Friday, October 30, 2015

Family Fright Night 2015

Ack! For the first time ever, we had competition for our usually-packed Halloween party - a trunk or treat at a nearby nursing home. The lure of straight candy seems to have diminished our crowd, but we still had about 60 people for stories, fun and games - and candy!

The stage was set - photo props next to the skeleton in case you didn't come in costume, but wanted your picture taken.

Craft for the littles.

Snacks for everybody (waiting to be put out just before).

Eyeball toss.

LOTS of candy - in bags this year, because certain grown-ups last year were very piggie, which meant shy little ones didn't get much. Grr.

My mother came early with the kids, ion case we needed help. That gave me probably my only chance to photograph all four together, with costume pieces still intact!


a Lovable Little Devil (his tail is even tipped with a heart),

Go-Go...and her photo-bombing brother, yelling, "Me! Me!"

and a Red Lego!

Yeah, he knew he looked cute.
 I actually had everything ready in time, so the kids sampled some of the other crafts,

and read for a bit,

until our friends started arriving.
Her son was absolutely mortified. So she made sure to stop for gas on the way.
 See Sadness, here? She is sad because she is a librarian without a library. Anybody have a spot for this recent graduate, MLS and all, who is willing to come out and volunteer for children's programs??

Ah, the aforementioned son of the witch. Who wouldn't pause for a picture until I threatened to make him sit next to his mother.

Hmm...that's a face that is plotting revenge.
 Rainbow Dash Elsa! Love it!!

Elmo, channeling Cookie Monster.

These three came in growling - very scary!

Well, I know who it is INSIDE the costume...but I'm afraid I am not up on my sci-fi characters...sorry, L.! But you looked great!

A manga character whose name also escapes me...I am a sad excuse for a librarian.

Mickey!!! That one I know!

Making use of photo props...

This. Was. Awesome.

Yes, they made it themselves. Hey, K., smile for the camera! K.? Are you smiling???

Another excellently hand-made costume:

Love that girl's smile!

One beautiful blue butterfly...

...and another beautiful blue butterfly!

There were no fist fights, but they refused to stand next to each other.

Why am I holding a giant cockroach?
 To play hopscotch with, of course!

A bit quieter out in the children's room.

And wasn't Sherry stunning?!

She just wouldn't look at me when I had the camera out!

Back to the eyeball toss, for some last minute attempts.

Shane decided I had taken enough pictures, and it was time to go.

Thanks to everyone who came, and to everyone who helped out! Back to scraping up squashed grapes and cheetos...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: The Doldrums, by Nicholas Gannon

The Doldrums

Archer B. Helmsley wants an adventure. No, he needs an adventure. His grandparents were famous explorers . . . until they got stuck on an iceberg. Now Archer's mother barely lets him out of the house. As if that would stop a true Helmsley. Archer enlists Adelaide—the girl who, according to rumor, lost her leg to a crocodile—and Oliver—the boy next door—to help him rescue his grandparents. 

What a fun book! It took me forever to read it, simply because I haven't had more than ten minutes at a stretch to read. Anyone without four children needing six Halloween costumes and an entire house to paint will no doubt tear through this in one or two sittings. 

Other than the delightfully evil Mrs. Murkley, characters are multi-layered and intriguing. While some surprises are easy for readers to figure out before the three children do, others are indeed a surprise, and add more depth to certain characters. Amazing illustrations, fantastical but not fantasy, and while the real action happens in a rush over the last 50 pages, the whole story has the feel of an adventure. The ending was not at all what I expected, but I was wholly satisfied with it. Sequel, please, Mr. Gannon?? I definitely want to see more of this entire cast - even Mrs. Murkley!

*Note: The younger me would have ADORED this book, so I will be looking out for "younger me"s to hand it off to. Think children who like C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, E. Nesbit, or Kate Coombs.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Review: Newer Halloween Picture Books


The stories and illustrations in the Otter books are always squee-worthy. And a book with end pages covered in candy? Who wouldn't like that?! As usual, Otter has SO many things to do to get ready for Halloween - pumpkin selecting, decorating, and of course making sure everyone has a scary costume. But, what happens when Otter decides the trick-or-treaters are just a little TOO scary? Will she have to hide under the bed with Pig for the rest of the night? A fun little read for any child, but especially one who might not be too sure about those other ghosties and goblins.


It's Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately, he's just too much of a scaredy-cat. He's afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary. And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o'-lantern. But when the lights go back on, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head. Whooooo can it be?

Another one along the same vein, children will find it easy to laugh at Splat's goofy facial expressions, and parents may identify with Mother, drily agreeing that, yes, Splat is pretty scary.


Parents will also identify with the search for the perfect costume (this year I had to come up with a lovable devil, Go-Go from Big Hero 6, a gardener, Teddy Roosevelt, Hulk, and a red Lego.) Witch's Cat goes through a rainbow of costume ideas before coming up with a pretty clever one at the end. Adorable, seemingly 3D illustrations you want to run your finger over, this may also inspire a Halloween scene art project.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Quick and Dirty Cybils Nominations (aka My Longest Blog Post Ever)

My book budget always goes out the window when the Cybils nominations close. This week the (mostly) final lists of nominations * came out, and I immediately grabbed a stack of order cards and went to print the list. Then I realized the list would be over 200 pages, and decided to hold off on clicking "Okay" just yet.

