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June-September New Books

Bird and Diz by Gary Golio

“They take turns, tossing notes back and forth like jugglers.” In this accordion book, Charlie “Bird” Parker and John “Dizzy” Gillespie create a fun, faster kind of jazz called bebop. Afterword. Discography. Black-and-white photograph of Charlie “Bird” Parker and John “Dizzy” Gillespie.

*This book is found in the reserve section.

Roger is Reading a Book by Koen Van Biesen

“Shhhh! Quiet.” Roger just wants silence to enjoy his book. But his energetic young neighbor Emily has her own plans for how to spend the rainy day.

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood

“Oh dear. Good night, Cat. I hope you’re not making a mistake.” Cat wants tomeet the Tooth Fairy not just get a coin under his pillow, but is it wise to try to trick a fairy?

Grandma in Blue with Red Hat by Scott Menchin

After a boy learns some of the reasons a work of art might be in a museum—it’s beautiful, different, makes people feel good—he asks the museum to exhibit a new piece: his grandma!

The Skunk by Mac Barnet

A man is pursued by a skunk everywhere he goes. In a cab, at the opera, and even on a Ferris wheel—he can’t shake the skunk! What does it want from him?

Ask Me by Bernard Waber

“Ask me what I like.” “What do you like?” “I like dogs. I like cats. I like turtles.” On a walk in the park, a girl and her father discuss her many, many interests.

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

One day, a stack of postcards arrives from Duncan’s missing crayons. Turquoise Crayon writes: “I ended up in the dryer. I landed on your sock and now he’s stuck to my head. Can you come get me?”

* This book is part of the same series as The Day the Crayons Quit. This time the crayons send postcards to their owner.

Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

Buckley carefully crafts boats made of driftwood and sends his best ones to Papa by sea. Though Papa is gone, Mama still encourages Buckley.

*This is a touching book about the loss of a loved one.

Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree by Kate Messner

“In Latin America, the almendro tree is known as the ‘tree of life,’ and for good reason.” More than a thousand different organisms—from howler monkeys to poison dart frogs—make this tree their home. More about the almendro tree, with environmental-organization resources. Rainforest math problems. Sources for further information.

*Great, great book for rainforest and math!

The Stranded Whale by Jane Yolen

Maine, 1971: Sally and her brothers are walking home on the beach when she spots “a stranded whale lying on its side, with the outgoing tide too far behind it.” How can they possibly help?

*Please note: the whale doesn't make it. Yes, I cried when I read this one also!

The summaries come from our friends at Junior Library Guild. The * notes are from me!