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Chow Down Chapter Books

Check out some of these foodie chapter books to earn your Chow Down badge.

Madeline the cookie fairy by Daisy Meadows


Icing on the cake by Sheryl Berk and Carrie Berk


My chocolate year by Charlotte Herman ; [illustrations by LeUyen Pham]

Katie and the cupcake cure by Coco Simon

The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli ; illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Lucky for good by Susan Patron ; with illustrations by Erin McGuire

Steampunk for Teens

Enjoy steampunk? Try these books out:

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Cinder by written by Marissa Meyer

Clockwork angel by Cassandra Clare

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

The hunchback assignments by Arthur Slade

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Etiquette & espionage by Gail Carriger

Geeky Non-Fiction for Kids

The Children's Library has lots of nonfiction on your favorite geeky subjects. Here are some fun ones to help you geek out.

The dangerous book for boys by Conn Iggulden, Hal Iggulden

Star Wars head to head by Pablo Hidalgo

Lego Star wars: character encyclopedia by written by Hannah Dolan with Elizabeth Dowsett, Shari Last, and Victoria Taylor

The Lego ideas book: unlock your imagination by author, Daniel Lipkowitz

Crazy concoctions: a mad scientist's guide to messy mixtures by Jordan D. Brown; illustrated by Anthony Owsley

Discovery Channel young scientist challenge: taking science to the extreme! by Rosanna Hansen and Sherry Gerstein

Books for Geek Parents

Are you a tech-savvy dad looking to Geek Out with your kids by sharing your love of science and technology. Ken Denmead, editor of GeekDad, a blog on Wired magazine's Web site has a fun series of books filled with activities for all ages.

The geek dad book for aspiring mad scientists: the coolest experiments for science fairs and family fun by Ken Denmead

Geek dad: awesomely geeky projects and activities for dads and kids to share by Ken Denmead ; foreword by Chris Anderson

The geek dad's guide to weekend fun: cool hacks, cutting -edge games, and more awesome projects for the whole family by Ken Denmead


And for Moms who want to get in on the fungeek out with your kids over science experiments, super heroes, and fun crafts!

Memoirs: Overcoming Addiction

Check out these inspirational stories from people who have hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.

Broken: my story of addiction and redemption by William Cope Moyers with Katherine Ketcham

Fall to pieces: a memoir of drugs, rock 'n' roll, and mental illness by Mary Forsberg Weiland

Guts: the endless follies and tiny triumphs of a giant disaster by Kristen Johnston

Drinking: a love story by Caroline Knapp

The heroin diaries: a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx ; with Ian Gittins

Long past stopping: a memoir by Oran Canfield

Curtains Up Adult Fiction Books

Lucky break: a novel by Esther Freud

The star attraction: a novel by Alison Seeney

The starlet: a novel by Mary McNamara

Picture perfect by Jodi Picoult

Someday, someday, maybe: a novel by Lauren Graham

The stand-in by Kate Clemens

An accidental affair by Eric Jerome Dickey

The ballroom on Magnolia Street by Sharon Owens

Love Stories: Great Teen Romance Novels

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Anna and the French kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

Nick & Norah's infinite playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Hollow by Jessica Verday

The hollow kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle

Going too far by Jennifer Echols

Geek magnet: a novel in five acts by Kieran Scott

Clockworks and Steam Power: Steampunk for Adults

The world of steampunk literature imagines a different historical path-a world run on iron and steam, where the preferred method of travel is the dirigible and everything that moves is run on clockworks.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Dead iron by Devon Monk

The windup girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

The diamond age ; or, Young lady's illustrated primer by Neal Stephenson

Mainspring by Jay Lake

Soulless by Gail Carriger

The half-made world by Felix Gilman

Teens' Top Ten 2012

We know these are books teens love because the Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where the American Library Association has teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The fault in our stars by John Green

Legend by Marie Lu

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

What happened to goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Across the universe [sound recording] by Beth Revis

