News from Youth Services Category: For Grades K-2

It Fell From the Sky

by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

It Fell from the Sky book cover
E FAN, T.

A wonderful thing falls from the sky on a Thursday. The insects debate what exactly this wonder could be. While they are busy deciding, the clever spider takes the wonder for his own. For him, the wonder is more than a mysterious beauty; it is an opportunity for wealth. Fueled by greed he gains power– until finally, it pushes everyone away.  

This morality tale is beautifully illustrated in mostly black and white with brilliant pops of color. The whimsical drawings are so expertly crafted that they look 3D. Text does not crowd the page which allows the illustrations to truly shine. Younger children will appreciate the pictures. Older children will be able to discuss the lessons about the adversarial relationship between avarice and friendship. 

Black History Month: Inventors and Scientists

February is Black History month*, and all month long we’ll have displays about Black excellence in a variety of areas. First up we have Scientists and Inventors! You can come into the library and check out items from the display or go to our reading recommendations page and place a hold!

image of a display of books on the theme of Black Scientists and Inventors
close up of the book Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament

I particularly love the book Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament, the story of how George Crum invented the potato chip to satisfy a restaurant patron who couldn’t get a fried potato that was thin and crispy enough for his taste!

* “Black History Month, also called African American History Month,  monthlong commemoration of African American history and achievement that takes place each February in the United States. It was begun in 1976.

The idea for a Black History Month was first conceived by the historian Carter G. Woodson and members of his Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History). Together they organized a Negro History Week, beginning in February 1926. They selected the month of February for this celebration because it was close to the birthdays of U.S. Pres. Abraham Lincoln, who had been responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation, and the African American orator and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.”

“Black History Month.” Britannica Library, Encyclopædia Britannica, 8 Feb. 2021. library.eb.com/levels/referencecenter/article/Black-History-Month/475396. Accessed 31 Jan. 2022.

Baloney and Friends—Going Up!

Baloney and Friends: Going Up! book cover

by Greg Pizzoli

J GRAPH PIZZOLI, G.

Baloney, Peanut, Bizz and Krabbit have different adventures–going camping, finding Baloney’s sneeze, exploring what a ladder does. Baloney, Peanut, and Bizz are happy and excited about stuff, and Krabbit is grumpy. The author also teaches readers how to start their own comics which is great. 

Best Books 2021

Zoom Program: Best Books: MPPL's Favorite Children's Books of 2021, Thursday, November 18 from 7 to 8 p.m.

As you gear up for your holiday shopping, look no further than the library for the year’s best books for the children in your life. If you missed the presentation, don’t worry– we recorded it so you can watch it at your convenience and learn all about fabulous fiction and nonfiction titles for preschoolers through 6th graders. This event was sponsored by Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation. 

Booklists online:

Best Books for All Ages

Best Books for Prek

Best Books for K-2

Best Books for 2-3

Best Books for 4-6

Honorable Mentions PreK

Honorable Mentions K-2

Honorable Mentions 2-3

Honorable Mentions 4-6

Happy reading!