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Children's Bookshelf - June 2019

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Blast Off to Summer Reading
by Tamara Sines Lyhne and Stefanie Bergstrom

Summer is upon us, YAY! With that comes EVERYONE’S favorite event: Fairfield Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge! Summer 2019 is guaranteed to be out of this world with the Universe of Stories theme. While you are waiting for lift-off, grab one of these stellar reads from the Fairfield Public Library or the Fairfield Woods Branch Library.

Hello, World! Solar System

by Jill McDonald

(ages 0-5)

This board book is a great way to introduce babies and toddlers to the concept of the universe. The author/illustrator takes the reader on a galactic, non-fiction adventure with beautiful colors. The text is simple, yet engaging. The facts throughout the book allow children, who are already excited about planets, the ability to garner additional information. The illustrations offer a great opportunity to picture read. It is never too early to instill a love of outer space.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
by Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling

(ages 4-8)

Did you know that the first computers were actually people, not machines? This powerful nonfiction picturebook tells the story of the black female computers behind the race to the moon. These mathematicians rose to the top of the NASA ranks despite the odds in a segregated America. A must read for STEM enthusiasts everywhere!

Papa Put a Man on the Moon
by Kristy Dempsey

(ages 6-8)


Dempsey reminds us that ordinary people have a huge impact on significant moments in history in this out of this world tale. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy declared that the U.S. would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. It was a bold statement made to create excitement about space travel. A young girl tells the story of how her Papa wove the fabric used in the astronaut’s space suit. She is ever so proud of her father’s part in this monumental moment. A love letter to all the people who work behind the scenes to make great things happen.

CatStronauts: Robot Rescue
by Drew Brockington

(ages 7-10)


If you love graphic novels and cats, then CatStronauts will be right up your alley! The story begins with Blankets’ creation, Cat-Stro-Bot, losing connection with mission control due to an explosion! Blanket is determined to venture to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, and save the robot. The superiors kibosh the idea. It is left up to Blanket and the other CatStronauts to save Cat-Stro-Bot — but at what cost? Plenty of chuckles and a bit of suspense to keep you thoroughly entertained!

The Library of Ever
by Zeno Alexander

(ages 8-11)


After sneaking away from her inattentive nanny, Lenora discovers a portal to the biggest library in the universe. Immediately put to work as a librarian-in-training, Lenora promises to find the answer to any question, no matter the challenge. Her oath takes her through time and space in this fast-paced adventure story!

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover
by Markus Motum

(ages 8-12)


A charming and beautifully illustrated nonfiction picturebook told from the perspective of the still operational Mars rover, Curiosity. Not only do we get an inside look at the building process (count the selfie cameras!), but after 253 days in space, the dramatic landing sequence and a peek at years of scientific data collection. Curiosity will lead to more questions — and that is just as exciting as answers!

Endurance, Young Readers Edition: My Year in Space and How I Got There
by Scott Kelly

(ages 9-12)


Who wants to be an astronaut when they grow-up? Do you know why they eat tortillas on the International Space Station? Or why the toilet is so important to a successful mission? What is the likelihood of humans living on Mars? Could you wear the same underwear for four days in a row (no washing)? This biography is an epic insight into what it really takes to be an astronaut. Still want to be an astronaut?


Younger children can read their own version: My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly (ages 5-8). Grown-ups can dive deeper with the adult edition: Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly.

Events at the Fairfield Public Library

The Fairfield Public Library will offer a host of programming for all ages. Our Kickoff will be on June 20 from 10 a.m.-noon at Penfield Beach in Fairfield. No library card required — Galactic fun for the WHOLE FAMILY! See you among the stars! Follow the QR code to register EVERYONE!

Fairfield Public Library is located at 1080 Old Post Road. 203-256-3161. Fairfield Woods Branch Library is located at 1147 Fairfield Woods Road. 203-255-7327. Visit fairfieldpubliclibrary.org.


Tamara Sines Lyhne is the Head of Children’s Services and Stefanie Bergstrom is the Children’s Branch Librarian.