Our literary picks for May.

FOR AGES 2 TO 7

"FLIP FLAP FARM" by Axel Scheffler

What do you get when you cross a sheep and a turkey? A shurkey! And what about a half-rabbit, half-horse? It's a rorse, of course! In this flip book, children will delight in creating unique new animals. Its sturdy pages and bright illustrations make it ideal for preschoolers, but even older children will enjoy seeing all of the silly creatures they can create.


FOR AGES 7 TO 10

"ULTIMATE BUGOPEDIA" by Darlene Murawski and Nancy Honovich

From National Geographic Kids comes the most complete bug reference book ever! This book is filled with vivid close-up photographs documenting every insect imaginable. Explore stinkbugs, cicadas, butterflies, lice - and don't forget the neon cuckoo bee! Children will enjoy this browse-able book that allows readers to flip from one interesting bug to another, learning interesting facts along the way.

FOR AGES 10 TO 14

"SERAFINA'S PROMISE" by Ann E. Burg

From the acclaimed author of All the Broken Pieces, this new story transports young readers to Haiti, and into the life of a rural village just outside Port-au-Prince where 11-year-old Serafina has the big dream of becoming a doctor. Beyond the day-to-day struggles of poverty and her grandmother's never-ending chores, the family home is swept away in a flood, and an earthquake devastates the capital. Serafina was taught, "If you want your eggs to hatch, sit on them yourself," and she faces the challenges in her life with strength and determination. The gracefully written verses, intertwined with Creole language and Haitian proverbs, will captivate even reluctant readers.

FOR TEENS

"THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Haley and her father have been living a disconnected life on the road for years until he decides to move them back to his hometown for her senior year. As Haley struggles making friends and adapting to traditional school, her father's memories of war in Iraq continue to debilitate him. Life improves when Haley discovers Finn, a cute guy from school with his own family secrets, but her father's life deteriorates as he turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson does not disappoint as she explores another difficult and dark side to a teenager's life with honesty and compassion.

-Liz Bougher Garcia, Information Services Specialist, Teen Services, Franklinton Branch


WEBSITE FOR PARENTS

WORLD MOMS BLOG

Looking for some Internet-based parenting inspiration without the parenting-as-a-competitive-sport vibe (yeah, we're looking at you, Ms. Goop)? Look no further than worldmomsblog.com, an award-winning site that publishes real stories from real moms around the world. Want to know what it's like to raise children in Ukraine, Uganda or maybe even in a nearby zip code? This site is a perfect "morning cruise with a cup of coffee" read.

-Jane Hawes