Wondering what books AFL staff read and loved in 2020? Click the link below to see some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on any book cover and get directed to the AFL catalog to learn more or place a hold.
Welcome to Miss Jess Suggests!
In each episode of this series, Head of Youth Services Jessica Block recommends great books for you to try (plus some bonus titles!). Different episodes will focus on one interest level or age group, so if you don't hear about something "just right" for your reader, check back! We'll cover books for babies and toddlers straight through middle school. And of course, they are all available here in the Children's Room at the Ames Free Library.
Andrea Nicole Livingstone (born July 10, 1985), known as Nic Stone, is an American New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction, best known for her debut novel Dear Martin.
As described on their website, Alex Gino “loves glitter, ice cream, gardening, awe-ful puns, and stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of being alive.” Check out Alex’s website to learn more about them and their books.
Teen (YA) nonfiction books can be found shelved in the Barrel Vault Room at the Ames Free Library along with general adult nonfiction. This collection is currently open for browsing.
Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy Edited by Kelly Jensen
School is back in session, leaves are changing, pumpkins are showing up on everyone’s doorsteps… what else is new?
Books kept being published even as we quarantined safely at home throughout the spring and summer, so now that we’re open for browsing, there’s plenty of good stuff for you to check out!
If you’re a fan of graphic novels, there are new books in these following series:
Terri Libenson is a comic-strip cartoonist turned middle grade author. Ms. Libenson’s graphic novels are perfect back-to-school reads! Each book features a girl facing a particular challenge at school. These lighthearted books feature friendships, school and extracurricular challenges, and the dreaded social drama that comes with middle school! In other words… just a normal week at school!