And they just keep coming! Here are some favorites from our latest batch…
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Sweep Up the Sun
By Helen Frost and Rick Lieder
Do you have a bird feeder? Do you enjoy watching birds as they swoop and glide through the air? Then this book is for you!
Beautiful photographs of birds in flight by RIck Lieder illustrate Helen Frost’s poem about the wonders of flight, soaring in the skies and home. You can practically count every feather and hear the chirps and tweets.
An afterword provides information on the birds photographed, all of which could be seen in any Northeastern US backyard. A stunning visual treat and companion book to Step Gently Out. Nature lovers will love both of these books.
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Winnie & Waldorf
Written and illustrated by Kati Hites
Winnie and her dog Waldorf do everything together; Winnie takes care of Waldorf, and Waldorf takes care of Winnie. And they agree on everything. Mostly. But when the two of them get in trouble with big sister Sara, they have to be on their best behavior to prove that Waldorf can’t be replaced by a cat!
I loved the expressions on Waldorf’s face as he plays with Winnie. Waldorf may not know exactly what is going on, but he definitely is focused on his best friend as she worries about his future. Young readers will love the final solution and the chaos before that comes about. Make sure you check out the endpapers for more of Winnie and Waldorf’s adventures!
Janine.By Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Janine is one of a kind! She marches to the beat of her own drummer, and enjoys it. She listens to everybody, knows lots of facts, and she’ll even make up her own cheers, if they’re needed. When one little girl challenges Janine to be COOL, Janine knows she already is. And her classmates soon realize, she’s right!
A fun story about a little girl who unabashedly herself. I love how her individuality is expressed in the illustrations and through her actions. Everyone needs a Janine in their lives.
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Bedtime at Bessie and Lil’s
By Julie Sternberg, Illustrated by Adam Gudeon
Big sister Bessie and little sister Lil are SUPPOSED to be listening to Mama Rabbit reading them a bedtime story. But Bessie wants to stand on her head, and Lil wants to show Mama how she can skip, and both of them want to watch the moon and look for fireflies. So Mama Rabbit has to read the story to herself. And then the girls want to go and say goodnight to the baby. Poor Mama Rabbit! Will the girls wake the baby, or can they make it to bedtime?
Anyone who has tried to put two rambunctious bunnies…er, kids…to bed will see themselves in this story. And any little bunny who has resisted going to bed will too. Maybe not the best bedtime story, but one to share over and over with your bunnies. While you’re reading, check out all the bunny details in the illustrations!
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By Laura Wall
Sophie is a little girl who loves to play with her dolls, dress up and go to the park. But it’s hard to play on the seesaw and swings alone. She wishes for a friend. Soon she finds Goose, who is the perfect playmate! But mom says Goose can’t come home with them. What is a little girl to do?
This very simple story about friendship is a delightful read. It’s short, sweet and will appeal to toddlers again and again. I love the expressions on Sophie and Goose’s faces. A fun read-aloud for bedtime or anytime.
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by Dan Smith
In Oskari’s part of Finland, boys go out into the wilderness to prove themselves in the Trial. With only a knife, a fire kit and their wits, each boy faces a weekend on Mount Akka, starting at the Place of Skulls. Oskari knows that he has a lot to live up to…when his father went through the Trial, he came back with a bear. Oskari can’t pull back the bowstring to prove he’s fit for the trial, but he knows that he has other traits that will help him. And he has a map, which his father has marked with a secret hunting ground. If he can get there, he knows he can bring back a trophy that will prove him a man.
But just when Oskari has a deer in his sights, it’s frightened away by a helicopter. Oskari curses at the helicopter, then realizes that its presence can only mean one thing…poachers. And bringing back information on trespassers on the land might be even better than a deer. He follows the helicopter in his ATV, only to find a crashed plane. And inside…a man who claims to be the President of the United States.
Soon Oskari has the biggest prize of all…a President. But with men hunting them, can he get the man safely back to his village and save the world from terrorists? Up above the Arctic Circle, survival can depend on Oskari’s braveness, his wilderness skills, and his will to survive.
A thrilling adventure by a favorite author.
