Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picks by Anne W.

What is Chasing Duck?

What Is Chasing Duck? (The Giggle Gang, #1) by Jan Thomas book cover
What Is Chasing Duck? (The Giggle Gang, #1) by Jan Thomas book cover

What is Chasing Duck? by Jan Thomas

A delightful, silly, cumulative story. Duck is being chased by something and runs away as fast as he can. Sheep and Donkey are scared too so they run with Duck. What creature could possibly be chasing them and why? Read the story to find out! Perfect for fans of Elephant and Piggie and other funny early readers.

What is Chasing Duck? is on the 2021 Monarch book list, an annual list of books for K-3 students created by Illinois librarians. Students all over Illinois read books from this list during the year and get to vote on their favorites. We have a display with all the 2021 Monarch books in the Youth Services Department, come check it out and read some excellent books!

Review by Anne W.

E-Book – Operatic by Kyo Maclear and Byron Eggenschwiler 

Operatic OverDrive BookHave you ever had a hard time making friends? Charlie is more of a shy, quiet person, but she is able to connect with people through music. She discovers opera music and Maria Callas specifically, and is able to be more empathetic to her friends Luka and Emile. Charlie sees that she is not the only person who struggles or feels unsure. She also has a wonderful teacher, Mr. K, who is just the understanding adult you need who will listen to you and not laugh at you. I feel like Charlie could be my best friend if she were a real person. 

This book is also available as an ebook in Overdrive’s Digital Library. 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant 

Magic on the Map! Let’s Mooove! by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky  

Magic on the Map! Let’s Mooove!Would you like to ride in a magic camper that talks to you? Finn and Molly decide to check out the camper their dad has brought home while their parents are asleep. When they go inside, they find out that the camper can talk to them and take them places very quickly! The camper takes them to a cattle ranch, and tells them they have some work to do. What will Finn and Molly find? How will they get back home? Read more to find out! First in a series. 

Appropriate for third grade and up. 

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant 

Zenobia by Morten Dürr

Zenobia Book CoverAmina is fleeing Syria in a boat with a lot of other people. The boat capsizes, and the people fall into the Mediterranean Sea. As Amina sinks in the water, she remembers her family and the ancient hero Zenobia, Queen of ancient Syria. Zenobia gives her courage not to panic in the water.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant

Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins

Ruby and Olivia book cover

Eeeeewwww, an old, abandoned, probably haunted house! Why would you want to go inside? Ruby and Olivia have to because they have gotten into trouble and are completing community service at a summer day camp. Live Oak House needs to be cleaned up so it can be turned into a museum. As Ruby and Olivia start their duties, they hear mysterious noises and see things. Are there ghosts in the house? If so, what do they want? Find out along with Ruby and Olivia, who learn to become friends.

Book reviewed by Anne W., Youth Services Assistant