Adèle & Simon (Barbara McClintock) - When Adèle meets her younger brother after school, she cautions him not to lose anything on the way home. The children take a leisurely route, visiting friends, a street market, a park, and two museums. Predictably, Simon leaves an item (his drawing, hat, knapsack, glove) behind at each location. Set in Paris during the early 20th century, this simple story is the basis for some remarkable illustrations. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Adèle & Simon in America (Barbara McClintock) - French siblings Adéle and her younger brother, Simon, last seen in Paris, are now in America, visiting their aunt. They are looking forward to their cross-country train journey, but once more, Simon is being less than careful with his belongings. He starts the trip with a journal, pencil box, cowboy hat, drinking cup, and several other items, but alas, they’re soon strewn across the states. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Simon Bloom, the Gravity Keeper (Michael Reisman) - Occasionally breaking into the story with a first-person comment, this book’s omniscient narrator tells the story of 11-year-old Simon Bloom, who one day discovers a mysterious, hidden forest in the middle of his New Jersey town. Followed by timid Owen, Simon enters the clearing where a secret, powerful group, the Order of Physics, has just met and disbanded. The adventure begins when a large book pops out of nowhere and decks Simon. Entitled Teachers’ Edition of Physics, the book is filled with scientific formulas that Owen figures out how to use, much like magic spells. This is great, escapist fare for those smart middle-grade readers who are fascinated by science, magic, and adventure. Grades Recommended for ages 9-12.
Simon Bloom: The Octopus Effect (Michael Reisman) - In Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper, Simon Bloom and his friends used the Book of Physics to narrowly defeat villainess Sirabetta. Now Simon's nemesis, stuck as a helpless thirteen-year-old, wants revenge. In this exciting sequel, Simon and company must enter the mysterious undersea realm of the Order of Biology to find Sirabetta before she can restore her powers. Aided by old allies and some new ones, the kids struggle with fierce beasts, dangerous enemies, and their own evolving abilities. Blending humor, suspense, and science - and throwing new octopus powers into the mix - Michael Reisman brings us another outstandingly original adventure. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Simon's Cat (Simon Tofield) - Simon Tofield's animations have taken YouTube by storm. Now, the feline Internet phenomenon makes his way onto the page in this first-ever book based on the popular animated series. SIMON'S CAT depicts and exaggerates the hilarious relationship between a man and his cat. The daily escapades of this adorable pet, which always involve demanding more food, and his exasperated but doting owner come to life through Tofield's charming and hilarious illustrations. Recommended for ages young adult.
Simon's Hook; A Story About Teases and Put-downs (Karen Gedig Burnett) - All children experience the taunts and teasings of other children. Karen Burnett is an elementary school counselor with more than 20 years experience and has written a wonderful picturebook story (charmingly illustrated by Laurie Barrows) that offers an intriguing, entertaining, and proven technique that kids can employ when feeling hurt or confused as a result of teasing by friends, peers or siblings. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Where Is Baby's Birthday Cake?: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Karen Katz) - It's Baby's birthday, but where is his cake? Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps to find Baby's birthday cake in this Karen Katz board book. Children will discover fun, festive objects under each flap until they finally find Baby's yummy birthday cake on the final page of this adorable new title. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.
Famous People Named Simon - Simón Bolívar (Venezuelan military and political leader); Simon Cowell (TV personality); Simon Gallup (bassist of The Cure); Simon Le Bon (lead singer of Duran Duran)
Famous People Who Named Their Son Simon - Albert Finney (actor); Jessica McClure (actress); Laurence Olivier (actor); Marlon Brando (actor); Phil Collins (musician)