Spotlight Books

Take a look at our current and past "spotlight" materials.  These are excellent books, CDs and DVDs that your friends at the library want to be sure you don't miss!


I hear a pickle

I hear a pickle : (and smell, see, touch, and taste it, too!)

By Rachel Isadora

Children explore their five senses, learning what they can see, smell, hear, touch, and taste.


Her right foot

By Dave Eggers

What they find is about more than history, more than art. What they find in the Statue of Liberty's right foot is the message of acceptance that is essential to an entire country's creation.



Niko draws a feeling

By Bob Raczka

No one understands the abstract pictures that Niko draws until a new friend sees the thought and feeling within his shapes and forms




The stars beneath our feet

By David Barclay Moore

Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.




All the way to Havana

By Margarita Engle

HA boy helps his father keep their very old car running as they make a trip to Havana for his newborn cousin's zero-year birthday.




By Victoria Turnbull

Pandora the fox lives alone in a junk yard. She's depressed and has no contact with the outside world. Then, she rescues a blue bird. As she nurses him back to health, the bird collects seeds and trinkets for her.




Little fox in the forest

By Stephanie Graegin

A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world




Miss Ellicott's school for the magically minded

By Sage Blackwood

On a dangerous mission, Chantel will discover a cross-wielding boy, a dragon, and a new, fiery magic that burns inside her—but can she find the sorceresses and transform Lightning Pass into the city it was meant to be?




Books for me!

Books for me!

By Sue Fliess

Hippo is looking for a new book. She heads to the library and soon finds stories about knights, pirates, bears, superheroes, and more! With all the books out there, how can she choose just one? Maybe she doesn't have to... 




Paper WishesPaper Wishes

By Lois Sepahban

Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens. 








By Katherine Applegate

A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary. 








The day the crayons came homeThe Day the Crayons Came Home

By Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home. 





Little Bird's bad word Little Bird's bad word

By Jacob Grant

Little Bird loves learning new words and sharing them with his friends, so when he realizes that his latest one is a bad word, he knows just what to say to set things right.







Bee DanceBee Dance

By Chris Chrustowki

A honeybee searches for nectar, then returns to the hive to tell the other bees. She does a waggle dance, moving in a special figure-eight pattern to share the location of the foodsource with her hivemates.





My cousin MomoMy cousin Momo

By Zachariah OHora

When Momo the flying squirrel arrives for a much-anticipated visit with his cousins, they think Momo is no fun until they try doing things his way.







The princess and the pony The princess and the pony

By Kate Beaton

Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony--but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.




You can do it, Bert! You can do it, Bert!

By Ole Könnecke

Burt was mentally and physically prepared. He checked everything. Again and again. He hesitated. There was something missing-- Oh yes! Refreshment. Not that Burt tried to retreat, no, no, he has just gone for a banana. Maybe if his friends had not all encouraged him, Burt would not dare. But they shouted BURT! because they believed. And it is then, and only then, that Burt felt ready. And he did it.




Dinosaurs from head to tail Dinosaurs from head to tail

By Stacey Roderick and Kwanchai Moriya

From one dinosaur's head to another's tail, this informational picture book challenges readers to guess which prehistoric creature each of eight different body parts belongs to.






Sunday shoppingSunday shopping

By Sally Derby

Every Sunday night a young girl and her grandmother go on an imaginary shopping trip using play money and the advertisements in the newspaper as a guide for their 'purchases'.







 Dogs are people, too Dogs are people, too 

By Dave Coverly

Over the years spent creating his nationally syndicated panel Speed Bump, Reuben Award-winning cartoonist Dave Coverly has seen trends in which themes are the most popular. The perennial favorite, though, is dogs. With categories like working dogs, techie dogs, badly behaving dogs, and profiles of dogs both famous and not-so-famous, this hilarious cartoon collection is perfect for animal lovers.






Wandering whale sharksWandering whale sharks

By Susumu Shingu

Introduces readers to the largest living fish and explains why the whale shark is a gentle giant.






Wolfie the bunnyWolfie the bunny

By Ame Dyckman

When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.






Gone crazy in Alabama Gone crazy in Alabama

By Rita Williams-Garcia

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.






Eerie dearies : 26 ways to miss school Eerie dearies : 26 ways to miss school 

By Rebecca Chaperon

Astral projection, gremlin-attacks, and teleportation are just a few of the reasons for academic absence creatively illustrated in this book.  Eerie Dearies is an unusual book that offers a carefully crafted & alphabetized selection of twenty-six beautifully illustrated excuses for being awol from school.




Viva FridaViva Frida

By Yuyi Morales

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases. Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work in this elegant and fascinating book.




By Misty Copeland

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.




Raindrops roll

Raindrops roll

By April Pulley Sayre

In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.




Last stop on Market Street

Lowriders in space

By Cathy Camper

Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.






Last stop on Market Street

Last stop on Market Street 

By Matt de la Pena

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.







Star stuff : Carl Sagan and the mysteries of the cosmos

Star stuff : Carl Sagan and the mysteries of the cosmos

By Stephanie Roth Sisson

A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record.






By Deirdre Gill

When his brother refuses to come outside, a child plays by himself in the snow and creates an imaginary world.







Irene's wish

Irene's wish

By Jerdine Nolen

A little girl wishes for her father to be home more, but she never expects her wish to come true the way it does.








Little Humans

Little Humans

By Brandon Stanton

The creator of Humans of New York combines an original narrative with some of his favorite children's photos from the blog, in addition to all-new exclusive portraits.






Before after

Before after

By Anne-Margot Ramstein & Matthias Aregui

Everyone knows that a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it's also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong. Just as day turns into night and back again, a many-tiered cake is both created and eaten down to a single piece. With simple, graphic illustrations sure to appeal to even the youngest of children, this beautiful rumination on the passage of time will please the most discerning adult readers, too.




Brown girl dreaming

Brown girl dreaming

By Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.







By Kathryn Otoshi

Zero, dismayed by her big, empty, roundness, tries to force herself into the shape of the much-admired One, but must finally accept that she can only be Zero.





Little Lola

Little Lola

By Julie Saab

After climbing aboard a school bus, a curious cat spends an enjoyable day at school.






Rufus Goes to School

Rufus Goes to School

By Kim Griswell

Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to go to school to learn to read but the principal at first refuses because Rufus is a pig.





Countdown to kindergarten

Countdown to kindergarten

By Alison McGhee

Ten days before the start of kindergarten, a preschooler can not tie her shoes by herself and fears the worst.







Octopus alone

Octopus alone 

By Divya Srinivasan

Octopus leaves her cave in a lively reef because she is shy and the seahorses there find her fascinating, but when she finds a quieter, more peaceful spot she misses her home and friends.




Duck & Goose go to the beach

Duck & Goose go to the beach

By Tad Hill

Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they're happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn't? Well, Duck, for one...





Hide and Squeak

Hide and Squeak

By Heather Vogel Frederick

A mouse baby leads his father on a merry game of hide-and-squeak at bedtime.







You're all my favorites

You're all my favorites 

By Sam McBratney

Three much-loved baby bears begin to wonder if their parents have a favorite.





Bud, not Buddy

Bud, not Buddy

By Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.







Harlem's Little Blackbird

Harlem's Little Blackbird

By Renee Watson

A tribute to lesser-known Harlem Renaissance performer Florence Mills includes coverage of her youth as a child of former slaves, her singing and dancing performances that inspired songs and entire plays, and the struggles with racism that prompted her advocacy of all-black theater and musicals.







By Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Christopher Myers

Why shouldn't the Jabberwocky be a fourteen-fingered, slam-dunking beast? Lewis Carroll challenged readers' imaginations with his most famous poem, "Jabberwocky". Here, Christopher Myers takes on that challenge in this fresh take on the classic poem by brilliantly re-imagining it as a face off on the basketball court. 





Spring is here

Spring is here

By Will Hillenbrand

Excited that spring has finally arrived, Mole tries--unsuccessfully--to wake up Bear, but then he comes up with the perfect plan.





Fearless : the story of racing legend Louise Smith

Fearless : the story of racing legend Louise Smith

By Barbara Rosenstock

Introduces the life of stock car racer Louise Smith, from her first ride behind the wheel of her father's Ford to her thrilling stock car races across the country during the 1950s.







A sweet smell of roses

A sweet smell of roses

By Angela Johnson

A stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.





When the beat was born : DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop

When the beat was born: DJ Kool Herc and the creation of hip hop

By Laban Carrick Hill

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks, the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.




We March

We March

By Shane Evans

Illustrations and brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.



Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

By Mo Willems

Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his prounouncement.


A Very Fuddles Christmas

A Very Fuddles Christmas

By Frans Vischer

Twas the holiday season of treasures and treats. but Fuddles the cat only wanted to eat....and open his presents, then sit down and play but that's not what happened on one Christmas day






I'm a turkey!

I'm a turkey!

By Jim Arnosky

In spoken-word song with rhyming text, a turkey describes his life in a large flock, always looking out for other creatures that might find him tasty.







By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A little bull discovers that he has been a big bully.





Boo, Katie Woo!

Boo, Katie Woo!

By Fran Manushkin

Disappointed that her monster costume does not frighten anyone, Katie Woo still finds a way to have a happy Halloween.







