What We're Reading in the Children's Section
Stranded on an iceberg on his way to America, Simon remembers his mother's parting words and lights the first candle on his menorah while praying for a miracle, which soon arrives in the form of a friendly polar bear. There aren't a whole lot of Hanukkah stories for kids, and many of the ones that do exist aren't all that interesting, so it's especially nice to find this remarkable exception. Although it's billed as a holiday book, it's truly a tale that will please any young reader at any time of year. An Island Books Best of 2014 selection. Ages 4 to 8.
There is a legend that describes how, at midnight on Christmas Eve, all creatures are granted the power of speech for one hour. In this rich collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and a dozen other poets imagine what responses they might offer. The poems represent a diverse group of animals, but all come together with one singular purpose: celebrating the joy of the miraculous event.This collection of graceful poems provides readers with a Nativity story unlike any other -- at times gently humorous, at times profound, but always inviting readers to appreciate the wonder of Christmas. Ages 4 to 8.
Author Sidman and illustrator Allen poetically and artistically reveal the secret lives animals lead under the snow. An Island Books Best of 2014 selection. Ages 5 to 9.
The Pushcart War tells the story of how regular people band together and, armed with little more than their brains and good aim, defeat a mighty foe. In it, humble pedestrian merchants do battle with loud, smelly, dangerous delivery trucks. An Island Books Best of 2014 selection. Ages 8 to 12.
In Clariel, New York Times bestselling author Garth Nix weaves a story that is as rich and compelling as the original Abhorsen novels. Clariel, prelude to the Abhorsen trilogy, is set approximately six hundred years before the birth of Sabriel. Devoted Old Kingdom fans and new readers alike will clamor for this epic fantasy adventure. Ages 12 and up.
Have you ever wondered how apps are made? Do you have a great idea for an app that you want to make reality? This book can teach you how to create apps for any Android device, even if you have never programmed before. With App Inventor, if you can imagine it, you can create it. Using this free, friendly tool, you can decide what you want your app to do and then click together colorful jigsaw-puzzle blocks to make it happen. App Inventor turns your project into an Android app that you can test on your computer, run on your phone, share with your friends, and even sell in the Google Play store. Ages 10 to 14.