Monday, July 6th, 2015

Books Edited By Emma

Blue Wolf

Blue Wolf

Blue Wolf, by Catherine Creedon Grade 5-8-Jamie, a 14-year-old rock hound and cross-country runner, remains clueless for three-fourths of this generally pleasing book, despite the presence of many clues that he is part of an extended family of shape-changers that transform to and from wolves in response to tunes played on ancient stone flutes. Bothered by the apparent ease with which his widowed Korean-American... [Read more]

Breezy Bunnies

Breezy Bunnies

Breezy Bunnies by Margie Blumberg Will rain spoil little brother’s breezy day? It’s springtime in Carrot Cake Park and these two breezy bunnies–Millie and her little brother Jimmy—are ready for fun . . . playing with their friends, picnicking with ducklings, and cloud-watching along the way. And should the weather change, Millie is all prepared with her umbrella. This bouncy rhyming... [Read more]

Celtic Run

Celtic Run

Celtic Run: A Jake McGreevy Novel by Sean Vogel Gold Recipient: The Mom’s Choice Awards® Winner: The Global eBook Awards Jake, a 14-year-old gadget whiz, didn’t plan on a summer full of treasure, thieves, and danger. He just got lucky. While in Ireland on a class trip, Jake stumbles upon the first clue to a treasure missing from the Spanish Armada. Jake sees the riches as his chance to... [Read more]

Chicago Bound

Chicago Bound

Chicago Bound: A Jake McGreevy Novel by Sean Vogel Jake McGreevy’s Adventures Continue in Chicago! In this sequel to Sean Vogel’s award-winning middle grade novel Celtic Run, Jake’s plan for a carefree holiday at a musical performing arts camp in the Windy City hits a sour note when he stumbles upon a long-hidden message from his late mother, art historian Karen McGreevy. She had traveled... [Read more]

Fireflies and Shooting Stars: The Tale of Enzo

Fireflies and Shooting Stars: The Tale of Enzo

by Ed Raarup. Illustrated by Lindsay Nery. Fireflies and Shooting Stars is a delightful and inspirational tale filled with beautiful art and songs about Enzo, a little firefly who was born without a taillight. As Enzo faces the challenges of growing up different, the story tells of his self-determined, fantastic journey and adventures to find his light—a magical ride of hope, understanding, and... [Read more]

Holly Claus

Holly Claus

Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess, by Brittany Ryan When young Christopher writes a letter to Santa Claus, he poses a question no one has ever thought to ask before: Dear Santa Claus, What do you wish for Christmas? Miraculously, Santa’s longtime wish comes true, and a baby girl is born—Princess Holly Claus. But just as the Land of Forever joyously celebrates her arrival, far away an evil... [Read more]

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

Home a Memoir of My Early Years Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (Paperback) by Julie Andrews (Author) “A frank, intriguing memoir.” –People “Painfully shrewd, and written with real delicacy and pathos.” –The New York Times Book Review “Home reflects the very qualities that first made the working-class English singer a star 45 years ago: intelligence,... [Read more]

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies

A wonderful mix of Julie Andrews’ and daughter Emma Walton Hamilton’s most cherished poems, songs, and lullabies abound in this rich and diverse poetry collection. Brought to life with James McMullan’s stunning watercolor paintings, this volume features nearly 150 treasured works, including beloved classics and modern favorites from Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Shel... [Read more]

Little Kisses

Little Kisses

Little Kisses, by Jolie Jones Kindergarten-Grade 2–An amiable, rambling story that has more charm than plot. Narrated by a dog named Bejinhos, which means Little Kisses in Brazil, the tale takes children through a day in the life of a pet and his girl, Jolie. The two friends get up, talk, try on clothes, eat, brush their teeth, and take a walk. A cautionary refrain, Those are the rules, is brought... [Read more]

Paris Hop!

Paris Hop!

