Staff Picks

Youth Services Librarian
You are a Lion!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses
You, Taeeun
J 613.7046 YOO
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012

Children are never to young to learn yoga!  You are a Lion! teaches children seven simple yoga poses. Each pose has two or three simple instructions and lets children guess the animal pose they are doing, along with a sentence about the animal. The easy to follow directions and pictures are great for children and the adults teaching them. Whether new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, this book will benefit those teaching yoga to children.


Youth Services Librarian
Winter, Jonah
Random House, 2016

I noticed Jonah Winter’s and Raul Colón’s new picture book right away on our new book cart. With its large title and full-cover illustration of Hillary Clinton, it was striking and hard to miss. I wanted to learn more about Hillary Rodham Clinton, and I did with this interesting youth picture book. 
The book states that Clinton was never a shy wallflower, even as a kid she was bold and brave (author Jonah Winter calls her “scrappy”). She played sports with the neighborhood boys in the Chicago suburb where she grew up.  At her college graduation, Hillary gave a student speech speaking out against the war in Vietnam. Law school followed as did marriage to fellow student Bill Clinton. 

Even after marriage and motherhood, Hillary didn’t take a break from working to help women in the pursuit for equality. When Bill Clinton became Governor of Arkansas, Hillary refused to play the role of quiet First Lady. She kept working as a lawyer, and when Bill Clinton became President of the United States, Hillary became a powerful First Lady.  She had her own office in the West Wing and was tasked to work on making health care affordable and available to everyone. Positions as Senator of New York, 2012 presidential candidate, and U.S. Secretary of State under President Barack Obama followed.  And although Jonah Winter’s picture book just hints at this fact, Hillary has a possible new role upcoming as the first woman President of the United States. The book Hillary does not address former President Bill Clinton’s scandals nor recent negative press on Hillary.  It does address Hillary’s strengths despite challenges (fatigue and accidents including a broken elbow and a concussion).  I would recommend this book for 2nd grade level children on up.

Librarian Assistant
Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express
McDonald, Megan
Candlewick Press, 2008.

This is my first time reading a “Stink” book and I liked it!  Stink is a funny 3rd grader and the  younger brother of the “World Famous” Judy Moody. He has his own series of stories with real life (although extreme) situations like this one where a good deed of returning a couple of lost guinea pigs turns into an epic adventure. A long the way, I learned about the Great Wall of China, the age of the oldest guinea pig ever  and cool stuff about having a guinea pig as a pet. Stink has a problem. While rescuing 101 guinea pigs, one of them becomes his favorite. Since his sister has a cat his parents aren’t budging on any other pets joining the family. What happens to fuzzy Astro is a nice twist at the end of this easy chapter book.