The following childrens books are available at the Portales Public Library:
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
By Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
This lyrical retelling of one of the most famous members of the Underground Railroad focuses on her spiritual strength. Harriet Tubman was deeply religious, and her deep faith not only helped her obtain her own freedom, but helped her lead as many as 300 other people to freedom. A Caldecott honor book for its stunning illustrations, this uplifting biography of a heroic American was also the winner of the Coretta Scott King award.
By Margery Cuyler, Illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Get ready for some Halloween fun with this new picture book. When Skeleton gets the hiccups he tries everything to get rid of them. Pictures of Skeleton eating sugar (no stomach to catch it), or drinking water upside down (water pouring out of his eye sockets), will have readers giggling. But best of all is the solution that his friend Ghost comes up with to “scare” the hiccups right out of him.
By Ysabeau S. Wilce
Flora Fyrdraaca comes from one of the finest magical families in the Republic of Califa, so when she stumbles upon Valefor, the banished butler of her family house, she believes that restoring him to his rightful position will return Crackpot Hall to its former glory. Then she discovers that her magical meddling has put her own essence in danger. Wilce has created a remarkable heroine in this tale of magic and intrigue that will likely amuse fans of Harry Potter.
The Alchemyst: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
By Michael Dylan Scott
Harry Potter fans may recognize Nicholas Flamel as the inventor of the sorcerer’s stone. In this new book Flamel is alive and well today and lives with his wife in San Francisco, which is where they meet 15-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh Newman. Before long the twins are enmeshed in a magical, hair-raising quest to save the world. The fast-paced novel flies from one adventure to the next, and readers will gladly join the ride. The Alchemyst is the first book in a series that promises to be full of excitement.