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Jay's Favorite Fall Books

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Greetings MCS families! First, I’d like to invite you to drop by and say hello. And if you’re new to MCS, please come and introduce yourself. I’m going to make this initial entry for Nuestra Semana a brief one since there’s always more to come from the library. Speaking of more, your children come to visit the library once per week.

It is important that they are responsible for the book(s) they borrow. Please help support them to get their books back in time for their next library visit. However, if your child truly wants to keep their book longer, just shoot me an email at jfung@manhattancountryschool.org.

There are a bunch of great children's books that are coming out this fall that your children - and you - might enjoy. Here are some I’m particularly excited about!

Mae’s First Day of School by Kate Berube – A heartfelt book about a very young girl’s feelings of going to her first day of school. While there are many books about this subject, this one touches on a myriad of feelings, both positive and negative, with a particular focus on the shared feelings that others might have on this special day.

Mustafa by Mary-Louise Gay – Mustafa and his family have come a long way from their home. He is feeling lots of anxiety about the move, making friends, feeling different and missing his home country. It is his family that provides enough support for him to go out and explore this new place. He meets “the girl with the cat” and she also helps him feel more comfortable in his “new world.”

Stumpkin by Lucy Ruth Cummins - Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. As Halloween night approaches, more and more of his fellow pumpkins leave, but poor Stumpkin remains. Will anyone give Stumpkin his chance to shine?

Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor - In Turning Pages, Justice Sotomayor shares a deep love of books with a new generation of readers, and inspires them to read and puzzle and dream for themselves. Accompanied by Lulu Delacre's vibrant art, this story of the Justice's life shows readers that the world is full of promise and possibility--all they need to do is turn the page.

Mr. Monkey Visits a School by Jeff Mack - Curious George meets Mr. Bean in the second adorable new picture book series from author-illustrator Jeff Mack that follows the loveable Mr. Monkey on his wacky adventures. Mr. Monkey learns a trick. He can’t wait to put on a show! But first he has to find the school. What could possibly go wrong?

Meet Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi - Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who's always on the lookout for those "aha" moments to help her solve life's little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn't get too big, of course! A creative thinker and curious explorer, Yasmin and her multi-generational Pakistani American family will delight and inspire readers.

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell - Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when 16 kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters--and their own inner demons--on one last quest before school starts again. In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be--imagine that!

Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo - DiCamillo offers a master class in how to tell and shape a story once all fat has been cut away. Though set in the mid-1970s, there’s fairy-tale quality to this, with heroes, helpers, villains, and one princess looking for home.

The Trail of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette - A magical story about a boy's love for his dying father and his journey to the mythic Train of Lost Things, where beloved lost objects are rescued and protected until they can be returned. Perfect for fans of The Phantom Tollbooth, The Bridge to Terabithia, and Lost in the Sun.

The Legend of Greg: An Epic Series of Failures by Chris Rylander - Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He's got a friend--that's right, just one--at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn't ordinary . . . he's actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf!

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed - This beautifully crafted and moving story will encourage middle grade readers to ponder such issues as indentured servitude, class, and resistance. Saeed’s well-developed narrative will evoke empathy for all those around the world like Amal, who are not guaranteed freedom or education. An inspired read for all, particularly for those who have followed Malala Yousafzai’s story or enjoyed Deborah Ellis’ The Breadwinner.

Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave and Brilliant Young Women by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl - From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold, brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20.

SEE YOU IN THE STACKS!