Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover & Surprise Stories

"Don't Judge a Book by its Cover" and "Surprise Stories" are back!

We've selected and wrapped some books for you to check out this month.  

Are you not sure what you want to read next? Or want to try something new? Stop by to check out one of these books and see if you find a new favorite!

Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
Our Don't Judge a Book by its Cover choices are in front of the reference desk and contain books from our Juvenile (chapter book/middle grade book) section.  These books are color coded to help you choose a good book, from beginning chapter books wrapped in red yarn to longer, more complex books in blue yarn.  We've included a few clues about the book on a tag attached to the book.  






Surprise Stories
Our Surprise Stories choices are in our younger children's section and contain books from our Early (picture books and early readers) section.  Picture books are wrapped in white yarn; early readers are wrapped in brown yarn. 




Stop by to try something new this month!

Friday, January 4, 2019

2018 Favorite Children's Books - Board Books

We're continuing our lists of the most popular youth books in our library with board books today.

These lists are compiled based on the number of times the books were checked out in 2018.

Check our catalog here to reserve any books you'd like to read. 




Board Books


1. Eight Silly Monkeys by Steve Haskamp
2. PAW Patrol : Shape patrol!  
3. Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
4. (tie) Clifford's First Christmas by Norman Bridwell
4. (tie) Tractors by Sarah Creese
4. (tie) Small Pups, Big Adventures! (PAW Patrol)
4. (tie) Big Brother Daniel by Angela Santomero
8. (tie) Llama Llama, Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney
8. (tie) Easter Surprise: My First Lift and Learn
10. (tie) Ten Playful Penguins by Emily Ford
10. (tie) Hello Kitty, Hello Winter by Jean Hirashima
10. (tie) Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laura Joffe Numeroff
10. (tie) Disney's the Little Mermaid:  Ariel's Secret by Denise Lewis Patrick
10. (tie) The Babies and Doggies Book by John Schindel
10. (tie) Baby Loves Quantum Physics! by Ruth Spiro
10. (tie) Whose toes are those? by Sally Symes


Previous Lists

See our lists of juvenile fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels here.
See our lists of picture books, early nonfiction, and early readers here

See other organizations' "Best of 2018" listhere.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2018 Favorite Children's Books - Early Readers and Picture Books

We're continuing our lists of the most popular youth books in our library with early readers and picture books today.

These lists are compiled based on the number of times the books were checked out in 2018.

Check our catalog here to reserve any books you'd like to read. 



Picture Books

1. Disney Princess: Princess Collection 
2. (tie) Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella by James Mayhew
2. (tie) Ella Bella Ballerina and the Sleeping Beauty by James Mayhew
2. (tie) The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino
2. (tie) Pony Pop Stars (My Little Pony series)
2. (tie) PAW Patrol: Pup, Pup, and Away (PAW Patrol series)
2. (tie) PAW Patrol Little Golden Book Favorites (PAW Patrol series)
2. (tie) The Pups Save Friendship Day! (PAW Patrol series)
9. (tie) Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Kim Dean
9. (tie) Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kim Dean

And since there are so many series books in the picture book list, here are a few individual titles and one series that barely missed the top ten:

Sticky, Sticky, Stuck! by Michael Gutch 
Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds
The Dino-sports series by Lisa Wheeler
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Cookiesaurus Rex by Amy Fellner Dominy

Early Nonfiction

1. The Big Book of Dinosaurs by Angela Wilkes (E 567.9 Wilkes)
2. 5 Wild Creature Adventures! by Martin Kratt (E 590 Kratt)
3. (tie) A World of Pausabilities : an Exercise in Mindfulness by Frank Sileo (E 155.423 Sileo)
3. (tie) The Gingerbread Man retold by Eric Kimmel (E 398.2 Kimmel)
3. (tie) Alphabet Animals : a Slide-and-peek Adventure by Suse MacDonald (E 591 Macdonald)
3. (tie) Where's Waldo? : the Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford (E 793.73 Handford)
7. (tie) Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli, Christopher (E 307.76 Franceschelli)
7. (tie) The Gingerbread Boy : a Folk Tale Classic retold by Paul  Galdone (E 398.2 Galdone)
7. (tie) First Big Book of the Ocean by Catherine Hughes (E 551.46 Hughes)
7. (tie) Meerkats by Laura Marsh (E 599.742 Marsh)
7. (tie) Robots by Gail Tuchman (E 629.8 Tuchman)

