A Colorful World: Books about Art

Now that the school year has started, we all need to remember to set aside some time for creativity! Creating and exploring new ideas is what drives our society, and artists have the incredible opportunity to share their voices and perspectives with the world in a way that lets people connect on a deeper level. Explore the list of books below to learn about some amazing artwork and artists as well as how art has the power to change the world.

To find more books about the amazing art in our world, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “art,” “artists,” “painting,” “painters,” or a particular artist or style of art you want to learn more about. Many nonfiction books about art can be found in the 700 call number range.

Bryant, Jen.
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. 2013 (Biography: picture book)
From the time he was a little boy, Horace Pippin loved to draw. That love and his skill continued to grow throughout his life, but after he was injured in World War II, he had to relearn how to draw with his left hand supporting his right. Quotes from Pippin in the beautifully detailed and childlike illustrations make his feelings and art come alive. Short, simple sentences with a relatable main character will draw young readers in, and they will be inspired by his strength and determination to do what he loved.
[S-Collection Q. SB. P665b]

Burleigh, Robert.
Edward Hopper Paints His World. 2014 (Biography: picture book)
When Edward Hopper was a child, he decided that he would be an artist one day. It was a long and often lonely road, but he never stopped working towards his goal. The detailed and beautifully created illustrations on each page lend clarity to what Hopper’s mission as an artist was: to draw what moved him. With an afterword, descriptions of some of his famous paintings, a timeline, and more, this biography delves into Edward Hopper’s life and makes him accessible to young readers.
[S-Collection Q. SB. H798b]

Campoy, F. Isabel.
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood. 2016 (Picture book: based on a true story)
Mira loved to draw and color and gave away her artwork to everyone she saw, making her city a little less gray, but she was only one person. One day, however, a man came to town and started creating a mural, eventually inviting the whole neighborhood to join in and help make something beautiful. The vibrant colors leap off the page and readers will love to see what happens when a community comes together.
[S-Collection Q. SE. C158m]

Harvey, Jeanne Walker.
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines. 2017 (Picture book: biography)
This beautiful picture book tells the story of Maya Lin, the artist-architect who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with many other structures and spaces. Growing up, Maya learned to see the art and beauty in the spaces around her and wanted others to see it as well, so she studied architecture. Readers will love being able to explore her creations in the detailed illustrations and be a part of her art – just like Maya Lin wants.
[S-Collection Q. SB. L735h]

Heiligman, Deborah.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. 2017 (Nonfiction: biography, chapter book)
The author paints the world of Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo with a beautiful and intimate storytelling that lets readers delve into their lives. Based on the 658 letters that Vincent wrote to Theo throughout his life, this in-depth novel is the winner of the 2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award. Reading this book is like a painting – you stand aloof from it, yet still feel intimately attached to the emotions that are portrayed – and readers will want to savor the experience.
[S-Collection S.759.9492 H3636v]

Hicks, Deron R.
The Van Gogh Deception. 2017 (Fiction: chapter book)
Found at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. in front of a Degas sculpture, a boy can’t remember who he is or where he came from. As he works to discover his identity, he races against time to put together the clues of his origins with the facts he somehow knows about artists in order to stop one of the most daring art frauds in history. This exciting adventure book will keep readers on the edge of their seats and have them exploring art with the QR codes interspersed throughout the text.
[S-Collection S. H5293v]

Manning, Mick.
The Story of Paintings: A History of Art for Children. 2017 (Nonfiction)
With a narrative voice, this large format nonfiction book tells the history of art, hitting the highlights throughout the ages – from the Lascaux Cave Paintings to The Starry Night and all the way to Jean-Michel Basquiat. Depictions of various pieces of artwork are on every page, along with easy to understand summaries and fun cartoons with captions and amusing thought bubbles. Inquisitive minds will love this introduction to some of the most famous art and will want to learn more!
[S-Collection Q. S.709 M316s]

MacKnight, Wendy McLeod.
The Frame-Up. 2018 (Fiction: chapter book)
At the Beaverbrook Gallery, the one rule you must follow is not letting anyone know that the paintings are alive, and Mona Dunn just broke it. One day Sargent Singer, the son of the gallery owner, discovers her secret, and they must work together in order to do some sleuthing in order to save the gallery from a potential art heist. Adventure and fantasy abound in this novel, and readers will enjoy delving into their imaginations and exploring the world hidden behind the frame.
[S-Collection S. M2182f]

Newbold, Amy and Greg.
If Picasso Painted a Snowman. 2017 (Nonfiction: picture book)
Fun and whimsical, this picture book follows the “what if” scenario to explore how different artists would have painted a snowman. This simple concept lets children see the styles of various artists without being didactic along with a not-so-subtle nod to the adults in the room with playful versions of famous paintings such as “The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí” (melting clocks) and “American Gothic House” by Grant Wood (the farmer holding a pitchfork with his wife/daughter).
[S-Collection S.709 N425i]

Wells, Marcia.
Mystery on Museum Mile (Eddie Red Undercover #1). 2014 (Fiction: chapter book)
Edmund Xaxier Lonnrot, better known by his codename Eddie Red, is thrust into the case of a lifetime when his special skills are needed. With a photographic memory and the ability to draw whatever he sees, the NYPD needs the sixth grader’s talents in order to track down the dangerous group The Picasso Gang before they get away with the art theft of the century. Full of puzzles, fun, and art, this book is a page turner and exciting adventure for readers of all ages.
Be sure to look for Mystery in Mayan Mexico #2 (S. W46272my) and Doom at Grant’s Tomb #3 (S. W46272d) also found in the S-Collection!
[S-Collection S. W46272m]

Ingenious Inventors and Inventions

“An invention has to make sense in the world it finishes in, not in the world it started.” – Tim O’Reilly

These books are all about the amazing inventions in our world and the inventors who weren’t afraid to dream big and make mistakes along the way. These innovative individuals just wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and they came up with some incredible ideas like chocolate chip cookies, Band-Aids, frozen food, and more! If you want to learn about the brilliant and creative minds behind your favorite invention, check out the list of books below!

To find more books about the amazing ideas people have every day, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “inventions,” “inventors,” or a particular invention or field you want to learn more about. Many nonfiction books about inventions can be found in the 609 call number range.

