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Infant Through Grade 12 Resources: Staff Picks

Collections for those working with children and youth.

Favorite Non Fiction books

There are many ways to become an "Earth Hero" and many paths to conservationThe collection profiles not only well-known environmentalists like Henry Thoreau, John Muir, and Theodore Roosevelt, but also less-well-known scientists like David Suzuki, Margaret Murie, and Wangari Maathai.

Ages 9-18

Sidman delights with another gorgeous collection of poems celebrating the natural world, this time focusing on species remarkable for their ability to adapt and thrive in an often-harsh world. Arranging her "survivors" in chronological order of time on Earth, she begins with bacteria and mollusks, moving through sharks, ants, grasses, squirrels, dandelions, crows and coyotes before arriving at the youngest survivor, humans.

Ages 8-10

Favorite Graphic Novels

As Jack and Rapunzel reach Jack's hometown, they quickly discover that the city has been overrun by the ant people and his mother has been kidnapped by a giant.  And, this all began thanks to a beanstalk, a beanstalk that originated with Jack

Ages: 8-17


“ Mizuki develops a crush on a Japanese-American high jumper named Izumi Sano. She likes him so much, she disguises herself as a boy to attend his school and all kinds of hillarity ensues.

Ages: 10+

Favorite YA Books

“Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony, determined to prove himself on the long and dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a storm, he is swept out over the ocean- away from his family, his friends, and the only life he has ever known. Alone and frightened as winter fast approaches and temperatures plunge, Shade knows he must find a way to rejoin his colony in the south.”

Call number: Juv. F Op52s
Reading level: Grades 6-8





 Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in happy endings. Then she meets Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and falls under his spell. Soon, she is risking everything to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loving heart.

Call number: F An2381t
Reading level: Grades 9-11


Other Favorite Titles


Check Out What the Staff is Saying!

Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

"One of the best modern fairy tales I have read. The story is clearly inspired by stories such as Beauty and the Beast, but it definitely has its own style. The characters are all very memorable and the story is both humorous and exciting.

The Hunger Games by Susan Collins

“..This story is gritty and violent, but it also does an outstanding job of glorifying the most noble qualities of humanity.”

Favorite Picture Books

In the bushveld, every day can be an adventure if you know where to look! It's fun to explore and it's fun to be free - especially if your name is Jock and you can sniff out something new behind every bush and under every stone. But what does his mother always say? Take care and be aware!

Ages 3-7

A Bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? WAIT! He has seen his hat..

Ages 4-8

Featuring a Classic

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room--to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one--he says goodnight.

Ages: 1 and up