Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Times They Are A-Changin'

With Daylight Saving Time coming to an end, not only do we have to adjust to the time change, but we have to help our kids adjust as well.  Transitioning can be difficult for some kids, but perhaps we can make the process more fun by adding a few new stories to their bedtime routines. Try checking out one of these storybook collections from our easy section, which feature several childhood favorite characters:

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Star Wars Reads Day

Looking for some good Star Wars books to get your kids excited about the upcoming new movie release? Here are a list of books that are all held by the Linebaugh Library System. Make sure you check them out and celebrate Star Wars Reads Day this October at Linebaugh Public Library! 


· A New Hope by Wang, Jack
· The Empire Strikes Back by Wang, Jack 
· Return of the Jedi,  by Wang, Jack  
· Star Wars Can you Spot A Jedi? by Last, Shari  
·  A New Hope by Grange, Emma
· The Empire Strikes Back, by Grange, Emma
· The Return Of the Jedi, by Grange, Emma
· A New Hero by Hildago, Pablo
· The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by DiTerlizzi, Tony
· Ezra and the Pilot by Heddle, Jennifer
· Star Wars 1,2,3  by Scholastic Inc.
· Escape from Darth Vader by Siglain, Micheal


· Edge of the Galaxy (Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire 1) by, Fry, Jason
· Rebel in the Ranks (Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire 2) by, Fry, Jason
· Imperial Justice (Star Wars Rebels: Servants of the Empire 3) by, Fry, Jason
· Moving target : a Princess Leia adventure by, Castellucci, Cecil
· Star wars rebels head-to-head by, Hidalgo, Pablo


· Star Wars in the shadow of Yavin, v. 1-6 by, Wood, Brian
· Goodnight Darth Vader  by, Brown, Jeffrey
· Return of the Padawan by, Brown, Jeffrey
· Darth Vader and Son by, Brown, Jeffrey   

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Gaiman Guide for Kids

Neil Gaiman is one of my most favorite authors of all time. He doesn't just write a story. He takes you on an adventure via his writing. It's like he has created a small world just for you and your imagination to visit. That being said, I was delighted to discover he has written quite a few children's books (picture books up to middle grade level). I believe his talent for writing adult fiction is, equally, matched to his children's fiction. So, whether you are a big Neil Gaiman fan like me or are now curious due to this blog post, the adventure is just a book away!

Picture Books:

The Dangerous Alphabet
Two children and their pet gazelle head out on an adventure in the deep corners of the city with their treasure map. A tale full of creepy monsters, pirates, and heroism. Gaiman uses 26 alphabetical lines to guide the reader along the journey. Readers beware, because even the alphabet is deceiving. If your child enjoys creepy tales, this is one they are sure to enjoy.
Chu's Day   Chu's First Day of School   Chu's Day at the Beach   
 Chu is small panda with a BIG sneeze. Bad things happen when Chu sneezes. Hold on to your seats or you might get blown off your feet with this series.

Fortunately the Milk    
I was reminded of all the times my dad would turn a simple explanation into an amazing story. It has, quickly, become one of my favorite children's books. Get ready for a crazy fun adventure...And it all begins with a bowl of cereal.


Gaiman shares wisdom with the reader. Through his stories Gaiman has shared a lifetime of adventures with us. We have traveled with him to other worlds and met characters we will hold in our hearts forever. Now he shares, in his own words, words of wisdom and takes us home. 

Blueberry Girl   
This story was written for a friend of Gaiman's, who was expecting the arrival of her daughter. Gaiman turns this wish, all parents have for their child, into a book that celebrates growing up. It is what every parent wishes for their child and every girl hopes for herself. 

Crazy Hair  
 My hair is kind of crazy so I was able to relate to this story. It's silly and a lot of fun to read. An adventure of a different kind...Through a jungle of hair.

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish    
This was the first book Gaiman wrote for Children.  It's silly and sure to entertain all ages. Imagine wanting 2 goldfish soooo bad you would swap your dad for them. But that's only the beginning! What if mom finds out!?

Juvenile Fiction (Middle Age and up):

The Wolves in the Walls     
Lucy has been hearing weird creaking, squeaking noises coming from the walls of her home. She is sure there are wolves in the walls. And when the wolves come out...It's all over.

Coraline has always wanted to know what lies beyond the closet door in the drawing room. The alternate world that awaits her is surprising and mysterious, which is a perfect match to a curious girl. 

For some reason this has been a story that has stuck with me over the past  few years. I am of the opinion it's because my creative mind is my partner in crime and I was an only child. I would search for worlds behind closet doors, or protect the fort I made in the backyard. Those adventures were brought to life with this story. It was creepy, strange, and different. Just like my playtime as a child.

