What the kids enjoy this Spring

Hi, it’s Ms. Crystal from the Outreach department in Youth Services.  Some of my teachers have been asking for a list of the books that we have been reading during our preschool and school visits this month.  Here are a few of my favorites that I have been using and they have been big hits with my Story Time listeners!


Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

By: Susan Shea


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By: Eric Carle

dontletthepigeondrivethebus_bookcoverDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

By: Mo Willems


Knuffle Bunny

By: Mo Willems


Polar Bear’s Underwear

By: Tupera Tupera


Tap the Magic Tree

By: Christie Matheson


Mother Bruce

By: Ryan T. Higgins


The Curious Garden

By: Peter Brown


August Kids Picks

Animal FactsAnimal Facts to Make You Smile
by Grace Hansen
E 590 HAN

First book in a fantastic series about animals and facts that most of us don’t know. Simple text and real life photos of animals in their habitat. Guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

GruffaloThe Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson; illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Silly tale of a mouse who escapes being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake by inventing a lunch date with a strange monster: the gruffalo. Then, to his surprise, the mouse encounters the gruffalo himself–only some quick thinking will get him out of this mess!

Spy GuySpy Guy
by Jessica Young

Spy Guy is a spy—but not a very good one. He’s too loud, too squeaky, and in need of a good disguise. All Spy Guy wants is to figure out the secret to spying. But as the Chief says, that he must discover for himself. With a lot of trial and even more error, can Spy Guy figure out the secret to spying?

The Last Train: A Holocaust StoryThe Last Train: A Holocaust Story
by Rona Arato
J 940.531 ARA

The Last Train is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II.

The Nazi occupation forces the family into situations of growing panic and fear: first into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. Separated from their father, 6-year-old Paul and 11-year-old Oscar must care for their increasingly sick mother, all while trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy amid the horrors of the camp.

by Lisa McMann

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths . Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret–behind the mirage of the ‘death farm’ there is instead a place called Artime.

July Kids Picks

We have kids books, picked out just for you!

Circus Mirandus Circus Mirandus
by Cassie Beasley

Do you believe in magic?
Micah Tuttle does.

Even though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa Ephraim tells him of the magical Circus Mirandus: the invisible tiger guarding the gates, the beautiful flying birdwoman, and the magician more powerful than any other—the Man Who Bends Light. Finally, Grandpa Ephraim offers proof. The Circus is real. And the Lightbender owes Ephraim a miracle. With his friend Jenny Mendoza in tow, Micah sets out to find the Circus and the man he believes will save his grandfather.

Princess Plot Princess Plot
by Kirsten Boie

Jenna has just won the starring role in a film about a princess–sweet! In the wink of an eye, she’s whisked off to a remote, romantic kingdom for the “shoot.” But something’s amiss: First, she finds out she bears an uncanny resemblance to the real princess, who has run away following the death of her father, the king. Then she learns that the conniving regent plans to use her to take control of the country, now being fought over by rebels. As the plot twists and turns, Jenna discovers just what she’s made of–and just why she resembles the missing princess so much!

Saving Lucas Biggs Saving Lucas Biggs
by Marisa de los Santos

When thirteen-year-old Margaret’s father is unfairly sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Biggs, she is determined to save him, even if it means using her family’s secret-and forbidden-ability to time travel. With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret goes back to a time when Judge Biggs was a young boy and tries to prevent the chain of events that transformed him into a corrupt, jaded man.

U.S. PresidentsU.S. Presidents
by Ken Jennings, illustrated by Mike Lowery
J 973.009 JEN

Become a genius of presidential trivia with this guide from Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings. Learn all about the weird habits and activities of our nation’s great leaders and impress your friends and family!

Buk Buk BukThe Buk Buk Buk Festival
by Mary Jane and Herm Auch

Feathers fly and humor abounds as the literary adventures continue for Henrietta, the talented chicken from The Plot Chickens. Thrilled to have her picture book published, Henrietta is all aflutter with excitement when shes invited to a local book festival. However, the event organizers did not count on having a chicken show up to sign books. Luckily, just when the festival director gives chase, Henrietta comes up with a clever plan to make herself heard and be respected.

Hug MachineHug Machine
by Scott Campbell

No person or thing will go unhugged when the hug machine is around! Charming watercolors highlight this tale of an extremely affectionate little boy.

Beach HouseBeach House
by Deanna Caswell

In a funny and heartfelt celebration of family, vacations, and the joy of the sea, Deanna Caswell and Amy June Bates capture the essence of summer—building sand castles, jumping the waves, and watching the stars come out after a long day at the beach—and the love that warms every moment.

Being WendyBeing Wendy
by Fran Drescher

In this delightful picture book, we meet Wendy, a girl who lives in an odd town where everyone has to wear a box. These boxes are labeled with what each person does. The teacher wears a TEACHER box. The baker wears a BAKER box. Even the doctor wears a DOCTOR box! These boxes are worn for life and Wendy has to choose hers soon. How will she ever decide on just one box? She’s interested in so many things! Wendy’s moxie makes her break out of her box . . . And she sets the whole town on end when she does!

Summer Kids Books

Even more kids books to keep you reading through the summer because you can never have too many!

Hi, Koo Hi, Koo!
by Jon J. Muth
J 811.54 MUT

An exuberant journey through the alphabet with panda bear, Koo.

Telephone Telephone
by Mac Barnett

Clever page turns, hilarious details, and delightful wordplay abound in the bird world’s version of the classic game of telephone.

