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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!"


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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November's Tough Topic--Adoption

A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussion

November is National Adoption Month! Below I've listed several age-appropriate books that tackle the sometimes tough topic of adoption in interesting ways. Try setting aside 25 minutes with your children to read and have ongoing discussions of these and other topical books. As always, feel free to click the book titles of choice in order to place a hold on each one. You will receive an email when your requested books are available at the library for pick up!


October's Tough Topic: Anti-Bullying

A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussions.

First introduced two years ago by Ms. Tammeric, "Tough Topics" is a monthly series of carefully curated materials covering a specific difficult theme in order to prompt and facilitate important family discussions. All children deserve to be happy, healthy, secure and care-free as they live and learn. However, as life would have it, issues and challenges inevitably come our way and despite our best protective efforts children are not immune to experiencing them as well.

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Favorite Back to School Books

It's that time of year

Whether it is your little one’s first time at school this year or they are a returning pro, enjoy some of these favorite back-to-school books.  I have used all of these books for story time programs, school visits to the library, or reading with my young nephew who had his first day of school this year!  I have found all of the books below to be proven hits, so I hope you enjoy and stop by the library to check out some and share with your little ones.


Fractured Fairy Tales

Stories You Love -- With a Silly Twist

Have you ever wondered if your favorite fairy tales really ended "happily ever after" or what happened after the dish ran away with the spoon? These silly stories will show you a different side to stories that you know.

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Rockin' Picture Books

Books with interactive movement and sounds

Take story time to the next level with these picture books filled with movement and actions!  Acting out the movements and sounds found within the pages can extend the fun you and your little one have with the book.  Check out some of these rockin’ picture books today!

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Princess Books That Are A Little Bit Different

Love them or hate them, fictional princesses are a popular theme that has been around for some time. From the Grimm's fairy tales to the Disney princesses, countless princess stories have been told.