Book Crossing 2015: An Intercontinental Book Discussion

The librarians of Mount Prospect and its Sister City, Sèvres, France, work cooperatively to create Book Crossing, an international, intergenerational reading program. The books selected for discussion include American authors and French authors translated into English and seek to spark a dialogue among different age groups. There are many ways to participate—with no need to speak French!

Watch the Library’s Facebook page for Book Crossing updates or for chances to join the discussion.

This year’s selections are:


The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon

Following her mother’s death in 1975 Paris, Camille begins receiving letters from a stranger who relates how his first love acted as a surrogate for a couple in France before the war, revealing to Camille a previously unknown family history.

Run by Ann Patchett

Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. When an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, Bernard Doyle struggles to keep his children—all his children—safe.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

After a tragic experience, Jacob and his father travel from their home in Florida to an island off the coast of Wales. It is there that Jacob discovers all his grandfather’s stories about the peculiar children that lived in an orphanage during the war are true. In the present day, the orphanage is abandoned and only a few clues remain about its past inhabitants, but Jacob is able to travel back in time to when the children thrived there and discovers there are more than just peculiarities about these children.

Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothée de Fombelle

After 19 years of growing up on a monastery, Vango is intent on becoming a priest.  However, when he is falsely accused of murder, he goes on the run the night he is supposed to be ordained.  Set in the years leading up to World War II, Vango is being hunted down by some of the world’s most hated villains and his adventure takes him all over Europe as he fights to stay alive.

Youth Selections

For children ages 6 and younger

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

What a night for Kitten!  When she mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, it’s one adventure after another for this hungry and oh-so-brave little kitty.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Can it be?  Are the dots really moving around on these pages? Tap, tilt, blow, and shake your way through this fun and highly interactive picture book.

For 1st-3rd graders

Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel

Watch out! Bad Kitty really needs a bath, but she is definitely NOT going to make it easy.

Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms! by Philippe Coudray

Laugh out loud at the quirky jokes and silly adventures of the great daredevil and comic thinker, Benjamin Bear.

For 4th-6th graders

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

As her mother prepares to be a game show contestant, 6th-grader Miranda tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes that keep appearing inside their New York City apartment.  Whoever is leaving them knows all about her—including things that haven’t even happened yet.

Nicholas by René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé

Get ready for the antics of this French schoolboy who, along with his buddies, has quite a knack for landing in trouble. From adopting a “lost” dog, to pestering the substitute teacher, to free-for-alls on the soccer field, every chapter will make you chuckle.

Youth Programs

Storytime Favorites at the French Farmers’ Market

Sunday, September 13

10-10:30 a.m.

For all ages

Join us for a storytime featuring Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes, and Press Here by Hervé Tullet, plus favorite songs and rhymes. These books are part of Book Crossing, our intercontinental reading program with our Sister City, Sèvres, France.  This storytime is best suited for children ages 6 and younger, but all are welcome.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Books and Bites Family Book Club

Thursday, September 10

6:30-7:30 p.m.

For kindergarteners and up with an adult

Join us for a silly and witty celebration of Bad Kitty books! We will feature Bad Kitty Gets a Bath. Kitties hate baths, so giving him a bath will definitely be a challenge, and a blast to read about. We’ll have fun activities and yummy cat nip, and you might even get to take home a book from our drawing!

Chat & Chew:  Book Crossing – Two Books, One Discussion

Monday, October 12

1-2 p.m.

For 4th-6th graders

Featuring When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Chew on some good food while chatting about a great book that kids in our Sister City in France will also be reading! Books are available at the Youth Services Desk.

Teen Program

Picture Stories with Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children

Friday, October 23, 4-6 p.m.

For teens in grades 6-12

As part of the Book Crossing and Teen Read Week programs, join us to discuss Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and how the photos in the book tell an important part of the story. Then, use iPads to take and manipulate phots and create a story of your own. Your story may be featured online. Bring your mobile device, and be familiar with the book.