Barton, Chris.
Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions. 2016 (Nonfiction: picture book)
Lonnie Johnson has always loved building and playing with ideas, and his most memorable is definitely the Super Soaker. Most people don’t know, however, that he struggled to get a toy company to buy his product or that he invented other amazing things working for NASA. As readers learn about Lonnie’s life, they see someone who never gave up and continues to dream and create new inventions.
[S-Collection Q. S.609.2 B2854wh]

Ford, Gilbert.
How the Cookie Crumbled: The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie. 2017 (Nonfiction: picture book)
Have you ever thought about when the chocolate chip cookie was first made? This playful picture book tells the story of Ruth Wakefield, a chef who started a restaurant with her husband and invented (Accidentally? On purpose?) the chocolate chip cookie and shared the beloved recipe with the country. With an author’s note, recipe for Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies, and bibliography, this book is sure to be a hit with cookie lovers of all ages – just be sure to be ready to bake some chocolate chip cookies after you read it!
[S-Collection Q. S.641.5092 F7521h]

Gifford, Clive.
50 Things You Should Know About Inventions. 2016 (Nonfiction: chapter book)
A useful overview of important inventions throughout history, this book explores the past while leaving room to see where inventions can take us next. There are plenty of illustrations and fun facts to keep readers interested and craving more information. Kids will be amazed to think about how someone had to invent the ordinary things we take for granted and will be excited to dream up the next great invention.
[S-Collection S.609 G3663i]

Glass, Andrew.
Flying Cars: The True Story. 2015 (Nonfiction: chapter book)
Ever since airplanes and cars were invented, people have been dreaming of the combination. This book shares the stories of those inventors and the amazing things they have been able to create throughout the years. With historical pictures and plans sprinkled throughout, readers will eagerly turn the pages to find out if their dreams come true.
[S-Collection S.629.04 G4632f]

Grandin, Temple.
Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor. 2018 (Nonfiction: chapter book)
Temple Grandin, a successful scientist and inventor, takes readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of inventions and the process inventors go through when thinking through problems. She not only illustrates different ways to look at the world, but she passionately shares with the readers the importance of using their imagination and developing their curiosity. With pictures, diagrams, and projects to try at home, kids won’t want to stop thinking, tinkering, or fiddling with their own inventions.
[S-Collection S.507.8 G764c]

Kurlansky, Mark.
Frozen in Time: Clarence Birdseye’s Outrageous Idea about Frozen Food. 2014 (Nonfiction biography: chapter book)
This accessible chapter book tells the life story of Clarence Birdseye, the man who invented frozen food – a topic every kid can relate to! His fascination with food preservation took him on a journey to create the freezing process for food we still use today. He didn’t stop there, however, also inventing the electric sunlamp, a harpoon gun, and more. As they learn about his life and explore the 8 pages of photos, the bibliography, and the index, readers will be inspired by Birdseye’s curiosity and want to see what they can create.
[SB. B618k]

Mosca, Julia Finley.
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath. 2017 (Nonfiction biography: Picture book)
In this rhyming retelling of Dr. Patricia Bath’s life, kids will learn about more than just her amazing achievements in the field of optometry. The story follows a bright, inquisitive girl as she overcomes obstacles like racism, sexism, and doubt to see her dreams through – and help others see! Fun facts, quotes from Dr. Bath, a timeline of her life, a more detailed biography, and a bibliography all add to this inspirational learning opportunity that will have kids wondering what they can do to change the world.
[Q. SB. B331m]

Sweet, Melissa.
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. 2011 (Nonfiction biography: picture book)
Collage and childlike illustrations bring the world of Tony Sarg to life in bright colors. Young readers will love to pore over the images as they read about the man who invented the larger-than-life puppets of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Short text blurbs make this a fast read, but it’s chockfull of information. An author’s note and bibliography is included at the end for those looking for more.
[S-Collection Q. SB. S2451s]

Turner, Tracey.
100 Inventions That Made History: Brilliant Breakthroughs That Shaped our World. 2014 (Nonfiction)
Five sections go through the ingenious inventions that have made our world the place it is today. From the wheel all the way to bionic body parts, readers will traverse the history of inventors who dreamed of making things better or easier. Each page has lots of information and illustrations in an accessible format to pore over, letting inquisitive minds explore to their heart’s content!
[S-Collection Q. S.609 T85o]

Wittenstein, Barry.
The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story about an Accidental Invention. 2018 (Nonfiction: picture book)
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and that was definitely the case for Earle Dickson. When his new wife Josephine keeps injuring herself accidentally around the house, he wonders if there is an easier way for her to bandage her own injuries – and the Band-Aid is born! It takes a while for Earle’s invention to be recognized as the genius idea it is, and readers will root for him until the final “the end.”
[S-Collection Q. S.617.13 W784b]

Mapping Your World

Maps do a lot more than get you from Point A to Point B! According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a map is “a diagram or other visual representation that shows the relative position of the parts of something,” and here at SSHEL we know that books can do the same thing. They help us explore who we are and where we come from – just like maps help us to find our place in the world. Go through the list of books below in order to read some stories all about being lost and found, following treasure maps, and traveling the world.

To find more books about maps and adventure, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “maps,” “atlases,” or “cartography.” Nonfiction books about maps and geography can generally be found in the 912 call number range.

Bryant, Jennifer.
Kaleidoscope Eyes. 2009 (Fiction: middle grade, novel in verse)
After Gramps dies, Lyza helps her dad clean out his house and she finds three maps hidden in the attic. An envelope on top reads “For Lyza ONLY,” and she knows it’s going to be the start of an amazing adventure. With the help of her two best friends, Malcolm and Carolann, they decipher a letter from Gramps that reveals that a pirate treasure from Captain Kidd could be buried in their very own town in New Jersey! Readers will turn the pages quickly in order to follow along as the three go on a secret treasure hunt all while the Vietnam War looms over their community.
[S-Collection S. B8415k]

Buckley Jr., James.
Animal Atlas. 2016 (Nonfiction: atlas)
In this large-format atlas, you can’t help but keep flipping the pages and reading about different animals on each of the continents. It combines cartoons and real images for a dazzling visual experience and an abundance of creatures, pictures, and learning opportunities. With a conversational tone, glossary, index, and fun facts galore, adults and kids alike will enjoy taking this book home to explore!
[S-Collection Q. S590 B856a]

