Thankful for Books in the Children’s Room

One of the best parts about working in the Children’s Room at the Dillsburg Library is reading all the books.  Just because a book has pictures doesn’t mean it’s just for kids.  Every week, I read through more picture books in our collection, and I find more books to appreciate as an adult.  As Thanksgiving draws near, here are some books I’m grateful to see on our shelves.  Check them out!  You might like them, too.

Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise
Made me cry. A dog getting old faster than girl. Doing everything before dog is too old. Sweet, but sad.

The Raft by Jim LaMarche
A real sweet (and long-ish) story about a boy finding adventure at Grandma’s house over the summer

Before I was Your Mother by Kathryn Lasky
Story of mother telling girl about her childhood. Very sweet.

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
A book with no words. Lovely contrasting black vs color art. The story of a little girl in a city who picks wildflowers and gives them to people (and a dead bird) who need kindness.

Drawn Together by Minh Le
A boy and Chinese grandfather don’t speak the same language but bond over drawing amazing pictures together.

Why Heaven is Far Away by Julius Lester
I loved this book and laughed out loud. I hadn’t heard the folk tales that this book was based on, but I loved the wit and voice the author used to tell them.

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
The illustrator’s mistakes turn into other creations. Neat artwork. Helps tell kids that they don’t need to be perfect all the time.

Rosie & Crayon by Deborah Marcero
This book made me cry. It is about Rosie’s dog Crayon dying and Rosie finding hope in helping find a friend’s cat. Beautiful pitures with colors helping to express the feelings in the story.

I’m in the middle of the alphabet now, but I can’t wait to see what I find next.  My spreadsheet listing “Books Miss Sue is Glad to See” keeps growing and growing!