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 Foxy – Jessica Souhami - Crafty fox tricks them all and into his sack go a fine rooster, a fat pig, and even a little boy! Will they escape?

Ike’s Incredible Ink by Brianne Farley – Ike wants to write his own story, but first he is going to need some ink.  He finds it in the most unusual places, but that makes for an interesting story.

Fog Island by Tomi Ungerer – Finn and Cara live near the sea and love exploring the coast in their boat.  But when they get lost in the fog their boat drifts to Fog Island, a place their father has warned them never to go.

Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter – This lovely picture book biography focuses on Matisse’s later life when an illness causes him to change mediums from paints to cut paper.

Locomotive by Brian Floca – This is a beautifully illustrated book of America's early railroads and the experiences of pioneering travelers.

As Fast as Words can Fly by Pamela M. Tuck and Eric Velasquez – Mason is a wiz at typing and uses his skills to help write letters during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. But when he is faced with hostility by the children and adults at his all-white school, he decided to take a stand.




In Andal’s House by Gloria Whelan and Amanda Hall – Kumar, a young boy living in present-day India, faces bigotry when he goes to visit Andal, a classmate from a higher caste family.

Planes Fly! By George Ella Lyon and Mick Wiggins – Fly away with this beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about all things planes.

Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin – Cat lovers will rejoice as this lovely orange tabby thumps, eats, cleans and yawns his way through the day.

Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd – This wordless book allows readers to peek inside and outside with clever cut outs on every page.

Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear by Dianne De Las Casas and Marita Gentry – Mam Mam needs some sody sallyraytus to make buttery biscuits for her family.  The only thing in the way is the big bad bear under the bridge.

Give Up, Gecko: A Folktale from Uganda by Margaret Read MacDonald and Deborah Melmon –In this fun folktale, Gecko wants to help stomp a hole to find water, but the other animals make fun of him for being too small.

It’s that time of year again! Time to join the Summer Reading Club.  Just stop into the Children’s Library beginning on June 22 to sign-up.  Each child will receive a reading log to keep track of their reading.  Sign-ups continue until Saturday, August 3.   We have three levels to choose from:


  1. Read to Me –For children who are not yet reading or beginning readers.  After an adult reads a book to the child, the child colors in a picture on the log.  When they have colored in 12 pictures, they can receive a reward.*


  1. Independent Reader –For children who are reading on their own.  For every 15 minutes of  reading, children color in a picture on their log.  When their colored in pictures equal 4 hours, they can receive a reward.*


  1. Tween – For children entering grades 5 and 6. For every 15 minutes of reading, children will cross out a picture on their log.  When their crossed out pictures equal 10 hours, they can receive a reward.*


The best part of the Summer Reading Club is that the you can ready anything and the reading can be done anywhere  -  at the Library, at home, on vacation – anywhere you have time to read.   We look forward to seeing you!


*Maximum of 3 rewards per child






Round as a Tortilla: A book of Shapes by Roseanne Greenfield Thong & John Parra – Lovely rhyming text teach both shapes and some Spanish words.  Bright and cheerful illustrations add to the fun.

Ball by Mary Sullivan – All this dog wants to do is play with a ball.  But that is easier said than done when the people in the dog's life are busy. The words are sparse, but the expressive pictures vividly tell the story.

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld – Learning about punctuation has never been so funny!

Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa & Dan Santat – This monster dad is no monster at all.  He’s a really sweetie and really fun, too.

If You want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead – If you want to see a whale, there are many rules to follow.  The most important rule: wait, wait and wait.

The Mighty Lalouche by Matthew Olshan and Sophie Blackall – In this underdog story Lalouche is scrawny, but fast and nimble.  These are good qualities for a postman turned boxer.  The illustrations are fantastic!




Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife by Paul Thurlby – Though the pictures in the book are quite silly, they are accompanied by interesting facts. Did you know that every dog has it’s own individual nose print?