Chen, Justina.
North of Beautiful. 2010 (Fiction: young adult)
Terra grew up in a world of maps and compasses, but she can’t seem to find herself. Hiding her face with its port-wine stain along with her feelings is natural to her. On the outside her life seems perfect: she has a popular boyfriend, a great job at an art gallery, and is very pretty. However, people don’t see what she looks like beneath her makeup or how her dad treats her mom at home. It takes Jacob, an interesting Goth Chinese-American, a trip across the ocean, and an exploration of her own art for Terra to finally find the real meaning of true beauty.
[Center for Children’s Books S. H344n]

Clements, Andrew.
The Map Trap. 2014 (Fiction: middle grade)
One day, Alton’s most prized possessions – his maps – are stolen from his locker. Which is kind of a problem, because while there are “regular” maps that provide locations and directions, there are also some special maps that explore how and what he thinks about people, including his friends, his teachers, and (gulp) his principal. Soon the “mapnapper” starts giving him instructions about what to do if he wants to see his maps again, and Alton is thrust into uncharted territory!
[S-Collection S. C5912m]

Fanelli, Sara.
My Map Book. 1995 (Fiction: picture book)
Full-page, bright, colorful, interactive illustrations fill this book that teaches kids that maps don’t have to just be of places. Readers will experience not only a traditional map of the main character’s room, but also a map of his day, a color map, and more. With so much to explore and think about, children will want to start making their own maps after reading this book, so be sure have paper and crayons handy!
[S-Collection Q. SE. F213m1995]

Hargrave, Kiran Millwood.
The Cartographer’s Daughter. 2016 (Fiction: middle grade)
The day the Governor arrived, everything changed. The songbirds left, the ports closed, and going beyond the forest was forbidden. Isabella is the daughter of the only cartographer on the island, and she yearns to follow in his footsteps and chart the Forgotten Territories. One day her best friend, who happens to be the Governor’s daughter, disappears, and Isabella soon realizes that she’s going to have follow her map and her heart in order to save her friend and the island. This fantasy adventure will take readers on an incredible journey of friendship, exploration, and magic.
[S-Collection S. H2233c]

Milford, Kate.
Greenglass House (Greenglass House #1). 2014 (Fiction: middle grade)
A ringing doorbell interrupts Milo’s plans of doing nothing and relaxing during his winter vacation. The inn is normally quiet this time of year, but soon Greenglass House is full of odd guests with strange stories and secrets. Add to the mix a strange map, an attic full of treasures, and theft and Milo has a mystery on his hands! With the help of Meddy, the cook’s daughter, the pair work together to try to discover just what secrets this rambling old inn is hiding.
Look for the sequel, Ghosts of Greenglass House in the S-Collection (S. M598gg)!
[Center for Children’s Books S. M598g]

Ritchie, Scot.
Follow That Map! A First Book of Mapping Skills. 2009 (Nonfiction: picture book)
In this fun and interactive picture book, readers follow Sally and her friends on their quest to find Max and Ollie, a dog and cat on the loose. Along the way they explore their neighborhood, city, country, and the world around them. This book helps explain the basic concepts needed to understand maps to children while also exercising their imaginations. As a fun bonus, Max and Ollie are hidden somewhere in every map for readers to find!
[S-Collection Q. S.912.014 R5108f]

Sweeny, Joan.
Me on the Map. 1996 (Fiction: picture book)
This is an easy, timeless, methodical introduction to maps for young readers. Readers follow a young girl as she draws and interacts with maps of her room, house, town, state, country, and world. As she discovers her place on the map and in the world, children learn along with her about identity as well as geography. The warm colors and detailed illustrations give readers a lot to explore and provide ample opportunity for discussion.
[S-Collection SE. SW352m]

Wolverton, Barry.
The Vanishing Island (The Chronicles of the Black Tulip #1). 2015 (Fiction: upper middle grade)
Bren Owen feels stuck in his small town of Map in the year 1599, and he longs to travel to find fame and adventure. With a cartographer for a father and sailors constantly coming into port with new tales from afar, Bren is itching to leave to see for himself what’s out there. Soon he’s caught up in the riddle of a lifetime complete with a secret code, the promise of lost treasure, and a legendary island that vanished from the map long ago. Readers will be at the edge of their seats as they race through the pages in order to see if Bren can survive the danger in order to find the treasure!
Look for The Dragon’s Gate #2 (S. W839d) and The Sea of the Dead #3 (S. W839s) also in the S-Collection!
[S-Collection S. W839v]

Get a Clue!

Everyone loves a good mystery. Our storytelling minds automatically try to piece together the clues and figure out what happened, even in our ordinary, day-to-day lives. The thrill of the chase, the suspense of waiting, and the satisfaction of figuring out whodunit all make these stories crowd favorites. To hone your detective skills and solve some mysteries, check out the list of books below!

To find more books where you can play detective alongside the characters, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “mystery and detective stories,” “criminal investigation,” “spies,” or “detectives.”

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn.
The Naturals (The Naturals #1). 2013. (Fiction: chapter book – young adult)
When you put together a group of teenagers with unusual gifts, what do you get? Like a YA Criminal Minds, the FBI has just started a classified program where teenagers with special skills work to solve cold cases. Cassie is naturally good at reading people and figuring out their intentions, but in this group of geniuses she’s not the only one trying to hide the secrets of her past. When a new killer is on the loose, Cassie and the other Naturals have their skills put to the test. Readers won’t be able to put this book down.
(Also look for Killer Instinct #2 S. B262k, All In #3 S. B262a, and Bad Blood #4 S. B262b – all found in the S-Collection!)
[Center for Children’s Books S. B262n]

Beil, Michael D.
A New Recruit (Agents of the Glass #1). 2016. (Fiction: chapter book – middle grades)
When Andy does a good deed by turning in the money he found after a bank robbery, he doesn’t want it to be a big deal. However, the Agents of the Glass hear about it and recruit Andy to work with them in the fight against a company called NTRP. As a new 12-year-old agent, Andy doesn’t know who to trust anymore, and it’s a race against time to make sure that good wins over evil. Readers will definitely speed through this fast-paced adventure to see if Andy succeeds in his mission and will eagerly await the sequel.
[S-Collection S. B3965n]

Biedrzycki, David.
Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective (Ace Lacewing #1). 2005. (Fiction: picture book)
In a traditional private eye narration, we follow ace detective Ace Lacewing as he investigates the kidnapping of Queenie Bee. Is there more going on than meets the eye? Along with Doctor Xerces Blue and Sergeant Zito, Ace is on the case to find the missing owner of the Hive Rise Honey Company. Full of bug jokes, suspense, and playful images, kids will enjoy solving the mystery with Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective.
(Also look for Bad Bugs Are My Business #2 SE. B475ac and The Big Swat #3 SE. B475ace – found in the S-Collection!)
[S-Collection SE. B475a]

