Hot Topics: Travel, Bugs and Staff Picks

myawesomejaSpring is in the air! Well, actually it snowed here in Minnesota this week. But we’re still dreaming of warmer weather with our Hot Topics lists for April.

The promise of summer draws closer, and with it, the possibility of travel and vacations. Maybe you dream of visiting the rain forest or wonder what it would be like to visit Antarctica. Perhaps you are interested in visiting Japan?  Don’t miss My Awesome Japan Adventure by Rebecca Ottowa.  It is full of fascinating facts and cartoon drawings that introduce Japanese culture. All of the titles on this list will allow readers to explore the many countries and regions of the world, and help them decide where they want to visit some day.

Bugs, bugs, and more bugs! This list offers fiction and nonfiction books about a variety of bugs for all age groups. Readers can peruse poems about bugs; learn about their characteristics, behavior, and life cycle, and discover recipes for eating bugs, if they are so inclined.  J. Patrick Lewis takes readers close-up to all sorts of interesting insects in his new book of poems, Face Bug.  It’s a great blend of poetry and science from one of our favorite children’s poets.

Brimsby's HatsWe’re only four months into 2014, and we already have a whole list of books we are excited to share with you! We all pitched in to create this list of children’s and young adult books we are particularly excited about published during the first half of the year. Some of the titles on this list you’ll recognize from previous blog posts, like Red Rising and The Tyrant’s Daughter; some are new from favorite authors, like Noggin and Half a Chance; and there are a few great debuts as well, like What the Moon Said and Brimsby’s Hats.

We are already hard at work on next month’s Hot Topics lists. Check back in May for lists related to summer reading, science, and more!