If you are not familiar with the Cybils Award, it is a nice cross between awards given to books with literary merit but little appeal (yes, I'm looking straight at you, Newberys) and books that are popular with kids, but...hello, Goosebumps! Two separate teams of judges for each category come up with a shortlist, then a final winner, that has both literary merit and popular appeal. I know anything on the shortlists I can safely order and expect high circulation. 

One of the things I love about Cybils is that anybody can nominate a book, you don't need to have a great agent or belong to a big publishing company. If you wrote a book and your mother thinks it was wonderful, she can nominate you. Heck, you can nominate yourself! This gives a chance for many little gems to shine that might otherwise be missed. I was pleased to see some independent publishing groups scattered liberally through the nominations this year.

Finalists aren't announced until January 1, but who can wait that long? (Hint: not me.) I like to start looking through the lists now to see what I missed (Wait - there's a Mac Barnett I don't have??) and what was nominated by bloggers and authors I trust. I don't necessarily order everything that was nominated - as a former judge, I can say that sometimes a book WAS nominated by the author's mother, or somebody equally biased, because...yeesh! - but, I do like to at least have them all on my radar.

Of course, first this means cross-referencing the list with what I already have, or have made order cards for already. And at 200 pages? The keeper of the copier would shoot me. So, I have spent most of today paring the entries down to just title and author, and am posting them here for anyone else who wants to double their monthly book order! If you want more information, do click on over to and spend some time.

* publishers still have a few days to nominate books that missed out.

2015 Cybils Nominees

Easy Readers

3, 2, 1, Go! By Emily Arnold McCully

A Pig, a Fox, and a Box By Jonathan Fenske

Biscuit Goes Camping By Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Don't Throw It to Mo! By David A. Adler

Froggy Is the Best By Jonathan London

Hello, Olaf! By Andrea Posner-Sanchez

I Will Take A Nap! By Mo Willems

Lost Dog By Michael Garland

Pig and Pug By Laura Marchesani

The Lost Kitten By Katherine Cox

Spring Cleaning By Dori Chaconas

Star in a Play By Judy Young

The Long Dog By Eric Seltzer

Waiting Is Not Easy! By Mo Willems

Early Chapter Books

Big Bad Detective Agency By Bruce Hale

Big News! By Ida Siegal

Claude in the Spotlight By Alex T. Smith

Cody and the Fountain of Happiness By Tricia Springstubb

Izzy Barr, Running Star By Claudia Mills

Heroes on the Side By Cyndi Marko

Little Shaq By Shaquille O'Neal

Merlin By Cynthia Lord

My Pet Human By Yasmine Surovec

Eva's Treetop Festival By Rebecca Elliott

Sadie's Story By Christine Heppermann

The Dragonsitter By Josh Lacey

The Five O'Clock Ghost #4 By Dori Hillestad Butler

The House of Memories By Benjamin Hulme-Cross

Clover's Luck By Kallie George

The Mystery of the Missing Lion By Alexander McCall Smith

The Not-So Itty-Bitty Spiders By Amy Marie Stadelmann

The Three Little Pugs By Noah Z. Jones

Welcome, Bao Bao By Gina Shaw

When I Am Happiest By Rose Lagercrantz

Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction

A Nest Is Noisy By Dianna Hutts Aston

A Rock Can Be By Laura Purdie Salas

All About China by Allison Branscombe

All About the Philippines by Gidget Roceles Jimenez

B is for Berkshires By Joan Duris

Big Red Kangaroo By Claire Saxby

Bite into Bloodsuckers By Kari-Lynn Winters and Ishta Mercurio

Counting Lions By Virginia McKenna

Ebola: Fears and Facts By Patricia Newman

Emu By Claire Saxby

Flowers Are Calling By Rita Gray

Flying Cars: The True Story By Andrew Glass

Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game By John Coy (Author), Randy DuBurke (Illustrator)

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker By Robbie Robertson

I (Don't) Like Snakes By Nicola Davies

I See a Pattern Here By Bruce Goldstone

I am Lucille Ball By Brad Meltzer

Mad About Monkeys by Owen Davey

Marie Durand By Simonetta Carr

Out of the Woods By Rebecca Bond

Raindrops Roll By April Pulley Sayre

The Art of the Possible by Edward Keenan

The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea By Brenda Z. Guiberson

