The Authors are Coming….The Authors are Coming!!!



Hi, Koo!

Here is your chance to meet Jon J. Muth and hear about his newest book Hi, Koo!: a year of seasons on Wednesday, April 9 at 6:30 pm at the Spencer Road Branch-Community Commons!  Hi, Koo! is the fourth title in Muth’s books about Stillwater, the wise Giant Panda.  Previous titles include Zen Shorts, Zen Ties and Zen Ghosts.  With a featherlight touch and disarming charm, Jon J. Muth — and his delightful little panda bear, Koo — challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations in this fresh, exiting look at the four seasons.  Muth is also the illustrator of the recently released Poems to Learn by Heart edited by Caroline Kennedy and City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems. His paintings are exquisite, his books are beloved by young and old and are meant to be shared over and over again. Recommended for ages 5 & up.  Families Welcome.  Books will be on sale by Classroom Library and autographed by Jon J Muth.  Purchase of a book may be required to enter the autograph line. CLICK HERE or on the book cover to register for this program!


Later in the month we are having another wonderful author: Kenneth Oppel!  He will be at the Spencer Road Branch-Community Commons on Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm.  All aboard The Boundless for an action-packed escapade for middle grade readers from the internationally bestselling author of Airborn Adventures and the Silverwing Saga. The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, is on its maiden voyage across the country, and first-class passenger Will Everett is about to embark on the adventure of his life! When Will ends up in possession of the key to a train car containing priceless treasures, he becomes the target of sinister figures from his past. In order to survive, Will must join a traveling circus, enlisting the aid of Mr. Dorian, the ringmaster and leader of the troupe, and Maren, a girl his age who is an expert escape artist. With villains fast on their heels, can Will and Maren reach Will’s father and save The Boundless before someone winds up dead?
Kenneth Oppel is an award-winning and popular Canadian author who writes compelling and action-packed books for older kids and teens.
Read Saint Louis is a community-wide initiative developed by the St. Louis area library systems to encourage St. Louisans to read and discuss great books. At the core of the program is a belief that making reading fun, exciting and educational will stimulate a passion for lifelong learning in all of us.
Each year, Read St. Louis showcases books to appeal to all interests and reading levels. The libraries host events with each of the featured authors. Families Welcome.  Books will be sold by Left Bank Books. To register for this fantastic author visit please CLICK HERE or click on the book cover.

I have a few great reviews to share with all of you….

H.A. Rey          Curious George Flies a Kite          5 Star Reviewcurious_george_fliesakite

Reviewed by Conner & parent         Age 6

We enjoyed reading about Curious George flying in the sky. Conner recommends this book to other children because he believes monkeys are funny. Conner believes the character Curious George is special because he gets into silly situations. We really liked this book.


Ellen Javernick         The Birthday Pet          5 Star ReviewThe Birthday Pet

Reviewed by Jessie          Age 7

I like “The Birthday Pet” because his family kept saying get this pet..get that pet. My friends should read this because it is a good book!


Paulette Bourgeois          Franklin Plants a Tree         5 Star Reviewfranklin_plantsatree

Reviewed by Rose & parent       Age 5

We liked this book because Franklin plants and takes care of a tree. We liked all of the colors on the pictures. This book was fun to read because all of Franklin’s friends got to plant their own trees. We recommend this book because it teaches about being nice to the earth. I like this book!



Amy Rosenthal          Little Hoot           5 Star ReviewLittle Hoot

Reviewed by Cailin           Age 5

I liked the book because I liked the little owl. Little Hoot likes school and so do I. The story is cute – it’s about Little Hoot staying up late but he wants to go to bed early. Little Hoot plays lots of fun games until he can go to bed.


Mary Morgan           Dragon Pizzaria          5 Star ReviewDragon Pizzaria

Reviewed by Jenna            Age 5

“Dragon Pizzaria, this is Spike, what would you like”? This is my favorite part! He made a pizza out of a frog and alligators. I liked this book, it was so funny! I absolutely loved it!


Sam McBratney           The Dark at the Top of the Stairs          5 Star Reviewdark_top_stairs

Reviewed by Bethany         Age 6

This book was very interesting. They don’t see the cat. They just see the shadow and hear the sound. The mice were “cutely” illustrated. It was a very nice story, I loved it!


Tina Burke         Sophie’s Big Bed          5 Star Reviewsophies_big_bed

Reviewed by Samantha          Age 4

I loved “Sophie’s Big Bed”. Sophie was scared that she and her animals would fall off her big bed. She liked her comfy pillow and blankie in her crib. Then she was not scared of her big bed at all because all her toys didn’t fall off. I loved Sophie and her toys!


Lauren Child          I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed          5 Star ReviewIam_not_sleepy

Reviewed by Brendan          Age 5

I liked this book because it is funny. My favorite part was when all the tigers drank strawberry milk. When you read this book it will help you get ready to go to bed.

Have a wonderful spring and can’t wait to see you at our fantastic author visits in April.








Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized March 28, 2014

Books, Books and More!

If you are looking for some fun reading material to take on spring break vacations or just to enjoy be sure to check this out!



The Friends of the Library will once again host their Cabin Fever Book Fairs in 2014. Admission is FREE for the “mini” book fairs and each weekend features different book selections. The Cabin Fever sales will take place at VFW Post 5077, 8500 Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon, MO 63366.

Children’s and Teen Book Sale
Friday, March 14th & Saturday, March 15th


FEATURING CHILDREN’S & TEEN Fiction and Non-Fiction Books as well as
Children’s and Adult 
DVDs,CDs, VHS tapes and Books on Tape.
PRICES: Childrens Paperback and Hardback books just 25¢ each, AV materials priced as marked.

