August 2019 Kids’ Picks!

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Pick up some cool books to finish out the summer!

August 6th

 

bossy

 

 The Good, The Bad, and The Bossy by Caroline Cala

Just when Malia, Dot, and Bree (aka the Best Babysitters Ever) corner the Playa Del Mar babysitting market, their lives get even busier. Malia’s evil older sister ropes her into a thankless internship. Dot must win the science fair. And Bree’s brand new cat turns out to be a holy terror. Meow! Malia is frustrated by the group’s lack of commitment until she has an idea so great it rivals the creation of the club in the first place: they can hire new babysitters and take a cut of their wages! It’s all of the money, and less of the babysitting. This plan is too perfect to fail. Until—spoiler alert—it does, in the most hilarious way possible.

 

 burp

 

Did You Burp? by April Pulley Sayre
Asking questions may seem like it comes naturally, but it’s actually a learned social skill. How do questions and answers work? What makes a good question–and what makes a rude one? Who cares about questions? This helpful how-to guide teaches kids what a question is, when to ask one, and how to form one. Friendly tips and pointers (“Keep it short!” “Show interest!”) help kids keep their questions appropriate and on point. Above all, the book encourages readers to keep on asking questions–the beginning of learning about the world.

 

boring

 

 The Boring Book by Shinsuke Yoshitake

Boredom: humankind’s age-old adversary. It’s a state that is undesirable, uninteresting . . . and just plain boring. But as one particularly bored boy discovers, there’s actually more to boredom than meets the eye—more questions, more theories, and heaps of humor. This exploration of boredom from acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake playfully—and hilariously—unpacks the ways in which a seemingly stagnant state is actually a portal into a dynamic, life-enriching experience. For anyone who’s ever been mind-numbingly bored, this smart, laugh-out-loud picture book just might change your perspective on the state of boredom forever.

 

 
 

August 13th

 
 

ball

 

 Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey

The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li’l Petey. But when Petey’s own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good. Dav Pilkey’s wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of being true to one’s self.

 

olympian

 

 The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds are against them. Kronos is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, his power only grows. In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

 

history

 

 The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns by Sarah Laskow

Are unicorns real? Their popularity and enduring role in human culture certainly is. How can you win a fight against a unicorn? Why do some unicorns have wings? Why are unicorns often pictured with rainbows? Get answers to these questions and more in this fun look at unicorns throughout history. This four-color, fully illustrated book provides everything you always wanted to know about the myths, science, and history that surround the unicorn, a creature that has grown even more popular in the twenty-first century. With its stylish design and fresh, captivating illustrations, The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns will appeal to readers–children and adults alike–who can’t get enough of the world’s most elusive animal.

 
 

August 20th

 
 

santa

 

 Bad Kitty: Searching for Santa by Nick Bruel

When Kitty wants to write a letter with her Christmas wish, she is not so sure that she has been good this year and wonders if that will affect whether Santa gives her what she is asking for.

 

food

 

 Frankie’s Favorite Food by Kelsey Garrity-Riely

Frankie has a problem: he has too many favorite foods. He can’t bring himself to choose just one to be for the school play, so on the day of the performance, he’s still without a costume. His teacher comes up with a delicious idea: what if Frankie becomes the Costume Manager? That way, he can parlay his love of all things culinary into the whole production. From adding some last-minute garnishes to helping the rice and beans into their costumes, Frankie shines backstage until he has a brilliant idea and decides to make his debut on the menu as something that combines his love for all his favorite foods . . .