Michele Coleman

Book Notes

Oct 22

[ARCHIVED] New Kid's & Teen Books in October

The original item was published from October 23, 2020 to October 22, 2020 9:45 AM

Fall is finally HERE! And October is the perfect month to fall in love with reading (corny, we know but we had to do it). Cool weather, sweaters, pumpkins, and reading are some of our favorite things. To accompany your hot chocolate, coffee, or tea as you enjoy your fall season, check out these new book recommendations from Ms. Shannon, Ms. Alexa, and Ms. Hannah. 

Also—FUN FACT—the upper two levels of the library are now open with some limitations. Our hours are Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and (in accordance to county regulations), barring medical exceptions, all staff and patrons will be required to wear a face covering when entering the building (here’s a link to our press release if you want to read it). 

New Easy Books from Ms. Shannon

It’s Fall already, can you believe it? We are focusing on vocabulary as our early literacy component for the month of October. When focusing on vocabulary, you want to have a goal of developing and expanding the child’s knowledge of new words and their meanings. You can do all this while reading something that’s fun and holds the child’s attention.

I Promise by LeBron James is an instant award winner. This inspiring picture book with vibrant eye-catching illustrations by Nina Mata grabs your attention before even opening the cover.  It’s an upbeat, uplifting book of pure motivation to children of all backgrounds to do their best, excel in school and reminding them that the success of tomorrow depends on the choices and promises we make to ourselves today.

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes and Gordan C James is all about empowerment, high self esteem and becoming a leader. Having a determined, made up mind to be and do whatever you want and knowing that it’s ok when we fall, the real power is in getting back up. This book is perfect for those adventurous, creative, smart young men that are so hard to choose books for.

Digging for Words: Jose Alberto Gutierrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel and illustrated by Paola Escobar is the #1 new release in Children’s Latin American History. This awesome picture book is about the life of Jose Alberto Gutierrez, a Columbian garbage collector, that started a library for kids from one discarded book he found on his garbage route. It’s all about perseverance, community and the power and influence books have on us.  

New Juvenile Fiction/Non-Fiction from Ms. Alexa

I’m so excited to read Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson. It’s written in verse (how cool is that?) and it’s about a boy named ZJ whose father was a pro football star. His dad is adored by fans, the neighborhood kids, and of course his family. However, his dad seems to be going through some tough times as he deals with anger and memory issues. ZJ has to come to terms with his dad’s difficulties—searching for happiness in the present, while still remembering the good times of the past.
Also, I can’t wait to read The Virtual Unicorn Experience by Dana Simpson. This graphic novel has it all—magic, unicorns, and friendship! This is a great book for all ages (even my age!) and Phoebe and Marigold go through many adventures together including sparkle transfusions, virtual unicorn reality, and talent shows. 10/10 would recommend reading this book and series to all readers and lovers of unicorns, magic, and all things awesome.
For juvenile non-fiction, I’m really looking forward to reading The Radium Girls: The Scary but True Story of the Poison That Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore (this is the young readers’ edition of The Radium Girls published in 2017 by Kate Moore). This book deals with the real history of girls hired during World War I to paint luminous dials on watches. These girls were told that the paint was safe but they went from being the “shining girls” with an enviable job to girls that soon fell ill with radiation poisoning. Although this isn’t a “happy” book, it definitely has lots of girl power, grit, and inspiration!

YA Fiction/YA Non-Fiction from Ms. Hannah

Happy October! Hopefully all my teens are having a good fall and the virtual classes are going well. I still miss you guys a ton and I can’t wait to get back together. Quick heads up the libraries top two floors are open again and I have a spooky display of teen books that are just dying to go home with you, come in and check it out!

First up is a brand-new author Jordan Ifueko with a fantasy novel that will totally enchant. Raybearer is a story of Tarisai, a teen girl who has been raised by a mysterious woman called Lady. Her whole life has been a rotation or tutors and seclusion, when finally, she has the chance to compete to become an advisor to the prince. If she is chosen she will be permanently linked to the prince and his 10 other advisors, giving her the connection she has always wanted. Unfortunately, the Lady has other plans and wants to use the position to take down the monarchy. This is a fast paced and thrilling read, dealing with discovering yourself and finding your own way in life.

How it all Blew Up by Arvin Ahmadi is a funny coming out story that takes place in the most unlikely of places, airport interrogation room. Between trying to decide if his family can accept him coming out as gay and suddenly facing blackmail from a fellow student, Amari can’t take it anymore and flees to Rome. Where he gets “adopted” by a group of gay men and decides to live his life exactly how he wants, until his past comes knocking. This is a story that really demonstrates how life can lead you to the strangest of places to help you discover who you are.

For my last book I decided to go a different route, I chose a non-fiction book True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News by Cindy L. Otis. With the election coming up and the stories of fake news on social media, I thought it was important to present a book that really looks into how to find out the truth. Otis shares tips and tricks from her time at the CIA on how to spot doctored photos, identify click bait and trusted sources, and double-check claims. And, most importantly, she talks about how to address your own bias and how to think critically about the information you are presented. I feel this is a good book for everyone in our society of instant information and echo chambers.

If you want any other recommendations or books placed on hold for you, feel free to place holds in our catalog, fill out an Express Books form, or give us a call at 704-878-3030 menu option 4.

Happy fall y’all!