NJPAC Books On The Move

You may remember when Ms. Wincey from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center visited our Library last year as part of the Books on the Move program. The fun and educational NJPAC series is now available to you virtually! Now you can enjoy children’s books read by teaching artist Ms. Wincey as she incorporates early learning concepts, ideas and interactive activities into each session.

Timbaland Nightime Symphony by Christopher Myers

Tito Puente Mambo King by Monica Brown

Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill

Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto and Susan Guevara

Gina Vaccaro, Youth Services Librarian

 

Baby-Sitters Club: Books, Readalikes, & ‘90s Nostalgia

The Baby-Sitters Club is now on Netflix! The Baby-Sitters Club was originally a Scholastic book series that was published from 1986-2000. BSC gained renewed popularity when it was adapted into a graphic novel series by Raina Telgemeier and Gale Gilligan from 2015 to present. Below is a list of the BSC graphic novels available online with your Livingston library card, readalike recommendations, and a few recommendations for those of us who were kids when BSC was originally published

 

Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels 

unnamed (9)Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin & Raina Telgemeier

The Truth About Stacey by Ann M. Martin & Raina Telgemeier

Mary Anne Saves the Day by Ann M. Martin & Raina Telgemeier

Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin & Raina Telgemeier

Dawn and the Impossible Three by Ann M. Martin & Gale Galligan

Kristy’s Big Day by Ann M. Martin & Gale Galligan

Boy-Crazy Stacey by Ann M. Martin & Gale Galligan

 

Readalikes

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she’s eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she’ll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind—she’ll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it’s not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school.

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Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
All Vera wants to do is fit in—but that’s not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live in fancy houses and their parents can afford to send them to the best summer camps. Vera’s single mother can’t afford that sort of luxury, but there’s one summer camp in her price range—Russian summer camp.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Callie loves theater and she’s the set designer for her middle school’s drama department. This year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

 

El Deafo by Cece Bell
Going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful-and very awkward-hearing aid.

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More to the Story by Hena Khan
Jameela, along with her three sisters, is devastated when their father needs to take a job overseas, away from their cozy Georgia home for six months. Missing him makes Jameela determined to write an epic article for her middle school newspaper—one to make her dad extra proud. But when her younger sister gets seriously ill, Jameela’s world turns upside down. And as her hunger for fame looks like it might cost her a blossoming friendship, Jameela questions what matters most, and whether she’s cut out to be a journalist at all.

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. 

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common — but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

 

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Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
Instead of spending the summer studying her favorite YouTube comedians, Yumi Chung is enrolled in test-prep tutoring to qualify for a private school scholarship. One day after class, Yumi stumbles on an opportunity that will change her life: a comedy camp for kids taught by one of her favorite YouTube stars. The only problem is that the instructor and all the students think she’s a girl named Kay Nakamura—and Yumi doesn’t correct them.

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Stargazing by Jen Wang
Moon is everything Christine isn’t. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic, and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known. But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Moon’s visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine’s best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
It’s 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle’s mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn’t like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she’s never met. Florida’s like nothing Turtle’s ever seen before though. It’s hot and strange, full of rag tag boy cousins, family secrets, scams, and even buried pirate treasure! Before she knows what’s happened, Turtle finds herself coming out of the shell she’s spent her life building, and as she does, her world opens up in the most unexpected ways. 

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We Dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly
Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. The Thomas children exist in their own orbits, circling a tense and unpredictable household, with little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, Ms. Salonga gives her students a project—they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.

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Click Series by Kayla Miller

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Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade—until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?

 

Invisible Emmie Series by Terri Libenson

Invisible Emmie 

Positively Izzy 

Just Jaime 

Becoming Brianna 

This is the story of two totally different girls-quiet, shy, artistic Emmie, popular, outgoing, athletic Katie-and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. All the crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day in this extraordinary novel.

Real Friends Series by Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham

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Real Friends 

Best Friends 

Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top, even if it means bullying others. Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? 

 

Smile Series by Raina Telgemeier

Smile 

Sisters 

Guts 

Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly.

Pacey Lin Series by Grace Lin

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The Year of the Dog 

The Year of the Rat 

Dumpling Days 

When Pacy’s mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and “finding herself,” Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the Year of the Dog is a lucky one for her after all.

 

‘90s Nostalgia

 

Baby-Sitters Club Collection, Books 1-4 by Ann M. Martin

The first four original BSC books are available to read on Overdrive with your Livingston library card!

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Clueless: Senior Year by Sarah Kuhn

Clueless: One Last Summer by Sarah Kuhn

In the Netflix adaptation of BSC, Kristy’s mom is played by Alicia Silverstone, the lead actress from the hit ‘90s film Clueless. Check out these modern graphic novel adaptations of Clueless.

 

Emma by Jane Austen

Clueless was a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Emma. Read the original on Overdrive.