Little Library Bookshelf: New Year New Habits

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New Year, new goals, resolutions, habits and plans. Even kids can get in on the growth and change mindset. In this month’s bookshelf, guest librarian Heather Hageli from the Vernon Area Public Library shares some new reads for new habits in this new year.

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Make a resolution to read more this year as a family! Set a goal to read five books a week (or more!). Try a few of these these to start with, and then visit your library and take home a bag full of books.

Habit Helping Books


The Bad Seed by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald

Oooh, this seed is so bad, inconsiderate and rude! But does he have to stay that way? Can we decide what our attitude is going to be? Share this one with your youngsters and discuss good attitudes, and why we don’t want to have a bad one!




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Thank You, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

The newest in the Mr. Panda series, Thank You, Mr. Panda introduces children to “magic words.” Wise Panda and the animals in the book discover that, even if we get something we don’t want, we can still appreciate the effort.




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Brave by Stacy McAnulty, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Are your kids brave? Maybe they don’t even know how brave they are. They can be superheroes too, and this book points out different ways your child shows their bravery. So empowering!



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Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Jabari is ready. To jump off. The diving board. Maybe. He has a lot ot plan out (and some fears to overcome), but with Dad’s encouragement and some mustered courage, Jabara can jump!




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Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoët

Introduce Malala to your young family with this autobiography all about working hard to make wishes come true.




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Here at the Vernon Area Public Library, we use the five early literacy practices — TALK, SING, READ, WRITE, PLAY — as the foundation for all of our storytimes. It’s never too early to start on these five activities to set the stage for reading readiness.

We offer storytimes beginning at birth, and all are welcome to stop by and visit — no library card required. But if you are a resident, you can sign up for your library card while you are here! Find our calendar of storytimes and other events.

If you would like more information about early literacy, what is happening at the library, and a printable calendar, subscribe to our quarterly Early Literacy eNewsletter.

Looking for more book recommendations for you or your little ones? Visit our Goodreads or Pinterest accounts for librarian-selected reading for all ages.

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