Christmas Reads

Check out some easy Christmas reads during the month of December to get in the holiday spirit. Below are some suggested titles from the Readers section in the Children's Department. Happy reading!

Alvin and the Chipmunks: a Chipmunk family Christmas by based upon the characters Alvin and the Chipmunks created by Ross Bagdasarian ; story by Jon Vitti ; screenplay by Jon Vitti and Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi ; adapted by Susan Hill

Minnie and Moo: the night before Christmas by Denys Cazet

Marvin's best Christmas present ever by story by Katherine Paterson ; pictures by Jane Clark Brown

Santa's short suit shrunk and other Christmas tongue twisters by Nola Buck ; pictures by Sue Truesdell

New Parenting Books

Below are some new arrivals to the Parenting collection in the Children's Department. Stop by the Children's New Book Shelf to see what's available!

Smart parenting, smarter kids: the one brain book you need to help your child grow brighter, healthier, and happier by David Walsh

Building resilience in children and teens: giving kids roots and wings by Kenneth R. Ginsburg with Martha M. Jablow

Pre-school parenting secrets: talking with the sky by Brian Caswell, David Chiem & Kylie Bell

The digital mom handbook: how to blog, vlog, tweet, and facebook your way to a dream career at home by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla

Thanksgiving Reads

Pick up some easy-to-read books to get in the spirit of giving thanks. Below are some suggested titles that can be found in the Readers section in our Children's Department. Happy Thanksgiving!

The first Thanksgiving by Linda Hayward ; illustrated by James Watling

Pardon that turkey : how thanksgiving became a holiday by Susan Sloate ; illustrated by Christian Slade

Turkey day by Grace Maccarone ; illustrated by John Manders

I spy Thanksgiving by riddles by Jean Marzollo ; photographs by Walter Wick

More snacks! : a Thanksgiving play by Joan Holub ; illustrated by Will Terry

Halloween Reads

Get ready for Halloween with some easy-to-read titles. These spook-tacular books are shelved in the Readers section in the Children's Department. A CPL librarian can show you just where to find them. Happy Halloween!

A fairy-tale fall by Apple Jordan; illustrated by Francesco Legramandi

Monster parade: a sticker rerader by Shana Corey; illustrated by Will Terry

Pooh's Halloween pumpkin by Isabel Gaines; illustrated by Josie Yee

Happy Halloween, Mittens by story by Lola M. Schaefer; pictures by Susan Kathleen Hartung

Minnie and Moo: the night of the living bed by Denys Cazet

Family Dinner

For busy families on the go, it can be difficult to find time to share a meal together. Pull your chair up to the dinner table during the month of October, also known as Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Want to find out more about the benefits of family dinners? Check out The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein and learn just how much of a positive impact eating together has on the family.

Need some ideas for cooking that family meal? Get everyone involved in the process by picking up a cookbook like Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes To Make With Kids. Bon appetit!

Everything For Fall

Everything for fall : a complete activity book for teachers of young children : activities for September, October, and November by edited by Kathy Charner ; illustrations by Joan Waites — can help both teachers and parents plan fun, educational, autumn-based activities for young children. Covering the months of September, October and November, this book offers ideas for language, science and math activities, arts and crafts, snacks, and more. Check this book out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.


The arrival of fall also means the arrival of apples! Whether they're baked into a pie, dipped in caramel, pressed into cider, or simply enjoyed plain, apples are always a wonderful autumn treat. Why not read some stories about apples, too? Listed below are some easy books all about this fabulous fruit. You can find them in the Readers section in the Children's Department.

Ten apples up on top! by Theo. leSieg; illustrated by Roy McKie

Big red apple by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Judith Hoffman Corwin

Easy as apple pie by Karen Gray Ruelle

The apple thief by Gail Herman; illustrated by Duendes del Sur