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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

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

Healthy Pets

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

If You Like Historical Fiction...

If you like your history fictionalized may we suggest...

At the king's command by Susan Wiggs

Caleb's crossing by Geraldine Brooks

Doc: a novel by Mary Doria Russell

A fierce radiance: a novel by Lauren Belfer

Luncheon of the boating party by Susan Vreeland

The Paris wife: a novel by Paula McLain

The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón ; translated by Lucia Graves

If You Like Thrillers...

If you are a fan of Vince Flynn or Brad Thor, a reader of politicial or military thrillers, enjoy stories with an edge may we suggest...

Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan

All necessary force: a Pike Logan thriller by Brad Taylor

Secret sanction: a novel by Brian Haig

A perfect evil by Alex Kava

Free fall by Kyle Mills

Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo

The blind man of Seville by Robert Wilson

Time was...Time is... June 2013

This month in history Benedict Arnold was executed, Marilyn Monroe was born, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album was released, WWII Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York.

The real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy

The making of Some like it hot: my memories of Marilyn Monroe and the classic American movie by Tony Curtis with Mark A. Vieira

D-day: the battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [sound recording] by The Beatles

Enlightening the world: the creation of the Statue of Liberty by Yasmin Sabina Khan