The Octopus Scientists By Sy Montgomery

The Way to School By Rosemary McCarney

The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson

Travelling Seeds By Rebecca Bielawski

Trombone Shorty By Troy Andrews

Water Runs Through This Book By Nancy Bo Flood

Zoology for Kids By Josh Hestermann

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

A Curious Tale of the In-Between By Lauren DeStefano

A Nearer Moon By Melanie Crowder

A Plague of Bogles By Catherine Jinks

A Pocket Full of Murder By R. J. Anderson

A Riddle in Ruby By Kent Davis

A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic By Lisa Papademetriou

A Wolf at the Gate By Mark A Van Steenwyk

Alistair Grim's Odditorium By Gregory Funaro

All the Answers By Kate Messner

Arrgh! By Stacey R. Campbell

Bayou Magic By Jewell Parker Rhodes

Beastkeeper By Cat Hellisen

Brilliant By Roddy Doyle

Castle Hangnail By Ursula Vernon

Circus Mirandus By Cassie Beasley

Connect the Stars By Marisa de los Santos

Crenshaw By Katherine Applegate

Cuckoo Song By Frances Hardinge

Dayshaun's Gift  By Zetta Elliott

Dead Air #1 By Michelle Schusterman

Del Ryder and the Crystal Seed By Matthew David Brough

Dinosaur Boy By Cory Putman Oakes

Dragon Lad By J. C. Stevens

Dragon's Future By Kandi J. Wyatt

Echo By Pam Munoz Ryan

Escape from Baxters' Barn By Rebecca Bond

Everblaze By Shannon Messenger

Finders Keepers By Dorothy A. Winsor

Firefly Hollow By Alison McGhee

Fires of Invention By J. Scott Savage

Flunked By Jen Calonita

Fuzzy Mud By Louis Sachar

Girlgoyle By Better Hero Army

Hoodoo By Ronald L. Smith

Hunters of Chaos By Crystal Velasquez

I'm with Cupid By Anna Staniszewski

Janitors: Heroes of the Dustbin By Tyler Whitesides

Jinx's Fire By Sage Blackwood

Lilliput By Sam Gayton

Little Miss Evil By Bryce Leung

The Hollow Boy By Jonathan Stroud

Loyalist to a Fault By Evan Munday

Magelica's Voyage: The Rescue By Louise Courey Nadeau

Mark of the Thief By Jennifer A. Nielsen

Mars Evacuees By Sophia McDougall

Masterminds By Gordon Korman

MiNRS By Kevin Sylvester

Monstrous By MarcyKate Connolly

Mothman's Curse By Christine Hayes

Moving Target By Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Nightborn By Lou Anders

Nightbird By Alice Hoffman

Nomad By William Alexander

Obstacles By Gregory E. Ransom

One Witch at a Time By Stacy DeKeyser

The Forgotten Sisters By Shannon Hale

Princess Juniper of the Hourglass By Ammi-Joan Paquette

Raising Rufus By David Fulk

Randoms By David Liss

Return to Augie Hobble By Lane Smith

Rules for Stealing Stars By Corey Ann Haydu

School for Sidekicks By Kelly McCullough

Serafina and the Black Cloak By Robert Beatty

Shadows of Sherwood By Kekla Magoon

Smek for President! By Adam Rex

Story Thieves By James Riley

Super Freak By Vanessa Barger

Switch By Ingrid Law

The Afterlife Academy By Frank L. Cole

The Astounding Broccoli Boy By Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland By Catherynne M. Valente

The Case of the Cursed Dodo By Jake G. Panda

The Copper Gauntlet By Holly Black

The Cottage in the Woods By Katherine Coville

The Dark Wild By Piers Torday

The Dungeoneers By John David Anderson

Diary of a Mad Brownie By Bruce Coville

The Fog Diver By Joel Ross

The Green Ember By S. D. Smith

The Imaginary By A. F. Harrold

The Island of Dr. Libris By Chris Grabenstein

The Jumbies By Tracey Baptiste

The King of Average By Gary Schwartz

The Lost Track of Time By Paige Britt

The Lost Tribes By C. Taylor-Butler

The Loudness: A Novel By Nick Courage

Fork-Tongue Charmers By Paul Durham

The Mad Apprentice By Django Wexler

The Map to Everywhere By Carrie Ryan

The Nest By Kenneth Oppel

The Orphan Army By Jonathan Maberry

The Phantom Bully By Jeffrey Brown

The Second Guard By J. D. Vaughn

The Shark Rider By Ellen Prager

The Sign of the Cat By Lynne Jonell

The Sound of Life and Everything By Krista Van Dolzer

The Taken By Inbali Iserles

The Thief of Mirrors By Pierdmonico Baccalario/Iacopo Bruno/Nanette McGuinness

The Tournament at Gorlan By John A. Flanagan

The Toymaker's Apprentice By Sherri L. Smith

The Trap By Steven Arntson

The Vanishing Island By Barry Wolverton

SandRider By Angie Sage

Took: A Ghost Story By Mary Downing Hahn

Trash Mountain By Jane Yolen

Upside-Down Magic By Sarah Mlynowski

Valiant By Sarah McGuire

Westly By Bryan Beus

Moon Rising By Tui T. Sutherland

Wish Girl By Nikki Loftin

Wonderment By Robert Kramer

Woundabout By Lev Rosen

Young-hee and the Pullocho by Mark James Russell

Fiction Picture Books

A Castle Full of Cats By Ruth Sanderson

A Crow of His Own By Megan Dowd Lambert

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat By Emily Jenkins

A Letter for Leo By Sergio Ruzzier

A Poem in Your Pocket By Margaret McNamara

A Tale of Two Beasts By Fiona Roberton

A Wave Came Through Our Window By Zetta Elliott

Achoo! Why Pollen Counts By Shennen Bersani

Albie's First Word: A Tale Inspired by Albert Einstein's Childhood By Jacqueline Tourville

Alphabet Trains By Samantha R. Vamos

Archie the Daredevil Penguin By Andy Rash

B is for Bethlehem By Isabel Wilner

Bee in the Sea By Adam Reed

Before I Sleep I Say Thank You By Carol Gordon Ekster

Bernice Gets Carried Away By Hannah E. Harrison

Beyond the Pond By Joseph Kuefler

Billy's Booger By William Joyce

Bird by Beatriz Martin Vidal

Blizzard By John Rocco

Blue on Blue By Dianne White

Boats for Papa By Jessixa Bagley

Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors By Megan Montague Cash

Buster the Little Garbage Truck By Marcia Berneger

Butterfly Park By Elly MacKay

By Mouse and Frog By Deborah Freedman

Cat & Bunny By Mary Lundquist

Catherine's Pascha: A Celebration of Easter in the Orthodox Church By Charlotte Riggle

