Check out these new books for youth at the Astoria Public Library:
When Jack does something he shouldn't, he blames his little brother Kenny. Kenny is too young to talk and doesn't care. After a particularly troublesome day, Kenny gives Jack a surprise that will cure him of blaming his brother. Adorable bears gently teach responsibility in "Not Me!" written and illustrated by Nigel McMullen. This book is recommended for children ages 2 to 5.
The joy of being a boy is experienced through upbeat rhythms, rhymes and playful pictures in "Be Boy Buzz" written by Bell Hooks and illustrated by Chris Raschka. This book is recommended for children in preschool to second-grade.
The king wants to know what his daughters are up to at night. Each morning he finds them wearing worn out shoes. Replacing them became a problem, so the king sent for detectives to find out what is going on. It's a cobbler named Jack who figures out the answer. Kids will love this variation of the classic tale "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" by Jacob Grimm. "The Princesses Have a Ball" is written by Teresa Bateman and illustrated by Lynne Cravath. This book is recommended for children in grades kindergarten through third.
Carmen's family has a farm. When the harvest is in, the whole family takes fresh fruits and vegetables to the farmers market. Beginning readers will appreciate the hard work involved in "Farmer's Market" a beginning reader written by Carmen Parks and illustrated by Edward Martinez. This book is recommended for children in grades first through second.
Song Lee and Harry have been best friends since kindergarten. They even got married by the big tree on the playground in second grade. But when Miss Mackle let them work together on a project about dragons, the two went to war. Song Lee wasn't even speaking to Harry. What was the fight all about? Will they two ever become friends again? Beginning readers will appreciate the problems in "Horrible Harry and the Dragon War" written by Suzy Kine and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz. This book is recommended for children in grades second through fourth.
Early residents of California and New Mexico included Native tribes and Spanish explorers and soldiers. Trails they used became los caminos reales, royal roads, transporting people, products and culture throughout the southwest. Follow the adventures of those who were there in "The Mission Trails: In American History" by Carl R. Green. This book is recommended for children in grades third through sixth.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. While soldiers fought the battles of World War II, panic over spies spread throughout the country. Thousands of Japanese Americans were rounded up and moved into government internment camps. Many lost their jobs and their property, but were not accused of any crime. The book "Japanese-American Internment: In American History" by David K. Fremon, is an excellent resource for those studying this time in American history. This book is recommended for children in grades third through sixth.
Ellen is in love with her brother's best friend James. She loves his sense of humor, his long eyelashes and his subtle secret smiles. But she learns that smiles are not his only secrets, and she soon learns her brother has been keeping secrets too. "My Heartbeat" is written by Garret Freymann-weyr. This book is recommended for teens in grades eighth through 12th.
They like to take things apart to see how they work and they are always asking questions. Teens who fit this description will find help choosing a future career in "Careers for Scientific Types and Others with Inquiring Minds" by Jan Goldberg. This book is recommended for teens in grades ninth through 12th.
- Patty Skinner, senior library assistant, Astoria Public Library