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New book recommendations from children’s librarian Tracy Kampa

Children's librarian Tracy Kampa reading to a child in the center, that image is surrounded by book covers of new children's books.
Tammy Bobrowsky
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Children's Librarian Tracy Kampa recommends new books.

Grand Rapids Area Library children's librarian Tracy Kampa reviews and recommends new children's books of interest for "What We're Reading."

On the latest installment of What We're Reading, Grand Rapids Area Library children's librarian Tracy Kampa reviewed new picture and middle-grade books.

She was especially excited to include a new novel by Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo.

“When I get a new Kate DiCamillo book, in my hand, I pause,” Kampa said. “I look at the cover and wonder at what and who I may find when I open to the first page.”

DiCamillo’s new novel is The Puppets of Spelhorst and is the first book in her new Norendy Tales series.

"It’s a story meant to be shared."
Tracy Kampa on Kate DiCamillo's new novel "The Puppets of Spelhorst."

In The Puppets of Spelhorst, we meet five friends — a king, a wolf, a girl, a boy and an owl shut in a trunk by an old sea captain. Kampa explained, “Each end up on adventures of their own only to come back together to realize their destiny.”

She said it’s a story meant to be shared.

Kampa also highly recommends the following books:

  • Don’t Worry, Wuddles, by Lita Judge. 
  • Good Books for Bad Children, by Beth Kephart, illustrated by Chloe Bristol. 
  • Mixed Up, by Gordon Korman. 

Looking for a good book recommendation? Want to recommend a book you've just read?  Check out our What We're Reading page on Facebook, or text us at 218-326-1234.

What We're Reading is made possible in part by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

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Tammy works at Bemidji State University's library, and she hosts "What We're Reading," a show about books and authors.