December's Book Picks
by Lizi Boyd
Little Elliot Big Family
by Mike Curato
by Adam Rubin
Babysitters Club Graphic Novels
by Raina Telgemeier
3rd - 6th
by Gene Luen Yang
3rd - 6th
by Kate Milford
3rd - 6th
by Brian Selznick
5th - 8th
The Force Awakens: Lost Stars
by Claudia Gray
Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place
by Julie Berry
The reason I love this wordless book about a little boy exploring his backyard is, frankly, because it’s beautiful. Black and white images with touches of color sprinkled throughout hold little cutouts that reveal the nighttime activities of a forest. This book is perfect for discussing and exploring with little readers and might possibly be the inspiration for a night time family adventure!
Last year the author of the Little Elliot books visited our school and even if I didn’t love his books, I would still encourage people to buy them. He was just that delightful. Fortunately, I DO love them and I am sure you will too. In this newest addition to the series, Mouse goes off to a family reunion leaving Elliot behind. During his friend’s absence, Elliot realizes that he doesn’t really have a family to call his own. At the same time, Mouse makes a very important realization of his own. Charming. Gorgeous. You’ll love it.
A book that turns into a robot!? Yes, please! I feel like that’s about all I need to say, but just in case, in this new venture from the hilarious creators of Dragons Love Tacos, a boy who enjoys playing robot gets his hands on the formula for Robosauce. This super secret formula turns everything it touches into a robot, including his family, his dog and yes, even the book.
Full disclosure, I was a HUGE Babysitter’s Club fan growing up. So, when I learned that a graphic novel version of my favorite book series was being released AND that they were being written and illustrated by the author of the super popular graphic novel Smile, I was thrilled! This is a fun and colorful edition of the well loved series and perfect for a new generation of readers.
The author of this series (who visited us this Fall) started out as a technology teacher and then began writing graphic novels. This book is a combination of his love of coding, teaching and graphic novels and it is WONDERFUL. It is such a fun book but it also teaches the basics of coding really well. After his visit, our kids have been so excited about coding and this book is the primary reason.
Sharing his parents with the visitors of their inn can be exhausting, so Milo is thrilled to learn that with the inn empty he'll get them all to himself this Christmas. But right before the big day odd people start checking in and it's clear they are all looking for something in the house. But what? Set on a snowy mountain during the holidays, this cozy mystery is perfect for the holiday season.
Beautifully illustrated and marvelously told this is a lovely addition to Brian Selznick's collection . Told in a format reminiscent of a silent movie , Selznick primarily uses incredibly detailed pencil drawings to bring his readers into his world and narrative.
It's Christmas time, but let's be honest, this year it's Star Wars season as well. So, help your little (or big) fan get in the mood for the new movie or extend their excitement with this literary companion. For true Star Wars nerds, this book is considered "cannon" and has information and stories that any fan will want, but will only be able to get by reading this book.
The girls of Prickwillow Place Boarding School tolerate their curmudgeonly headmistress and her scoundrel of a brother because their lives back home were considerably worse. So when their caretakers mysteriously drop dead at dinner, they fear being sent back to their loathsome homes and devise a plan. In this comedy of errors, the girls work together to solve the mystery and prevent anyone from finding out that they are now running Prickwillow Place. Quick witted and clever, the girls in this charming and funny book demonstrate what supportive friendships and team work can look like.