Originally published in: 2017
What it’s about: A picture book about a child who promises to use her indoor voice and not make a mess if only she can bring her circus into the library.
What made me pick it up: I was looking for new books with faces on them for #bookfacefriday when I saw this and grabbed it off a cart to read because libraries.
My favorite things: This is hilarious! I totally understand the spunk of the main character and all of her sincere, if misguided, attempts to make a circus library friendly. Turns out the library isn’t the best place for a circus, but I loved the message of how reading stories is a good alternative. It also has vibrant illustrations.
Who it’s great for: Fans of libraries or circuses. Children who have great, if ill-advised, ideas.
Find this title at Amazon(affiliate link) or in your local library.
Originally published in: 2016
What it’s about: A little boy and his brother visit the library for a quiet Saturday of reading, until a monster turns up.
What made me pick it up: I had placed Chris Hadfield’s children’s book The Darkest Dark on hold and OverDrive recommended this to me instead. It sounded good enough, and it was available, so I checked it out.
My favorite things: As a librarian I am always intrigued by books about libraries, and this picture book was no different. I really enjoyed the little boy helping the monster learn how fun reading and storytime are. Also there are donuts. Who can resist?
Who it’s great for: Library lovers of all ages. Littles who want to see a character who enjoys library visits, reading, and storytime as much as they do.
Find The Not So Quiet Library and The Darkest Dark at Amazon (affiliate links) or your local library.
Originally published in: 2015
What it’s about: How the Golden Gate Bridge came to be painted orange.
What made me pick it up: I saw it on another library’s Instagram. It was by Dave Eggers. It was short.
My favorite things: The bits of humor Eggers weaves through this story. And the unique illustrations.
Who it’s great for: Parents who want to read a longer picture book to a slightly older child. Older children who can read a more in-depth picture book themselves. Anyone interested in bridges, this bridge specifically, or civil discourse. Those looking for a quick, factual, entertaining nonfiction book.