In "Maybe Something Beautiful," Mira lives in a city that exists in tones of gray, but she loves art. One day she gives colorful gifts to everyone in town, spreading paint and happiness wherever she goes.

Books

MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: HOW ART TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell

Mira lives in a city that exists in tones of gray, but she loves art. One day she gives colorful gifts to everyone in town, spreading paint and happiness wherever she goes. Children will love to watch Mira's story being told through bright, textured colors. This is a beautiful and inspirational book demonstrating the value of generosity, which makes it perfect for reading around the holidays. AGES 4-8

MY ULTIMATE SUPER HERO MANUAL by Steve Behling

Your restless tween will love receiving this interactive book for a holiday present. This interactive manual will spur hours of creativity as your child develops his or her very own superhero in the style of Marvel comics. Activities to help children decide their powers, enemies and allies are dispersed throughout the text. There are also crosswords and quizzes in the manual to test their knowledge of the Marvel universe (as well as their love for breakfast food). AGES 8-12

GHOST by Jason Reynolds

Ghost (also known as Castle Cranshaw) is a middle school boy who suffered severe trauma as a child. After winning an unplanned race with the fastest runner on the track team, he is encouraged to join the team. If he can control his anger, work with his team members and listen to his coach, then he can change his life for the better and run in the junior Olympics. Can Ghost stop running away from his problems so he can run toward a group goal? This book is the first in a new series by award-winning author Jason Reynolds, and it is guaranteed to please young readers and inspire them to make good choices during the new year. AGES 9-13

A WORLD WITHOUT YOU by Beth Revis

Bo has a supernatural power: the ability to travel through time. With some hard work at the Academy, he may be able to control his powers enough to stop transferring to a gruesome civil war battle during history class. At the Academy, Bo falls in love with his classmate Sophia, who has the power of invisibility. Everything seems to be going well, until Bo accidently leaves her trapped in a different century. He will do anything to get her back, but everyone else around him seems convinced that Sophia has actually committed suicide. Beth Revis, author of the best-selling series Across the Universe, will keep you guessing with her latest book, which is sure to keep teens engaged during their holiday break. FOR TEENS

-Jennifer Wiezbiski, Information Services Specialist, Karl Road Library

App

EXPLORIUM: SPACE FOR KIDS

Help your kids get out of the house and into space this winter. With this app by Applied Systems Ltd., children can travel around the universe learning more than 70 interesting facts, expanding their vocabulary and playing mini-games all while learning about space. The Explorium app is a great way to introduce this topic to young children, and snowy afternoons will fly by while learning about our galaxy. Available in both the iTunes and Google Play stores.