February Kids Picks

Picture Books

Please, Mr. Panda Please, Mr. Panda
by Steve Antony

E ANT

Mr. Panda has a plate of doughnuts to share, but most of the other animals forget to say “Please.” This is a funny book about sharing and manners.
-Serena

Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider Urgency Emergency! Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Dosh Archer

E ARC

A spider arrives at City Hospital with some strange head injuries. How did this happen? And does it have anything to do with all the water rushing down the water spout? Early readers have never been such fun!
-Crystal

Crankenstein Valentine Crankenstein Valentine
by Samantha Berger

E BER

See what happens to an ordinary kid on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year-Valentine’s Day! Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It’s enough to turn anyone into a monster! YECHHHH!
-Crystal

How to Bake a Book How to Bake a Book
by Ella Burfoot

E BUR

Discover the secret ingredients to crafting a truly delicious story! Join one lucky little girl as she learns the recipe for making the perfect story. A pinch of good, a dash of bad, some big words, and carefully cut out characters all provide the ingredients for a truly delicious read!
-Crystal

Really, Really, Really, Big The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur
by Richard Byrne

E BYR

Finlay (a little dinosaur) is sitting on a grassy mound, counting jelly beans to share with his friend. A big dinosaur comes along and demands the sweets. He is rather rude, a bit of a show-off, and doesn’t believe Finlay even has a friend. Well, he’s in for a really, really, really big surprise!
-Crystal

Quick Little Chat While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat
by Amy Reichert

E REI

Rose tries and tries to get ready for bed while her mother is chatting with Uncle Fred, but she keeps getting interrupted as more people show up at the door. Oh no! There’s the doorbell again!
-Mike

Going Places Going Places
by Peter Reynolds

E REY

A boy and girl team up and use a bit of outside-the-box thinking for a creative entry in the “Going Places” contest.
-Mike

Juvenile

The Hundred Dresses The Hundred Dresses
by Eleanor Estes

J EST

At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies.
-Crystal

The Fourteenth Goldfish The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm

J HOL

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?
-Crystal

House of Robots House of Robots
by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

J PAT

It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he’s dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E–for “Error”. Sammy’s no stranger to robots–his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it’s Sammy’s brother… it’s actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy’s one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it’s cool to be square?
-Crystal

Counting By 7s Counting By 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

J SLO

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life… until now.
-Crystal

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