Charlotte and the Quiet Place By Deborah Sosin

Counting Crows By Kathi Appelt

Daylight Starlight Wildlife By Wendell Minor

Double Trouble for Anna Hibiscus! By Atinuke

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music By Margarita Engle

First Grade Dropout By Audrey Vernick

Float By Daniel Miyares

Francisco's Kites / Las cometas de Francisco By Alicia Klepeis

Fred By Kalia Eunhye Seo

Gerbil, Uncurled By Alison Hughes

Good Morning to Me! By Lita Judge

Goodnight Manger By Laura Sassi

Gorillas In Our Midst By Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat By Deborah Underwood

Hold This By Carolyn Cory Scoppettone

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise By Sean Taylor

How to Behave at a Dog Show By Madelyn Rosenberg

How to Read a Story By Kate Messner

I Don't Want to Be a Frog By Dev Petty

I Thought This Was a Bear Book By Tara Lazar

I Want to Eat Your Books By Written by Karin Lefranc

I Will Chomp You! By Jory John

Ice Cream Summer By Peter Sis

In a Cloud of Dust By Alma Fullerton

In a Village by the Sea By Muon Van

In the Canyon By Liz Garton Scanlon

Inside This Book: (are three books). By Barney Saltzberg

Interstellar Cinderella By Deborah Underwood

It's Raining Bats & Frogs By Rebecca Colby

Job Wanted By Teresa Bateman

Juna's Jar By Jane Bahk

Kamik's First Sled By Matilda Sulurayok

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast By Josh Funk

Last Stop on Market Street By Game Collage, LLC

Lenny & Lucy By Philip C. Stead

Leo: A Ghost Story By Mac Barnett

Leopold the Lion By Denise Brennan-Nelson

Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 By Jonah Winter

Little Bird's Bad Word By Jacob Grant

Little Elliot, Big Family By Mike Curato

Lizzie and the Last Day of School By Trinka Hakes Noble

Louis I, King of the Sheep By Olivier Tallec

Loula and Mister the Monster By Anne Villeneuve

Love for Logan By Lori DeMonia

Lucy in the City By Julie Dillemuth, PhD

Madame Martine Breaks the Rules By Sarah S. Brannen

Mama Seeton's Whistle By Jerry Spinelli

Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation By Edwidge Danticat

Mango, Abuela, and Me By Meg Medina

Maple & Willow Apart By Lori Nichols

Maple & Willow Together By Lori Nichols

Martian Mustache Mischief By Brian Rock

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans By Phil Bildner

Max the Brave By Ed Vere

McToad Mows Tiny Island By Tom Angleberger

Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats By Alicia Potter

Monster Needs a Party (Monster & Me) By Paul Czajak

Mr Squirrel and the Moon By Sebastian Meschenmoser

Mr. Postmouse's Rounds By Marianne Dubuc

Mummy Cat By Marcus Ewert

My Cousin Momo By Zachariah OHora

My Dog Is the Best By Laurie Ann Thompson

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay By Cari Best

New Shoes By Susan Meyer

Nickerbacher, the Funniest Dragon by Terry John Barto

No Yeti Yet By Mary Ann Fraser

Once Upon a Cloud By Claire Keane

One Word from Sophia By Jim Averbeck

Orion and the Dark By Emma Yarlett

Oskar and the Eight Blessings By Tanya Simon

Owl Boy By Brian Schatell

P. Zonka Lays An Egg By Julie Paschkis

Peanut Butter & Brains: A Zombie Culinary Tale By Joe McGee

Penny & Jelly: The School Show by Gianferrari, Maria

Please, Mr. Panda By Steve Antony

Poppy's Best Paper By Susan Eaddy

Red: A Crayon's Story By Michael Hall

Roar! By Julie Bayless

Rude Cakes By Rowboat Watkins

Rumplepimple By Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Santa's Christmas Train By Helen Foster James

Seaver the Weaver By Paul Czajak

See You Next Year By Andrew Larsen

Sharing the Bread: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Story By Pat Zietlow Miller

Shimmerling By Andrea Skyberg

Sidewalk Flowers By JonArno Lawson

Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups By Stephanie Clarkson

Snooze By Brandi Russell

Snoozefest By Samantha Berger

Sparrow and the Trees, The By Sharon Chriscoe

Special Delivery By Philip C. Stead

Stanley the Farmer By William Bee

Stay! A Top Dog Story By Alex Latimer

Stick and Stone By Beth Ferry

Strike At Charles' Farm By AuthorHouse

Sun and Moon By Lindsey Yankey

Sweep Up the Sun By Helen Frost

Templeton Gets His Wish By Greg Pizzoli

The Adentures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen By Sandra Hagee Parker

The Adventures of Rocky Bear By Paul E. Garcia

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich By Julia Sarcone-Roach

The Boy & the Book By David Michael Slater

The Bureau of Misplaced Dads By Kids Can Press, Ltd

The Children at the Playground By Tracey M. Cox

The Day the Crayons Came Home By Drew Daywalt
The Flying Hand of Marco B By Richard Leiter

The Golden Plate By Bernadette Watts

The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience By Jill Neimark

The Jacket By Kirsten Hall

The Little Gardener By Flying Eye Books

The Monkey and the Bee By C. P. Bloom

The Mouse Mansion By Karina Schaapman

The Olive Tree By Elsa Marston

The Perfect Percival Priggs By Julie-Anne Graham

The Princess and the Pony By Kate Beaton

The Queen's Hat By Steve Antony

The Red Bicycle By Jude Isabella

The Skunk By Mac Barnett

The Tea Party in the Woods By Akiko Miyakoshi

The Whisper By Pamela Zagarenski

The Wonderful Things You Will Be By Emily Winfield Martin

The Year of the Sheep by Oliver Chin

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight By Penny Parker Klostermann

