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Holly's Picks

The Bicycle Spy
by Yona Zeldi McDonough

This title was a Texas Bluebonnet Nominee last year, and I finally got a chance to read it. It is a short book about a young French boy at the height of World War II. He dreams of riding in the Tour du France, but finds himself instead riding to save the lives of his friend and her family. It was very exciting and educational all together.

Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King (Book 1 of the Guardians of Childhood Series)
by William Joyce

I have always been a fan of William Joyce’s illustrations and stories since learning about him in Abilene. He was instrumental in establishing the Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature there. Many of his books have been made into animated feature films, including the Guardian Series with “Rise of the Guardians”. This series is entertaining, exciting, chilling, and thrilling! It is also filled with many of his fantastical sketches.

Laura's Pick

King of Scars
by Leigh Bardugo

I'm always up for a thrilling fantasy read with magic, disguises, and adventures. I enjoy medieval fantasy if it's a really good, action-packed plot, with well-developed characters.

Chinenye's Pick

Prisoner B-3087
by Alan Gratz

This YA novel engrossed my attention from the title, and I was hooked on every word of Yanek Gruener's teenage years through ten concentration camps. It was hard to put this book down. The narrative is tragically compelling. It reminded me of Elie Wiesel's Night yet powerfully written for juveniles and young adults.

Kortney's Pick

What Do You Do With an Idea?
by Kobi Yamada

My son and I recently reread this book, and we instantly remembered why it had been a bedtime story favorite. This book takes a complex subject and explains it in such a way that not only do you understand but you also feel the power of ideas and creativity.

Amanda's Pick

Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers

It's such a sweet story about a boy and a lonely penguin. I read this for story time, and the kids loved it.

Sarah's Pick

Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins

A sweet read about young love, set in the City of Love.

Nancy's Pick
by Mo Willems

A gorgeous and empowering picture book of the series-of-improbable-causes-and-effects type, which leads to a young girl becoming a symphony composer and conductor.