7. (tie) The Disney Princess Cookbook by Cindy Littlefield (E 641.512 Littlefield)

Early Readers

The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems made a clean sweep of the top ten:

1. Happy Pig Day!
2. My New Friend is so Fun!
3. The Thank You Book
4. Waiting is Not Easy!
5. Let's Go for a Drive!
6. I Really Like Slop!
7. I Will Take a Nap!
8. (tie) I Broke My Trunk!
8. (tie) Listen to My Trumpet!
8. (tie) Should I Share My Ice Cream?
8. (tie) I'm a Frog!

Mo Willems completed the Elephant and Piggie series with The Thank You Book.  (The Thank You Book will be more enjoyable if you read the other books in the series first.)  

Piggie and Elephant now introduce books by other authors in the new series Elephant and Piggie Like Reading.  And, Willems has begun a new series, Unlimited Squirrels.  If you've finished all the Elephant and Piggie books, you may want to try one of these new series.

Check back tomorrow for our most popular board books.

Previous Lists

See our lists of juvenile fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels here.

See other organizations' "Best of 2018" listhere.



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018 Favorite Children's Books - Juvenile Fiction, Nonfiction, and Graphic Novels

We're taking a look at the most popular (based on the number of times they have been checked out this year) books in our library in 2018.

We'll start with our Juvenile section (chapter books/middle grade novels/nonfiction).

Check our catalog here to reserve any books you'd like to read.



Juvenile Graphic Novels

1. Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
2. Dog Man: a Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey
3. Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey
4. Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
5. Dawn and the Impossible Three by Gale Galligan
6. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
7. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
8. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
9. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
10. (tie) Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas by Dav Pilkey
10. (tie) Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke

Juvenile Fiction

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Getaway by Jeff Kinney
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: a Novel in Cartoons by Jeff Kinney
8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
9. (tie) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
9. (tie) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
9. (tie) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

Since the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series almost swept the entire juvenile fiction top 10, we also took a look at the top 10 with each series only included once.

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Getaway by Jeff Kinney
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
3. Bad Kitty: Camp Daze by Nick Bruel
4. The 78-Story Treehouse by Any Griffiths
5. Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Peirce
6. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
7. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers by Dav Pilkey
8. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
9. Escaping Peril by Tui Sutherland
10. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

Juvenile Nonfiction

1. Guinness World Records 2018 (J 031 Guinness)
2. Garfield Takes the Cake by James H. Davis (J 741.569 Davis)
3. Garfield Rounds Out by James H. Davis (J 741.569 Davis)
4. Garfield, Food for Thought by James H. Davis (J 741.569 Davis)
5. Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce (J 741.569 Peirce)
6. Big Nate: a Good Old-fashioned Wedgie by Lincoln Peirce (J 741.569 Peirce)
7. Big Nate: What's a Little Noogie Between Friends? by Lincoln Peirce (J 741.569 Peirce)
8. Epic Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce (J 741.569 Peirce)
9. Big Nate, Say Goodbye to Dork City by Lincoln Peirce (J 741.569 Peirce)
10. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (J 741.569 Watterson)

And, including each series only once:

