Our literary picks for November.

FOR AGES 3 TO 6

EVERYONE LOVES BACON by Kelly DiPucchio

Bacon thinks he is pretty great. He is super popular and everyone loves him. Who needs friends when you have fans instead? Will Bacon be done in by his ham-sized ego? This clever picture book has a tasty message about being a good friend.

FOR AGES 6+

SERENGETI SPY: VIEWS FROM A HIDDEN CAMERA ON THE PLAINS OF EAST AFRICA by Anup Shah

This is a gorgeous nonfiction book filled with beautiful animals the whole family will enjoy. Hidden cameras in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara Natural Reserve in Kenya capture the animals in their natural setting.

FOR AGES 8 TO 12

WAITING FOR UNICORNS by Beth Hautala

Talia's father is a whale researcher so she must follow him to the frozen tundra of Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada. Her mother recently died and, while her father is on the ice, she will stay with a local woman who is friends with her father. Talia keeps her wishes in a jar and loves her mother's favorite fairy tale about unicorns making wishes come true. She learns the parallels between her mother's fairy tale and the Inuit tale of the narwhal, which gives her a mission of her own.

FOR TEENS

FUTURE PERFECT by Jen Larsen

Ashley wavers between wearing sizes 18 to 20.She doesn't feel bad about herself.She is a smart, beautiful young woman and she knows it.Every year her elegant, successful and thin grandmother offers a birthday bribe to get her to lose weight.This year her grandmother wants her to have gastric-bypass surgery in exchange for the thing Ashley wants most: tuition to Harvard.Ashley struggles with the choice and how others would look at her differently because of the weight she may lose. This is a wonderful story about how others see you and being brave enough to ultimately see yourself.

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


FAMILY APP

ALPHABEAR: WORD PUZZLE GAME

This is a game, suitable for ages 6 to 10 but rated E for Everyone, and similar to Scrabble. Children build words using the letters and each new word makes the bears grow. Just released in July by Spry Fox, it's a fun, interactive and free game that builds great literacy skills.

-Kris Hickey