Staff Picks for Children


When the Moon is Full: A Lunar Year

When the Moon if Full: A Lunar Year, by Penny Pollock; illustrated by Mary Azarian

moonFull moons come,

full moons go,

softening nights

with their silver glow.


This book has beautiful illustrations by Vermont woodcut artist, Mary Azarian. Pollock tells the story of the lunar calendar. Each month has a verse describing the twelve moons according to Native American tradition and a hand-colored woodcut illustration.

Un regalo de gracias: La leyenda de la Altagracia (Spanish Edition)

Un regalo de gracias: La leyenda de la Altagracia, (Spanish Edition) written by Julia Alvarez and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal

unMaria is afraid that her family will have to abandon their farm after their olive crop fails. Then one night she dreams of a beautiful and mysterious lady. Maria and her family plant seeds to grow oranges. Soon they have an amazing orange grove. Maria wonders who the beautiful lady that came to her in her dream is.

Finding the Green Stone

Finding the Green Stone, a picture book by Alice Walker; paintings by Catherine Deeter

green stoneFind the Green Stone is a story about a boy named Johnny who lives in a town where everyone has a glowing green stone. Johnny is distraught when he loses his stone and it takes the community coming together to help him for Johnny to realize he needs to find the love in his heart to get his glowing green stone back.

Chuck Close: Face Book

Chuck Close: Face Book an autobiography

chuck closeChuck Close created this beautiful autobiography complete with pages of mix and match self-portraits and a glossary of art terms. Close realized his love of art when he was very young. As a result of severe dyslexia, Close was labeled “dumb” and he also had a neuromuscular condition which prevented him from being physically active. The talented Close admits dedication to art saved his life. In this book Close talks about his process for creating his massive paintings and prints. To young artists Close says, “ease is the enemy of the artist. Go ahead and get yourself into trouble”