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Friendly Monsters

While most monsters have earned a reputation for being creepy, frightening, dreadful creatures, the following collection of books portrays monsters in an amicable fashion. Treat the little ones in your life (ages 2-6) to a mystical world of imagination, friendship, and colorful tales. Animate your voice, and let the adventures begin.

Toot, by Leslie Patricelli

Poop-pourri

The scoop on poop and other bodily functions

Let's not beat around the bush: everybody poops. We all have green stuff that comes out of our noses and sometimes our bellies make funny noises. Here's a list of some of the funniest and, yes, even some educational books for kids on all the weird things our bodies do.Toot, by Leslie Patricelli

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Taking Care of Our Furry Friends

Books for younger readers that touch upon the theme of responsibility

Teaching youth about responsibility can be a difficult task for any adult, but one method to get children invested in this concept is taking care of others - and there is no better place to start than with pet ownership. Among other holidays, February celebrates Responsible Pet Owner’s Month. If your child has been pestering you for a furry friend, then perhaps you will find these materials timely.

Willoughbys

Zany Miscellany

Chapter books with unconventional humor

One of the trickier reference questions I get as a children's librarian is "I'm looking for a funny book". Although laughter is universal, what makes us laugh is entirely subjective and I find it very difficult to recommend "funny" books unless I know the person's personality really well. This list illustrates my point - it is filled with children's books that I find hilarious while recognizing that the humor contained within is far from mainstream.

YJ

Parklands-Turner Junior Comic Book Club

The Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library has a terrific collection of comic books and graphic novels.  Each month, library staff will select a popular title for you to enjoy. Children are encouraged to visit and read in the library, or check out the selected comics on display.  Better still, kids can select any comic titles from any library across the city and have them delivered to Parklands-Turner, especially for you!

Surf's Up written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

A Day at the Beach

Picture Books Featuring Waves, Sun, and Sand

Summertime is almost here! Going to the beach is one of my favorite things to do during the summer -- and we all know that there's nothing like a good book to go with a day near the seaside. If you like to splash in the water, build sandcastles, and explore animals that live underwater, then this list is for you. Enjoy a real or imaginary family trip to the shore with one of these beach-themed picture books!

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Calling All Dr. Seuss Fans

Novel read-a-likes to engage even the most devoted enthusiasts!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as the beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss, celebrated a birthday this March. Dr. Seuss’s books have long delighted audiences with their imagination and whimsy. But if your child has exhausted these classics, why not try some of these texts to discover some new read-a-likes?

Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Children's Picture Books on Friendship

Parents and teachers often ask for children's books that explore the idea of friendship. There are so many different ways to approach this topic: making new friends, being a good friend, handling friend troubles tactfully... the list could go on and on! Fortunately, there are lots of wonderful picture books that teach us about friendship's ups and downs -- and everything in-between. Here are a few to get you started:

Pierre: a cautionary tale in five chapters and a prologue

Characters as Cuisine

Cautionary Tales with a Bite

If you are a Stephen Colbert fan, or watched The Revenant this year, you know that bears are no joke. And if you are familiar with classic folk tales, you should know that there are certain types of characters and situations one should always avoid.  Don't mess with bears. Ever. Don't take their hats, Don't take their toys. Don't wake them up from naps. Don't try to sell them lemonade.

Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Dear Reader

Children's Chapter Books Told Through Letters

As a kid, I was always writing notes to my friends and seeking out pen pals. To this day, I still love to send (and get!) letters in the mail. Much like letters in real life, epistolary novels (or stories told through letters, journal entries, and other documents) give readers the chance to hear someone else's thoughts and feelings in a format that feels both personal and familiar. If you're a child, parent, or kid-at-heart who's looking for a chapter book with an interesting structure and relatable characters, then try one of these novels told through letters:

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