New for week of June 12

On Sundays I will try to preview some books that will be published that week. Some weeks will be slower than others. Hopefully this will help parents, grandparents, and teachers find some good books for the kiddos in their lives.  



by David Kudler

Publication Date: 15 June 2016

For Kano Murasaki it began as a normal day but finds herself sold by her mother to an older noblewoman. Murasaki, nicknamed Risuko because of her ability to climb like a squirrel, is forced to travel far away from her home through a war-torn area of Japan.

She is told she is to learn the ways of the temple maiden. Women who take care of temples and the items inside, but she is not so sure because of what the training entails.

While she is under the care of Chiyome, strange things begin happening in the compound. Someone seems to be searching for something in the rooms, but especially in the Samurai Masugu’s room.

Things are not what they seem in this well-told tale. There is enough action for both boys and girls.

For middle grade, teen, and YA. (sly sexual references and to girls’ maturation process)


Everywhere and All Around

by Pimm van Hest

illustrated by Sassafras DeBruyn

Publication Date:  14 June 2016

Yolanda’s mom has passed away, and the little girl is not sure where she has gone. She understands that people don’t like to talk about death, but she needs to know.

Yolanda asks many of the people in her life who are kind enough and thoughtful enough to give the child an answer. She continues to ask because each answer is different until she comes up with what will work for her.

This is beautifully written and illustrated.

For ages 5 and up.


Starr and the High Seas Wedding Drama

by Lynelle Woolley

Publication Date: 14 June 2016

Starr’s grandmother is taking the whole family on a cruise. The only catch is Abuela will be getting married. She asks Starr to be her flower girl. (this is part of the Flower Girl World chapter book series)

At first Starr is excited about the wedding then she meets Walter’s granddaughter, Ivy, who points out that the couple don’t have much in common plus they live so far apart that one of the granddaughters’ will lose a grandparent to another city. So the girls decide to point out to the couple how wrong they are for one another.

Starr and Ivy are guaranteed to learn some lessons and, maybe even, their grandparents too.

For middle grade.


Caillou: Backyard Olympics

by Kim Thompson

Publication Date: 14 June 2016

The Caillou books along with the Clifford books or any of the books that have been turned into TV shows are great ways to introduce children to reading. Usually, these books have a built-in audience so it’s easy to get children interested in characters they are already familiar with, plus families can usually find copies in their public libraries.

The Backyard Olympics has Caillou and friends participating in some games in the backyard run by Grandma for ribbons like the one that Caillou’s friend Clementine won at a swim meet. At first Caillou is very focused on just winning because he really wants a ribbon, but learns he has far more fun when he just enjoys the game.

Of course everyone wins a ribbon in the end, even Gilbert the cat.

For 3 to 6 year olds.


The STEM Club Goes Exploring

by Lois Melbourne

Publication Date: 15 June 2016

A group of students lead by their wacky teacher go on field trips to learn about their world. No, it’s not The Magic School Bus, but it is a definite offspring. This time the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) club take a trip with their sponsor, Mr. Day, to learn about different careers.

The students learn about jobs at a video game company, in veterinary medicine, in geology, in medicine, and more.

Eye-opening series that will show students that there are many types of jobs in any one field. For example, if medicine interests you, you don’t have to be a doctor – may be a nutritionist or physical therapist might be more your thing.

For 9 to 12 year olds.

Happy Reading!


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