Carter, Ally
I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1). 2006. (Fiction: chapter book – middle grades)
Cammie Morgan is the daughter of the headmistress at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, so she’s used to fading into the background. Literally. The Gallagher Academy is actually an elite school for spies, and Cammie and her friends Bex and Liz are training for top secret missions. But when Cammie falls for a normal boy, she’s lost. She can hack his computer and track him through town, but she doesn’t know if she can have a real relationship with someone who can never know who she really is. The start of a 6 book series, this is a lighthearted introduction about friendship, espionage, and identity that becomes multi-layered and more profound with each installment.
Also be sure to check out the author’s Heist Society series about a group of teenage thieves! (S-Collection S. C2452h)
(Also look for Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy #2 S. C2452c, Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover #3 S. C2452d, Only the Good Spy Young #4, Out of Sight, Out of Time #5 S. C2452o, and United We Spy #6 S. C2452un – in the S-Collection!)
[S-Collection S. C2452i]

Cavallaro, Brittany.
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1). 2016. (Fiction: chapter book – young adult)
Jamie Watson does not want to be playing rugby at prep school Sherringford far away from his London home in Connecticut, partly because his dad, who he hasn’t seen since he was 10, is nearby, and partly because Charlotte Holmes is there. Take one descendant from Dr. Watson and the descendant from the famous Sherlock Holmes and it should’ve been fate, but instead it seems like Jamie and Charlotte are destined to be enemies until a fellow student is murdered and they are both suspects. Now it’s up to Charlotte to clear their names. This YA mystery tribute is sure to thrill audiences and keep them on the edge of their seats.
(Also look for The Last of August #2 – Uni High Fiction Av13la)
[S-Collection S. C3141c1]

Ponti, James
Framed! (A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery #1). 2016. (Fiction: chapter book – middle grades)
Twelve-year-old Florian Bates is an FBI agent, and in between doing his homework and being a normal kid, he developed his Theory of All Small Things (T.O.A.S.T.) to solve life’s little mysteries. When he shares his theory with his friend Margaret, they unknowingly stumble upon a big mystery involving the National Gallery and an infamous crime syndicate. With Florian as the charismatic narrator, readers will hone their detective skills and find themselves using T.O.A.S.T. as he and Margaret solve the mystery!
(Also look for Vanished! #2, found in the S-Collection S. P778v)
[Center for Children’s Books S. P778fr]

Ransom, Jeanie Franz.
What Really Happened to Humpty? (From the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective). 2009. (Fiction: picture book)
Detective Joe Dumpty is Humpty Dumpty’s younger brother, and when Humpty mysteriously falls off the Wall, Joe thinks there is foul play and is determined to figure out what or who caused it. He goes around Mother Gooseland to interview familiar characters like Miss Muffet, the Three Little Pigs, Chicken Little, and others to see if they saw anything out of the ordinary storyline. With comic book style illustrations and a surprising culprit, this twist on traditional fairy tales is an entertaining mystery read.
[S-Collection Q. SE. R1741w]

Selznick, Brian and Serlin, David.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye. 2018. (Fiction: picture book, beginning reader, graphic novel)
Baby Monkey stars in this picture book/beginning reader/graphic novel. While hard to categorize what type of book this is, you do know what Baby Monkey is. He is a baby, and he is a monkey, but he is also a private investigator. With kid and adult humor sprinkled throughout, thoughtfully and artistically created illustrations, and mysteries to solve, this book is a winner for all ages.
[Center for Children’s Books S. Se492ba]

Tarpley, Natasha.
The Harlem Charade. 2017. (Fiction: chapter book – middles grades)
In Harlem, anything can happen. Jin watches the neighborhood from her family’s bodega, Alex tries to secretly help the needy, and Elvin survives on the streets after his grandfather is attacked. These three kids couldn’t be any more different, but when they come together to try to solve the mystery of the attack on Elvin’s grandfather, the trio discover a plot to take over their neighborhood for a theme park that some missing paintings just might prevent. Full of action and daring, Jin, Alex, and Elvin redefine community, art, and home in a compelling middle school read.
[S-Collection S. T176ha]

Van Steenwyk, Elizabeth.
How Kate Warne Saved President Lincoln: A Story about the Nation’s First Woman Detective. 2016. (Nonfiction: picture book)
A true story, this is the inspiring tale of how Kate Warne became a detective with the famous Pinkerton Agency. As a woman, she could go where men could not, and was skilled at getting people to trust and talk to her. When Abraham Lincoln was elected as president, there were rumors about preventing him from getting to Washington D.C. for the inauguration and it was up to Kate and other agents to make sure he got there safely. Gorgeously textured and colorful illustrations help tell the tale of the important role Kate Warne played back in 1860 and how she paved the road for women in a historically male dominated profession.
[S-Collection S.363.25092 V366h]

Journeying Into Space

Who doesn’t love looking up at the sky and imagining what exists beyond what the eye can see? Our universe is full of amazing phenomena, from the planets in the Solar System, to shooting stars, black holes, meteors, dark matter, and more. The Milky Way Galaxy is 13.6 billion years old with more than a hundred billions stars, so there’s a lot for astronauts and space ships to explore. To join them on a trip through space and time, go through the list of books below to see what you can discover!

To find more books that take you on an adventure out of this world, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “outer space,” “extraterrestrial beings,” “space ships,” or “astronauts.”

