Book Fix: Curiosity

Library staff recommend reads that will make you curious. Here are snippets of their lists.

Curiouser and Curiouser

Shelby Schellenger recommends books, music and movies that are just a little weird.

Getting Into Guinness by Larry Olmstead
One man’s longest, fastest, highest journey inside the world’s most famous record book.

What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz
The surprising, shocking and sometimes strange story of 150 years of modern art.

Those Meddling Kids

Julie Nelson suggests books with curious kids who become super sleuthers. Zoinks!

The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew arrives in Phoenix eager for a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but finds herself involved in a baffling mystery. The ranch is being haunted by an unknown enemy. 

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate solves the mystery of the missing picture.

Unexpected Favorites

Ginger Park highlights books she delayed reading, but ended up loving.

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
Laurel Gray Hawthorne’s life seems nearly on track until everything is thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of her 13-year-old neighbor Molly Dufresne. I was so engrossed in this book that I’ve now read everything Joshliyn Jackson has written and I’m always looking forward to her next book.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose and our narrator’s only defense is three women on a farm at the end of the lane. I don’t read a lot of books with supernatural elements so I put this one off. However, when I did start reading I was quickly pulled into the story and intrigued by the characters.

Curiosity Killed the … No, It Didn’t!

Martha Gronniger recommends picture books to get you moving down a new path.

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist champions girl power and women scientists and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science.

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins
The three friends from Toys Go Out are curious about snow and go out once again to explore a wintry wonderland.

Things My Son Is Curious About

Stephanie Hall suggests books she’s used to help answer her 10-year-old son’s questions related to history and disasters. My son is always asking me questions I don’t have the answers to. Right now he’s very interested in history and disasters along with some other things. This may be because he has read the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. 

Incredible Ocean! by PlayBac
While not disastrous, the ocean can be a dangerous place.

American Disasters by Steven Biel
The title sold him. All the great disasters in one location.

Ginger Park

As the library’s communications editor Ginger helps spread the word about all the amazing library resources, services and staff. Ginger has a bachelor's and master’s in communication from Washburn and K-State. She is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and a volunteer at Helping Hands Humane Society. She loves reading fiction and always has a stack of books waiting to be read. Ginger lives in Topeka with her husband and three dogs.