Friday, August 17, 2018

Ready to Go Book Display: Birthdays

Welcome to our series, "Ready to Go! Book Display." Once a month we'll highlight the latest or greatest for every age group that you can promote within your library or order for your collection. August is my birthday month so I'm featuring books with a birthday theme (cake not included).

Adult Recommendations:

The Look of Love by Sarah Jio (Nov 2014)

Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, a mysterious greeting card arrives from the midwife who delivered her, specifying that Jane must identify the six types of love before the full moon following her thirtieth birthday or face grace consequences. 

Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer (Jul 2017)

Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.

Teen Recommendations:

Questions I Want to Ask You by Michelle Falkoff (May 2018)

Pack receives a letter on his eighteenth birthday from his mother he believed was long dead, and begins a journey to find her even as he struggles to figure out his future.

The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando (Jun 2018)

On a seventeenth-birthday cruise with her parents and three friends just months after her boyfriend died, Natalie is surprised to connect with a fellow passenger, who then mysteriously disappears.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (Aug 2005)

When seventeen-year-old Ginny receives a packet of mysterious envelopes from her favorite aunt, she leaves New Jersey to criss-cross Europe on a sort of scavenger hunt that transforms her life.

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti (Jan 2018)

In Madison, a small town in the Mojave Desert, everyone gets one wish that will come true on his or her eighteenth birthday, and Eldon takes his very seriously.

Children's Recommendations:

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson (Oct 2018)

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.

I Hate Everyone by Naomi Danis and Cinta Arribas (May 2018)

Did you ever wish everyone would go away and leave you alone, and then, change your mind?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague (Sep 2011)

Illustrations and rhyming text present some of the different ways a dinosaur can make her birthday party special, from thanking guests for their gifts to sharing large pieces of cake.

Savvy by Ingrid Law (May 2008)

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy" - a magical power unique to each member of her family - just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Alfie by Thyra Heder (Oct 2017)

Told from the perspective of both the girl, Nia, and her pet turtle, Alfie, and describes what happens when he disappears on the eve of her seventh birthday to find her a special present.

11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass (Jan 2009)

Amanda and Leo, best friends with the same birthday, had a falling out on their tenth birthday and have not spoken since, but peculiar things begin to happen as the day of their eleventh birthday repeats itself again and again.

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