Ball, Nate.
Let’s Investigate with Nate: The Solar System. 2017. (Nonfiction: picture book)
Nate takes kid investigators Felix, Wendy, Braden, and Rosa on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel through the Solar System in a race against time to figure out if Pluto is a planet or not. The varying forms of text – speech bubbles, the narrator, and entries from Braden’s Journal – will engage children and keep them turning the pages. Filled with facts about space, readers will learn along with the characters and will be asking for another adventure with Nate!
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.523.2 B2101s]

Buckingham, Will.
Lucy and the Rocket Dog. 2017. (Fiction: chapter book)
Lucy is fascinated by space, and Laika, her dog, is fascinated by Lucy. Told in their alternating perspectives, this is the story of how Laika accidentally wanders into Prototype I – the rocket Lucy has built – and is launched into space! What follows is Lucy’s lifelong journey trying to bring Laika home that is full of love, wonder, and exploration.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. B8561l]

Englert, Christoph.
Destination: Space. 2016. (Nonfiction: picture book)
With beautiful illustrations and accessible explanations, readers will want to explore this book in depth. The two-page spreads about various topics in space are made for perusing, and the question and answer format is a natural way for kids to learn. Children and adults alike will find something fascinating that captures their attention, makes them take a second look, and inspires further research.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.520 En35d]

Hawking, Lucy & Steven.
George’s Secret Key to the Universe. 2007. (Fiction: chapter book)
In this action packed novel from father-daughter duo Lucy and Steven Hawking, George’s pet pig has escaped into the abandoned yard next door, and much to his surprise, he finds new neighbors! A scientist named Eric has moved in with his daughter Annie, and soon they’re exploring the universe with the help of supercomputer Cosmos on a crazy adventure through space while racing to protect the world. Readers will enjoy the scientific explanations interspersed throughout the text along with the creative illustrations and color photographs of space phenomena.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.H313g]

Kelly, Mark.
Astrotwins: Project Blastoff (Astrotwins #1). 2015. (Fiction: chapter book)
Loosely based on the childhood of retired astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, this is the story of how one summer, the twins are in trouble as usual and get sent to their grandpa’s house as a punishment. With nothing to do, Grandpa suggests they build a go-kart, but Mark and Scott decide to build a rocket instead. Amidst the middle-school drama and dreams of being an astronaut, readers will connect with the characters and explore outer space as well as friendship.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. K2978a]

Melvin, Leland.
Chasing Space (Young Readers’ Edition). 2017. (Autobiography)
In this moving memoir, Leland Melvin shares with readers how he has spent his life chasing his dreams – even following them to outer space. When an injury cut his time as a professional football player with the Detroit Lions short, Leland didn’t give up, and instead became an astronaut who helped build the International Space Station. With hope, photos, experiments to try at home, inspiration, and adventure galore, readers are sure to race through this book and start chasing dreams of their own.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. M5312m]

Pittman, Eddie.
Red’s Planet (Red’s Planet #1). 2016. (Fiction: graphic novel)
Red is a 10-year-old orphan who yearns to get away from her foster family, but she doesn’t expect to be kidnapped by a UFO! Soon she’s definitely far, far away from Earth and the ship she is on has crash landed on a small deserted planet. Along with Red, readers will meet the cast of misfit aliens who live there as she tries to survive this crazy new world and maybe find a new family without trying.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.741.5973 P6871r]

Shetterly, Margot Lee.
Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space (Young Readers’ Edition). 2016. (Nonfiction: chapter book)
A companion to the movie of the same name, this book helps bring to life and light the amazing accomplishments of the female mathematicians that helped men get to space. Called human computers, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were just four of the women at NASA who helped perform the calculations for the launch of astronaut John Glenn. In the race to get to space, these women defied all the odds placed against them because of gender, race, and status, and readers will love learning about their fight for well-deserved recognition.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.510.92520973 L515h]

Siy, Alexandra.
Voyager’s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space. 2017. (Nonfiction: chapter book)
Learn all about the space probes Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in this nonfiction medley of fact, narrative, and photographs that will have readers wishing for more. The twin probes went on a mission to travel to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in order to take pictures and gather other data to send back to Earth, but they didn’t stop there. Now on a journey into interstellar space, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 both have a copy of a record titled “The Sounds of Earth” – just in case they need to communicate with other (possibly alien!) life forms.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.523.4 Si99v]

Underwood, Deborah.
Interstellar Cinderella. 2015. (fairy tale picture book)
In this rhyming, rollicking, rocket-full retelling, Cinderella is an aspiring mechanic once upon a planetoid. With her trusty sidekick Murgatroyd the robot mouse, her fairy godrobot, and her socket wrench in her pocket, Cinderella is ready for anything. Readers will love the twists in this traditional tale and will be captivated by the out-of-this-world illustrations and message that you can do whatever you set your mind to.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.398.2 Un25i]

El día de los niños/El día de los libros – Children’s Day/Book Day

El día de los niños/El día de los libros, or Children’s Day/Book Day, is a celebration of children, families, and reading that promotes literacy for all. This yearlong event is celebrated on April 30, so there’s still plenty of time to prepare and join in the fun! Author Pat Mora added the festival of El día de los libros to the traditional Mexican Children’s Day in 1997 as a “commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.” The goal is to unite communities through literacy and reading. The books listed below are united in their emphasis on the power of books and libraries to make a difference in people’s lives.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros es una celebración de niños, familias y lectura que promueve la alfabetización para todos. ¡Este evento se celebra el 30 de abril, por lo tanto, todavía hay mucho tiempo para prepararse y unirse a la diversión! La autora Pat Mora añadió el festival de El día de los libros al tradicional El día de los niños de México en 1997 como un “compromiso de vincular a los niños y sus familias a diversos los libros, idiomas y culturas.” El objetivo es unir las comunidades a través de la alfabetización y la lectura. Los libros en esta lista están unidos en su énfasis en el poder de los libros y las bibliotecas para hacer una diferencia en las vidas de las personas.

For more information, please visit the Día website/Para más información, por favor visite el sitio web de Día: http://dia.ala.org/content/about-día

To find more books celebrating kids reading, try searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “book,” “read,” and “library.” Happy reading! ¡Feliz lectura!

