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February 1, 2015

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Pick of the Day: The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond

The author admirably touches upon profound issues related to identity and race and tenderly conveys intergenerational bonds.

Pick of the Day: The Last Ocean | DVD

The Last Ocean

This is a very worthwhile addition to all collections on environment, ecology, and nature.

Pick of the Day: Extraordinary Jane

Extraordinary Jane

In a world full of competition for kids to be the fastest, smartest, and best at everything, this story’s message is a worthy one.

Pick of the Day: Eye to Eye

Eye to Eye

Large, colorful pictures of more than 20 animal eyes are accompanied by a small illustration of the entire creature and a brief paragraph of intriguing information.

Pick of the Day: Sea Hearts | Audio

Sea Hearts

This tale of selkies and human frailty, published in print as The Brides of Rollrock Island (Knopf, 2012), will appeal to listeners looking for depth of plot and well-crafted prose.

Pick of the Day: Digger Dog

Digger Dog

Aptly named Digger Dog sniffs out a bone and with catchy, repetitive phrases, uses increasingly larger digging tools and vehicles to break the hard ground and retrieve it.

Pick of the Day: Fixed | DVD

Fixed

Fixed explores the science and ethics of enhancements, touching upon many thoughtful questions germane to almost any subject.

Pick of the Day: Going Over

Going Over

Kephart immerses readers in 1980s Berlin, a time period that does not receive a lot of attention in most history textbooks.

Pick of the Day: The One Safe Place

The One Safe Place

An original dystopian story for middle-grade readers.

Pick of the Day: O Pioneers! | Audio

O Pioneers

This recording is delightful and leaves one with the understanding and appreciation that the land is always there for those who take time to truly see and appreciate it.

Pick of the Day: Flight School

Flight School

Judge successfully balances the humor in the storytelling, the drawings, and the situations in this delightful and charming book.

Pick of the Day: Classic Comedians Kids Should Know | DVD

City Lights

These two classic, silent comedies are a must-see for today’s kids.

Pick of the Day: Gravity

Gravity

Chin introduces youngsters to the concept of gravity, presenting the information in highly understandable language and in captivating paintings that will delight young readers.

Pick of the Day: Nearly Gone

Nearly Gone

Eloquently written and packed full of suspense, debut author Cosimano strikes gold with this page-turning thriller.

Pick of the Day: The Boy on the Wooden Box | Audio

The Boy on the Wooden Box

A moving and heartfelt conveyance of Leon Leyson’s gratitude to his family and to Oskar Schindler.

Pick of the Day: Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Josephine

Reluctant readers of nonfiction and poetry lovers alike will be drawn to this book’s musical, theatrical nature, making for a fun, enriching, and holistic reading experience.

Pick of the Day: Latino Americans | DVD

Latino Americans

This comprehensive six-hour presentation gives an extensive overview of the role Latinos have played in our country.

Pick of the Day: In New York

In New York

Marc Brown offers a kid-friendly tour of New York City that captures the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

Pick of the Day: Grasshopper Jungle

Award-winning author Andrew Smith has cleverly used a B movie science fiction plot to explore the intricacies of teenage sexuality, love, and friendship.

Pick of the Day: All the Truth That’s in Me | Audio

All the Truth That’s in Me

Reluctant readers and avid ones will be clamoring for this title with enticing cover art and an original story.