Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some titles we are excited about as school begins.
Books for younger readers:
Gator on the Loose! by Sue Stauffacher is the first book in the new "Animal Rescue Team" series. The three Carter kids help their parents run Carter's Urban Rescue, the place you call if, say, an alligator is loose in the city pool! The series is full of friendship, sibling trouble, crazy animal escapades, and helping the planet. This is the perfect new series to start a new school year. Recommended by Lisa from Westwood.
Weird but True! and Weird but True! 2 from National Geographic are compilations of weird, gross, wacky, and amazing facts. Did you know that peanut butter can be converted into a diamond? Or that the world's oldest goldfish lived to be 43 years old? Check out one of these cool books for more weird facts! Recommended by Ann from the Children's Library.
Meanwhile by Jason Shiga is the combination of a comic book and "Choose Your Own Adventure." On the very first page, readers have to choose between whether to eat chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Then, follow the line to your destiny, making choices along the way that could lead to the end of the book or another cool adventure with mind-reading, time travel and more. This book is full of tabs, lines, comic panels, and crazy scenarios that make it a fun, quick read. Recommended by Kellie from Bear Valley.
Books for older readers:
The Magnificent Twelve: The Call by Michael Grant is the first in an exciting new adventure series about a modern boy who must find and join forces with eleven other kids to defeat an ancient evil. Full of humor, bullies, evil princesses, and crazy monsters, this series has a little something for everyone. Recommended by Gwen, Children's Collection Specialist.
My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian is the kind of book for readers who like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Derek is looking forward to a summer filled with fun and pranks and no school. But since he's been labeled a "reluctant reader" by his teachers, Derek's parents send him to a summer learning camp! Nooooo! Derek starts keeping a journal with comics of his experiences at camp, since he can't read his favorite comic "Calvin and Hobbes." Recommended by Chufo from the Children's Library and Amy from Eugene Field.
Doodlebug: A Novel in Doddles by Karen Romano Young is another terrific story with comics mixed in. Dodo and her family have just moved to a new town and to cope, Dodo starts doodling about her experiences in a new house and a new school. Dodo doesn't just like drawing, she needs to doodle to help her pay attention in school and to keep her out of trouble. This one is more doodles than text, so you will zip right through it! Recommended by Ann from the Children's Library.
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman is a modern-day mystery with a fairy tale twist. Elizabeth gets a job at a special lending library in New York that lends all kinds of things - even magical things. When the magical items start to disappear, Elizabeth goes on a dangerous quest to catch the thief before she is blamed herself. Recommended by Lisa from Westwood.
The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron R. Hawkins is an old-fashioned family story set in 1980's New Mexico. Just like now, the family is struggling to find enough money and the kids help by taking over a neighbor's apple orchard. Even though they don't know anything about farming, cousins and neighbors come together to make things work, in ways that are usually pretty funny. Recommended by Carol, Children's and Family Cluster Manager.