Recommended reads for November from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE, IN THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Lauren McLaughlin, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Preschool Detective Mitzi Tulane and her best friend, Max, are about to enjoy a delicious snack when Max suddenly notices something suspicious about Mitzi's muffin. Could it be that someone has sneaked a vegetable into her favorite sweet treat? This calls for a full-scale, super-secret investigation. Packed with great vocabulary, humor and bright, colorful illustrations, this adorable book is sure to become a family favorite. FOR AGES 2-5

NEXT BEST JUNIOR CHEF – EPISODE 1: LIGHTS, CAMERA, COOK! by Charise Mericle Harper

This is the first book in a new series that follows four young food aficionados, ages 9-11, on a reality cooking show. Readers are sure to enjoy this fun, fast-paced, behind-the-scenes peek at how a reality TV show is created. The text is filled with rich and varied vocabulary, sprinkled liberally with delightful illustrations. As an additional bonus, the author includes a lesson on knife safety and “Essential Knife Techniques,” provided by the Culinary Institute of America. FOR AGES 7-10

THE YOUNG CHEF: RECIPES AND TECHNIQUES FOR KIDS WHO LOVE TO COOK by Mark Ainsworth

This book is a fantastic resource for young people who enjoy cooking and may aspire to become a chef. The first half of the book contains instructions and useful information on topics such as essential kitchen safety, equipment techniques and cooking methods. The rest of the book has more than 100 recipes, each of which includes full-color visuals and definitions, along with insider tips on how to “Think Like a Chef” by experimenting with recipe variations, substitutions and problem-solving techniques. FOR AGES 10-14

ONE HUNDRED SPAGHETTI STRINGS by Jen Nails

Life hasn't been easy for the Sandolini sisters, Steffy and Nina. Eight years ago, a car accident left their mother with reduced motor function and long-term memory loss, which confined her to an assisted-care facility. Their father, consumed by grief, disappeared, leaving them in the care of their Aunt Gina. When their father returns and Aunt Gina plans to get married, the sisters must figure out how to cope with this sudden and confusing change of events. Nina turns to dance and Steffy finds solace in cooking. This book has themes of family, identity, trust, loss and grief—as well as Steffy's collection of recipes. FOR TWEENS

Michelle Garver is a youth services librarian at the Reynoldsburg Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

APP

Dr. Panda Cafe

This app allows players to “run” a cafe. Greet and seat customers, take orders, prepare food in the kitchen and serve it. Players earn stars when they receive “tips” from customers. Collect stars to unlock additional options for enhanced game play. This fun and entertaining app will test memory and organizational skills as players juggle different tasks. There is no reading necessary, but the game becomes increasingly challenging as tables fill up and multiple customers order, pay and leave. Available through Amazon, Google Play and iTunes. FOR AGES 4 AND OLDER