Saturday, December 22, 2018

Final Children's Staff Picks for 2018...Fiction!

Our favorite picks in fiction for 2018:

The Questioneers : Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters by Andrea Beaty
Rosie is working with Aunt Rose and her friends, the Raucous Riveters, on designing a new invention, but when her designs keep failing, Rosie starts to lose hope until her friends Iggy and Ada offer some help. Find in One Step Up.
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! Find in One Step Up.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney
When snow shuts down Greg Heffleys middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the cross-hairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?  Find in Series.

Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech
When his father brings home an ailing, newborn donkey, Louie names the animal Winslow and takes care of him, but everyone, including Louie's quirky friend Nora, thinks Winslow is not going to survive. Find under JFic.
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
Visiting her grandmother in Australia, Livy, ten, is reminded of the promise she made five years before to Bob, a strange, green creature who cannot recall who or what he is. Find under JFic.
As he grieves his best friend Benny's death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble. Find under JFic.
Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return. Find under JFic.

Echo's Sister by Paul Mosier
Eleven-year-old Echo finds the courage to help her younger sister fight cancer, and, in the process, finds the love and support of an entire community.  Find in 5/6.

Forced to leave school to care for her siblings in accordance with Pakistani village tradition, a disappointed Amal suffers an accidental run-in with the son of a corrupt landlord and is forced into indentured servitude, where her witness to her master's nefarious dealings compels her to make risky alliances in support of change. Find in 5/6.
The Breakfast Club meets middle school with a prank twist in this hilarious and heartwarming story about six very different seventh graders who are forced to band together after a vandalism incident. Find in 5/6.
When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world. Find in 5/6.
The lives of two middle school girls, one a quiet artist, the other a popular overachiever, intersect on a day shaped by a misdelivered note, crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama. Find in Graphic Novels.
Living a quiet life in New York City, Bolivar, a dinosaur, finds his life complicated when Sybil, the girl next door, tries to prove his existence. Find in Graphic Novels.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Children's Room Staff Picks for 2018.... NON-FICTION!

Next up... NON-FICTION! We've picked our favorites for 2018.

Pass Go and Collect $200 : The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone
Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine this riveting picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games.

A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade
Shocked to be stripped of his planet status, Pluto goes on a quest to find his place in the universe. He doesn't fit in anywhere! But when Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the solar system. This feel-good picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self discovery, acceptance, and friendship.

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders
In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world.

Everest by Sangma Francis
Hundreds of people dare to climb Mount Everest every year, following in Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's footsteps, hoping to experience Earth's highest peak. But there is so much more to this mountain than the brave mountaineers who climb it.

World's Weirdest Sharks by Paul Mason
Chances are, when you think of sharks, it's the great white or hammerhead that swim into view! But the world's oceans hold around 500 different species of sharks, and some are extremely bizarre.

What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? : The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it! Learn all about her amazing career in this illuminating and inspiring picture book biography of the lawyer, educator, politician, and civil rights leader.

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor
In this adaptation for middle graders based on her bestselling adult memoir, My Beloved World, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor's extraordinary life inspires. Her achievement serves as a true testament to the fact that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Children's Room Staff Pick's for 2018....


Enjoy our favorites with your favorites during time off for the holiday season...

A Moon for Moe and Mo by Jane Breskin Zalben

Moses Feldman and Mohammed Hassan both live on Flatbush Avenue, but when they meet at the grocery store they quickly become best friends, sharing a picnic while their families prepare for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan.

Found by Jeff Newman

A wordless picture book. While Jenn is seeking Prudence, her big, sleek and shiny, black and white dog, she meets and falls in love with Roscoe, a scruffy little golden dog.

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler

Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push. But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It's a story about family. And it's a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam.

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up as mermaids. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

Is That You, Eleanor Sue? by Tricia Tussa

A fun-loving little girl who plays dress-up to fool her mother every Saturday dons disguises and rings the doorbell, hoping not to be recognized, a habit that becomes riotous when her grandma turns the tables.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you. There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look, talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Merrick Library

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Merrick Library.  Check out our display of books as well as this interactive map of Long Island Native American tribes created by Shinnecock artist Jeremy Dennis.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and today is World Mental Health Day. In this video, young adult author John Green discusses global human health, mental illness, and how metrics like Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) can help us understand how severely mental illness affects human health around the world. Visit for more info.

Fiction titles in the library's children's collection dealing with mental health issues include:

Where the Watermelons Grow
By Cindy Baldwin
Twelve-year-old Della Kelly of Maryville, North Carolina, tries to come to terms with her mother's mental illness while her father struggles to save the farm from a record-breaking drought.

by Wesley King
A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything

Vincent can't sleep : Van Gogh paints the night sky
By Barb Rosenstock
Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or phyical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Merrick Library has recently updated its board book collection. Come in and check out our new titles!  It's never too early to start reading to your baby.  Reading Rockets, a national multimedia literacy initiative, recommends, among other tips, choosing baby-friendly books. Bright colors or high contrast illustrations are easier for young babies to see; board books are also easier for babies to handle (not to mention more durable!).  

For the full article on early literacy tips for you and your baby:

And don't forget to join us for the library's baby storytime: 
Shake Rattle and Roll! (0-17 months)
Fridays, October 5th & 12th from 10:30 to 11:00 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stop the Summer Slide!

Stop the summer slide while having lots of fun! Check out these easy-to-do at home games from Parenting Magazine:
Summer Brain Boost Games
to keep your child active and learning over the summer.

And don't forget that its not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Stop in the Children's Room for information.  In a 2009 government web cast, then Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, described summer reading loss as devastating.  This is what researchers often refer to as the "summer slide." It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to loose up to one month of instruction.