Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt

Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep – one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken.

In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler’s notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.

Sparkling with humor, this insightful and compassionate story will resonate with readers who have confronted secrets of their own.

 

Available at the Lepper Library

Summer Green to Autumn Gold by Mia Posada

This nonfiction picture book, written and illustrated by Mia Posada, beautifully explains why leaves change color in fall. It highlights both the eye-catching colors of the season and the science behind the colors. Back matter offers additional scientific details for curious readers as well as suggested further reading and links to hands-on activities.

 

Available at the Lepper Library

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People: Color Edition by Dav Pilkey

George and Harold’s time-traveling Purple Potty has landed them in a crazy place! The teachers are nice, the cafeteria serves delicious food, and the school principal, Mr. Krupp, thinks they’re hilarious. Something is very, very wrong — and it gets even wronger when the boys’ pet pterodactyl, Crackers, and Sulu the Bionic Hamster are captured by George and Harold’s evil-twin look-alikes. Now George and Harold must face their greatest foes yet: THEMSELVES! Can they handle this mess on their own, or will they need Captain Underpants to swoop in and save the day?

 

Availability at Lepper Library

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up your child in the national campaign here at Lepper Library to read 1000 books before they start Kindergarten.  This is a great way to get them Kindergarten ready and it is free!  Children get incentives along the way and a gift at the completion.  Sign up anytime in the Children’s Department.