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The month of May just happens to be National Bike Month. Now that the weather's finally improving, take some time to get outside and ride your bike. Check out some bike books, too! Listed below are a few fun choices. Happy reading (and bike riding!).
Little Lizard's new bike by Melinda Melton Crow; illustrated by Andrew Rowland
Curious George rides a bike by H. A. Rey
Extraordinary gardens of the world by Monty Don — When I think about where I'd like to travel, places with beautiful gardens rank high on my list. This book is a virtual travelogue of all types of gardens located in places all around the globe. The large format suits this book well, as the photos are big and colorful, inviting the reader to get the feeling of being in each garden. Gardeners and travel buffs alike will enjoy this book.
The alchemist by Paulo Coelho; translated by Alan R. Clarke
The tale of the unknown island by José Saramago; illustrated by Peter Sís; translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino; translated from the Italian by William Weaver
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier — is another must-read for all tween/teen fantasy fans. Fourteen-year-old Trei lost his family to a volcanic explosion and seeks refuge with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in the neighboring, airborn kingdom of the Floating Islands. Upon arriving he sees men soaring in the skies with wings and dragon magic and is consumed with the desire to also be a kajurai. Soon after his arrival his aunt and uncle become victims of a horrid epidemic. Now is cousin Araene is also an orphan and must decide what she will do with her life. The constraints on woman in her kingdom are unbearable, but she is clever and soon finds a way to pursue her love of the culinary arts, as well as to use her gifts in the art of magic - as long as no one discovers her sexual disguise that is.
Mastering color knitting : simple instructions for stranded, intarsia, and double knitting by Melissa Leapman — Colorwork techniques are among the most intimidating to many knitters. It's so easy to get your strands tangled, or for a carefully worked intarsia pattern to end up puckered or stretched. This book includes a lot of instructions as well as tips for making your colorwork come out looking like you hoped it would, and has twelve projects to try.
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
The day my butt went psycho by Andy Griffiths
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger; illustrated by Aaron Blecha
Each year, the Library of Michigan, compiles a list of "exceptional" books that showcase Michigan topics and authors. This year, two titles highlighting the triumphs and tragedies of Detroit's automobile industry have made the list.
Chrysler's turbine car: the rise and fall of Detroit's coolest creation by Steve Lehto — gives a detailed account of Chrysler's foray into the world of cars powered by jet engines.