Book-to-Movie adaptations

Several new films for 2018-2019 draw their inspiration from children’s books.  It’s always fun to watch a film after reading the book to see how they compare, or to watch one set in the universe of a popular series, like J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

The House with a Clock in its Walls is the film adaptation of the book by the same name.  It was written by John Bellairs, who wrote several fantasy and gothic mystery novels for young people.  It’ll be released September 20, 2018.

A new, modern take on Little Women will be out on September 28, 2018 based on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  You can watch the trailer here.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween is a sequel to 2015’s Goosebumps and is inspired by R.L. Stine’s popular book series.  It will be out October 12, 2018, just in time for Halloween.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set for release November 16, 2018.  It’s the followup to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a spinoff of the Harry Potter Series by Rowling.

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Mary Poppins Returns is the much anticipated sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic Mary Poppins and is based on the book series by P.L. Travers.  It’ll be out December 19, 2018.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World based on the series by Cressida Cowell is coming out March 1, 2019.  This is the third installment of the story of Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.

The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle based on the classic The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting will be out April 12, 2019.

The Artemis Fowl movie finally has a release date.  It is based on the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.  There isn’t too much info available yet, but a release date of September 19, 2019, has been set.

What are your favorite children’s book adaptations?  In addition to the Harry Potter series (of course), my favorites are Matilda by Roald Dahl and Coraline by Neil Gaiman.

Miss Tess


10 Books on Starting School

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It’s September and that means everyone has started back to school. For little ones, this can be a tricky time that leads to lots of worry and what-ifs. These picture books (and 1 chapter book) are all great ways to guide them through this transition.



I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child – Charlie and Lola books are so much fun. Lola is sure that she is too small to start school, but her brother Charlie patiently convinces her with all sorts of funny reasons on why she needs to go.



Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker – Izzy finds lots of things that “wow” her on her first day of school.



Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton – Splat is nervous about his first day at cat school, but it goes better than expected.



The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – Chester Raccoon is nervous about his first day of school, until his mother tells him a story that reassures him.



Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman – Chu, the sneezy panda is heading off to school for the first time. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice and wonders what will happen there.



Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin – Of course we can’t forget Pete! Pete’s all ready for school: he’s got his red high-tops, his backpack, his lunch box, and his red guitar. There are a lot of new things during his day, but he doesn’t worry and just keeps singing his song.



Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park – This is a beginner chapter book and not a picture book, but Junie B. is great for reading aloud! Junie B. describes her first day of kindergarten and what happens when she decides not to take the bus home like she’s supposed to.



School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex – It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and even the school itself is a little nervous.



Sumi’s First Day of School Ever by Soyung Pak – After Sumi’s first day of school, she decides it is not as lonely, scary, or mean as she had thought.



Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes – Wemberly is a little mouse and she is quite the worrier. Starting nursery school brings a whole list of new worries, but she faces her fears on her first day.


Miss Jessica

Banned Book Week & Photo Op

It is September and my mind always turns to Banned Books Week. Working in our library children’s department makes me want to guard our books so the children can read about the world around them.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association,

Children do not live in a bubble. The real world is around them every day. They have questions. I need to be able to assist their parents & guardians in locating books that will answer those questions.  Children want to explore their world, the good and the bad are parts of the world, and they should be able experience both through the safety of books.  Children cannot grow to be critical thinkers if they cannot read about the world around them.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association,

If you find a free moment check out some banned or challenged books and find out why they were banned.  Check out the most challenged books of 2017.  Did You read any of them?  What did you think about them? I find some of the reasons outrageous. Books have been banned for being “too depressing” or the author’s name is the same as another author who wrote something controversial so the first author’s picture book was banned.

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association,

I have made a photo op on one of the pillars in our library. It looks a bit like a police line -up background. There is a small sign you may hold with your book that says “Caught Reading Banned Books. I hope you will find your favorite banned or challenged book and have your picture taken.  Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures on social media!”

Miss Sarah

Modern Mythology

Myths are full of action, adventure, and drama!  They are so vivid and compelling, it’s no wonder many modern works draw inspiration from these tales of old.

If you or a reader you know can’t get enough gods, monsters, and mortals, you may be interested in some of the following books and series.

Greek Myths 

Beasts of Olympus Series by Lucy Coats

Heroes in Training Series Series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Goddess Girls Series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Mythic Misadventures series by Carolyn Hennesy

The Olympians graphic novel series by George O’Connor


Norse Myths

Norse Myths Series by Carl Bowen

Norse myths : tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki in New Versions by Kevin Crossley-Holland and illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love

The Blackwell Pages Series by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Runemarks by Joanne Harris

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Freya adapted by Christopher E. Long and illustrated by Mike Dubisch


Egyptian Mythology

The Children of the Lamp Series by P.B. Kerr

The Kane Chronicles graphic series and novel series by Rick Riordan

Many of Rick Riordan’s other works are inspired by mythology too.  The Trials of Apollo series and the Percy Jackson & the Olympians graphic and novels are two very popular series.

His new publishing imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, aims to feature authors and stories from underrepresented cultures.


The first book published, Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, is a fantastic adventure involving Hindu mythology.  

There are also plans to release a book based on Navajo mythology and Cuban folklore, so stay tuned for those!

Miss Tess