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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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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!

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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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