Here’s a must-read for Halloween from the children’s library. Nightmares come and go, but after reading Go Away, Big Green Monster by Caldecott winner Ed Emberly, your child’s nightmares just may go away forever. The ingenious construction of this book “builds” a monster’s face as children turn the pages: first the yellow eyes, next… View more
“In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.” This is such a… View more
Great title, right? This new read-together-as-a-family book will have all of you bending your brains solving wordles. These little puzzles are word phrases with absolutely nothing in common – except for the fact that they sound the same. In I Scream, Ice Cream, readers guess alternative meanings of words with pictures (“me, cloud”) before turning… View more
The winner of the Newbery Award (best children’s literature) 2013 is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Read her response (stunned belief) here. The winner of the Caldecott Award (best picture book) is This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. Check out both books at your local library!
If you haven’t heard about this book then read on, because it is amazing and everyone should read it. Auggie Pullman, fifth grader, was born with a facial deformity. “Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse,” he says when describing his looks to the reader. He has never been to public school but he is about… View more
Not sure what to get the kids in your life this holiday season? Along with toys and clothes why not pick up a great book they can read over and over. Here are some lists of great books to choose from! You can also come to the library and pick them up for the holiday… View more
You’ve probably heard by now that the entire Harry Potter series is available now in eBook form but you may not have heard that you can also check them out for free from Cedar Rapids Public Library. Relive the magic and start from the beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Just click on… View more
Lemony Snicket’s children’s book, 13 Words, is as advertised: a word book, long a literary staple. But this one’s told uproariously and irreverently, in true Snicket off-the-wall style. The lovely illustrations are by Maira Kalman of New Yorker fame. Children will learn the meanings of 13 words of incredible importance, including panache, goat, and despondent…. View more