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Baby Faces

Babies LOVE gazing at faces. Parents and caregivers have always known this; brain research now backs it up as fact. Even the youngest of kiddos are hardwired to recognize faces, and will tend to look at pictures of faces longer than images of other objects.

Want to stimulate your baby's brains? Head on over to the library and find these board books featuring photographs of baby faces:

Global Babies book coverI love colors book coverShades of Black book coverBaby Faces book coverSmile! book coverBaby Food book cover

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

Baby Food by Margaret Miller

Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children

I Love Colors by Margaret Miller

Shades of black: A celebration of our children / by Sandra L. Pinkney; photographs by Myles C. Pinkney

Smile! by Roberta Intrater

 

Hot Off the Presses!

Do you know where the newest and shiniest books are kept in your local library? If not, ask a staff member to show you the way! Most branches have a “new book” shelf where you can find these and other fresh, fantastic books for kids:

Picture Books

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons book coverH.O.R.S.E. book coverKiss Means I Love You book cover

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons / written by Eric Litwin; created and illustrated by James Dean

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination / Christopher Myers

A Kiss Means I Love You / by Kathryn Allen; photographs by Eric Futran

Early Readers and Moving Up

Rabbit and Robot book coverPenny and her Doll book coverLulu and the Duck in the Park book coverEarwig and the Witch book cover

Rabbit & Robot : The Sleepover / Cece Bell

Penny and Her Doll / Kevin Henkes

Lulu and the Duck in the Park / by Hilary McKay; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Earwig and the Witch / Diana Wynne Jones; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Fiction

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms book coverStarry River of the Sky book coverWho Could That Be at This Hour? book coverNanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan book cover

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure / by Lissa Evans

Starry River of the Sky / Grace Lin

Who Could That Be at This Hour? / Lemony Snicket; art by Seth

Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan / by R.A. Spratt; illustrated by Dan Santat

Nonfiction

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? book coverIsland book coverHow Many Jelly Beans? book coverMoonbird book cover

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell / Tanya Lee Stone; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Island: A Story of the Galápagos / Jason Chin

How Many Jelly Beans? / by Andrea Menotti; illustrated by Yancey Labat

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 / Phillip Hoose

Graphic Novels

Drama book coverTrip to the Bottom of the World book coverWrinkle in Time graphic novel book cover

Drama / Raina Telgemeier; with color by Gurihiru

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse: A Toon Book / by Frank Viva

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel / adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Hot Off the Presses!

Do you know where the newest and shiniest books are kept in your local library? If not, ask a staff member to show you the way! Most branches have a “new book” shelf where you can find these and other fresh, fantastic books for kids:

Picture Books

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons book coverH.O.R.S.E. book coverKiss Means I Love You book cover

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons / written by Eric Litwin; created and illustrated by James Dean

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination / Christopher Myers

A Kiss Means I Love You / by Kathryn Allen; photographs by Eric Futran

Early Readers and Moving Up

Rabbit and Robot book coverPenny and her Doll book coverLulu and the Duck in the Park book coverEarwig and the Witch book cover

Rabbit & Robot : The Sleepover / Cece Bell

Penny and Her Doll / Kevin Henkes

Lulu and the Duck in the Park / by Hilary McKay; illustrated by Priscilla Lamont

Earwig and the Witch / Diana Wynne Jones; illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

Fiction

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms book coverStarry River of the Sky book coverWho Could That Be at This Hour? book coverNanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan book cover

Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery & a Very Strange Adventure / by Lissa Evans

Starry River of the Sky / Grace Lin

Who Could That Be at This Hour? / Lemony Snicket; art by Seth

Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan / by R.A. Spratt; illustrated by Dan Santat

Nonfiction

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? book coverIsland book coverHow Many Jelly Beans? book coverMoonbird book cover

Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell / Tanya Lee Stone; illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Island: A Story of the Galápagos / Jason Chin

How Many Jelly Beans? / by Andrea Menotti; illustrated by Yancey Labat

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 / Phillip Hoose

Graphic Novels

Drama book coverTrip to the Bottom of the World book coverWrinkle in Time graphic novel book cover

Drama / Raina Telgemeier; with color by Gurihiru

A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse: A Toon Book / by Frank Viva

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel / adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Children’s Magazines

Have you discovered the children’s magazine section of your local library?

Zoobooks magazine cover

Babybug magazine coverBoys' Life magazine coverDiscovery Girls magazine cover

Magazines are current, browsable, fun -- and OPL has a huge selection of them available to check-out for three weeks at a time. From American Girl to Zoobooks, magazines cover a broad range of topics for all ages. There’s pleasure reading to be found for everyone here!

Kiki magazine cover  Mad magazines at OPL  National Geographic Kids magazine coverRanger Rick magazine coverSports Illustrated for Kids magazine coverWWE Kids magazine coverYour Big Backyard magazine cover

Babybug // Boys’ Life // Discovery Girls // Kiki // Mad // National Geographic Kids // Ranger Rick // Sports Illustrated for Kids // WWE Kids // Your Big Backyard

Children’s Magazines

Have you discovered the children’s magazine section of your local library?

Zoobooks magazine cover    Babybug magazine coverBoys' Life magazine cover    Discovery Girls magazine cover     

Magazines are current, browsable, fun -- and OPL has a huge selection of them available to check-out for three weeks at a time. From American Girl to Zoobooks, magazines cover a broad range of topics for all ages. There’s pleasure reading to be found for everyone here!

