Picture books about the moon are a perfect choice for bedtime reading. If you're a fan of the classic story Goodnight Moon, give these other great books a try.
And if the moon could talk by Kate Banks; pictures by Georg Hallensleben
Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle
Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes
Leo and Diane Dillon were also famous for their cover artwork for adult science fiction novels, winning the Hugo Award in 1971 for Best Professional Artist.
The case of the deadly desperados by Caroline Lawrence — The setting of this new historical fiction mystery is the Wild West, where desperados, gamblers and gunmen abound. In this western, P.K. Pinkerton is on the run from a ruthless gang, determined to hold on to his families last priceless possession. Relying on disguises, P.K. must outwit the outlaws in this fast-paced, fun adventure.
From board books, to pictures books, to chapter books, it's is so hard to choose?
Ghost knight by Cornelia Funke ; translated by Oliver Latsch ; [illustrated by Andrea Offermann] will keep you in rapt suspense with terrifying ghosts, an ancient mystery, and present day conflicts. Eleven-year-old Jon is shipped off to Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school, in part because he loathes his soon-to-be dentist stepfather. Vengeful ghosts begin attacking Jon almost immediately, but luckily he finds help from the lovely, albeit mysterious, Ella whose grandmother is a reputed ghost expert. She insists that Jon's only hope is to summon the ghost of the late knight Longspee. Will Longspee help? Can he be trusted? Why are the time-traveling ghosts of Lord Stourton and his servants so intent on killing Jon anyway?
- Michigan Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
- American Chillers — will be shelved as J Fiction Rand
- Hannah Montana — will be shelved as J Fiction Hannah
Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue — January 12
The girls from Ames: a story of women & a forty-year friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow — February 9
The postmistress by Sarah Blake — March 8
Lethal by Sandra Brown — April 12
All mortal flesh by Julia Spencer-Fleming
The art of racing in the rain: a novel by Garth Stein
Mockingbird: a portrait of Harper Lee by Charles J. Shields
A reliable wife: a novel by Robert Goolrick
Sarah's key by Tatiana de Rosnay
17F: the life of Ian Fleming by Donald McCormick
The dead witness: a connoisseur's collection of Victorian detective stories by edited by Michael Sims
The language of flowers [sound recording]: [a novel] by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan
One was a soldier: a Clare Fergusson/Russ van Alstyne mystery by Julia Spencer-Fleming
On Thursday June 14 at noon we'll be discussing:
Blood, bones, & butter: the inadvertent education of a reluctant chef by Gabrielle Hamilton. Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Blood, Bones & Butter is an unflinching and lyrical work.
Do you enjoy historical fiction? Do you also enjoy reading a good picture book? The library has a variety of excellent picture books that take place in the past. Let the suggestions below transport you to another time and place with their moving storylines and wonderful illustrations.
Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Ronald Himler
Mind your manners, Alice Roosevelt! by written by Leslie Kimmelman and illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Missing persons: a Kate Conway mystery by Clare O'Donohue
The return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
Nightworld by Wilson, F.
The sense of an ending by Julian Barnes — According to Heller McAlpin, "Julian Barnes has finally won a Man Booker Prize, and I'm glad it's for The Sense of an Ending, his elegant, deceptively simple, quietly devastating moral tale about the self-serving vagaries of memory over time. Taking its title from Frank Kermode's 1967 critical study of the relationship of endings in fiction to apocalypse and death, this compact, multilayered story is the kind of book that bears re-reading.
If you're looking for a picture book about Michigan, or one that takes place in Michigan, we have you covered. Here's a list of fun picture books from the "mitten state."
M is for mitten: the Michigan alphabet book by Annie Appleford; illustrated by Michael Monroe
Gitchi Gumee by written by Anne Margaret Lewis; illustrated by Kathleen Chaney Fritz
Rascal makes mischief on Mackinac Island by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds; illustrated by Darrin Brege
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The false prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is not for readers who like predictable stories with stereotypical characters. Action, a plot laced with surprising twists and turns, and magnificent, engaging characters await the reader who picks up this book that they will then not be able to put down. Civil war threatens Carthya after the entire royal family has been murdered. Connor, a nobleman, devises a cunning plan to gain power and save his country from ruin. Four orphans who resemble the king's youngest son, long thought to be dead, are stolen and forced to compete for the role of impersonating Jaron. One is murdered by Connor almost immediately to instill terror and unconditional obedience. But Sage, the narrator of this tale, is stubborn, rebellious, and impetuous.
Celebrate the season by picking up an easy-to-read book about springtime. You can find the books listed below in the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy spring!
Springtime in Bugland! by David A. Carter
Happy go Ducky by cover illustration by Jackie Urbanovic ; story by Lori Haskins Houran ; pictures by Joe Mathieu