Kids & Families

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New Books for Kids @ the Library

Picture Books

Kids Fiction

Check out the latest reviews from the Books to Hoot About! blog on InfoSoup.

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Title: What's the Buzz? Keeping Bees in Flight

Author: Merrie-Ellen Wilcox

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

This new book about bees is written by a woman who is a bee keeper in British Columbia, Canada. The book has an appealing layout with pictures on every page and little sectioned off areas labled "Bee Fact" and "All Abuzz". Elementary school aged children will find the book easy to read and follow and the "Bee Facts" are...

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Title: The Bear Report

Author: Thyra Heder

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

The Bear Report is a wonderful picture book about a young girl who has to do a report on Polar Bears. Sophie thinks Polar Bears are boring...until one an named Olafur appears in her living room and carries her off to his home in the Artic. There Sophie and Olafur tour the sights of Olafur's home and have some adventures along the way. It is Sophie, using skills...

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Title: House Arrest

Author: K.A. Holt

Review by: Sue O., Scandinavia Public Library

Twelve year-old Timothy has been placed under house arrest for stealing a credit card and making almost $1500 in charges on it. The items bought aren't what you would expect a kid in poverty, without quite enough food and shoes that don't fit, to buy. Timothy has purchased medication for his infant brother who needs constant care. As part of his rehabilitation,...

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Title: The Turnip

Author: Jan Brett

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

This is another clever picture book from Jan Brett. As usual, there are two stories going on at the same time and her use of panels to foreshadow things to come is here as well. Animals of the forest are trying very hard to get a turnip, a very big turnip, out of the ground as winter is setting in. A little quick thinking and lots of luck results in an unlikely hero to save the...

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Title: The Goodbye Book

Author: Todd Parr

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

What a find! This wonderful book explains in very plain terms what it is like to suffer a loss. Cleverly, this can mean death or separation. And it ends on the upswing of how we recover. Yay!