Library Column for July 8, 2022

@ Your Library

I love new books. It is one of the best parts of my job. I love seeing the ingenuity and imagination of authors and illustrators. Today, I will be share some of my favorite new picture books. I love sharing these with children, but also with teens and adults. We are never too old or too young to enjoy a beautiful or funny or heart-wrenching story.

Yours in Books by Julie Falatko and Gabriel Alborozo is a wonderful story about an owl who just wants peace and quiet to read a book, but can’t seem to find any. Wordless books can work for all ages with adults telling the story, kids telling the story or just enjoying the pictures and A Day for Sandcastles by JonArno Lawson and Qin Leng is full of delightful images to create beautiful stories.

I have enjoyed folk and fairy tales, both traditional and retellings for as long as I can remember. I am delighted to share the newest ‘choose your own adventure’ Endlessly Ever After by Laurel Snyder and Dan Santat. “Pick your path to countless fairy tale endings” in this “story of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, Hansel, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, a wolf, a witch, a goose, a grandmother, some pigs and endless variations.”

Everywhere with You by Carlie Sorosiak and illustrated by Devon Holzworth is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story of a dog and a little girl with the ending being the beautiful part.

I’ve shared before my love of non-fiction books found in the junior room of the library because the information is presented in small gulps and is often surprising and is often things I didn’t know. The new book How to Make a Mountain by Amy Huntington is one such book, as it explains ‘in just 9 simple steps and only 100 million years!’ how you can make a mountain. And learning about the bowhead whale, one of the longest living mammals in the world in The Whale Who Swam Through Time by Alex Boersma and Nick Pyenson is beautiful, educational and presents history in an amazing way.

Another book that presents a different way of looking at the world is We Are One : How the world adds up by Susan Hood and illustrated by Linda Yan. The book explores the numbers from one to ten and things that are more than their parts such as the sticks that make a fire for roasting marshmallows.

I read many books about Helen Keller as a kid. It was amazing to me how much she accomplished in her life and the new book So Much More to Helen! by Meeg Mincus with illustrations by Caroline Bonne-Muller looks at the many passions and pursuits of Helen Keller, from activist, author and dog lover to so much more. The book does a good job of reminding us all that we are so much more than one thing, that we are capable of so much more than one job or task.

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