Reading: A Family Affair

I Love Grandma

by Lizi Boyd

Candlewick Press, 2009, $8.99. Ages Infant to 5.

Little Froggy loves to go to Grandma's house when Mommy and Daddy go away. He and Grandma always have fun playing the breakfast game, doing yoga, and putting on bubble necklaces and beards. A sweet book any child can share with Grandma on Grandparent's Day.

I Love Grandpa, by Lizi Boyd, (Candlewick Press, 2009), $8.99. Grandma's not the only one little Froggy has fun with; spending the day with Grandpa is just as much fun. A great book for grandfathers and grandchildren to share as they read about Froggy and his Grandpa's adventures on Grandpa's farm. Grandpa even teaches Froggy special tricks like how to make grass whistle.

The Dunderheads

by Paul Fleischman

Candlewick Press, 2009, $16.99. Ages 6-10.

It's Miss Breakbone v. the Dunderheads in this witty tale of what happens when a mean, kid-hating teacher goes too far in taking Junkyard's magnifying glass and beloved one-eared cat away. Kids will love following along as Junkyard, Einstein, Wheels, Pencil, Spider, Hollywood, Spitball, Clips, Google-Eyes and Nails (aka, the Dunderheads) take matters into their own hands to teach Miss Breakbone a lesson in what it means to underestimate a Dunderhead.

Miss Little's Gift

by Douglas Wood

Candlewick Press, 2009, $16.99. Ages 6-10

Douglas had a hard time in school. He didn't like to read, he talked too much, and he didn't like to sit still. And because his family had just moved to Iowa from Kentucky, the other kids said Douglas "talked funny." Douglas did not like second grade at all. But through his teacher Miss Little's encouragement, Douglas found many places he loved; and they were all between the covers of books. This heartfelt memoir recounts the author's struggle with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and how one teacher gave him the greatest gift.

Almost Astronauts, 13 Women Who Dared

to Dream

by Tanya Lee Stone

Candlewick Press, 2009, $24.99. Ages 10 and up.

Twenty years before women broke the "glass ceiling" of the atmosphere and joined men in the exploration of the last frontier, 13 women worked to challenge the government's unspoken "white, male" rule for astronauts. These true stories will inspire young women as they learn about the "Mercury 13" women and how their efforts paved the way for Sally Ride to be the first woman admitted into the United State's space program in 1978.

Brand New Emily

by Ginger Rue

Tricycle Press, 2009, $14.99. Ages 12 and up

"Emily sucks big time." That's the typical message eighth-grader Emily Wood gets written on her locker as the target of Wright Middle School's coolest clique, The Daisies. But Emily thinks her luck just may have changed when a teen heart-throb comes to town and she stumbles on one of the juiciest pieces of Hollywood gossip this decade. She uses her leverage to bring on a top New York PR firm to fashion her into "Brand Em," hoping to make her troubles with The Daisies into distant memories. But branding isn't all it's cracked up to be…Tweens and teens will get an up-close look at what goes into creating a teen sensation, and how dreams of becoming a star can turn to nightmares.


The Beach House,

by Jane Green

Penguin, 2009, $15.00.

Sixty-five-year-old Nan Powell has always been a self-sufficient, "pick yourself up by the bootstraps" kind of gal, so when she's hit with a financial picture of doom, she doesn't miss a beat. "Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home.." is Nan's solution to her money problems, and as people start moving in, filling it with noise, laughter and tears, she finds that not only are her money problems solved, her circle of family and friends is expanded. And just in time to help her deal with a most unexpected visitor…

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