What Should I Read?

Little Kids First Big Book of the World

by Elizabeth Carney

This beautiful book from National Geographic Kids covers everything a young explorer might be curious about!  Learn about countries, land and weather, people, animals, sights, and so much more!

It's Not Easy Being Mimi

by Linda Davick

Mimi and her cat, Marvin, live in the top apartment of Periwinkle Tower.  Her friends Yoshi and Tonya live in apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and they are waiting to see who'll move into the ground floor apartment.  This hilarity begins right away, when Yoshi gives Mimi a haircut that ends up requiring her to wear a hat until the shorter (MUCH shorter) side grows in.  The first installment of this series explores new friendships while following a funny, episodic plot.

Genius LEGO Inventions with Bricks You Already Have

by Sarah Dees

The beauty of this book is that the 40 featured creations don't require kits.  Just sift through the LEGOs you already own to find the right pieces!

The Wheels on the... Uh-Oh!

by Sue Tarsky; pictures by Alex Willmore

Warm up your singing voice for this funny, fractured version of the Wheels on the Bus!

Horse Meets Dog

by Elliott Kalan and Tim Miller

Horse and Dog have just met, and they're a tad bit confused.  Dog is convinced Horse is a really big dog, and Horse is certain Dog is a really small horse!  They notice the differences in their hair and feet, and they even get each other thoughtful yet inappropriate gifts.  Their confusion and miscommunication continues hilariously!  This clever book would be a fun discussion starter for exploring differences.

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!"