School, Friends, Family & Growing Up
New Realistic Fiction for Kids
Reading level: Grades 3 - 4
The entire Bumpus family is together again for their annual summer vacation. Cousins Delia and Willow are determined to carry on as chefs despite Willow's broken hand. There's lots to do. They hope to drum up business for the new Arts and Eats cafe with a winning entry at the county fair. They also plan to cater Aunt Rosie's baby shower and Delia really hopes she'll be able to find the heirloom ring that grandma gave her. Could it have fallen into some batter? The second entry in the Cupcake Cousins series has new Kate Hannigan tested recipes. Readers will relish this lively, sweet celebration of family.
Meet author Kate Hannigan at the library on January 9th.
Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8
Is there anyone who hasn't done something that is so embarrassing that they don't want to face the witnesses? In this book the boy's horrible blunder was, "I. Called. My. Teacher. MOMMY!!!" The class and laughed and now he sees no alternative but to drop out of school. The illustrations are Jules Feiffer-like. There's a great one that shows the image of the boy's class as a marching band all shouting "Ha Ha" and wearing caps that say "MOMMY." In the end the boy learns a little about laughing off mistakes and laughing at others.
Meet illustrator Matthew Cordell at the library on January 9th.
Reading Level: Grades K - 5
Ella Mae needs new shoes so her mother takes her to the town shoe store. After waiting while a white girl tries on pair after pair of shoes Ella May is shocked to learn that she is not allowed to touch any shoes until after she buys them. Although she likes her new shoes, the humiliation of the shopping trip gnaws at her until she and her sister come up with a plan to bring a true shoe store experience to all her neighbors.
Reading Level: ages 10 - 14
In this novel in verse, Kevin, who feel he's "king of seventh grade" enjoys being a bully at school. Home is a different matter. His physician parents are too busy to pay attention to their five sons. Kevin is himself bullied by his next oldest brother. When one of the school victims finds a notebook of poetry that Kevin has written, he uses the discovery to humiliate and bully Kevin in turn.