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July 2015

Great Books for Kids 2014 - Recommended and reviewed by the Hudson Library Youth Services Staff [PDF]
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Monsters Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort (jE)

Bright and fun colors illuminate this hilarious picture book about monsters and their love of all kinds of underpants! Set to rhyme, these once scary monsters turn into fun loving and even dancing creatures in the most colorful of underwear. From depths of dingy dungeons to steamy swamps and the very bottom of the oceans, these monsters know how to have fun in their underwear! The monsters must be careful to be home before daylight or else no one will be scared of them dressed in their silly and colorful underwear!


Camping Trip

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson (jE)

In this beautifully illustrated book, the reader will discover that it is much more fruitful to share our bounty with others versus hording it for ourselves. A rabbit and mouse take care of their garden and show their love and dedication as they wait for the harvest. After the harvest, others see what has grown and would like some too. This causes the rabbit and mouse to hold what they have and not share which in turn causes a fight. Much is left ruined. Then, kindness comes in the form of a shiny tomato and together they plant, harvest, and share a huge bounty of vegetables!


Over and Under the Snowe

P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis (jE)

Nadine, Maud, Dora, and all the other chickens in the coop lay eggs every day. Except for P. Zonka. She is too busy gazing at the clouds and admiring the flowers. The other hens think that P. Zonka is lazy, but she knows that is not the case. When they challenge her to lay an egg she finally gives in and does it, with surprising and beautiful results! The story is short and sweet, but the illustrations are the stars here – the broadly stroked flowers and colorful barnyard characters are reminiscent of vintage Pennsylvania Dutch pottery. It is a celebration of Spring and a joy to share with a young one.



Meet the Dullards by Sara Pennypacker, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri (jE)

Their clothes are gray…their food is plain. They read blank paper instead of books. Meet the Dullards, who thrive on being boring. Watching an unplugged television or the paint drying on the walls mesmerizes them. When Blanda, Borely, and Little Dud discover playing (Yikes!), Mr. and Mrs. Dullard panic and want to move them to a new home. However, what awaits at their new home may be the least boring of all! 



28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. (323.1 Sm)

This non-fiction book by award winning Author, Charles R. Smith Jr., and illustrator, Shane W. Evans, explores historic events in Black history. The illustrations and text, which is often in rhyme, follow 28 chronological moments that shaped and changed the Black experience. Influential Supreme Court cases that transformed Black Americans’ rights are discussed and illustrated. These cases include the Dred Scott decision in 1857 to Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. Not to be forgotten, record setting athletes such as the likes of Jessie Owens to Jackie Robinson and to Hank Arnold motivate readers through their victorious events. Inspirational and political figures include Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. The written words and illustrations make for a powerful read on Black history and the complex history of the United States of America. 

iF…:A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers by David J. Smith, ill. By Steve Adams (j500 Sm)

A lot of the scientific concepts in our world are too big or too old for us to wrap our minds around! So David Smith decided to scale them down and compare them to everyday objects. For instance, what if the Milky Way galaxy was the size of a dinner plate? Or what if the 3.5 billion years of life on Earth were reduced to one hour? Smith covers the universe, animals, humans and everything in between. Readers may find that while some of the facts laid out on the pages are expected, there will be much more that’s surprising! Chock full of information, science fans will find that this book requires repeat viewings. A guide with extension activities for parent and teachers make this a great educational read for the home or the classroom.


Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi (J)

            Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight is a beautiful introduction to the series for children who may be just a little too young to watch the movies. Tony DiTerlizzi seamlessly blends the original three movies into one story, and cuts out some of the gory details without taking away from the story. There are quotes in bold taken directly from the movie, though sadly, the quote “That's no moon; it's a space station” was left out. The illustrations in the book are a little different than what fans may be used to seeing on the screen, but they could be the sole reason to crack the spine. Ralph McQuarrie gave beautiful illustrations in vivid colors from cover to cover. He worked closely with Lucas on concept art, and has recreated a lot of it for this publication. The language is kept simple, but it flows easily. The plot adheres strictly to the original story arch, and focuses on Luke's perspective. This is a great choice for parents to read with their kids. The book could easily be split into three bedtime stories or read as one large story for older children.