For More Information CLICK HERE

Are you ready to share some awesome reviews from our Summer Readers? We’ve got some great ones for you to read and hopefully enjoy:

Margaret McNamara         First Grade Bunny          5 Star ReviewFirst Grade Bunny

Reviewed by Amelia         Age 6

This was a great book about a nice teacher and all the students helping to care for a bunny. One boy was scared and the teacher helped him too! I really really liked this book because I love bunnies.

Simon Beecroft           Watch Out for Jabba the Hutt         5 Star ReviewWatch Out for Jabba the Hutt

Reviewed by Brandon & parent        Age 6

Brandon liked this book because it was “AWESOME”. Brandon like the pictures of the characters in the book. I recommend this book because it encourages my child to want to keep reading it to find out what will happen next. I also like that there are alot of “sight words” in the book.

Laura Ingalls Wilder          By the Shores of Silver Lake          5 Star ReviewBy the Shores of Silver Lake

Reviewed by Meghan         Age 9

The saddest part of this book is the very beginning. Laura’s family had scarlet fever! Mary (Laura’s sister) was so sick that now she is blind. My friends should read this book because I just finished the whole collection and I get to see her house in Mansfield!!! I would love to see Laura but this was over 100 years ago! I hope you read this book and enjoy it too!

Susan Korman          Groundhog at Evergreen Road          5 Star ReviewGroundhog at Evergreen Road

Reviewed by Emma         Age 6

I liked how the groundhog was brave. He was just a kid and went out of his hole to find food. He ate healthy stuff…green beans. He took naps on rocks to feel better. He worked hard to dig his own hole. The hole is called a burrow. He ran fast to get away from the hawk. He slowly poked his head to make sure he was safe.

Maureen Wright          Sleep Big Bear Sleep           5 Star ReviewSleep Big Bear Sleep

Reviewed by Eva  & parent        Age 4

We liked this book because Eva could help read parts of the book. We think our friends would like this book too. Eva learned what an exclamation point looks like and what it means. It was silly that Big Bear didn’t go to sleep till the end.

Eileen Christelow     Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed      5 Star ReviewFive Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Reviewed by Jaydn          Age 3

This was the first book I could read. I like the monkeys fall, that’s silly. I don’t like the doctor, he give me shots. I would recommend it for kids that are starting to read. It was a fun easy read.

Barbara Park          Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business          5 Star ReviewJunie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

Reviewed by Ashley            Age 8

It was funny how Junie kept telling everyone she was getting a monkey instead of a baby brother. I would tell my friends to read this book. The story and characters were funny and interesting. This book made me chuckle out loud.

Kate Klise            Shall I Knit You a Hat          5 Star ReviewShall I Knit You a Hat

Reviewed by Viktor           Age 3 1/2

We both enjoyed this book because it has a nice message about giving handmade gifts. It’s nicely illustrated and fun to read. I bought a copy and gave it to a girl who just turned 7 years old and she loved it!

J. K. Rowling          Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
5 Star Review

Reviewed by Emma         Age 10

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” was the best in the series! I enjoyed the action and the Professor Umbridge invasion. I want to meet Cho Chang, Hermoine Granger, Ron Weasley, Sirius Black and Lord Voldemort.

David Shannon         A Bad Case of Stripes          5 Star ReviewA Bad Case of Stripes

Reviewed by Katie          Age 6

The funniest part was when Camilla (the little girl) stuck out her tongue and her tongue had stripes! I would really like to meet Camilla!

Carolyn Keene          April Fool’s Day          5 Star ReviewApril Fool's Day

Reviewed by Claire         Age 9

In the book “April Fool’s Day” a gamer girl and a cell phone are stolen. Nancy Drew and her clues crew are out on the search to find them. While they are searching, April’s brothers scare them. If you like funny mysteries, you should read this book.

Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized February 26, 2014

Ballet Storytime








Are you thinking of dancing into Spring, then you need to visit the library and come to one of the wonderful Ballet Storytimes. Celebrate ballet! Listen to stories and meet a real ballet dancer from the Missouri Ballet Theatre! This program is recommended for children ages 3 and up, this would be a wonderful family program. To sign up for this program click on the graphic or click here!

Just so you have something else exciting to do this chilly February, try some of the exciting book our summer readers are recommending. Here is a list of great reads for all ages.

Janet Marshall          A Honey of a Day          5 Star ReviewHoney of a Day

Reviewed by Lydia and parent          Age 4

We enjoyed this book together because the characters were named after varieties of flowers! We love working in our yard together and identifying the flowers by name! We would recommend it for learning the names of flowers and plants and be able to identify them. There were lots of pictures of flowers with their names! Very Nice!


Marla Frazee           Roller Coaster          5 Star ReviewRoller Coaster

Reviewed by Grace         Age 5

One was happy. One was scared. Roller coaster went all around. Roller coaster went fast! The girl in the front, never was on a roller coaster. When it ended she wanted to go again. I really liked this book, it made me want to ride a roller coaster.


Marc Brown          Arthur’s Underwear          5 Star Reviewarthurs_underwear

Reviewed by Morgan          Age 7

Arthur was getting ready for school. He bought some new school supplies, like newspaper and pencils. But the funniest thing he bought was new underwear! I love Arthur and his books!



Tina Wells          Mackenzie Blue          5 Star ReviewMackenzie Blue

Reviewed by Carliegh          Age 9

I’ve just read a really good book called Mackenzie Blue by Tina Wells. This book is about a girl named Mackenzie and she has just started the 7th grade. On the first day of school she embarrassed herself and someone steals her diary and reveals all of her secrets, that was the bad part in the book. If I could meet one of the characters it would be Chloe. Chloe is Mackenzie’s friend. I would want to meet her because she seems really nice. If you would like to know more about Mackenzie and friends read the book Mackenzie Blue.


