Staff Pick

Angie Trius and Mark Doran take a fascinating look at the way animals use the tools available to them in nature to maintain or restore their health in Animal Doctors: Incredible Ways Animals Heal Themselves (Laurence King, $15.95). From the insect-repelling scrub that brown bears make to the gut-cleansing leaves that chimpanzees eat, the tricks of the animal kingdom’s medical trade are as varied as the species themselves. Julio Antonio Blasco’s illustrations bring a quirky atmosphere to the book, while flaps with “doctor’s notes” on each page make for an interactive experience. Anyone interested in the whys and wherefores of animal behavior will find this an intriguing read. Ages 8-11.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781780678320
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - July 5th, 2016

Friendship is found in the most unexpected places in Paul Griffin’s heart-expanding novel, When Friendship Followed Me Home (Dial, $16.99). Ben Coffin, a former foster kid, has never been one to make friends. But when a scruffy dog named Flip comes into his life, leading him to befriend a girl named Halley, he finds new purpose once he discovers that she is terminally ill. Told with balanced pacing and an endearing sense of humor, this deeply moving story about love, loss, and the meaning of family will not leave a dry eye in the room. Ages 10-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780803738164
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Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2016

Look to the sky: birdwatching’s back in season! Learn about the avian inhabitants of North America with two delightful new books: My Book of Birds (Groundwood, $24.95) by Geraldo Valério and Bird Brainiacs: Activity Journal and Log Book for Young Readers (Cornell Lab Publishing Group, $14.95) by Stacy Torino. Valério pairs beautiful and bold paper cutout illustrations with quirky facts to make each species memorable and easy to identify. Torino’s journal is highly interactive, encouraging readers to write and think about birds with a variety of fun activities. Using different methods, both books will encourage young bird lovers to get outside and search for nature’s feathered friends. Ages 5-13 (ages vary by book).

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By Geraldo Valério (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781554988006
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 12th, 2016

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$14.95
ISBN: 9781943645053
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Published: Cornell Lab Publishing Group - May 10th, 2016

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