Barton, Chris
Book or Bell? 2017 (picture book)
Henry is reading the best book he’s every read, maybe the best book ever, and he can’t wait to finish it! Then the bell rings, and he’ll have to save the rest for later…unless he just stays put. This chuckle-inducing tale about the mesmerizing power of a book will have kids laughing at the increasing antics of the adults in charge to get Henry to stop reading and adults smiling knowingly.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. B2854b]

Brown, Monica
Waiting for the Biblioburro. 2011 (picture book)
One day, Ana realizes that she has read all the books in her small village. Soon, she sees the most magical sight – there’s two burros carrying a library on their backs! The librarian (Luis Soriano in real life) has not only come to bring the stories found in the books, but also to inspire Ana to keep creating her own. The Biblioburro travels throughout Colombia bringing the library to the people in small villages and supporting literacy, and children will be fascinated with this kind of library they’ve never heard of before.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. B8146w]

Chapin, Tom
The Library Book. 2017 (picture book)
Based on a song written by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, this is the story of a young girl who goes to the library on a rainy day. Kids will love trying to guess which of their favorite characters she will meet next, like folktale classic Cinderella or the beloved bear Winnie the Pooh. This is a celebration of children’s literature and the way that the world expands for kids when they read.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. C3656l]

Gonzalez, Lucia M.
The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos. 2008 (picture book)
In this side-by-side bilingual Spanish and English picture book about New York librarian Pura Belpré, Hildamar and Santiago have just moved from Puerto Rico. Feeling lost in the Big Apple, they are soon introduced to the magic of the library by storyteller Pura Belpré. The collage-like illustrations bring to a life a true story about how a librarian brought a community together just when they needed it the most.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. G5896s]

Gourley, Catherine
Journeys: Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives. 2017 (nonfiction)
This heartwarming and hopeful collection of letters provides ample evidence of the inspiring and healing power of books. Children have written to authors about the books that changed the way they see the world, and they just might change your point of view too. Be prepared to add a lot of books to your to-read list!
[SSHEL S-Collection S.810.8 J8269]

Grabenstein, Chris
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. 2013 (chapter book)
Kyle Keeley loves all games, and the eccentric genius gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello (reminiscent of Willy Wonka) has rebuilt the town library, pulling out all the stops and whistles. For the grand opening, Kyle and 11 other kids are soon thrust into a frantic race to solve the clues and untangle riddles in order to escape the locked library. Grabenstein’s love of the library is evident, and kids will enjoy playing the games along with the characters.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. G7512e]

Hopkins, Lee Bennett
Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems. 2015 (poetry)
This enchanting book invites children to experience the magic of words as they read poems about books, stories, and reading. The watercolor illustrations are captivating and stimulate the imagination, adding to the poetry. Each entry has a different voice, and readers will love to peruse this collection. Maybe they’ll even be inspired to write a few poems of their own!
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.808.81 J951]

King, M.G.
Librarian on the Roof!: A True Story. 2010 (nonfiction picture book)
Librarian RoseAleta Laurell revitalized the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, updating the collections and technology, restoring the building, and acquiring resources for the Spanish-speaking population; she made it a place that people wanted to be. However, something was still missing – the kids! So she stayed 50 feet in the air on the roof of the library in order to raise money for a children’s section designed just for them. Children will love reading about her harrowing adventures on the roof to buy books and create a place in the library for kids like them.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.027.476433 K585l]

Mora, Pat.
Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los libros. 2009 (picture book)
Filled with full-page, entrancing, and colorful illustrations, this book really is a fiesta! The act of reading, children, and families are celebrated, and kids read anything, with anyone, anywhere: to puppies, in trains, floating in a hot-air balloon, and more. The side-by-side Spanish and English bilingual text highlights the history of El día de los niños/El día de los libros and more information about how you can celebrate this holiday is included at the end.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. M79b]

Pinbourough, Jan
Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children. 2013. (picture book)
Beautiful illustrations depict the life of Anne Carroll Moore, the woman who created the first children’s room at the New York Public Library. Simple text with the refrain of “but Miss Moore thought otherwise” will keep young readers involved, and the celebration of reading is inspiring to see. Her passion for books, libraries, and children shines through, and more information about Moore is included at the end.
[Center for Children’s Books (non-circulating) SB. M8216p]

March Madness

March Madness is not just for basketball fans! Join in the mania by reading about champions on and off the court, field, or track as they learn more about themselves and their sport. Explore the list of books below to learn more about a sport, a particular athlete, or teamwork and perseverance – maybe you’ll find a new activity to try!

Sports aficionados of all kinds can get their fix by searching the catalog using a combination of subject terms like “juvenile fiction” for fiction books or “juvenile literature” for nonfiction books along with “sports,” “[specific sport],” “[athlete name],” etc. Nonfiction books about sports can be found in the 796 call number range.

Additionally, there are some authors who are known for their sports themed books – more than 10 each! Check them out: Mike Lupica, Matt Christopher, Tim Green, and Jake Maddox.

Buckley Jr., James
Who are Venus and Serena Williams? 2017.
As two of the most famous tennis players in the world, Venus and Serena Williams have won many tournaments and awards, including Olympic medals, but what they are most proud of is making a difference. This compelling biography tells the tale of the sisters’ dedication, rivalry, and courage as they dared to be different and dealt with hardships.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. W72b]

Connolly, Sean
The Book of Wildly Spectacular Sports Science. 2016.
Discover the science behind sports phenomena, like “How do you trap a soccer ball?,” “How do figure skaters spin so fast?,” and “How do long jumpers ‘walk’ in midair?” This book presents various scenarios and then explains the scientific concepts, making them come alive with try-it-at-home experiments that will have kids having fun, learning, and wanting to show off their new skills!
[SSHEL S-Collection TEXT. 796.015 WORKM2016]

Feinstein, John
Backfield Boys. 2017.
Best friends Jason Roddin and Tom Jefferson love playing football and are ecstatic to be at an elite sports-centered boarding school for freshman year. Jason, called White Lighting for his super speed, plays wide-receiver, while Tom, an African American, complements him by being a natural quarterback. The boys are surprised when they are told to switch positions at the start of the season and they come to suspect that there is an underlying racial issue. This intense story about friendship and equality includes epic play-by-play football and intelligent investigative reporting.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. F327b]

Freitas, Donna
Gold Medal Summer. 2012.
Joey Jordan loves gymnastics, but she’s fourteen and has to decide if she wants to keep pursuing her gold medal dream. To make things even more complicated, she’s trying to live up to her national champion older sister Julie, her best friend Trish wants to quit, and Joey has a crush on Tanner, a cute boy at school. A normal life is sounding better and better until her coach creates some new and exciting routines that highlight Joey’s strengths, and Joey begins to think that a gold medal might actually be in her future.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. F884g]

Lester, Helen
Tacky and the Winter Games. 2005.
It’s time for the Winter Games! Join Tacky and his teammates Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly, and Perfect as they compete in bobsled-less racing, ski jumping, and speed skating, hoping to win a medal. A cute introduction to some winter sports, readers will laugh out loud at the seemingly hopeless Tacky and are reminded that it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. L567t]

Norwich, Grace
I am LeBron James. 2014.
LeBron James is a basketball superstar, but his story is not all fun and games. This biography goes into detail about the hard work it took to get to where he is today, sharing his amazing accomplishments both on and off the court. Photos, a timeline, and a list of 10 important things to know help readers gain a wide view of this popular athlete’s life.

