Ages: Young adult
Name: Antoine Revoy
Subject Matter: The residents of a quiet Japanese neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are at play in the most unlikely of places: the local playground. Two friends, a young boy and girl, resolve to exorcise the evil that inhabit it, including a snaggle-toothed monster.
Baking Day at Grandma’s
Names: Anika Denise, author; Illustrated by Christopher Denise (both local)
Subject Matter: Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can’t wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma’s! The bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir – with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing – to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they’re shared.
Names: Dr. Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, author; Illustrated by Rebecca Compton (both local)
Subject Matter: Read about young Edgar’s developmental milestones, such as learning to talk, potty training, and learning his ABC’s, and imagine what his future may hold after preschool graduation. Families will enjoy reading this story together and discussing educational opportunities that are available. By bringing educational words such as Bachelor’s Degree, Doctorate Degree, or diploma into the conversation, it becomes more attainable for children.
Klaus’ First Winter
Name: Denise Flagg
Subject Matter: Take a stroll with Klaus the dog, through a charming New England neighborhood, and meet some of his friends along the way. On this adventure, you will discover alongside Klaus how Sally Squirrel, Billy the Eastern Bluebird and Freddie Frog survive the cold and snowy winter months. Have fun, while learning about migration and hibernation, on this fascinating, autumn morning walk.
Christmas with Klaus
Name: Denise Flagg
Subject Matter: When Denise and Ernie carry a tree into the house, set it in a stand, and waters it, a baffled and curious Klaus wonders why. Klaus turns to his friend Pebbles, who is a dog too, for the answer. Join in the excitement as Klaus plays in snow for the first time, discovers an ornament with his name hanging from a tree branch and learns about Christmas traditions and the reason for the season.
Name: Jeanette Bradley
Subject Matter: Separation Anxiety: When Mama goes on a trip, her baby penguin Kipling knows she’ll return home soon—yet he still can’t help but miss her. But when Kipling receives a special delivery from Mama, he knows that no matter where she is, he is always loved.
Names: Betsy Devany, author; Illustrated by Christopher Denise (local)
Subject Matter: Lucy’s favorite lovey, Smelly Baby, is her most loyal companion. They are simply inseparable. Smelly Baby may be pretty rag-tag and, well, smelly, but her smell is very much a part of why Lucy loves her so much. Then disaster strikes as Smelly Baby accidentally flies out the car window and gets LOST!
Name: Anika Denise (local); Illustrated by Nate Wragg
Subject Matter: Join Frankentruck, Zombie Truck, Ghost Truck, and more as they race to the finish line. But one of these trucks isn’t quite who you think. Monster Trucks is a high octane, action-packed tale of a spooky speedway and a nail-biting nighttime race. Of course, every race needs an underdog. In this story, it’s a perky blue vintage Volkswagen-style bus who takes on the bigger, badder rigs, despite being half their size and not nearly as menacing.
Moth and Wasp, Soil and Ocean: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming (Tilbury House, 2018, 40pp)
Name: Melanie Linden Chan (local)
Written by: Sigrid Schmalzer
Illustrated by: Melanie Linden Chan
Subject Matter: This story, told through the memories of a farm boy, will immerse young readers in Chinese culture, the natural history of insects, and sustainable agriculture.