By Justine Smith
The bright colors, shapes and textiles in this interactive board book will hold the attention of your little one. Each spread includes a rhyme and searching activities that are perfect for building cognitive skills. Ages 0-3.
Those Darn Squirrels
By Adam Rubin
Grumpy old man Fookwire has one love: birds. When he catches some pesky squirrels eating his beloved birds' seed he is not happy. Hilarity ensues when the old man tries to outwit the squirrels, who prove to be smarter than they look. Ages 4-8.
Ruby and the Booker Boys: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby
By Derrick D. Barnes
Ruby Booker is starting third grade at a new school where her three older brothers are already very popular. While struggling to move out from under her brothers' shadows, Ruby concocts a plan to show her classmates she isn't just the Booker boys' little sister, she is Ruby, a star in her own right. Ages 7-10.
Into the Volcano: A Graphic Novel
By Don Wood
In this graphic novel, brothers Sumo and Duffy are sent to the tropical island of Kocalaha where they meet their mother's side of the family for the first time. Along with some shady guides, the brothers embark on a wild expedition through an erupting volcano. As danger mounts, the boys become lost and must rely on each other to make it out of the volcano alive. Ages 9-12.
What the World Eats
By Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio
Authors Menzel and D'Aluisio traveled the globe and discovered what real families around the world eat. This fascinating photographic journey includes photos of 25 families from 21 countries surrounded by a week's worth of food. Ages 11-14.
The Boy Who Dared
By Susan Campbell Bartoletti
In 1942 a 17-year-old German boy is imprisoned for distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets, tried, and sentenced to death. This is the true story of Helmuth Hubener, a Hitler youth who had the courage to defy the Nazi party and expose Hitler's lies to the German people. Teen.
Albright-Knox Art Games
A collaboration of New York's Albright-Knox Art Gallery, this fun, interactive website engages children in games and activities that teach them about famous artists and their work, as well as basic elements of art.
All reviews by Maggie Barbour, youth services team leader at the Livingston Branch.