Women’s History Month

To celebrate International Women’s Day this week – and Women’s History Month all month – I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and nonfiction books with women and girls as the main character. Damsels in distress need not apply: whether it’s taking on a fire-breathing dragon, acting in a school play, or solving a mystery, these smart, determined girls tackle their own problems. It was too hard to narrow down nonfiction titles about individual women, so I’ve also included some great collective biographies about awesome women throughout history. This is only a drop in the bucket of all the great books about girls out there, so feel free to stop by the Children’s Desk to get some further recommendations!


The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
The Name Jar by Xangsook Choi
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown
My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson


Franny K Stein: Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Savvy by Ingrid Law
Princess in Black by Shannon Hale
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta


Sanity and Tallulah by Molly Brooks
Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
Real Friends by Shannon Hale
Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier
Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka


Girls Think of Everything by  Catherine Thimmish
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky
Shaking Things Up by Susan Hood
She Persisted and She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton
Women Who Dared by Linda Skeers

A Mighty Girl
National Women’s History Project
National Women’s History Museum
Women’s History Month

Miss Jessica

Five on Friday: Beginner Chapter Books

5 on Friday

Hello and welcome to this month’s 5 on Friday! Today we’re talking beginner chapter books. These illustrated chapter books are all on a 2nd-3rd grade reading level, perfect for those who are just starting to branch out into chapter books. Best of all, these books are all the beginning of a series, so if you enjoy them there are even more!



Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.


Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi

In these 4 short stories, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities.


Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great, the world’s greatest kid detective, solves the mystery of the missing picture.


Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!


Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.


And that’s all for this month! Be sure to check back in April, same bat time, same bat channel for the next 5 on Friday.

Miss Jessica


If You Loved The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

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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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