Picture Books

For ages 4-8 but to be enjoyed by all.

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Derby Day — Books for the Horse Lover

May 6, 2017 marks the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, the ‘greatest two minutes in sports.”  The Grade 1 stakes race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses has been held annually at Churchill Downs since 1875.  If you are like me this means almost nothing to you aside from a visit to the National Museum […]

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Don’t Get Caught in the Rain — Rainy Day Stories

April brings spring showers and hopefully spring flowers so do not despair on a rainy day but instead embrace it and enjoy these books for a rain themed story time.               Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain: A Nandi Tale By: Verna Aardema A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat […]

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Happy Birthday! Celebrating Authors/Illustrators Born in April

Celebrate spring and the birthdays of these great authors and illustrators                                                     April 2 Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales By: H.C. Andersen A collection of Andersen’s tales including The Fir Tree, The Little Match Girl, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Tinderbox, and The Ugly Duckling.  Ages 6 and up April […]

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Storytime in the Garden — Picture Books About Flowers and Gardens

I am on a good weather high.  Yesterday was sunny and 60’s and todays forecast is close to 80.  As we were out walking yesterday I saw a lot of people clearing out their gardens to plant new seeds and noticed flowers coming up.  Though we are still a long way from our last frost […]

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Love for Libraries — Celebrating National Library Week

I have a love hate relationship with libraries.  Of course, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I love libraries! Still, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I hate libraries.  Let me explain. I have often said I could write a book […]

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The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award — Picture Book Finalists

The E.B. White Read-Aloud Award is given annually by the American Booksellers Association.  Below are the Picture Book finalists for 2017 which “reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books”.  Click here for the Middle Reader finalists.  A […]

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Spring is Here…Finally!

Spring is here finally, or at least for today.  The sun was shining and warm air surrounded us as we walked downtown.  Daddy took Gertrude to the park on the bike, I hung diapers to dry out in the driveway.  It feels great!  After a long winter it is hard to remember the beauty of […]

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Alyssa Harvey — Librarian Extraordinaire

Alyssa Harvey is my hero.  As a circulation assistant at the Cortland Free Library she has made her mark in Youth Services.  When I left my job as Youth Services Librarian after my maternity leave she was there to pick up where I left off and in the absence of a Librarian she took over […]

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April Fool’s — Trickster Tales From Around the World

Trickster tales are stories that have stood against the test of time.  They often involve a mischievous animal character who loves to play tricks on his friends. Often times the tricksters will get what is coming to them but other times they get away with their pranks. Almost every culture has its own trickster tales […]

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Winter is for Snow — But…It’s March for Goodness Sake

Having been buried in nearly 2 ft of snow this past week I thought I would share with you a post and reading list I did back in November at the beginning of the season.  Now, similarly, more than 3 months later we have been pummelled with snow so that any hopes of an early Spring […]

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The Chocolate Lily Book Award — British Columbia’s Reader’s Choice Children’s Book Award

The Chocolate Lily Book Award was the brain child of teacher-librarian, Karen Ehrenholz who was looking to connect her own daughters as well as her students to writers and illustrators in their own community.  The award is a reader’s choice award which encourages grade school students to read and enjoy fiction written by authors and […]

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Scrub a Dub Dub Put Me In the Tub — Stories About Bathtime

Full disclosure…this list comes straight from my desire to take a shower (I can’t stand taking a bath).  It has been a long and admittedly stinky week.  Thanks to Winter Storm Stella we can no longer see the green grass which made us think Spring was around the corner.  Silly Central NYers!  That green grass […]

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Lucky Leprechaun Reads

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated each year for the patron saint of Ireland.  What began as a religious feast has now morphed into a celebration of all things Irish and in turn the Leprechaun has become the day’s mascot.  In Irish folklore the Leprechaun is a type of fairy who we all know grants wishes […]

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The Amelia Bloomer List of Recommended Feminist Literature

AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT TOP TEN Born in 1818 in Homer, NY, just one town over from where I was born and have been raised, Amelia Bloomer was an American women’s rights and temperance advocate.  The appropriately named Amelia Bloomer Project creates an annual booklist of feminist books for young readers, ages birth through 18.  Here […]

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Pink is for Girls, Blue is for Boys

Long before becoming a parent I read a book that would forever influence how I raise my children,  Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween, by Melissa Atkins Wardy. Essentially it brings to light what we all see on a daily basis; all-pink aisles in toy […]

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The 2017 Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.  The award is given to the book’s publisher. Mildred L. Batchelder was […]

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Happy Birthday! Celebrating Authors/Illustrators Born in March

March is a big birthday month in my family.  My mom (3/25), my brother (3/28), my uncle (3/28), my aunt (3/4), my twin niece and nephew (3/14), and my grandfather (3/9).  It is also a popular month for author/illustrator birthdays.  In March we will celebrate Rob Dillon (3/2), Patricia Maclachlan (3/3), Dav Pilkey (3/4), Mem […]

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The Cat in the Hat and Chuck Taylors — A Love Story

It started one Christmas just 5 years ago, my husband gave me Chucks, of whose existence I didn’t even know. Cat in the Hat were my first pair and now I have quite the collection, it just doesn’t seem fair.  The Lorax, the Grinch, If I Ran the Circus, and more, I have Dr. Seuss […]

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Rowdy Robots — Picture Books With Mechanical Main Characters

Robots are a sure thing to grab the attention of young children. From Rosie, the Jetson’s maid in the 80’s to today’s high-tech droids buzzing airport control towers, robots are certainly intriguing to all ages. Go ahead and share picture books about robots or take it a step further like the librarian in our feature […]

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From the Editor: The Unstoppable Power of Children’s Literature

Dear Reader, A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany about the power of children’s literature. After reading Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo to my son for what must have been the 10,000th time (and still enjoying it), it occurred to me that by age two

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