Bernard Waber           Lyle, Lyle Crocodile          5 Star ReviewLyle Lyle Crocodile

Reviewed by Bethany         Age 4

Mr. Grumps and Loretta the cat did not like Lyle at the beginning. He was sent to the zoo for awhile. He got out of the zoo and saved Mr. Grumps from a fire. Mr. Grumps and Loretta liked Lyle the crocodile at the end.


Cynthia Rylant           Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath         5 Star ReviewPuppy Mudge Takes a Bath

Reviewed by Allie          Age 5

I liked this book because it was very funny. My favorite part was when Mudge found the skunk. I also like when he kept getting muddy. It was a fun book to read.


Eric Fein         My Frozen Valentine         5 Star Review

Reviewed by Ben          Age 5

My Frozen Valentine

Batman battles Mr. Freeze. Mr. Freeze wants to rule the world and steal some big diamonds. Batman froze Mr. Freeze, and rescues the frozen people.




Tom Lichtenheld           Bridget’s Beret          5 Star ReviewBridget's Beret

Reviewed by Lindsay          Age 9

There is this girl named Bridget and she loves drawing lots of pictures. And the best place where she can draw is her backyard, because nature is all around her. She always wears her beret when she draws. When she goes outside to draw the wind blows her beret away. She puts up a sign to find it and she tries other hats but they don’t work, but her dog found her beret.


Lois Lenski         Cowboy Small          5 Star ReviewCowboy Small

Reviewed by Colin          Age 5

Cowboy Small is a good cowboy. I like his horse Cactus because I like horses. This book is about cowboy stuff like riding horses, roping cows and eating. It is a very good book!


Emily Sands           The Egyptology Handbook          5 Star ReviewEgyptology Handbook

Reviewed by Paul          Age 6

I like this book because it is about Egypt. I want to be an archaeologist when I grow up. This was a super good book and I learned a whole bunch!


Shana Corey          Boats!          5 Star ReviewBoats!

Reviewed by Nolan and parent         Age 2

Nolan loved to identify all the different types of boats. His favorite boat was the old boat. He could recite the book pretty quickly. It was a fun and quick book before bed!


Audrey Penn         A Pocket Full of Kisses         5 Star ReviewPocket Full of Kisses

Reviewed by Hannah          Age 5

This book is about Chester Raccoon.  He doesn’t think his mommy has enough kissing hands for him and his brother. His mommy teaches him that kissing hands are like the sun’s rays, always there, always shining. Mommy never runs out.



Thanks for visiting our blog, I hope you have fun reading some of the wonderful books listed here and maybe I’ll see you at the Ballet Storytime!



Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized January 31, 2014

Elephant and Piggie visit libraries!




Meet Mo Willems’ favorite characters–Elephant and Piggie!  Stories, songs & more. Bring a camera for a photo with Elephant & Piggie. Elephant and Piggie will be getting around St. Charles County, to find them at the library closest to you CLICK HERE!

Are you looking for something good to read while you are on vacation from school?  Here are great books reviewed by our fantastic summer readers. Enjoy, enjoy!



Danny Schnitzlein          The Monster Who Ate My Peas          5 Star ReviewMonster Who Ate My Peas

Reviewed by Jessica & parent          Age 2

We love this book because it has wonderful pictures, and it has a very fun poetry rhythm with a lot of rhyming words. My 2 year old loves to point out the things she recognizes on the pages. The monster itself is very amazing – how clever to make the monster out of the things he eats!


Byron Barton          Machines at Work          5 Star ReviewMachines at Work

Reviewed by Jack & parent          Age 2

Jack loves trucks and machines, like bulldozers! It’s great for boys because the words and sentences are simple and easy to read. In fact, Jack began to read this book by himself because he had the pictures and words memorized!! Great illustrations and simple sentences!!


Mary Pope Osborne            Night of the Ninjas          5 Star Reviewnight_ofthe_ninjas

Reviewed by Joe          Age 7

I liked this book because there were Ninjas in it. I learned that the Ninjas could be tough and walk in the fast, cold water. It was a good book. I liked reading about all of Annie and Jack’s adventures. I love the Magic Treehouse books.


Diana Kimpton              Princess Ellie Solves a Mystery           5 Star ReviewPrincess Ellie Solves a Mystery

Reviewed by Laura             Age 7

It was a good mystery because Lord Leo wasn’t a famous artist even though he said he had four horses but he did not. The maids were dressed like a rainbow. He was a thief who tried to steal.


Ellen Miles          Snowball          5 Star ReviewSnowball

Reviewed by Alyssa          Age 10

The book is about a boy named Charles that wants a puppy. His family and him foster dogs but his mom thinks a full-time puppy would be too much work. But they go to a gas station one day and find a puppy in a box. They bring it home and name it Snowball. But at Christmas time Snowball is their present.


Lauren Child          Utterly Me, Clarice Bean          5 Star ReviewUtterly Me, Clarice Bean

Reviewed by Mallory          Age 10

The saddest part is when Betty, Clarice’s best friend goes to Russia without telling Clarice. Then for the book report she is paired with the worst boy in school. I liked this book and I liked Clarice Bean!


Louis Sachar           Wayside School is Falling Down          5 Star ReviewWayside School Is Falling Down

Reviewed by Luke          Age 10

This book is 5 stars because it was really funny and explained a lot. A funny part was when a bunch of cows went into the school. My friends should read this book if they like comedy books. I would like to ask Mrs. Jewls how she handles her crazy class.


Laura Buller           What Is A Wookiee?          5 Star ReviewWhat Is a Wookiee?

Reviewed by Spencer          Age 6

This book has cool characters and it is easy to read. It has very interesting pictures, too. We would recommend this to others who are interested in Star Wars. The pod racers are really, really neat!


