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The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman

The Ghosts Go Haunting book cover: five cartoon ghosts seen on the stairs of a building not shown, however the sign on the grass reads M.T. Tombs Elementary"The Ghosts go haunting one by one. Boo! Boo!"

All your favorite spooky creatures are seeking out some "Halloween fun" in this holiday picture book.

Those familiar with the tune, "The Ants Go Marching," may catch themselves singing along instead of reading. The grins on the creatures' faces keep them friendly and funny as they run amok through the school and frighten the school staff.

The book's large pictures and the school setting make this a perfect classroom read for teachers' seeking a new Halloween treat. But, whether shared by a group or read individually, there will be giggles and chuckles all around as the librarian is "chased up a tree" and the "principal leaps from his chair and runs."

Find The Ghosts Go Haunting by Helen Ketteman

Celeste, Kids World

Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Black Hound book cover: graphic novel cover featuring a girl with blue hair, large eyes, and a mouth open as if screaming or gasping. A white furry animal in next to her and both are above images of buildings. The black shadow behind them resembles a large black dog."I already knew that you're the kindest, bravest, most selfless little girl it's possible to be."

This graphic novel tells Hilda’s fantastic story through speech bubbles and moody panel images. Her “real” and imagined experiences blend and overlap as we follow blue-haired Hilda on her quest.  She and her dog, Twig, want to find and protect the misunderstood house elf, Tontu.  A wild, giant wolfhound is roaming through Trolberg and Hilda is influenced by the fear pervading her town.

But outsider Tontu leads Hilda through the hidden world, which humans don’t see.  Hilda then solves the wolf mystery and saves the day.  Hilda’s personality and actions reminds us what kind of a person to be in a bad situation.

Part of the Hildafolk series, this book is recommended for readers age 8 – 99 who wish there really were little folk living inside their walls.

Look for Hilda and the Black Hound in the Library.

Mary Jo, Kids World

The Worst Witch To the Rescue by Jill Murphy

The Worst Witch to the Rescue book cover: blue background with a young girl in striped pants and black sweathshirt rides on broom holding a lantern in one hand while her cape billows around herAt Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, Mildred Hubble is always getting into trouble.

It's the beginning of the Summer Term and things have already gotten off to a rocky start for Mildred. Her cat, Tabby, gets stuck in a tree on their way to school and in pottery class, Mildred’s archenemy, Ethel, changes her bowl into hissing snakes! Miss Hardbottom, a very strict teacher at the Academy, is not amused and orders Mildred to her room. Along with her best friends, Maud and Enid, Mildred promises to behave, but when Ethel steals the homework for her project and presents it as her own, Mildred is can’t believe it!

Will Ethel completely ruin Mildred’s chances of becoming a witch? Or will Mildred find a way to save the day?

Find The Worst WItch to the Rescue in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

National Costume Swap Day

Eisenhower window logo frames a spider web with three cartoon spiders around the edges. In center of window is a character wither a black outfit and green cape. Below the window is the words: National Costume Swap DayReduce, reuse, and recycle this Halloween!

Trade in your gently used costume for a costume that will be "new" to you this year!

Spooky to silly, evil to superheroic, elegant to fanciful; we have a range of costumes to choose from for costume wearers of all ages (birth-adult).

Drop off a costume by October 10th to reserve your spot in the Costume Swap. Then drop by between 9am-1pm on Saturday, October 11th to select the costume you want to wear this year.

Eisenhower Library is also accepting costume donations.

Contact Kids World with any questions.

Dinosaur vs. School

Dinosaur vs School book cover: red t-rex looking dinosaur on a yellow alphabet background. Dinosaur is wearing a blue plaid jacket and is carrying a metal lunchbox“Dinosaur versus… glitter, glue and googly eyes! … Roar!  Sprinkle!  Roar!  Glue!”

