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I'm a Librarian at the Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne Library. I am also the Liaison for the School of Arts, Sciences, & Education and the School of Information Technology.

September 2019 Children’s Nonfiction

Pollen: Darwin’s 130 Year Prediction

By Darcy Pattison
Call Number: Q180.55.D57 P38 2019
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How long does it take for science to find an answer to a problem? On January 25, 1862, naturalist Charles Darwin received a box of orchids. One flower, the Madagascar star orchid, fascinated him. It had an 11.5” nectary, the place where flowers make nectar, the sweet liquid that insects and birds eat. How, he wondered, did insects pollinate the orchid?

The Astronaut who Painted the Moon

By Dean Robbins
Call Number: TL789.85.B36 R63 2019
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As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. When he returned to Earth, he began to paint what he saw. Alan’s paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon.

When Sue Found Sue

By Toni Buzzeo
Call Number: QE707.H46 B89 2019
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From a very young age, Sue Hendrickson was meant to find things: lost coins, perfume bottles, even hidden treasure. Her endless curiosity eventually led to her career in diving and paleontology, where she would continue to find things big and small. In 1990, at a dig in South Dakota, Sue made her biggest discovery to date: Sue the T. rex, the largest and most complete T. rex skeleton ever unearthed. Named in Sue’s honor, Sue the T. rex would be placed on permanent exhibition at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. 

September 2019 Children’s Fiction

Fiction

Flubby will Not Play with That

By J.E. Morris
Call Number: PIC MOR
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When Kami brings home a bag full of toys for Flubby, the uninterested cat isn’t enthusiastic about the choices. A wind-up mouse? No thanks. A fish hanging from a stick? Yawn. But after Flubby rejects each offering, one unexpected option may be the best fit for Flubby after all.

The Pigeon HAS to go to School

By Mo Willems
Call Number: PIC WIL
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Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?!

Harold & Hog Pretend for Real!

By [Mo Willems and] Dan Santat
Call Number: PIC SAN
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Harold and Hog are best friends. But can Harold and Hog’s friendship survive a game of pretending to be Elephant & Piggie?

Vroom!

By Barbara McClintock
Call Number: PIC MCC
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Join a little girl as she zooms― past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination

Goldilocks for Dinner: A Funny Book about Manners

By Susan McElroy Montanari
Call Number: PIC MON
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Troll and Goblin set out to find the rudest child and have him or her for dinner.

Paper Mice

By Megan Wagner Lloyd
Call Number: PIC LLO
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One night, two newly-made paper mice separately explore a dark house, finding each other along the way and discovering a shared love of adventure.

Puppy Truck

By Brian Pinkney
Call Number: PIC PIN
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Carter gets a truck instead of a much wanted puppy, but he soon discovers his new toy is just as fun and rascally as a pet.

Hide and Seek

By Katie May Green
Call Number: PIC GRE
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Right at the top of Shiverhawk Hall live children in pictures on the wall. When the moon rises in the night sky, the DeVillechild twins are missing from their frames. The rest of the Shiverhawk children set out across the gardens and into the woods searching for the girls, beginning a game of hide and seek! Will the children be able to find the twins and return home to their paintings before the sun comes up?

Truman

By Jean Reidy
Call Number: PIC REI
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He may be slow but Truman the turtle is determined to find his girl Sarah, who has boarded a city bus on her way to preschool.

July 2019 Children’s Books

Non-Fiction

Seeds Move

By Robin Page
Call Number: QK929 .P34 2019
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Every seed, big or small, needs sunlight, water, and an uncrowded place to put down roots. But how do seeds get to the perfect place to grow? This exploration of seed dispersal covers a wide range of seeds and the creatures that help them move, from a coconut seed floating on waves to an African grass seed rolled by a dung beetle, to a milkweed seed floating on the wind.

Secret Engineer: How Emily Roebling Built the Brooklyn Bridge

By Rachel Dougherty
Call Number: TG25 .N53 D68 2019
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On a warm spring day in 1883, a woman rode across the Brooklyn Bridge with a rooster on her lap. It was the first trip across an engineering marvel that had taken nearly fourteen years to construct. The woman’s husband was the chief engineer, and he knew all about the dangerous new technique involved. The woman insisted she learn as well.

When he fell ill mid-construction, her knowledge came in handy. She supervised every aspect of the project while he was bedridden, and she continued to learn about things only men were supposed to know: math, science, engineering.

Women weren’t supposed to be engineers. But this woman insisted she could do it all, and her hard work helped to create one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.

Fiction

A Piglet Named Mercy

By Kate DiCamillo
Call Number: PIC DIC
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Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

Sadie and the Silver Shoes

By Jane Godwin
Call Number: PIC GOD
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With three older brothers to pass along hand-me-downs, Sadie doesn’t have much say in choosing her clothes. Her outfits always look interesting, though (even if some kids at school might not think so). But Sadie is allowed to pick her shoes, so one day she buys the most beautiful shoes ever — shoes that sparkle in the sun, shoes she wears everywhere. That is, until Sadie and her brothers hop down a creek on an adventure, and one shoe falls off and is swept away. Whatever will Sadie do with one silver shoe? From a winning picture-book team comes a story of creativity, resilience, and like-minded souls that is sure to appeal to independent thinkers everywhere.

