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Librarians Share Favorite Children and Teen Books of 2010

Johnson County youth librarians visit to recommend some of the best children and youth books of 2010.


Recommedations from Librarian Debbie McLeodOh No! (Or, How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
What's a girl to do when her monster-sized, award-winning robot threatens to destroy the city?

Countdown by Deborah Wiles
It's October 1962 near Washinton, DC, and Franny Chapman is worried about all the air raid drills, her older sister's mysterious behavior, and her Air Force father's numerous visits to base.

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Graphic novel in which young Garth hale is accidently zapped into the ghost world by Frank Gallows, a washed-up ghostbuster.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
by Tom Angleberger
6th grader Tommy and his friends describe their interaction with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate, Dwight.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
10-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure for her brother's death by working on a project with her father.

Wonder Horse: the True Story of the World's Smartest Horse by Emily Arnold McCully
A fictionalized account of Bill "Doc" Key, a former slave who became a veterinarian, trained his horse, Jim Key, to recognize letters and numbers and to perform skits around the country, and moved the nation towards a belief in treating animals humanely.

Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems
In this third story of Knuffle Bunny and Trixie, Knuffle gets lost when the family travels to Holland.

Art & Max by David Wiesner
In this almost-wordless picture book, Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various art media, with unexpected results.


Recommendations from Librarian Dennis Ross

Mr. Putney's Quacking Dog
by Jon Agee
Mr. Putney has all sorts of animal friends with unusual names. Very fun visual puns.

City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon Muth
Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for them both.

The Odious Ogre by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Nothing can stop the rotten Ogre who terrorizes the countryside. But then he takes a wrong turn and encounters a kind and friendly young lady, with a surprising result.

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
A collection of stories about nerds and geeks by celebrated Young Adult authors.

Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry by Josh Lewis, illustrated by Douglas Holgate
When Fern Goldberg arrives at Bert Lahr Elementary School, he's just an average kid. Then he falls into the green liquid inside the pool-type container behind Bogie's Burger Barn. Now whenever his skin comes into contact with condiments, he transforms into a bona fide deep-fried superhero who's not afraid to take on villains great and small. And that includs the giant, mutant french fry that threatens to crush the whole school beneath its massive, starchy feet.

Santa Calls by William Joyce
Art Aimesworth receives a mysterious summons from Santa Claus and he shares a Christmas adventure with his sister. Only a Grinch could fail to be moved by this one.


Teen Reading Recommendations from Librarian Kate Pickett

The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Stork, Francisco X

Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
A great read for anyone tired of those stuffy 500-page histories. May even inspire you to pick up a slightly more traditional biography of our 16th president.

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
The first book in a series about a prison lost in space and time and the fate of the inmates.

Numbers by Rachel Ward
A story of loss and survival. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat!

You by Charles Benoit

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