There's No Such Thing as Little By LeUyen Pham

This Is Sadie By Sara O'Leary

Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red By Rosemary McCarney

To the Sea By Cale Atkinson

Toys Meet Snow By Emily Jenkins

Troll and the Oliver By Adam Stower

Two Mice By Sergio Ruzzier

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

Waiting By Kevin Henkes

What About Moose? By Corey Rosen Schwartz

What James Said By Liz Rosenberg

Whatever Wanda! By Christy Ziglar

When a Dragon Moves In Again By Jodi Moore

Where Are My Books? By Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Where Do I End and You Begin? By Shulamith Oppenheim

Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain? By Harriet Ziefert

Wherever You Go By Pat Zietlow Miller

Wild About Shapes by Jeremie Fischer

Wolfie the Bunny By Ame Dyckman

Yard Sale By Eve Bunting

You and Me By Susan Verde

Your Alien By Tammi Sauer

Graphic Novels

Attack of the Alien Horde By Robert Venditti

Awkward By Svetlana Chmakova

Baba Yaga's Assistant By Marika McCoola

Tales of a Warlock By Ted Naifeh

Dragons Beware! By Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado

Escape from the Lizzarks By Doug TenNapel

Human Body Theater By Maris Wicks

Little Robot By Ben Hatke

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure By Nadja Spiegelman

Lowriders in Space By Cathy Camper

Mr. Pants: Trick or Feet! By Scott Mccormick

Orpheus in the Underworld By TOON Graphics

Roller Girl By Victoria Jamieson

Secret Coders By Gene Luen Yang

Space Dumplins By Craig Thompson

Sunny Side Up By Jennifer L. Holm

The Dragon Queen By Rod Espinosa

Night of the Frankenfrogs By Chris Schweizer

The Lunch Witch #1 By Deb Lucke

The Marvels By Brian Selznick

Dinosaur Dilemma By Frank Cammuso

The Thief and the Sword By Mike Maihack

Unicorn on a Roll By Dana Simpson

Cool Japan Guide by Abby Denson

Exquisite Corpse By Pénélope Bagieu

Fantasy Sports By Nobrow Press

Welcome to Gotham Academy By Becky Cloonan

Legend of the Mantamaji: Book 2 By Eric Dean Seaton

Macbeth By Gareth Hinds

Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 By G. Willow Wison

Nimona By Noelle Stevenson

Prison Island: A Graphic Memoir By Ms. Colleen Frakes

The Other Side of the Wall By Simon Schwartz

The Sculptor By Scott McCloud

The Stranger (Last Man) By Bastien Vivès

Squirrel Power By Ryan North

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 By Sui Ishida

Middle Grade Fiction

25 Roses By Stephanie Faris

A Blind Guide to Stinkville By Beth Vrabel

A Handful of Stars By Cynthia Lord

A Night Divided By Jennifer A. Nielsen

A Whole New Ballgame By Phil Bildner

Absolutely Truly By Heather Vogel Frederick

Adventures with Waffles By Maria Parr

Another Kind of Hurricane By Tamara Ellis Smith

Ava and Taco Cat By Carol Weston

Binny in Secret By Hilary McKay

Blackbird Fly By Erin Entrada Kelly

Blue Mountain By Martine Leavitt

Bo at Iditarod Creek By Kirkpatrick Hill

Book Scavenger By Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

Breaking the Ice By Gail Nall

Canned and Crushed By Bibi Belford

Cassidy's Guide to Everyday Etiquette (and Obfuscation) By Sue Stauffacher

Chasing Secrets By Gennifer Choldenko

Cold War on Maplewood Street By Gayle Rosengren

Dream On, Amber By Emma Shevah

Extraordinary By Miriam Spitzer Franklin

Finders Keepers By Shelley Tougas

Finding Someplace By Denise Lewis Patrick

Finding the Worm (Twerp Sequel) By Mark Goldblatt

Firebrand By Aaron Barnhart

Fish in a Tree By Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy By Susan Vaught

George By Alex Gino

Gone Crazy in Alabama By Rita Williams-Garcia

Goodbye Stranger By Rebecca Stead

Gracefully Grayson By Ami Polonsky

Honey By Sarah Weeks

How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel By Jennifer Brown

How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel By Jess Keating

I Don't Know How the Story Ends By J.B. Cheaney

Imaginary Boy By Mark Eldrich

Last in a Long Line of Rebels By Lisa Lewis Tyre

Listen, Slowly By Thanhha Lai

Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco By Judith Robbins Rose

Lost in the Sun By Lisa Graff

Molly Pepper and the Night Train By Courtney King Walker

Moonpenny Island By Tricia Springstubb

Murder Is Bad Manners By Robin Stevens

My Life in Dioramas By Tara Altebrando

My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) By Alison DeCamp

My Secret Guide to Paris by Schroeder, Lisa

Night on Fire By Ronald Kidd

Nooks & Crannies By Jessica Lawson

Paper Things By Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Stagestruck: Curtain Up! By Lisa Fiedler and Anya Wallac

Stella by Starlight By Sharon M. Draper

Stormstruck! By John MacFarlane

Stealing the Game By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave by Jennifer White