Marc Brown             Arthur’s Pet Business            5 Star ReviewArthur's Pet Business

Reviewed by Preston          Age 5

We enjoy Arthur books. They are always funny and teach us a lesson. This one taught us how hard it is to take care of a pet. We like the expressions on the children and pets in the Arthur books.


Glenda Millard              Layla, Queen of Hearts              5 Star ReviewLayla, Queen of Hearts

Reviewed by Zadi        Age 9

The saddest part was when Miss Amelie passed away. My friends should read this because if someone you loved died it will tell you how she felt. I would like to meet Miss Amelie because I could meet a person who forgets easily. I would also like to meet the Silks family. It was a great book.


Laura Numeroff          If You Take a Mouse to School          5 Star ReviewIf You Take a Mouse to School

Reviewed by Grace         Age 4

I liked If You Take a Mouse to School. The pictures were pretty and the mouse was cute. I liked the idea of the mouse taking a bath in the sink. He built a mouse house and went skateboarding. I hope I have as much fun as the mouse when I go to school.


Jane O’Connor          Fancy Nancy: The Dazzling Book Report         5 Star ReviewFancy Nancy: The Dazzling Book Report

Reviewed by Jocelyn         Age 5

Jocelyn liked this book because Nancy made a really beautiful cover for her book report. But Nancy was too distracted to do a good job on her report. That made her embarrassed by the time she had to tell her report to her class. Jocelyn thought those were good parts of the book, because sometimes she gets distracted and feels embarrassed too. This was a good book to read before writing our first book report.

Hope you enjoy the recommended books and have a Happy New Year!











Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized December 27, 2013

Time’s Almost Up!

2013 Building Block Award Nominees


All fall I’ve been visiting daycares and preschools in Harvester reading the Building Block Nominees so children can vote for their favorite read aloud book. The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award, administered by the Youth Services Community of Interest of Missouri Library Association, is presented annually to the author and illustrator of the picture book voted most popular by preschool children in Missouri’s public libraries. All of the books are fun and so wonderful and you have till December 31 to read at least 5 of the nominees so you can vote. You can go to my Blog Roll or click here to find a ballot so you may vote.

Here is our list of awesome books reviewed by our wonderful summer readers…hope you find something fun to read for the holidays!



Alison Inches          Castaways!          5 Star Review

Reviewed by Jacob         Age 5

My favorite part was when Austin cut vines for the castaways to use for their beach hut. I like this book. Other kids should read it. My favorite character is Tyrone.



Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery


David A. Adler           Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery         5 Star Review

Reviewed by Rachel         Age 8

One of the reasons I like this book is a lot of details. I like to try to solve the mystery myself. I did not figure out the answer before I read it. This is a really good mystery.


Bill Watterson          Something Under the Bed is Drooling          5 Star ReviewSomething Under the Bed is Drooling

Reviewed by Joshua         Age 10

The funniest part was when Calvin said “Don’t turn out the light Dad! You didn’t check under the bed for monsters!” I think my friends should read it, it is a really funny book. If I got a chance to meet one of the characters I would say YES!


Louise Gikow          Barbie: Be Proud of Yourself          5 Star ReviewBarbie: Be Proud of Yourself

Reviewed by Campbell          Age 5

I liked this book because it teaches a lesson. Don’t ever change yourself to please someone else. The characters that I like are Stacie and Barbie. Stacie has a talent in math. Always tell your friends how you feel or they won’t know if you’re upset. Everyone is good at something! Always be proud of yourself.


Dan Gutman         Babe and Me           5 Star ReviewBabe and Me

Reviewed by Zach         Age 9

This book is about a kid and his dad who traveled back in time with a baseball card. The baseball card takes them to Wrigley Field and they met Babe Ruth. Joey learns to always be nice. Joey learns to be nice because these kids were playing baseball with a rock with a sock over it, so Joey gives them Babe Ruth’s home run ball. I loved this book.


Eric Blair          Paul Bunyan            5 Star ReviewPaul Bunyan

Reviewed by Zachary             Age 8

I like this book because this man was small and he grew big. He made lakes with his feet. He helped the people. It is an easy book to read.


The Chihuahua


Charlotte Wilcox         The Chihuahua          5 Star Review

Reviewed by Sarah         Age 9

This book gave me lots of good information. And it has great photos, too. I learned lots of new words. I learned a ton of facts, too. One word I learned is bobtail, means small tail; some are natural and some are cut. I think my friends should read this because it gives you a lot of information and it’s great for people who like non-fiction.


Rania, Queen, consort of Abdullah II, King of Jordan          The Sandwich Swap          5 Star ReviewThe Sandwich Swap

Reviewed by Audrey         Age 5

I liked the book because they tried each others sandwiches and they liked them! It was something new. I would recommend this book to others. I liked at the end where they asked all the kids to bring foods from different countries to try.


Kitty Richards          The Great Toy Escape          5 Star Reviewgreattoy_escape

Reviewed by Ephram          Age 5

I love this book because I love Woody books. Woody is my favorite because he saves the day and the T-Rex. Slinky and Buzz and Woody save everyone from the mean bear. Plus they go to a garbage dump. I love garbage.


Eileen Spinelli          Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green          5 Star Reviewmissfoxs_classgoesgreen

Reviewed by Evan          Age 6

We liked it because they recycle things. People that go to school would like it because it helps you be better at recycling. The bicycles are awesome. Go Green Save the Planet



Glad you checked out some of our fun reviews, be sure to read the Building Block Nominees and vote! Have a happy holiday!







Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized November 27, 2013

Tale Waggers are BACK!