Kiki magazine cover     Mad magazines at OPL     National Geographic Kids magazine cover     Ranger Rick magazine cover      Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine coverWWE Kids magazine cover      Your Big Backyard magazine cover

Babybug // Boys’ Life // Discovery Girls // Kiki // Mad // National Geographic Kids // Ranger Rick // Sports Illustrated for Kids // WWE Kids // Your Big Backyard

Children’s Author Spotlight: David Macaulay

When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!

Classic Macaulay

New Way Things Work book coverCastle book coverMosque book coverCathedral book coverBuilding Big book coverPyramid book coverWay We Work book cover

Building Big // Castle // Cathedral // Mosque // Pyramid

The new way things work

The way we work : getting to know the amazing human body

New and exciting -- for early readers!

 How it Works book cover How it Works book cover

Castle: How it Works

Jet Plane: How it Works

Can’t get enough? Look for David Macaulay’s award-winning picture books on our shelves, and check out this awesome TED talk for a glimpse of his creative process:

 

Children’s Author Spotlight: David Macaulay

When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!

Classic Macaulay

New Way Things Work book cover   Castle book cover   Mosque book cover   Cathedral book cover   Building Big book cover   Pyramid book cover   Way We Work book cover

Building Big // Castle // Cathedral // Mosque // Pyramid

The new way things work

The way we work : getting to know the amazing human body

New and exciting -- for early readers!

 How it Works book cover    How it Works book cover

Castle: How it Works

Jet Plane: How it Works

Can’t get enough? Look for David Macaulay’s award-winning picture books on our shelves, and check out this awesome TED talk for a glimpse of his creative process:

 

Tis the season…For poetry!

The library circulates poetry books all year long, but April, National Poetry Month, is their time to shine. Whether you’re looking for a traditional poem in picture book form to share with preschoolers, or a collection of silly rhymes for older kids, the library has you covered! Make a visit to the nonfiction section of your local branch – especially the 811.54s – to discover these and other wonderful poetry books for children:

Won-Ton book cover

Joyful Noise book cover

Step Gently Out book cover

A Kick in the Head book cover

Creature Carnival book cover

The Dragons are Singing Tonight book cover

Muu, moo book cover

All the World book cover

Swirl by Swirl book coverWhere the Sidewalk Ends book coverMy People book cover

All the World / written by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Creature Carnival / by Marilyn Singer; illustrations by Gris Grimly

The Dragons are Singing Tonight / written by Jack Prelutsky; pictures by Peter Sis

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices / written by Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Eric Beddows

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms / edited by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Chris Raschka

¡Muu, moo!: Rimas de Animales = Animal Nursery Rhymes / selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy; English versions by Rosalma Zubizarreta; illustrated by Viví Escrivá

My People / written by Langston Hughes; photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Step Gently Out / poem by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Lieder

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature / written by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes

Where the Sidewalk Ends / by Shel Silverstein

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku / written by Lee Wardlaw; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Tis the season…For poetry!

The library circulates poetry books all year long, but April, National Poetry Month, is their time to shine. Whether you’re looking for a traditional poem in picture book form to share with preschoolers, or a collection of silly rhymes for older kids, the library has you covered! Make a visit to the nonfiction section of your local branch – especially the 811.54s – to discover these and other wonderful poetry books for children:

Won-Ton book cover   Joyful Noise book cover   Step Gently Out book cover   A Kick in the Head book cover      Muu, moo book coverThe Dragons are Singing Tonight book cover   All the World book cover   Swirl by Swirl book cover   Where the Sidewalk Ends book cover   My People book cover

All the World / written by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Creature Carnival / by Marilyn Singer; illustrations by Gris Grimly

The Dragons are Singing Tonight / written by Jack Prelutsky; pictures by Peter Sis

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices / written by Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Eric Beddows

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms / edited by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Chris Raschka

¡Muu, moo!: Rimas de Animales = Animal Nursery Rhymes / selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy; English versions by Rosalma Zubizarreta; illustrated by Viví Escrivá

My People / written by Langston Hughes; photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Step Gently Out / poem by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Lieder

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature / written by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes

Where the Sidewalk Ends / by Shel Silverstein

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku / written by Lee Wardlaw; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

We're not foolin'!

Woohoo, April Fools' Day! Did your kiddos celebrate with a prank or two? Keep that funny bone tickled with these joke, riddle, and wordplay books for young tricksters:

Ha! Ha! Ha! book coverJokelopedia book coverKnock! Knock! book coverPalindromania! book coverRiddle Me This! book coverSix Sick Sheep book coverWhy Did the Chicken Cross the Road? book coverYou Must Be Joking! book cover

Ha! ha! ha!: 1,000+ jokes, riddles, facts, and more by Lyn Thomas

Jokelopedia: the biggest, best, silliest, dumbest, joke book ever! by Ilana Weitzman, Eva Blank, and Rosanne Green

Knock, knock! by Saxton Freymann et al.

Palindromania! by Jon Agee

Riddle me this!: riddles and stories to challenge your mind by Hugh Lupton

Six sick sheep: 101 tongue twisters by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson

Why did the chicken cross the road? by Marla Frazee et al.

You must be joking!: lots of cool jokes by Paul Brewer