Picture Books

02/16/2017 - 12:35am
Cover to Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood

“For me, the violin means everything . . . life.” —Ada Rios

In Ada Ríos’ hometown of Cateura, Paraguay, trash is a way of life. The landfill is a source of income for the gancheros, or recyclers, who spend the days picking through trash to find cardboard or plastic to sell. As a young girl, Ada wondered if she, too, would grow up to work in the landfill. Most people in her town did. Little did she know that trash would be a large part of her life in a completely unexpected way.

02/02/2017 - 12:25am
Cover to I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery

Poems by Cynthia Grady with illustrations by Michele Wood

Cynthia Grady and illustrator Michele Wood have crafted a book to share with children where each poem, together with its picture, is a thoughtful illumination of some aspect of slaves’ experiences.

02/01/2017 - 12:05pm
Mother Goose Gets A Boost! Grow A Reader Workshop

Attention, teachers and caregivers of preschoolers and kindergartners. Learn how to promote motor, music, social, and pre-literacy skills by incorporating creative activities into your classroom routines. Join us at our latest Grow a Reader workshop. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:00-9:00 at the England Run Library
Snow date:  February 28th, 2017, 7:00-9:00

Sign-up begins February 1. Call 540-899-1703, and ask for the Youth Services Desk.

Want to learn more about our Grow A Reader program? It's all about early learning and getting ready to read. We have great resources for you here

01/26/2017 - 12:20am
Cover to Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow

“Ready or not, here I come!”

It’s the familiar call of Hide and Seek. Children know and love the game, and even adults remember the thrill of hearing friends count to ten before coming to find them. In Have You Seen Elephant? by debut author and illustrator David Barrow, a young boy and his elephant spend an afternoon playing the classic game. Elephant tells the boy before they start playing: “I must warn you, I’m very good.” And he’s not lying. As the two friends play, the reader sees Elephant hide in delightfully obvious places . . . but the boy cannot find him. A young child will have a blast finding Elephant at the turn of every page. Have You Seen Elephant? is the perfect story to read one-on-one with a child or with a group. It is sure to generate giggles!

01/19/2017 - 12:10am
The Kraken's Rules for Making Friends by Brittany R. Jacobs

Many mysterious creatures call the sea their home, including the Giant Spider Crab, the Angler fish, and the creepy Goblin Shark.

But there's only one in the ocean who can't seem to make friends. And that's the ENORMOUS, frightening KRAKEN!

04/04/2017 - 9:37am
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Young children often inspire adults with their questions that make us think more deeply about the world and their clear-sighted and interesting interpretation of how and why things happen. The early years of a child’s life are not all about them inspiring us, though; it’s a two-way street, with adults inspiring children as much as they inspire us. The mind of a young child is fertile ground for ideas to take root, and books can be a great place to find new ideas that lead children to dream big.

01/12/2017 - 12:05am
Pond by Jim LaMarche

It all begins in late winter when Matt finds a bubbling stream in an abandoned “pit” in the woods. From there, three friends, Matt, Pablo, and Katie, clear debris and build a dam, creating a large pond. Winter leads to spring, in which the children spend time building a boat to row on the pond. In summer, their lazy days are filled with climbing trees, discovering rocks, and enjoying the freedom of childhood. When winter rolls around again, the pond freezes over and all the neighborhood children have a place to skate. To read Pond, by Jim LaMarche, is to experience creativity, exploration, and the payoff of hard work. Each picture is a snapshot of the children enjoying nature through the seasons, all through the lens of the pond.

12/29/2016 - 2:56am
The Snow Beast

Have you heard of the Beasts? Most likely not, because they're very rare.

Chris Judge, children's author and illustrator, brought us the first story of a Beast in The Lonely Beast (2011). The Beast looks frightening—but he's actually not at all! He only wants to fit in and live like everyone else.

12/15/2016 - 2:47am
Rules of the House by Mac Barnett

"ALWAYS follow the rules." How many times have you heard that command? Do you always follow them, or are you a risky rulebreaker?

In Mac Barnett's Rules of the House, Ian always follows the rules. "No shoes or food in the bedroom." "Dark and white clothing must be seperated." "Always pack a toothbrush!" 

"Rules are meant to be followed," Ian likes to say.

12/08/2016 - 2:42am
Cover to Best in Snow

April Pulley Sayre’s Best in Snow can be enjoyed by both younger and older children. The crisp, composed, and glowing photographs envelop readers and listeners very much as a nature walk in the snow would do. With only a word or a few to a page, listeners can be caught up in the Zen of a perfect wintry moment.

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