This Week @ MPL


15 Best LGBTQ+ Reads for Kids


Pride Month is in full swing, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.  There are so many great books and characters in adult literature featuring transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer characters, but even more are enriching the pages of kids’ books.  These give a voice to the kids who question (or know) who they are, a voice to the kids raised with two mommies or daddies but more than that, these books feature endearing characters you can’t help rooting for.   Here are a few of the books and character we are celebrating this month!


Picture Books


Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Home at Last by Vera B. Williams and Chris Raschka

Bunnybear by Andrea J. Loney

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

A Tale of Two Mommies by Vanita Oelschlager

A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman


Middle Grade Reads

Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

George by Alex Gino

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari

The Popularity Papers by Amy Ignatow

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy


Saying thank you is important!

During preschool story time after scarf or shaky egg play the children bring their item back to me to be put away. As each child puts the item in the bin I’m holding I make eye contact and say thank you. I feel it is the perfect opportunity to have that small second of positive contact with them. It also seems to keep crowding to a minimum as each child knows that they will have my full attention for a brief moment of time and I believe they feel proud of themselves for being part of the team and making things work.


Seeing an adult lead by example does so much to teach them how to use those powerful words, but there are also lot of great books out there for helping your child make “please” and “thank you” a part of their good habits.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Are Pirates Polite? by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig

Thank You, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Monster Knows Please and Thank You by Connie Colwell Miller

Magic Little Words by Angele Delaunois

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins

Time to Say “PLEASE”! by Mo Willems



This Summer, Make Time For PLAY!

If you’re anything like me, you always start the summer with the best of intentions, and dreams of days filled playing creatively with your kiddos. But sometimes the “how” of play escapes me- after all, I’m 35 and it’s been a loooooong time since I actually played. It’s hard getting out of our adult brains to speak “kid”, especially when there’s a pile of dishes to be done or laundry to be folded…Often my daughter Ruby begs me to play Barbies with her, only to then object to my more “adult” method of playing! How do we successfully engage fully with our kids, and play like a KID?

Enter a brand new book from our Parent-Teacher Collection!


In Well Played, Meredith Sinclair says “When my boys were small and I was home 24/7, I thought I played with my kids ALL. THE. TIME. But as I began to look more closely into what it meant to truly play, I quickly realized that what I was doing was setting up and managing THEIR play.”…”What our kids want is to see us get wasted on a mocktail of utter joy and childlike giddiness once in a while too!” This book is chock-full of genuine PLAY opportunities for the whole family, and shows the science behind the benefits of connecting with your kids on their level. Make room for play in your life this summer- check out Well Played and get started on the best summer of your (and your kids’) lives!

For more ideas for summer play, check out these awesome books in our Parent-Teacher Collection next time you’re here at Moline Library!


And for great play ideas for outdoor summer fun, check out these fantastic reads, also from our Parent-Teacher collection!



Miss Janna

The Sandbox returns, and Summer Reading too!

You loved the sandbox last summer and were disappointed when it left in the fall. Great news the sandbox will be back in June!

Reading Takes You Everywhere is the summer reading theme this year and we are doing countries and Egypt is one of those countries. You will be able to attempt to build a sand pyramid in the sandbox along with whatever your imagine inspires you to try.

The Children’s staff looks forward to helping you find books to make your summer fly, whether it be a book about sharks, aliens, Legos, poetry, graphic, fiction or world history. We will do our best to find a book for you.

As always each week we will have a different activity for you to try.

Drop in and ask us a question.

Miss Sarah