The Happiest Tree: A Story of Growing Up

By Hyeon-Ju Lee
Call Number: PIC LEE
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Over the years, the gingko tree that resides outside an apartment building has seen many things. When it was ten, sounds of the Rose piano class filled the ground floor and whistled through its young branches. At fourteen, a growth spurt year, it met Mr. Artist on the second floor whose muse was the tree itself. As the years continue on, the tree encounters many people in the apartment building making memories. Some are happy, some are sad―they’re all part of growing up. All part of who we will be in the future.

Bear Needs Help

By Sarah S. Brannen
Call Number PIC BRA
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A lumbering little polar bear has one shoe untied, and he needs some help! Sadly for him, though, the other animals are all too scared of him: the lemmings, rabbits, and seals all run away as he approaches them for assistance. What’s Bear going to do? Luckily, two plucky birds are more than happy to help out and offer advice — though probably not quite in the way that readers anticipate.

The Cook and the King

By Julia Donaldson
Call Number: PIC DON
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A hungry but finicky king wants Wobbly Bob as his new cook, but must pitch in to do everything the cook is afraid to do, from fishing to frying.

New Computer Science and Informatics Books

Have a coding/programming interview coming up? We’ve added several books to help you prepare for your job hunt!

Our collection of CompTIA Exam Guide books has been recently updated, as well:

  • CompTIA A+ Certification (Exams 220-1001 & 220-1002)
    Call number: TK7885.54 .M4834 2019
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (Exam FC0-U61)
    Call number: QA76.28 .M49 2019
  • CompTIA Security+ (Exam S&0-501)
    Call Number: QA76.9 .A25 C667565 2018
  • CompTIA Network+ (Exam N10-007)
    Call Number: TK5105.5 .M483 2018

June 2019 Children’s Books

Nonfiction

Crayon Man

By Natascha Biebow
Call Number: NC870 .B54 2019
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Celebrating the inventor of the Crayola crayon! This gloriously illustrated picture book biography tells the inspiring story of Edwin Binney, the inventor of one of the world’s most beloved toys.

Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins

By Michelle Meadows
Call Number: GV1785 .C634 M43 2019
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Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was widespread in the United States. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African-American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera, this is the story of a remarkable pioneer.

Fiction

Not Your Nest!

By Gideon Sterer
Call Number: PIC STE
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Bird builds the perfect nest, the only problem is everyone else wants to sleep in it!

The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon

By Matthew Burgess
Call Number: PIC BUR
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Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him? You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving. Nothing works, especially nudging, and he just makes you so grumpy that eventually you have no choice but to fight back–and then… Have you ever become a curmudgeon that just won’t budge?

Nobody Hugs a Cactus

By Carter Goodrich
Call Number: PIC GOO
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Hank, a cactus who is as prickly on the inside as he is on the outside, decides he wants a hug.

There are No Bears in this Bakery

By Julia Sarcone-Roach
Call Number: PIC SAR
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When Muffin, a cat, hears a suspicious noise at the Little Bear Bakery, his investigation reveals a hungry bear cub.

New Children’s Books for April 2019

New Fiction

Alma and How She Got Her Name

By Juana Martinez-Neal
Call Number: PIC MAR
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If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell.

The Happy Book

By Andy Rash
Call Number: PIC RAS
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Camper is happy as a clam and Clam is a happy camper. When you live in The Happy Book, the world is full of daisies and sunshine and friendship cakes . . . until your best friend eats the whole cake and doesn’t save you one bite. Moving from happiness to sadness and everything in between, Camper and Clam have a hard time finding their way back to happy. But maybe happy isn’t the goal–being a good friend is about supporting each other and feeling all the feels together.

Croc & Turtle

By Mike Wohnoutka
Call Number: PIC WOH
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Meet Croc! He is the strongest and fastest crocodile around.
Meet Turtle! He agrees that Croc is the strongest and fastest.
But what happens when Elephant lifts that heavy rock with ease? And when Cheetah speeds on by?
Croc and Turtle might not be the strongest or the fastest, but they’re definitely the best at something even more important . . .

Where is My Balloon?

By Ariel Bernstein
Call Number: PIC BER
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Owl has a balloon. Monkey has a sock with a star and a perfectly shaped hole. But then Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon, just for a second. What do you think happens? POP! When Owl returns and asks for his balloon, Monkey offers him everything under the sun…except for the balloon. Can their friendship survive this catastrophe?