Raczka, Bob
Joy in Mudville. 2014.
The day after Mighty Casey struck out, the score is 1-0 with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. With the Mudville team getting desperate, rookie Joy Armstrong is sent in as the relief pitcher, and readers watch in suspense as she borrows moves from other sports in an attempt to strike out the batter and win the game. Told in rhyme, this quirky and inspiring story shows that girls can play any sport just as well as boys can.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. R1152j]

Reynolds, Jason
Ghost. 2016.
All Castle Cranshaw, aka Ghost, knows how to do is run. His dad chased him and his mom out in a rampage three years ago and he’s been running ever since. Ghost has only ever run for himself, but an Olympic medalist track coach sees his talent and encourages him to join the team. This book follows Ghost as he learns that are more ways to run than away. Book 1 in the series Track.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. R33515gh]

Wallace, Paula S.
The World of Sports. 2003.
This accessible information book takes readers on a journey to learn about the popular sports of countries around the world. It includes how to play various games like kabaddi from India or queimada from Brazil with colorful pictures and diagrams to bring them to life. “Did You Know?” facts are sprinkled throughout the book, making this an interactive experience that encourages curiosity and activity.
[SSHEL S-Collection S. 796 W1552w]

Whamond, Dave
Oddrey Joins the Team. 2014.
Oddrey likes to make up new and exciting sports to play, so when her friend Maybelline asks her to join the school soccer team, she decides to give it a whirl. Her teammates soon realize that Oddrey plays the game a little differently than everyone else… but it is Oddrey who encourages the Piccadilla Bees to work together as a team using their unique skills and have fun playing the game!
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. W554oj]

Women Who Changed the World

With Women’s History Month approaching in March, now is a great time to learn about some extraordinary women who changed the course of history as we know it. Champions of science, art, politics, medicine, education, and so much more, these women challenged societal norms by proving their strength, wit, and perseverance. Explore the list of books below to discover the many life-changing contributions incredible women have made throughout history.

To discover more amazing women who dedicated their lives to challenging the status quo, search our catalog using a combination of subject terms like “women” + “biography” + “juvenile.”

Blumenthal, Deborah.
Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe. 2017.
Ann Cole Lowe learned to sew by watching her mother and grandmother work in their family shop. As an African-American woman in early 1900s Alabama, Ann faced constant hardships enacted by a racist society, but she persevered by graduating design school and going on to become an acclaimed designer for some of the country’s most famous women. (She designed First Lady Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress!)
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. L92129b]

Copeland, Misty.
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. 2016.
With a late start to ballet and family drama that relocated her to various homes and schools, Misty Copeland defied all odds by becoming the first female African-American principal ballerina in the American Ballet Theatre’s history. In this autobiography, Copeland discusses her challenging journey to becoming one of America’s most successful ballerinas.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. C7826c]

Frier, Raphaele.
Malala: Activist for Girls’ Education. 2017.
Incredibly brave and resilient, Malala Yousafzai triumphed over hate and violence when she survived an attempted assassination at the hands of a terrorist group determined to stop women from getting an education. This biography recounts Malala’s miraculous story and how she continues to use her platform to promote equal education for all children around the world.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. Y82f]

Hopkins, H. Joseph.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever. 2013.
A lifelong lover of nature, Katherine Olivia “Kate” Sessions became the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a science degree. Surrounded by pine trees and redwoods her entire life, Katherine was horrified to find a landscape almost entirely void of trees when she moved to San Diego. Determined to bring life back into the dry earth, Kate trailblazed a movement to plant and create beautifully lush parks throughout the city that are still flourishing today.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. H775t]

Levy, Debbie.
I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. 2016.
As a young girl, Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for equality and justice for all. As the second female Supreme Court Justice in American history, she overcame prejudices in the jaded political system and continues to triumph for the inalienable rights of American citizens today. This biography of the “Notorious RBG” will inspire readers of all ages.
[SSHEL S-Collection SB. G493l]

Robbins, Dean.
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing. 2017.
Margaret Hamilton always loved numbers. Her favorite subjects in school were geometry, algebra, and calculus, and she loved using math to solve “real world” problems all around her. Her love of math sent her to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and onto becoming one of the key coders for NASA’s most important missions, like putting a man on the moon.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. H2191r]

Smith, Matthew Clark.
Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot. 2017.
In 18th century France, Sophie Blanchard dreamed of participating in the “balloonomania” craze and taking to the skies in a hot air balloon. Not only did she achieve this dream, but she also became the first woman to ever navigate her own flight completely independently.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. B6397s]

Stanley, Diane.
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. 2016.
As daughter of the brilliant mathematician Lady Annabella Byron and the famous Romantic poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace grew up with an education focused on both the sciences and the liberal arts. Her academically balanced upbringing led Ada to connect both numbers and writing and turn this duo into the first computer program ever written — 100 years before the first computer was even created!
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. L898s]

Stone, Tanya Lee.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell. 2013.
In the early 19th century, the concept of a “female doctor” was completely absurd. Women were supposed to grow up to be wives, mothers, or teachers. Determined to challenge the status quo and achieve her dream, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. As a social reformer and a champion for women in the medical field, she changed the course of medical history forever.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. B632s]

Weatherford, Carole Boston.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement. 2015.
As one of the most resilient and effective voices in the Civil Rights Movement, Fannie Lou Hamer battled horrific racism and violence as she fought for equality throughout her entire life. During the Freedom Summer of 1964, Hamer gave a televised speech during the Democratic National Convention recounting her experience of assault and beatings while imprisoned for protesting. Despite efforts from President Johnson to interfere with its broadcasting, her speech helped spur the nation’s support of the Freedom Democrats.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SB. H214w]

New Year, New Hobbies!

With every New Year comes the panic of thinking up New Year’s resolutions that you won’t abandon by the beginning of February. Eating right, exercising more, and drinking more water are always valiant goals, but why not strive for something a little more fun? Adopting new hobbies and learning fun, quirky skills are a great way to shake up your routine at the start of the year. Try starting a blog, learn to create Star Wars-themed origami, or get in touch with nature and visit some national parks and forests. For a bit of inspiration, stop by SSHEL’s S-Collection to find tons of hobby and activity books that are sure to spark your creativity.

