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Ask Me What I'm Reading

Weekly write-ups of books recently read by the Youth Department staff.

NOTE: Please check Library Catalog for availability.

The New Small Person
by Lauren Child —  E Chi
Picture Book

Elmore is an only child until a new small person comes along.  This small person knocks over his things, licks his jelly beans, and follows him around.  Elmore wishes the small person would go back to wherever he came from.  One night everything changes when the small person comforts Elmore, and he realizes it is nice to have him around. (EM)

Fly Guy’s Amazing Tricks
by Tedd Arnold – JE Blue Arn
Beginning Reader

Fly Guy learns three new tricks - “The Backstroke,” “The Dizzy Doozie,” and “The Big Booger.”  They come in handy when a bully harasses Buzz and Fly Guy. (EM)

Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt — j Hun
Realistic Fiction

Ally, a 6th grader, is convinced she is dumb, because she can’t read, until she gets a caring teacher who correctly recognizes her dyslexia and helps her overcome it. Other middle-grade issues touched on are bullying, ADHD, a deployed military parent, and many subtler themes like self-image. A really satisfying read, without being preachy. (MK)

Johnny Lion’s Book
by Edith Thacher Hurd — JE Blue Hur
Beginning Reader

Johnny Lion seems to be sitting at home alone; but thanks to a new book, he’s having great adventures in his imagination!  This book-within-a-book has been a favorite with beginning readers since 1965.  Celebrate its 50th anniversary by reading it today (and finding other books about Johnny!). (PS) 

Dear Mr. Washington
by Lynn Cullen — E Cul
Picture Book

The artist Gilbert Stuart painted what became one of the most famous portraits of President Washington. But imagine a very serious man (George Washington) encountering the artist’s
three very precocious children! Will the children stop their pranks? Will Mr. President ever smile? (AE)

Thank You, Mr. Falker
by Patricia Polacco — E Pol
Picture Book

Trisha is excited about starting school but has trouble reading.  Her letters and numbers get all jumbled up.  In fifth grade, she gets a new teacher named Mr. Falker who encourages her and sets out to help her read. (EM)

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, AL
by Hester Bass —  j 323.11 Ba
Nonfiction, Civil Rights

Present tense narration gives immediacy to events from 1962.  Beautifully illustrated with watercolors by E.B. Lewis, this is a fine introduction to segregation, nonviolent protest, and school integration—including a little-known instance of reverse integration. The author and illustrator make clear the realities of segregation, but also emphasize the possibility of working together  for peaceful change. (PS)

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