June 2019 Prime Picks
Science, Nature & Technology
The Handbook of Bird Families surveys
birds around the world, considering
new classification changes to each of their orders as it covers their
and natural history.
photographer David Tipling and others accompany discussions that
complete update to and adaptation from Elphick's 2014 World
of Birds, pairing fact boxes and in-depth discussions of
orders with notes on bird appearance, habits, ranges, and differing
to obtaining food.
The Handbook of Bird Families is a lovely
survey of bird families
that belongs in any basic natural history collection, whether for
neo-professionals or newcomers to birding.
book titles are top recommendations for young readers seeking fun
vivid stories, and are recommended for both read-aloud parents and
catering to them.
McKinlay's Let Me Sleep, Sheep!
$15.99) is illustrated by Leila Rudge, who tells of sleepless Amos. He
sheep to get to sleep until suddenly there's a thud, and one lands in
It turns out
counting sheep holds an unexpected side effect with many complications
just getting to sleep, but managing the impact of too many sheep and
about counting them.
A fun story
holding quite a different perspective than the usual bedtime tale.
Regil's A New Home (9781536201932,
of moves to a new home which is completely unlike the old one.
A boy and a
trade voices and experiences as they share stories about moving from
City to Mexico City. Each explores fears and impressions of their new
each provides a different perspective on these old and new environments
encourages kids to think about the positive aspects of a move and
Dunbar's Grumpy Duck
(9781536204247, $16.99) is
illustrated by Petr Horáček and tells of a duck who is in a
very grumpy mood indeed.
The pond is
she resists participating in other creatures' activities because she's
a bad mood that everything seems pointless, dull, or awful.
How can her
make her feel better when she resists all efforts to have fun?
evolves, with a not-so-subtle message for grumpy kids.
Lottie & Walter tells of Lottie,
who has a problem. She is
afraid to go to her swim class at the pool because she believes there's
in the water that has its hungry eye on her, specifically.
week until newcomer Walter appears and strikes up a friendship with
Walter isn't your ordinary friend, and his special skills may help
overcome her fear, at last.
tale evolves, holding a surprise not just for Lottie, but her young
The New Neighbors tells of bunnies who
are excited about the new
neighbors who have moved into their building. But, the new neighbors
about the news, but other residents aren't so sure that having neighbor
a good thing. As the bunny building residents hop and trot around the
spreading news, enthusiasm, and some degree of trepidation, kids
receive a fun
story of prejudice and speculation that gives message about
over-thinking a new
situation and different folk.
will help reinforce the message of the story and will help beginning
navigate this fun tale of discovery.
appeal to libraries interested in attracting young adults and kids with
Robinson's Another (9781534421677,
from an author and illustrator who encourages kids to view the world
differently, from other perspectives and viewpoints.
wordless picture book that features cats and a little girl who
their worlds upside down by viewing life in an entirely different
kids and read-aloud parents to consider how changing viewpoints changes
two teen reads which are standouts.
Arsdale's The Cold is in Her Bones
(9781481488440, $18.99) tells of Milla, whose world has been limited to
family's farm. She's not even allowed to travel to the local village,
sole friend is her sibling.
Iris, comes to stay with them, it's a big revelation to Milla;
it's revealed that the local village is cursed by a demon who seems to
Iris in its sights.
involving story creates
a gripping read about friendship, loneliness, and a monstrous threat
out to be something far different in nature, in a saga that is hard to
Appelt's Angel Thieves
will reach ages 14 and older with the story of teenager Cade, who is an
thief. Under the direction of an antique store owner who gives Cade and
father free rent, Cade is instructed to steal marble angels from
promises to prove particularly fruitful if it can be located, Cade
himself on a mission that carries him into a very different world that
meaning not only for the past, but his future.
books for kids are recommended picks and deserve a spot in any
seeking original, strong blends of appealing drawings and solid stories.
receive Jennifer Sattler's Oink-Oink!
Moo! Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! (9781585363919, $7.99), featuring
animals who introduce basic animal sounds for kids. As the animals make
even while performing impossible routines (such as a dog riding a
will appreciate the fun survey.
Bunting's Little Yellow Truck
$16.99) tells of a little truck who feels he's not being assigned
tasks compared to the larger trucks in the lumberyard.
Truck find something purposeful in his life?
belonging and value receives colorful illustrations by Kevin Zimmer
be reminiscent of the Cars animated
movies, appealing to a wide audience of young vehicle enthusiasts.
Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? by Susan Wood
(9781585364091, $16.99) is
illustrated by Steliyana Doneva and tells of a family that spends a day
beach. The kids look in various footprints to see the creatures that
the shore, and young readers will enjoy the a fun, simple story that
a seashore's natural history.
From building sand castles to observing other children at play, Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Enthusiastically celebrates the fun of a seashore day.