We will be having our Tale Waggers program in November at many of our branches and hope all of you will join us to read to the dogs! Bring a favorite book or pick one of ours to share with some furry, loving friends from Love on a Leash. Parents, this is a perfect way for your reluctant readers to practice their reading. Registration for the program has begun if you want to sign up please click HERE . Read to the Dogs

If you are looking for some recommended reading to bring with you check out the awesome books our summer readers are recommending:


David Kirk          Miss Spider’s Tea Party          5 Star ReviewMiss Spider's Teaparty

Reviewed by Emma & parent           Age 4

Emma loved the illustrations and how Miss Spider had a tea party. It teaches counting and social skills in a fun way. Emma also liked the rhymes. Miss Spider has lots of fun with her insect friend and they are special to her.


Mrs. Lizzy is Dizzy!

Dan Gutman            Mrs. Lizzy is Dizzy           5 Star Review

Reviewed by Ben         Age 10

The funniest part was when A.J. was right about Mrs. Lizzy locking up the school enrichment program teacher in the basement. My friends should read this because it is a very surprising book. This is a very good series. I can’t wait till the next book comes out. I would like to meet A.J., he would be a fun friend.


Dan Gutman           Miss Daisy is Crazy           5 Star ReviewMiss Daisy is Crazy

Reviewed by Nick           Age 8

The funniest part is when the principal showed up in a gorilla suit. Because it is funny. I would like to meet A.J. That was one good book.



Jeff Kinney            Diary of a Wimpy Kid             5 Star ReviewDiary of a Wimpy Kid

Reviewed by Rajat           Age 8

There are four Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Jeff Kinney is going to make at least 3 more. All of his books are funny. My favorite is the 1st one because they got in trouble a lot and it was funny.



Jeff Kinney             Diary of a Wimpy Kid Last Straw             5 Star ReviewDiary of a Wimpy Kid Last Straw

Reviewed by Edik             Age 11

I liked it when Greg was at his friends house and he pretended to be sweaty and he put water on himself. I recommend reading this book and the others in this series. I would like to meet Greg, he is funny and a lot like me.


Nancy Harris             Orange            5 Star ReviewOrange

Reviewed by Neil          Age 3

This book is about the color orange. I like this book because my favorite color is orange! I liked the orange snake. I would give this book to a friend. Orange, orange, orange!!


Jerry Smath          Wee Witches’ Halloween          5 Star ReviewWee Witches' Halloween

Reviewed by Sophie          Age 7

We enjoyed this book because it was funny. We would recommend this book. The cats riding on the brooms with the witches were funny!


Rob Scotton          Splat the Cat          5 Star ReviewSplat the Cat

Reviewed by Phillip          Age 4

I liked how the cat became friends with mice and he wasn’t afraid to go to school anymore. I like Splat the Cat!


Michael Rosen         We’re Going on a Bear Hunt          5 Star Reviewwere_goingon_bearhunt

Reviewed by Alex          Age 4

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is easy to read. It was a sad story because at the end the bear had no friends. My favorite part was when they forgot they left the door open. I really liked when they went in the cave and found the bear. Then they ran back home.


Hope to see you reading to the dogs at the library soon!










Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized October 31, 2013

And more authors………

We have to be the luckiest library district ever because we have the best authors and illustrators visiting us. The next two months are awesome, starting with the bestselling author Brandon Mull, he’s here to talk about a wonderful new series “Spirit Animals” on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm. Click on the picture to register for this fun author visit.






We will also have a green cloak/spirit animal photo booth, spirit animal masks and other fun things to do as you wait to get your books signed.

Our next author to appear is Michael Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of the series’ NERDS and Sister Grimm. Michael will be visiting the Spencer Road Branch on Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm. Be sure to click on the picture to register for this fun author visit.






It should be a fun filled fall at the library and I hope so see all of you at the library. Here’s some fun reviews of good reads to share from our past summer readers.


Michael Buckley          NERDS           5 Star Reviewnerds

Reviewed by Ryan         Age 10

The funniest part was when Butch (the dog) bit him. It was funny! My friends should read this book is because it’s an action book. Really cool too! I would like to meet Jackson because he is an interesting character in the book.


Kate McMullan          Fluffy Goes to School          5 Star ReviewFluffy Goes to School

Reviewed by Noah         Age 6

Fluffy is at school to be the new class pet. They vote on his name and Fluffy got the most. So they started calling him Fluffy and he thought “where is this Fluffy”? They get him a box for his cage and he pretends to be a policeman. I like this book because Fluffy does lots of funny things.


Judy Blume           Freckle Juice          5 Star Reviewfreckle_juice

Reviewed by Marshall & parent          Age 6

It was a good book. My son thought it was funny. A boy wanted freckles so bad he would do anything. A mean girl tricked him and he ended up sick.



Gertrude Warner          The Mystery at Skeleton Point          5 Star ReviewMystery at Skeleton Point

Reviewed by Caleb          Age 8

This was a scary book. A skeleton came alive. It acted like a human drowning in the water. Two kids and their grandpa noticed it was a skeleton. The skeleton tried to scare them.



The Night Before KindergartenNatasha Wing     The Night Before Kindergarten     5 Star Review

Reviewed by  Amira  & parent         Age 5

This was a perfect book to read to any child entering Kindergarten. It focuses on what some kids might feel entering school, like anxiety. We loved the book because it prepares kids on what to expect in Kindergarten. The story gets the child excited about going to school and the parents, however can be a little sad about seeing their child leave for the first time.



Rita Book          My Soccer Mom from Mars          5 Star ReviewMy Soccer Mom from Mars

Reviewed by Eden         Age 7

I liked this book because his mom kept dressing as a cow. This book was very very funny. I want my friends to read it so we can laugh.



