Our literary picks for September.
FOR AGES 2 TO 6
WILD ABOUT US! by Karen Beaumont
Rhino loves her wrinkles, warthog loves his warts and flamingo loves his hot-pink feathers in this great read-aloud that celebrates diversity. Very young children will enjoy the hilarious pictures and rollicking rhyming text, and they'll also like searching for the hidden, pesky fly on each page. Older children and adults will appreciate the low-key message about embracing uniqueness and being confident and happy in your own skin, no matter what it looks like.FOR AGES 8 TO 12
THE TERRIBLE TWO by Mac Barnett and Jory John
In his old town, Miles was infamous as the school prankster. So he has big plans to liven up Yawnee Valley, his boring, cow-obsessed new town. But there's a problem. Yawnee Valley already has a prankster who is even more talented than Miles. The two go head-to-head in a prank war, but what could they accomplish if they teamed up? Kids will root for these talented pranksters as they battle their clueless principal and his spoiled-rotten son in this laugh-out-loud series opener.FOR AGES 9 TO 14
BINNY IN SECRET by Hilary McKay
Things start out terribly for 12-year-old Binny at her new school as she quickly makes an enemy of a popular classmate and is mocked for her hand-me-down uniform and city accent. Then a storm destroys her family's roof, and they move temporarily to a creepy old house. Binny starts to learn about the children who lived there 100 years ago, and she also finds signs of a mysterious animal sneaking around the grounds. Everything comes together at the end of this beautifully written story that celebrates family, nature and nonviolence.FOR TEENS
CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge
After Triss's older brother dies in World War I, her family's life is forever changed. Then a terrible accident befalls her and, when Triss wakes up, everything is very strange. Pages of her diary are missing, she can't remember things and she has weird cravings. In her journey to discover what happened, Triss meets the villainous Architect, who has dark designs on her family. The story twists and turns in unexpected ways. This well-written tale is creepy and horrific but also celebrates bravery and forgiveness.
-Laura Nawojchik, Youth Services Librarian, Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan LibraryFAMILY APP
PEG + CAT: THE TREE PROBLEM
Oh no, Cat is stuck in a tree! Again! This free app (found at http://pbskids.org/apps/peg--cat-tree-problem.html) features characters from the PBS Kids show Peg + Cat and leads children through a series of games in which they rescue Cat from a variety of trees and other tall structures. There are six worlds and 30 total levels ranging in difficulty. Solving the puzzles helps practice basic math skills, including spatial reasoning and measurement. But rescuing Cat is a lot more fun than most math assignments! Most suitable for ages 3 to 6.