Monster My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not)
by Peter Brown

Bobby thinks his teacher is the worst. . . that is until he accidentally meets her in the park.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!  The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
by Mo Willems

Pigeon returns- – this time he needs a bath but has other things to do. When he is finally convinced, he won’t get out of the tub!

Witch's Boy The Witch’s Boy
by Kelly Barnhill

Following the adventures of new friends Ned and Aine in this imaginative tale of tricky magic. A complex journey about finding your voice.

Absolutely Almost Absolutely Almost
by Lisa Graff

In this relatable tale, fifth grader Albie is not very good at a lot of things, but with a little help from a new babysitter, he finds out that being himself is the most important thing.

Half a Chance Half a Chance
by Cynthia Lord

A young girl struggles to determine her place when her family moves to a new community. An authentic story of friendship, loss, and self-identity told through the lens of her interest in photography.

Rain Reign Rain Reign
by Ann M. Martin

Rose’s obsession with homophones and rules distinguishes her from most other fifth graders, but also provides insights into the world of a child challenged by Asperger’s Syndrome.


June Kids Picks

Fill up your Summer Reading log with these great books!


Chicken Squad The Chicken Squad
by Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell.

When a squirrel comes to them scared of something Big and Scary, the Chicken Squad jumps to the rescue. But is it really a UFO? Funny start to a new series by the author of “Click, Clack, Moo.”

The Island of Dr. Libris The Island of Dr. Libris
by Chris Grabenstein

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking!

Beandog Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball
by Charise Mericle Harper

Bean Dog and Nugget lose Bean Dog’s shiny new ball in a bush. They dream up elaborate and silly ways to get it back while they argue about who is actually going to go and get it.

Wonder Wonder
by RJ Palacio

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Queen of the Diamond Queen of the Diamond
by Emily McCully
JB Murphy

Lizzie Murphy was good at baseball. In fact, she was better than most of the boys. But she was born in 1900, and back then baseball was not a game for girls. Lizzie practiced with her brother anyway, and then she talked her way onto the local boys’ team, first as a batboy, then as a player.


Go! Go! Go! Go! Stop!
by Charise Mericle Harper

Little Green only knows one word: ‘Go!’ It’s the perfect thing to get the construction site moving, but how will they stop?

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
by Emily MacKenzie

Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn’t just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spiraling into a life of crime!

Watermelon Seed The Watermelon Seed
by Greg Pizzoli

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.

May Kids Picks

Summer is coming! Prepare with some great kids books:

Mustache Baby Meets His Match Mustache Baby Meets His Match
by Bridget Heos

When Baby Javier comes for a playdate, Baby Billy, a.k.a. Mustache Baby, feels the need to show him a thing or two, seeing how Javier’s new to town—and also sports an impressive beard. What ensues is a hilarious test of wills and facial hair, as each baby sets out to prove his manliness. It seems Mustache Baby may have truly met his match.

The Whale in My Swimming Pool The Whale in My Swimming Pool
by Joyce Wan

One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but his pool is already taken . . . There’s a big whale in the water and it’s not budging! The boy tries everything to get the whale to leave.

We Are in a Book We Are in a Book
by Mo Willems

All is going well until Gerald finds out that he is in a book and that THE BOOK WILL END! Luckily Piggie comes to the rescue and comes up with a plan to calm his friend down. As with most Mo Willems books, “We Are in a Book” is great laugh out loud fun.

Worst Trip The Worst Class Trip Ever
by Dave Barry

In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble-not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them-but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation’s capital.

Girl Who Threw Butterflies The Girl Threw Butterflies
by Mick Cochrane

For an eighth grader, Molly Williams has more than her fair share of problems. Her father has just died in a car accident, and her mother has become a withdrawn, quiet version of herself. Molly doesn’t want to be seen as “Miss Difficulty Overcome”; she wants to make herself known to the kids at school for something other than her father’s death. So she decides to join the baseball team. The boys’ baseball team.


Zita Zita the Spacegirl: Book One Far From Home
by Ben Hatke

Zita is thrust into the role of hero, encountering strange monsters and making friends along the way. Fun illustrations and humor make this one a winner!

May the Fourth Be With You

Check out these recent Star Wars book releases and May the Fourth be with you!

Star Wars Costumes: the Original Trilogy Star Wars Costumes: the Original Trilogy
Brandon Alinger
791.437 ALI

“Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy” affords both new and longtime Star Wars fans an intimate look at the unforgettable costumes from this classic series.

Star Wars Storyboards Star Wars Storyboards
791.437 STA

For the first time, Lucasfilm has opened its archives to present the complete storyboards for the original Star Wars trilogy and never-before-published art from early conceptual and deleted scenes.

The Bounty Hunter Code The Bounty Hunter Code
Daniel Wallace
791.437 WAL

This volume details the skills needed to make a living beyond galactic law as well as the little-known history, philosophy, and gear of Death Watch.

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: the Jedi Doth Return William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: the Jedi Doth Return
Ian Doescher
812.6 DOE

The third book in the trilogy for fans of Shakespeare and “Star Wars” mash-up tales.

A New Dawn A New Dawn
John Jackson Miller

“A New Dawn” tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths.

Emperor Pickletine rides the bus Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus
Tom Angleberger

The latest in the “Origami Yoda” series has the seventh graders of McQuarrie Middle School and their Star Wars-inspired Origami finger puppets travel to Washington, D.C. on a field trip.

Jedi Knight Star Wars: the Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight
Tony DiTerlizzi

A retelling of the adventures of Luke Skywalker and the rebel forces as they try to defeat the imperial forces.

What Makes a Monster What Makes a Monster?
Adam Bray
J 791.437 STA

Meet some of the most fearsome monsters in the Star Wars galaxy.