Staff Book Picks: November

POSP 3D-book

Written by Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN:  978-1-59616-017-0
Pages: 32
Retail Price: $14.95

The parts of speech come magically alive as they participate in a colorful New York City Parade! Each presents and defines itself as it marches down the street and through a child’s imagination.


Written by Linda Smigaj and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-1-59616-034-7

Paperback Retail Price: $9.99

History with a Twist Makes Learning Fun!

Welcome to the world of Linda Smigaj’s books. Educator and juvenile fiction author Linda Smigaj, aka Professor Fuddy-Duddy, captures the imagination of readers, ages 7–10, through stories of historically accurate events told from a unique perspective. Come travel through early American history with these adventurous flies.


Written by Crystal White and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN: 978-159616-028-6
Pages: 32
Paperback Retail Price: $9.99

Franny Finds a Home! is a beautiful children’s book complete with vibrant illustrations and educational resources for both parents and teachers, not to mention an exciting and heartfelt story.

Franny is a former stray who was relieved to be saved from the streets. But her rescuer, Trishalou, simply can’t keep her. Franny encounters nice workers at the rescue shelter, but she misses her friends. Shy, and not the cutest critter in the place, will Franny ever be chosen for a forever home?

At the end of the story the author (a 20-year reading teacher) has included resources for teaching or review of text features. These activities can be used with any text.


“Easy resource for youngsters to learn language.” —Gary Roen, Reviewer

Parts of Speech Parade, New York City
Irina Dolinskiy, author
Mark Wayne Adams, illustrator

“The author and artist have found a fun way to teach different parts of speech to kids. Several of them are nouns, verbs, and prepositions. The combined talents give the rules and show examples of them for children to remember how each parts of speech work together. “Parts of Speech Parade: New York City” is an easy resource for youngsters to learn language.”

—Gary Roen, Reviewer

Read more at The Midwest Book Review…

Summer Reading List for Students

Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.

This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!

  1. “Kilpatrick McMurray McFrown”Sarah Sproles
  2. “DOWN UNDER: Kussins”M. W. Adams
  3. “OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters”M. W. Adams
  4. “Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  5. “Eli’s Balloon”Candace Ruffin
  6. “Frozen Floppies”John Hope
  7. “Parts of Speech Parade: New York City”Irina Dolinskiy
  8. “Franny’s Rescue”Crystal White
  9. “Polly and Her Pigtails”Debra Latiolais
  10. “Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy”Christa Carpenter
  11. “Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl”Christa Carpenter
  12. “My Friendly Giant”Lauri Rubinstein
  13. “My Friendly Giant, Playing Along the Cliff Walk”Lauri Rubinstein
  14. “Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!”Eddie Price
  15. “Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their Parents”Karen Spruill
  16. “Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends”Karen Spruill
  17. “King for a Day, the Story of Stories”Mark Wayne Adams
  18. “Good NightMare”Mark Wayne Adams
  19. “Miss Mary’s Missing Book Bag”Mark Wayne Adams
  20. “Field of Dreams”Mark Hoog
  21. “Treasure Island”Mark Hoog
  22. “Dream Machine”Mark Hoog
  23. “Your Song”Mark Hoog
  24. “Magic Mountain”Mark Hoog
  25. “Johari’s Joy”Carol Hensel
  26. “G.B. Duck’s Autobiography”—Chip Tullar
  27. “Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes”—Derek Sabori
  28. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, I Met Gandhi!”Brigitte Benchimol
  29. “Jadyn and the Magic Bubble, Kenya Kenya!”Brigitte Benchimol
  30. “Guinea in My Cap?”Wanda Hughes
  31. “Lost in Boston”Jane R. Wood
  32. “Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country”Jane R. Wood
  33. “Trouble on the St. John’s River”Jane R. Wood
  34. “Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure”Jane R. Wood
  35. “Voices in St. Augustine”Jane R. Wood
  36. “Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest”Diane Harper
  37. “Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon”Diane Harper
  38. “Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series”—Linda Smigaj
  39. “Dolly Becomes a Scout”—Kay Whitehouse
  40. “A Hand Truck Named Dolly”—Kay Whitehouse
  41. “Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?”Jayne Rose-Vallee
  42. “The Rocket Ship Bed Trip”N. Jane Quackenbush

Meet Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy

Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy is a corporate/business attorney, as well as a classically trained pianist and an avid writer and storyteller. Having practiced law in New York for a number of years, Irina is now a partner at a law firm in Central Florida, where she resides with her husband and her daughter, Jayne. Irina’s son, Mitchell—the original audience and inspiration for her stories—lives and works in New York City.

Parts of Speech Parade, New York City was first written as an entertaining grammar aid for the author’s then-young son, Mitchell. After becoming fast friends with the Noun, Verb, Adjective, Preposition, Conjunction, and Interjection, Mitchell started recognizing their familiar faces in every book, making his reading adventures fun and enjoyable.

While Mitchell is now a college graduate, the author is eager to share the Parts of Speech Parade with today’s girls and boys who are newly discovering the magic of reading.

Read more about Parts of Speech Parade, New York City

Mark, this is simply beyond amazing!! I am absolutely speechless (no pun intended), and in awe of your brilliant creativity!” – Irina Dolinskiy