Picture Book

Dr. Seuss in the Library

A photograph of the spines of Dr. Seuss books with a stuffed Sneetch sitting next to them. Running on top and in front of the books are clipart images of various Dr. Seuss characters: Horton's trunk, Lorax, One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish, Max from Grinch, Thing One, Yertle the turtle, and a plate of Green Eggs and Ham"The more things you read,the more things you'll know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." - I Can Read with My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss

Universally loved by generations of children the world over, Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular authors in children's literature. With colorful illustrations and silly, outrageous characters, his stories encourage readers to use their imagination. One of the benefits of introducing Dr. Seuss to children, especially at a young age, is they will associate reading with fun. Children who learn to enjoy reading at a young age are much more inclined to become lifelong readers. Along with books, several movies have been made that have quickly become favorites.

Popular characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and Lorax, are easily recognizable and are reader favorites, but there are multitudes of other characters with stories that are just as silly and incredulous. Kids World has just added a permanent collection of many Dr. Seuss books that are only available to read while you are in the library. Now, no matter when you stop in, there will be Dr. Seuss books available to read! This collection can be found in the picture book section, above the kits.

As a supplement to Dr. Seuss's books, there are many activities and worksheets that are available online, such as coloring pages, word searches, cut-outs and many other fun games! Visit Seussville online to find materials for parents and children that will enhance your favorite Dr. Seuss stories.

If you are feeling crafty and would like to do Dr. Seuss-themed art projects, Obseussed is a great website that has a multitude of projects that are easy, manageable and a lot of fun!

On April 5th, Kids World is hosting a Dr. Seuss Day program. Along with crafts, activities and reading, the Cat in the Hat himself will be in attendance. If you are not able to register for the program, you can still stop by and get your picture taken with the Cat in the Hat!

Find Dr. Seuss's books in the Library

Find movies made from Dr. Seuss books in the Library

Bridget, Kids World

Dog Loves Counting By Louise Yates

Dog loves counting book cover: (from left to right) a red bird witha blue tail resembling a chicken with a larger beak is hold the number'1', a white dog holds the birds hand with one hand while the other hugs a blue number '2', a branch comes in from the top with a sloth hanging off of it with one hand while the other hand holds up a blue number '3'"'I could do this forever,' he said happily.  The others agreed."

Dog loves books. And counting. When he has trouble falling asleep, he makes (and counts) new animal friends from number 1 to number 10 who, seamlessly, come out of his book and into his numerical adventure. The relation of each specific animal with its sequential number invites young readers to look carefully, to count (of course!) and to discover details that they (we!) might have missed if not for the context. The lovely, simple watercolors convey the delight of a fun adventure with new friends.

This creative and playful picture book would be ideal for any novice number-lover, from toddlers through the primary grades. Share the infectious fun of counting with your little ones.

Find Dog Love Counting, and Yates' previous hit, Dog Loves Books, in the library.

Mary Jo, Kids World

Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue by Naoko Stoop

Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue book cover; a girl with black boot, red jacket and a red hat is flying by hanging onto to hang glider that appears to be fashioned from folded newspaper and string“We will always remember our journey together.”

How can an adventure story involve a flying machine, a sailboat adventure, forest animal friends and orca whales, yet still be quiet and calming? This is the beauty of Naoko Stoop’s simple text and evocative artwork in her second picture book starring the Red Knit Cap Girl.

You, the reader, are swept into this every-girl’s dreamlike quest before you can even wonder at the charm of her forest friends or the immediacy of the tragedy at hand. Watch her fly and sail across serene landscapes as she delivers the stranded polar bear cub to safety in this natural habitat.

This sweet, sparse tale of compassionate problem-solving would make a soothing bedtime story for any young child and her adult reader.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Up the Creek by Nicholas Oldland

Up the Creek book review: a beaver, moose and black bear are paddling in a red canoe towards the reader"They twisted, leaped, crashed and blasted through the water."

Bear, Moose and Beaver are going on a canoeing trip. They are the best of friends, but they often disagree with each other. This becomes a problem when they can't decide who should steer the canoe or what side of the canoe to paddle the oars. They begin to argue so loud that they don't hear the whoosh and roar of the raging rapids up ahead. Will the best friends be able to get along before they tumble down the rapids?

If you like the previous books in Nicholas Oldland's Life in the Wild series, you will love this latest adventure! This story of friendship reminds us that, even though we're all differnt, we can work together to solve problems.

