April showers bring May flowers. So, here we are in the merry month of May with sunshine and flowers galore. When you’re out and about this month, skip on over to the library and check out our many fun displays. We’ve got new books, Nascar books, horse books, weather books, and even books about creepy, crawly bugs on display this month. Not what you had in mind? Well, there’s more! Just stop by the library and we can help you find that perfect book.
Sunny’s Picks - Easy and Easy Reader
The month of May is also known for “dancing ‘round the Maypole.” So we thought we’d celebrate by reading books about …dancing! Sunny must like these books, too. He kicked up his heels and hopped happily around when he saw these books.
Easy Books (E)
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor
Nancy makes the best of not dancing the lead in her ballet school’s Deep Sea Dances show, but becomes jealous when her best friend gets a better role than hers.
Bawk and Roll by Tammi Sauer
Dancing chickens Marge and Lola have flown the coop to shake, wattle, and roll on tour with superstar singer Elvis Poultry. Will the hens bawk at fame and lay a rotten egg in concert? Or will they rise to the top of the pecking order and give the crowds something to crow about?
I Love to Dance by Anna Walker
A zebra named Ollie celebrates his love of dancing, from stomping down the path and wriggling after a bath to rolling, jumping, and flipping.
Easy Reader Books (ER)
Mia and the Too Big Tutu by Robin Farley
Mia the kitten is so excited about her first day of ballet class that she accidentally brings her big sister’s tutu instead of her own.
Dancing Dinos at the Beach by Sally Luca
The dancing dinosaurs come out of their book and have fun cavorting on the beach.
A Fairy Ballet by Daisy Meadows
The Weather Fairies work hard to come up with a special dance when they are asked by Fairyland’s Fairy Godmother to perform for the King and Queen.
Juvenile and Young Adult Staff Picks
Juvenile Books (J)
Here’s what we all share … We’ve got the sun and moon and the stars at night.
The Moon Over High Street by Natalie Babbitt
This is the new novel by the author of Tuck Everlasting. Joe Casimir needs help with the choice he has to make. Mr. Boulderwall, the millionaire, knows exactly what he wants Joe to choose. And millionaires are experts at making choices. Well, aren’t they?
Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
A 12-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner’s son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.
Moon Pie by Simon Mason
Eleven-year-old Martha tries to keep her family together after her mother’s death as her father struggles with alcoholism.
Young Adult Books (YA)
New books for Teens: something to look forward to – a new adventure!
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, Book 3 in the Seven Kingdoms Trilogy.
This is the long-awaited companion to her first two books, Graceling and Fire. Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent madman with mind-altering abilities.
Sharpshooter by Chris Lynch, Book 2 in the Vietnam series.
“Some things are worth fighting for.” Of all his friends, Ivan is the only one looking forward to war. That’s because Ivan has never backed down from a fight—especially when it comes to fighting for what’s right. He has protected his friends from bullies for years. And now, as war erupts in Vietnam, Ivan wants nothing more than to fight for his country, just as his father did in World War II. Enlisting in the United States Army, Ivan is trained to be a sniper. And he’s good at it. Very good. But Vietnam is not the war he was expecting.
The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan, Book 3 in The Kane Chronicles.
He’s b-a-a-ack! Despite their best efforts, Carter and Sade Kane can’t seem to keep Apophis, the chaos snake, down. Now Apophis is threatening to plunge the world into eternal darkness, and the Kanes are faced with the impossible task of having to destroy him once and for all. The Kanes’ only hope is an ancient spell that might turn the serpent’s own shadow into a weapon, but the magic has been lost for a millennia. To find the answer they need, the Kanes must rely on the murderous ghost of a powerful magician. Nothing less than the mortal world is at stake when the Kane family fulfills its destiny in this thrilling conclusion to the Kane Chronicles.
Did you know? …
The Wake County Public Libraries is featuring a traveling exhibit called Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience from April 28 - June 2. The exhibit tells the story of how black baseball players, shut out of the major leagues in the late 19th century, organized their own baseball clubs, and starting in the 1920s, formed their own leagues. Negro league baseball grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise and a focus of great pride in the African-American community. Pride and Passion was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and the American Library Association, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Check the online calendar at www.wakegov.com/libraries for programs at a library near you.