Our literary picks for April.

FOR AGES 5 TO 8

"THE CAT WITH SEVEN NAMES" by Tony Johnston

Alovablecat roams a busy neighborhood making friends with everyone he meets. Told from the perspective of the people he visits, this enduring picture book reminds us how friendship (and cats) can bring a community together.

FOR AGES 6 TO 9

"ON A BEAM OF LIGHT: A STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN" by Jennifer Berne

On a Beam of Light utilizes the picture book format to tell the fascinating life story of Albert Einstein. From a young child who constantly asked questions, Einstein grew into the man who would revolutionize modern physics. This thoroughly researched, yet accessible picture book will appeal to great thinkers of any age.

FOR AGES 8 TO 12

"FORTUNATELY, THE MILK" by Neil Gaiman

When he goes to get milk for his children's breakfast cereal, a father goes on a wild journey through time and space. Along his quest he encounters talking dinosaurs, slimy aliens, angry pirates and more! Accented with Skottie Young's unique illustrations, this mind-bending novel will leave a lasting impression.

FOR TEENS

"The 47 Ronin" by Sean Michael Wilson

The 47 Ronin is a graphic novel adaptation of a legendary event in Japanese history. In the 18th century, 47 Ronin launched a two-year mission to avenge the wrongful death of their master. This quick and engaging story offers readers a glimpse into the world of thesamuraiand their code of honor, Bushido.


-John Cook, Information Services Specialist, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hilltop Branch

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EDHEADS

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-Liz Bougher Garcia, Information Services Specialist for Teen Services, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklinton Branch