Our literary picks for April.

AGES 3-6

THE PRINCESS AND THE PONYby Kate Beaton

Princess Pinecone is the smallest in a kingdom of verylarge, very brave, Viking-esque warriors. With her birthday swiftly approaching, Princess Pinecone has made her wish clear: She would like a horse."A big horse. A fast horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess!"Sheis not initially impressed with what she receives: a rather short and roly-poly-looking pony whose eyes point in different directions (but only sometimes). With a subtle lessonabout judging on appearances, this sweet, fun and hilarious book is sure to be a favorite with children and parents alike.


AGES 3-6

DEAR YETIby James Kwan

Twosmall hikersseek an elusiveyeti in the wilderness beyond their home.Unbeknownst to them, the yeti (who is friendly, but shy)is trackingthem, too! When the boysrun into trouble,willthe yeti come to their rescue?This truly adorable storyunfolds via a series of friendlyletters penned by the boys to the yeti himself.Cute, clever and original - this is one book that young adventurersdefinitely shouldn't miss!

AGES 5-8

THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE PERFECT PRINCESS PARTYby Shannon and Dean Hale

Today is Princess Magnolia's birthday - the cupcakes are frosted, the castle is pristine and 12 sparkly princesses are on their way to celebrate. Now isdefinitelynot the time for Magnolia's glitter-stone ring to sound the Monster Alarm! Unfortunately, no one told that to the monsters. Can Princess Magnolia keep up her perfect princess façade? Or will her secret identity be found out? Fans ofThe Princess in Blackwill adore this gorgeously illustratedsequel, with the promise of a third installment (The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde)that came out in February.

FOR TEENS

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSESby Sarah J. Maas

Feyre is a poor and near-starved young woman, livingand huntingalong the border between the human realmand that of a dark and ominous Fae. When she kills a Fae creature, unknowingly breaking a long-standing treaty between the human and faery realms, she is taken captive -to live out the rest of her mortal days on the sprawling estates of Tamlin, an aristocratic member of the Fae Court.Fans can expect a sequel to this dark and heady romance inA Court of Mist and Fury,set to be released in May.

-Kelsey Spicuzza,Information Services Specialist, New Albany Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library


FAMILY APP

SPELLING NOTEBOOK FREE

Spelling Notebook Freeby Ako Software Ltd. is beneficial for students in K-12, whetherthey are just starting on sight words or working on SAT vocabulary. Thisingenious app allows userstocreate multiple lists of spelling words to practice with and be tested on.

Eachword is spoken aloud (users can either let the app's automated voice pronounce each word or create their own recordings), and students type the word using their iPhone or iPad keyboard. Simple enough for most first-graders to use independently once a list has been created, the app additionally keeps track of practice times, test scores and even allows for this information to be emailed to parents. It is available as a free app from the iTunes App Store.ALL AGES