Recommended reads for December from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

LOVE THE WORLD by Todd Parr

New York Times best-selling author Todd Parr inspires readers to “love yourself and love the world” in this colorful, bold picture book. Younger readers will relate to simple rhyming messages, such as “Love your nose. Love your toes.” Older readers will be inspired by messages like, “Love being kind. Love using your mind.” Vivid illustrations do justice to Parr's uplifting and energizing messages. This book is a good reminder for all ages to love everything and everyone. FOR AGES 2-6

WE ARE SHINING by Gwendolyn Brooks, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist team up on an inspiring poem about celebrating diversity. Realistic watercolor images spill over the pages as Brooks's encouraging words dance across them. The message is clear: While we are from different lands, cultures and religions, we all deserve to sing, dance and laugh together. Brooks's poem teaches readers that while the world is big and vast, we all can relate. FOR AGES 4-7

FLYING LESSONS & OTHER STORIES edited by Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh, editor and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, an organization dedicated to promoting literature featuring diverse characters, curates a mix of short stories by award-winning and best-sellingauthors such as Kwame Alexander, Grace Lin and Jacqueline Woodson. This anthology highlights the stories of “invisible” children. Readers get a glimpse into the worlds of the outcasts who hide, the underprivileged who are marginalized and the diverse kids who feel like they do not fit in. These are stories of strength, triumph and perseverance. FOR AGES 9-13

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH: THREE BROOKLYN TEENS ON LIFE, FRIENDSHIP AND MAKING THE BANDwith Charisse Jones

“Unlocking the Truth” is a memoir about the band of the same name, the youngest to ever play Coachella and the Vans Warped Tour. Since three 13-year-olds founded the group in 2007, they've played major festivals and have opened for Guns N' Roses and Queens of the Stone Age. Their story is unique. Not only are they one of the youngest bands to reach that level of success, they also are one of the few African-American heavy metal bands. The book is about a group of best friends who, together, want to break barriers while pursuing their dreams. FOR TEENS

Nicole Sochack is an information services specialist at the Northside Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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MONUMENT VALLEY

Monument Valley is a puzzle game with simple controls and no time limits, in-app purchases, violence or inappropriate material, making it perfect for ages 7 and older. Like a traditional puzzle game, players must get from Point A to Point B. Here, however, pathways, staircases and bridges take on an M.C. Escher-like architecture, bending the laws of physics. Players can defy gravity by walking along walls and under upside-down platforms. Exploring each level is the best way to learn the game, which teaches players about patience, problem-solving, critical thinking and looking at things from a new perspective.