Book recommendations from Treasure Valley librarians

Boise Public Library

“Before I Leave” by Jessixa Bagley.

Picture book. A young hedgehog and her family are moving, and she’s sad to leave her best friend. But the two of them spend one last day of playing “like nothing is changing.” And when the hedgehog arrives at her new house, she brings with her pictures and memories that make it feel like her friend is still there with her.

Eagle Public Library

“A Modern Way to Eat” by Anna Jones.

Adult nonfiction. Based on how Chef Anna Jones likes to eat day to day, from a blueberry and amaranth porridge, to a quick autumn root panzanella, to a pistachio and squash galette, “A Modern Way to Eat” is a beautifully modern vegetarian cookbook packed with quick, healthy and fresh recipes that explore the full breadth of vegetarian ingredients — grains, nuts, seeds and seasonal vegetables. Chef Jones recognizes that how we want to eat is changing and packs her book with recipes that are lighter, healthier, less expensive and less reliant on dairy and gluten.

Meridian Public Library

“In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour” by Jeffrey Greene.

Nonfiction. An American expatriate, poet and gourmet living in France, Jeffrey Greene has scoured the fields, rivers and beaches of Europe and his native New England in search of foods ranging from puffballs and periwinkles to stone pine nuts and gooseneck barnacles. Greene’s captivating book offers experienced foragers and novices alike an extensive sampling of his own recipes and a chance to come along with him on his international adventures.

Kuna Library

“Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth” by Jarvis.

Children’s picture book. Deep in the jungle lurks Alan the alligator, descended from a long line of very scary alligators. He prepares carefully — polishing his scales, brushing each of his big, scary teeth and practicing his frightening faces — and then sneaks into the jungle to terrorize the jungle critters. But after a long day of scaring, Alan likes nothing better than to enjoy the crossword, run a warm mud bath and take out his teeth, which nobody else knows are false — until one morning, when Alan wakes up and finds that his teeth are gone. Without those teeth, he’s just not very scary, and scaring is the only thing he knows how to do. Or is it?

Garden City Library

“I Want My Epidural Back: Adventures in Mediocre Parenting” by Karen Alpert.

Adult nonfiction. If you follow any parenting blogs, you’ve probably heard about Baby Sideburns. Karen Alpert is also the author of “I Heart My Little A-Holes.” You don’t have to be a parent to appreciate the snarky-sweet way she writes about her experiences. She gives you reassurance that you’re not a bad parent for not volunteering to organize the bake sale. She is candid, with real-life observations on parenting, especially the things you don’t have the guts to say out loud.

Ada Community Library

“Dumplin’” by Julie Murphy.

Young adult/teen fiction. Willowdean Dickson isn’t your typical fat girl. Self-confident and comfortable in her own skin; she has never felt the need to change herself or apologize for her size. Things, however, get complicated when Bo, her hot co-worker crush, kisses her. Willowdean should be ecstatic, but as their relationship progresses she find herself full of insecurity and self-doubt. To make matters worse, she can feel her relationship with her childhood best friend Ellen changing. All the while, Willowdean’s mother, a former beauty queen, is too busy getting ready for the biggest event in their small Texas town, the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant. With her relationships and self-esteem on the line, Willowdean does something she never thought she would do: She enters the pageant.

Nampa Public Library

“Hour of the Bees” by Lindsay Eagar.

Young adult fiction. While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, 12-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots.