As we come to the end of the year, things can get busy. Maybe you don't have time to concentrate on longer books, but you don't want to sacrifice your reading time, or high-quality content. The following picture books are all intended for children, but hold appeal for adult readers as well. They won't take you as long to get through, but still offer some laughs or plenty to think about.

After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds. Beautiful illustrations and inspiring message.

The book of mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Also available in: e-book

As an artist creatively incorporates her slipups into a drawing, readers see the ways in which 'mistakes' can provide inspiration and opportunity, and reveal that both the art and artist are works-in-progress. We could all use this refreshing take on mistakes.

 

Did you miss our Books and Reading themed Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a bookish storytime you can do at home.

 

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Read to tiger by S. J. Fore

A little boy who wants to read his book keeps being distracted by a tiger who is busy chomping on gum, growling, and practicing karate kicks. Lots of opportunities for fun noises.

 

Did you miss our Dragon Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a fiery storytime you can do at home.

 

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The storybook knight by Helen Docherty

Ordered by his parents to tame a dragon, a gentle knight who prefers reading to fighting arms himself with a book.

 

Did you miss our Forest Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions to inspire a woodsy storytime you can do at home.

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The great aaa-ooo! by Jonny Lambert

When the animals hear a loud "aaa-ooo!" sound in the woods at night, they are afraid that it could be a monster making the terrible noise.

In case you missed our Turkey storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own wild turkey storytime at home.

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Gobble, gobble by Cathryn Falwell

A child observes wild turkeys through the seasons. Includes facts about this classic American bird.

 

In case you missed our Whale storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own deep sea storytime at home.

 

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An giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean--almost.

 

In case you missed our Blue storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own colorful storytime at home.

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Bear sees colors by Karma Wilson

While taking a walk with Mouse, Bear meets many other friends and sees colors everywhere.

Death features in everyone's life, in one way or another. There are many books that discuss small-d death. But occasionally Death himself (sometimes herself) takes center stage. One lovely picture book that features Death as a character can be found on MeL: Death, Duck, and the Tulip by Wolf Erlbruch. More books in which the reader meets Death can be found below.

Jack Death by M. L. Windsor

Jack and Nadine, two ordinary kids with pretty unusual parents, live in a place inhabited by magical creatures with a big problem after a villain destroys the Magical Creature Reserve, releasing some ghastly creatures into their midst.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales.

If you're looking to pick up a story about family, give one of these a try. Many of them highlight a challenge facing a particular family, or emphasize family connections. All of these titles are also available in audio book formats, which make them uniquely suited to family reading.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Also available in: e-book | audiobook

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

There's nothing like a good witchy tale to get in the mood for Halloween. The best witches have a practical head on their shoulders and a good sense of humor, and make for interesting and exciting stories. Here are a few favorites.

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
Also available in: e-audiobook

When little, twelve-year-old Molly arrives at Castle Hangnail to fill the vacancy for a wicked witch, the minions who dwell there have no choice but to give her the job and at first it seems she will be able to keep the castle open, but Molly has quite a few secrets that could cause trouble. Molly is sweet and spunky, but will she be able to overcome her faults?

Traces the story of dancer-turned-magician Adelaide Herrmann, placing her achievements against a backdrop of period conventions about women in the arts and her determination to continue her work after the death of her husband. This is a true story of a woman determined to make it in a magician's world.

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