Our literary picks for May.

FOR AGES 4 TO 8

THE CROCODILE WHO DIDN'T LIKE WATER by Gemma Merino

Crocodiles love water, but one little crocodile is different - he doesn't like water at all! He longs to play with his brothers and sisters, but they are always in the water. He saves up all his money to buy a swim ring so he can play with them, but it's no use. He still doesn't like the water. One day his nose begins to twitch and he lets out a great big sneeze of fire. Maybe this little crocodile isn't a crocodile after all.


FOR AGES 7 TO 11

NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS: HUNTING WITH THE GREAT WHITES OF CALIFORNIA'S FARALLON ISLANDS by Katherine Roy

Every fall, one of the largest populations of great white sharks returns to the Farallon Islands, just a few miles from San Francisco, Calif. These massive predators return to hunt for their favorite meal: the seals that live on the island's rocky coast. This hunting ground is a wildlife refuge and is off limits to all, with the exception of a few scientists that tag the sharks for studies. This book is filled with the interesting things that scientists have learned while observing these creatures.

FOR AGES 10 TO 14

NEST by Esther Ehrlich

Eleven-year-old Naomi "Chirp" Orenstein lives with her family on Cape Cod in the 1970s. Her mother, a dancer, receives a devastating diagnosis of MS and falls into a deep depression. Chirp finds comfort in birds and bird-watching during this difficult time, along with a new friend, the boy across the street. Together the two children create new worlds that allow them to escape their troubled childhoods. This coming-of-age story will draw readers in and leave them wanting more.

TEENS

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES by Jennifer Niven

Two very different teens - Violet, the once popular cheerleader, and Finch, the school freak - meet six stories up on the ledge of a school building. While neither decides to jump that day, their meeting changes everything. Violet, who has refused to get into a car since her sister was killed in a car accident, is counting the days until graduation and her escape from this small town. Finch, who suffers from bipolar disorder, thinks about suicide every day, but when good things happen, he always changes his mind. When the two are paired up for a school project, they find out about each other and begin to fall for one another. Through their complicated relationship, Violet begins to come out of her depression, but Finch's world continues to get darker. FOR

-Tara Hutson, Information Services Specialist, Parsons Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

FAMILY APP

STACK THE STATES

This app allows kids to learn about the states in a playful and interactive way. The games are simple and fun, and kids can "win" states as they correctly answer questions about state flags, flowers and other state facts. As kids unlock more games, they will also be challenged to identify the states by shape, learn which states share borders and memorize the capital cities of each. Suitable for ages 6 to 11. The "lite" version is free, while the regular version costs $1.99.

-Tara Hutson