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Lulu and the Hamster in the Night
by Hilary McKay
At her school, Lulu is famous for animals. If anyone needs someone to care for their animals, or to learn what they need, they ask Lulu. So when Emma Pond, one of the big girls tells Lulu that she has a hamster that she will either give to Lulu or release into the wild, Lulu knows just what she has to do. She takes the hamster. Her parents don’t mind…much…but they remind her that Nan, her grandmother, really doesn’t like hamsters. Lulu doesn’t think it will be a problem, she’ll just make sure to keep Ratty (that’s the hamster) out of Nan’s sight.
But then Lulu’s parents go away with her cousin Mellie’s parents, and both girls are saying with Nan for the weekend. They can’t leave Ratty alone at home! But they can’t let Nan see him, either. Everything would have been fine, except that Mellie leaves the cage open and Ratty escapes into the walls of Nan’s house! Can the girls get Ratty back and keep Nan out of it? Maybe…maybe not!
This sixth book of Lulu and her animal adventures is delightful; a quick read with lots of adventure and love. Try the other Lulu books too.
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The Penderwicks in Spring
by Jeanne Birdsall
Batty, the youngest of the four original Penderwick sisters is now almost eleven, and is now a big sister too. Little brother Ben is seven, and baby sister Lydia is two. With Rosalind in college and Skye and Jane both in high school, Batty, Ben and Lydia rely more on each other as the younger set of Penderwicks. Batty finds it to be a big responsibility, but one she’s willing to take on.
With the arrival of spring on Gardam Street, things start changing. Some changes are good, some not so much. When the Penderwick’s car breaks down, the girls all know that money is tight. Skye and Jane are already tutoring and working, and Batty convinces Ben to help her with setting up PWTW, Penderwick Willing to Work, an odd-jobs business. She’s willing to do almost anything! But when “anything” turns out to be walking Duchess, the fat dachund next door, Batty isn’t so sure. She’s still adjusting to the loss of her beloved Hound, and doesn’t think she’s up to the responsibility of caring for another dog. That chore doubles when Duchess finds a lost dog. Cilantro’s owners love him, but they don’t have a lot of extra time to walk him, so they hire Batty too. Then Batty’s new music teacher hears her sing, and tells her her voice is spectacular. It’s a good thing that Mr. Penderwick didn’t want Batty’s earnings for a car, now she can put them toward voice lessons.
Batty’s looking forward to Rosalind coming home from college for her birthday, the Penderwick’s favorite neighbor, Nick Geiger, coming home from fighting overseas for a visit, and Jeffrey, the honorary Penderwick coming to visit for her birthday. She needs to ask them all for advice about different things. But their visits don’t go quite as planned. Nick is wonderful, but seems worried about her. Rosalind brings a detestable boyfriend with her and Jeffrey fights with Skye and leaves early, before Batty can talk to him about music. Batty’s problems get bigger and bigger. What’s a Penderwick to do?
I adore the Penderwick books. No summary can give them justice–this one makes it sound like it’s all about Batty, but each Penderwick sister (and brother!) has their own story too. And Lydia! I think she might compete with Batty for adorableness! The Penderwicks in Spring will make you laugh, frown, giggle and even cry. It’s perfect–definitely MY favorite book of 2015!
If you’ve read the other Penderwick titles, you’ll love this one too. I didn’t think anything could top the first book, but The Penderwicks in Spring might be even better. I only hope that there are more Penderwick stories coming. With Ben and Lydia still having a lot of growing to do, there’s plenty of potential!
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Two new Reference Books (that have to be used in the library), with circulating copies to be checked out too! Not much to say about them, except that they’re good, and contain lots of information about women in the American Revolution. If you’re a Weston fifth grader, doing the Wax Museum project on a little-known woman of the American Revolution, both of these books will be perfect for your researching. And at least one copy of each will always be available to use in the Library.
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Find out about a wide range of women who helped fight the American Revolution, from spies to resisters to soldiers to saboteurs!
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Women of the Revolution: Bravery and Sacrifice on the Southern Battlefields
by Robert M. Dunkerly
From the fields of Cowpens to Fishing Creek and Hanging Rock, these Carolina ladies helped win the battle for independence.
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All this and more…much, much more! Visit the library and check out our new books section. It’s chock-full of good new titles! As always, if you need to find something specific or need reading suggestions, ask one of our librarians!