Recommended reads for all ages from the Columbus Metropolitan Library

Saturday by Oge Mora

Ava and her mother always look forward to spending Saturdays together. However, this Saturday doesn’t go according to plan. Join this mother-daughter duo as they make the most of interrupted itineraries. “Thank You, Omu!” author Oge Mora delights readers once again with her vibrant collages and rhythmic verse in this picture book. FOR AGES 4-8

InvestiGATORS by John Patrick Green

Equipped with high-tech devices and puns galore, Investigators Mango and Brash are on the case. Read along as they work to outsmart supervillain Crackerdile. This new graphic novel mystery series is sure to please loyal Dog Man fans and is a fun read-along for adults as well. FOR AGES 7-10

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The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

California girl Alberta is so excited when she finds the new family in town is black, which means Alberta will no longer be the only black girl in her grade. But new girl Edie misses Brooklyn and is hesitant about moving to a small, surfside town. When Edie and Alberta uncover a box of mysterious journals in the attic, they team up to find the owners and stories behind the journals. Teen author Brandy Colbert makes her youth fiction debut in this novel that addresses much more than meets the eye. FOR AGES 8-12

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay by Alexandra Stewart

This beautifully illustrated nonfiction book documents the lives of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first people to summit Mount Everest. Readers learn about Hillary’s childhood of beekeeping and Norgay’s family business of yak herding, as well as the events that led them to become one of history’s most famous duos. The illustrations in this book are not only winsome, but provide helpful insight for those of us who have never been on a summiting excursion. FOR AGES 9-12

Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis

While hiking in the Smokies with friends, Ashley uncovers a truth that sends her running for the woods. She takes a treacherous fall down a ravine and spends the next days putting her survival skills to practice. With an infection spreading on her wounded leg, Ashley must remember all she has learned about surviving in the wilderness while pushing past the fear and doubt growing in her mind. FOR TEENS



Hologo is an amazing new app designed for the visual learner. The app uses augmented reality technology (similar to that found on Pokemon Go) to provide a multimodal learning experience. There are many different models provided for free, such as Adding Fractions, the Great Wall of China and the Human Nervous System. An engaging new platform, Hologo can engage and teach various ages of users. Available on Android and iOS.

Trisha Landis is a Homework Help Center specialist at the Franklinton branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.