The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2013

Good Reads

2-12 Books

The Edmond Sun



This dreamy, lyrical picture book will reach a whole new audience, joining the ranks of Betsy E. Snyder’s other beloved board and novelty formats, “Haiku Baby” and “Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger?”

Full of collage artwork created from natural materials, this gentle book of soothing rhymes is a great bedtime read for your littlest ones.

Published in hardcover in 2010, “Sweet Dreams Lullaby” is now available as a board book, the perfect bedtime companion.

Ages 0-4.



From the author of the Kids of the Polk Street School books, the Zigzag Kids series is set in a raucous and fun-filled afterschool program featuring a multicultural cast of characters.

Black-and-white illustrations by Alasdair Bright capture all the energy and excitement.

Charlie has lots of ideas. Need something to go sky high? Ah-ha! The Zinger Winger!

Need to launch a cheese popper into soup? The Amazing Popper-Upper!

But the Zinger-Winger zings more than wings and the Popper-Upper is a flop.

Charlie isn’t allowed to invent for a week. Meanwhile, the afterschool invention fair is coming up.

He needs time to make something special. Good thing he has his friends and Mr. Redfern, another inventor, to help him out.

Ages 6-9.




Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a 12-year-old girl in a loud world. This is what her mother tells her anyway.

Her father made her feel important, but he’s been off fighting in Spain’s Civil War, and his voice in her head is fading.

Then she meets Mathias. His family has just moved to Guernica and he’s as far from a whisper as a 14-year-old boy can be. Ani thinks Mathias is more like lightning. A boy of action.

Mathias’s father is part of a spy network and soon Ani finds herself helping him deliver messages to other members of the underground. She’s actually making a difference in the world.

And then her world explodes when the sleepy little market town of Guernica is destroyed by Nazi bombers. In one afternoon Ani loses her city, her home, her mother.

But in helping the other survivors, Ani gains a sense of her own strength. And she and Mathias make plans to fight back in their own unique way.

Ages 10 and up.



The quaint little beach town of Winston, Calif., may be full of wholesome townsfolk, picturesque beaches, and laid back charm, but Clare Knight is about to uncover something underneath its thriving demeanor.

Someone is hiding something, and it’s as gruesome as the townsfolk, and their stately homes, are stunning.

Amanda Stavros, fellow classmate and resident of Winston, is gone and there’s no sign of her ever coming back. Everyone says she was taken and murdered, but where’s the evidence? And why is everyone okay with this, except for Clare?

Luckily — or as it’s been turning out, unluckily — Clare possesses a gift, an ability to see visions from the clothes she works with. And since her clothes come solely from the townsfolk, Clare has become privy to some startling and disturbing memories.

Will she uncover who killed Amanda Stavros? Or is she just moving herself up in line to be the next victim of Winston?

Ages 12 and up.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Sweet Dreams Lullaby” and/or “Zigzag Kids: Sky High” and/or “A Thunderous Whisper.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Feb. 18. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.