Recommended titles from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

NOT YET, ZEBRA by Lou Kuenzler, illustrated by Julia Woolf

This hilarious picture book takes a fresh look at letter recognition and rhyming. A young girl calls together all of the animals from A to Z as she prepares to paint the alphabet. Poor zebra just can't wait her turn and continually pops up in disguise, muddling the whole affair. Kuenzler's silly words paired with Woolf's bright illustrations offer little ones the opportunity to practice important ready-for-kindergarten skills while having heaps of fun. FOR AGES 3-6

THIS IS HOW WE DO IT: ONE DAY IN THE LIVES OF SEVEN KIDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD written and illustrated by Matt Lamothe

Follow the real-life stories of seven children in India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Peru, Russia and Uganda through stunning illustrations and a thoughtful narrative. This nonfiction picture book provides a great opportunity to broaden perspectives and build vocabulary skills (there's even a glossary). Readers will celebrate the surprising differences and shared experiences in the everyday lives of children across the globe. FOR AGES 5-9

THE SCIENCE OF BREAKABLE THINGS by Tae Keller

Seventh-grader Natalie is determined to win a school “egg drop” contest to take home a sizable cash prize. Her mother, a scientist, has slipped into a deep depression after experiencing a major setback in her career as a botanist. Natalie plans to use the prize money to bring back a rare blue orchid and cure her mother's sadness. As Natalie experiments with approaches to keep her delicate egg from cracking, she begins to feel the gravity of her mother's depression more deeply and learns that sometimes we need to lean into others to help break our own falls. FOR AGES 8-12

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi

In this West African-inspired fantasy debut, Adeyemi crafts an epic read akin to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games. Magi Clans once possessed unique powers in the world of Orïsha before war wiped out all magic. Zélie Adebola remembers the day her mother was executed for her supernatural abilities. Seizing the opportunity to bring back magic and overthrow the monarchy, Zélie embarks on a thrilling journey with an unexpected ally through dangerous and exciting lands. FOR TEENS

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Morgan Wilke is the information services manager for the Reynoldsburg Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.