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August 26, 2014

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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

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.

Pick of the Day: What’s Your Favorite Animal?

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

This successful collaboration of old favorites and newer names in illustration is sure to keep youngsters engaged.

Pick of the Day: Hot Coffee: Is Justice Being Served? | DVD

Hot Coffee

A good choice for constitutional law or pre-law classes, this film would capture the interest of most students.

Pick of the Day: Rookie Yearbook Two

Rookie Yearbook Two

Brimming with the social and cultural insights that made the first volume so remarkable, Rookie Yearbook Two anthologizes the best of the online magazine’s June 2012-May 2013 offerings.

Pick of the Day: Love Is You & Me

Love is You & Me

Visually adorable, the book is an extended valentine, best appreciated by all romantics.

Pick of the Day: Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit | Audio

Randi Rhodes

Actress Octavia Spencer’s debut novel is everything a middle-grade mystery should be.

Pick of the Day: The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

The Noisy Paint Box

In this delightful homage, crisp visual language unites with deeply expressive and whimsical paintings to re-create the intriguing world of art as seen through Kandinsky’s distinct lens.

Pick of the Day: Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! | DVD

Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator

The film version of Mo Willems’s winning title (HarperCollins, 2011) is true to the picture book’s spare atmosphere, employing plenty of white space to highlight the main characters and action.

Pick of the Day: A Mad, Wicked Folly

A Mad, Wicked Folly

In 1870, Queen Victoria made the astonishing declaration that women’s rights were a “mad, wicked folly.” This statement was the inspiration for Waller’s impeccable debut novel.

Pick of the Day: Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems

Firefly July

Organized by the seasons, beginning with spring, this collection of 36 impeccably chosen short poems demonstrates that significant emotional power can reside in just a few lines.

Pick of the Day: Counting by 7s | Audio

Counting by 7s audio

Robin Miles creates a believable cast of characters with appropriate accents and tones, voicing Willow’s grief, pain, and eventual hopefulness with great emotion.

Pick of the Day: Weasels

Weasels

Those who take the time to explore the riot of sardonic cartoonery will be well rewarded.