Honorable Mention

Last week you got to read all about our top 10 books of 2017.  We have done a top 10 for  a few years now and it is by far one of my favorite posts to share.  It is also the one I agonize over the most all year.  I LOVE (yes, all caps is warranted) telling people about new books.  I made the tough cuts and took my list from 22 down to 10.  I still wanted to tell you about the other books though!  I couldn’t help myself!  Therefore, I created my own honorable mention category.  These books could have easily been swapped out for others that made my list.  They are that good!  Read on to see what you *almost* missed!





Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

Book two in the newest series and everything from the storyline to the illustrations is exciting!




The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt

Amusing take on how a favorite past time came to be.





In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes

Perfect book to read with the birth to four age set to introduce fall.  Large illustrations and limited text really shows off the wonders of this season and builds the vocabulary of little ones.




After The Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

Perfect social story to talk about overcoming fears and not letting a bad eggs-perience (Yep, I went there.  Sorry, not sorry!) keep you from having good ones!




Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

This hilarious tale of karma speaks loudly to the lesson that sharing is best!




Lockwood and Co, Book 5:  The Empty Grave by Jonathon Stroud

The final installment in a great fantasy series follows Lucy, Lockwood, George, Holly, and Kipps as they finally find the source of “the problem” that has caused ghosts to terrorize the countryside for decades.



Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

Louie’s life goes from easy breezy with his human parents to strange as two sets of things start showing up at his home and his human mom’s tummy keeps growing.  Will there still be a place in the house for Louie?


Miss Marta




#8 of 2017


On down the countdown we go!  If you missed yesterday’s post, go check it out!


Miss Christina


The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The drawings of this book will draw you into this book before you even begin with one word from the author of How to Train Your Dragon. Set in an unknown ancient time, there are two groups. Xar is a Wizard and Wish is a Warrior.  There were once bad Witches, but they were made extinct by the Warriors. Now the Warriors want to get rid of every last bit of magic. Xar is a Wizard who cannot do a single spell and Wish has a magical spoon and enchanted sword that no one knows about. They are both headstrong and determined—and instantly distrust each other when they meet. The danger and adventures instantly begin. Cowell has created an incredible world filled with delightful creatures and names and fascinating pictures and side notes that add to the story.


Miss Sarah


The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires

Lou learns to face her fear.


Miss Teresa


Ben Franklin’s In My Bathroom by Candace Fleming

In this hilarious middle grade novel, Ben Franklin accidently time travels to 10 year-old Nolan’s home, where Nolan shows Ben around the world he helped form.


Miss Marta


Real Friends by Shannon Hale

Fabulous middle grade graphic with beautiful art work by LeUyen Pham (Princess in Black series).  This graphic memoir follows Shannon as she is finding her footing in the world of friendships and being true to herself.  Good friendships aren’t easy, but they are worth it and this book reaffirms this.


Miss Janna


100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids by Amanda Boyarshinov & Kim Vij

Filled with fun learning activities for a rainy afternoon.


Top 10 of 2017


What better way for us to kick off the New Year than taking a look at some of our favorites that we have added to the children’s collection here at the library over the course of 2017.  It isn’t easy for a bunch of bibliophiles to narrow down to a list of ten, but we did it!  Just for you!  Starting January 1st check back each day to see what Christina, Teresa, Sarah, Janna, and I think took top honors in our collection of new additions.  We would love to hear what your favorites of the year were too so either comment below OR stop by the children’s desk and let us know!

Fall Fun is Here

Fall is an amazing time of year in the Quad Cities!  We have beautiful trees, perfect weather, and LOADS of fun things to do and see!  Recently the folks over at Quad City Moms Blog compiled a list of fall happenings and events in the area so you have a quick and easy reference at your fingertips!  Everything is right there for you, including some of our events here at the library!  If you haven’t visited their blog before, click on over and check them out!

Miss Marta