Stripes of all Types by Susan Stockdale – With beautiful illustrations and simple text this book explores the many animals with stripes.

 The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers – Rabbit wakes up one beautiful morning to find out he is not alone.  He is being stalked by big black rabbit (aka his shadow).  Rabbit tries to get  away, but he just can't shake him.

Old MacDonald Had a Dragon by Ken Baker – Old MacDonald had a dragon on his farm and it has caused all kinds of trouble.  He slowly but surely gobbles up all the animals on the farm, but he’s gone too far when he eats the farmer's dog, and then the farmer!

That is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems – Willem’s take off on silent films does not disappoint.  Fox meets goose and an idea for dinner is hatched, but as the title warns, it is NOT a good idea.

Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas by Philippe Courdray – This comic for early readers will have children laughing out loud at Benjamin Bear’s bright (and not so bright) ideas.

Screen-Free Week is April 29 - May 5 and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to the Library!  Click on the logo above to find information about how to spend your week unplugged.

Building our House by Jonathan Bean – A young girl tells the story of how her family moves to the country and builds their home from scratch.  Look for the cat slinking around in all of the lovely illustrations.

Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird: A True Story by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Meilo So – Are parrots intelligent? Irene Pepperberg strove to answer this question by studying a parrot she named Alex and the results were astonishing.

Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter – This is an adorable story of five little ducklings that fall through a sewer grate. It’s slightly harrowing, but the ending is very happy.

Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon – A little baseball fan attends two baseball games with his family, one in America and one in Japan.

Puffin Peter by Petr Horacek – Puffins Peter and Paul are best friends. But when Paul gets blown out to sea during a storm, Peter sets out to find him with some help from a friendly whale.

Finnegan and Fox: The Ten-Foot Cop by Helen L. Wilbur, illustrated by  John Manders – Finnegan the horse and Officer Fox make a great team patrolling Time Square.  But when a little girl goes missing, will Finnegan come to the rescue?


Learn about some inspiring women.

Paiute Princess: The Story of Sarah Winnemucca by Deborah Kogan Ray - Sarah Winnemucca was a tireless advocate for the rights of her people.

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang & illustrated by Floyd Cooper - This is the inspiring story of Alice Coachman, the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel & illistrated by Melissa Sweet - In 1909, Clara Lemlich lead the largest walkout of women workers in U.S. history to protest poor treatment and low pay.

Celebrate Black History Month with some great new book!


Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills by Renee Watson & illustrated by Christian Robinson - Florence Mills was a little girl with a big voice and big dreams who grew up to be a star of the stage in New York City. She was also a compasionate soul who used her fame and fortune to help others.

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim & illustrated Bryan Collier - This is the inspirational story of a young, former slave's desire to get an education.  Booker T. Washington's desire was so strong, he walked hundreds of miles to get to school, with barely any money.

A Splash of Color: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet -  Horace Pippin was a born artist who's career was threatened when he was injured during World War I.  The illustrations in this book are a real treat.

 Archie by Domenica More Gordon - After receiving a sewing machine as a gift, Archie makes an outfit for his dog.  Now everyone in the neighborhood wants a smart outfit for their dogs and themselves. 

Kate and Nate are Running Late by Kate Egan & illustrated by Dan Yaccarino - Kate and Nate are trying to get out the door on time, but there is so much to do, and so much can go wrong.

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski - This is a charming bedtime story for all of those not so sleepy little ones.

Happy Hanukkah, Curious George by Emily Flaschner Meyer & illustrated by Mary O'Keefe Young -   George and the man in the yellow hat attend a Hanukkah party.  George spins the dreidel, helps make latkes and of course, gets into a little bit of trouble.

Christmas Wombat by Jackie French  - The wombat is back to celebrate Christmas.  Unfortunately, he gets into a scuffle with a reindeer and has a few other problems.

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko - A little girl describes how she is a mix of two traditions and celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah.



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