Notes From the Kids Staff


~post by Children’s Book Buyer Meghan G.

In this week’s meeting, the kids staff talked a lot about how many amazing picture books have been hitting the shelves lately.

Of course, we discussed the much buzzed-about The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen and sort of launched into a tangent about what kinds of dark we find the scariest. I argued BASEMENT; Wil was thinking ATTIC; Merrilee offered up OUTSIDE IN THE COUNTRY (with all those noises!); Kathleen creeped us all out by suggesting OUTHOUSE. Then someone suggested BLINDFOLDED BY A CO-WORKER and we decided the conversation was going down a dangerous path…

But The Dark isn’t the only new and noteworthy picture book catching our eye these days. Here are some of our brand-new favorites:

The Girl of the Wish Garden by Uma Krishnaswami

“Adventure and magic await when Lina, a girl no larger than a thumb, emerges from inside of a flower into a perilously oversized world. With exquisitely delicate art and lyrical, dreamlike text, this is the loveliest Thumbelina retelling I’ve seen in a long time.” — Meghan

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

“I love this book! Exclamation Mark has trouble fitting in but learns to make his own mark! And the guest appearance from Question Mark is brilliant! So cute!” — Consuelo


The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman

“A cigar box is packed with little matchboxes. Inside each matchbox is a memento of a great-grandfather’s journey from Italy to America. The illustrations by Bagram Ibatoulline evoke real life with as much beauty and emotion as the stories themselves. This is high art in a picture book with heart.” — Wil


Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Tea Rex is a hilarious and fun read about the ins and outs of tea time. It also vividly shows why it might not be a good idea to invite a T-Rex (and your brother) over for tea and biscuits!” — Ta’Necia


How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers by Mordecia Gerstein

“I really like Mordecai Gerstein. He’s very clever, just like this book. It only takes 24 steps to bicycle to the moon, in case you wondered. I’d do it myself, but I’m too busy right now. You should give it a try!” –Merrilee

The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett

“The moving, heartfelt illustrations in this wordless picture book allow parents and children to craft their own versions of the story depicted. It allows for both an exercise in creativity and a sweet life lesson. This book deserves to be a classic.” — Courtney K.

4 thoughts on “Notes From the Kids Staff

  1. I love the idea behind ‘The Matchbox Diary’. One of my students recently read a book called “Treasures”, which was about a boy who collected little things from the activities he had done in one day, as a way to remember a day that was special to him. I am looking forward to hunting down this book and reading it 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on Library-Marketing and commented:
    A fun idea for the spring/summer is in tents reading. families set up tents and read kids books. Could your library set something like that up? would it help appeal to school age children?

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