Friday, December 20, 2019

Ready to Go Book Display: Baby-sitters

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. This month we are showcasing books that feature baby-sitters!

Adult Recommendations:

The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin (Mar 2002)

A satirical glimpse into Manhattan's upper class follows Nanny, a struggling NYU student who takes a position caring for the son of a rich and glamorous X family, as she learns how to juggle a vast array of tasks so that a Park Avenue wife never has to life a well-manicured finger.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (Dec 2019)

A story about race and privilege is centered around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault (Jul 2011)

Drawn back to her old neighborhood and to her former best friend Charlotte when the bones of their babysitter Rose are found, Nora must revisit the events surrounding Rose's disappearance and her own troubled adolescence. 

Teen Recommendations:

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams (Sep 2019)

After new student Cassandra Heaven joins seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl's babysitters club, the girls learn that being a babysitter really means a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from evil.

The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings (Oct 2012)

After breaking out of juvenile detention, fourteen-year-old Digger stops his trek across Maryland at a campground where he recovers from injuries, cares for little Luke, works with smart and pretty Nora, and begins to understand how his behavior and choices shape his life.

Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki (Oct 2008)

Emiko is a teenager on a quest to find herself who goes from suburban babysitter to eclectic urban performance artist.

Provides advice, tips, and strategies for teenagers who want to find, keep, and excel at part-time babysitting jobs.

The Turning by Francine Prose (Sept 2012)

A teen boy becomes the babysitter for two very peculiar children on a haunted island in this modern retelling of The Turn of the Screw.

Kids Recommendations: 

Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter by Annie Barrows (Apr 2008)

When Bean's parents leave her in the care of her older sister Nancy for the afternoon, she enlists her neighbor and best friend Ivy to come over and teach Nancy how to be a really good babysitter.

Kristy's Great Idea: A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier and Ann M. Martin (Apr 2006)

Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth. A graphic novel based on the 1988 book by the same name.

Froggy's Best Babysitter by Jonathan London (May 2009)

Froggy wreaks havoc when a new babysitter comes to stay overnight with him and his sister Pollywogilina.

The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens (Oct 2019)

Thirteen-year-old Hannah's first real babysitting job turns into a nightmare when a major earthquake knocks out power and phones, cuts off the island, and leaves her stranded with two children.

The Shadow Hand by Kat Shepherd (Jun 2018)

When babysitter Rebecca discovers that a sinister ruler of darkness has replaced the baby with a changeling, she and her friends must save him by surviving a chilling journey through the Nightmare Realm.

Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala (Feb 2009)

Mayhem ensures in their town when three best friends, motivated by unlimited snacks, no parents, and earning money for an epic seventh-grade party, find an old copy of "The Babysitters Club" and decide to start their own babysitting business.

A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini (Jun 2017)

When Kelly loses a little boy to monsters who live under his bed during her first babysitting job, she learns about a secret society of babysitters who fight monsters.

Pinkalicious and the Babysitter by Victoria Kann (Oct 2017)

When Peter breaks his mother's mug while Maya is babysitting him and Pinkalicious, Pinkalicious tries to turn the broken pieces into art.

The Babysitter from Another Planet by Stephen Savage (Feb 2019)

Left with an alien babysitter while their parents go out for the evening, two children embark on a remarkable night that is reminiscent of classic science-fiction stories.

How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan (Mar 2014)

A little girl provides instructions for properly babysitting one's grandmother, such as taking trips to the park and singing duets.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ready to Go Book Display: 20 for 2020

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. This month we are showcasing books that feature "twenty" in the title to celebrate 2020!

Adult Recommendations

Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (July 2009)
Entreated by the bossy ghost of her great aunt to track down a missing necklace, Lara Lington finds her search challenged by her floundering start-up business, her best friend's defection, and her unfaithful boyfriend.

