August Favorites

Article by Joy

There are so many great books that hit the shelves every day. It can be hard to spot the gems, but that's where we come in. Each month, we highlight a special book in each of our big sections for kids: Picture books, Middle grades, Young Adult and Non-fiction. Here's what we're reading in August:

This Is Our Baby, Born Today Cover Image
By Varsha Bajaj, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399166846
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 2nd, 2016

"A baby is born and the world rejoices!" With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one's arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all.

Houston author Varsha Bajaj's lilting prose and Eliza Wheeler's enchanting scenes of a wide-eyed baby elephant and its smitten family celebrate the importance of family and community in every child's life. Set in the lush wilds of India, this is an endearing, beautifully illustrated tribute to little ones getting their first warm welcome to the world.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616205676
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

A coming of age fairy tale of sacrifice, love, and magic by the author of the award-winning The Witch’s Boy. Once a year, the people of the Protectorate leave a child as an offering to Xan, the witch of the forest. But Xan is not what they imagine. She rescues the children, feeds them starlight, and delivers them to families on the other side of the forest. But one year, Xan feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight. That child is named Luna and the moonlight fills her with amazing magic. And so Xan raises her as her own. But when Luna turns thirteen, her magic rises, along with unexpected consequences, including the arrival of a young man determined to kill to free his people. And that’s just the beginning…

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062380852
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - July 5th, 2016

There's no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains and friends or enemies with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent but he's one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who's just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August's secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In THIS SAVAGE SONG, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side including the monsters within.

Grover Cleveland, Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents Cover Image
By Ken Burns, Gerald Kelley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385392099
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2016

A gorgeous collection of American presidents filled with fun facts and sparkling with personality, from nonfiction master Ken Burns.

This special treasury from America's beloved documentarian Ken Burns brings the presidents to life for our nation's children. Each president is given a lushly illustrated spread with curated stories and information to give readers of all ages a comprehensive view of the varied and fascinating characters who have led our nation (with the exception of Grover Cleveland--the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms--who gets two spreads ). A must-have for Ken's many fans, classrooms, and anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for our country.

"A buoyant gallery, up to date, handsomely framed, and, in this particular election year, timely too."--"Kirkus Reviews.

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