The Donkey Egg

By Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel
Call Number: PIC STE
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Bear would rather sleep all day than work on his farm, and Fox knows just the kind of help he needs—a donkey! When Fox tricks Bear into buying a donkey egg, Bear can’t wait for it to hatch so he can meet his new friend. But donkeys don’t come from eggs! And when the “egg” finally opens, Bear gets a fruity surprise. Luckily, Bear doesn’t have to face disappointment alone . . . Hare is there to help!

New Nonfiction

Bloom Boom!

By April Pulley Sayre
Call Number: QK 49 .S32 2019 Spring
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When spring arrives, flowers of all kinds sprout and grow buds and bloom. Sometimes, they bloom a few at a time. But other times, many will bloom at once in a colorful flower boom! This photographic exploration of flowers goes from the desert to the woodlands and beyond, celebrating their beautiful variety and the science behind these colorful displays.

My Happy Year by E. Bluebird (A Nature Diary)

By Paul Meisel
Call Number: QL 696 .P288 M4325 2019
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“May 1. Today is my birthday.” So begins the wondrous first year of E. Bluebird. Readers are treated to the intimate details of her life such as “May 8: Eating all these bugs makes me poop. Mom takes my poop sack out of the nest. Good thing.” And “May 12: My brothers and sisters are getting ready to leave the nest. I like it here. It’s safe.” On May 18: “Where’s my family? I’m getting hungry. Okay. This is it! I jump! I flap! I’m flying!” She eventually migrates south, and when she returns north, she finds a mate and has a family of her own. What a happy year!

Gecko

By Raymond Huber
Call Number: QL 666 .L245 H83 2019
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Meet the gecko, the escape artist of the lizard world. Hawks, rats, and snakes would love to catch one for their dinner, but the gecko’s amazing ability to protect itself and outsmart predators keeps it safe from day to day. The gecko is more than a match for its pursuers, using clever camouflage and dropping its tail as a decoy to evade them. And even beyond its escape abilities, the gecko is fascinating, with feet covered in tiny hairs for gripping (even upside down!) and eyes that it cleans with its tongue. This wonderful introduction to one of the coolest lizards on the planet will captivate amateur scientists.

New Children’s Books for March

Fiction

Five Flying Penguins

By Barbara Barbieri McGrath
Call Number: PIC MCG
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With a rhyming narrative that counts to five, adorable penguins are soaring–or flying–through the sea, trying to elude a lurking creature. But as young readers of this charming tale will discover, a friendly seal is only looking to play a game of tag.

William Wakes Up

By Linda Ashman
Call Number: PIC ASH
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William and his animal friends have had the whole winter to nap. Now it’s time for them to wake up and welcome a very special guest. There’s lots to do to get ready, from scrubbing the floors to decorating the house to baking a tasty treat. But it’s so hard to leave a cozy bed. . . . Will everyone get up in time to do their part?

How to Give Your Cat a Bath

By Nicola Winstanley
Call Number: PIC WIN
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Step one: fill the bath
Step two: put the cat in the bath
Step three: put shampoo on the cat
Step four: rinse the cat
Step five: dry the cat

Seems simple, right? One problem: the cat has no intention of doing ANY of these things! Watch as the steps keep changing, the cat keeps escaping, the girl keeps eating cookies and the mess keeps escalating. Soon it’s not just the cat who needs a bath–it’s the whole house!

The Adventures of Zip: Poof! A Bot!

By David Milgram
Call Number: PIC MIL
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Zip has zapped a bot. Zip tells the bot what to do. Will the bot listen? (Spoiler alert: The bot does not listen and Zip learns an important lesson, complete with a pie being thrown in his face!)

Good Night Wind

By Linda Elovitz Marshall
Call Number: PIC MAR
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In this retelling of a Yiddish folktale, “Winter Wind worked hard all season long / blowing away leaves, / preparing trees for coats of snow and ice.” Now, Wind is tired and needs a place to rest. But no one wants to shelter so cold and blustery a Wind–not the townspeople, not the country innkeeper, not even the gnarled tree who is worried about frozen roots. Finally, Wind does what any of us do when we are overtired: Wind has a tantrum. And it is only with the help of two small children brave enough to weather the storm that Wind finally finds the perfect place to sleep.

Non-Fiction

The Hen who Sailed Around the World

By Guirec Soudée
Call Number: SF487.5 .S68 2018
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Monique is a highly accomplished chicken: she surfs, she skateboards, and she just crossed the world on a tiny boat with her human companion, Guirec, who helped steer. On their three-year journey, together they were unstoppable. When they became stranded in the ice off Greenland for four months, Monique, unruffled as always, kept Guirec alive with her eggs– and they both made it home.

Snowman – Cold = Puddle

By Laura Purdie Salas
Call Number: QB637.5 .S25 2019
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Math meets metaphor in this eye-opening exploration of spring. Each clever equation is a tiny, perfect poem that prompts readers to look at the ordinary and see the miraculous. Can you look at an egg in a nest and see a jewelry box? How are sunlight and heat like an alarm clock? Engaging sidebars reveal the science behind the signs of spring.