Whatever Your Holiday, We’ve Got Books For You!

Feliz Navidad!

Hanukkah Sameach!

Harbari Gani!

Merry Christmas!

They’re all on display here in the Children’s Department!

And if you’re not into holidays, we have a special Winter book display just for you!

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Miss Janna


Christmas Reads for the Middle Grades

When my kiddos were little, we would always raid the library around the end of November, gathering all of our favorite Christmas picture books.  It was something we all looked forward too.  We would read each night just before bedtime in front of the Christmas tree.  It was magical for them and for me.

As they have grown older, moving onto chapter books and their own reading tastes, part of this tradition has backed off.  My middle schoolers and upper elementary kiddo no longer think hanging out with mom around the Christmas tree is cool *sigh*.  At least I can say, they still love a good holiday book!  Luckily, there are a lot of great Christmas middle grade reads.  It sometimes takes a little digging to find the right one for your reader, but there are more choices than you may realize.  Here are a few of our favorites!   Just stop by the children’s desk and we will be happy to find the right one for your reader!


When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke

On Christmas Eve by Ann M. Martin

Nancy and Plum by Betty MacDonald

A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by Brett Helquist

The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab

WinterFrost by Michelle Houts

The Christmas Genie by Dan Gutman

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig

Kringle by Tony Abbott

Young Scrooge: A Very Scary Christmas Story by R.L. Stine

Jingle by Dan Gutman

Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett

Miss Marta

Picture Book Biographies

Picture book biographies.

Did you know such a thing existed?

Many people do not realize that these books do exist. They are wonderful way to introduce the lives of famous and/or important people to young people.

The first picture book biography I read was the Day-Glo Brothers. It is the story of two brothers and how Day-Glo colors were invented. I learned something new and was entertained by the drawings in the book.

We have a list of some of the picture book biographies we own. Just ask at the Children’s Desk and we will be glad to help you find one.

Miss Sarah

Ice Breaker Books for kids

One of my favorite kids’ books is NAKED! by Michael Ian Black.


Naked! is a fun & fast paced story kids really enjoy. I read it with lots of enthusiasm and by the third naked I’m usually not alone saying, “Naked!” The illustrations are wonderful. I find this a good book for breaking the ice with kids that you have just met.  Check below for some other great books for breaking the ice with kids!


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

The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald

The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black

I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Let’s Go For a Drive! by Mo Willems

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

Max at Night by Ed Vere

That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night: A Very Messy Adventure by Refe and Susan Tuma


What is your favorite book for breaking the ice with new kids?

Miss Sarah


Mysteries for the Middle Grade Crowd

This time of year has us flooded with kids asking for good mysteries and scary stories.  With so many to choose from, it is hard to know which ones are worth the read.  Here are a couple new mysteries to the department that are sure to please!

Room of Shadows by Ronald Kidd

This is a new title to our shelves but plays off the work of Edgar Allen Poe.  It follows the story of David Cray. He has had anger issues since his dad left and he and his mom move into a creepy new house. Bored, David discovers a secret room with an old-fashioned desk, a chest, and a carving of a raven. Suddenly he’s having strange dreams about the room and the house. Who is the Raven who is taking responsibility for these violent pranks? And why do the pranks resemble Poe’s stories?


Midnight Reynolds and the Spectral Transformer by Catherine Holt

Book one of a new series is always exciting, especially when it follows a girl who can see ghosts! When twelve year-old misfit Midnight Reynolds takes a job helping out eccentric Miss Appleby in the mansion down the street, she discovers she has the ability to see ghosts. Together she and her employer begin battling the specters, but when Midnight learns more about the history of her town, she starts to wonder if she’s fighting on the right side.

For more tried and true mysteries and scary stories, click here!

Miss Marta

New Space Books Have Landed!


Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moon, and Other Heavenly Bodies That Orbit Our Sun by Marcus Chown

Exploring Space by Martin Jenkins

Many Moons by Remi Courgeon

Go For Liftoff: How to Train Like an Astronaut by Dr. Dave Williams

Space Flights, Spacewalks, Astronaut in Training, and Living in Space by Kathryn Clay

Night Sky Watcher by Raman Prinja

Night Sky by Howard Schneider

Miss Janna