Staff Picks

Sara
Librarian Assistant
The Year of Billy Miller
Henkes, Kevin
J HEN
Greenwillow Books, 2013

Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries. He finds he needs to change some ideas about himself and how others see him.  We follow Billy through his ups and downs as he works out his relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents. The author has created a believable second grader with humor and kindness and expressed the interests of his young character.  This is a good chapter book for early elementary age students to hear or for independent readers 2-4 grades.

Amy
Youth Services Librarian
Don't Play with Your Food
Shea, Bob
E SHE
Disney-Hyperion Books, 2014

It’s almost time for bunnies – spring has sprung and Easter is just around the corner.   If you are in the mood for rabbit stories, grab the book Don’t Play with Your Food!   It is chock full of bunnies, but surprise, also a monster.  Yes, it’s an odd sounding combo, but don’t be dissuaded, this strange picture book is hilarious.  Buddy is a monster and he wants to eat a bunch of adorable, white bunny rabbits.  But the bunnies he has his eye on are clever; they distract Buddy with things like cupcakes, a swimming party, and a trip to the carnival.   Buddy has such a good time with his the objects of his hunger (the bunnies) that he has second thoughts about eating his new friends.  Does he change his mind or give in to his appetite?  Read this book and find out!  Try author Bob Shea’s other great titles including Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.   For early elementary-aged kids.

Amanda
Youth Services Librarian
Horrible Harry and the Goog
Kline, Suzy
J KLI
Viking, 2005

Harry and his friend Doug are staying after school while Harry’s grandma delivers a cake for a special teacher’s party that is happening in the library.  They plan to hang out near the library and find out what the party is for, when they discover Harry’s cat, Googer, has ridden along in grandma’s truck.
 
The Goog, as the cat is known, runs away from the boys and they end up chasing it all over the school, including some places they aren’t supposed to go, like the teacher’s lounge and the boiler room.  Will they catch The Goog before they get in trouble?  Will they find out why the teachers are having a party?  Find out in Horrible Harry and The Goog.