Twenty Questions by Alison Clement (Jul 2006)
Shocked by a local murder involving the parents of two students, cafeteria worker June visits the victim's home, becomes a mother figure to the victim's orphaned daughter, and discovers a shocking truth that jeopardizes her own marriage.

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch (Jun 2016)
Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure - until the death of their ringleaders and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at the same house on the eve of what would have been Bea's fortieth birthday.

20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak (Jul 2006)
After a drunken orgy with her ex-boss, who had fired her the day before, Delilah Darling, obsessed with the fact that she has had sex with twenty men, tries to track down the men and make it work with one of them.

The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio De Maria (Jan 2017)
An investigator navigates a netherworld of occultists as he tries to connect unexplained events to an underground library of the past, where lonely citizens had met to read one another's dairies - an endeavor that had led to nighttime massacres and the Library's erasure from history.

Twenty by Debra Landwehr Engle (Jan 2020)
Meg may have just 20 days left to live, but as she sets her life in order, she re-discovers the warmth of family, the surprise of romance, the healing power of letting go and the pure joy of being.

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich (Nov 2013)
While chasing after powerful mobster Salvatore "Uncle Sunny" Sunucchi, who is on the lam, New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum must help security specialist Ranger catch the killer of his top client's mother as a giraffe named Kevin runs wild in the streets of Trenton.

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir (May 2002)
The daughter of a former aide to the king of Morocco, who was executed after a failed assassination attempt on the ruler, describes how she, her five siblings, and her mother were imprisoned in a desert penal colony for twenty years.

Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber (Apr 2008)
Thirty-eight-year-old widow Anne Marie Roche, the owner of a successful bookstore on Seattle's Blossom Street, creates a list of twenty wishes, along with several other widows, and, while acting upon her wishes, becomes involved with an eight-year-old girl named Ellen who helps her complete her list - with unexpected results.

The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (Jan 2002)
A novel set against the exotic backdrop of the Mughal dynasty of sixteenth-century India chronicles the life and times of Mehrunnisa, an intelligent, ambitious, and beautiful young woman who became one of India's legendary heroines.

Teen Recommendations

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (Jun 2009)
While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best friends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna's first kiss, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.

The First Twenty by Jennifer Lavoie (May 2015)
Peyton lives with others in what used to be a factory. When her adopted father is murdered by Scavengers, she is determined to bring justice to those who took him away from her. She didn't count on meeting Nixie.

Twenty Questions for Gloria by Martyn Bedford (Apr 2016)
Gloria longs for adventure, something beyond her ordinary suburban life. When a mysterious new boy strolls into school, bent on breaking all the rules, Gloria is ready to fall under his spell. But Uman is not all he seems. And by the time she learns the truth about him, she's a long way from home.

Kid Recommendations

Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley (Apr 2016)
Going to bed early after spending a busy day at the beach with her family, Lucy wakes up in the middle of the night to find that her imagination leads her to see things differently in the dark.

20 Hungry Piggies by Trudy Harris (Jan 2007)
The wolf from "The Three Little Pigs" shows up at a party attended by lots of piggies, but his plans for dinner are disrupted by the pigs from "This Little Piggy Went to Market."

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers (Apr 2014)
Teaches young readers to count from one to twenty using simple text and animal illustrations.

See how the punctuation marks you use (and where you put them) can completely change the meaning of what you write.

Counting 1 to 20 (Feb 2014)
Introduces young readers to the numbers one through twenty, providing images of animals that represent each number, from one ape to twenty ladybugs.

Twenty Heartbeats by Dennis Haseley (Apr 2008)
After waiting for decades for the portrait of his prize horse to be finished, an angry rich man decides to confront the artist.

Twenty Gold Falcons by Amy Gordon (Feb 2010)
Twelve-year-old Aiden is very unhappy when, after her father's death, her mother moves them from the family farm, but soon she and new friends are caught up in the search for long-lost coins in the historic Ingle building that towers over the city of Gloria.