Paris Hop! by Margie Blumberg On a visit to Paris, France, for just one day, Grandma Goldie is eager to show her granddaughter, Aimee, how the city sparkles in the sun from the top of the Eiffel Tower. But the other joys of “Paree” create delightful detours along the way. Will this peppy pair make it to the tower before sunset? Find out in this charmingly illustrated rhyming tale about... [Read more]

Pebble

Pebble

Pebble: A Story About Belonging, by Susan Milord There once was a pebble on a rocky shore. It was small and round and nearly smooth. Amid a seascape dotted with endless rocks, one pebble yearns to be special. Can you find the pebble? Susan Milord’s clear prose and exquisite collages offer a timeless message about finding one’s place in the world.  Read More →

Shovelful of Sunshine

Shovelful of Sunshine

by Stacie Vaughn Hutton (Author) and Cheryl Harness (Illustrator). Gold Mom’s Choice Award Gold Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Indie Book Award Finalist – Best Juvenile Fiction International Book Award Finalist – Best Children’s Book: Mind/Body/Spirit Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention – Best Children’s Book Meggie Gwinn loves dreaming about faraway... [Read more]

Sunny Bunnies

Sunny Bunnies

Sunny Bunnies, by Margie Blumberg Margie Blumberg has written a delightfully entertaining story about a family of bunny rabbits who spend a day at the beach…. The rhyming text is as clever as it is entertaining and children will thoroughly enjoy the surprise at the end! Charmingly illustrated throughout by June Goulding, Sunny Bunnies is a perfect pick for family, school, and community library... [Read more]

The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels

The Case of the Missing Crown Jewels

Who Stole the Crown Jewels? Twelve-year-old Keira discovers a hat floating on the Long Island Sound. When she puts it on, weird, wacky and wonderful things happen. Little does she know that she will soon be on a secret assignment thousands of miles away from the sandy shores she knows and loves to the heart of London. Meet Keira, a girl with a vivid imagination, bright red hair, very cool glasses,... [Read more]

The Legend of Holly Claus

The Legend of Holly Claus

The Legend of Holly Claus, by Brittany Ryan Grade 4-7–A letter written in 1878 to Santa Claus by a 10-year-old boy asking not for presents but to know what Santa himself wishes for allows the gent (aka Nicholas, King of Forever) and his wife to realize their greatest dream, the birth of a daughter named Holly. She is, however, cursed by an evil sorcerer, Herrikhan, who surrounds her infant heart... [Read more]

The Rock People

The Rock People

One day, while collecting rocks on the beach, a little girl named Nae-Nae discovers something amazing. It is a face on a rock gazing up at her. The more Nae-Nae looks, the more faces on rocks she finds. Through a family legend, Nae-Nae learns she’s discovered the Rock People who are here to heal and protect the Earth.  Read More →

The Secret at Haney Field

The Secret at Haney Field

The Secret at Haney Field: A Baseball Mystery by R.M. Clark Mysterious things are happening at Haney Field, which April O’Day and her best friend, Darren Plummer, are determined to uncover. Who are those baseball-playing shadows, and why are they at Haney Field? Can Marcus “Mayhem” Mayfield, a veteran of the Negro Leagues as well as the majors, help them solve this mystery?
 As... [Read more]

The Wednesday Tales: The Palace of Laughter

The Wednesday Tales: The Palace of Laughter

The Wednesday Tales: The Palace of Laughter, by Jon Berkeley Grade 4-7–When the mysterious Circus Oscuro arrives in the dead of night, Miles Wednesday, a runaway orphan living in a barrel, is the only person in the town of Larde to witness the event. Later that same night, he is approached by a tiger who claims he can smell the circus in Miles. Thus begins a chain of events that introduces the... [Read more]

The Wednesday Tales: The Tiger’s Egg

The Wednesday Tales: The Tiger’s Egg

The Wednesday Tales: The Tiger's Egg, by Jon Berkeley When the Circus Bolsillo lands in Larde, orphan Miles Wednesday and his angel-friend Little join its wondrous and chaotic show. They soon fall in with Doctor Tau-Tau, a mysterious and bumbling fortune-teller who once knew Miles’s parents and claims Miles’s father is very much alive. Miles sets out in secret with Doctor Tau-Tau, but... [Read more]

Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year

Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year

Julie Andrews’  Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year is a vast array of poems old and new joyously celebrates each special day of the year, telling of New Year’s resolutions, Valentine’s Day love, Easter parades, Fourth of July fireworks, and more. From the cold of winter to the new hope of spring, the brisk fall to the steamy summer, Caldecott Honor illustrator... [Read more]