Children’s Library and Teen Recommends – Winter 2021
Posted on March 2, 2021
Are you looking for your next read? Check out what the staff at Children’s Library and Teen Library are recommending, whether it be what aardvarks eat for breakfast, problems that penguins may have, adventures you can take in a treehouse, where time-travelling phone booths can actually go, to where Zelda’s legend will lead to next.
The Children’s Library is located on the second floor of the Main Library. If you have questions about our collection, please feel free to email Childrens.Library@toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5231. In the meantime, check out our kid’s programs!
The Teen Library can be found on the first floor, next to the Making department, which houses the Studio Lab as well as the video and music production studios. For all teen-related inquiries, reach out to us at Teen.Library@toledolibrary.org or call 419.259.5297. For information about events, check our online calendar for ongoing teen programs!
We hope that you continue to enjoy the quarterly reading recommendations featured in our blog posts. Of course, you do not have to stop here! Let us know if you’d like additional recommendations using this request form. We are here for you!
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
By Austin Channing Brown
Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age 7, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Throughout this book Austin tells the story of her troubles navigating white society being Black, Christian, and female. Austin’s journey of the complexities of race in America is masterfully told in this breathtaking memoir.
Siri, Who Am I?
By Sam Tschida
A girl wakes up to find herself with no memory of who she is. She has glamorous waves, a stunning Prada dress, and wears Chanel lipstick, so she must be pretty wealthy. She can’t even remember her name without the help of her Siri assistant. After leaving the hospital, she takes an Uber to her supposed home that she shares with her billionaire other half. She goes through her Instagram account only to reveal an ugly truth behind her amnesia. For fans of Legally Blonde and Bridget Jones Diary.
Dragons in a Bag
By Zetta Elliott
Nine-year-old Jaxon knows a few things to be true. His mom is always working, and he is constantly left with his mean old grandma, Ma. However, all that is about to change. He discovers Ma is not his grandma but in fact a witch. Not just any witch but a witch with three magical dragons. Together, Jaxon and Ma, with the help of friends and family, must work out their differences to keep the dragons safe and return them to the land of magic. This delightful story is a must read for the whole family to enjoy. Jaxon’s relationship with his mother, grandfather, and grandmother is one all readers can relate to. Jaxon wants to be needed as much as these elders don’t want to be forgotten.
Wolfie the Bunny
By Ame Dyckman
Dot the Bunny’s parents decide to raise the wolf left on their doorstep. Mama and Papa adore Wolfie, but he doesn’t stay little for long. Nor does his appetite! Is Dot the only one that thinks having a wolf around is a bad idea?
Agnes at the End of the World
By Kelly McWilliams
Agnes is driven to leave everything she loves to save her family from the harshness of life in Red Creek. But she finds that the outside world has its own problems, a deadly pandemic.
Three reasons to read this book:
Character-driven story from multiple viewpoints. A story of faith and survival at the end of the world. Thought-provoking.
We’re Not From Here
By Geoff Rodkey
You’ve fled Earth, your spaceship is running out of resources and the residents of your adoptive planet have second thoughts about allowing you stay. And how you act in your new school on a new planet will decide the fate of what’s left of humankind. No pressure. Three reasons to read this book: Smart science fiction. Awkward alien humor. Spot-on social commentary.
On Account of the Gum
By Adam Rex
Talk about a sticky situation! Adam Rex makes getting gum out of your hair a zany mishap you’ll be stuck to until the gooey end. What might work? Butter? Your aunt? A cat? The fire department? The solutions get more outrageous and the giggles become guffaws in this slapsticky romp you will chew on again and again.
Three reasons to read this book:
Long-lasting flavor. Uproariously refreshing. *Fights cavities.
*(When followed by appropriate brushing and flossing.)