Hanukkah Picture Books

Looking for some great Hanukkah stories to share with your little ones?  Check out this list of our favorites!

Eight Wild Nights by Brian Cleary

Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf by Greg Wolfe

Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko

On Hanukkah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll

The Best Hanukkah Ever by Barbara Diamond Goldin

Hanukkah Haiku by Harriet Ziefert

Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel

Hanukkah Moon by Deborah da Costa

 

Miss Marta

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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

Humpty Dumpty ….. After the Fall

 

So many authors have wondered what happened to Humpty Dumpty after the “great fall”, and they’ve come up with some terrific picture books to entertain that idea! Here are some titles for you and your child to explore.

For our very youngest library customer, we have Humpty Dumpty by Jonas Sicklar. If you are not familiar with the “Indestructibles” books, they are designed for the way babies “read” – with their hands and mouth. This version of Humpty Dumpty has the egg man on the Great Wall of China!

Next up is Humpty Dumpty by Daniel Kirk. After Humpty climbs the proverbial brick wall to get a better look at the young king in his birthday parade, the obvious fall happens, and it’s young King Moe who puts Humpty back together, “like a puzzle”!

In Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again by Dave Horowitz, Humpty’s shell has been fixed, but he’s lost his confidence. The author cleverly inserts other popular nursery rhyme characters in this “eggsistensial tale of hope”.

For beginning readers, check out Humpty’s Fall by Dosh Archer, one of the Urgency Emergency! Early Readers series. In this fun adventure, Humpty arrives at the hospital with a cracked shell and severe yolk seepage …. can the doctors at City Hospital save him?

Two fun picture books by Joe Dumpty (as told to Jeanie Franz Ransom) are What REALLY Happened to Humpty? and The Crown Affair (both are from the files of a hard-boiled detective! These stories take place in Mother Gooseland, so you’ll be sure to see some of your favorite characters making an appearance.

We have a series of picture books called Flip-Side Rhymes, where half-way through the book, you must flip the book to get another side of the rhyme. By Christopher Harbo, you may not want to read this Humpty Dumpty version if you are appalled by the ending … [SPOILER ALERT!!!] … poor Humpty gets scrambled and eaten!

Bob Graham tells the story of Humpty’s little sister in Dimity Dumpty. The author believes that Humpty’s notoriety for not doing much at all (basically just falling off a wall!) was not very clever, so he’s telling the story of his little sister, who was quite the heroine.

In Ode to Humpty Dumpty by Harriet Ziefert, the author blends the traditional rhyme with new characters. The whole book is done in rhyme, which makes it fun and playful.

And finally, the book that inspired the title of this post, is After the Fall – How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat. From the book jacket: “Inspiring and unforgettable, this epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme will encourage even the most afraid to overcome their fears, learn to get back up – and reach new heights”.

Miss Teresa

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

 

Earth Science Books

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Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything by Theodore Gray

Rocks, Minerals, and Gems by John Farndon

How to Be a Scientist by Steve Mould

Rocks & Minerals by Nancy Honovich

Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook by Michael Geisen

The Elements Book: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Periodic Table by Tom Jackson

Miss Janna

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