Recommended Reads from Susan Carr, Youth Librarian
Cold Cereal (juvenile fiction)
By Adam Rex
A boy named after a Shakespearean play, a set of twin geniuses, a cranky leprechaun and a Bigfoot butler join forces to stop powerful cereal company, Goodco, from achieving world domination.
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. (teen fiction)
By Medeia Sharif
Take a first crush, driving lessons, braces, a love triangle and her first-time Ramadan fast, and you have a picture of Almira’s life as she approaches her 16th birthday.
Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic (picture book)
By Ginnie Lo
For 40 years, Auntie Yang hosted the annual soybean picnic. Follow the story of a two-family picnic that became an important gathering for many Chicago-area Chinese families.
Tales for Very Picky Eaters (juvenile reader)
By Josh Schneider
Picky eater James is faced with his worst food nightmare, but his dad seems to know just what to say in this award-winner filled with hilarious, gross, kid-friendly scenarios.
Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat (picture book)
By Susanna Reich
Minette shares her cat’s-eye view of life in Paris with Julia and Paul Child as she discovers that what she loves best is fresh mouse. Bon appetit!
World Without Fish (juvenile nonfiction)
By Mark Kurlansky
An accessible and entertaining format helps deliver this important call to arms: The consequences of over-fishing are real, and it will be up to our kids to save us.
Recommended Reads from Nieca Nowels, Adult Librarian
Eat St.: Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks
By James Cunningham
Explore the most daring, delicious and inventive street food from across the country as well as 125 recipes you can make at home.
The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities
By Will Allen
Allen’s personal journey in establishing a grassroots movement for community food exemplifies the benefits of developing an urban farm.
Cleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking
By Laura Taxel and Marilou Suszko
Learn the history of this notable landmark and culinary resource as you tour the market building and outdoor arcades.
Cook This, Not That! Skinny Comfort Foods
By David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding
Besides tasty recipes, this cookbook offers a strategy for controlling the calories you consume while enjoying traditional comfort foods.
Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory
By Neal Barnard
Power foods and a three-step plan recommended by New York Times bestselling author, clinical researcher and health advocate Barnard may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your Own Food: Save Money, Live Better, and Enjoy Life with Food from Your Own Garden or Orchard
By Monte Burch
This guide for growing vegetables and fruit in any available space also outlines the health benefits for each food.