Holiday

g i f t  -  b u y i n g   g u i d e

2009

 

    Books to give and share, chosen especially by the young readers and the Youth Services Librarian of Perrot Library

 

 

 

B O O K S   F O R   T H E   Y O U N G E S T

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Birds

Birds

by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek

[E HENKE]

 

Through the open window, a small child hears birds singing. What follows is a paean to birds of all sizes, shapes, and colors, and a lovely introduction to the beauty and surprise to be found in the natural world.

 

 

 

Chicken Little

Chicken Little
by Ed and Rebecca Emberley 

[E EMBER]

 

A Caldecott Award-winning artist and his daughter team up for this fresh and funny spin on a time-honored classic.

 

 

 

The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse

written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

[EASY J 398.2 LION]

 

In this almost wordless retelling of the classic Aesop fable, a brave mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle. Pinkney’s illustrations are magnificent!

 

 

 

The Sleepy Little Alphabet

The Sleepy Little Alphabet

by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

[E SIERR]

 

It’s bedtime in Alphabet Town, but the lower-case children all have something they need to do before their upper-case mommies and daddies tuck them in for the night. The alphabet book of the year!

 

 

 

There Are Cats in This Book

There Are Cats in This Book

written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

[E SCHWA]

 

An interactive picture book featuring Moonpie, Tiny and Andre– three lovable cats with whom everyone in the family will want to play!

 

 

 

 

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B O O K S   F O R   E A R L Y   R E A D E R S

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Pigs Make Me Sneeze

Pigs Make Me Sneeze!

wrriten and illustrated by Mo Willems

[J-1 WILLE]

 

In the latest story about Elephant and Piggie, Gerald is worried that he may be allergic to Piggie. Will he have to stay away from his best friend forever?

 

 

A Birthday for Bear

A Birthday for Bear

by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald

[J-2 BECKE]

 

Bear does not like birthdays, especially his own. Or at least that what he thinks, until a persistent mouse shows him the error of his ways!

 

 

 

 

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B O O K S   F O R   M I D D L E   G R A D E R S

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The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex

[J FICTION BARNE]

 

Steve Brixton is a huge fan of the Bailey Brothers detective series. So when he finds himself with a national treasure to recover and a criminal mastermind to unmask–while on the run from the police, some thugs, and a group of secret agent librarians, no less– he knows he’ll be OK if he follows the rules set out in the Bailey Brothers Detective Handbook. . . Action, adventure, and humor all rolled into one treat of a mystery!

 

 

I, Lorelei

I, Lorelei

by Yeardley Smith

[J FICTION SMITH]

 

In letters written to her recently deceased cat, Mud, eleven-year-old Lorelei chronicles the ups and downs of her sixth grade year– a year in which her parents separate, she gets a part in the school play, and becomes friends with a cute boy. The Young Young Critics Club's (Y2C2) favorite book of the year!

 

 

Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd and the Frost Giants

by Neil Gaiman

[J FICTION GAIMA]

 

During a winter that never seems to end, Odd flees to the forest to escape his abusive stepfather. There he is befriended by three animals– an eagle, a fox and a bear. But Odd soon discovers that the animals are actually Odin, Thor and Loki– Norse gods who need his help to defeat the evil Frost Giants and restore spring to the land. A new adventure from a Newbery Award-winning author.

 

 

Powerless

Powerless

by Matthew Cody

[J FICTION CODY]

Twelve-year-old Daniel moves to Noble’s Green, Pennsylvania and is stunned to learn that some of his classmates have superpowers! But everything will change when they turn thirteen– can Daniel help them to keep their powers?

 

 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin

[J FICTION LIN]

 

A poor girl named Minli, with the help of a talking goldfish and a dragon who cannot fly, seeks to change her family’s fortune by going on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon. A fantastical adventure story set in long-ago China.

 

 

 

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B O O K S   F O R   R E A D E R S  A G E S  12+

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Ring of Fire

Ring of Fire: Century Quartet #1

by P.D. Baccalario

[J FICTION BACCA]

 

A mix-up in reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, Sheng from Shanghai and Elettra, the owner’s daughter, to share a hotel room in Rome. There they discover an amazing coincidence– they were all born on February 29th of the same year. And when a strange man gives them a briefcase and is subsequently murdered, they find themselves plunged into a mystery that takes them all over the city searching for clues!

 

 

Leviathan

Leviathan

by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson

[J FICTION WESTE]

It’s the Darwinists vs. the Clankers in this clever re-imagining of World War I. Destinies collide when Alek, the son of the murdered Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, escapes to Switzerland and meets Deryn, a girl who is disguised as a boy and who is a crew member of the stranded British airship Leviathan.

 

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly

[J FICTION KELLY]

At the turn of the last century, Callie Vee Tate learns to navigate a world in which her parents’ expectations that she will act like a lady conflict with her own desire to study science with her beloved grandfather.

 

 

When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

[J FICTION STEAD]

 

A New York City girl finds herself on the receiving end of some mysterious notes that seem to defy the laws of space and time– and that lead to her to believe that only she can prevent a tragic death.

 

 

 

 

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A N D  F O R   E V E R Y O N E :

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Julie Andrews' Collection of Songs, Poems, and Lullabies

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies

selected by Julie Andrews, illustrated by James McMullan

[J 808.81 JULIE]

 

A wonderful anthology that families can grow with and treasure for years. McMullan's watercolor illustrations are lovely.

 

 

 

Happy Holidays and Happy Reading!

 

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