1. Guinness World Records 2018 (J 031 Guinness)
2. Garfield Takes the Cake by James H. Davis (J 741.569 Davis)
3. Big Nate: Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce (J 741.569 Peirce)
4. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson (J 741.569 Watterson)
5. Ripley's Believe it or Not!: Out of this World Edition 2018 (J 031.02 Ripleys)
6. Starfinder: the Complete Beginner's Guide to the Night Sky by Carole Stott (J 523.8 Stott)
7. Snoopy: Party Animal, a Peanuts Collection by Charles Schulz (J 741.569 Schulz)
8. Star Wars Made Easy by Christian Blauvelt (J791.437 Blauvelt)
9. (tie) Weird but True! 7: 300 Outrageous Facts (J 031.02 Weird)
9. (tie) 50 Wacky Things Animals Do: Weird & Amazing Animal Facts by Tricia Martineau Wagner (J 591.5 Wagner)

Check back tomorrow for best picture books, early readers, and early nonfiction books.

See more "best of 2018" lists here.

Best Books of 2018

There are a lot of "best" lists published at the end of the year.  Here are some of our favorite "best of 2018" lists.

We have many of the books on these lists.  Check our catalog here to reserve books you'd like to read.  If there's a book we don't have and you think we should, submit a suggestion here.  We'll let you know if we can order it.

Notable Children's Books by ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children)

Notable Children's Books - 2018
Lists include books for Younger Readers, Middle Readers, Older Readers, and All ages.


School Library Journal's 2018 Best Books

2018 Best Books
Lists include picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and young adult books.


The Nerdies by The Nerdy Book Club (best books of 2018)

The Nerdies: Young Adult Fiction
The Nerdies: Middle Grade Fiction
The Nerdies: Nonfiction
The Nerdies: Graphic Novels
The Nerdies: Poetry & Novels in Verse
The Nerdies: Early Readers and Early Chapter Books
The Nerdies: Nonfiction Picture Books
The Nerdies: Fiction Picture Books


The Cybils Finalists (the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards)

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books and Board Books
Graphic Novels
Poetry
Middle-Grade Fiction
Junior/Senior High Non-Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction



Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fall Programs

Fall programs resume this month.

Tiny Tales
Tiny Tales for children 2 years and younger will be held every other Monday and Thursday morning at 10:30 beginning on September 17 and 20.  Choose either Mondays or Thursdays to best fit your schedule.  Tiny Tales includes books, finger plays, flannel board stories, songs, and play time.  See details and register here.



Storytime
Storytime for children 3 to 5 years old will be held weekly on Friday mornings at 10:30 beginning on September 21.  Storytime includes books, finger plays, flannel board stories, songs, and crafts  See details and register here.



Book Buddies
Children in kindergarten through 2nd grade will listen to a story and then participate in related activities and crafts.  Book Buddies is held monthly on Thursdays at 4:45 and 6:45.  Choose the time that works best for you.  See details and register here.  


Bookworms
Children in 2nd and 3rd grade will read a book in advance of Bookworms and then discuss the book and participate in related activities and crafts during book club.  Bookworms is held monthly on Tuesdays.  See details and register here


Chapter Chatters

Children in 3rd through 5th grade will read a book in advance of Chapter Chatters and then discuss the book and participate in related activities and crafts during book club.  Chapter Chatters is held monthly on Tuesdays. Updated:  Chapter Chatters will now be held monthly on Mondays.  See details and register here

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Puppet Show

Puppet Show
Monday, August 13
4:00 P.M.
best for preschool - 2nd grade
all ages welcome
The Center


Children are invited to a puppet show on Monday, August 13 in The Center (Senior and Community Activity Center).

They will watch the following performances and then create their own paper bag puppets.
  • The Strangest Showman: Our TNT (Teen and Tween) group made puppets and created this story for them.  Come see how a ringmaster, a bride, a pirate cat, a mermaid, and more create a strange and entertaining circus!
  • Magic Puppets: 3rd through 5th graders created magician puppets and will perform a few magic tricks with them.
  • Fairy Tales: Exact stories are still being finalized. Puppets will be used to tell traditional and revised fairy tales.
  • Songs: Puppets will lead the children in familiar children's songs.
If you'd like to attend, please register here.

Some of the cast: