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

girl in cemetery

Mary Downing Hahn's books have been very popular with the 4th-7th grade crowd, especially for those readers who like a bit of a haunting chll in their stories. Ms. Hahn is a former school librarian who has written dozens of novels for young readers. Her popular title from 1986, Wait Till Helen Comes, is being made into a movie with shooting set to begin at the end of September. 

If you like a spooky or adventuresome read, check out one of Mary Downing Hahn's books today!

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

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Title: Water in the Park

Author: Emily Jenkins

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

There are so many ways to enjoy this book.  It is a book about the time of day and what happens when.  It is a book about a community of families with small children and pets. It is a book about the water in the park that connects everyone!  I really, really, really want to live in a neighborhood with a park like this!

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Title: Ol' Mama Squirrel

Author: David Stein

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

I can imagine this book as very popular being read aloud to a group of children.  Everyone needs to help make the sounds of Ol' Mama Squirrel, the most protective mama you will ever meet.  She can chase away just about anyone, but has a surprise planned to scare off the big bear that threatens her babies.  There's only one thing more frightening than a fierce...

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Title: Dee Dee and Me

Author: Amy Schwartz

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

Anyone who has raised or is raising two girls should really enjoy this book.  It is so realistic to the way sisters are with each other.  I love the way the younger sister decides not to take it anymore and makes a plan to run away but instead imagines herself into a new solution to her problem.  I think it will help children with the emotions they don't...

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Title: 365 Days of Wonder

Author: R. J. Palacio

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

For Wonder fans, Mr. Browne's precepts continue on in this quick but powerful read.  The precepts- or principles to live by- were compiled by Mr. Browne; one for each day of the year.  They demonstrate kindness, hopefulness and the goodness of human beings and were derived from the original characters in Wonder, popular songs, children's stories, over...

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Title: That's a Possibility! A Book About What Might Happen

Author: Bruce Goldstone

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

This book really makes a sometimes difficult concept very understandable for children.  With colorful photographs and interactive examples, readers are introduced to the concept of possibility and impossibility, certainty and improbability.  What are the odds that you will find fun in this book?  I'd...

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Title: Which is Round? Which is Bigger?

Author: Mineko Mamada

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

This terrific book urges the reader to look at everyday things and familiar animals in a different way on just about every page.  There isn't a lot of text and what text there is is repetitive, asking the reader, "What do you think?" This book is genuinely thought provoking and fun!

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Title: Tap the Magic Tree

Author: Christie Matheson

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

This simple book is stunning in its presentation of the life cycle of an apple tree.  Readers are involved with moving the tree through its different stages and seasons-  tap the tree to create more leaves, warm the tree by rubbing it to create blooms, shake the tree to drop the apples along with many other magical actions.  Not to be missed...

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Title: Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole

Author: Wong Herbert Yee

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

I was delighted to find this early chapter book by Wong Herbert Yee. I have always enjoyed his gentle, witty, inventive, and sweet style. In this book, Mouse learns how to be respectful of Mole (offering him sunglasses) and Mole learns to be respectful of Mouse (offering...

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Title: Odd One Out: In, Out and All Around

Author: Guido van Genechten

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

This book, and it's companion book, Odd OneOut: Big and Small, are a must read for any lapsit exploring between a parent and a toddler.  They are so fun.  Children will really have to look closely at each full page spread to find the odd one out and the one who is going to the dance.  These books would make great birthday...