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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Best Books of 2012: For the Kids

As we reminisce about our favorite books from last year, it's important to remember the younger set.  Each year hundreds of new books join the collection, but a few stand out for their unique qualities.  If you have children at home, or just want to remain young at heart, check out some of the titles our youth staff have selected.

Best E (easy reader) and J (Juvenile) Books:

Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson.  Otto, the bear that lives in a book, gets left behind when the book's owners more.  A very touching bear adventure develops and the library becomes a hero.  A book to love.

It's All About Me-ow by Hudson Talbott.  A silly story and illustrations about cat life.
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold.  An entertaining story with beautiful illustrations.

What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson.  Very funny book that brings into question all of our long held animal stereotypes.

Romeo and Juliet: A Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams.  A counting book incorporating different aspects of Shakespeare's classic tale.

The Lions of Little Rock by Kirstin Levine.  Set in 1958 in Little Rock, AR, this story explores the friendship between two girls of different races and what they teach each other.

Best YA (young adult) Books:
The Diviners by Libba Bray.  A supernatural thriller, set against a well-researched historical backdrop, about a group of young people (with certain 'gifts') in the roaring Twenties in the NYC investigating a series of gruesome murders.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  An amazing written book that will have you both laughing and crying.  The book is about teens who have cancer, admittedly a heavy subject, but the characters are so real and the writing so honest you will love it.

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