Reviews and Blog Posts: picture books

A child's calendar

by John Updike

DPL Rating:
4

A Child's Calendar presents a poem and corresponding illustration for each month of the year, great for teaching children about the seasons and the months of the year.  The illustrations, by Caldecott winner Trina Schart Hyman, of multicultural/multiracial families are especially nice for children who don't often see their families...

Ding-Dong! The 2014 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Winners Have Been Announced!

Open This Little Book by Jessie Klausmeier

Getting your children ready to learn how to read is as easy as reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with them. These Early Literacy practices have been found to be some of the most simple and effective ways to build children's skills so that they will start school ready to become strong readers.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is proud to support parents in these practices with a yearly list of award-winning books, the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. Created to honor five excellent picture books each year that support each of the five Early Literacy practices, the Bells are a great new award that give parents and caregivers even more options for selecting high-quality picture books to share with their children.

Take Home a Book Bundle Today!

Photo of Book Bundles Display

Maybe you only have a few minutes to stop by the library to pick out books, or maybe your child really, really loves books about dinosaurs. Either way, a Book Bundle from the Children's Library is just the ticket!

What's a Book Bundle? It's a bundle of 5 books on a topic hand-picked by our awesome librarians and tied up with a ribbon. Book Bundles can be checked out for three weeks, just like regular books. Some of the available topics include: trains, colors, zoos, numbers, elephants, ABC's, and siblings.

Stop by the Children's Library and check one out today!

Roundup at the Palace

by Kathleen Cook Waldron

A cute story of an escaped bull to share with your kids during Stock Show time, or any time! Zack and his dad are on the way to the National Western Stock Show with Buck the Bull when they have to detour through downtown Denver. Buck gets loose, and into...

Check Out Our New Book Lists for Some Great Recommendations!

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Out of ideas for what to read with your kids next? We have lists of recommendations for a variety of interests and reading levels - birth through twelve.

We are gathering lists of books by topic, award books and grade level recommendations. If your little one is into dinosaurs we have a list for them. Maybe they like to explore the pictures, check out these wordless books. If you need a scary story we have that covered too.

When I Grow Up I Want to be Just Like My Dad! - Fun Father’s Day Books

Do you have something fun planned for Father's Day this year? How about sharing a book with dad? This special day is a great reminder of the importance dads play in their children's literacy development.

Children learn by watching and imitating. Be a positive male role model for the kids in your life by reading and sharing stories. This shows children that you think reading is valuable, achievable, and, most importantly, fun!

Looking for ways to share your enthusiasm for literacy beyond books? Check out the wonderful ideas from the folks at Reading Rockets, such as reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, playing games with letters or words, and telling stories about your childhood.

Otter and odder

by James Howe

DPL Rating:
4

Will love conquer all? An otter looks at a fish one day, and realizes he is in love. But he knows that he shouldn't be in love with his food source! The other animals will talk...It is unnatural! A wise beaver reminds otter that he can also follow the way...

First Day of School Books

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Behold, the first day of school...a time that fills the hearts of parents and children with excitement and dread, often in equal measure.

Particularly for brand new preschoolers and kindergartners, as well as for other children who have never been to school, the first day can be a time of wondering and worry as much as anticipation and excitement. A great way to soothe fears as well as celebrate this new experience is to share a picture book about beginning school, the first day of school, and other school-related experiences.

For first-day fears, try these titles to help reassure children:

Minette's feast : the delicious story of Julia Child and her cat

by Susanna Reich

DPL Rating:
5

This lovely picture book introduces kids to Julia Child via her cat, Minette. Wonderful vocabulary (including lots of French words--pronunciation guide in the back), beautiful illustrations by Amy Bates, and even  great Afterword and Notes sections talking about source. This book will delight anyone who is interested in cats, food,...

Zelda the varigoose

by Sebastian Loth

DPL Rating:
5

In this gem of a picture book simple illustrations of Zelda the goose, from Remembering Crystal, are overlaid with transparent pages that transform her into animals like a goosnail, goosephant, and googiraffe. Zelda extols the virtues of the animal guises she puts on, but in the end Zelda admits she...

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