My Lunch with Author Jill Esbaum

One of the perks of being a children’s librarian is that we sometimes, once in a while, get to meet some pretty amazing people in children’s-book land! Today I was able to join children’s book author Jill Esbaum for lunch here at the library cafe and learn a little more about her. Having read her books with my kids, and to groups of kiddos as part of our regular programming, it was so interesting to hear first-hand a little bit about how she became an author, her writing process,  and just enjoy seeing her face light up as she described working with different publishers and illustrators- a special behind-the scenes glimpse at how the books my kids and I know and love were created.


Jill will be here at the library this Saturday, April 14th at 2pm at a special event celebrating her books, including her newest one, How to Grow a Dinosaur. We will have games, activities and fun crafts based on several of her books at this event for all ages.

Wondering if you’ve read any books by Jill? I bet you have, and you just may not know it! She’s written over 40 books, many of which are favorites here at the library. If you haven’t, be sure to come check these out next time you visit us! My kids absolutely LOVE Estelle Takes a Bath, and with its goofy rhyming it makes a perfect read-aloud. They were completely engrossed by Teeny Tiny Toady, and even got a little teary as the tiny toad struggled to find her bravery and get her mama out of the bucket, and cheered when she used her smarts to find a way. And of course, her work for National Geographic has been amazing!

Miss Janna


More Great Graphics!

There has been a boom in graphic novels for the middle grade readers!  These are just a few of our favorites!  Come in and check them out today!


Miss Marta


Educator Resources

Did you know we have a section chock-full of helpful resources for teachers? Whatever your age group or subject, we have something for you here at Moline Library’s Parent- Teacher Collection!

Here’s some of our newest titles! Find them through our catalog.

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Miss Janna



My first pug dog, Mia

Pugs are really popular right now, with good reason! If you have ever known a pug, you know  they are loyal, cuddly, curious, and cute.

According to the American Kennel Club, pugs are one of the oldest dog breeds, dating back as far as 400 BC. A pug’s job is the same now as it was then – to keep humans company!

We have some great books featuring pugs here at the library.



Pug by Ethan Long

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pugs are the Best! by Elaine Landau

Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

Miss Tess

Booktalking to 3rd Graders

If you’ve got a third grade child in the Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40, ask your child if their library class at school has had any visitors lately?

Our children’s department staff has been visiting all the 3rd grade library classes the past couple of weeks. Our objective has been to booktalk some new books, talk about what’s happening in the public library, and hand out library card application forms.

Booktalks are short, informal presentations designed to inspire others to read the same book – we essentially are trying to “sell you” on reading that book!  “Booktalking” is one of the most effective ways to get kids reading, and we’ve had a blast talking to and with these terrific kids!

Here’s a list of what Miss Teresa was “selling” in her booktalks!

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Anne of Green Gables: a Graphic Novel adapted by Mariah Marsden

The Boxcar Children – Fully Illustrated Edition by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead

Bad Kitty – Camp Daze by Nick Bruel

The Secret Cookie Club: P.S. Send More Cookies by Martha Freeman

Hilo – The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

How To Be An Elephant – Growing Up in the African Wild by Katherine Roy

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers

Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

Not So Different – What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – The Case of RBG vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter

Big Nate – Thunka, Thunka, Thunka by Lincoln Peirce

Miss Teresa

Recent Reads

Welcome to Wonderland: Home Sweet Motel

By Chris Grabenstein (author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library)

The  Wonderland Motel is not so wonderful anymore. It’s first year in existence was great. That was before Walt Disney opened his theme park. Now the Wonderland Motel is in serious financial trouble. P.T. can’t imagine the motel being sold and no more free ice cream and room service. Fortunately it’s spring break and one of the guests, Gloria Ortiz, is a bored business whiz kid looking for a project. Together as they dream up some unusual tactics to save the motel they stumble on something from the past that adds trouble and danger to their plans.

A fun read. I personally would recommend anything written by Chris Grabenstein.

First of a series. Available in Book and CD.



My Weird School Fast Facts: Space, Humans and Farts

By Dan Gutman

This book is also by the same author as the Flashback Four series. He also writes My Weird School series and the Genius Files.

This series Fast Facts is a fun way to pick up about the world along with jokes and things to try.

This book covers all sorts of science topics such as the solar system, forces, animals and famous scientists. There is one  chapter called Fakes, Frauds and Fame which talks about how some people have posed as scientists in the past to promote something that wasn’t real, such as the Cardiff giant. The series also includes the books: “Geography”, “Sports”, and “Explorers, Presidents and Toilets”.




Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker

By Shelley Johannes

Beatrice is an upside down thinker, ready to take on the world.  To start the new school year she’s going to wear her ninja outfit and meet up with her best friend. Unfortunately, things with Operation Upside quickly go topsy-turvy as soon as she arrives. In the space of a day things just go from bad to worse but it doesn’t slow Beatrice down. She’s determined that Operation Upside continues.

Beatrice is a fun, spunky character,  who is always finding trouble.





Marty Pants: Do Not Open!

By Mark Parisi

Marty is an artist. He has the heart of an artist and can see things that others can’t see. He also has a very active imagination and a tendency to jump to conclusions without thinking things through.  So when he finds a note that says “An alien is observing you,” he just “knows” that it refers to his short-tempered teacher, Mr. McPhee. Thus begins Marty’s campaign to save the world.  I love the drawings. They are supposed to be Marty’s drawings. Since he can’t draw bikes, when he talks about riding his bike he draws a pogo stick instead. And I love how this story ends. It makes you think about your teachers and wonder who they are when they are not being a teacher!

First in a series.




Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

By Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow has more trials than the average kid. She was born cursed. She’s on the official cursed registry, in fact. When anything goes wrong in Jackelfax, she is the person they blame. The worst part of being a cursed child though, is that she will die at the stroke of midnight on her eleventh birthday. That was her fate until a strange man at the last minute with the Hunt of Smoke and Shadow on their heels, whisks her away  to the city of Nevermoore as a Wundrous Society candidate. She can only stay though, if she passes the trials – and one of them requires a special talent which is something she lacks. Has she only postponed the inevitable? Will her curse never end?

You will quickly get lost in this book. It is imaginative, action filled, and suspenseful.

I listened to the CD and looked for reasons to be in the car so I could hear more of the story. It’s currently my favorite book!

First in a series. Available in Book and CD.

Miss Marta

If You Loved Elephant & Piggie…

I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

The Fly Flew In by David Catrow

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

You Can Do It! by Betsy Lewin

Crab Cab by Harriet Ziefert

My Friends Make Me Happy! by Jan Thomas

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

Miss Marta