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Comic Books from 2021 That Make Great Gifts

As children's librarians, our very favorite gifts to give and receive are books. If you want to make a librarian's day, ask them what book they should give someone as a gift. Even though you didn't ask, here's a list of new comic books from this year that we think would make great gifts. Super Detectives By Cale Atkinson Toronto, ON: Tundra, 2021. Graphic novel. This early reader graphic novel is the start of a new series about an unlikely pair of best friends -- Chester, a little boy, and Simon, a ghost. In their first comic book adventure, Chester is wanting to play dress up and Simon is more interested in writing his mystery novel, until Chester finds a detective hat and Simon decides they should solve a mystery. Readers will solve the mystery alongside the duo and will appreciate seeing their friendship strain and grow under pressure. This is a delightful graphic novel for young readers. Mayor Good Boy By Dan Schedit Illustrated by Miranda Harmon New York: RH Graphi
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Five Favorite Classic Christmas Picture Books

 It is that time of year when I pull out all of my Christmas books to read to young kiddos. I thought I would share five of my favorite Christmas books that still get me into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy!  12 Days of Christmas   By Greg Pizzoli  Los Angeles ; New York : Disney - Hyperion, 2017. If there was ever a Christmas song that would get stuck in my head, it would be this one. And this brightly illustrated version is begging to be read and loved. It is the perfect way to sing a storybook and get into the holiday spirit—or at least to remind everyone, with one of the longest Christmas songs, that it is time to celebrate!  Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree   By Robert E. Barry New York : Random House Children's Books, 2000. This may be one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories. I love how it is all about how you can make something special with just a little leftover Christmas cheer—or in this case a leftover Christmas tree top. I love how a little sprig of greenery can make the

Walking in a Winter Wonderland Display Case

  Winter Moon Song Written by Martha Brooks Illustrated by Leticia Ruifern├índez  Groundwood Books, 2014. Picture Book. A young rabbit finds a new way to help brighten the darkest month of the year. Snow Moon By Nicholas Brunelle Viking Juvenile, 2005. Picture Book. One wintry night, a child awakens to find at his window a mysterious owl that beckons, and together the two set off on a moonlit journey to a place called Owl Ridge. Big Snow By Jonathan Bean Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. Picture Book. An excited and frustrated boy watches hopefully as wintry weather develops slowly into a 'big snow.' Snow  Written by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Lauren Stringer Clarion Books, 2017. Picture Book. A young girl, her friend, and her grandmother enjoy the many things a snowy day has to offer.

From Story Time: The Letter "K"

Read in Toddler Time The Koala Who Could Written by Rachel Bright Illustrated by Jim Field Scholastic Press, 2017.  Picture Book. Sometimes a little CHANGE can open your world to BIG possibilities. You see, high-up was safe since he liked a slow pace, while the ground down below seemed a frightening place. Too fast and too loud and too big and too strange. Nope. Kevin preferred not to move or to change.  Kevin the koala loves every day to be the same, where it's snug and safe. But when change comes along, will Kevin embrace all the joys that come with trying something new? An inspiring rhyming read aloud by bestselling Love Monster creator Rachel Bright and Frog on a Log? illustrator Jim Field that empowers young readers to face change with courage and delight.  --Publisher Read in Preschool Time Sealed With a Kiss Written by Beth Ferry Illustrated by Olivier Tallec HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.  Picture Book. What's a seal to do when she's new to the zoo? Make new frie

The Magic of Sleep

The Magic of Sleep By: Vicky Woodgate DK Publishing, 2021. Informational. Displayed in easy-to-read infographic pages, this book presents facts about sleep in an entertaining and delightful way. From mindfulness, to sleeping positions, to myths/legends and animal habits, it is filled with interesting facts about all sorts of topics related to sleep and the night. Every page features a cat that guides the reader in each topic and contains pictures, quizzes, and blurbs that are simple and fascinating. In addition, there is a glossary at the back to help even the youngest readers learn and enjoy. 

Cookbooks for National Parfait Day

Did you know that today, November 25th, is National Parfait Day? Unfortunately this glorious holiday gets overshadowed by Thanksgiving, so we'll pay tribute to parfaits. Here are some cookbooks that feature parfaits and other fun desserts. Everybody likes parfaits!  Very fittingly, A Princess Cookbook  contains a recipe for a princess parfait just perfect for royalty: A Princess Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids By Sarah L. Schuette Mankato, Minnesota, Capstone Press, 2011. Informational. 24 pages. Foolproof Frozen Treats with a Side of Science has me salivating with a recipe for a Root Beer Granita Parfait: Foolproof Frozen Treats with a Side of Science By M. M. Eboch North Mankato, Minnesota, Capstone Press, a Capstone imprint, 2019. Informational. 32 pages. These two cookbooks don't have parfait recipes, but they both have recipes for trifle, which is basically like a giant parfait (so even better!) Cool Treats & Sweets: Easy & Fun Comfort Food lives up to its name

Picture Books About Gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day that is used as a day to express our gratitude for what we have, the experiences we enjoy, and the people that we love. Gratitude helps to change our perspective on life and bring more joy! Each of these picture books below tell stories about gratitude and how to more fully appreciate the good around us. Happy Thanksgiving!  Thankful Written by Elaine Vickers Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2021. Throughout the year, a little girl creates a thankful chain by writing what she is grateful for on slips of paper and linking them together. Her chain grows longer and longer as more ideas come to her about what to be grateful for. The illustrations in this picture book are very unique, using paper-folding, photography, and drawing to create beautiful scenes on each page. Our Table By Peter H. Reynolds New York, NY : Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2021. Our Table is all about a girl who