Our literary picks for March.

FOR AGES 2 TO 4

WHOSE TRUCK?by Toni Buzzeo

This fun companion toWhose Tools?is sure to catch the eye of a curious toddler. Children are taken though a guessing game of "Whose truck is this?" where they learn about six different vehicles and their drivers. Each truck has parts that are labeled, which will expose children to interesting vocabulary while they have fun opening the flaps to reveal the answers in this engaging board book.

FOR AGES 5 TO 10

MAMA'S NIGHTINGALE: A STORY OF IMMIGRATION AND SEPARATIONby Edwidge Danticat

Brightly colored folk art will draw children into this sad yet hopeful tale of a Haitian mother sent away to a prison for undocumented immigrants. While they are separated, Saya's mother sends her weekly cassette tapes full of stories that ease the pain of missing her mother, and inspire Saya to share her own story with the local media. This difficult subject is presented in a way that children can digest and is sure to spark many thoughtful questions and conversations.

FOR AGES 8 TO 12

WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK: WICKEDLY CLEVER ANIMAL DEFENSESby Rebecca L. Johnson

Hagfish can instantaneously produce oodles of gooey, slippery slime; frogs poke their own toe bones through their skin to create claws. To survive a predator's attack, some animals rely on strange defenses to keep them from becoming lunch. Appealing photographs and chapter titles such as, "Here's blood in your eye" draw readers in as they learn about the gross and cool defenses of eight different animals.

FOR TEENS

SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLSby Lynn Weingarten

Everyone is saying that Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather's shed, but June knows it can't be true. Last year, they were best friends before one complicated night drove them apart. Now Delia is dead and June knows she must prove it was murder. This dark and mysterious story about friendship is packed with twists that will keep the reader guessing until the final page.

-Liz Bougher Garcia, Information Services Specialist, Teen Services, at the Franklinton Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

FAMILY WEBSITE AND APP

LITTLE ALCHEMY

In this addictively simple game, players start with four basic elements and begin mixing them to create more and more things. For example: Mix "Fire" with "Water" and "Steam" is created. Players continue mixing with what they have created with the ultimate goal of creating more than 500 items. Every combination is like a little puzzle to solve, but it will require patience and creativity to figure it out. Suitable for ages 6 and older, but younger players may need some adult help. The game is available on the websitelittlealchemy.comand as a free app from the iTunes App Store and from the Google Play Store.

-Liz Bougher Garcia