on this year’s Red Clover list. Mayhem ensues when a tennis ball tumbles into the underground passageways of a prairie-dog community. Hilarious!

Terrific by Jon Agee is also on the Red Clover list. Fresh and funny story about 2 castaways—a grumpy, pessimistic old man and an innovative, endearing parrot.

Young Adult Books

Specials by Scott Westerfeld is the final volume in the popular Uglies trilogy. Teen Fans will want to find out the fate of Tally in this fast-paced, dystopic novel.

A Bad Boy can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone and Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. Both books explore themes of subjectivity, sexuality, and peer pressure in the realm of older adolescence. These are compelling reads and would be great for group discussions.

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