Margaret Rey          Curious George Visits the Zoo          5 Star Reviewcurious_george_visitszoo

Reviewed by Connor  & parent         Age 3

This book was perfect because I like monkeys and the zoo. George saw the giraffes and elephants and took the bananas. He gave them to the monkeys in the cage and snatched the red balloon. He made the boy happy!


Mo Willems          Pigeon Finds a Hotdog          5 Star ReviewThe Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

Reviewed by Wesley          Age 6

I would like to meet the pigeon because he was funny. I like how the pigeon yells before sharing his hot dog with the duckling. I hope the pigeon shares with all of his friends!


Denise Fleming          Beetle Bop            5 Star Reviewbeetle_bop

Reviewed by Nathan          Age 5

The story is funny. It has a lot of bugs in it. The beetles fly, eat and swim. I like the pictures, they are cool. My mom reads it really, really silly!


Lisa Papademetriou          Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon           5 Star ReviewRani in the Mermaid Lagoon

Reviewed by Sophie          Age 8

The scariest part is when the fairy runs away and has to fight a water snake. My friends should read this book because it’s awesome. Yes, I would like to meet Rani because she cut off her wings to swim, and she is COOL!



Johanna Hurwitz          Pee Wee’s Tale           5 Star ReviewPee Wee's Tale

Reviewed by Carly          Age 8

Pee Wee started in a cage with a boy, Robbie, who always wanted a dog. The Pee Wee ended up at the National Park in New York! He befriends Lexi the squirrel, and learns about the park. Other kids should read this book, because it tells you about an animals point of view.


Thanks, can’t wait to see you at our Author visits and at the library, enjoy these fun recommendations and let’s go into fall reading.









Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized September 27, 2013

The Authors Are Coming!!!!

September is an exciting month at St. Charles City-County Library District with not one but two great author visits. The first one I’ll talk about is:

Peter Brown – Peter Brown Photo             Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

 Meet NYT Bestselling author & illustrator Peter Brown, a 2013 Caldecott Medal Honoree for his book Creepy Carrots.  Children love his books including You Will Be My Friend, Children Make Terrible Pets and Chowder.  (You can enjoy his book Curious Garden at the Picture Book Walk in Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville!)  Peter Brown will be drawing and talking about his newest book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, in which children who are bored with being proper and want to have more fun discover that Mr. Tiger knows exactly how they feel. He decides to go wild, but does he go too far?  This is a story that shows there’s a time and place for everything…even going wild.
Peter Brown is also the recipient of two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book award, and a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year.
Peter Brown will be at the Spencer Road Branch on Thursday, September 5 at 6:00 pm to talk about his new book and watch him draw! To sign up please click here….SIGN UP!

The next author that I’m excited about is

Chris Stuckenschneider – Patriotic-Pals-cover


Meet the warm and delightful author Chris Stuckenschneider and hear about her newest book….Patriotic Pals: Tales of Civil War Dogs.  She will be at the Deer Run Branch on September 26th at 6:30 pm. Following Chris’s presentation during the autograph session, you can read to a dog from Love on a Leash. Maybe the dog you read to had an ancestor in the Civil War…you can ask him! This will be a great evening for families.

We all know about the famous people and places of the Civil War but what about the dogs who played an important role in the War between the States?  Washington Missourian Book Editor Chris Stuckenschneider, who also write Show Me Reader nominee Twist of Fate, brings to life the tales of the dogs who were part of the War as well as sharing facts and trivia about the Civil War.  Patriotic Pals brings humanity to a tragic part of our history and makes learning about the War fun. Do you know a Civil War buff?  Please bring them to the program!

Read to the dogs in this special program offered by the members of Love on a Leash.  Bring your own book or choose one of ours and read for 10 minutes to an adorable, attentive dog who loves you and your reading.  Reading to dogs is a very positive and non-threatening way to build reading skills and confidence in reading. To sign up for this wonderful program click…SIGN UP!

Keep your eyes on our webpage to keep up with all of the fantastic author programs for all ages….more coming in October!

Here are the wonderful reviews by our past Summer Reading participants….hope you find a good read.

Ann Martin           Doll People           5 Star ReviewDoll People

Reviewed by Andrea          Age 10

Kate has her dolls in a doll house in her room. Annabelle and her sister doll found out that Aunt Sarah doll disappeared. She found out from reading Aunt Sarah’s journal. Then Grandpa doll and Bobby doll and Annabelle went to find Aunt Sarah. Oh there was a box and they met other dolls in the box but they couldn’t see them. I liked this book a lot!


Deborah Diesen          The Pout-Pout Fish           5 Star ReviewThe Pout-Pout Fish

Reviewed by Kelly & parent           Age 4

Kelly liked this book because it is really funny. It is also a happy book. I would tell someone to read it because it is very funny. The story was special because we don’t borrow it that much and because I can’t stop reading it!


Margaret Mayo           Dig, Dig, Digging          5 Star Reviewdig_dig_digging

Reviewed by Carter          Age 4

I like this part when the trucks make the road smooth. I like the digging and I like putting out fires. The tractors are cool. And I like the cars on the trucks. The dump trucks are my favorite. My friends should read this book to learn all about trucks.


Ian Keable-Elliot           The Big Book of Magic Fun          5 Star ReviewThe Big Book of Magic Fun

Reviewed by Hunter          Age 10

My friends should read it because if they like magic a lot, it’s a good book to start with.


Lauren Brooke          Everything Changes           5 Star ReviewEverything Changes

Reviewed by Emily          Age 10

Everything Changes is a great book. Heartland gets a new wild mustang and they are supposed to train it. My friends should read this book because it is exciting and sad (I won’t tell your why!). I would want to meet Ty and Amy. The best part was training Dazzle. That is why I like Everything Changes .


