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Staff Picks

It Came From the New Shelf! New Non-Fiction

Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons

If you are bored, as the saying goes, look closer. With beautiful close-up photographs of some of nature’s most astounding creations, Curious Critters and Curious Critters Volume 2 will have you doing a double take at that Blue Jay sitting in the driveway. Read More..


Chomp Scat Flush Hoot

Parental units may know that Carl Hiaason writes mysteries for adults, but less known are his good novels for kids about 9 and up. They are intelligent mystery adventures with that Hiaason casual/cutting humor, set in the Florida, all with an environmental/ecological/animal-respecting theme that is not preaching, just the way things are. Read More..


Poetry Outside the Box

Move over, budding poets, a new poet is in the house! Karma Wilson, best known for her outstanding picture books (Bear Feels Sick, etc.) has written a delightful poetry book entitled Outside the Box.  Not only is Outside the Box a very entertaining read, the illustrator is Caldecott Honor winner Diane Goode.   Read More..


It Came From the New Shelf!

Three of the best from our New Picture Book collection:

Where Do We Go When We Disappear? by Isabel Minhos Martins and Madalena Matoso

Where we go when we disappear? Humans have been pondering this riddle since we developed the capacity Read More..


“Holy Unanticipated Occurrences!”

It all began with a vacuum cleaner, a Ulysses Super-Suction, Multi-Terrain 2000X to be exact, that raced out of control across the neighbor’s lawn and sucked up an unsuspecting squirrel.  Ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman (super hero comic book aficionado and self-described cynic) who was watching from her bedroom window could only utter “Holy bagumba” Read More..


Gardening With Kids

Summer vacation brings swimming, camps and ice cream. But often summer also brings loss of recently learned classroom knowledge and skills that can cause setbacks in learning. Gardening is a great way to incorporate learning, exercise, and fun into any kids summer. It’s also a wonderful way to create bonding time with your child! Gardens come in all shapes Read More..


Take a hike!

Looking for a fun activity this summer that doesn’t cost a lot of money?  Find a nature park and look for its trail system.  Maps are usually available at the visitors’ center.  What a wonderful way to spend the day —hiking on a nature trail, finding all kinds of treasures along the way.  One of our nation’s most popular and renown hiking trail Read More..


The Cart That Carried Martin

April 4, 1968 is a date that will live in history as a day that changed the world. That day the world lost a great leader. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The world was shocked, and mourned the loss of such an amazing man; a man who had led the struggle to end injustice for all people. Read More..


Odd Weird & Little

Patrick Jennings has done it again! How could he write a more delightful book than Guinea Dog, winner of our own Kansas William Allen White Award as well as many other honors from various states.  But he has written another endearing novel titled Odd Weird & Little. You just want to hug it — have you ever hugged a book? Read More..


It Came From the New Shelf: Keepin’ It Simple

Sometimes simple is best. No words, just pictures. Here are three titles available on the Children’s New Shelf that win big by working with just a little.

The Line by Paula Bossio for ages 2-6. A little girl finds the end of a line and starts to follow. Changing from animals to objects and back again the line proves to be Read More..