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June 2021

The Gravity Tree: the True Story of a Tree That Inspired the World

by Anna Crowley Redding

A fascinating read about the tree that grew from a small seed into a tree that dropped the apple with Sir Isaac Newton sitting under it. And that is only the beginning. The tree has influenced other thinkers as well as ordinary people to potentially change the world. Seedlings have been transported all over the world and out of this world to the International Space Station. Over three hundred years later the tree still lives as do the inspired ideas brought on by it.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


May 2021

Animals!: Here We Grow

by Shelley Rotner

An engaging look at the beauty of transformation in nature for preschoolers and emerging readers. On this visual introduction to life cycles, children will learn the different stages of growth of diverse species. Up-close photographs are presented in large panels to depict animal development. The large and simple text introduces the concepts with appropriate terminology. Whether your child is an independent reader or you enjoy reading together, this one is a great pick for nature lovers and inquisitive minds.

Recommended by: Fanny Camargo, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


The Little Witch’s Book of Spells

by Ariel Kusby

This book will help you find the magic in yourself! It is a wonderful book for all ages and genders. It will help inspire you to slow down, play, and find various forms of magic in your surroundings. It is an incredibly sweet and empowering little book, perfect for aspiring witches, wizards, and others who seek a bit of magic in their lives.

Recommended by: Erin Faxel, Teen Librarian

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


April 2021

Celebrating Ramadan

by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

A good timing recommending this religious book where Muslims worldwide are now celebrating the month of Ramadan. This book talks about Ibraheem the fourth-grade student who lives with his family in New Jersey. “Celebrating Ramadan” explains how a Muslim family with their kids can practice freely their religion in USA and also explains the Islam religion in a very simple way. If you feel like you need to know more about Islam and the month of Ramadan and how a Muslim family spends this holy month, read this book, and if you like middle eastern pastries do not miss the page where it has a recipe for making Ghorayyibah.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


February 2021

If You Want a Friend in Washington: Wacky, Wild & Wonderful Presidential Pets

by Erin McGill

This is a funny and informative book about the variety of animals presidents have kept as pets at the White House. The animals range from the very small to huge, common and rare. A fun read with whimsical illustrations.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


Ensnared in the Wolf’s Lair: Inside the 1944 Plot to Kill Hitler and the Ghost Children of His Revenge

by Ann Bausum

A heartbreaking and haunting account of the many immediate family members and relatives who were killed or imprisoned in camps when the plot to kill Hitler in an explosion failed. His revenge was swift and thorough, even sweeping up people who happened to share the same last name of some of the conspirators. Told from a diary secreted away by a daughter of one of the conspirator’s, this should rank with Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl to show the evilness of some men, who took no account of age or innocence.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

by Neil Bascomb

This book gives the reader a gripping description of the greatest prison breakout of the 20th century. 29 prisoners tunnel their way out of Holzminden prison in Germany during World War I. It’s replete with photographs, letters and maps. 

 Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


November 2020

Torpedoed: the true story of the World War II sinking of “The Children’s Ship”

by Deborah Heiligman

Very readable non-fiction book on the torpedoing of the ship ‘The City of Benares’ in 1940. Includes pictures and quotes from survivors. This title is also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


September 2020

Obsessed: a memoir of my life with OCD

by Allison Britz

This memoir is intense. If you have no experience with or knowledge of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) then you’ll expand your know-how significantly in reading this book. Allison has sudden onset OCD in her sophomore year of high school. The struggles she details will both fill you with sympathy and make you cringe in disbelief. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


Your Place in the Universe

by Jason Chin

By the author of Grand Canyon, Jason Chin has once again created a book that has magnificent illustrations to go along with text that makes size and distance very understandable. Starting out with the idea that most eight-year-olds are about five times as tall as the book and continuing comparisons on and on into the universe. This is an engaging way to grasp perspectives of things on earth and in space. There is more information found in the back of the book. This is a mind boggling book and a must see to believe.

Recommended by: Joan Stoiber, Youth Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction


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