Brawny Dinosaur confronts each first-day-of-school situation with his self-assured “ROAR!”  Bob Shea’s humorous mixed media artwork conveys the repeated anxiety and relief that we all feel as we conquer new situations.  In this sequel to Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, we follow Dinosaur through a new school day.  Each task is a “win!” as our protagonist makes friends, plays dress up, snacks and even braves the communal clean up.

This is a picture book that will appeal to kids ages 2 – 6, especially if they are just starting (or going back) to school.  Read it in a funny --- “RAWR!” --- dinosaur voice, and your young ones will demand to “read” it back to you!

Find Dinosaur vs. School and other dinosaur books in the Library.

Mary Jo, Kids World

"Hooray for Hat" by Brian Won

Hooray for hat! book cover: zebra, elephant, lion, turtle on parade with various hats on their heads"Elephant, Zebra, Turtle and Owl marched down the road to show Lion. Hooray for Hat!"

When Elephant wakes up, he is in a very, very, grumpy mood. The only thing that will make Elephant happy - a present! He discovers a very large, funny hat on his doorstep and decides to show all of his friends. Come along on the hat parade with Elephant and friends as they learn the importance of sharing!

Find Hooray for Hat in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

In New York by Marc Brown

In New York book cover:illustrated skyline of New York city fills top half, One strip of trucks, cards, and buses in the middle, Bottom stripe is apartment houses"One night when I was eight years old, my family boarded a train in Erie, Pennsylvania.  When we woke up, we were in New York City, the most exciting city I had ever seen...”

“I <3 New York!”  And you will want to plan your trip immediately after you finish this book.  Brown conveys his personal love for NYC and its unique sights, sounds and tastes with panoramic, detailed drawings of all the places you’ll want to see.  He also includes facts that will wow the adults in your tour group.  Did you know that there are 21 playgrounds in Central Park?  That the city’s Chinese takeout orders requires 100 million of those little paper boxes every year?

The text is engaging, sure to build your excitement about the trip.  Brown’s watercolors reveal the heights and depths of the sprawling city (think skyscrapers and subways).  Some illustrate its long history, endless food options, iconic landmarks and sites.  Best of all, his artwork shows the energy of NYC’s bustling street life and the cast of characters you will likely observe there.  The two page spreads invite close scrutiny; Browns’ beloved Arthur is easy to find (on one particular page), but can you spot the author and his dad in all of these famous NYC locations? And don’t miss the dozens of fun facts and highlights printed on the endpapers.

This is a picture book that would be most enjoyed by Kids World patrons ages 7 – 99, especially those that have visited or will soon be on their way to the Big Apple.  NYC resources are listed in the back of the book to help you plan your trip.  “Give my regards to Broadway!”

Find In New York in the Library.

Mary Jo, Kids World

Baby's First Book Bag

Grap background, white clouds, Eisenhower Library Logo in gray circle in middle of cloud, friends of the library logo below cloudAre you a resident of Norridge or Harwood Heights? Do you have a child or grandchild who is 17 months or younger? Are you an expectant parent or grandparent?

Eisenhower Library (with the generous help from the Friends of the Eisenhower Library) would like to welcome the newest member of your family with the gift of the child's first book bag.

The large shoulder bag is perfect for use as a diaper bag, complete with pockets for holding things from pacifiers to bottles. It comes with a board book as well as a packet to get your young child/grandchild started in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program.

Please drop by Kids World with your Eisenhower Library card and the child's name or due date to receive the bag.

One bag per child. Available only to residents of Norridge and Harwood Heights.

Little Green Peas by Keith Baker

Little Green Peas book cover: title in rainbow colors, small green peas are playing an assortment of outside games"Blue boats, blue seas, blue flags...and little green peas."

If you enjoyed the books LMNO Peas and 1-2-3 Peas, also by Keith Bakers, then you will not want to miss this new book! Using vibrant illustrations, the little green peas take us on a colorful tour of the world around us. Perfect for little ones just learning about colors!

Find Little Green Peas in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

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