Kids & Families

Welcome to Youth Services! We are passionate about literacy, connecting kids with great books, encouraging reading for pleasure, and developing curious minds. If you need assistance, please contact the library and ask for Ms. Ann.

New Books for Kids @ the Library

Picture Books

Kids Fiction

There are often many questions about using devices with young children, and the general consensus among researchers and child development professionals is to limit screen time with toddlers and focus on interaction and engagement. For more information about the pros and cons of screen time, please read this recent article from the New York Times.

One of the comments on the article came from school librarian and first grade teacher Patty T., and her quote makes good food for thought:

"Early literacy or the pre-literate audience needs the physicality of a book. A tablet just can't do that. The physical book offers the young child an opportunity to sit on it, crawl over it, interact with it, drag it around, reread the pages that are thoughtful to the child or that confuse the child - the physical book allows the child to linger and start the foundation of comprehension and questioning." 

Human interaction and engagement is a big key to learning. If you do use apps, be sure to be there to engage with your child. Remember that you are your child's first and best teacher. Of course, please visit us to find lots of great books to share with your child, and read, read, read! You can also find many e-books for all ages through InfoSoup.

 

Check out the latest reviews from the Books to Hoot About! blog on InfoSoup.

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Title: Plant a Little Seed

Author: Bonnie Christensen

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

This book shows the planting life cycle in a way that lets the reader know the harvest celebrations at this time of year are the fruits of labor.

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Title: Stella!

Author: Marie-Louise Gay

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

Stella and her younger brother Sam explore their gorgeous world together. There are five stories in this treasury and they make you happy just reading them. The water color paintings that illustrate this book are whimsical, inviting, muted and pretty. I love the art and I love the girl and I love the sentiment!

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Title: A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole

Author: Wong Herbert Yee

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

Oh, no, Mole has moths in his house!! They are eating his clothes. Mouse helps Mole to have new clothes. Their friendship and problem solving is fun to read about.

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Title: Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole

Author: Wong Herbert Yee

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

Mouse and Mole go to see a magician but Mole is disappointed when he discovers how the tricks are done. Mouse takes it upon herself to teach Mole a different definition of magic! Yay! Delightful!

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Title: By the Light of the Halloween moon

Author: Caroline Stutson

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

This story is a great read aloud for Halloween! It is mildly scary but, oh, so silly and the girl who is the main character is very brave indeed. After all, she is making music in the dark!

The fun refrain for a large group is: "By the light, by the light, of the Halloween moon." I like to draw moon out like moooon.

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Title: The Thankful Book

Author: Todd Parr

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

This  is a great book for Thanksgiving or any day. There are a few allusions to Thanksgiving but this book is really about being thankful every day! (Mentioning the library made me happy!)

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Title: The Baby Tree

Author: Sophie Blackall

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

A little boy finds out that there is going to be a new baby at his house. He starts to ask around about where babies come from. He asks his babysitter, his teacher, his grandpa and the mailman. They all have a different part of the answer. At last, he finds out from his parents.

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Title: Dog vs. cat

Author: Chris Gall

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

Dog and Cat do not like living in the same house but they find some fun ways to cope (including deciding whose space is whose). Sometimes they fight. Sometimes they get along. When new baby moves in, though, dog and cat find that their friendship is important.

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Title: Ferry Tail

Author: Katharine Kenah

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

Ride along with Walter the ferry dog and see what happens when he misses the ferry! ( A cat named Cupcake plays an unexpected role!) Learn about ferries and islands and how they all work together.