Beginning Readers

10/24/2016 - 9:05am
If you like The Mitten by Jan Brett

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse other book matches here.

The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett
Baba, Nicki's grandmother, knits pure white mittens for him, even though she is afraid that he will lose them in the snow. Sure enough, the first time Nicki is out, he drops one and some animals promptly move into its snug wool interior. First comes a mole, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a fox, a bear and, finally, a mouse. That mouse tickles the bear's nose and he sneezes, dislodging all of the animals at once. Nicki finds his mitten, and takes it home, but Baba is left to wonder about how it became so enormously stretched out. Brett's magnificent paintings feature her usual array of folk details, and this time, intricate knitting tracks, ornate embroidery, the crusty, peeling texture of the birch bark borders and the exquisite patterns found in Baba's homey rooms. (Publisher's Weekly)

If you like books like The Mitten, check out these other wintery children's titles:

Danny's First Snow
by Leonid Gore
When he ventures outside to experience his first snowfall, a young rabbit discovers that his world has greatly changed. (catalog summary)


Frozen Wild: How Animals Survive in the Coldest Places on Earth
by Jim Arnosky
Describes how some animals survive in frigid regions, including muskrats, walruses, and the Arctic fox. With great five fold-out pages! (catalog summary)


10/06/2016 - 12:34am
Quit Calling Me a Monster! by Jory John

His name is Floyd Peterson.

Although he has horns, wild eyes, clompy feet, long toenails, crazy hair, and fangs...that doesn't mean he's a monster.

Floyd does have a huge, toothy grin that glows in the dark. He sleeps in closets and behind shower curtains...he howls at the moon—and the sun. But that doesn't mean he's meat-snacking a monster!

Disregard the terrifying GROWWLS and the ROAAARRS—because Floyd Peterson is not a monster!

09/29/2016 - 12:29am
Wonderfall by Michael Hall

“In this book
you will discover

1 colorful tree
2 scurrying squirrels
and 15 blended words
created to celebrate
the wonder of fall!”
-Book flap

08/10/2016 - 9:17am
Pete the Cat's Got Class by James Dean

Pete the Cat loves math. He loves how all the numbers work together! When Pete discovers his friend Tom is struggling to understand math, he decides that helping would be fun!

“I hate math,” says Tom.
“You don’t hate math,” Pete tells Tom. “You just don’t love it yet.”

08/05/2016 - 10:43am
If you like the Pete the Cat series by James Dean

This readalike is in response to a customer's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form, and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids. You can browse the book matches here.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin & James Dean
As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet. (catalog summary)

Here are a few more in the Pete the Cat series:






If you enjoy the Pete the Cat series, then you might like these other whimsical & clever picture book titles:


The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. (catalog summary)


06/20/2016 - 12:04pm
Grow a Reader: Phonological Awareness

“Willoughby wallaby wee, an elephant sat on me.
Willoughby wallaby woo, an elephant sat on you.
Willoughby wallaby Wustin, an elephant sat on Justin.
Willoughby wallaby Wania, an elephant sat on Tania.”

Raffi may sound like he’s singing nonsense (well, I suppose he really is!), but there’s a method to his silliness. What he is playfully introducing and emphasizing is a pre-reading skill called Phonological Awareness. In other words, the rhyming and alliteration he so wonderfully uses helps a child hear and play with the smaller sounds of words, which, in turn, lays the foundation for sounding out words when beginning to read.

08/13/2015 - 1:41pm
The Princess in Black

Princesses do not run. They also don’t hide their frilly, pink dresses in a broom closet, slide down secret chutes, or jump over castle walls. And princesses definitely do not wear black. But Princess Magnolia is no ordinary princess… she’s a monster-fighting superhero in disguise, The Princess in Black!  

03/11/2014 - 1:08pm
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

It is vital for early elementary aged children to read introductory chapter books that they enjoy.  Reading is fun, but when you’re just learning sometimes you need encouragement that the hard work is worth it!   Even if your young person isn’t ready to tackle the following books independently, they are great read alouds that you both will enjoy while reinforcing the message that--you guessed it--reading is fun!

01/15/2013 - 10:11am
Mock Geisel Award Meeting

You are invited to join members of the library's Youth Services Team as they choose the title they think will win this year's Geisel Award.  The youth services staff will hold a mock awards ceremony prior to the actual announcement.  Please join us at 3 p.m on Wednesday, January 23, in the Headquarters Library Theater.

04/12/2012 - 3:30am
Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry

What is a bear’s favorite baseball team? Why the Cubs of course! In Grin and Bear It, by Leo Landry, Bear is becoming confident in telling his jokes on Woodland Stage in front of all his friends. The only foreseeable problem is that Bear suffers from stage fright. Whenever he tries to speak in front of people, his knees knock, his paws pause, his fur freezes while he stutters, barely being able to speak. Bear rehearses over and over again in front of his mirror while constantly writing new jokes. He feels ready.

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