Books & DVDs

How to Cheer Up Dad
Fred Koehler
Ages 3-5

Little Jumbo's dad is in a bad mood. Could it be because of the cereal Little Jumbo dumped on the floor?  The raisins Little Jumbo spit on the ceiling?  Little Jumbo's refusal to wear his brown overalls?  Little Jumbo decides to come up with a plan to improve his dad's day.  A cute story for both parent and child.

Dec 12, 2014
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Chris Grabenstein
Ages 9-12

Kyle Keeley is ecstatic when he is selected to be one of 12 students to stay overnight in his town's new, high-tech library.  Luigi Lemoncello, the legendary board and video game creator, designed the library and expects the students to participate in an elaborate contest: they must find the secret exit out of the library within 24 hours.  Will Kyle be able to outsmart the competition to become the Grand Prize winner?  Read to find out!

Dec 12, 2014
Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World
Nancy F. Castaldo
9-12 year olds

“Did you know that a dog’s nose is so sensitive that if a human could see as well as a dog could smell, we would be able to see the small letters on an eye chart from four miles away?” Pretty amazing, isn’t it?!  This book explores the various ways dogs use their exemplary sense of smell to aid firefighters, soldiers and scientists in some remarkable jobs including locating missing people, tracking animals, and detecting drugs and explosives.  Follow the lives of these dogs and discover just how much work and intense training go into being a superb sniffer dog. 

Dec 12, 2014
How A Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi
The Nazi Hunters
Neal Bascomb
Middle School and up

If you like spy stories or history, this book will captivate your attention!  Readers will be drawn in by the suspense of this true accounting of the discovery and capture of Adolf Eichmann.  He was one of the key orchestrators of the Holocaust during World War II, but managed to escape to South America and stay hidden for more than a decade before his capture.  Professional spies, as well as ordinary citizens and Holocaust survivors each played a part in tracking down the notorious criminal.

Nov 11, 2014
Out of My Mind
Sharon Draper
10-13 yrs.

Out of My Mind is a realistic book about Melody, a girl with spirit, humor and intelligence.  She also has cerebral palsy, but she'll inspire the reader, as she faces her challenges, one step at a time, and with great determination.  Just like her peers, she struggles with the desire for friendship and acceptance.  Get ready for some tears, as well as laughter, as you experience Melody's ups and downs in this hopeful story of overcoming life's obstacles.

Nov 11, 2014
Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors
Keith Baker
3-6 year olds

The peas from LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas are back in this new title, Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors!  Follow the peas as they take you on a colorful adventure!  Explore everything from blue seas to red trees to purple mountains to silver keys.  Each color word is portrayed in big bold letters across the two page spread giving children not only the visual of each color but also the literacy component of letter recognition and spelling.  Spotting the peas on each page and seeing what they’re up to is half the fun!  A great book for talking and interacting with your little one while learning colors at the same time.

Oct 10, 2014
Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band
Kwame Alexander
Pre-school through Gr. 2

Inspired by a band competition, Rooster gathers some fellow musicians to form a jazz band.  The book features rhyming verse and colorful appealing art by Tim Bowers.  Adults reading to their kids will smile at the names of Rooster's musical peers, like Duck Ellington, Bee Holiday, and Mules Davis. Acoustic Rooster is the 2014 Michigan Reads! One State One Book selection.  Westland patrons will see it featured at storytimes and other programs throughout the month of October!

Sep 9, 2014
Everyone Prays: Celebrating Faith Around the World
Alexis York Lumbard
Pre-school through Gr. 3

This is a lovely introduction to world religions for young children.  The large text and beautiful pictures present a respectful glimpse into many different forms of prayer.  Though there are differences, children will see that there is beauty and integrity in each.  There is an appendix at the end with brief definitions of eight major world religions.

Sep 9, 2014
Rio 2
Release Date: 7/15/14
All Ages!

Family movie night is going to the birds!  The birds of Rio 2, that is!   Join Jewel, Blu, and their three youngsters on a journey back to the Amazon, where they will meet family, friends, and their old nemesis, Nigel.  Rio 2 is rated G and is a wholesome adventure your whole family can enjoy!


Sep 9, 2014
Mrs Fry
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid, Smelly Bus
Barbara Park
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade

In this popular series by Barbara Park, Junie B. Jones goes to her 1st day of Kindergarten, which is exciting until Junie learns that she will have to ride the school bus home. She does everything in her power not to ride that bus. While everyone else looks for her, Junie spends extra time in her classroom and in the nurse’s office. A silly thing gets her found out. Junie is a totally sassy girl and not always for the faint of heart, but she is very clever and offers a fun ride for kids and families.

Sep 9, 2014

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