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

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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)


10/18/2016 - 12:41am

I was looking at some new picture books recently, and there were two very cute books in the pile featuring cats. It got me thinking about a conversation I had a while ago with a fellow librarian who is a cat lover. She was expressing her disappointment because she felt that cats were underrepresented in children’s picture books. Books featuring dogs seem plentiful, but books with cats are a little harder to find. I don’t know what this means: do people in general really prefer dogs over cats, or is it just children’s book authors and publishers who seem to favor dogs?

I certainly do not want to get in the middle of the perennial cats vs. dogs debate, but I do want to let cat lovers know: do not despair!  There is a wide variety of delightful picture books featuring cats, and I have pulled together a list of some of my favorites. Some are funny; some are sweet; some have outstanding illustrations; and all feature cats. As I thought about this topic, it got me thinking that because there is a day for everything, surely there must a National Cat Day, and there is! Feline fans, celebrate your cuddly companions any day, but on October 29, National Cat Day, I suggest you make a special point of grabbing one of these books about cats and inviting a child to enjoy a story with you.

10/11/2016 - 1:26pm
If you like Short Stories (for Kids)

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A few selected short story books for Kids:

Baseball Crazy: Ten Stories that Cover All the Bases
Ten stories about the love of baseball, the fear of baseball, and everything in between. (catalog summary)


Classic Western Stories: The Most Beloved Stories
Stories, folktales, and poems with a western setting, including stories of Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Indian legends, and tales of Lewis and Clark, among others. (catalog summary)


Dragons at the Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett
An illustrated collection of fourteen short stories featuring "dragons and wizards, councilors and mayors, an adventurous tortoise and a monster in a lake, along with plenty of pointy hats and a few magic spells" written when the author was a teenaged newspaper reporter. (catalog summary)



10/11/2016 - 12:01pm
Jumpstart's Read for the Record: October 27, 2016

Celebrate literacy by participating in the world's largest shared reading experience. During last year's Jumpstart's Read for the Record event, over 2.2 million people participated. Jumpstart is hoping for even more readers this year, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is going to help. Together on this special day, we'll support the Jumpstart organization in its efforts to promote early childhood education.

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

09/01/2016 - 12:10am
Cover to Quiet in the Garden

In Aliki’s Quiet in the Garden, a young boy settles down in what he thinks is a quiet garden—and yet, when he is quiet, too, and listens, he hears the animals all around him. He sees what they are doing, from the robin to the fish to the worm to the rabbit.

In their company, he experiences the simple joys of the natural world. With pleasant repetition cumulating in a feast for all, the garden may not be exactly quiet, but it is a most amazing, nurturing place.

08/23/2016 - 12:03am
Nature Books for Young Children

Being outdoors in nature offers children endless possibilities to engage and stimulate their curiosity. If you can’t get your children outdoors for one reason or another, books are a great way to explore the wonders of nature further. Many children are keenly interested in animals and nature, and there are a nearly endless number of books for elementary-aged children and older where they can learn about plant and animal life.

08/23/2016 - 3:35pm
Cover to Simple Gifts: A Shaker Hymn

Rich, beautiful drawings from Christopher Raschka invite young children into a vividly natural world in Simple Gifts: A Shaker Hymn.

08/16/2016 - 12:43pm
If you like The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of A Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and A Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. (catalog summary)


If you like the fantastical adventures of Despereaux, check out these whimsicial and classic titles as well:


Babymouse (20: Goes for the Gold) by Jennifer L. Holm (graphic novel)
Urged by her mother to find a physical activity, Babymouse, who would rather read and eat cupcakes, tries out for the swim team. (catalog summary)



Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. (catalog summary)


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.”


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