Lena Arro          By Geezers and Galoshes!By Geezers and Galoshes!          5 Star Review

Reviewed by Kate         Age 6

I liked the book because the ship got really big. It started out really small, it was built from a box. The book was funny when they stole booty from the motorboat. They were acting like pirates and saw sea monsters and dolphins. In the end they sailed home but they didn’t really leave….I figured out they were not really in the big ocean sailing around the world.



Carolyn Keene           Mystery of the Fire Dragon          5 Star Reviewmystery_fire_dragon

Reviewed by Arianna          Age 9

The scariest part was when Nancy was kidnapped. The book was also funny. Especially all of Bess’ and George’s jokes. I really liked this book because it was about China and all things Chinese. I really like Nancy Drew and I really like mysteries.



Susan Hood          Pup and Hound Catch a Thief          5 Star ReviewPup and Hound Catch a Thief

Reviewed by Alexander         Age 6

The cat ran down the stairs. Then the dogs went upstairs to see why the cat ran downstairs. The dogs followed the smell of the cat. When they found the cat, they found the jewels. The dogs found the bird that took the jewels. This is a good book to read because it is a little harder to read but good for that. And it tells you that the thief gets caught.


Christopher Paolini          Eldest          5 Star ReviewEldest

Reviewed by Ariana           Age 10

I think the saddest part was when Ajihad died. I’m glad Katrina and Roran are getting married, Roran is always lonely. I would like to meet Arya because she is very wise. I think my friends should read this book because it is a fun fantasy book.



Peg Kehret          Abduction           5 Star ReviewAbduction

Reviewed by Emma         Age 10

I would like to meet Bonnie’s friend Nancy because when Matt was taken Nancy slept over and never left Bonnie’s side. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is a mystery and I love mysteries!



Judy Blume          Super Fudge          5 Star Reviewsuperfudge

Reviewed by Emma          Age 9

This book gives everyone who reads it a little taste of Peter Hatcher’s life. His little brother Fudge, thinks that he is going to be a bird when he grows up. Fudge is also very obnoxious. Peter’s parents have another baby, as if one Fudge isn’t enough!



Peggy Parish             Amelia Bedelia              5 Star ReviewAmelia Bedelia

Reviewed by Sarah            Age 7

I like Amelia Bedelia because she does funny things. She cut the towels, she put powder dust on the furniture, she drew a picture of the curtains and she dressed up the chicken. I would recommend this book to my friends because they would laugh. I liked how the people were drawn.



John Erickson          Case of the Swirling Killer Tornado             5 Star Reviewcase_swirlingkillertornado

Reviewed by Kira              Age 7

I give this book five stars because I had not read it before and I found it so much fun! I can’t wait to read all of the Hank stories.



Carol Diggory Shields              Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp              5 Star ReviewSaturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

Reviewed by Braeden              Age 5

A rock and roll party for all the dinosaurs. They gather together to dance and stomp. The words rhyme and it is a lot of fun. I never get tired of this book.



Hope you enjoy our reviews and keep your schedules cleared for all of the fun and wonderful programs at the library.



















Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized August 30, 2013

Read Read Read

Dig into Reading is finishing up so all of you that want a cool yard sign for reading 100 hours get reading. There should be signs all over St. Charles County since we’ve had kids in picking them up like hotcakes. Congratulations to all of the super readers in St. Charles County! Here are some super reviews from our past Summer Reading program participants, I’m sure you will find a super read from one of them.

Beverly Cleary          The Mouse and the Motorcycle          5 Star Reviewmouse_motorcycle

Reviewed by Madeline         Age 10

The funniest part of the story was when Ralph almost got sucked up by the vacuum. The saddest part was when Ralph was talking about all his relatives that have died. The scariest part is when Ralph fell into the trash can. My friends should read this book because it’s really exciting. I would like to meet Ralph.


Audrey Penn          The Kissing Hand          5 Star Reviewkissing_hand

Reviewed by Tyler & parent          Age 6

We enjoyed “The Kissing Hand” because it made us understand that even though we will be apart at times, we will always be in each others’ hearts. We would recommend this book to any child who is starting school to make them feel better about being apart during the day. The raccoons were acting just like people, and that was neat!


Roald Dahl          Charlie and the Chocolate Factory          5 Star ReviewCharlie and the Chocolate Factory

Reviewed by Charity          Age 10

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is one of the funniest awesomest book I’ve read so far. This book is about a boy named Charlie who has 2 grandmas and 2 grandpas. Charlie has a mom and dad too. They are all very poor. Charlie goes to  a Chocolate factory. What will happen next? Read the book and I’m sure you will love it!


Katherine Paterson         Bridge to Terabithia          5 Star Reviewbridge_terabithia

Reviewed by Abigail         Age 10

I really liked the book “Bridge to Terabithia”. There are happy parts and there are sad parts. One of the sad parts of the book is…oh wait I shouldn’t tell you because you are going to have to read it yourself. But, a happy part is when Jess gives Leslie a puppy.


Anne Mazer           The Salamander Room          5 Star ReviewThe Salamander Room

Reviewed by Dominic and parent          Age 6

We enjoyed this book because we like salamanders. The book was interesting because the boy’s room started to turn into a jungle. We would recommend this book because we think others would like it, too. It has lots of good pictures of animals.


Katherine Applegate          Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs           5 Star ReviewNever Glue Your Friends to Chairs

Reviewed by Madeleine          Age 10

I would want all of my friends to read this book, because it is so funny! They all get crazy and they are glued to their chairs.  If I could meet one of the characters it would be…..ROSCOE RILEY, because he does all of the crazy stuff.


