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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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.
Posted in Uncategorized March 28, 2014
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 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 Review
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 Review
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.
Posted in Uncategorized February 26, 2014
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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!
Posted in Uncategorized January 31, 2014
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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!
Posted in Uncategorized December 27, 2013
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.
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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.
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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!
Posted in Uncategorized November 27, 2013
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 .
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 Review
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.
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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!
Posted in Uncategorized October 31, 2013
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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.
Natasha 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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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.
Posted in Uncategorized September 27, 2013
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 –
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 –
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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! 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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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.
Posted in Uncategorized August 30, 2013
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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!!!
Posted in Uncategorized July 30, 2013
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.
There 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 Review
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 Review
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.
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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 Review
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.
Posted in Uncategorized June 28, 2013