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New Children’s Books — January 2022

The new year is here, and with it new books! Here are seven recent titles currently available in the Children’s Room at the Galesburg Public Library. If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold!


THE FAITH OF ELIJAH CUMMINGS: THE NORTH STAR OF EQUAL JUSTICE by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Laura Freeman

When Elijah Cummings was a little boy, he struggled in school. His teachers thought he talked too much and asked too many questions. They said he’d never be able to read or write well.

Despite his difficulties, Elijah never gave up. He persevered, having faith that with hard work, he’d be able to achieve his goals.

Best known as a voice for people of color and an advocate for equal opportunity, Elijah Cummings was a man of faith and dignity, a beacon of justice, and an unrelenting warrior for equality and change.

Children’s, Picture Books


HOW SPACESHIPS WORK by Clive Gifford, illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock

Blast off into the cosmos with the latest title in the popular “How Things Work” series which includes How Cities Work, How Airports Work, How Trains Work and How Ships Work – books that reveal the inner workings of familiar places and vehicles.

Featuring fantastic illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock, this title explores the ultimate vehicles: spaceships – how they do what they do, what they’re used for and their development through history. Spreads will look at how rockets blast off into space, how people were sent to the Moon and back, how space centers prepare spaceships and astronauts for amazing adventures across the cosmos. It will also look at all different types of spacecraft: space stations and satellites orbiting Earth, rovers trundling over the surface of Mars, and probes traveling at thousands of miles per second through the outer reaches of the Solar System on incredible journeys of discovery.

Children’s, Picture Books


HIDE AND GEEK by T.P. Jagger

The GEEKs:
Gina, Edgar, Elena, and Kevin have been best friends for as long as they can remember. So when their arch-nemesis points out that their initials make them literally GEEKs, they decide to go with it.

The problem:
The GEEKs’ hometown of Elmwood was once the headquarters of the famous toymaker Maxine Van Houten. Her popular puzzle sphere, the Bamboozler, put the town on the map. But Maxine passed away long ago. Now the toy factory is shutting down, and Elena’s mom and Kevin’s dad are losing their jobs. They might have to move–and that would mean splitting up the GEEKs!

The quest:
Maxine left one final puzzle, a treasure hunt that could save the town and keep the friends together. But only those who know and love Elmwood best will be able to solve it. GEEKs to the rescue!

Children’s, Middle Grade


THERE’S A UNICORN IN YOUR BOOK by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Greg Abbott

WHOOSH! A unicorn has galloped right into your book – how exciting!
But – oh dear! This Unicorn doesn’t look very excited at all. In fact, he looks quite worried.
Can you help to cheer him up?

This brilliant new story combines interactive fun with an important message about the power of friendship, and how helpful it can be to share your worries with others.

Children’s, Picture Books


OTTO: A PALINDRAMA by Jon Agee

Otto is having a very palindramatic day. His pet, Pip, has gone missing, and his search for the dog leads him deeper and deeper into a strange and perplexing world–full of talking owls, stacks of cats, storms and mazes, boats and trains and automobiles . . . oh my! Everything seems to be the same backward and forward, and Pip isn’t sure he’ll ever find his way home to Mom and Pop. But you, reader, will enjoy his Oz-like journey thoroughly.

Children’s, Middle Grade

 


TIGER HONOR by Yoon Ha Lee

Sebin, a young tiger spirit from the Juhwang Clan, wants nothing more than to join the Thousand World Space Forces and, like their Uncle Hwan, captain a battle cruiser someday. But when Sebin’s acceptance letter finally arrives, it’s accompanied by the shocking news that Hwan has been declared a traitor. Apparently, the captain abandoned his duty to steal a magical artifact, the Dragon Pearl, and his whereabouts are still unknown. Sebin hopes to help clear their hero’s name and restore honour to the clan.

Nothing goes according to plan, however. As soon as Sebin arrives for orientation, they are met by a special investigator named Yi and his assistant, a girl named Min. Yi informs Sebin that they must immediately report to the ship Haetae and await further instructions. Sebin finds this highly unusual, but soon all protocol is forgotten when there’s an explosion on the ship, the crew is knocked out, and the communication system goes down. It’s up to Sebin, three other cadets, and Yi and Min to determine who is sabotaging the battlecruiser. When Sebin is suddenly accused of collaborating with the enemy, the cadet realizes that Min is the most dangerous foe of all…

Children’s, Middle Grade


A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM by Phyllis Alsdurf

When a little girl finds out her family is planning a simple Christmas this year, she’s not so sure about it. But soon she gets into the spirit of simplicity and generosity by making presents and Christmas decorations with her parents and grandparents on their family farm. She and her mama share Christmas cookies with friends they meet, inviting everyone to join them for Christmas in their little red barn.

Children’s, Picture Books


All book descriptions are courtesy of the publisher.

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