Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Best of 2016: Books for Elementary Schoolers

As the year comes to a close, library staff members and volunteers reflect on the best books they've read in 2016. Here are their suggestions for the best books for readers in elementary school:

Inspector Flytrap
by Tom Angleberger
Recommended by Cleo Joyce, Youth Services Supervisor, Sharon Forks Library
Cleo says: "Inspector Flytrap (yes, he’s a venus flytrap who gets around on a skateboard) and his sidekick Nina the Goat are out to become the best detectives in town. So when the Inspector gets a call about some missing paintings, he jumps on the case with a less than enthusiastic Nina in tow. It’s a hilarious, madcap mystery adventure perfect for newly independent readers."

They All Saw a Cat
by Brendan Wenzel
Recommended by Andrea DelValle, Youth Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Andrea says: "This is Brendan Wenzel's first picture book and it is simply brilliant. Wenzel is able to communicate the abstract idea of perspective in a simple and often humorous way to which both children and adults can easily relate."

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
by Dan Santat
Recommended by Jennifer Anderson, Information Specialist, Cumming Library




Dog Man
by Dave Pilkey
Recommended by Andrea DelValle, Youth Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Andrea says: "This is a graphic novel by the creator of Captain Underpants and had me laughing out loud. It is a quick a fun read for any age, and will especially appeal to reluctant readers in elementary school"


Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
by Ursale Vernon
Recommended by Lola Nichols, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Lola says: "Besides the fact that this cover is cool and sparkly, I had read in one of the library magazines that we circulate that this title was a good book with strong female protagonists for the younger set."

First Day Jitters
by Julie Danneberg
Recommended by Lola Nichols, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library
Lola says: "A sweet book about the reluctance to start a new school year. I shared this with my adult kids, one of which was starting a new career and one of which was starting a new college year."

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton
Recommended by Jennifer Anderson, Information Specialist, Cumming Library





From Wolf to Woof! The Story of Dogs
by Hudson Talbott
Recommended by Teresa Santangelo, Collection Support Supervisor, Sharon Forks Library


The Penderwicks
by Jeanne Birdsall
Also available as eBook and CD Audiobook
Recommended by Holly Raus, Youth Specialist, Cumming Library
Holly says: "The adventures of the four Penderwick sisters are utterly delightful. The girl’s personalities are so well developed and their interdependence as a family is heartwarming. This is the first novel of four in the series and I loved it so much, that I hastened to read the others and the audiobook versions are simply wonderful to listen to as a family."

Keeper of the Lost Cities
by Shannon Messenger
Also available as an eBook


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