Staff Picks for Children

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”


The Sneetches: and Other Stories

The Sneetches: and other stories a picture book by Dr. Seuss

sneetchesThe Star-Bellied Sneetches have bellies with Stars, but the Plain-Bellied Sneetches have none upon thars! Rivalries rocket when Sylvester McMonkey McBean steps in to prey on their prejudices, but in the end we realize that prejudice is nothing more than a ridiculous waste of time.

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children a series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Boxcar-box-the-boxcar-children-31301190-264-208The original Boxcar Children tells the story of the four Alden children: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who are orphans. One night, they take shelter in a bakery after buying some bread with the little cash they have. In exchange for allowing them to spend the night, they agree to help around the bakery. However, when they overhear the baker’s plans to keep the older three siblings but to take Benny to an orphanage because he is too young, they flee.


Farm a picture book by Elisha Cooper

farmThere is so much to look at and learn about on a farm – animals, tractors, crops, and barns. And children feeding animals for morning chores! With lyrical writing and beautiful illustrations that capture the rhythms of the changing seasons, Elisha Cooper brings the farm to life.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing an audio book by Judy Blume

talesPeter, because he’s the oldest, must deal with Fudgie’s disgusting cuteness, his constant meddling with Peter’s stuff, and other grave offenses, one of which is almost too much to bear. All these incidents are presented with the unfailing ear and big-hearted humor of the masterful Judy Blume.