Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picture Books

Lena’s Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School Dilemma by Keith Calabrese

Lena's Shoes Are Nervous: A First-Day-of-School DilemmaLena’s Shoes are Nervous, by Keith Calabrese, is a witty story about a young gal on her first day of kindergarten.  Although she is anticipating a fun day, her little school shoes don’t want to go. What can she do? Well, she decides to consult her dad, and between the two of them, and some serious contemplating, they together come up with a creative solution.  A must read.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Thank you, Omu! by Oge More

Thank you, Omu!This book begins with Omu (AH-moo) in her top floor apartment cooking a thick red stew in a big fat pot for her nice evening meal. Just before she sits down to eat it, there’s a knock at the door. It’s a little boy asking about the delicious smell. What do you think Omu does? Of course she shares her stew! But then, the smell drifts further, and another person comes knocking! And another, and another. Will there be enough stew for everyone? The warm colors on the pages match the warm & fuzzy feelings you’ll get from this sweet book about food, comfort, and community.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Business Pig by Andrea Zuill

Business PigJasper the pig was born on a farm, but didn’t feel that he was too much like the other pigs. He drew graphs and charts, walked around  in a suit holding a briefcase, and refused to be so messy like his sloppy little siblings. Read this book and see how Jasper found his place around the farm.

 Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

A Big Mooncake for Little StarAward-winning author and illustrator Grace Lin’s newest picture book is a delicious way to learn about the phases of the moon. Mama makes a mooncake but instructs Little Star not to touch it until Mama tells her to. Little Star remembers for a while… but then she falls asleep, and when she wakes up in the middle of the night she wants to peek at the mooncake. And boy does it look delicious! Mama won’t notice if she takes a tiny nibble, will she?

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

The Manic Panic by Richa Jha

The Manic PanicWhen the internet breaks, what do you do? You can’t watch TV or play video games or stare at your phone…this is what happens for one family, and the parents are freaking out. It turns out to be their daughter who saves the day, with the help of an amused grandma, forcing her parents to do other things, like go for a walk in the park and play board games. They grumble and drag their feet, but ultimately have a great time. I really enjoyed reading this funny story with a twist, and I bet you will too!

Book reviewed by Claire B., Youth Outreach Librarian