Staff Picks 4 Kids Category: Picture Books

The Word Collector  by Peter H. Reynolds

The Word Collector It’s always been my thought that it’s nice for people to collect things. And while we see that some people collect coins, and some collect stamps or art, little Jerome collected words. All kinds of words. Words that he read, words that he saw. And as Jerome built quite a mighty collection of words, what he did with those words is part of what makes his story so amazing. As you read this story, maybe think of what you would like to collect, and just what  you might want to do with your amazing collection.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

I Am a Cat by Galia Bernstein

I Am A Cat book coverA house cat named Simon declares to lion, tiger, and panther that he is also a cat, just like them. And well, the big cats don’t exactly agree. As the big cats explain what makes a cat a cat– having long whiskers and tails, sharp teeth and claws, and eyes that can see in the dark, Simon helpfully points out that he actually does have all those things… they’re just smaller. This book’s simple story structure and expressive artwork make it perfect for storytime!

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt

The Forever Tree by Tereasa Surratt book coverThe Forever Tree is a true tale about the importance of a special tree, a specific tree, one that has captivated wilderness critters and children alike. It is a story about the fondness for the wonderful things around us, and the beauty of pulling community together.

 So here we find ourselves, in the middle of story, in the quiet of the forest…. And we can see that many of the surrounding woodland animals built their homes inside this magnificent tree, and children play around the tree for fun. They all made this tree a part of their special community. However, as many years passed by, the tree became unhealthy.  

Nobody wanted to see the tree go away, so the wilderness animals and families from all around got together and helped to save their beloved tree. They promised each other that their tree would “stand forever, strong and tall and proud”. See what happens when community shares a  belief  that something beautiful is always worth saving. From simple acts of love, something new and wonderful can always grow.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Mister Yes by Carmen Gil 

Mister Yes by Carmen GilAre you like Mister Yes, who says “Yes” to everything? Maybe the word “No” is not even part of your vocabulary? Like Mister Yes, will you eat a bowl of hummingbird poop and slug slime? When a sneaky salesman knocks on your door, do you say yes and  buy from him a tennis racket without any strings, or a broken telephone  you could use to talk only to yourself? Read this book to see if you are like Mister Yes, who had to learn the hard way that it’s not very nice to do mean things to others, just because he doesn’t want to use the word No. This could be a life-changing book for those of you who always say yes to those who ask you for a something. Maybe it’s time to learn it’s ok to sometimes say the small, yet powerful  word,  “No”.

Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant

Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back? By Jory John

Can Somebody Please Scratch My Back?Obviously, when you’re an elephant, scratching your own back can be difficult. In this story, an elephant goes to many different animals to try to find someone to scratch his back. He talks to a turtle, a crocodile, a hippo, a sloth, and other animals too. Some of them say they’ll help, but it’s hard to find the perfect animal to help scratch his back. There are some really funny twists and turns along the way. This would be a great story to read with preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison