Our literary picks for August.

FOR AGES 0 TO 4

DINOSAUR VS. MOMMY by Bob Shea

Dinosaur's energy and tenacity is infectious in Bob Shea's series of books. In this edition families will enjoy seeing Dinosaur "helping" mom with some pretty important tasks. He helps her wake up and start her day; they go shopping for milk and he ends up getting everything that he wants from the grocery store! This bright tale explores the beautiful and never-dull relationship between one dinosaur and mommy.

FOR AGES 4 TO 8

THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child

Author Lauren Child hits the nail on the head with this endearing story of an only child becoming a big brother. This book is great to share with children who may be encountering a new baby in the home or simply trying to adjust to a different situation. Elmore's life has been rearranged without his permission, and he is trying to find positive ways to cope with this new small person in his life. Child's innovative word structure will have children giggling and reading with amusement.

FOR AGES 8 TO 12

KID PRESIDENT'S GUIDE TO BEING AWESOME by Brad Montague and Robby Novak

Robby Novak (aka Kid President) does a great job collaborating with his brother-in-law Brad Montague in this novel of aspiration and inspiration. The world was introduced to Kid President through YouTube speeches filmed in front of a cardboard box with a symbol similar to the U.S. Presidential seal of office. In this book, preteens will find hope for the dreams they want to pursue. Kid President's confidence-building phrases and touching interviews make for an enriching read.

FOR TEENS

X: A NOVEL by Ilyasah Shabazz

This novel dives into the formative life of Malcolm X through the eyes of his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz. It spans his life through his 20s with a powerful and charming storyline. Readers will learn how Malcolm X discovered distinguishing qualities that allowed him to become the confident and conflicted leader he later was. X: A Novel is charming because it has tales of love, action and mystery all wrapped up in one page-turning story.

-Chanie Scott, Homework Help Center Specialist, Livingston Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library

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SCHOLLY

This awesome app, which was featured on the television series Shark Tank, allows future and current college students to apply for scholarships and grants on a daily basis. All you have to do is enter a few pieces of information about yourself and anything that could be helpful in determining what scholarships may be available to you. This app costs 99 cents, but its value in building a resource network and hope for your future is priceless!

-Chanie Scott