News from Youth Services Category: Picture Books

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

by Jamie L.B. Deenihan

when grandma gives you a lemon tree book cover
E DEENIHAN, J.

This little girl was excited her birthday finally arrived. She had a rather lengthy wish list, with lots of cool gadgets she wanted for her birthday. However, when Grandma came over, she gave her grand-daughter a very unexpected gift. How surprising! She didn’t know how to react! See how this story evolves as one sweet youngster turns her unwanted gift into something simply amazing. As you may have heard, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

I’m not Scared, YOU’RE Scared

by Seth Myers

E MEYERS, S.

Is it okay to be afraid? Comedian and late night television host Seth Meyers, will immediately trap his new preschool audience with his first picture book, I’m Not Scared, YOU’RE Scared.  Bear will not admit he is afraid of just about everything. When rabbit suddenly needs rescuing, Bear overcomes all his fears to rescue his friend. You will love this read-a-loud with its repetitive text. 

Follow that Frog!

by Philip C. Stead

follow that frog book cover
E STEAD, P.

Follow That Frog! is an adventurous story about little Sadie’s elderly Aunt Josephine, who recounts the days when she was in the jungles of Peru on a scientific expedition. Well, while Aunt Josephine was busy cataloging amphibians, she came across a gigantic frog, the biggest frog she ever did see. That huge beast jumped right out from the deep forest, and proceeded to eat up her friend. And then, he hopped away! Oh goodness. 

Check this book out to see some of Aunt Josephine’s wild adventures, and find out if she could ever find that silly green frog again!

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.

This Way, Charlie

This way, Charlie, by Caron Lewis, is fictional narrative about animal rescue, based on a real life story of two orphans, a goat named Jack, and a partially blind horse named Charlie.  This title is a 2022 Monarch nominee!

This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis – Brooklyn Museum Shop

When Charlie arrives at Open Bud Ranch, he can tell that another animal, Jack, seems to like to be all by himself. Their relationship gets a bumpy start,  but when Jack finally summons his courage to be around others, he invites Charlie on a walk to his favorite place. See what happened one stormy night as these two adventurers help protect each other, and become forever friends. 

Jack and Charlie at wild heart ranch wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

The real Jack and Charlie from This way, Charlie. 

Click here to place a hold on This Way, Charlie and check out other stories of unusual animal friends.