Oh the Hilarity!

~posted by Jenny C.

It’s been a while since I shared my favorite silly picture books with you, and I have a whole new crop of ridiculous and delightful picks!

Find McToad Mows Tiny Island in the SPL catalogMcToad Mows Tiny Island
by Tom Angleberger
This book is both completely ludicrous in plot and remarkably satisfying. McToad loves Thursdays, because on Thursdays he mows tiny island. It speaks to me as someone who inevitably does things the hard way, because it’s more fun. McToad’s appealing, warty face really adds to the experience of this excellent collection of Things That Go.Find Hooray for Hat in the SPL catalog

Hooray for Hat by Brian Won
This book is worth reading for the Giraffe’s toothy smile alone, but it’s also a wonderful cheer-you-up, no matter what’s got your down. Everyone starts out grumpy until the hat parade, which I think is an excellent commentary on life, when you think about it. I mean, who doesn’t need a hat parade?

Find The Bear Ate Your Sandwich in the SPL catalog
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Ok, first of all, no bears come to harm in this book. This is important to note. Also, the sneaky, sandwich eating bear illustrations are hysterically funny — look at that bear face! How he longs for the sandwich! Also, the plot twist makes me giggle every. single. time.

Find Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads in the SPL catalogKid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads
by Bob Shea
What do you do when a cattle-kissin’ threat comes to town? Call for a help from your new sheriff and his trusty tortoise! Excellent, complex, illustrations, and a really silly sense of humor that should appeal to all dinosaur loving, smart-aleck readers. Best line: Give him a minute.

Find Big Bad Bubble in the SPL catalogBig Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin
Ok, so I thought that Dragons Love Tacos was my favorite Rubin book, because it’s uproariously funny, but this one? This one! Is the funniest book ever. Tell Wumpus to stop crying, he’s in the funniest book ever. You hear that, Yerbert? Froofle? Mogo? Let’s talk about bubbles, shall we?
um, yeah. Just read it.

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Gift Books for Kids (Nonfiction is your friend!)

~posted by Selby G.

If you are reading this post to get ideas about what book to gift a child for the holidays you are probably envisioning a fiction book. Maybe a classic like Treasure Island or an award winner such as Brown Girl Dreaming. And although I fully support loading a kid’s life with fabulous fiction books, I ask you not to forget the nonfiction. Children’s nonfiction has exploded in recent years and there are some amazing books that will fascinate and enthrall. Below are just a few of what you will find when you wander into the ‘fact section’. Continue reading

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Movie Mondays: Thanksgiving Films

~posted by Frank

When you hear about holiday films, most people wax nostalgic for heartwarming Christmas films. But what about Thanksgiving? While four of the most popular Thanksgiving flicks may tug at the heartstrings, eventually, it’s usually dysfunction and family drama that’s front and center. Continue reading

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Congratulations National Book Award Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 66th National Book Awards!

FICTION: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson. You can also listen to an SPL podcast of the author reading from this very book!

NONFICTION: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

POETRY: Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.

Hungry for more? Check out past National Book Award winners or peruse the finalists and the longlist.

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A Taste of Turkey from the Seattle Room Menu Collection

~posted by Jade D.
Melody Lane menu, 1951
Looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu? Take a look at our Seattle Room Menu Collection to start gathering ideas for your turkey dinner from some of Seattle’s historic restaurants. Continue reading

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BookFlix: A Fun Learning Database for Children

posted by Duan

Book FlixAs a Seattle Public Library card holder, you can not only check out books, books on CDs, DVDs, and music CDs for your children by visiting your local branch, you can also remotely access many library-subscribed databases at home. If you want to help your child become a fluent, confident, and independent reader, I’d recommend you to check out the fun database BookFlix. Continue reading

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Off-season? No problem.

~posted by Emily 

Click here to view the Food Lover's Guide to the World in the SPL catalogTemperatures are dropping, we’ve turned back the clocks, and it’s safe to say that summer is long behind us. But that doesn’t mean the opportunity for travel has passed us by. In fact, there are several reasons why it’s advantageous to plan travel during the off-season.

One of the biggest advantages of traveling during the off-season is because it is exactly that: OFF-SEASON. In other words, you won’t be competing with herds of other travelers. You may find cheaper airfares when less people are buying plane tickets. Most hotels and even some attractions list lower rates during the off-season, so you’ll have some extra currency for more local treats. And you never know, those museum tickets that most people reserve months in advance might just be available for attendance on a whim. Continue reading

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