Best of 2016 #6

Welcome to a new week!  Our list is getting shorter, but there are soooo many good books left to share with you!  Our #6 spot will definitely start your week with a smile.  Without realizing it, #6 hit the funny bone for our staff. Miss out on yesterday?  Catch up here.


Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

Goblin is a homebody who is raided and loses his friend, Skeleton.  He must go into the world to rescue Skeleton and find out how the real world really feels about goblins.


King Baby by Kate Beaton

Look out lowly parent peons!  King Baby’s reign is just beginning!  This book will be a guilty pleasure for parents and kids alike.  It is a little tongue in cheek to veteran parents as Beaton describes real life with a new little one from the little ones perspective.  Kids will love the pictures and King Baby’s demands.


Lion Lessons by Jon Agee

A young lion (a human boy in costume) does his best to learn how to be a proper lion from the master (a real lion)- and after grueling lessons, learns the most important lesson of all.  A funny book with great laugh-aloud appeal.


A Child’s First Book of Trump by Michael Ian Black

Yes, this is a political satire, but it’s so brutally frank and honest about the state of our current political landscape in a way kids (and their parents) will actually understand and relate.

Christina’s Corner: Every Child Ready to Read- Play

Part of an ongoing series highlighting the easy, no-cost ways that you can prepare your child for learning to read, today PrintChristina will be discussing the benefits of playing with your child.

Who says learning can’t be fun?

You may have heard that how important it is to prepare your young child for Kindergarten. However, it doesn’t have to be work. The American Library Association stresses the importance of play as one of their five components to their Every Child Ready to Read program. If you missed my previous posts on talking, reading, writing, and singing you can click on the links to read more.

As you can imagine, play is fun! It is also very important because it encourages creativity and imagination. It gives children an opportunity to express themselves and recreate what they see around them. Dramatic play allows a child to make up stories and become a character they have encountered in a book or replay a typical evening at home. This dramatic play will also reinforce how a story is structured with a beginning, middle, and end.

Little ones can surprise you by taking an object and finding a completely different use than what you had anticipated. This occurred when I did a toddler program. I put out paper towel tubes for the children to look through them. Some children did this. However, I saw many other uses for the tubes such as a bat, an oar, and simply rolling it across the floor. One child even tried to stack them tepee style.

If you are uncertain where to begin in encouraging your child in creative play, stop at the library. There are many activity books, puppets, puzzles, and kits that can be checked out to get you started. In helping your child, you may discover your own creativity start to percolate.

Through play children can learn a lot about language. They start putting words to objects and letting their imaginations fly. By stretching this imagination “muscle” children will be better able to make the leaps and connections necessary when it comes time for school.

So let the play begin!



Pokemon-palooza! Part 1

We Built this City.

Last Thursday, we hosted a Pokémon-palooza at the Moline Public Library.  About 150 people came out to talk Pokémon, swap cards, compete in our trivia competition, and more!  We had a fantastic time and think that the kids did, too!  Click through for a rundown of what we did, how we did it, and some bonus photos of the fun!  Check back tomorrow for even more about Pokémon-palooza!  Feel free to use any of our attached ideas and information.  We’re happy to share. Enjoy!

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Best of 2014 – #1

MPL KidsBest Reads 2014 (6)

We read a lot around these parts.  We read picture books, easy readers, graphic novels, non-fiction, juvenile fiction, young adult fiction, and sometimes we even get a chance to pick up a novel intended for adults.  And we’ve finally made it to #1!  Check out the posts from the previous 9 days to see what else we recommend!

This is a Moose by Richard T. Morris

This book is silliness at its best!  A picky director is creating a perfect documentary for the reader about a normal moose doing moose things.  His shoot keeps getting interrupted because his star moose is anything but normal.  From lively grannies to scrappy squirrels, this book will have kids laughing to the last page.  Morris puts a cute and funny spin on what it means to be true to one’s self. -Marta

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I’ve talked about Brown Girl Dreaming before on the blog, so I think it is pretty clear that this book was a standout for me.  In a year when the call for diversity ( has been the hottest topic in children’s literature, it is appropriate that the best book of the year showed exactly why diverse books are necessary.  A beautiful, lyrical autobiography, Woodson has written the best book of the year. -Amanda

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

A quiet holiday becomes full of suspense as one guest after another arrives unannounced to the secluded smuggler’s inn. Twelve year old Milo has to sort out the strange stories, missing items and unresolved deaths without being detected. -Christina

Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Thirteen-year-old Margaret O’Malley is convinced of her father’s innocence even after he’s sentenced to death by the cruel Judge Lucas Biggs.  In a desperate attempt to save her dad, Margaret uses her family’s secret – and forbidden – ability to time travel.  With the help of her best friend, Charlie, and his grandpa Josh, Margaret jumps back to a year that changed Lucas Biggs into the cruel man of today.  The forces of history resist, and Margaret is running out of chances to set things right. -Teresa

Naked by Michael Ian Black

An energetic book about a boy being free. -Sarah

Find Foxy: July 7-13th

Our friend Foxy is heading down the hill to one of her favorite restaurants in the Quad Cities — Culver’s!  Join her there, and don’t forget to snap a photo!



Stop by Culver’s and get a photo with Foxy (tag it with #molinekids)!  Mark this location off on your scavenger hunt and return to the library for a chance in the raffle! (Click here or on the photo for a map)

We have butterflies!

We had hoped that our caterpillar friends would have transformed into butterflies before we revealed our own ‘metamorphosis’ in the Children’s Department last Wednesday, but alas, they took their time.  That doesn’t mean that we weren’t ecstatic to be greeted by beautiful Painted Lady butterflies when we arrived at work on Monday morning!  As of Thursday, all of the butterflies (except two) have emerged from their chrysalises. We will be releasing them soon, so try to stop by as soon as possible to check them out.  If you can’t make it in, we wanted to make sure you got a chance to see these beauts, so enjoy the photos below (select the photo to see a larger image)!


UPDATE: On May 30th we released our butterlies!  To see photos of the release, visit our Flickr account’s butterfly album!


tumblebooksIf you’ve never used Tumblebooks, you’re missing out!  Where else can you read an animated, narrated version Kate DiCamillo’s fantastic Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride for free?  Or How I Became a Pirate? Or Doreen Cronin’s Wiggle? Tumblebooks also provides educational videos, games, and language learning. This is a great service that the Moline Public Library provides for FREE!


How do you get started?  First visit our website at:

Once there, select Tumblebooks and start reading!  Make sure you always visit Tumblebooks through our website, otherwise it will not connect to our account.  Enjoy!