Quirky Book Lists

My Father's Arms Are a Boat

Death and Grief 

Our Chap­ter & Verse Book Clubs read three books about death, writ­ten for chil­dren, in April of 2017. We’ve updat­ed this list with new­er books in Octo­ber, 2022. Sev­er­al of our librar­i­an mem­bers stat­ed that they receive many requests from patrons for books that help chil­dren under­stand death. Our mem­bers around the coun­try put their heads

The Shortest Day

Winter! 

Now that snow has fall­en in many places through­out the land, it’s time to cel­e­brate the frozen crys­tals in pic­ture books, non­fic­tion, and ear­ly chap­ter books.

I Will Dance

Dance Party 

Dance has many per­son­al­i­ties and appeals to a myr­i­ad of peo­ple. Here are some excep­tion­al books for very young read­ers through teens (and adults, too).

Change Sings

Peace Books 

We’re pub­lish­ing a list of some of the more recent books about peace and con­flict res­o­lu­tion, as anno­tat­ed by Car­ol Spiegel, a long-time K‑8 educator.

Jayden's Impossible Garden

Gardening and Community 

Day­light sav­ings time makes me grum­ble at hav­ing to get up ear­li­er. But, it also means that spring is com­ing. I start think­ing about what seeds I will plant for my gar­den, and which books I will read to my stu­dents, to give them hope when they still see snow on the ground. To encour­age plant­i­ng seeds to

Bee Fearless

Kids in Business 

Patience and per­se­ver­ance are among the hard­est things for chil­dren to learn. How can we make press­ing on in the face of dis­cour­age­ment inter­est­ing to kids? By read­ing them amaz­ing sto­ries of cre­ativ­i­ty and resilience! Pic­ture book biogra­phies show the sat­is­fy­ing results of per­se­ver­ing over a life­time. All ages will be inspired by the true tales

The Oldest Student

Perseverance 

Patience and per­se­ver­ance are among the hard­est things for chil­dren to learn. How can we make press­ing on in the face of dis­cour­age­ment inter­est­ing to kids? By read­ing them amaz­ing sto­ries of cre­ativ­i­ty and resilience! 

The Tinaja Tonight

Books about the Night 

Night­time is a mag­i­cal time for kids. It’s a time for explor­ing the night skies. It’s a time for dream­ing cozy dreams.  It’s a time of mis­chief when it comes with the thrill of being allowed to stay up late. Night­time pic­ture books have always had an allure for me because of the top­ics they explore and the amaz­ing and

Rare & Blue

Picture Book Salute to Blue 

Blue is beloved for the awe­some beau­ty of its var­i­ous shades on dis­play in the nat­ur­al world, and for the feel­ings of calm­ness, secu­ri­ty, loy­al­ty, and friend­li­ness, it evokes. So, with­out fur­ther ado: a col­lec­tion of ten love­ly and com­pelling books, plus one, that cel­e­brate blue.

Bookwanderers

Books Set in Bookstores 

 For many of us, wan­der­ing around inside a book­store is our Hap­py Place. It can also be a place of mys­tery, sur­prise, romance, adven­ture, how-tos, and an oppor­tu­ni­ty to tap into the knowl­edge of the uni­verse. Here then are fif­teen books for chil­dren that are set in book­stores.   Archie Greene and the Magi­cian’s Secret writ­ten by

Ramadan

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr 

Ramadan is observed dur­ing the ninth month of the Islam­ic cal­en­dar, based on the cycles of the moon. When a reli­gious leader sees the first sliv­er of a cres­cent moon, the begin­ning of Ramadan is pro­claimed. Indi­vid­u­als reflect on their spir­i­tu­al growth, make sac­ri­fices, and feel a sense of uni­ty in know­ing that Mus­lims around the world are

Fabulous Fair Alphabet

Ferris Wheels 

These are books about Mr. Fer­ris or his Fer­ris wheel, which debuted at the 1893 World Colom­bian Expo­si­tion. Grand in scale, ris­ing up into the sky, the Fer­ris wheel is a focal point wher­ev­er it appears. 

Noisy Clock Shop

Quirky Book Lists: Time 

Mar­garet Wise Brown once wrote that chil­dren won­dered about “mys­te­ri­ous clock time.” I cer­tain­ly did as a child. I sim­ply could not learn to tell time. This was back in the dark ages of ana­log clocks that seemed to hold secrets oth­ers could deci­pher but elud­ed me. I could have used any of the books on this list, but

New Year at the Pier

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah 

The Jew­ish High Hol­i­days begin with the fes­tiv­i­ties of the New Year on Rosh Hashanah and end ten days lat­er with the obser­vance of the Day of Atone­ment, Yom Kip­pur. It’s a time of reflec­tion and a renew­al of inten­tions to do bet­ter in the com­ing year. Here are a num­ber of books that will help chil­dren understand

Thunder Rose

Back-to-School Favorites 

This list was con­tributed by Deb Andries and Mau­r­na Rome, friends, edu­ca­tors, and col­leagues! Favorites from Deb Andries: Alma and How She Got her Name by Jua­na Mar­tinez-Neal Dream­ers by Yuyi Morales A Qui­et Place by Doug Wood and Dan Andreasen The Day You Begin by Jacque­line Wood­son and Rafael López Tru­man by Jean Rei­di and

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