Summer ’17 Children’s Books

Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen This eloquent, evocative book about compassion is perfect for sparking discussions on      prejudice. A sensational choice for a seasonal storytime. (School Library Journal) Be Quiet by Ryan Higgins This hilarious and fun read-aloud will be a hit at any story time. Kids will be laughing out loud. (School Library Journal) Little Pig Saves the Ship by David Hyde Costello The story will be a familiar one to any young reader who feels too small to join in with older siblings or peers, and offers an empowering message of learning to overcome one’s small stature. (School Library Journal) …

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Fall Is In The Air!

The days are getting shorter and cooler, and fall is definitely in the air.  Leaves are turning shades of yellow, orange, and red, carpeting the ground and changing the landscape.  It’s easy to fall in love with fall and its beautiful colors! Following are some books to share with children about this beautiful season. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak This book shows the transition from summer to fall as a young girl and her dog walk through the woods and through town, noticing the changes as one season slowly becomes the next.  The illustrations are beautifully done.  Wonderfall …

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New Children’s Books for October

Picture books Little Mouse’s Big Book of Beasts by Emily Gravett /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 2—This worthy successor to Little Mouse’s Big Book of  Fears is another of  Gravett’s comic, inventive marvels. Little  Mouse finds certain creatures worrisome. How can the rodent make them less scary? Using a paint set, paper, magazine cut-outs, and origami folds and doing some serious editorializing, Mouse tries to calm the ferocious “original” illustrations. In the section on lions, a handwritten Post-it note reads: “How to make this page less scary. 1) Remove roar. 2) Cover claws. 3) Turn the page.” The growling, pouncing …

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New Children’s Books for September

Picture books The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottle found at sea and make sure that the message is delivered. He loves his job, although he always wishes that one of the letters would someday be addressed to him. Then one day he finds a bottle with the most intriguing note inside, and no name attached. As he devotes himself to solving the mystery, he ends up finding what his heart wanted all along. …

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

While visiting a public library in Fort Myers, Florida last week I learned of a reading challenge for new parents called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten”. It’s a great way to encourage reading and create a foundation of knowledge before children begin school.  By reading just 3 stories a day you and your child will meet a goal of 1000 books in one year. If you are interested in this idea, stop by the library and pick up a reading sheet to get started.     Charlene Wagner, Children’s Librarian

Non-Fiction for Children!

One of the unexpected advantages of incorporating books from the now closed satellite library at the Boys & Girls Club is the wonderful non-fiction titles that have moved over.  We had shared two major Scholastic collections, “A Wicked History” and “You Wouldn’t Want to Be . . .” These are both historical sets that have been extremely popular.   Non-fiction books for children have changed dramatically in the last few decades.  Many incorporate colorful illustrations and text that is not only very readable but fascinating as well – as in “hard to put down”   Come in and check out …

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