Recommended Reads from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

BE QUIET! by Ryan T. Higgins

From the witty author and illustrator of “Mother Bruce” and “Hotel Bruce”comesanother humorous book.Rupert the mouse wants to create a wordless picture book, but his friends, Thistle and Nibbs, keep talking. Rupert becomes increasingly loud and angry as his friends misunderstand him and chatter incessantly. Characteristic of Higgins' works, the pictures add to the amusement of the story. FOR AGES 4-9

JAKE THE FAKE KEEPS IT REAL by Craig Robinson

Jake fakes his way into the Music and Art Academy, a school for gifted kids. For his audition, he plays one song really well on the piano and is accepted into the academy. The truth is, Jake can't play any other songs. He's not a great pianist, doesn't read music well and can't improvise. Surrounded by talented kids who love music and art, Jake worries he'll be found out. Kids who enjoy the Nate the Great and Diary of a Wimpy Kid series should enjoy this chapter book. FOR AGES 8-12

ONE LAST WORD: WISDOM FROM THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE by Nikki Grimes

Grimes creates poetry rich with emotion from works by Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar and other poets of the Harlem Renaissance. Using a form called the Golden Shovel, Grimes takes an existing short poem or line from a poem and places each word at the ending lines of her new poem. This collection of verse touches the heart. Words generate hope and perseverance in situations of pain and oppression. Illustrations by Christopher Myers, Brian Pinkney and other African-American artists accompany each poem. FOR AGES 10 AND OLDER

CAMP SO-AND-SO by Mary McCoy

A strange but interesting read, this book mixes elements of fantasy, horror and mystery. Instead of chapters, “Camp So-And-So” is arranged as a play, with details that unfold via a narrator. Five cabins of girls experience simultaneous eerie adventures at summer camp in seemingly separate stories that intertwine. Cabin 1 competes in sporting events against their ultimate rivals, while Cabin 2 is stalked by a murderous former camper. Cabin 3 sets off on a quest to break a curse, Cabin 4 meets their soulmates, and Cabin 5 fights for survival. Will anyone prevail? FOR TEENS

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NFL PLAY 60

This free app, produced by the NFL in conjunction with the American Heart Association, encourages kids to be active. Players hold their electronic device close to their body and run in place, jump, lean and turn corners to move an avatar and collect coins. It's good for kids who prefer virtual games over physical ones, as a means of getting them off the couch. NFL Play 60 also offers healthy advice and interesting facts. Available through Google Play and iTunes. FOR AGES 8-11

Barbara Gibbon is Youth Services Information Services Specialist at the Livingston Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library