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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 4, 2016

Today is the Fourth of July, Independence Day.


on bird hillOn Bird Hill by Jane Yolen

“This charming book is loosely based on the old cumulative nursery rhyme/song “The Green Grass Grew All Around,” a nursery rhyme first published as a song in 1912 with words by William Jerome and melody by Harry Von Tilzer. But in this version, it’s a boy and his dog who find the bird in a nest on a hill in a strange valley.”        [JPB YOLEN,J]

mom dad and meMom, Dad, and Me by Christy Webster

“Disney/Pixar Inside Out takes you to a place everyone knows but no one has ever seen: the human mind. Perfect for girls and boys ages 4 to 6, this Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader focuses on the importance of family.”     [JE WEBSTER,C]

most important thingThe Most Important Thing: Stories About Sons, Fathers & Grandfathers by Avi

“Luke sees the ghost of his father but can’t figure out what Dad wants him to do. Paul takes a camping trip with the grandfather he’s just met and discovers what lies behind the man’s erratic behavior. Ryan has some surprising questions when he interviews his prospective stepfather for the job. In a compellingly honest collection of stories, multiple-award-winning author Avi introduces seven boys — boys with fathers at home and boys whose fathers have left, boys who spend most of their time with their grandfathers and boys who would rather spend time with anyone but the men in their lives. By turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and funny, the stories show us boys seeking acceptance, guidance, or just someone to look up to. Each one shines a different light on the question ‘What is the most important thing a father can do for his son?'”            [J AVI]

ellis islandEllis Island by Elizabeth Carney

“Explore the history of Ellis Island, one of the most recognized landmarks in American history. Kids will learn about its early history as a Mohegan island and rest spot for fishermen through its time as a famous immigration station to today’s museum.”                        [ J304.873 CARNEY]


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How Birds Can Save the World?

The living bird : 100 years of listening to nature

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

“All over the world, birds have the universal power to connect us with nature in ways that no other organism can. We love them, we wThe Living Birdant to live with them, and-perhaps most important is today’s changing world-we cannot bear the idea of living without them.

         But it is bird’s ability to help us gauge the state of the natural world that takes our simple wonder to another level. Birds can tell us how well-or how poorly-we have managed the world in which we live. Because many birds are closely adapted to the conditions of specific habitats, their populations can serve as “barometers” for the condition of their landscape. Like the canary in the coal mine, birds give us early warning signals when habitats become degraded.”


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 18, 2015

families families familiesFamilies, Families, Families! by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang

“A host of silly animals in dozens of combinations demonstrate all kinds of nontraditional families! Cleverly depicted as framed portraits, these goofy creatures offer a warm celebration of family love.”          [JPB LANG,S]

island of dr librisThe Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

“What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?

“Chris Grabenstein, author of the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor of the I Funny series with James Patterson, celebrates the power of imagination with this action-packed adventure that shows that sometimes the real story starts after you close the book!”             [J GRABENSTEIN,C]

feathers not just for flying Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart

“A visual introduction to some of the many uses of feathers profiles 16 bird species and invites aspiring naturalists to explore informative sidebars that underscore specific ways each bird uses its feathers for a variety of practical purposes. By the author of No Monkeys, No Chocolate.”                [J598.147 STEWART]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 8, 2014

by Keith Baker

“Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers—each one themed to a letter of the alphabet—and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in.”      [JPB BAKER]

Magic Delivery by Clete Barrett Smith

“When two boys stumble upon a seemingly abandoned truckload of costumes, they think they have hit the jackpot, but there is just one small catch–the costumes are bewitched.”                             [J SMITH, C]

 Miniature Birds by Alex Kuskowski

“It’s time to get smaller than tiny! It’s time to get miniature! Introduce kids to different types of Miniature Birds. Engage early readers with the charming photos and easy-to-read sentences that bring these small animals to life. Maps of where the animals live, size charts compared to humans, fun facts and a quick comprehension quiz will keep them learning all the way through the book. ”                    [J598 KUSKOWSKI]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 4, 2013

Booksale Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join the Friends of the Union City Library for their November book sale!  Gently used hardback and paperback books, children’s books, DVDs and music CDs.  All proceeds support library programs.

Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak

“As Halloween nears, Monster tries out a variety of costumes, including a cowboy, a ballerina, and a ninja, but finally comes up with the perfect idea.”                        [JPB CZAJAK]

United We Spy by Ally Carter

“Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie – and her country – forever.”       [J CARTER]

Is This Panama? A Migration Story by Jan Thornhill

“When Sammy, a young Wilson’s warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it’s time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there’s one problem — where’s Panama? All the other warblers having left without him, Sammy sets off on his journey by himself, stopping to ask the same question of each of the different animals that he meets along the way: ‘Is this Panama?’

“From the caribou heading to his winter forest to the monarch butterflies flitting to Mexico, every animal has a different destination and different advice for Sammy on how to find his way. Finally, a flock of his warbler cousins shows Sammy that finding Panama is as easy as following the stars.”  [J591.568 THORNHILL]

Art Lab For Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media by Susan Schwake

“A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist’s own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist.”          [J702.8 SCHWAKE]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for August 26, 2013

Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman

Fly High, Fly Low, a Caldecott Honor book, tells the story of two San Francisco birds who hatch some eggs in a very unconventional place-the letter ‘B’ in the sign on top of the Bay Hotel. But what happens when the sign is taken down? Told with Freeman’s typical humor and simplicity, the book features breathtaking vistas of San Francisco.” Re-release of a book originally published in 1958.     [JPB FREEMAN]

Me Too! by Valeri Gorbachev

“Chipmunk and Bear have a lot in common, despite their difference in size. And Chipmunk is determined to keep up with his big friend. Warmth and humor fill the snowy day adventures of two friends who, despite their physical differences, share work and play and true companionship.”  Holiday House “I Like to Read”      [JE GORBACHEV]

Play it Again, Mallory by Laurie Friedman

“Mallory is excited about the six-week arts electives program at Fern Falls Elementary–until she gets stuck in her last-choice elective, band. To make matters worse, she is assigned to the tuba, and when she plays, it sound more like passing gas than music. She dreads the showcase at the end of the program. But with some good guidance from her mom and her band teacher, Mallory learns the meaning of ‘practice makes perfect,’ and that, in fact, making music can be lots of fun.” Book 20 of the Mallory series.       [J FRIEDMAN]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for March 5, 2012

Jackhammer Sam by Peter Mandel


“Jackhammer Sam isn’t just any old construction worker — he’s the sidewalk blasting man. He stops traffic, splits the sidewalk, and digs right down to the subway, all the while singing his song: Atta-RATTA-binga-bong. Atta-RATTA-pinga-pong.

“Lively illustrations by David Catrow portray a larger-than-life construction worker (and the bystanders who become caught up in his destruction) in hilarious detail as he choppa-chops his way through the city streets, outer space, and beyond in this fun and frenetic tribute to road workers of all kinds.”                     [JPB MANDEL]

The New Kid by Mavis Jukes

“Newbery Honor Award—winning author Mavis Jukes is back with a lovable new character named Carson. His father moves him to a new town in Northern California, where he’ll be the new kid in class — friendless and alone, except for his beloved stuffed moose (named Moose, of course). As Carson settles into his new surroundings, a series of delightful mishaps start to occur: the class pet, a rat named Mr. Nibblenose, gets lost to surprising results; the culprit of a mysterious lunch theft might actually be something that’s not human at all; and when his beloved Moose goes missing, Carson makes his first new non-stuffed animal friend. Told with childlike charm and wit.”        [J JUKES]

For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas

“To some, he was “Professor Nuts Peterson,” but to the world he was Roger Tory Peterson. For the birds: the life of Roger Tory Peterson tracks this American artist, activist, and passionate bird lover from his days as a child, to art student, to creator of the Peterson Field Guides, to global environmentalist. Peterson’s guides were revolutionary–simply written and drawn for everyone to enjoy the birds, animals, and plants of the outdoors. ”                                [JB PETERSON,R]

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