Asking a librarian to pick a favorite book is one of the most difficult questions to answer. In fact, even coming up with a top ten list for year involves feeling like you’ve betrayed the other books you’ve loved. That being said, these are my favorite picture books of 2018, in alphabetical order. I’ll give you a little reason why with each title. A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin: A story about the cycle of the moon, with a folk tale-esque feel. This book is filled with gorgeous pictures. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan: A spectacular shapes books that includes more than the basics (square, triangle, circle). This title works fantastic for older preschoolers and grade-school children. Drawn Together by Minh Lê: A beautiful story about a grandfather and grandson who use art to overcome their language, cultural, and generational differences. This one will inspire children to draw their own stories with family. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales: An immigrant story where the library becomes a safe haven and place of learning for both mother and son. Spend some time with these illustrations; you can even look through to find familiar book covers. Gator! Gator! Gator! by Daniel Bernstrom: The rhythm of this picture book begs to be read aloud in storytime. The guessing game with animals in shadows really invites readers to participate in the journey taken. I Really Want to See You, Grandma by Tarō Gomi: Yumi and Grandma really want to see each other, but what happens when they both leave at the same time is a funny story for friends paying close attention to the illustrations. Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: This story of familial acceptance is filled with joy and gorgeous illustrations from debut author/illustrator Love. A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes: This picture book is perfect for beginning readers as they learn about concepts while following the elephants through their day. Play This Book by Jessica Young: Our favorite new title from Shake, Shimmy, & Dance this year is a celebration of musical instruments merged with the interaction that made Hervé Tullet’s Press Here a hit. Shake the Tree! by Chirara Vignocchi: A fun story that changes from horizontal to vertical page spread as animals shake the tree to get at what they’d like to eat. Great opportunity for kids to play along. If you need any recommendations for more great picture books, stop by the Kids & Teens “Ask Us” desk!
Born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson is recognized as one of America’s greatest and originial poets. Enjoy her poetry and learn more about her life.
At this time we often look back and share what we are Thankful for over the year. I know I am thankful for the wonderful kids, families and Indian Prairie Library community that invite us to be a part of your day. I am thankful for the parents, schools, teachers, administrators and community leaders that are so excited to learn with us about what their kids need to be curious, explore, experiment and expand the world around them. I am also thankful for the amazing people who I get to learn from and expand my world with. One of these is Miss Jane. Miss Jane is retiring. We invite the community to celebrate with us.
It has never been easier to produce and publish your own music than it is today, and IPPL is making it even easier by introducing new technology to our Wouldshop. Our new MIDI keyboards and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are now available for checkout in the Wouldshop, or as a STEM Kit for you to create at home. Whether you’re trying to produce the next big dance track, craft hip-hop beats, or provide the perfect soundtrack to a video game, IPPL has the tools for you. Learn how to create simple loops, beats, and synth sounds with StageLight, or take your ideas to the next level with FL Studio, one of the most popular production software in use today. Along with these powerful programs, we also have MIDI keyboards, USB microphones, and Bluetooth headphones available, ensuring that you have all the equipment you need to bring your song to life. Stop by the Kids and Teens Ask Us Desk today for more information!
Before shopping online, research products and find gift ideas from the library’s subscription to Consumer’s Report, and review the Federal Trade Commission’s helpful tips for online shopping.
The IPPL Teen Advisory and Service Committee (TASC) has been hard at work on their next project, The Giving Tree! This is a favorite project of our TASC members, so we’re happy to have it back. You’ll find our trees in the lobby, and donations are accepted November 25-December 14. Bring in your new winter accessories: gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves, and pick up your ornament for the tree at the circulation desk. Do you craft for charity? We’ll be happy to receive your handmade items as well.
Sign up here; more space just added! Join us for an exciting 45-minute FREE live show, perfect for children 2 to 7 years old, bringing to life the fun and learning from WTTW Kids’ most popular and beloved children’s shows. Hosted by the WTTW Kids Lab Guys, children will be inspired to discover their own BIG IDEAS using our very own recipe of Wonder, Watch & Learn More! The exciting show will engage kids to explore themes like emotions, life cycles, recycling, the natural world, and more as we discover everyday BIG IDEAS. We’ll also learn about great children’s books that support the show’s themes and experience a few fun surprises along the way. Some shows will include a character Meet & Greet following the performance. What’s the BIG IDEA? A BIG IDEA is a solution to a problem, an answer to a question, or something that has opened your mind to a new understanding. When you’re a kid, the world is full of new things to learn. BIG IDEAs help us to solve every day conundrums, large and small. What’s the recipe for a BIG IDEA? WONDER: A question in your mind or a curiosity to learn more. WATCH: Observe how something is done or how it works. Absorb information and consider the possibilities. LEARN MORE: Read a book, watch a video, visit a library or a zoo, or talk with someone who might have more information to share. Then, voila! You have a BIG IDEA!