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Librarian Top Picks for October

Check out the books JLG member librarians snatched up in October. From Pre-Kindergarten read-aloud picks to a healthy mix of Nonfiction titles, these October favorites appeal to a wide range of readers!

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      by Kayla Miller

      Jun 2019

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?

      Full-color illustrations created with inks and digital color.

      Max and the Midknights

      by Lincoln Peirce

      Jun 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act…and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers—the Midknights—Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Not Your Nest!

      by Gideon Sterer

      Jun 2019

      Pre-Kindergarten Plus

      Bird is just about to put the finishing touches on her new home when she suddenly finds that her nest is already full—of someone else. So she reluctantly builds another nest. But Fox finds this new nest quite comfy, and Brush Hog loves the view from Bird’s next attempt. Soon the Acacia tree is bursting with happily nested animals of all shapes and stripes—everyone except bird! But when Bird finally finds a way to evict her unwelcome guests, the animals realize their mistake and build a nest that’s big enough for all of them. Well, almost…

      Full-color illustrations were inked with pencil and colored digitally.

      The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

      by Paul B. Janeczko

      Jun 2019

      Easy Reading Plus

      Be they practical (how to mix a pancake or how to bird-watch) or fanciful (how to scare monsters or how to be a snowflake), the poems in this book boast a flair and joy that you won’t find in any instruction manual. Poets from Kwame Alexander to Pat Mora to Allan Wolf share the way to play hard, to love nature, and to be grateful. Soft, evocative illustrations will encourage readers to look at the world with an eye to its countless possibilities.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in paint and edited digitally.

      Nobody Hugs a Cactus

      by Carter Goodrich

      Jun 2019


      Hank is the prickliest cactus in the entire world. He sits in a pot in a window that faces the empty desert, which is just how he likes it. So, when all manner of creatures—from tumbleweed to lizard to owl—come to disturb his peace, Hank is annoyed. He doesn’t like noise, he doesn’t like rowdiness, and definitely does not like hugs. But the thing is, no one is offering one. Who would want to hug a plant so mean? Hank is beginning to discover that being alone can be, well, lonely.

      Full-color watercolor illustrations.

      The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon

      by Matthew Burgess

      Jun 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him? You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving. Nothing works, especially nudging, and he just makes you so grumpy that eventually you have no choice but to fight back—and then… Have you ever become a curmudgeon that just won’t budge?

      Full-color illustrations were created with hand-cut rubber stamps, stencils, and children’s blow pens, with additional pencil line work, all composited digitally.

      When Plants Attack: Strange and Terrifying Plants

      by Rebecca E. Hirsch

      Jun 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Science writer and plant expert Rebecca E. Hirsch presents fun and gross facts about a variety of plants along with explaining the science behind why they do what they do. Featured plants include the Venus Flytrap, an African tree that houses stinking ants to protect itself from hungry animals, a "vampire vine" that sucks nutrients from other plants, and fiendishly invasive kudzu.

      Author’s note. Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color illustrations and photographs.

      Deadly Frogs

      by Meish Goldish

      Jun 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 3-5

      In 2015, scientist Carlos Jared made an amazing discovery while studying frogs in Brazil. After picking up a small frog with his bare hands, Jared immediately felt a sharp pain, which lasted for hours. He didn't know what caused it. At the time, Jared didn't realize he had just made an important scientific discovery. He had found a frog covered with tiny spines that can inject venom! Learn all about deadly frogs in this engrossing new narrative nonfiction book for young readers. It's packed with exciting wildlife encounters, cutting-edge science, and loads of info about venom and its deadly effects.

      A Gift for Goose: Duck & Goose

      by Tad Hills

      Jun 2019

      Emergent Readers Plus

      Duck has a very nice gift for Goose, and the perfect box to put it in…maybe it’s too perfect! With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, young readers will love this new Duck & Goose book, which they can read all by themselves!

      Full-color illustrations.

      There's Math in My Art

      by Bethea, Nikole

      Jun 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades K-2

      Can you find math in your art? Discover math in art through symmetry, geometry, and patterns in this STEAM based title. Includes a photo glossary and resources.

      The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons

      by Natascha Biebow

      Jun 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      What child doesn't love to hold a crayon in their hands? But children didn't always have such magical boxes of crayons. Before Edwin Binney set out to change things, children couldn't really even draw in color. Here’s the true story of an inventor who so loved nature’s vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel!

      “How Crayola Crayons Are Made Today.” More information on Edwin Binney. Selected bibliography. Full-color photographs and illustrations done in charcoal crayon, gouache, and digital color.

      Missing!: Mysterious Cases of People Gone Missing Through the Centuries

      by Brenda Z. Guiberson

      Jun 2019

      Mystery Middle Plus

      Jimmy Hoffa, Barbara Follett, Amelia Earhart, D. B. Cooper—they all disappeared. Throughout history, individuals have gone missing without a trace; their disappearances haunt us. Brenda Guiberson explores the stories of seven individuals who have disappeared mysteriously.

      Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.
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