Staff Picks

Huge & Huggable Mochimochi

Clever Crafting

Amigurumi Part Two: Knit dolls and creatures

Amigurumi (編みぐるみ) is the art of crocheting or knitting small animals, dolls or other anthropomorphic creatures. This post is part two of my amigurumi book recommendations, please click here for Part One on amigurumi crochet.

The Watermelon Seed

Giggle-Inducing Books

Have some fun with your little one

Sharing books with your little one can be full of fun, smiles and giggles. Check out one of these books and find out how much fun storytime can be!

Johnny Hiro: half asian, all hero

Not Your Typical Hero

Graphic novels that feature non-traditional heroes

Graphic Novels are somewhat contentious in the literary sphere. Are they really books? Do they merit the same sort of acclaim as other written works? I am, without a doubt, a member of the "Graphic Novels Are Amazing" club, and as such I believe it's my duty to share with you all some wonderful graphic novel titles. Since graphic novels come in a number of sub-genres, I've decided to limit this list to those that deal with heroes. Heroes don't necessarily need to be caped crusaders or have super human powers, and these titles prove just that.

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

Loneliness in Words and Pictures

Complex emotions for kids

Loneliness, a complex and strong human emotion, finds a home in everyone: children and adults alike.

Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy cover image

Friday Five: Tudor England - Beyond Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

Melissa N.'s Picks for Other Historical Personalities from a Fascinating Age

I might be slightly obsessed with Tudor-era England. It seems at once like another world and yet many of the issues of the time are disturbingly familiar today. Add in outsized, soap opera-like personalities and I find it endlessly fascinating.

Illustrated multicolored turtles in neat lines and rows

I Spy Read-Alikes

Riddles, rhymes, and puzzles, oh my!

I spy with my little eye… an awesome group of books! The I Spy series is the much-loved classic by Jean Marzollo that compels younger readers to pour over detailed photographs to find objects in riddles and rhymes. And while the library has many I Spy books to fit your fancy, if you want to challenge your scavenger skills try these read-alikes.

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Death in the Dormitories

Murder mysteries set at schools and universities

Holden Caulfield describing his classmates (and everyone else in the world) as phonies. The "O Captain! My Captain!" scene in Dead Poets Society. Victorian schoolgirls dipping their rivals' braids in inkpots in A Little Princess

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Picture Books for Adults

Catching up on children's literature

If you are an adult and you don't spend much time with children, it's probably been years since you've even thought about picture books. We all have our favorites from childhood, but as time goes on, so does the world of new children's literature. Here are a few recent books you won't regret spending some time with. They only take a couple minutes to read, and they're great mood enhancers - so don't be embarrassed to read them on Metro! 

 Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Some Novels-In-Verse for Kids

Enjoying poetry in a novel format

There’s finally a format that combines poetry and novels. For anyone who loves the lyrical quality of verse, you can now enjoy it in a full length story. The following are some picks that really utilize the format of poetry to its highest ability.Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Pete and Pickles

Picture Book Love Stories

For children and grownups alike

The following books were written for children but can be enjoyed equally by adults, who might appreciate the deeper meanings within the pages. For anyone who has been in love, they will tell a familiar story. Perhaps the plot will even remind you of your relationship with your significant other. The books explain love in a way that’s plain enough for children to understand, while avoiding shallowness. Love is simple, and these books get right to the point.

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