Treasure Valley librarians recommend picture book, memoir

Boise Public Library

“Silly Wonderful YOU” by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

Picture book. This loving story of a mother shows her daughter that even though she can be messy, noisy, silly or tiring — she is still the most wonderful thing in her life.

Eagle Public Library

“Underground Airlines” by Ben Winters.

Adult fiction. In an alternate contemporary America, Victor, a young black man working as a bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshals Service, pursues Jackdaw, a runaway slave through “the Hard Four,” the four states in which slavery remains legal. Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country’s arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost.

Meridian Public Library

“Only in Naples: Lessons in Food and Famiglia from My Italian Mother-in-Law” by Katherine Wilson.

Nonfiction. In this warm and witty memoir, American-born Katherine Wilson recounts her adventures abroad, as a three-month rite of passage in Naples turns into a permanent embrace of this boisterous city — all thanks to a surprising romance, a new passion for food and a spirited woman who will become her mother-in-law and teach her to laugh, to seize joy and to love.

Kuna Library

“There Is a Tribe of Kids” by Lane Smith.

Children’s picture book. When a young boy embarks on a journey alone, he trails a colony of penguins, undulates in a smack of jellyfish, clasps hands with a constellation of stars, naps for a night in a bed of clams and follows a trail of shells, home to his tribe of friends. If Lane Smith’s Caldecott Honor Book “Grandpa Green” was an homage to aging and the end of life, “There Is a Tribe of Kids” is a meditation on childhood and life’s beginning. Smith’s vibrant sponge-paint illustrations and use of unusual collective nouns such as smack and unkindness bring the book to life. Whimsical, expressive and perfectly paced, this story plays with language as much as it embodies imagination.

Garden City Library

“The Airport Book” by Lisa Brown.

Picture book. “The Airport Book” follows a family traveling on an airplane. Beginning at home with packing, to the drive to the airport and all the activity at the airport, from baggage check to baggage claim, “The Airport Book” explains it all, ending with many happy reunions, especially for the family’s youngest member and her toy monkey.

Ada Community Library

“Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt and Waste” by Cristin Frank.

Adult nonfiction. This woman has been living the “Reduction Rebel” lifestyle and using the idea of appreciating the items put out on the curb in our replaceable consumption reality. She offers simple techniques to chase away clutter by developing your own personalized plan. Some of this is done by sharing places where you can profit by getting rid of unused items. There are also DIY projects to make older items with stronger construction materials than newer similar items, as well as beautiful ideas for storage and tips for building your practical skills.

Nampa Public Library

“The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater.

Young adult fiction. “The Raven King” is the fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore. In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared, “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”