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BOOKS FOR KIDS

THIS IS ME: A STORY OF WHO WE ARE & WHERE WE CAME FROM by Jamie Lee Curtis

Imagine you were leaving for a new country and could bring along only what would fit in a small suitcase. Which things would you take to say to the world, “Hi there, this is me!”

This story with depth will make young readers tap into their inner world traveler and think about what is most important to them and what makes them the people they are. It is a very sweet story that will open dialogue regarding your family's history and where you came from. It makes children think outside the box about their future while simultaneously learning about their past. This book will be a repeated read and conversation starter in many homes. FOR AGES 4-8

MONSTERS ARE REAL! AND OTHER FUN FACTS by Hannah Eliot

Did you know that the Loch Ness monster is said to be a living dinosaur or even a sea serpent that swam into the loch before it became landlocked? Or that the Yeti roams around Mount Everest, the tallest peak on the planet? Have you ever wondered if vampires exist? Well, of course they don't! Right? Readers will find out tons of cool facts about crazy creatures such as these and many more while reading this fun and informative book. FOR AGES 4-8

LITTLE RED AND THE VERY HUNGRY LION by Alex T. Smith

This story is a classic fairy tale with a safari twist. Little Red is on her way to visit Aunt Rosie, who called saying she has spots all over her and needs spot medicine. On Little Red's journey to Aunt Rosie's house, she spots all kinds of jungle animals including a Very Hungry Lion. The Very Hungry Lion comes up with a complex plan to gobble Little Red up. Little Red decides to teach the lion a lesson. In the end, the Very Hungry Lion's plan does not work out the way he wanted, but everyone ends up happy. This reimagined tale is creative and funny. FOR AGES 5-9

TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson

Many readers may remember the first book in this series, The Greene Heist. Jackson Greene and the Gang Greene are riding high from that adventure. He is officially retired from conning, so Principal Kelsey is (mostly) off his back. His friends have great new projects of their own. And he's been hanging out a lot with Gaby de la Cruz, so he thinks maybe, just maybe, they'll soon have their first kiss.

Then Jackson receives a link to a faked security video that seems to show him and the rest of Gang Greene flooding the school gym. The students behind the video threaten to pass it to the principal—unless Jackson steals an advance copy of the school's toughest exam. So Gang Greene reunites for their biggest job yet.

To get the test and clear their names, they'll have to outrun the school's security cameras, outwit a nosy member of the Honor Board and outmaneuver the blackmailers while setting a trap for them. As they execute another exciting caper full of twists and turns, they'll prove that sometimes it takes a thief to catch a cheat. Teens will love the relatable situations and fun characters in this story. FOR TEENS

—Chanie Scott, Youth Information Services Specialist, Martin Luther King Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Hoopla is a digital media service from public libraries that allows patrons to borrow movies, television shows, music, audiobooks, e-books and comics and view them on a TV, computer, tablet or phone. Stream titles or download them for offline use later. Children can borrow age-appropriate media for hours of entertainment. Search Hoopla Digital in the iTunes App Store, Google Play or Amazon. It's also available for Apple TV and Google Chromecast. The app and service are free, but users do need a library card.