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Bridget, Kids World

I Can See Just Fine by Eric Barclay

I Can See Just Fine book cover: blonde girl sitting on a wodden bench with the title in a speech bubble. She is holding a pink book upside evidenced by the ABC on its cover"Paige was a little nervous when they arrived at the doctor's office."

Oh no, Paige is having trouble seeing the board at school and she accidentally mistakes a skunk for a kitty! Her parents decided that it is time Paige went to see the eye doctor, but Paige is scared. Will she have to get glasses? What if she looks different from everyone else? With a little humor, Eric Barclay assures his readers that it's okay to be different, especially if you get to wear some fabulous glasses.

For parents with little ones afraid of making that trip to the doctor and especially for those making the trip to the eye doctor, this book is great for calming those fears! 

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Bridget, Kids World

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift book cover: close up of a snow covered house. One porch, with hands a the raling, is a female brown bear wearing a green sweater. Next to her is a male brown bear in a blue vest. Both have mouths open with tongues out to catch the falling snowflakes“She shook her savings bank upside down. Only a few coins fell out. How could she give Boris something special if she had only a few coins?”

Boris is a musician from Russia. Stella is an Italian cake maker. Boris and Stella are neighbors and the best of friends. Each admires the other for their talents. They have a love of hats and scary movies in common. This year the eighth and final night of Hanukkah falls on December 24th, Christmas Eve. Boris and Stella will spend the holidays together. Both are both worried that without much money they will not be able to give one another a special gift. Will this Christmas and Hanukkah story have a happy ending? 

Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift is a thoughtful holiday story from author and illustrator Dara Goldman. Goldman was inspired by O. Henry’s early twentieth-century tale, The Gift of the Magi. The two bears show that being with your loved ones is the most important part of any season. Young readers might be surprised by the ending of Boris and Stella and the Perfect Gift. This title is not to be missed.  

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Jade, Kids World

I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec

I See Kitty book cover: a brown-haried girl wearing a red polka dotted dress sits on the hill and points towards a cloud shaped like a cat"Can I have a kitty?" "Not today, Chloe."

Chloe really loves kitties. She loves them so much that she starts seeing them everywhere she goes. She sees them in the sky and even in her dreams, but what she really wishes for is a kitty of her very own. Chloe's excitement for finding cats in everything she sees is absolutely adorable. I See Kitty is an easy and enjoyable read for cat lovers of all ages. This book is filled with a lot of silly looking cats that will make anyone smile. This is Yasmine Surovec's first children's book.

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Natassia, Kids World

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger

Crankenstein book cover: a frankenstein green colored boy, wearing a yellow t-shirt and blue shorts,scowls. He has an empty ice cream cone in his hand. One scoop of pink colored icecream is on the ground by his shoe"You would say, 'Who wants pancakes?' and Crankenstein would say, 'MEHHRRRR!!'"

Crankenstein is the story of a young boy who wakes up grumpy. Nothing is amusing. School isn't any fun. Rainy days are even less exciting. Bedtime is the worst of all.  Will Crankenstein ever get out of his bad mood?

This short book has colorful illustrations (Crankenstein is a lovely shade of green) that help the story move along. Kids will love and relate to this tale about Crankenstein and his mopey mood and laugh at his enthusiastic responses of "MEHHRRRR!!"

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Natassia, Kids World

Ol' Clip Clop: A Ghost Story by Pat McKissack

Ol' Clip-Clop book cover; a colonial man on horsebackJohn Leep "had a mean streak in him that ran the length of his long, thin body. Wasn't poverty that made him hard. He had plenty of money. But John Leep had a stingy heart." 

And so the stage is set with a selfish greedy man ready to get his comeuppance.

With the right elements of spooky, this is a perfect ghost story to share this Halloween. Recommended for grades 2 and up. (Or, a really bold first grader). Read with the lights on or off, either way, you'll never hear the sound of "clip-clop" the same way again!

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Celeste, Kids World

Nugget & Fang, Friends Forever--or Snack Time by Tammi Sauer

Cover image of Nugget and Fang featuring a large shark and a small fish smiling at each other."They did everything together...until it was time for Nugget to go to school."

Can a big shark and a little minnow really be best friends? When Nugget goes away to minnow school, he makes a shocking discovery - sharks like to eat minnows! Shark misses his best friend and tries his best to prove that he does not, in fact, want to eat minnows, but Nugget isn't so sure. When Nugget finds himself in trouble, it is up to Fang to save the day and rescue the minnows. Will Nugget be able to look past their difference and be friends with Fang again?

With bright and colorful illustrations, this 'fishy' tale reminds us that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

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Bridget, Kids World

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