Surviving Bear Island By Paul Greci

Almost a World Record Breaker By Molly B. Burnham

The Baking Life of Amelie Day By Vanessa Curtis

The Blackthorn Key By Kevin Sands

The Case of the Missing Moonstone By Jordan Stratford

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate By Jacqueline Kelly

The Detective's Assistant By Kate Hannigan

The Friendship Riddle By Megan Frazer Blakemore

The Girl in the Torch By Robert Sharenow

The Great Good Summer By Liz Garton Scanlon

The Honest Truth By Dan Gemeinhart

The Looney Experiment By Luke Reynolds

The Magician's Secret By Carolyn Keene

The Missing Dog Is Spotted By Jessica Scott Kerrin

The Mystery of the Scarlet Rose By Irene Adler

The Trouble with Ants By Claudia Mills

The Odds of Getting Even By Sheila Turnage

The Penderwicks in Spring By Jeanne Birdsall

The Question of Miracles By Elana K. Arnold

The Safest Lie By Angela Cerrito

The Secret Mission of William Tuck By Eric Pierpoint

The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball By Elizabeth Atkinson

The Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other) By Geoff Rodkey

The Terrible Two By Mac Barnett

The Thing About Jellyfish By Ali Benjamin

The Truth About Twinkie Pie By Kat Yeh

The War that Saved My Life By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Wolf Wilder By Katherine Rundell

The Worst Class Trip Ever By Dave Barry

The Year We Sailed the Sun By Theresa Nelson

Tiger Boy By Mitali Perkins

Waiting for Unicorns By Beth Hautala

Watch the Sky By Kirsten Hubbard

We Are All Made of Molecules By Susin Nielsen

Woof By Spencer Quinn

You Can't See the Elephants By Susan Kreller

You're Invited (mix) By Jen Malone


5 to 1 By Holly Bodger

A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young By Michael Rosen

A Pirate's Mother Goose By Nancy I. Sanders

A Spectacular Selection of Sea Critters By Betsy Franco

After the Bell Rings: Poems About After-School Time By Carol Diggory Shields

Amazing Places By Lee & Low Books, Inc.

An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns By Betsy R. Rosenthal

Audacity By Melanie Crowder

Beastly Verse By Enchanted Lion Books

Bigfoot is Missing! By J. Patrick Lewis

Blue Birds By Caroline Starr Rose

Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection By Charlotte Zolotow

Chips and Cheese and Nana's Knees: What Is Alliteration? By Brian P. Cleary

Dating Down By Stefanie Lyons

Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food and Agriculture Poems By Carol-Ann Hoyte

Double Happiness By Nancy Tupper Ling

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir By Margarita Engle

Feeding the Flying Fanellis: And Other Poems from a Circus Chef By Kate Hosford

Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido By Julie Paschkis

Full Cicada Moon By Marilyn Hilton

House Arrest By K.A. Holt

Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems About Just About Everything By Calef Brown

Jumping Off Library Shelves By Lee Bennett Hopkins

My Seneca Village By Marilyn Nelson

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry By J. Patrick Lewis

Orangutanka: A Story in Poems By Margarita Engle

Over the Hills and Far Away By Candlewick Press

Poems in the Attic By Nikki Grimes

Presidential Misadventures: Poems That Poke Fun at the Man in Charge By Bob Raczka

Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse By Leslie Bulion

Red Butterfly By A.L. Sonnichsen

Sail Away By Langston Hughes

Salsa: Un poema para cocinar / A Cooking Poem By Jorge Argueta

Sing a Season Song By Jane Yolen

Skyscraping By Cordelia Jensen

Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy By Judy Young

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox By Groundwood Books

The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects By Paul B. Janeczko

The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl & Random Boy By Marie Jaskulka

The Maine Coon's Haiku: And Other Poems for Cat Lovers By Michael J. Rosen

The Popcorn Astronauts: And Other Biteable Rhymes By Deborah Ruddell

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold By Joyce Sidman

Won Ton and Chopstick By Lee Wardlaw

Young Adult Fiction

A Christmas Kerril By Denise Jaden

A Little in Love By Susan E. Fletcher

A Matter of Heart By Amy Fellner Dominy

All American Boys By Jason Reynolds

All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven

All the Rage By Courtney Summers

Amy's Choice By Marcia Strykowski

Andreo's Race By Pam Withers

Any Way You Slice It By Kristine Carlson Asselin

Backlash By Sarah Darer Littman

Believarexic By J.J. Johnson

Between the Notes By Sharon Huss Roat

Black Dove, White Raven By Elizabeth Wein

Boys Don't Knit By T. S. Easton

Bright Coin Moon: A Novel By Kirsten Lopresti

Challenger Deep By Neal Shusterman

Chicken By Chase Night

Choco Chip Hips By Agay Llanera

Code of Honor By Alan Gratz

Conviction By Kelly Loy Gilbert

Cut Both Ways By Carrie Mesrobian

Cut Off By Jamie Bastedo

Damaged By Amy Reed

Defenseless By Elisa Dane

Delicate Monsters: A Novel By Stephanie Kuehn

Double Exposure By Bridget Birdsall

Dumplin' By Julie Murphy

Ella Wood By Michelle Isenhoff

Em and Em By Linda Budzinski

All Fall Down By Ally Carter

Endangered By Lamar Giles

Every Last Word By Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Word By Ellie Marney

