What Should I Read?

There's a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor

by Wade Bradford; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

No matter where Mr. Snore goes at the busy Sharemore Hotel, there's something that keeps him awake.  First it's too noisy.  Then it's too crowded.  Then it's too damp!  Why is it so hard to get some peace and quiet?  Perhaps the thirteenth floor of the hotel will be the spot for better luck!

An Inconvenient Alphabet: Ben Franklin & Noah Webster's Spelling Revolution

by Beth Anderson; illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley

If you're not one to think spelling is fun, wait until you see some of the spelling in this book!  In an attempt to make English easier to read and write, Ben Frankin (you know who that is) and Noah Webster (the guy who eventually started the dictionary -- yup, that Webster!) teamed up to make our inconvenient alphabet a little more convenient.  Did it work?  Not really.  If it did, maybe you'd regularly see something like the following excerpt from the book:

"Spelling Reeform!

Bild the karacter of this great nayshun!

Amerikan Inglish!

Just rite wut yu heer.  With wurds that ar eezeeyer to spel, reeding, writing, and speeking wil improov!"

Meet the Ponies of Ponyville

by Olivia London

The ponies of Ponyville are excited to meet you!  Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie and the rest of the ponies love to make new friends.

This new My Little Pony series is from Passport to Reading, making the ponies accessible to new readers.  The books in the series are on Guided Reading Levels J, K, and L.  Click here to view the series in the library's catalog.

Property of the Rebel Librarian

by Allison Varnes

June Harper is a rule-following, flute-playing, avid reader -- in short, a good kid.  But when her parents deem a book from school "inappropriate," a massive book ban at June's school ensues.  Suddenly, everything June loves is gone.  Then she discovers a Little Free Library in town and with her access to contraband (books!), she begins running a secret banned books library from an empty locker and unexpectedly becomes the most popular girl in school.

Seriously, could we not feature this book on the library's website?

Kindness Makes the World Go Round

by Craig Manning; illustrated by Joe Mathieu

Elmo wakes up on World Kindness Day to discover that he's been in someone's thoughts, and that someone has left him a very thoughtful package!  Mommy has given him a camera and has challenged him to capture images of kindness all over Sesame Street.  With that, Elmo is visiting with Big Bird and Oscar, Rosita and Julia, Snuffy and Grover; and he learns that "Kindness take practice, but when you deliver, you may be surprised -- it's great being the GIVER!"

JoJo and the Twins

by Jane O'Connor; pictures by Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy's little sister is finally featured in her very own easy reader!  JoJo is so excited to be a big sister and to help take care of her twin brothers, Robby and Teddy.  But the babies look the same, cry the same, even burp the same!  Will JoJo ever be able to tell them apart?  This book is on Guided Reading Level I.

Small Spaces

by Katherine Arden

When eleven-year-old Ollie finds a disheveled, weeping woman by the river threatening to throw a book into the water, she doesn't think, she just acts -- grabbing the book and bolting!  As Ollie begins to read, she finds herself entranced by the creepy tale, entitled Small Spaces.  She's still reading the next day on her school field trip to a local farm when she discovers that the mysterious woman runs the farm and that the graves of the people who she's been reading about are located there, too.  When the school bus breaks down on the return trip, the day takes a turn from strange to even stranger...

PAR-TAY!: Dance of the Veggies (and Their Friends)

written by Eloise Greenfield; illustrations by Don Tate.

Would it surprise you to come home with your family one night and discover that all the veggies in your fridge were party animals, uhm, vegetables?  Really, you can imagine a string bean showing off some rad hip-hop moves, right?  Or a band comprised of a tomato, eggplant, basil, and Swiss chard?  Families with even the pickiest eaters are guaranteed to enjoy these dance floor antics, and perhaps some young skeptics will even be convinced to try a nibble of asparagus.

Kid Scientists: True Tales of Childhood from Science Superstars

stories by David Stabler; illustrations by Anoosha Syed

Did you know that as a young teen, Sally Ride was a nationally ranked amateur tennis player?  Want to know if Stephen Hawking binge-watched TV as a child?  Would you believe that Manya Sklodowska (that's Marie Curie, by the way) once hung all of a relative's furniture from the ceiling as a practical joke?  The latest installment of this popular series focuses on scientists, including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Temple Grandin, Nikola Tesla, and many more! 

Dragons in a Bag

by Zetta Elliott

Jaxon is not looking forward to spending the day with Ma, his mean old grandmother, until he makes an amazing discovery: she's not really his grandmother.  She's a witch in the middle of a very important, exciting job -- and she needs Jaxon's help!  Jaxon quickly finds himself in the midst of an unbelievable task, moving three baby dragons out of Brooklyn, NY, and getting them to a magical place where they can actually thrive.  Within a short period he and his friends, Kavita & Vikram, have broken the only two rules Ma has given them and wonder if they'll ever be able to deliver the babies to safety.