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Heart-Warming New Reads

Check out a few of the new releases that have just arrived in the Children’s Library. These beautifully illustrated picture books are perfect to keep you busy during the last few days of winter…


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The Robot and the Bluebird, by  David Lucas

Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer Carole Black

A kindly robot loses his heart and thinks he has come to the end of his usefulness, until he meets a bluebird who needs his help to shelter from the cold.

Warm text and colorful illustrations convey this contrasting friendship between the robot and bluebird as they help each other to survive cold weather and aging metal.

You might also enjoy the unique illustrations in David Lucas’ first book, Halibut Jackson (2003) about Halibut, a shy suit maker who finds inventive ways to merge into his surroundings.

New @ the Library! You can find The Robot and the Bluebird and Halibut Jackson in the Children’s Library Easiest Readers section, under EL.


SnowyValentineSnowy Valentine, written by David Petersen

Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer: Christel Prestidge

On a snowy Valentine’s Day, Jasper, an adorable rabbit goes on a search for the perfect gift for his loved one. He goes on a journey door to door to each of his neighbors to see if they can give him an idea of the perfect gift. Unfortunately nothing seems to help. Wet, cold and ready to give up, Jasper heads home.  Without being  aware he has already made the perfect gift.

What is the perfect gift? Discover this new release and find out what the perfect gift really is.

New @ the Library! You can find Snowy Valentine in the Children’s Library with the holiday books under EP.

Neville, Written by Norton Juster, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Reviewed by Children’s Library Volunteer Kristen Crans

justerHave you ever had to move to a new place and you didn’t even want to?  A place where you didn’t know anyone, and you didn’t really want to be anyway?  Well, the main character in the book called, Neville, had to do the very same thing.  He didn’t have a choice in the matter and he wasn’t happy even after arriving at his new house.  He was worried about school, he was worried about being in a new house, but most of all, he was worried about not having any friends.  The story goes on to reveal one very interesting way that this boy was able to meet lots of new kids in his neighborhood.  What started out as a pretty bad day, ended up seeming like an exciting new beginning, all because he was able to make some friends.  If you’re feeling a little lost and lonely being in a new place, pick up this book from the Children’s Library Easiest Readers section and you just might find a friend in Neville

New @ the Library! You can find Neville with the Easiest Reader Picture books under the call number EJ.

Red Sled, by Rita Judge

Reviewed by Children’s Library volunteer Carole Blackrelj

The vivid pencil and watercolor illustrations in Red Sled combined with word sounds provide an excellent spring board for readers to create their own descriptive story about the adventures of a group of animals who find a red sled outside a cozy cabin.

New @ the American Library: you can find Red Sled in the Children’s Library with the Easiest Reader Picture Books under the call number EJ.

And-Then-Its-Spring-249x300And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead

The newest book illustrated by last year’s Caldecot winner, Erin E. Stead, this tale of how the earth works will put you in the mood for spring while giving young children an introduction to nature and gardening.

New @ the Library: You can find And Then It’s Spring in the Children’s Library with the Easiest Reader Picture books under the call number EF, Erin E. Stead’s Caldecott winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee can be found under ES.

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