What Treasure Valley librarians recommend

Boise Public Library

“The Octopuppy” by Martin McKenna

Picture book. Edgar really wanted a pet dog. What he got, though, was Jarvis. Jarvis is an octopus. Try as he might, Jarvis just couldn’t do all the things a dog could do. Edgar wasn’t happy, and that made Jarvis sad. So sad, in fact, that he decided to leave. It wasn’t until after Jarvis was gone that Edgar realized that even though Jarvis wasn’t a dog, he was a pretty awesome octopuppy. Now Edgar just has to find a way to get Jarvis back.

Eagle Public Library

“Scratch for Kids” by Derek Breen

Children’s nonfiction. Even if they know nothing about digital design or coding, this book will help kids learn how to design their own comics, produce fun animations and program their own video games.

Meridian Public Library

“Where Triplets Go, Trouble Follows” by Michelle Poploff

Children’s fiction. The triplets all have blue eyes, but they’re not identical. Daisy plays baseball, Lily writes poems, and Violet — well Violet’s a bit on the bossy side. Still, the sisters support one another when Daisy’s in a baseball slump, Violet worries about failing science and Lily’s afraid to face her biggest fear. And they quickly join forces trying to uncover a super family surprise that just may lead them straight into trouble.

Kuna Library

“Nimona” by Noelle Stevenson

Young adult graphic fiction. When a spunky girl — who happens to be a shapeshifter — latches on to the kingdom’s most infamous villain, Ballister Blackheart, as his sidekick, Blackheart’s first instinct is to say no. But Nimona turns out to be both useful and enthusiastic, and soon the two of them are launching a daring plan to expose the kingdom’s hero, Sir Goldenloin, as a fraud. But all is not what it seems in the kingdom, and there are darker forces at work that want Blackheart silenced.

Garden City Library

“Gaston” by Kelly DiPucchio

Picture book. Gaston will win hearts, as will his story’s message of belonging and family. Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson team up for this heartwarming story about how the true sense of belonging comes from the inside, not the outside. DiPucchio’s lively, occasionally direct-address text was made to be read aloud.

Ada Community Library

“Lost and Found” by Brooke Davis

Adult fiction. This is an unusual and touching book written from the perspectives of three main characters: 7-year-old girl Millie, who was left in a department store by her grieving mother and has to come to terms with her future, and two unrelated octogenarians, Agatha and Karl, who become involved in helping her. Accompanied by Manny, a mannequin from the store, they travel together on buses, trains and automobiles in this darkly humorous and uplifting adventure.

Nampa Public Library

“Michelle Obama: A Life” by Peter Slevin

Adult nonfiction. A comprehensive portrait of the first lady describes her working-class upbringing on Chicago’s South Side, her education at Princeton and Harvard during the racially charged 1980s, and her marriage to the future 44th president.