If You Loved The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

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Miss Jessica


If You Loved Elephant & Piggie…

I Spy Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

The Fly Flew In by David Catrow

Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! by Bob Shea

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

You Can Do It! by Betsy Lewin

Crab Cab by Harriet Ziefert

My Friends Make Me Happy! by Jan Thomas

Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant

That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

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

Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

Miss Marta

If You Loved… Warriors (Read-Alike series)

Best of 2016


Making a top 10 list when you are constantly bombarded with great children’s book all year long is no joke!  As library staff, these are the types of lists we agonize over.  It is always amazing to me the painstaking efforts we make to come up with our end of year favorites here at MPL.  We create our lists, then critique them and do it again.   There are so many great choices and things can change quickly depending on how a book goes reading it to yourself versus reading it out loud to a group of kids and giving it a “test drive,” so to speak goes.  If it weren’t so stressful, it would almost be comical!

The end result though, is always my favorite part.  All that stress turns into a fun and amazing project!  I love hearing which books were standouts for my coworkers and how they used them in programming or with their own little people at home.  These lists have definitely stimulated some fun conversations in our department.  Hopefully they will spark you to check out some of these titles or even make your own list!  Be sure and check back tomorrow to see what made the number nine spot on our list.  Without further ado… our top 10!




Cry, Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved

Life wouldn’t be the same without death.  Death explains how he is needed.


A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young

Charming story of a girl who orders a Unicorn, but when Sparkle arrives, it isn’t quite what she had in mind.  This story has an excellent mix of humor and heart.  Sparkle may be a misfit, but by the end you and your little one will be rooting for him.


Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Raymie wants to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition; if she does, in her mind, maybe, just maybe, her father will come home.  Two-time Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo shines again with the story of an unlikely summer friendship.


You Belong Here by M.H. Clark

Beautiful watercolor illustrations grace the gently rhyming text of this sweet read-aloud. A snuggle-worthy bedtime read for parents and kiddos.

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord and other summer reading recommendations

halfachance Lucy has been the new kid before, so she thinks that she knows what to expect when she moves into a lake house in New Hampshire with her camera in hand.  With her famous photographer father on location and her mother busy unpacking and working, Lucy has a lot of time to spend on the lake with her new neighbor, Nate, and his family. With Nate’s help, Lucy is determined to win a photography contest. Initially her motive was to prove her talent to her father, but the closer she becomes with Nate, the more she wants to win to use the prize money to help give one last great experience to Nate’s grandmother, who’s health is deteriorating due to dementia. When she has to choose between art and her relationships, Lucy begins to look at the world straight on, instead of behind a camera lens.
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