Everything That Makes You By Moriah McStay

Everything, Everything By Nicola Yoon

Finding Audrey By Sophie Kinsella

Finding Paris By Joy Preble

Finding Perfect By Kendra C. Highley

Forbidden By Kimberley Griffiths Little

Galgorithm By Aaron Karo

Geek Girl By Holly Smale

Headwinds By Gretchen K. Wing

Her Cold Revenge By Erin Johnson

Honey Girl By Lisa Freeman

How It Went Down By Kekla Magoon

I Am Princess X By Cherie Priest

I Crawl Through It By A.S. King

I Was Here By Gayle Forman

I'll Meet You There By Heather Demetrios

In Real Life by Lawrence Tabak

Infandous By Elana K. Arnold

Infinite in Between By Carolyn Mackler

Ink and Ashes By Valynne E. Maetani

Kissing Frogs By Alisha Sevigny

Kissing in America By Margo Rabb

Leading Lines By Chatel Guertin

Life in the No-Dating Zone By Patricia B. Tighe

Like It Never Happened By Emily Adrian

Like Water on Stone By Dana Walrath

Love, Lucas By Chantele Sedgwick

Made You Up By Francesca Zappia

Mosquitoland By David Arnold

My Best Everything By Sarah Tomp

Never Said By Carol Lynch Williams

Next Door to a Star By Krysten Lindsay Hager

None of the Above By I. W. Gregorio

Not After Everything By Michelle Levy

Not Otherwise Specified By Hannah Moskowitz

Orbiting Jupiter By Gary D. Schmidt

Out of Darkness By Ashley Hope Pérez

P.S. I Still Love You By Jenny Han

Paper Hearts By Meg Wiviott

Picture Imperfect By Jelsa Mepsey

Press Play By Eric Devine

Pucked By Rachel M Walter

Read Between the Lines By Jo Knowles

Saint Anything By Sarah Dessen

Show and Prove By Sofia Quintero

Silence By Deborah Lytton

Small Bones By Vicki Grant

Snark and Stage Fright By Stephanie Wardrop

Summer of the Oak Moon By Laura Templeton

Surviving Santiago By Lyn Miller-Lachmann

The Best Kept Secret By Wendi Nunnery

The Boy in the Black Suit By Jason Reynolds

The Bunker Diary By Kevin Brooks

The Creeping By Alexandra Sirowy

The Farmerettes By Gisela Sherman

The Fill-In Boyfriend By Kasie West

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley By Shaun David Hutchinson

The Fix By Natasha Sinel

The Geneva Project - Lies By Christina Benjamin

The Heartbreakers By Ali Novak

The Hired Girl By Laura Amy Schlitz

The Last Leaves Falling By Simon & Schuster

The Masked Truth By Kelley Armstrong

The Princess Spy By Melanie Dickerson

The Secrets We Keep By Trisha Leaver

The Seventh Most Important Thing By Shelley Pearsall

The Shark Curtain By Chris Scofield

The Silence of Six By E.C. Myers

The Trouble in Me By Jack Gantos

The Truth Commission By Susan Juby

The Walled City By Ryan Graudin

The Wrong Side of Right By Jenn Marie Thorne

This Ordinary Life By Jennifer Walkup

This Side of Home By Renée Watson

Tiny Pretty Things By Sona, Clayton, Dhonielle Charaipotra

Trouble is a Friend of Mine By Stephanie Tromly

Under a Painted Sky By Stacey Lee

Under the Lights By Dahlia Adler

Unspeakable By Michelle K. Pickett

Untwine By Edwidge Danticat

Vengeance Road By Erin Bowman

Very in Pieces By Megan Frazer Blakemore

We'll Never Be Apart By Emiko Jean

What We Saw By Aaron Hartzler

What You Left Behind By Jess Verdi

When Reason Breaks By Cindy L. Rodriguez

When the Music Stops By Paddy Eger

Writing Clementine By Kate Gordon

Written in the Stars By Aisha Saeed

Young Adult Nonfiction

Cyber Attack  By Margaret J. Goldstein

Elena Vanishing: A Memoir By Elena Dunkle

FDR and the American Crisis By Albert Marrin

Hidden Gold By Ella Burakowski

Overturning Wrongful Convictions By Elizabeth A. Murray

The Boys in the Boat By Daniel James Brown

The Inker's Shadow By Allen Say

The Prisoners of Breendonk By James M. Deem

This Book Is Gay By James Dawson

This May Sound Crazy By Abigail Breslin

Three More Words By Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom By Lynda Blackmon Lowery

Unbroken By Laura Hillenbrand

What If I'm an Atheist? By David Seidman

Young Adult Speculative Fiction
A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas

A History of Glitter and Blood By Hannah Moskowitz

A Murder of Magpies By Sarah Bromley

A School for Unusual Girls By Kathleen Baldwin

A Tale of Light and Shadow: Secrets of Neverak By Jacob Gowans

A Thousand Pieces of You By Claudia Gray

About a Girl By Sarah McCarry

Above the Sky By Jenny Lynne

Alive By Chandler Baker

An Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir

An Inheritance of Ashes By Leah Bobet

Another Day By David Levithan

Archivist Wasp By Nicole Kornher-Stace

Ash & Bramble By Sarah Prineas

Aspen Everlasting By Kathryn Cooper

Beastly Bones By William Ritter

Becoming Jinn By Lori Goldstein

Black Beauty By Constance Burris

Blood and Salt By Kim Liggett

Bone Gap By Laura Ruby

Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets By Mary Fan

Breaking Sky By Cori McCarthy

Cage of Deceit By Jennifer Anne Davis

Carry On By Rainbow Rowell

Charisma By Jeanne Ryan

Coal By Constance Burris

Compulsion By Martina Boone

Court of Fives By Kate Elliott

Creatura By Nely Cab

Crimson Bound By Rosamund Hodge

Dare to Dream By Carys Jones

Daughters unto Devils By Amy Lukavics

Dawn of Magic By Alma Alexander

Dealing with Devils By Pembroke Sinclair

Denton Little's Deathdate By Lance Rubin

Dove Arising By Karen Bao

Dragons Are People, Too By Sarah Nicolas

Duplicity By N. K. Traver

End of Days By Susan Ee

Fallout By Gwenda Bond

Feral Pride By Cynthia Leitich Smith

God Awful Loser By Silvia Acevedo

Grounded By Heather Young-Nichols

Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories By David Almond

Hidden Monster By Amanda Strong

Hunted By Missy Kalicicki

I Heart Robot By Suzanne Van Rooyen

Illusionarium By Heather Dixon

In a World Just Right By Jen Brooks

Into The Dark By Caroline T. Patti

It's a Wonderful Death By Sarah J. Schmitt

Lair of Dreams By Libba Bray

Library of Souls By Ransom Riggs

Lifer By Beck Nicholas

MARTians By Blythe Woolston

Magonia By Maria Dahvana Headley

Material Girls By Elaine Dimopoulos

Mechanica By Betsy Cornwell

Minotaur By Phillip W. Simpson

Minutes Before Sunset By Shannon A. Thompson

Miss Mayhem By Rachel Hawkins

Monster By Kayti Nika Raet

More Happy Than Not By Adam Silvera

Mortal Heart By Robin LaFevers

Nameless By Jennifer Jenkins

Nobody's Goddess By Amy McNulty

Novus By Crystal Marcos

Parallelogram By Robin Brande

Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl By Leigh Statham

Powerless By Tera Lynn Childs

Prairie Fire By E. K. Johnston

Pure Magic By Ms Rachel Neumeier

Qualify By Vera Nazarian

Random By Alma Alexander

Razorhurst By Justine Larbalestier

Rebel Mechanics: All is Fair in Love and Revolution By Shanna Swendson

Red Queen By Victoria Aveyard

Rook By Sharon Cameron

Sanctuary By Jennifer McKissack

Scarlett Undercover By Jennifer Latham

Serpentine By Cindy Pon

Seven Tears at High Tide By C.B. Lee

Wolf Night By E.M. Knowles

Shadowshaper By Daniel Jos

Shutter By Courtney Alameda

Silver in the Blood By Jessica Day George

Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys By April Genevieve Tucholke

Slip By David Estes

Spelled By Betsy Schow

Stone in the Sky By Cecil Castellucci

Strange Luck By Amie Irene Winters

Stranger By Sherwood Smith

Teresa of the New World By Sharman Apt Russell

The Accident Season By Moïra Fowley-Doyle

The Alex Crow By Andrew Smith

The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen By Katherine Howe

The Artisans By Julie Reece

The Beast of Cretacea By Todd Strasser

The Cost of All Things By Maggie Lehrman

The Darkest Part of the Forest By Holly Black

The Devil's Dreamcatcher By Donna Hosie

The Dogs By Allan Stratton

The Edge of Forever By Melissa E. Hurst

The Emperor of Any Place By Tim Wynne-Jones

The First Principle By Marissa Shrock

The Game of Love and Death By Martha Brockenbrough

The Girl at Midnight By Melissa Grey

The Glass Arrow By Kristen Simmons

The Hunted By Matt De La Peña

The Infinite By Lori M. Lee

The Last Orphans By N.W. Harris

The Letter for the King By Tonke Dragt

The Mark of Noba By G.L. Tomas

The Name of the Blade By Zoe Marriott

The Orphan Queen By Jodi Meadows

The Prom Goer's Interstellar Excursion By Chris McCoy

Blue Lily, Lily Blue By Maggie Stiefvater

The Remedy By Suzanne Young

The Rest of Us Just Live Here By Patrick Ness

The Ritual of the Four By Carla Trueheart

The Rules of Ever After By Killian B. Brewer

The Scorpion Rules By Erin Bow

The Shadow Behind the Stars By Rebecca Hahn

The Shadow Cabinet By Maureen Johnson

The Shadow Stealer By Melissa Giorgio

The Six By Mark Alpert

The Sleeper and the Spindle By Neil Gaiman

The Snow Globe By Jenna Nelson

The Storyspinner By Becky Wallace

The Suffering By Rin Chupeco

The Tethering By Megan O'Russell

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee By Shallee McArthur

The Walls Around Us By Nova Ren Suma

The Wanderers By Kate Ormand

The Weight of Feathers By Anna-Marie McLemore

The Witch Hunter By Virginia Boecker

The Wrath and the Dawn By Renee Ahdieh

This Monstrous Thing By Mackenzi Lee

Ticker By Lisa Mantchev

Fated By Peggy Martinez

Time to Expire By Chris Ramos

Timekeeper Rising By Allyssa Painter

Tunnel Vision By Susan Adrian

Untamed By Madeline Dyer

Until Beth By Lisa Amowitz

Vessel By Lisa T. Cresswell

Walk on Earth a Stranger By Rae Carson

Where The Staircase Ends By Stacy A. Stokes

Wolf By Alma Alexander

Yokai By Dave Ferraro

Zeroboxer By Fonda Lee