2017 HCPL Children's Staff Picks

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Another year has come and gone. Our staff has been thinking back on all of the incredible books that came out in 2017. Here is a sampling of the books that we loved this year.

Favorite Staff Picks:


Windows by Julia Denos (Illus. by E.B. Goodale)
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Picture Book. This quietly lovely book follows a little boy who could easily be a slightly older Peter from The Snowy Day as he walks his dog through the neighborhood at twilight.  (Preschool - Early Elementary)

Recommended by: 
Pam, Collection Management Librarian
Barbara, Libbie Mill Library
Amy, Tuckahoe Library
Hayley, Twin Hickory Library


Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
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Picture Book. No matter how ready you feel, the first time off the diving board is scary. This gorgeous picture book presents a loving look at the courage needed for all new endeavors. (Preschool - Early Elementary)

Recommended by: 
Kendall, Collection Management Librarian
Pam, Collection Management Librarian
Leslie, Sandston Library


Restart by Gordon Korman
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Eighth-grader Chase Ambrose awakens with amnesia after an accident. Reintegrating would be hard enough, but he soon discovers that he was quite a bully! (Upper Elementary - Middle School)

Recommended by: 
Pam, Collection Management Librarian
Sue, Tuckahoe Library
Trisha, Twin Hickory Library


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
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Told by an old oak tree, Red recounts a moving tale of a neighborhood coming to terms with acceptance. (Upper Elementary - Middle School) 

Recommended by: 
Carolyn, Tuckahoe Library
Gay Lynn, Twin Hickory Library
Erin, Varina Library


The Book of Mistakes by Corrina Luyken
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Picture book. A doodled mistake leads to a series of other mistakes and good ideas, culminating in a fun exploration of the creative process. (Preschool - Early Elementary) 

Recommended by: 
Chris & Kelly, Fairfield Library


The Friendship Code by Stacia Deutsch
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Babysitter clubs are so 30 years ago. This generation is all about crunching code and debugging! (Upper Elementary - Middle School)

Recommended by: 
Cammy, Tuckahoe Library
Trisha, Twin Hickory Library


Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
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Picture Book. A stunningly beautiful and gentle exploration of the many little changes that take place as we move from one season to the next. (Preschool - Early Elementary) 

Recommended by: 
Rick, Youth Services Coordinator
Amy, Tuckahoe Library


I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups by Chris Harris (Illus. by Lane Smith)
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A hilarious collection of poetry, slightly reminiscent of the works of Shel Silverstein. (Early Elementary & up) 

Recommended by: 
Chris, Fairfield Library
Rachel, Libbie Mill Library


Real Friends by Shannon Hale (Illus. by LeUyen Pham)
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Graphic Novel. Two besties test the bonds of friendship when one of them begins hanging out with The Group. (Upper Elementary - Middle School) 

Recommended by: 
Ame, Library Administrative Offices
Rachel, Libbie Mill Library


The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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This sequel to The War that Saved My Life finds Ada continuing to struggle in the English countryside as World War II rages on. (Upper Elementary - Middle School)

Recommended by: 
Rachel, Libbie Mill Library
Sue, Tuckahoe Library


Who Am I? An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
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Picture Book. Steve Jenkins and Robin Page team up once again for an interactive exploration of familiar animals. Fun from start to finish. (Preschool - Early Elementary)

Recommended by: 
Kelly, Fairfield Library
Barbara, Libbie Mill Library

Additional staff picks, by library:

Administrative Offices

Ame, Training Librarian

Picks: Many Moons by Remi Courgeon / Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Kendall, Young Adult Collection Management Librarian

Picks: The Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens by Aaron Blabey

Pam, Children's Collection Management Librarian

Picks: Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner (Illus. by Christopher Silas Neal) / Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Rick, Youth Services Coordinator

Picks: Grand Canyon by Jason Chin / Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Fairfield Library


Picks: Delivery by Aaron Meshon


Picks: Forever or a Long, Long Time Ago by Caela Carter / Life by Cynthia Rylant

Gayton Library


Picks: A Farm for Maisie by Jennifer & John Churchman / Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus (Illus. by Andy Atkins)

Glen Allen Library


Picks: Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs / Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs / Secret Origins by James Riley


Picks: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson / Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan / Toad on the Road by Stephen Shaskan


Picks: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Libbie Mill Library


Picks: The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky / The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish / I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logstead


Picks: Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer (Illus. by Richard Jones)


Picks: After the Fall by Dan Santat


Picks: A Different Pond by Bao Phi (Illus. by Thi Bui) / Ruth Bader Ginsberg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter (Illus. by Stacy Innerst)

North Park Library


Picks: Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee (Illus. by Pascal Pascal Lemaître) / This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe / When's My Birthday? by Julie Fogliano (Illus. by Christian Robinson)

Tuckahoe Library


Picks: Red Again by Barbara Lehman / The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser


Picks: Bear Likes Jam by Ciara Gavin


Picks: Old MacDonald Had a ... Zoo? by Iza Trapani


Picks: Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin

Twin Hickory Library


Picks: Last Panther by Todd Mitchell / Super Narwhal & Jelly Jolt by Ben Clanton / The Trail by Meika Hashimoto

Gay Lynn

Picks: Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk


Picks: Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke (Illus. by Angela Brooksbank) / Unicorn Crossing by Dana Simpson


Picks: Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

Varina Library


Picks: In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes (Illus. by Laura Dronzek)


Picks: The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt (Illus. by Adam Rex) / My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo / On a Magical Do-Nothing Day by Beatrice Alemagna


Picks: Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds (Illus. by Peter Brown) / The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain (Illus. by Philip Stead)


Picks: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia