Library Lion read by Mindy Sterling

5 Great Books For Tween Girls

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley. Terra’s dream is to leave her small town for college and start anew, where the port wine stain on her face will not draw so much attention. Her verbally abusive father constantly tells her she can’t make it on her own in hopes of controlling her future. When Terra meets Jacob, a Goth Chinese teenager who doesn’t care to fit in, he begins to show her that she can take control of her life.

Making Earthquakes a Little Less Frightening

Crafts, factoids, experiments, preparedness, humor all rolled up in a children’s book about the earth and earthquakes. Learn what they are. Where they are. What to do to prepare for them.

Vulture View by April Pulley Sayre

“Wings stretch wide to catch a ride on warming air. Going where?” Did you know turkey vultures don’t hunt? These birds like their food already dead which is why they’re known as nature’s clean-up crew.

The Mightiest by Keiko Kasza

Is the Bear, the Elephant, or the Lion the mightiest animal in the forest? When the three friends come upon a golden crown that says, “For the Mightiest,” they each think that they deserve the title.

Say Daddy by Michael Shoulders

Now this family knows the bond that’s created when you read-aloud with someone you love! Say Daddy! is a children’s picturebook about a close-knit bear family who loves to read. When a new baby bear joins the family, Mother shares a book about love, while Brother reads a tale about friendship. Aunt and Uncle read about joyful adventures, and Daddy reads a book about promises and dreams.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Big books, picture books, reference books–you name it, Henry eats them up. And the more he eats, the smarter he gets. (You knew that was coming, right?) Even though the story is predictable for adults, kids will literally eat up The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac

I had heard a lot of things about Jim Thorpe. After all, some people argue that Jim Thorpe was the greatest athlete of the 20th century. But after reading this picture book biography, I learned that Thorpe’s accomplishments meant much more than being a great sports star.

United Tweets of America by Hudson Talbott

Twitter is one of the hottest things right now! In fact, did you tweet today? I’m a little of a Twitter addict, and try to tweet at least once a day (which is nothing compared to others out there!), but when I saw the title “United Tweets of America,” I had to pick up this book to see what was inside. Okay, it’s not a book about Twitter, but it is a fascinating and hilarious book on state birds.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

Hopefully this book doesn’t inspire any of your young readers to emulate the main character, but it will inspire creativity and laughter. Beaumont has rewritten the familiar song, “Oh It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” and turned it into a rebellious, colorful romp.

Willa By Heart – By Coleen Murtagh Paratore – Book Review

Willa’s family owns The Bramblebriar Inn and has two weddings to juggle at once. Summer is always a special time on Cape Code for Willa Havisham. Especially since Willa and Joey Kennelly are known as the most compatible couple at Bramble Academy. To Willa’s delight the local community theatre announces auditions for Our Town. Willa feels Joey and her are destined to play the leads. Much to her dismay a new girl arrives in town and is awarded the lead opposite Joey. What is Willa to do, to insure Joey stays hers? And on top of all that Willa needs to contend with her mother’s new pregnancy and her confusing feelings of becoming a big sister.

Eight Year Old Author Way Beyond Her Years

Serena Cox is an amazingly talented, published author and illustrator. Creative genes run in the family. She has written two adorable childrens books that include simple life lessons.

Sofa Boy

‘Sofa Boy’ will please parents probably more than it does the youngsters for whom it has been written. Sofas are very comfy places, especially when you are a child and can stay there all day if allowed. Add to that sofa a video game, and you have what any child/teenager would consider a blissful combination.

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