Ridley Pearson           Kingdom Keepers             5 Star ReviewKingdom Keepers

Reviewed by Emma            Age 9

I liked “Kingdom Keepers” because it is in Disney World. It also has action and mystery. The kids in it defeat Maleficent. It is like a thrill ride going up and down. It is so exciting I would read it hundreds of times. It has fantasy, action, mystery and realistic fiction. I can’t wait to read the second and third. I bet the second and third books are gonna be great too. Every person should read the “Kingdom Keepers” books.


Annie Barrows          Ivy and Bean Bound to be Bad          5 Star ReviewIvy & Bean Bound to be Bad

Reviewed by Lauren          Age 10

First Ivy and Bean were trying to be “good” but then a neighbors brother told them that they were so good that they could never be bad. Ivy and Bean tried to be bad and they got into big trouble.



Melissa Morgan          Camp Confidential          5 Star ReviewCamp Confidential

Reviewed by Mackenzi          Age 10

My friends would love this book. It will possibly convince you to go to camp.  A girl didn’t want to go to camp and she loved it. I think my friends would really enjoy it a lot.



J.E. Morris          Please Write Back            5 Star ReviewPlease Write Back!

Reviewed by Alexis & parent          Age 6

Alexis & I liked this book because we have family out of town that we write to. This could teach kids patience and how to keep in touch with family the old fashioned way. The little alligator writes his grandma & asks her to write back & for days he waits and waits for a letter and one day he quits waiting and he ends up with a BIG SURPRISE!



Tennant Redbank         Toy to Toy          5 Star Reviewtoy_to_toy

Reviewed by Gideon & parent          Age 3

We like this book because it is short enough to keep our attention. It tells us about all our favorite toys. We like everything about Buzz and Woody and the pictures look really cool. It’s a good book to start learning letters and words.


Hope you enjoyed our fun reviews and congratulations to all of our 100 hour readers. Can’t wait to see the street signs!!!







Add comment Posted in  Uncategorized July 30, 2013

Are you DIGGING into Reading this summer?

Be sure to run by your local branch library, most of them have ant farms, worm farms and tickle plants for kids to see when they visit to pick out books, come to programs or just to visit.

Therworme are also great programs going on all summer, I’ve linked the children’s programs going on in July, check them out HERE. Enjoy our great group of reviews by our past summer readers, be sure to comment with reviews of books you are reading this summer.




Beverly Cleary          Socks          5 Star ReviewSocks

Reviewed by Alyssa          Age 8

I liked this book because it had a cat in it. I also liked this book because it was funny. My friends should read this book because my friends like cats. I would like to meet the character named Mrs. Bricker.


Kurt Cyrus          Tadpole Rex          5 Star ReviewTadpole Rex

Reviewed by Aiden         Age 5

Best part was when the dinosaur made a puddle by stepping in the mud. The story is about how a tadpole develops into a frog while living in a puddle and the dangers that were around. He thinks he is a T-Rex inside.


My New Bestfriend

Julie Bowe          My New Best Friend          5 Star Review


Reviewed by Parah          Age 9

This book was one of the best books I ever read. I love when Stacey told the truth. If Ida was real I would love to meet her. This was one of my favorite books.


Jessie Haas           Horse Crazy           5 Star ReviewHorse Crazy!

Reviewed by Megan         Age 7

I picked this book because it made me think about when I rode a horse. I read it so I can take horseback riding lessons this fall. I learned a lot about horses and riding. I liked this book so much.


Anne Mazer          Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining          5 Star Revieweverycloudhasasilverlining

Reviewed by Claire          Age 9

I would recommend this book to my friends because they can relate to the characters. I would like to meet Abby because we both have SuperSibs who we think are better than us. I like this book because it encourages me to do things, like Abby becoming a soccer star. My favorite characters are Abby and Eva (Abby’s older sister). I like Abby because she is a lot like me. I like Eva because she is very athletic. I loved this book!


Lemony Snicket          The End          5 Star ReviewThe End

Reviewed by Brady          Age 12

The book has a lot of unfortunate events. Once you think Violet, Klaus and Sunny are going good they almost die. Unlike the other books in the series this one ends well. It is the last and best book in the series.


Mary Amato          The Naked Mole-Rat Letters          5 Star ReviewThe Naked Mole-Rat Letters

Reviewed by Cailyn          Age 9

The funniest part was when the girl was being called Rat Lady. I like the part when she sneaks out of school when she was not supposed to. I think my friends should read this book because it is very funny and awesome so they should read it. I would love to meet all of the characters because it would be interesting to meet them and I like what they really like doing. I also think my friends should read it because it is not too scary or anything else so you won’t get scared of anything.


Dori H. Butler           Sliding Into Home            5 Star ReviewSliding Into Home

Reviewed by Abby          Age 10

I thought “Sliding Into Home” was an amazing book! I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It had excitement, softball/baseball (which I love) and was just an amazing overall book.



Donald Sobol            Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective          5 Star ReviewEncyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

Reviewed by Jack          Age 9

“Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective” is about a boy who likes to solve mysteries. Encyclopedia has many adventures. He meets interesting characters along the way. The stories are funny and make the reader laugh.


Mercer Mayer          The Bravest Knight          5 Star ReviewThe Bravest Knight

Reviewed by Rachel & parent        Age 5

Rachel and I enjoyed this book. She especially liked the engaging pictures. Sometimes they even added a little humor. There were only a few words for every picture, so that kept her from getting bored. We would recommend this book!


Priscilla Belz Jenkins           A Safe Home for Manatees          5 Star ReviewA Safe Home for Manatees

Reviewed by Kevin & parent           Age 4

Kevin likes this book because his Grandma lives near where the Manatees live. Kevin recommends this book because it is a story about nice mama and baby manatees. Kevin learned a lot about Manatees and the pictures make the Manatees look friendly.








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