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June 2024

Willow the White House Cat

by Jill Biden

Fun book authored by first lady Jill Biden and filled with wonderful illustrations.  It shares with us the life of Willow, a shorthaired cat adopted from a farm in Pennsylvania by President Joe Biden, and First Lady, Jill Biden and named after Jill Biden’s hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.  Now living in the White House, Willow meets many of the special people who work there and spends her days exploring the many rooms that make up the White House.  Not just for children, this book should be enjoyed by all ages.

Recommend by: Denise Mitchel, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Youth Fiction

City Spies, Book 1

by James Ponti

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a kid spy?  Kids are smart and funny, but most of all adults do not suspect they are on a mission to save the world from destruction. City Spies, Book 1 , by James Ponti is a thrilling story that follows a group of kid spies as they seek to save the world from an international hacker scheme. Each kid spy has a unique story similar to the main character, Sarah Martinez,  who was stuck in the New York Foster system for years before being recruited to join the team. Will Sarah fit in among this unique group of kids? Are her hacking skills up to snuff? Can she conquer her fear of heights in Paris, the City of Lights? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook.

Recommended by: Darnetta Bolton, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Forever Neverland

by Susan Adrian

Forever Neverland by Susan Adrian is an exciting new tale of Peter Pan’s Neverland. Siblings, Clover and Fergus, are the descendants of the original Wendy and anxiously await their turn to visit Neverland while staying with their grandparents. Clover isn’t sure if they should go at all, but Fergus, who has autism and is often misunderstood in the mortal world, is ready for an adventure. He fits right in with the lost boys, while Clover has some difficulties, but nothing compares to the mythological gods they end up against! Their story keeps you on edge the entire time turning the pages quickly for more. Fans of Rick Riordan will feel right at home.

Recommended by: Erin Cady, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Colours of Islam


This beautiful songbook is a compilation of poems and songs. The book is good for ages 6 and up.  If your children like religious books with poetry and songs, this book will be a favorite. I would like to share some of the author’s words from this lovely book.
So many of our brothers and sisters, all across the land, they have no food to eat at all and they need a helping hand.
Smiles, warm and shining, like the sun upon our faces. Hope as rich and green as the trees of an oasis. The colours of Islam bloom in so many places.
Recommended by: Ghada Rafati, Patron Service

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction

Harriet Spies

by Elana K. Arnold

If you read “Just Harriet” then you will enjoy Arnold’s second novel called “Harriet Spies”.  It’s a great summer read about Harriet who is spending the summer with her grandmother while helping out at her grandmother’s bed-and-breakfast.  As the summer goes on, Harriet finds herself with a mystery to uncover.  Along the way, she learns what it means to be honest and how to be a good friend.  Perfect life lesson for little ones.
Recommended by: Lenore Garoufalis, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Butt or Face: can you tell which end you’re looking at?

by Kari Lavelle

Butt or Face by Kari Lavelle is a fun book that has the reader guessing “is this a butt, or is it a face?” Each page has a photo of a part of an animal and the reader must guess if it’s a butt…or is it a face? This is a fun book to read along with your child. The question is then answered when you turn the page and see a full photo of the animal and also learn facts about the (usually) obscure animal. There is a map at the end of the book and it showcases where each animal lives and this also becomes a great geography lesson. This book works best for ages 4-8. You and your child will have a fun time and a few laughs going through this book together!

Recommended by: Stacie Pendleton, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction

May 2024

The importance of being Ernie (and Bert): a best friends’ guide to life

Bert and Ernie have been entertaining kids for over 50 years with their pals on Sesame Street, but how do two with so much different between them make their friendship work? This silly “self-help” book authored by both of our Sesame Street friends switches between both of their perspectives as they describe the important things that go into a friendship. Bert and Ernie certainly have their differences, but they are also able to find common ground on important things such as how to spend time together and what makes each other unique. Whether you rely on a rubber ducky or have a penchant for pigeons, this book will have you smiling from ear to ear and thinking about your relationships with your own friends.

Recommended by: Alexander Pappas, Youth Services Reference Librarian

Posted in: Youth Nonfiction

Only: The Bird Who Liked Being Alone

by Airlie Anderson

Only is a sweet little bird who enjoys spending time by herself. The other birds see her doing quiet activities all alone and wonder why she doesn’t always want to participate. Is she lonely, or is she happy doing things on her own? The other birds eventually realize that Only likes being by herself and that is ok! The bird teaches the other birds that it is nice to be quiet sometimes, and sometimes they can be loud and have fun with others as well. This picture book does a great job of showing how there are introverts and extroverts and each individual can decide what makes them happy! It is beautifully illustrated with vivid colors and is perfect for kids ages 4-8.

Recommended by: Stacie Pendleton, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

April 2024

Let’s Read Animal Words

by Ji Lee

The author has visually created such a unique take on the ABC’s.  Young elementary children will enjoy their favorite animals while exploring and finding animal art in this fact filled picture book. In what looks like a simple animal image, there are fully formed words for kids to read.  Love the creative challenge this author took!
Recommended by: Lenore Garoufalis, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Fiction

Who Was Harry Houdini

by Tui T. Sutherland

The “Who Was” series is a wonderful series which is perfect for 3rd graders.  The story of Harry Houdini is very captivating and will keep readers interested from beginning to end.  I love all he did to support American soldiers and their families during and after WWI.  Kids will love to read about the most famous magician who ever lived!

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.

Recommended by: Lenore Garoufalis, Youth Services Assistant

Posted in: Youth Biographies

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