Thursday, January 12, 2017

Book Recommendations from Olney's Toddler Set

Happy New Year! During the holiday break, many youngsters stopped by to enjoy Olney's Early Literacy Area and pick out books. We took the opportunity to ask them about their favorite book series and recommendations:
Toddler holding a Spot picture book Cubbie is ready for winter! His favorite color is purple so he picked Spot's Favorite Colors by Eric Hill. Spot, a cute puppy, first arrived in book form in 1980 as the star of Where's Spot? MCPL holds more than 50 picture books in the Spot series, including books in Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

Toddler holding a book about Star Wars EwoksThis little one recently became obsessed with Star Wars after learning about 'the Force' from his dad. Here he holds Star Wars, Ewoks: Shadows of Endor, a must-read for all fans of Return of the Jedi! As soon as Clark saw our Star Wars display, he couldn't resist looking at every book. MCPL has a large selection of Star Wars materials for kids of all ages. And we love Clark's hat and Elmo pants. Thanks, Dad, for putting together such an adorable outfit!

Brothers holding Peppa Pig books When we asked Jonah about his favorite book, he happily said, PEPPA! He adores Peppa Pig from watching the British animated series for pre-schoolers. Jonah selected Peppa Goes Swimming, a story about Peppa's little brother George overcoming his fear of swimming. Perhaps he's dreaming of summer! Here Jonah is pictured with his cute brother Nate.

Excited girl being read The Monster at the End of This Book
Shuliu loves all things Sesame Street. She picked out the classic The Monster at the End of this Book, starring lovable, furry old Grover. (All librarians love this book!) Shuliu's expression perfectly captures the excitement of this page-turner. She first saw Sesame Street on TV at a friend's party and has been hooked ever since. Sesame Street materials continue to be hugely popular and quickly disappear from our shelves.

Boy holding a Pete the Cat book
Dominic's current favorite is the Pete the Cat series by James Dean. He enjoys the fun illustrations, which help him recall words as he learns to read on his own. And he's delighted by the antics of Pete and his friends! In Pete the Cat: School Daze, Pete stays home from school because of snow, but can several snow days be too much of a good thing? MCPL owns several Pete the Cat e-books and e-audio books.

Boy holding a PAW Patrol bookCharlie is charmed by the PAW Patrol series, based on a Canadian animated TV series about a pack of rescue dogs working together to protect a community. Each dog has his or her own unique skills; Charlie's such a huge fan he can describe every one! In this photo, he's reading Team Numbers, a great way to learn how to count from 1 to 10.

And don't forget that all children can apply for their own library card, with an accompanying parent or guardian. Below, Ava proudly displays her new library card and models her Montgomery County recycling bag (limited quantities, while supplies last) filled with books, of course. Can't wait to see you again soon!

Girl next to a giant MCPL library card

New Year's Extra: Please check out our winter themed video about all the resources MCPL has to offer, featuring Olney staff, volunteers, and friends. Lyrics written by our own Heather Wright, Head of Children's Services. Special thanks to Gandhi Brigade Youth Media for recording the video. Sing along and enjoy!

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