Books for Teens Who Love Adventure Stories

Variant by Robison Wells

The knife of never letting go [sound recording] by Patrick Ness

The maze runner by James Dashner

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz ; adapted by Antony Johnston ; illustrated by Kanako Damerum & Yuzuru Takasaki

The night she disappeared by April Henry

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Everyone Loves a Hero: True Stories of Real Heroes

Healthy Pets

Healthy Kids

Healthy eating by Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Healthy foods from A to Z by [executive editor, Stephanie Maze] = Comida sana de la A a la Z / [editora ejecutiva, Stephanie Maze]

10 ways I can live a healthy life by Sara Antill

My healthy body by Liza Fromer and Francine Gerstein ; illustrated by Joe Weissmann

Going organic: a healthy guide to making the switch by Dana Meachen Rau

Cool relaxing: healthy & fun ways to chill out! by Alex Kuskowski

Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy mom, healthy baby: the ultimate pregnancy guide by Siobhan Dolan and Alice Lesch Kelly

Be fruitful: the essential guide to maximizing fertility and giving birth to a healthy child by Victoria Maizes ; foreword by Andrew Weil

Beautiful babies: nutrition for fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding & baby's first foods by Kristen Michaelis

Pregnancy health yoga: your essential guide for bump, birth, and beyond by Tara Lee and Mary Attwood ; foreword by Dr. Gowri Motha creator of the gentle birth method

Mommy IQ: the complete guide to pregnancy by Rosie Pope ; foreword by Amos Grunebaum

Healthy Living

Historical Fiction for Kids

The blood stone by Jamila Gavin

Destiny, rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Ben and me: a new and astonishing life of Benjamin Franklin as written by his good mouse Amos by lately discovered, edited & illustrated by Robert Lawson

Soldier bear by written by Bibi Dumon Tak ; illustrated by Philip Hopman ; translated by Laura Watkinson

Heart of a samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus

War horse by Michael Morpurgo

Chow Down Books For Teens

A teen guide to eco-gardening, food, and cooking by Jen Green

Cooking up a storm by Sam Stern, with Susan Stern

Eat fresh food: awesome recipes for teen chefs by Rozanne Gold and her all-star team ; photographs by Phil Mansfield

Food for feeling healthy by Carol Ballard

Fast food nation: the dark side of the all-American meal by Eric Schlosser

Peanut by written by Ayun Halliday ; illustrated by Paul Hoppe

The sweet life of Stella Madison by Lara Zeises

Craft Books for Beginners

Earn your Be Creative badge and learn a new craft all at the same time! Don't forget to share your finished project!

The complete book of home crafts: projects for adventurous beginners by edited by Carine Tracanelli

175 easy-to-do everyday crafts by edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik

The crafty diva's D.I.Y. stylebook: a grrrl's [sic] guide to cool creations you can make, show off, and share by Kathy Cano Murillo ; illustrated by Carrie Wheeler ; photography by John Samora

Scrapbooking made easy! by Jill A. Rinner

The joy of beading: more than 50 easy projects for jewelry, flowers, decor, accessories by Anna Borrelli ; translated by Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Be Creative at Mealtime

Tired of the same old supper? Looking to mix up mealtime? Checkout one of these cookbooks, find an exciting but easy new recipe and earn your Be Creative Badge for your efforts. Be sure share your experience!

Savvy Seniors: June is National Men's Health Month

June is National Men’s Health Month and a time when we remind men about the real life benefits of exercise and physical activity, which can have a positive impact on men’s health and may help manage certain health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and Heart Disease. (Resource: GetFit4Life)

Cuts fitness for men: the ultimate 30-minute workout by John Gennaro, with Myatt Murphy and Steven Haase

The FastDiet: lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer with the simple secret of intermittent fasting by Dr. Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer

Diabetes rescue diet: conquer diabetes naturally while eating and drinking what you love—even chocolate and wine! by Mark Bricklin

Best practices for a healthy heart: how to stop heart disease before or after it starts by Sarah Samaan