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Staff Picks 2018 -- Nonfiction

This is one of the hardest lists to compile because there are so many amazing nonfiction titles published each year.  We managed to narrow it down to our favorite 73 books.  You'll find everything from animals to history, poetry to space.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

1,000 Facts About Insects by Nancy Honovich
Action Presidents: George Washington by Fred Van Lente
Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird by Bethany Hegedus
Around the World in 50 Ways: Canoe, Camel, or Cable Car . . . You Choose! by Dan Smith
The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid by Dylan Thuras
Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban WIldlife by Amy Cherrix
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kristen Gillibrand
Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs by Kate Messner
Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh
Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree by Sally M. Walker
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs by America's Test Kitchen Kids
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon by Suzanne Slade
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 by Helaine Becker
Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America by Marc Favreau
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection by Colby Sharp
Drawn from Nature by Helen Ahpornsiri
Eleanor Roosevelt, Fighter for Justice: Her Impact on the Civil Rights Movement, the White House, and the World by Ilene Cooper
Endurance: My Year in Space and How I Got There by Scott Kelly (Young Readers Edition)
Epic Fails series by Erik Slader & Ben Thompson
     The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History
     The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
First Generation: 36 Trailblazing Immigrants and Refugees Who Make American Great by Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace
Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by P. O'Connell Pearson
Fly with Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple & Jason Stemple
Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin by Michelle Cusolito
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science by Joyce Sidman
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the New Generation edited by Maureen Johnson
How Tickles Saved Pickles: A True Story by Maddie Johnson
Howl Like a Wolf! by Kathleen Yale
The Hyena Scientist by Sy Montgomery
In the Past by David Elliott
Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles by Patricia Valdez
A Journey Through Art: A Global History by Aaron Rosen
Junior Maker: Experiments to Try, Crafts to Create, and Lots of Learn! by DK
Meet My Family: Animal Babies and Their Families by Laura Purdie Salas
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan
No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and His Kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden
Nothing Stopped Sophie: A Story of Math and Impossible Dreams by Cheryl Bardoe
Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone
Proud: Living My American Dream by Ibitihaj Muhammad (Young Readers Edition(
Rodent Rascals by Roxie Munro
Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Who the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet
Science Comics: Solar System: Our Place in Space by Jon Chad
Science Comics: Trees: Kings of the Forest by Andy Hirsch
The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat by Laurence Pringle
Seeing Into Tomorrow by Richard Wright & Nina Crews
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World by Susan Hood
Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography by Louise Borden
Snowy Owl Invasion: Tracking an Unusual Migration by Sandra Markle
So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt
Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill by Heather L. Montgomery
Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow
Streetcar to Justice: How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth
Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story by Marc Tyler Nobleman
This Moment Is Your Life (And So Is This One): A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga for Teens and Tweens by Mariam Gates
The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill
Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sototmayor
The Ultimate Book of Sharks: Your Guide to These Fierce and Fantastic Fish by Brian Skerry
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardham-Quallen
The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown
Water Land: Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson
Weird-But-True Know-It-All: Greek Mythology by Sarah Wassner Flynn
What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton
When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana by Michael James Mahin
With My Hands: Poems About Making Things by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater
Words That Built a Nation: Voices of Democracy That Have Shaped America's History by Marilyn Miller, Ellen Scordato & Dan Tucker
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Staff Picks 2018 -- Juvenile & Teen Fiction

From past to present, from this world to worlds fantastic, our favorite fiction books were the ones that best captured what it means to be human.  Access the printable list by clicking here.

JUVENILE FICTION
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Reneé Watson
Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead
Breakout by Kate Messner
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Colors of the Rain by R.L. Toalson
Dear Sister by Alison McGhee
Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Granted by John David Anderson
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Heartseeker by Melinda Beatty
The House That Lou Built by Mae Respicio
I'm Ok by Patti Kim
It Wasn't Me by Dana Alison Levy 
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman
The Lifters by Dave Eggers
Marcus Vega Doesn't Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Mascot by Antony John
Megabat by Anna Humphrey
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh
The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Playing Atari with Saddam Hussein by Jennifer Roy & Ali Fadhil
Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
The Seismic Seven by Katie Slivensky
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Sneak Thief by Faith Harkey
The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
The Third Mushroom by Jennifer  L. Holm
Tiger Vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri
The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor
Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O'Connor
What Goes Up by Wen Jane Baragrey
The Wild Robot Escapes by Peter Brown
Winnie's Great War by Lindsay Mattick & Josh Greenhut
You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

TEEN FICTION
After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson & Eugene Yelchin
August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney
Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VII Tall All by M.T. Anderson, et al
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Flight Season by Marie Marquardt
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker
A Kiss in the Dark by Gina Ciocca
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Like Vanessa by Tami Charles
Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West
Love & Other Train Wrecks by Leah Konen
Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Puddin' by Julie Murphy
Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones
Swing by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
Wildcard by Marie Lu

 

 

 

 

 

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Staff Picks 2018 -- Picture Books

Themes of kindness and finding your place in the larger world are woven throughout many of our favorite picture books this year.  We also clearly love to laugh when we read.  And be blown away by amazing art.  The list is long.  100 titles exactly.  View the printable list here.

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
Are You Scared, Darth Vader? by Adam Rex
The Backup Bunny by Abigail Rayner
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
Bear and Wolf by Daniel Salmieri
The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan
Big Bunny by Rowboat Watkins 
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates
Bob's Blue Period by Marion Denchers
The Boy and the Giant by David Litchfield
A Busy Creature's Day Eating by Mo Willems
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
Cock-a-doodle-poo! by Steve Smallman
A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert
Crash, Splash, or Moo? by Bob Shea
Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap
The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
Dino Duckling by Alison Murray
A Dog Called Bear by Diane Fox
Drawn Together by Minh Lê
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
Dude! by Aaron Reynolds
The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick by Drew Daywalt
Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley
Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins

Beloved and bestselling author Gordan Korman has a hilarious new novel about what happens when the worst class of kids in school is paired with the worst teacher.

The Unteachables (01/08/19)
The Unteachables are a notorious class of misfits, delinquents, and academic train wrecks. Like Aldo, with anger management issues; Parker, who can’t read; Kiana, who doesn’t even belong in the class—or any class; and Elaine (rhymes with pain). The Unteachables have been removed from the student body and isolated in room 117.

Their teacher is Mr. Zachary Kermit, the most burned-out teacher in all of Greenwich. He was once a rising star, but his career was shattered by a cheating scandal that still haunts him. After years of phoning it in, he is finally one year away from early retirement. But the superintendent has his own plans to torpedo that idea—and it involves assigning Mr. Kermit to the Unteachables.

The Unteachables never thought they’d find a teacher who had a worse attitude than they did. And Mr. Kermit never thought he would actually care about teaching again. Over the course of a school year, though, room 117 will experience mayhem, destruction—and maybe even a shot at redemption.

Compete in breathtaking challenges and put your lungs to the test at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Iron Lungs on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.  Kids ages 7-12 will move pom poms through a tunnel obstacle course and try to keep a pom pom floating in the air.  They'll also use their powerful breath to propel an object along a zipline.  Registration for this event is open!  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

Want to learn more about breathing?  Browse the respiratory system books under Dewey Decimal Number 612.2 in the Kid Zone nonfiction section.

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