“Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!” written by Mem Fox, illustrated by Laura Ljungkvist
Mem Fox books are very popular with our youngest patrons. Her newest book, “Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!” is set to become a favorite with all children under five. This is a “Where’s Waldo”-type book for the toddler set. It is a fun story with Ladybug playing hide-and-seek with the reader; hiding among the shapes and objects on each page with just a hint of her body revealed. The real fun is letting your little one play the game of “finding” Ladybug! Be warned: One, two or even three readings won’t be enough.
“That is Not a Good Idea!” by Mo Willems
Duck may not know what Wolf has in mind when he invites her to “go on a walk into the deep, dark woods,” but certainly children listening to the story will know and they will be reminded every step of the way by a chorus of chicks who get increasingly frantic while repeating the refrain “that is really not a good idea!” Kids love Mo Willem’s books for their humor and they will love this tension-building picture book with a surprising (and funny) ending.
“First Big Book of Dinosaurs” written by Catherine D. Hughes and illustrated by Franco Tempesta
There are many great dinosaur books available for children, but this book published by National Geographic is a great one for the budding dinosaur expert. This encyclopedia of dinosaurs is divided into sections according to the size of the dinosaur. The illustrations are beautifully rendered in 3-D and the text gives information on each entry including: hints for pronouncing the name of each dinosaur, size of the dinosaur, the kind of food it ate and when it lived. Each dinosaur entry has one simple, interesting fact in bold and large type… “Amargasaurus had a NECK SAIL” — just the kind of information that is easy for children to remember and repeat.
“The Adventures of the South Pole Pig” by Chris Kurtz
If you love those iconic pig characters like Wilbur and Babe who wanted to do big things, you will love Flora, “a pig with spirit,” in “The Adventures of the South Pole Pig.” Even as a piglet, Flora wanted to “go on an adventure,” sneaking out of the pigpen to take a look at what the rest of the barnyard looked like. Despite her mother’s reminders that a pig’s job is to eat, Flora yearns to join the sled dogs in training at the farm. Along the route to becoming a “Sled Pig” Flora befriends cats, kills rats and eludes a crafty cook on a ship going to the South Pole. Kids will love Flora’s determination to live her dream to ultimately trot alongside sled dogs to save the day. Great for readers at the third-to sixth-grade levels.
“Legend” and “Prodigy: A Legend Novel” by Marie Lu
For teens who love “The Hunger Games” series, a new romantic thriller series is in the making by Marie Lu. “Legend” is set in the future after the United States has experienced a civil war leaving the country torn into two feuding territories — the Republic and the Colonies. Two brilliant teens are philosophically opposed but equally determined in their purpose; June is a rising star in the Republic’s military and Day lives on the streets and is the Republic’s most elusive fugitive. Their destinies converge on a fateful day when June is working undercover on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles. Their meeting is dramatic and life-changing as they are confronted with the notion that the reality they always believed is a lot more complicated than they imagined. “Legend” is a story of two people who are totally loyal to their individual communities and purpose, and are willing to risk everything to succeed.
The second book in the series is “Prodigy: A Legend Novel” and just came out in January. June and Day’s relationship has deepened and developed, and so has their determination to save the country. The suspense builds as they join the Patriots to start a revolution while the entrance of other characters complicates their relationship. Both of these books are full of action and suspense. The third and final installment in the series, “Champion,” will be coming out in November. You will find these books in the teen section of the library.
Angela Morris is the assistant director at North Central Regional Library. One of her major roles is youth collection development.