The Graveyard Book
I believe this is one of my all time favorite books by Neil Gaiman. The preface of the story can make one hesitant, unless you enjoy the weird and unusual story. In short, the story is about a boy, Nobody Owens. He loses his family to a fatal event at an early age and is raised by ghosts in the nearby graveyard. But the story is so much more than that. I found it to be a beautiful analogy. Children want nothing more than to explore and experience the world around them. They hear the word jump and not only ask "How high?" but "Where can I jump to?" But, as parents, we know how scary and intimidating that world can be. So, we protect them and keep them safe until they are ready to fly. Nobody Owens encompasses that child-like curiosity. It is a beautiful story with Neil Gaiman at his best! Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Off-Beat Easies

Here is a selection of books that stray from your typical children's book but in an oddly humorous way. Sit back, relax and enjoy a belly laugh with your child. Have fun!

Push Here by Hereve Tullet
This is one of my favorites books to read with my son. It's so much more than a story to be read. It is an adventure. The book guides you through the story by having the reader participate in the story. Every action it asks of you causes a reaction on the next page. The story is the perfect way to get a child interested in reading.

An Orange for a Belly-Button By Haruo Fukami   
This story is meant to be as ridiculous and silly as it sounds. So, the giant has no bellybutton but he wants one. He decides to try an orange on for size and it fits perfectly! Sadly, the giant is clumsy. The orange runs away hoping to find and easier life than a navel one (pun intended).
Where's My Tushy? By Deborah Aronson    
All of the tushies, in this unordinary town, have decided to take a vacation. They are tired of their hard work and need a break! But, how will people sit down? Will they ever be able to rest again? Will the tushies return?

Have You Seen My Potty? By Mij Kelly    
Suzie Sue has a very important thing to do but someone has stolen her potty. The story gets even more interesting when she asks all the farm animals if they have seen her potty. It's as hilarious as it sounds.

The Book With No Pictures By B.J. Novak   
 What could be more fun than a book with no pictures? Reading the book with no pictures. Silly sounds, jumbled letters, and bizarre words; the fun is only just beginning. Read it loud and proud! Side note: BJ Novak was a producer and writer for the hit television show,  The Office. Great writing for all ages to enjoy!

Theodore and the Talking Mushroom By Leo Lionni   
This is the tale of Theodore, the mouse, and his friends. Each of his animal friends are able to do something really awesome. When Theodore is asked what he can do he doesn't have an answer. So, he tells a lie to make up for it. When his friends discover they have been deceived, Theodore runs away. 

I'm not sure what to make of this story. While this could be a great starting point to talk about honesty, Theodore doesn't really learn a lesson. The end of the story seems focus on Theodore discovering what he can do well, which is run fast. He's special just the way he is.The illustrations mixed with the collage technique used in this book made for lots of cute pictures.
The  Frog Who Lost His Underpants By Juliette MacIver   
Poor frog. Someone has stolen his underpants! Luckily, he has some friends who are willing to help him track them down. Join Frog, Teddy, and their friends as the rhyming search begins.

Monsters Love Underpants By Claire Freedman 
 If you and your child enjoy Monsters' Inc, you will get a kick out of this one. Monsters love to wear underpants of all colors, patterns and sizes. And on Saturday nights, they wear them as they dance to the Monster Bop. But they have to be home by sundown. There is nothing scary about a monster in striped underpants!

This Book Just Ate My Dog! By Richard Byrne  
 Bella's dog just got swallowed by the gutter of the book! It will take more than a tug or pull to get him out. Maybe the reader can help? 

I love reading books like this with my child. The reader gets to interact and become part of the story. It gets them involved in a totally unexpected way.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Babylit Board Books

 As a reader and a mom, I like to FIND entertaining things to read for me and my tiny tot. I am usually entertained by most any children's book out there because I am still a child at heart. But I was ecstatic when I discovered this collection of board books: Babylit Board Books by Jennifer Adams. I love classic literature so getting to share some of those elements with my child at an early age makes my heart dance with delight. From Mary Shelly's Frankenstein to Don Quixote to Pride and Prejudice, there is a classic board book for every family to enjoy. Check them out today!

 Wuthering Heights: A Weather Primer- Enjoy the Yorkshire Moors and quotes from Miss Bronte while learning about the different weather conditions.

 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Color Primer- Visit the Emerald City with Dorothy and her friends. Along the way, learn about all the colors that make Oz wonderful!

