Children’s Books Reviews

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

STAFF REVIEW: Susan Cooper, Newbery Award-winning author of the Dark is Rising trilogy, has ventured into Native American folklore. When Little Hawk goes into the woods for 3 months to survive on his own, he becomes a man in his tribe.

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ISBN: 9781442481428
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 26th, 2014

A friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler endangers them both in this “simply unforgettable” (Booklist, starred review) adventure story from Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper.

On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father tra


Good Night Songs by Margaret Wise Brown

For all those lovers of Goodnight Moon, here is a cache of poetry by Margaret Wise Brown discovered just recently. The poems have been set to music (CD included) and illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. A treat and a treasure. Recommended by Julie.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781454904465
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - March 4th, 2014

"Baby sail the seven seas
Safely in my arms
When the waves go up and down
You are safe from harm."


Is Nothing Something?: Kids' Questions and Zen Answers about Life, Death, Family, Friendship, and Everything in Between by Thich Nhat Hanh

He's been writing "self help" books for adults for years.  Now he speaks to children answering questions such as "What do you do when you're scared?" A comforting book with solid answers and good advice for adults as well. Recommended by Julie.

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By Thich Nhat Hanh, Jessica McClure (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781937006655
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Published: Plum Blossom - March 20th, 2014

In Is Nothing Something? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh answers heartfelt, difficult, and funny questions from children of all ages. Illustrated with original full-color artwork by Jessica McClure, Is Nothing Something? will help adults plant the seeds of mindfulness in the young children in their lives.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Looking for an antidote to Romeo & Juliet, and all the other frustrating, unrequited teenage love stories? THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is the answer. It really does live up to all the buzz! Strong writing, believable characters, and nearly unbearable honesty. Recommended by Kelly.

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ISBN: 9780142424179
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Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

From John Green, the #1 bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"The greatest romance story of this decade." 
Entertainment Weekly

-Millions of copies sold-

#1 New York Times Bestseller

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller


Cherry Ames Student Nurse Stories by Helen Wells

Oh, I loved these books! It is so exciting to see these reissues of the original titles. Like Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames is a smart, plucky, resourceful and caring young woman who solves mysteries and helps others as she fills various positions as a nurse. Yes, they are throwbacks, but so much fun. Cherry is a wonderful character. Recommended by Sarah Young.

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ISBN: 9780977159741
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Published: Springer Publishing Company - November 29th, 2005

The first boxed set, Cherry Ames Boxed Set 1-4, introduces our beloved heroine in her four earliest adventures: Student Nurse, Senior Nurse, Army Nurse, and Chief Nurse


Bluebird

Lawrence resident, Lindsey Yankey, has just published a beautiful new children's book called BLUEBIRD. The wind is missing! Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it. Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere.

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ISBN: 9781927018330
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Published: Simply Read Books - January 26th, 2014

The wind is missing Little Bluebird has never flown without her friend the wind before and is afraid to try. So she sets off on an adventure to find it.
Is it making wishes with the dandelions? Playing with the kites? Tickling the grass? Dancing with the balloons? She searches everywhere. In the end, she finds more than her favorite friend--she finds confidence too.


Is This Panama

This is a terrific picture book about fall migration from the perspective of Sammy the Wilson's warbler. In his journey to Panama, he is helped by many other migrating creatures, which reminds readers just how magnificent, ardous, and widespread are the migrations going on all around us in the spring and fall. It's beautifully illustrated and a great story about persistence and homecoming!

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By Jan Thornhill, Soyeon Kim (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781926973883
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Published: Owlkids - September 10th, 2013

When Sammy, a young Wilson's warbler, wakes up one frosty August morning near the Arctic Circle, he instinctively knows that it's time to make his first migratory journey south to Panama. But there's one problem -- where's Panama?


On Little Wings

Jennifer, a gutsy 16-year-old daughter, discovers she has an unknown aunt in Maine, and in her wish to know more about her and the why to this secret, helps solve a mystery. This wonderfully written first novel about a Midwest family, won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. It is multi-generational in its focus, and deals with loss, grief, a first love, and forgiveness.

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ISBN: 9780670786060
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Published: Viking Children's Books - May 30th, 2013

Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.


The Watermelon Seed

A sweet, summer read, Pizzoli's book explores the youthful fear of swallowing a seed. The humorous crocodile’s facial expressions stand out in the lively graphic colors of pink, green, and black. Pizzoli both illustrated and wrote the book, creating a beautiful rhythm between the words and images. Fun for both kids and adults (watermelon for eating not included)! Recommended by Caitlin.

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By Greg Pizzoli, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423171010
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 14th, 2013

With perfect comic pacing, Greg Pizzoli introduces us to one funny crocodile who has one big fear: swallowing a watermelon seed. What will he do when his greatest fear is realized? Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink?


RED KNIT CAP GIRL by Naoko Stoop

RED KNIT CAP GIRL, written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop, has a subtle brightness that encourages a love and appreciation for nature–specifically the moon. It captures a child’s openness and sense of discovery as we follow the Red Knit Cap Girl on her quest to talk to the moon. She asks lots of questions, finds animal friends, and doesn’t quit if something she tries doesn’t work the first time. This book is great for bedtime or for children learning about nighttime and nature. Recommended by Caitlin.
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ISBN: 9780316129466
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2012

Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream -- to meet the Moon.


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