To learn more about fun new hobbies, search our catalog by typing the name of the hobby you’re interested in as a subject term and adding “juvenile” as a second subject term.

Angelberger, Tom.
ART2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling. 2013.
Learn to fold Star Wars characters into origami masterpieces with the help of your guide, ART2-D2. Lessons on photography, doodling, writing “cool letters,” and much more are included in the fun activity book perfect for Star Wars fans of all ages.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.745.5 An463a]

Barton, Chris.
88 Instruments. 2016.
Learning a new instrument is a very difficult task, but choosing an instrument to learn can be just as hard! Follow the little protagonist of this story around the music store as he discovers a plethora of exciting instruments he can play.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. B2854e]

Birley, Shane.
How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons. 2016.
If you’ve ever considered joining the wildly popular craze of blogging and vlogging, this book is for you! In just 10 easy lessons, complete with coordinating pictures for each step, you’ll learn tips and techniques to help you create a successful, professional blog.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.006.752 B536h]

Elton, Sarah.
Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know about Food and Cooking. 2014.
Learn about all things food and cooking in this fun and educational book designed for young chefs and foodies. Discover information about the global migration of certain ingredients, the chemistry of specific cooking techniques, and so much more. This is a great place to start if you’re new to cooking or looking to dive deeper into the culinary world.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.641.3 El85s]

Flaherty, Somer.
The Book of Styling: An Insider’s Guide to Creating Your Own Look. 2012.
Complete with crucial tips on how to avoid or recover from a fashion emergency, this book discusses the evolution of style through the decades. Learn tips and tricks that will help you develop your own unique sense of style for all occasions and body types.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.646.308352 F597b]

Harvey, Karen.
Face Painting. 2015.
Try your hand at face painting with the help of this guide that will inspire your creative side. With a difficulty rating between 1 and 5 assigned to each painting, this activity book is full of fun ideas for themed painting designs and techniques for people with every level of artistic ability.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.745.5 H2626f]

Kenney, Sean.
Building Amazing Creations: Sean Kenney’s Art with LEGO Bricks. 2017.
Enjoy acclaimed artist Sean Kenney’s LEGO masterpieces as you flip through this book of unbelievable LEGO creations. Organized by theme, such as transportation, animals, cities, and more, this book offers visual entertainment and design inspiration for ambitious LEGO enthusiasts.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.745.5928 K395b]

Russo, Monica.
Treecology: 30 Activities and Observations for Exploring the World of Trees and Forests. 2016.
Young nature enthusiasts will love learning about and exploring all things trees while scavenging through this colorful, interactive book. It’s filled with activities, suggestions for nature hunts, information about tree anatomy and forest preservation, and careers in conservation.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. S.582.16078 R921t]

Verde, Susan.
I am Yoga. 2015.
Discover the calming practice of yoga as you flip through this beginner’s guide filled with colorful illustrations of easy poses. A delightful read for beginning yogis of any age!
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. V583i]

Woodcock, Jon.
Coding Projects in Scratch. 2016.
This book acts as a fun, easy, visual guide for kids to learn how to code their own computer games and programs. From a personalized birthday card to a dancing dinosaur, kids will become enamored with the possibilities of Scratch programming suggested in this guide.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.005.133 W853c]

Unique Board Books for the Littlest Readers

Ideal for tiny hands and ever-growing minds, board books teach young children basic reading concepts while entertaining them with bright colors, charming characters, and quirky plots. Often popular as alphabet books, board books have recently entered a popular new market of introducing fun, silly, sometimes outrageous topics to the littlest readers. Peruse the list below to discover books on rocket science, politics, dinosaurs, and even Scottish-themed weather vocabulary. Happy learning!

To find more board books in our collection, please use the library catalog to search the subject terms “board book” and “juvenile.”

Ferrie, Chris.
Rocket Science for Babies. 2017.
Simple, colorful spreads introduce young readers to basic concepts of lift and thrust. Though this book may be more charming for adults than babies, it promotes the idea that it’s never too early to start learning about aerospace engineering
[SSHEL S-Collection S.621.4356 F416r]

Holub, Joan.
This Little President: A Presidential Primer. 2016.
Even the youngest patriots can learn about America’s ten most influential presidents featured in this playful board book. The book ends with a final spread featuring all of the U.S. presidents.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.973.099 H747t]

Idle, Molly.
Flora and the Chicks. 2017.
Acclaimed artist Molly Idle breaks into the world of board books with this charming counting book. Featuring fold out pages, this interactive book uses adorable chicks to help youngsters practice their number concepts.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. Id4flc]

Jenkins, Steve.
1-2-3 Dinosaurs Bites! A Prehistoric Counting Book. 2012.
Learning to count has never been so fun! With fun dinosaur facts and pictures on each page, this book helps emerging readers learn about counting with help from their favorite prehistoric animals.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. J4182o]

Jullien, Jean.
Before & After. 2017.
Filled with two-frame narratives of “before-and-after” images, this clever book introduces the idea of cause and effect with satisfying results for each pair of bright and colorful illustrations.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.155.413 J948b]

McLelland, Kate.
My First Scottish Weather. 2017.
With adorable, eye-catching images and simple words on each page, this book teaches basic weather terms with a quirky Scottish twist.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. M2245mfsw]

Mühle, Jörg.
Bathtime for Little Rabbit. 2017.
Little Rabbit is a reluctant bath time participant and needs your help to get him ready for bed. Grab a towel and get ready to lather, rinse, and dry off this furry little friend.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. M893b:E]

Perkins, Chloe.
Snow White. 2016.
The classic story of Snow White is delightfully reimagined with a new Japanese twist in this fairy tale board book series Once Upon a World. The plot stays true to the original tale, but the environment and style offer a fresh perspective.
[SSHEL S-Collection S.398.2 P4192s]

Picasso, Pablo.
Birds & Other Animals. 2017.
This early concept book combines acclaimed artist Pablo Picasso’s single-line sketches of animals with easy-to-read words and short sentences to teach animal recognition and introduce children to the world of fine art.
[SSHEL S-Collection SE. P581b]

Tallec, Olivier.
Who Done It? 2015.
An adorable “first detective” book for young readers, this board book asks children to analyze characters on each page and use context clues to discover “who done it.” An entertaining, interactive read for all ages.
[SSHEL S-Collection Q. SE. T1449q:E]