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.

Wonder by RJ PalacioFox Cities Reads

The 2014 Fox Cities Reads selection is WONDER by R. J. Palacio. Pick up a copy of the book and read it, if you haven't already! The Reads is sponsoring a Writing Contest for kids in grades 5 through 8 this year. Want to win the chance to have lunch with the author and an autographed copy of the book? Check out the details at http://www.foxcitiesreads.org/content/writing-contest and send in your submission by March 12th!

New Books for Kids @ the Library

Picture Books

Kids Fiction

Our AWE computer stations have been very popular with our youngest patrons, and we are pleased to announce we have now upgraded to the touch screen edition. Be sure to check out the new stations the next time you are in the children's area. And yes, parents, you no longer have to tell your children, "Don't touch!"

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

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Title: The Animal Book

Author: Steve Jenkins

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

This comprehensive compendium of the animal kingdom is not to be missed!  Jenkins' stunning work covers roughly 300 of the world's most remarkable animals.  Facts are presented in an accessible and informative way.  In Jenkins' own words he explains the book covers "the exotic and the everyday- and describes some of the amazing things they can do."  The book...

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Title: Missing Mommy

Author: Rebecca Cobb

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

This story begins "Some time ago we said good-bye to Mommy.  I am not sure where she has gone."  The story continues through a child's eyes of losing his mommy.  It's a simple and honest approach to discussing an emotionally difficult subject.  Although sad in nature, the book also explores the positive- still being part of a family and that he will always be...

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Title: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans

Author: David LaRochelle

Review by: Diane, Clintonville Public Library

Great read aloud.  There is nothing meaner than green beans with pointy boots and tall cowboy hats.  This story needs someone to save the day, who will it be?

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Title: Tap the Magic Tree

Author: Christie Matheson

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

This book would be a great interactive activity for parents and children and/or caregivers. It would also make a great storytime read for libraries offering preschool programs. "Tap the tree" the readers are instructed and see what happens when you turn the page. What happens is that the tree goes through the seasons of a year and at the end...

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Title: Dusk

Author: Uri Shulevitz

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

This cleverly written and illustrated book by Uri Shulevitz celebrates that transition time from day to night...dusk. "Boy with dog and Grandfather with beard" go for a walk on a winter's day and not long into the walk the light begins to change. The reader finds out that this particular winter day is special indeed and with the diminishing natural light comes a world of...

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Title: Two Bunny Buddies

Author: Kathryn Galbraith

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

Even bunnies are prone to squabbles and hop, hop, hop off their own directions.  But...some things, like sweet green clover and red ripe berries, are just better with friends!  In a simple, easy to understand text for very young readers, this book is a great example of not getting along with friends and then reconciling...

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Title: Crankenstein

Author: Samantha Berger

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

This book shows that every kid- at some point or another- can be a CRANKENSTEIN!  Perhaps it's a too early wake up call in the morning being bumped on the head with a ball- watch out, because Crankenstein is sure to emerge!  The cure, you're wondering?  How about a little bit of laughter to send Crankenstein back into the shadows.  The illustrator his the...

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Title: Piggy Bunny

Author: Rachel Vail

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

Piggy Liam looks like an ordinary pig- chubby, pink and cute- however, he's got one interest in life- to become the Easter Bunny!  Even though Liam's parents remind him that he's a great piglet just as he is, it's grandma and grandpa that help Liam achieve his dream, bring so much joy for this little oinker.  The book is a reminder that all of...

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Title: Diary of Charlotte Forten: A Free Black Girl Before the Civil War

Author: Charlotte Forten

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

Capstone Press' series First-Person Histories are excellent resources for learning about key points in our American history through the eyes of those that lived it, presented in diary format.  The six titles in the series cover topics such as pioneer farms, covered...

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Title: One Came Home

Author: Amy Timberlake

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

Set in Wisconsin in 1871, this book brings us into the small towns of Placid and Dog Hollow during the hey day of the passenger pigeon (now extinct).  Georgie is the only one who doesn't believe that the pieces of body brought home for burial in the blue-green ball gown is her older sister, Agatha.  She needs to find out what really happened and she...