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Friday, November 3, 2017

Picture Book Month - Staff Picks

November is Picture Book Month! To celebrate, our staff will be sharing their favorite picture books. Stop by each Friday during the month of November to get suggestions for new picture books to read. You can put them on hold by clicking on the title.

Do you have a favorite picture book? Comment and share your recommendation with us!

Happy reading!

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

“Although there are doubtless far greater picture books than this one, it was the first to come to mind because it was my most beloved picture book as a child. In part because my birthday falls close to the date, I loved Halloween as a child, and to have a book filled with all manner of richly illustrated spooky characters was a real treat. I often gazed at the pictures and had my parents read it to me, affecting different voices for each character, until the soft cover and pages were well-worn. To this day, I can never read the story without craving pumpkin pie at the end!"

-Jacob, Library Assistant


The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

“All the funny noises make me laugh, so it is entertaining for kids and adults!”

-Misha, Teen Programming Librarian

Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

“The story is about a dinosaur visiting the library but is roaring loudly. As I read to the children, I have them roar with me. As the story goes along, the librarian gathers them for a storytime and when the dinosaur roars, she tells him to use his quiet voice. And the children participate by roaring and then using their quiet voice at the end of the story.”

-Laurie, Senior Library Assistant

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

“There are various pages in this book that cause me to laugh out loud -- the one with the turtle trying to climb the rock all day; or the look on the rabbit's face (while wearing the hat) when the bear finds out he has it; or just the classic ending of the book when it seems pretty obvious the bear has EATEN the rabbit in order to get his hat back. The BEST part of the book, however, is the fast-talking parts where first the rabbit denies taking the hat, and then the bear denies having seen the rabbit. I have read it out loud a ton of times and it literally never gets old!”

-Nan, Library Assistant

We Are In a Book! by Mo Willems

“This book has three things I love from a picture book- metafiction, banana jokes, and existential dread. Elephant and Piggie discover two truths in this story. One, they are in a book and two, all books end. Gasp! Mo Willems told NPR- "Every book is a question I don't know the answer to. I figure if it's a good question, then it's a universal question. I don't want my books to be read, I want them to be played."

-Eric, Children’s Librarian (Trainee)

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