Little Library Bookshelf: “New” Classics by Guest Librarian Heather Hageli

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The term classic makes you think old, timeless, never changing. However as time passes on and generations change so do their idea of classics. In this month’s bookshelf guest librarian Heather Hageli from the Vernon Area Public Library shares “new” classics that your kids will be handing down to their kids.

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Everyone remembers a book from their childhood. A classic like Goodnight Moon or Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, whatever it was, we hold those books close to our hearts for the memories they created. Create some memories with your children reading these soon-to-be-considered classics.

New Classic Children’s Books

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

This simple, grayscale book will soon become a favorite for your children. Meet Kitten who is in search of a bowl of milk and mistakes the moon for one. Follow Kitten on her adventure to finally slurp her bowl. Children will discover feelings of empathy and triumph (of sorts) on the pages of this very sweet book.






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Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Beautiful illustrations and a simple color palate will encourage you and your children to focus on the movement of Flora and her friend the Flamingo as they move through this wordless, whimsical, lift-the-flap picture book. For a way to expend some of your child’s energy, mimic the movements on each page, and make up the story as you move through the pages. Flora is featured in more of Ilde’s work; Flora and the Penguin, Flora and the Peacocks, and Flora and the Chicks.





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Hippos Go Berserk!by Sandra Boynton

Hippos are hilarious. Who knew? The hippos in this book attend a party in numbers, described in rhyming text. Boynton brings her illustration magic all of her books, a few favorites; Blue Hat, Green Hat, Moo Baa La La La and Barnyard Dance!


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Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek

“But where is the green sheep?” readers are asked after being shown different types of sheep (bed sheep, bath sheep). Children will wonder, excitement building, where that rascally green sheep is going to pop up in the book. Try singing it as a call and response.





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Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Imagination knows no bounds. A simple cardboard box can become anything, in your imagination. What can the box become on your child’s craft table? Grab a crayon and find out. Or use clay or play dough to make a box into a 3D creation.






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Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Watch the Magic Tree change as your child follows the directions on each page. The child makes the story happen in this interactive, participatory picture book. Learning about the change of seasons has never been more fun!

Follow up books by the author are; Touch the Brightest Star and Plant the Tiny Seed





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.

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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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