Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Editions Now Available!

It doesn’t seem like 20 years have passed since I sat in my dorm room totally engrossed in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  I remember this series as the first since my childhood that I just devoured.  I couldn’t get enough.  With each new title released, it felt like a homecoming of sorts as I was pulled back into the magical world J.K. Rowling had so carefully crafted.


Now I have kiddos of my own who have delved into these books and fallen in love with them the same way I did so many years ago.  In honor of the 20th Anniversary of these books, they have now been released with new cover art by Brian Selznick.  Selznick is a wonderful author/illustrator in his own right however his illustrations bring new life to this epic story for the next generation.  If you want to check out the anniversary releases we now have them available for check out at MPL.  Stop in for a look and fall in love with the books all over again!

Miss Marta


The Next Step: Early Chapter Readers


Making the jump from early readers to chapter books can be daunting. Fortunately, authors and publishers are realizing the need for fun, simpler chapter books to help kids make that transition.

Below are a list of book series to start children off on their new reading challenge with some fun reading. Individual books in each series may be easier or harder. In the listing below you will find written the different reading system levels for the first book in each series to aid you in choosing a series you feel will encourage your child’s reading.

Please don’t’ hesitate to ask at the Children’s Desk for help to find these books and for additional suggestions.




Haggis and Tank Unleashed by Jessica Young     J Fic You

Reading Levels: Lexile 480 / Guided Reading  M / Accelerated Reader 3.1

A mix of chapters and comic book panels with full page color illustrations.


Judy Moody and Friends by Megan McDonald     J Fic McD

Reading Levels: Lexile 480 / Guided Reading J / Accelerated Reader 2.5

Judy Moody stories just right for new readers. Lots of illustrations in color.


Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo     J Fic Dic

Reading Levels: Lexile 450 / Guided Reading  K / Accelerated Reader 2.7

Kids will adore this lovable pig and her antics. Lots of color illustrations.


Monkey Me by Timothy Roland     J Fic Rol

Reading Levels: Lexile 510 / Guided Reading O / Accelerated Reader 2.4

Thanks to a wacky banana, energetic Clide turns into a monkey when he gets excited!


Nancy Clancy by Jane O’Connor     J Fic Oco

Reading Levels: Lexile 450 / Guided Reading O / Accelerated Reader 3.3

Fancy Nancy is growing up and now is interested in dectective work- but in a fancy way, of course! Illustration in black and white.


Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings      J Fic Cum

Reading Levels: Lexile 490 / Guided Reading M / Accelerated Reader 3.3

For those young, brave readers who like creepy things such as balloon monsters out to get you. Cartoon type illustrations in black and white.


Owl Diaries by Rebecca Elliott     J Fic Ell

Reading Levels: Lexile 400 / Guided Reading M / Accelerated Reader 3.0

Fun books about friends written in diary form with some speech bubbles. Illustrations in color.


The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale      J Fic Hal

Reading Levels: Lexile 500 / Guided Reading N /Accelerated Reader 3.2

Funny and action packed—this is not your average princess. Illustrations in color.


Princess Posey by Stephanie Greene     J Fic Gre

Reading Levels: Lexile 380 / Guided Reading  K / Accelerated Reader 2.9

Simpler and calmer than Junie B Jones but just as lovable. Black and White Illustrations.


Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey     J Fic Pil

Reading Levels: Lexile 520 / Guided Reading L / Accelerated Reader 2.9

Has comic book panels, superhero action, and Pilkey’s Flip-O-Rama. Illustrations in color.


Yo-Kai Watch by Kate Howard     J Fic Yok

Reading Levels: Lexile 430 / Guided Reading N / Accelerated Reader 3.4

Fun Yo-Kai characters in chapter book form for young readers. Illustrations in color.

Jabberwalking – my new favorite book!

Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera

New to our library is the great new poetry book Jabberwalking. This book is filled with enthusiasm and fresh ideas.

This book is both a guide on how to and poetry. The guide is not forceful and feels like a buddy is sharing information. The poetry is fierce and full of energy

I’ve read bits to my coworkers with gestures and full voice. They enjoyed it and want to know more about the book.

So very happy this book is in our library!

Miss Sarah


Storytime is the Best!

Last evening I stepped in for a coworker and did her Littles (birth to 3) story time.

I had the best time! Of course the kids were adorable and the parents were fantastic. But this time everything ran like clockwork, with a couple adorable hiccups.

The box of shaky eggs was opened early by a little one, but she shared with the others. It was so cute. I had a few rhythms to read by but it was a soft sound. I adjusted & did a shaky egg song a bit earlier than planned.

The little ones were attentive to the stories and I read with newfound confidence and enthusiasm. The stories rolled off my tongue, as the pages turned the little ones were waiting to find out what happened next.

Titles for this story time:

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill

Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques) was the scarf action play and we all smiled when one of the little ones took my scarf too.  It is such a fun song with little ones!

(waving scarf in the air)      Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels

(balling scarf in hands)       in the pot, in the pot

(Shaking hands cupped      shake them, shake them, shake them

around scarf)                      shake them, shake them, shake them

(throwing scarf in the air)  ‘Til they POP! ‘Til they POP!     


There were a few tears at the end when a little one didn’t want to leave.

The stars aligned, the little ones and their parents were in great moods and it flowed.

It was pretty close to perfect.  Nah, it was perfect!

Miss Sarah


Storytime for Littles: Trucks and Cars

Sometimes, but not always, I like to do a “themed” storytime. This week was one of those times! We read these books about cars and trucks:

I’m a Truck Driver by Jonathan London

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car by Kate Dopirak

Here’s a fun link to tell you a bit more about the book, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Car: an interview with the author describing the process of writing a book all about a “little car’s night trip”!

For play time, I put out the road throw rug, surrounded by our foam snap together road tiles, with a big tub of cars, trucks, and construction vehicles.

For the art table, I found a cute garbage truck coloring sheet that the children could color and glue on some “garbage” (which was actually tissue paper squares).

For music time, I played the video of Jim Gill’s Truck Stop. I think everyone had fun pretending to start their trucks and stop at the truck stop!


Finally, please, if you love Jim Gill as much as we do here at the library, put this on your calendar:

Jim Gill will be at the Moline Public Library on Monday, August 6th, 2018, at 10:30am to do a kids concert! Join us for this free event!

Miss Teresa