The day the crayons quit

The day the crayons quit

By Drew Daywalt

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.






Monster School : first day frights

Monster School : first day frights 

By David Keane

On his first day at a new school, Norm, a regular boy, has trouble fitting in with his monstrous classmates.







Amelia Bedelia's first library card

Amelia Bedelia's first library card 

By Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia helps out at the library with her classmates and wonders what kind of book she should borrow when she receives her first library card.







EllRay Jakes is not a chicken!

EllRay Jakes is not a chicken!

By Sally Warner

Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.








The dark

The Dark

By Lemony Snicket

Laszlo is afraid of the dark which lives in the same big, creaky house as him, until one night the dark pays him a visit.







Grandfather's journey

Grandfather's journey

By Allen Say

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.






Granny Torrelli makes soup

Granny Torrelli makes soup

By Sharon Creech

With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.






National Geographic book of animal poetry: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar and roar!

Book of animal poetry: 200 poems with photographs that squeak, soar and roar! 

By Patrick J. Lewis

Combines photography with lyrical text celebrating the animal world, in a compilation that includes works by such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling.








By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.






Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

Bomb : the race to build and steal the world's most dangerous weapon

By Steve Sheinkin

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.






The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan  (2013 Newberry Medal Winner)

By Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.







This is not my hat

This is not my hat  (2013 Caldecott Medal Winner)

By Jon Klassen

A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.




This is not my hat

I Have a Dream

By Martin Luther King, Jr.; paintings by Kadir Nelson

An illustrated edition of Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech.






I Funny: A Middle School Story

I Funny: A Middle School Story

By James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Resolving to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian despite less-than-funny challenges in his life, wheelchair-bound middle school student Jamie Grimm endures bullying from his mean-spirited cousin and hopes he will be fairly judged when he enters a local comedy contest.






Celebrate Hanukkah

A City Christmas Tree

By Rebecca Bond

Maggie visits the Christmas tree man on Liberty Street, then brings her brothers, sister, and finally her parents, as they each dream their own dreams of what it means to have a Christmas tree in the city.



Celebrate Hanukkah

Celebrate Hanukkah

By Deborah Heiligman

In Celebrate Hanukkah Deborah Heiligman welcomes readers to a holiday celebrated by Jewish communities around the world. The vivid photography of National Geographic illustrates the joyous celebrations of Jewish people around the world - including Ghana, Uganda, India, Israel, Peru, the United States and Poland, as they light menorahs, spin dreidels, and make latkes.




Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

By Mo Willems

Presents the wacky story of three dinosaurs, including a visitor from Norway, who insist that they have not tidied up their home and prepared yummy pudding to trap a tasty little girl.






The Bumpy Little Pumpkin

The Bumpy LIttle Pumpkin

By Margery Cuyler

Little Nell chooses an unusual pumpkin for her Halloween jack-o-lantern, despite her big sisters' criticisms.






Awesome AutumnAwesome Autumn

By Bruce Goldstone

The author compiles all kinds of sights, sounds, and scents of the autumn season.







Suppose You Meet a DinosaurSuppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners

By Judy Sierra

Illustrates basic polite behavior that one might need to use while grocery shopping at the same time as a dinosaur.




Eddie Gets Ready for SchoolEddie Gets Ready for School

By David Milgrim

As young Eddie goes through his checklist to get ready for school, his mother does not agree with all of his choices.







Dog ParadeDog Parade

By Barbara Joossee

Dogs of all sizes, shapes, and personalities come together with their humans to don costumes and participate in a parade.






Treasury of Greek MythologyTreasury of Greek Mythology: classic stories of gods, goddesses, heroes & monsters

By Donna Jo Napoli

Presents illustrated retellings of classic Greek myths, sharing the stories of Zeus, Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena, Helen of Troy, Perseus, and Medusa, with sidebars for each god, goddess, hero, and monster that link the tales to constellations, history, geography, and culture, and including profiles, a family tree, and other resources.





G if for Gold Medal: An Olympics AlphabetG if for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet

By Brad Herzog

The letters of the alphabet introduce the facts about the Olympic movement and Olympic sports.





Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!

By Margaret Mayo

Rhythmic text depicts astronauts exploring outer space.







Baby Bear Sees BlueBaby Bear Sees Blue

By Ashley Wolff

Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies, and other colorful things in nature.





Press HerePress Here

By Herve Tullet

Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.






Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!Mr. and Mrs. Bunny - Detectives Extraordinaire!

By Polly Horvath

Middle-schooler Madeline's hippy parents have been kidnapped from Hornby Island, Canada, by foxes and Madeline, upon discovering that she can understand animal languages, hires two rabbit detectives to find them. Also available as an audiobook!



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