The following children's nonfiction titles were chosen as CPL librarians' favorites of 2016. Check them out today!

A picture book biography of mathematician Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, by the award-winning author/illustrator Fiona Robinson.

Shares the childhood of the famous artist as she apprenticed in her family's tapestry shop and was inspired by her mother's work as a weaver.

An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people who were considered the property of some of our best-known presidents.

The following titles are CPL Librarians' choices for the best picture books published in 2016. Check them out today!

1 big salad by Juana Medina

Juana Medina's ingenious illustrations nearly pop off the page in her new counting book, ONE BIG SALAD. One avocado deer saunters across the spread, two radish mice scurry by, until finally ten watercress seahorses swim onto the scene - all of the ingredients in one big salad!

ABC dream by Kim Krans

This stunning and innovative alphabet picture book will dazzle little ones and engage the adults who share it with them! Each page is dedicated to a letter, and clever alliterations are packed into each ink-and-watercolor spread.

Ada Twist, scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist is a very curious girl who shows perseverance by asking questions and performing experiments to find things out and understand the world.

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, but any time of year is a good time to stop and be thankful for what we have. Check out these picture books for tales of gratitude that can be enjoyed all year long.

Attitude of gratitude by Julie Andrews

It's Gratitude Day at school! Gerry is ready to be grateful and kind all day long. She's excited to give her best compliments, she's donated a beautiful painting to her class's art gallery, and she even has the perfect jar contribution ready for the food drive. But when disaster strikes, it's tough to stay grateful--even on Gratitude Day! Can Gerry prove that a fairy princess always has the right attitude of gratitude?

A celebration of how the body's parts work together, from hands and eyes to lips and heart, allowing one to exist in the wondrous universe. Includes instructions for making a book.

Thank you for me! by Marion Dane Bauer

In this lyrical text, a young child lists body parts from nose to toes, giving thanks for each along the way.  A subtle reminder of our deepest core values, Thank You for Me! is a delightful celebration of gratitude.
 

The large, bold fonts used in these picture books make them perfect for sharing with a group. They are also excellent for anyone in need of easily visible, larger text for reading aloud.

I can do it too! by Karen Baicker

Supported by her family, an African American girl is self confident about what she can do and in turn supports a younger family member.

Growing vegetable soup by Lois Ehlert

A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

Bathtime piggywiggy by Christyan Fox

While taking a bath, a pig sails his toy boat and thinks of all the things he could do in the water, such as ski, swim long distances, pilot a lifeboat, or sail around the world.

Family Reading Night

Family Reading Nights are back! Join us in celebrating sharing books together. There will be stories and activities centered around fun themes and we will even raffle off books to help grow your own personal library. This program is for children ages 4-9 and their families. Registration is required.

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Family Coloring Night

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Calling all families! You are invited to join us for a relaxing evening of coloring. Coloring pages for adults and kids, as well as pencils and crayons, will be provided. Simply bring your kids, your creativity, and have fun coloring together. 

[Photomarathon: Patterns by Maxime De Ruyck is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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Fun With Chocolate

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Calling all chocolate lovers between the ages of 7 and 10! Join us as we share some fun facts about the world's favorite sweet, play a chocolate guessing game, and make your own delicious treat to take home.

Registration begins on June 24.

[Ganaché de chocolate by Luisa Contreras is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

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