Our literary picks for September.

FOR AGES 1 TO 4

"COLD, CRUNCHY, COLORFUL: USING OUR SENSES" by Jane Brocket

This "Clever Concept" book is full of gorgeous colorful pages. It focuses on the five senses. There is plenty of strong vocabulary to expose young children to wonderful words such as "steep," "grainy" and "yeasty." This is the type of book you can pore over with a child and talk about what you see. There are images from everyday life such as fruit and other more exotic things such as palm trees. This is a rich read that families will enjoy sharing over and over again.

FOR AGES 4 TO 8

"THE POUT-POUT FISH GOES TO SCHOOL" by Deborah Diesen

The beloved character from The Pout-Pout Fish reminisces about how scary it was to start school. Children will recognize their own fears about the first time they go to school. Will they know how to do things? Will they belong? A kind teacher shows Pout-Pout Fish it is not so bad. The illustrations are colorful and comical with the funny facial expressions of the fish and his friends. The story is full of excellent rhyming words such as "bubbles" and "troubles" that will help a child prepare for Kindergarten.

FOR AGES 8 TO 12

"I KILL THE MOCKINGBIRD" by Paul Acampora

Lucy, Elena and Michael have To Kill A Mockingbird on their summer reading list. They realize not many of their classmates will be happy about this. To create buzz, they hatch a plan to make it seem like copies are disappearing. They travel around their state of Connecticut and shelve the books in the wrong places at libraries and bookstores. They create a website and the idea goes viral. This is a great story about passionate young readers.

FOR TEENS

"LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD" by Ava Dellaira

Laurel is going to a new high school because her sister May died six months ago and she wants a fresh start. She tells her story in letters to the dead such as Kurt Cobain, Judy Garland, Amy Winehouse and Amelia Earhart. Laurel channels her sister's spark to make friends and try to find love. This book is beautifully written. Laurel draws on the strength and character of the dead as she navigates her new normal. It is also a wonderful love story between two imperfect people battling their own demons. Fans of the iconic The Perks Of Being A Wallflower will love it!

-Kris Hickey, Youth Services Supervisor, Whitehall Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

FAMILY APP

ENDLESS ALPHABET/ENDLESS READER

This app is a popular spelling program from Originator Inc. where animated creatures help a child spell a variety of words such as "musician," "kind" and "hilarious." The word is given, then the monsters run across the screen and mess up the word. The child then matches the letters to the letters in the word. As the letters are being dragged, they make their own sounds. Once the word is completed, the monsters act out the word in humorous fashion. New words are regularly added to the app, which has a five-star rating from iTunes customers. There is also a sight-word version called Endless Reader. Version costs range from free to $6.99.

-Kris Hickey