I Just Finished Reading...Top Picks for January

January 31, 2018 | Chantel

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The Owl and the Lemming by Roselynn Akiulukjuk

"The Owl and the Lemming"

By Roselynn Akulukjak and illustrated by Amanda Sandland 

Ages 4-7 

One morning, a young lemming comes face to face with a hungry snowy owl! The lemming knows that if she does not want to be eaten, she has to outsmart the young (and prideful) owl. This amusing story is based on a traditional Inuit folk tale, where the prey must trick the predator in order to survive. The book is illustrated using photography and cartoons, and introduces readers to the art of mixed media. 

The Hula-Hoopin' Queen by Thelma Godin

"The Hula-Hoopin' Queen"

By Thelma Lynne Godin and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton 

Ages 5-8

Kameeka has decided that today is the day! She is going to beat Jamara and take her place as the Hula-Hoopin' Queen of 139th Street! But it is Miz Adeline's birthday, and Mama needs help getting ready for the party. Kameeka will have to give up her chance to defeat Jamara...or will she? Kameeka makes a choice and the result is no cake for Miz Adeline. The party is not ruined, because it turns out that Miz Adeline understands the urge to hoop. She's got the itch...the hula-hoopin' itch! 

Amelia Rules! The Meaning of Life and Other Stuff

"Amelia Rules!: The Meaning of Life...and Other Stuff"

By Jimmy Gownley 

Ages 8-12

"Amelia Rules!" is an award-winning  comic book series that follows the life of Amelia Louise McBride. After her parents' divorce, Amelia moves to a new town and makes new friends. Amelia Rules!: The Meaning of Life...and Other Stuff  is the seventh book in the series, and it explores friendship, sacrifice and empathy. The series manages to touch on tough subjects while being funny and easy to relate to – it is a series that both young readers and adults can easily enjoy!