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This Is Our House

Picture Books for Adults

Who Says Picture Books Are Just for Kids?

Picture books are generally marketed for ages 8 and under. However, some picture books are truly works of art that are arguably better appreciated by a more sophisticated eye. Here is a list of 10 picture books that are meant to be cherished well beyond childhood. This Is Our House by Hyewon Yum

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek

Presidential Picture Books

Fiction and nonfiction books to explore the presidential election

The 2016 Presidential primary season is in full swing and culminates in the parties' national conventions in July.  With the nominees selected, general election campaigning continues right up to the voting in November.  Here are some great resources to discuss the presidency and the American election process with school age children. Fictional Picture Books:

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor

Picture Books for Fashionistas

Books for Children Who Love All Things Fashion

Do you have a child at home who is obsessed with clothes or shoes?

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I've Got the Blues

Picture Books on Feeling Down

Children go through a wide range of emotions on a daily basis. Most of the time they seem genuinely happy and then other times they are not. Whenever they are feeling not so good grab one of these titles to help ease the pain. If they enjoy a good movie night be sure to browse our DVD selection for titles such as Inside Out.  

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:

rhythm ride by andrea pinkney

The Black Experience, New and Noteworthy Children's Books

The books listed here are all inspirational and true.  They take the reader through lives that may seem like our own, but become extraordinary through the individual’s creativity or inventiveness, singular devotion to improving their lives and the lives of others, and or the individual’s supportive family and community.  Some have won recent national awards.  Some have been passed around a lot. Some are meant to be read aloud.  Some are visually stunning.  All are worth enjoying.

Last Stop on Market Street

The Best Picture Books Published in 2015

In the Humble Opinion of One Children’s Librarian

2015 was a great year for picture books, and there have been many lists devoted to the cream of the crop. This list is based on the experiences of one children’s librarian in the DC community.  Below are the books I have most frequently recommended to patrons and used during story times over the last year.

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.

Hush: A Thai Lullaby

Books for Bedtime

Read Your Child to Sleep

A potty break, a glass of water, the blankie tucked just so, and the most important element of the bedtime ritual - a bedtime story (or two or three). When it's time to select the perfect book(s), try these kid-approved choices to lull, cajole, and persuade your child to finally let you sleep after you've read "just one more book!"

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December's Tough Topic-- Empathy and Charity ("Giving Versus Getting")

A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussion.

The month of December sparks within some people feelings of warmth, cheer, anticipation and celebration. Within others, it may stir up feelings of depression or anxiety and obligation. Additionally, the winter holiday season brings with it long-established social customs, commercials, advertisements, store displays and other promotional marketing that can easily seduce children into an "expectation of receiving" without any appreciation for the many privileges they enjoy.

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