Sense and Sensibility: An Opposites Primer- Observe life, in the form of opposites, with the Dashwood sisters.

Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer- Learn about the ocean and the language of the sea with Herman Melville

The Jungle Book - Let Kipling take you on a jungle safari. Learn about the animals and their different characteristics.

Pride and Prejudice: A Counting Primer - What happens when the 5 Bennet sisters get 4 wedding proposals? Take a walk through the village while counting along.

Little Miss Bronte. Jane Eyre: A Counting Primer - Visit Thornfield Hall with Jane while counting all the places, people and things she encounters.

Little Master Carroll. Alice In Wonderland: A Color Primer- Follow the white rabbit down the whole. Look for all the colors while meeting some other interesting characters.

Frankenstein: An Anatomy Primer- Help Shelley's Frankenstein find his eyes, toes, and nose.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Easy Books about Friendship

Everyone likes having friends, whether they want to laugh and talk with everyone or confide in one or two special people. For many kids, preschool and elementary school is where they first learn to interact with others and make those early bonds of friendship. All of these books are aimed at children in the early elementary grades and feature themes such as helping others, being a good friend, and overcoming differences.

A mouse searches everywhere for a friend. Even without words, this beautiful picture book relates perfectly the struggle to find a just-right friend. (Preschool; Stories without words.)

Just a Duck? by Carin Bramsen.
Being a friend does not mean you have to change who you are. Duck and Cat discover that being yourself makes for being the best of friends!

Image result for virgil and owenVirgil & Owen by Paulette Bogan.
Virgil the penguin finds the perfect friend in Owen, a polar bear. But Owen wants to splash with the terns, slide with the seals, and twirl with all the penguins too. Virgil risks losing his friend entirely if he can’t learn to share Owen with others.

Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack.
Everyone likes Mr. Bear except grouchy Dr. Skunk, who devises a plan to make Mr. Bear stop being happy and hugging others.

Image result for grumpy bird tankardGrumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard.
Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk, shunning all the other animals he encounters. But soon he finds that his mood changes as the other animals join him, despite his frown.

Pig and Small by Alex Latimer
Pig and Bug want to become friends but their size difference gets in the way. Will they ever be able to find something they can both do together?

Image result for squirrel's busy daySquirrel’s Busy Day by Lucy Barnard
While collecting acorns for the winter, Squirrel has no time to play with his friends. But when things go wrong, Squirrel will need to turn to his friends for help.

When You Need a Friend by Suzanne Chiew
When the other animals are fearful of an approaching storm, Badger helps them all prepare their homes to withstand the strong winds and rain.

Image result for yeti and the bird Tip's Tips on Friendship adapted by Sheila Sweeny Higginson
Tip the alien has lots of tips on how to be a good friend (whether Boov or Earthling), including teaching how to dance, giving makeovers, and sharing knock-knock jokes. (Ready-to-read. Level two, Superstar reader!)

Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen
Everyone knows the Yeti is a big, hairy, scary monster. But when a small bird is able to befriend the lonely creature they discover that he may not be so scary after all. (Preschool)
Image result for unlovable yaccarinoUnlovable by Dan Yaccarino
Alfred, a pug, is made to feel inferior by a cat, a parrot, and the other neighborhood dogs. Just when Alfred begins to feel unlovable, a new dog moves in next door and helps Alfred to realize he is fine just the way he is.

Friendship is Like a Seesaw by Shona Innes ; Írisz Agócs
This book explores what it means to be a friend, from enjoying such good experiences as laughing, sharing, and playing together to accepting the bad times. It also explains how to rebalance and fix friendships through communication and friendship skills. (Preschool)

Because he as Asperger’s Syndrome, Armond is nervous about attending his friend’s birthday party. With the support of everyone around him, Armond battles through his fears and even has a little fun. Not just for kids with Asperger’s, this book is great for anyone who has ever felt left out, different, or uncomfortable in social situations. (Reading grade level 2; ages 5-9)

What if a friend asks you to share a secret? Is it ever okay to tell? Can you sometimes lie to stay out of trouble, or is it better to be completely honest? It's not always easy to tell right from wrong.  Learning about trustworthiness will help you do what's right. The examples in this book show you how to be a good friend even in the trickiest situations. See how good it can feel to be trustworthy!
Image result for blessings of friendship treasury 
Provides kids with a guide to the joys and pitfalls of friendships, including how to deal with difficult friendship situations.

The Blessings of Friendship Treasury [compiled and illustrated by] Mary Engelbreit.
Presents an illustrated collection of poems, personal letters, and selections from literature on the value of friendship.