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Books for Youth
Tasting Wine and Cheese By Adam Centamore
This very focused and gorgeously illustrated book is a necessary purchase for all active public-library cooking collections. It will be enthusiastically circulated, and a noncirculating copy may be helpful to keep on the ready-reference shelf in the general reference department.
Top 10 Science-Project Series By Miriam Aronin
Perfect for science fairs, school assignments, or plain old fun, these fantastic nonfiction series are packed with projects and backed by the science kids need to know as they tackle the activities.
FUN-damental Experiments (Bearport)
K–Gr. 3. The books in this colorful, visually appealing series promote scientific thinking in young children by asking for predictions and observations.
The Back Page: Food on the Page By Bill Ott
I’m sad to report that readers’ advisors across the land—in their never-ending search to determine if a book’s appeal stems from pacing, characters, language, or tone—seem to have forgotten one very important factor: taste. Sure, the reader who is searching for dinner can always pick up a cookbook, but what about that other reader, the one who isn’t looking for a meal but who likes his or her fiction or narrative nonfiction to include the occasional mouthwatering description of food or a memorable rumination on matters gastronomic?
Read-alikes: Sous-chefs in the Making By Sarah Hunter
Cooking is a fantastic way for kids to explore other cultures and learn practical skills to foster independence—but it’s also a great way for them to pitch in around the house. Before you turn your teens and tweens loose on the kitchen, however, make sure they have the basics down. These six titles provide tips for handy techniques, guidelines for understanding recipes, and some simple, healthful dishes to try. Now, if they could only manage to wash the dishes . . .
Top 10 Road Trips on Audio By Pam Spencer Holley and Joyce Saricks
Road trips offer the perfect opportunity to listen to audiobooks, but why stop there? How about audios about road trips of various kinds? A perfect blending of art and life.
By Amy Bloom. Read by Barbara Rosenblat. 2007. 9.5hr. HighBridge, CD, $34.95 (9781598875218). Away.
Another Look at: Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight By Daniel Kraus
There are few in the book world—including publishers, editors, authors, reviewers, and readers—who haven’t disparaged Stephenie Meyer’s
Twilight at some point in the 10 years since it debuted, myself included. Let’s run through the charges. It swallowed the sun that might have shone upon more deserving books. It spawned lousy imitators we’re still scraping from our veins like bad cholesterol. Adults’ obsession with it typified the slump of American intellectualism.
Core Collection: Small-Town Romance By John Charles
For the last decade, contemporary romance novels set in small towns such as Black Dog Bay, the location for Beth Kendrick’s
, have been a hit with readers, who love being able to visit a place where everyone seems to know and care about each other. This close-knit communal feeling is one of the major appeal factors of small-town romance series. Put a Ring On It