Little Library Bookshelf – Squirrels!

My kids love squirrels. We love watching their antics around the yard and their high-wire antics as they cross our street. If your kids love squirrels and their antics too Guest librarian Heather Hageli from VAPLD will make your storytime a little more squirrely with her picks.

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Librarian Recommended Reads – Squirrels

This summer…go nuts for squirrels! There are dozens of a-corny books about squirrels – here are three chapter books and three picture books to enjoy.


Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri


Poor Old Man Fookwire. He’s so grumpy that he doesn’t like anything! Except birds. Beautiful birds on his full birdfeeders. Along come the clever squirrels to share in the feeders. Mr. Fookwire does his darnedest to keep the seed for the birds. But the birds fly south for the winter leaving Mr. Fookwire sad, and the squirrels trying to cheer him up.  (Ages 3-8)




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Rabbit & Squirrel: A Tale of War and Peas by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Scott Magoon


Both Squirrel and Rabbit are master gardeners. One day, when their delicious vegetables are pilfered, they blame each other and that means war! War gets them into an even more sticky situation than having to replant a garden. EEK! (Ages 3-8)




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Bear and Squirrel Are Friends . . . Yes, Really! by Debbi Pilutti


Bear and Squirrel have much more in common than they do differences, which makes them unlikely friends. When Bear wakes up hungry from a long winter’s nap, and Squirrel looks delicious, their friendship is tested. Public Service Announcement: No animals were harmed in the making of this book. (Ages 3-8)




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Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell


Flora Belle Buckman loves comics. A squirrel, AKA Ulysses, after a brush with death in a super duper vacuum cleaner, wakes up with superpowers and a deep love for Flora. Flora hides her love of comics from her mother, as well as her new best friend Ulysses and the adventures they have. (Ages 8-12)




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Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins


Jed (a squirrel) is carried away by a hawk and dropped. He tries to find his way back to his friends, TsTs and Chai who are searching for him, too.  Adventures abound!(Ages 8-12)





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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon and Dean Hale


Middle-schooler Doreen Green has a tail and the super strength of a squirrel. She realizes that something is going down in her New Jersey town, decides to use her squirrel powers for good and become a full-fledged superhero. Novelization and backstory of Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. (Ages 8-12)




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 at

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