Picture Books

Llama llama Red Pajama

Start your summer off right and meet favorite storybook character Llama llama!  This popular series of books focus on family, friendship and learning new things. Come join the fun and wear your pajamas in the middle of the day! Designed for children ages 3-7. Registration begins June 10.

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100th Anniversary of Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week 2019 Poster: Yuyi Morales Read Now Read Forever

Join us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week from April 29th - May 5th.

It's a great time to acknowledge your favorite children's books, authors, and illustrators OR to find new favorites to share. Get involved on your own, or participate with family and friends while you explore the amazing world of children's books.

Our week-long festivities offer many opportunities to join in the fun.

  • Register for Lit Lab: Children's Book Week, open to families with kids ages 4-9 (Monday, April 29th).
  • Dress up as children's book character and visit the Children's Reference Desk for a small prize (all week).
  • Pick up Children's Book Week activities and bookmarks, available on the Children's Reference Desk (all week).
  • Test your knowledge of Children's Book Illustrators at the Teen Reference Desk (all week).
  • Stop by for Free Comic Book day and May the Fourth (Saturday, May 4th).
  • Bonus: this is also Screen Free Week, and you can find activities at screenfree.org.

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The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2019, including the Randolph Caldecott Award. This award goes to the illustrator of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Caldecott Medal Winner. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2019 Caldecott Winner

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall
Ruth the Librarian Hugging Thorndyke the Bear

 

Hey Kids,

Did you know that November 13 is World Kindness Day? It can be hard to show kindness when we're feeling angry or scared, but nothing makes me feel better than finding something nice to do for someone else. So I'm taking a minute today to remind myself to be kind to others. If you're looking for books that might help you show understanding or compassion to someone who needs it, I hope these inspire you. Share them with the grownups in your life and be kind together. If you have your own special kindness books, please share them as a comment below.

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Be kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better and ponders the different ways in which they can be kind.

Clifford Fun!

Start your Best Summer Ever ​with our beloved friend Clifford, the BIG Red Dog! Crafts, activities and Big Red Fun will be included in this program as we laugh, share and celebrate Clifford and the start of summer! This program will take place on June 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Designed for children 3-7. Registration begins May 23.

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Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2018, including the Pura Belpré Award. Since 1996, the Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latinx writer and a Latinx illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in a work of literature for children and young adults. For a full list of this year's winners, see the ALA website.

2018 Pura Belpré Award Winner (Text)

Lucky broken girl by Ruth Behar

In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

There is always something in life to be thankful for. Today's storytime focused on the idea of Gratitude and Being Thankful. Be sure to say "Thank You!" to someone special today and also enjoy these lovely books from today's storytime.

Books Read in Storytime

Unicorns are bringers of joy. Did you miss our Thursday morning storytime where we talked all about the wonders of Unicorns? Have no fear--here are some great titles that you and your littles can read at home:

From Storytime

I am a unicorn! by Michaela Schuett

While Frog is convinced he's a unicorn with his clip-on tail, party hat horn, and ability to fly on swings, Goat is determined to show Frog that he's not, but Goat is about to learn that when someone truly believes, sometimes magic happens.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake PJ Party

Pancakes and Pigs will play the leading role at our Fall program featuring the book "If you give a Pig a Pancake," by Laura Numeroff. Wake up, keep your pajamas on and join us for crafts, pancakes and even a visit with our good friend, Pig. Designed for children ages three to seven. Registration required.

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Preschool Storytime

Preschool storytimes feature longer books, flannel board and rhymes designed for children ages 3 1/2 - 5. These activities help develop pre-reading and school-readiness skills.  Children must be able to sit independently and be attentive for 30 minutes. Parents may attend, if needed, to help transition their child to this program. All parents must remain in the children's department. Storytimes will be held in the Friends Activity Room starting Monday, September 11 through Friday, October 20. Please pick a Monday OR a Friday session. Registration begins August 25.

Mondays, 10:00 - 10:30 a.m., Register for Mondays

Fridays, 1:00 - 1:30 p.m., Register for Fridays

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