Treasure Valley librarians recommend picture book and more

Boise Public Library

“Grumpy Pants” by Claire Messer.

Picture book. Penguin was grumpy. Really grumpy. He didn’t know why, and he didn’t care. He was grumpy all the way down to his grumpy socks. Slowly but surely he finds a way to get back to his happy, ungrumpy self.

Garden City Library

“Summerlost” by Ally Condie.

Juvenile fiction. Still grieving after the loss of her brother and father in an accident, Cedar Lee spends her summer working at the Summerlost festival, making friends, solving a mystery and coming to terms with her loss. This was a beautifully written book that exemplified the best types of friends and will touch your heart.

Eagle Public Library

“Let the Devil Out” by Bill Loehfelm.

Adult fiction. New Orleans beat cop Maureen Coughlin is complicated — tough and naïve, street smart and vulnerable, and just plain reckless. She’s assigned to work with the FBI on the trail of a ruthless anti-government militia group. With the FBI and a white supremacist militia on the loose in New Orleans, the city is one big powder keg. What happens when a brilliant but impulsive young cop lights a match?

Kuna Library

“The World According to Star Wars” by Cass R. Sunstein.

Adult nonfiction. In this fun, erudite and often moving book, Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion and redemption. As it turns out, Star Wars also has a lot to teach us about constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, “The World According to Star Wars” shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time.

Meridian Public Library

“A Game for All the Family” by Sophie Hannah.

Adult fiction. Justine left the city — and the career that nearly destroyed her — for a fresh start on the coast. But soon after the move, her daughter starts to withdraw, because her new best friend, George, is unfairly expelled from school. Justine begs the principal to reconsider, only to be told that there is, and was, no George. Who is lying? Who is real? Who is in danger? Who is in control?

Ada Community Library

“Simply Tuesday” by Emily P. Freeman.

Adult CD nonfiction. Read by Coleen Marlo, this audio book suggests that there are small moments in our lives that can be missed in the fast-paced world of work, family and assorted aspirations of success. This is an honestly shared spiritual assessment of taking notice. One of the ideas is “Celebrate Your Smallness,” figuring out what makes you stop building upon positive thoughts and motivations throughout life.

Nampa Public Library

“A Crown of Dragons” by Chris D’Lacey.

Juvenile fiction. Although Michael Malone has completed two missions for the secretive UNICORNE agency, he is still far from finding his missing father. But when he is asked to investigate a scale of a dragon — the very same artifact his father researched before he disappeared — Michael realizes he’s closer than ever to unlocking the truth. Soon, he learns that his father is lost in an alternate reality, and Michael is the only one with the power to save him. The deeper Michael ventures into his father’s past, however, the harder it becomes to distinguish ally from enemy. Now, Michael must embark on his most dangerous mission yet. What deadly trials will he face in his attempt to rescue his father? And worse, does his father even want to be found?