Our Youth Services staff have lots of suggestions for fun books to read with the little ones in your life:
Rachel at Central Recommends:
Your Personal Penguin
by Sandra Boynton
Tells the story of a slightly bewildered hippo and the loyal penguin who wants nothing more than to be his pal: “Now, lots of other penguins seem to be fine in a universe of nothing but ice. But if I could be yours, and you could be mine, Our cozy little world would be twice as nice. I want to be Your Personal Penguin.”
Paula at Glencarlyn Recommends:
by Kate & Jim McMullan
The score is tied at the end of the first period of the hockey game. While the players skate off the hacked-up ice, the cranky announcer doubts that the Zamboni can clean the ice in under 18 minutes. But this machine doesn’t just do the job, he does it with attitude and explains his many functions along the way, with cutaway views of the blades, augers, paddles, and spray tubes that help get the job done.
Elephants Can’t Jump
by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds
Elephant wants to know why he can’t jump like Lion, Monkey, and Giraffe, but his family’s terse explanations don’t convince him to stop trying. Time and again, he thinks up a new strategy, but his attempts always fail, much to the amusement of his friends. Finally frustrated by his fruitless efforts and his friends’ laughter, Elephant goes off to sulk and discovers a boy who is stuck on the ledge of a cliff. The child implores him to “‘Jump down and save me!'” but of course, elephants can’t jump. So Monkey tries, Lion tries, and Giraffe tries to jump down to help, but they all end up stuck on the rock below with the boy. Elephant realizes what needs to be done and musters all his strength to rescue his friends and the boy with his long, strong trunk.
Anne at Westover Recommends:
by Hervé Tullet, translated by Christopher Franceschelli
Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey… Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and more. Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size!
Megan at Shirlington Recommends:
by Matthew Cordell
This deceptively simple picture book packs an emotional wallop. A very content, very compatible elephant couple quietly go about their lives, planning and building, but come to realize something is missing: “We think of you.” They determine that they are ready for change, so they start making preparations for a new arrival. “But you never come. And everything stops.” Simple declarative sentences continue the narrative, as the elephant couple patiently wait. Happily, a baby finally arrives with a earth-shaking rumble and a roar of joy and contentment.
by Kelly DiPucchio, pictures by Christian Robinson
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.
by Aaron Reynolds, pictures by Matt Davies
Nerdy Birdy enjoys reading and video games, but being nerdy is a lonely and friendless lifestyle until he meets a flock of birds just like him.
Karen at Cherrydale Recommends:
Tip Tip Dig Dig
by Emma Garcia
From the crane that lifts, lifts, lifts to the bulldozer that push-push-pushes, to the steamroller that rolls, rolls, rolls, every machine here makes it own special sound. Kids will love the irresistibly rhythmic text and the adorable, personality-filled vehicles with headlights that look like eyes. And the surprise ending, when the great big mess on page one becomes a wonderful playground, is sure to leave them delighted!
What Do You Do With An Idea?
by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom
This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.
Desiree at Columbia Pike Recommends:
by Pharrell Williams, photography by Amanda Pratt
A picture book rendition of Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams’ super-hit song features vibrant photographs of children across cultures celebrating what it means to be happy.
The New Small Person
by Lauren Child
Elmore Green likes being an only child, so when his parents bring a new small person, his baby brother, into the house he is not pleased and does his best to keep the new small person out of his life.
Terreya at Shirlington Recommends:
Ballet Cat: the Totally Secret Secret
by Bob Shea
Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are best friends, but even best friends sometimes have trouble finding something to do. Sparkles makes suggestions (Crafts! Checkers! A lemonade sale!), but Ballet Cat vetoes everything in favor of their usual activity: ballet, of course. Sparkles is afraid to tell the truth: Ballet Cat loves ballet, and if Sparkles doesn’t want to play, will she still want to be friends?
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Peña, pictures Christian Robinson
CJ and his nana depart church and make it to the bus stop just in time to avoid an oncoming rain shower. They board the bus, and while CJ is full of questions and complaints (why don’t they have a car? why must they make this trip every week? and so forth), Nana’s responses shows him how the bus’s passage and passengers present the glories of their rich, vibrant life in the city.