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December 21, 2017


There are books that move us, others that make us laugh and some that provide us with endless inspiration.  As the year is coming to an end our children's librarians look back on some of the most notable books of 2017.  These books show great artistic appeal, are creatively put together and encourage children to explore their interests and relationship with reading.


Younger Readers

before & after

Before & After by Jean Jullien

Graphic artist Jean Jullien cleverly illustrates a series of situations where there is a “before” and “after” and sometimes even an “in-between” and “a way after.” Both child and adult will be able to share a laugh as they go through the concept of before and after in this funny and smart board book.

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no kimchi for me book jacket

No Kimchi for Me by Aram Kim

Yoomi hates stinky, spicy kimchi―so her brothers call her a baby and refuse to play with her. She just can’t make herself like it, no matter how hard she tries to disguise the taste. Finally Grandma shows Yoomi a delicious new use for that spicy, stinky food! Cute cartoony cats, sibling rivalries, and a delicious recipe.

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Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes

Brothers Charlie and Mouse spend time with their grandfather over the course of four independent but connected short stories.

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shark lady book jacket

Shark Lady: The True Story of Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating

Eugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary―and they didn't think women should be scientists. Determined to prove them wrong, Eugenie devoted her life to learning about sharks.

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Older Readers

Race to the Bottom of the Sea book jacket

Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar

Fidelia may be eleven years old, but she's not just a little kid: she's a brilliant inventor and aspiring marine biologist like her parents, the famous Drs. Ida and Arthur Quail. But after disaster strikes her family, she finds herself kidnapped by the dreaded pirate Merrik the Monstrous and pressed into service searching for a missing treasure. As their quest continues, she finds there's more to Merrik's story than at first it seemed...

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The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubacker Bradley

Ada escaped her abusive mother during World War Two and found Susan, who cares and loves her. We watch her flourish in her struggles to overcome her disfigurement, her confusion about what to call her adoptive mother and the war that threatens to rip her new family apart.

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elephant book jacket

How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy

The illustrated description of an elephant’s life from infancy to adulthood, with detailed drawings and diagrams showing all systems of the elephant’s life and describing what it takes for this wonderful creature to survive and thrive within its own complex ecosystem and social structures.

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alls fair book jacket

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Imogene is used to facing dragons, ogres, and mystifying creatures since her parents work at the renaissance faire, but can she face the perils of middle school?

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