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Nat Geo View App

Nat Geo View delivers a fresh collection of articles and dynamic photos directly to your hand-held device. Wherever you are, you can stay connected, get inspired and explore your world with five of National Geographic’s best stories of the day. The app also includes “Photo of the Day,” “Video of the Day” and “Found,” a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. This new app is free for iPhone users.



Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name

This inspiring story documents the amazing journey of Mo’ne Davis, the 13-year-old girl who recently  became the star of baseball. Last summer, Davis was the first girl in Little League World Series history to pitch a winning game and the first girl to pitch a shutout. After her shutout performance she became the first Little Leaguer featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. This past fall, Mo’ne earned a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame – her jersey now hangs in the museum in Cooperstown, New York. This memoir by Mo'ne proves to everyone that you can do anything if you set your mind to it. She empowers others by example and is an extraordinary role model for people of all ages. harpercollinschildrens.com



— Jenny L. Heinbaugh


Book Reviews

By Mary Quattlebaum

babies / tots

Sweep Up the Sun

This beautiful poem pays tribute to birds, Mother Nature’s lively, winged beings.  Rick Lieder’s stunning photographs of goldfinches, cardinals, woodpeckers, Mallard ducks and chickadees grace Helen Frost’s short, rhyming lines on each double-page spread.  Many of the birds have been captured by camera as they swoop and soar, and little ones will love the close-ups of creatures often seen at a distance. The backmatter enriches the reading experience by providing the names and short descriptions of the eleven featured birds.  Now, you can take a walk with your tot and see how many of these songsters you can spot.


ages 4 – 8

Me and Momma and Big John

A young mother is a stonecutter for the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City, nicknamed “Big John.” Over the course of the tale, her three children learn more about what she is helping to create — a huge sacred building that may not be finished in her lifetime — and visit the cathedral to see the stained glass windows with their “crisscrosses of light” and the “great bronze doors.” Acclaimed nonfiction author Mara Rockliff has based the character of Momma on a real person — Carol Hazel — and the author’s note offers a short, fascinating history of the entire building experience, from 1892 to the present. William Low’s illustrations, with their shadows and shimmering colors, convey both the scale and beauty of the cathedral and the very human lives of the workers involved.


ages 9 – 13

Red Thread Sisters

Since the age of five, Wen has lived in a Chinese orphanage. Now, at the age of 11, she has a chance to be adopted by a family in America, but she can’t bear to leave her best friend, Shu Ling, behind. Wen promises to find an adoptive family for Ling, but she worries: her friend is almost past the age (14) of adoption and health issues related to a twisted leg may pose complications. Even as she begs her new family to adopt Ling and navigates the Internet to advocate for her friend, Wen struggles to learn how to fit into a family and a completely different culture. This tender novel by an adoptive mother, Carol Antoinette Peacock, celebrates the bonds of family and friendship and makes a noteworthy pick for Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.