Kids & Families

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New Books for Kids @ the Library

Picture Books

Kids Fiction

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Every month we feature a literacy station in the children's area. Most stations are geared for our preschool crowd, but this month we have something for all ages: Thank a Police Officer. We encourage everyone to stop in and make a card for our heroes in the Metro Police Department. There is a picture to color and space inside to write your own note of thanks. We are grateful for our police officers who serve our community and keep us safe. We will deliver the cards to the station in early November.

Please stop in to show your support.

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

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Title: The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse

Author: Patricia MacLachlan

Review by: Elizabeth, (Seymour) Muehl Public Library

This book about cause and effect poses a curious question. If this set of things happened could that drive this other set of things? Your answer will be a resounding "YES"!

This is a wonderful book of beauty, hope and joy!

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Title: Night Animals

Author: Gianna Marino

Review by: Diane, Clintonville Public Library

The night animals are all afriad, but of what?  If you are afraid of the dark this story lets you know you are not the only one.  It is a  great  read aloud..

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Title: Happy Halloween Witch's Cat!

Author: Harriet Muncaster

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

This Halloween story about a young girl and her mother trying to find her the perfect costume is a treasure. That is because the author created 3-D scenes for the story using foil, fabric, glitter, paper and other things, then lit the scenes in a truly magical fashion before photographing them to use as illustrations for the book. The...

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Title: The Wolf-Birds

Author: Willow Dawson

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

The Wolf-Birds is a lesson in the hard facts of life in the natural world told in a way so gauzy and beautiful it makes the harsh realites seem just and perfect. The Wolf-Birds are Ravens and in this story they team up with with a pack of wolves to find their next meal. Along the way animals live and animals die - Dawson's spare but exquisite illustrations (yes...

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Title: The Watermelon Seed

Author: Greg Pizzoli

Review by: Kelly, Weyauwega Public Library

This was a very fun book for story time.  I had a very reluctant participant who came to my story time.  But, by the time I had shown the cover of the book and mentioned that I didn't realize crocodiles liked watermelons, I had him looking, laughing, and reacting to the story.  It was fun to mimic the crocodile throughout the story, and my new little friend just loved...

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Title: Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook

Author: Ann Vittur Kennedy

Review by: Ann H., Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library

I was so delighted by this funny picture book that I brought it home and had my husband and high school and college age kids read it. The illustrations add the right amount of comical touch to the story. I had a smile on my face throughout the whole story and laughed out loud at certain pages (the one about grass...

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Title: The Silly Scarecrow

Author: Danielle Denega

Review by: Kelly, Weyauwega Public Library

This was a great book because it is a story with Clifford the Big Red Dog as a puppy. Children love the character of Clifford. A friend of Clifford's told him to watch out for the monster of the fields of Mountainview Farms.  So, when Emily Elizabeth and her family go to Mountainview Farms, naturally, Clifford is very scared.  But he...

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Title: The Nuts Sing and Dance in Your Polka-Dot Pants

Author: Eric Litwin

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

Eric Litwin, of Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes fame, is back again with a new series sure to get people of all ages up off of their feet. This man has a way with words and "The Nuts Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants" makes this perfectly clear. The first two sentences of this book, "...

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Title: Out of the Woods

Author: Rebecca Bond

Review by: Diane, Clintonville Public Library

Out of the Wood is a true story of an unforgetable event in the life of boy in Gowganda, Ontario.  This remarkable thing happened in a lumber camp in 1914 when a fire threatened his life. It is a truly amazing story.