Books for Giving: Children’s Classics

Holidays are a perfect time to connect young readers with books—the right books, that is. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others often ask us for suggestions about what to give (as well as what to check out!). Our children’s librarians created seven themed lists to help you find a book that will be enjoyed. Print copies of the lists are available in the Children’s Room at the Central Library and at all branches. We’ll also post all seven here on Shelf Talk, with links to the books in our catalog, too. We’ll start with timeless classics.

There’s a Wolf at the Door: Five Classic Tales by Zoe B. Alley
This clever retelling of five children’s tales featuring a hungry wolf employs a graphic novel format that is sure to delight readers of all ages.

The Frog Bride, retold by Antonia Barber
Enchanting illustrations by Virginia Lee grace this elegant retelling of a Russian folk tale about a young prince who marries a frog.

Freddy the Detective by Walter R. Brooks
Freddy the Pig and his animal friends solve several mysterious cases on Mr. Bean’s Farm. This is one of many delightful books in Continue reading “Books for Giving: Children’s Classics”

Tom’s Midnight Garden

I have just read again one of my very favorite children’s books, Tom’s Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce, a book that like all the best children’s books can be read with a great deal of pleasure by adults. I know that I find new depths every time I read it.

It is a fantasy about a boy named Tom, who wants to spend the summer at home exploring his garden with his brother. But Peter has measles and Tom has to spend a lonely, boring summer with his uncle and aunt in their flat in an old house in the city, a house with no garden. One night when the clock in the hall strikes thirteen, Tom steps outside the house to find, not the alley with garbage cans of the daytime, but a beautiful garden, which appears again every night. Continue reading “Tom’s Midnight Garden”

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Children’s Book Blogs

Planet Esme BlogHave you ever wondered how to keep up with the thousands of children’s books that are published in a year? Have you always wanted to be able to know more about a book than what you can look through at a bookstore or read the reviews about on Well, here are a few blogs about children’s books that can start you on your way. Check them out, find the ones you like best and if you look back at them every now and then you’ll be able to keep up with and enjoy the wonderful world of children’s books. Here are my five favorites.

Planet Esme
Esme Codell is a children’s book author who describes herself as a “professional readiologist.” Her blog is at the very top of my list of sites to check daily.

Bees Knees Reads
Written by sisters Kim Baise and Nancy Arruda (publisher of Bees Knees Books), who are also mothers of young children and children’s book authors.

Black Threads in Kid’s Lit: Exploring African American Picture Books and other Fanciful Topics
Written by author and quilter Kira E. Hicks.

Book Buds
Written by Anne Boles Levy, author and mother of a young child. She just wants to share what’s new in children’s literature.

Just One More Book
Just One More Book is a thrice-weekly podcast which promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books.

~posted by Mary