Invisible Girl by Mariel Hemingway

“What makes a family sad? It’s a hard question to answer. Maybe it’s better to think about what makes a family happy and then subtract it.”

Having grown up in a famously dysfunctional family, actress Mariel Hemingway has become a …

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125 True Stories of Amazing Pets

“Paw through these pages and find 125 of National Geographic Kids’ favorite true tales of animal heroes, silly tricks, spoiled-rotten critters, and even pets that have pets of their own.”

Opening with a full page spread of a surfing pig, …

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Send Your Kids to Sleep

The author of the self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep promises that it will put your children to sleep, and many tired parents are willing to try anything. Swedish psychologist Carol-Johan Frossen Ehrlin wrote The Rabbit

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My Dog Is the Best by Laurie Ann Thompson

“My dog is the best. He does tricks.”

What could be more enchanting than the relationship between a child and their beloved pet? ‘My Dog Is the Best’ is a tale of unconditional love that’s accented by simplistic illustrations, leaving …

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Uh-Oh Octopus!

“Octopus lived in a cozy home under the sea. He had nothing to complain about. He could make himself a decent meal. He had a wonderful view.”

Everything is perfect for Octopus until the day a very large and mysterious …

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Sleepless Knight

“Who do you think you are, throwing sticks in the middle of the night, waking up cute little animals?!

James Sturm continues to combine wacky storytelling with “how to” cartoon instruction in this cute little graphic novel.  Is it the …

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Whose Butt? by Stan Tekiela

“I love taking pictures of animals…Sometimes the animals run or fly away… I only get pictures of their butts…”

And so begins this humorous animal trivia book formatted into a “Guess that butt” game. For each photograph of a butt, …

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The New Small Person by Lauren Child

“The small person followed Elmore Green everywhere.  It wanted to sit next to him; it wanted to copy everything that Elmore did. It wanted to be everywhere that Elmore was.”

Elmore is an only child and things are just the …

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Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

“If words make up stories, and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters…”

This picture book, longer than most, may or may not keep your listener engaged. The adult doing the reading is more likely to enjoy …

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This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

“Something very odd happened.”

You know the crease in the middle of the book where the pages meet? Well, Bella’s dog went in and didn’t come back out. Help arrives in the form of a friendly boy, a police car, …

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Super Heroes: Colors, Shapes, and More!

Krypto is White. Catwoman’s cat is Black.

Learning is always better with friends, so these Super Heroes are here to help. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (just to name a few) are on the scene, and together you’ll …

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My Little Pony Omnibus by Katie Cook and Heather Nuhfer

“Silly scary lady, friendship is stronger than fear will ever be!”

Welcome back to Ponyville, comic book style. Follow the new stories of Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, and Twilight Sparkle (Spike too!) as they fight against the …

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El Deafo by Cece Bell

“With or without superpowers, I am still El Deafo — and I am outraged!”

If you enjoyed Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, you will also love El Deafo.  With a similar funny and sweet style, this graphic novel tells the story of …

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A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell

“Who would eat a jelly sandwich… while reading MY book?”

Little Louie’s dismayed look on the cover lets us know that something is amiss here.  Someone has modified his book title with crayon and spilled lots of icky things on …

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When Lunch Fights Back by Rebecca L. Johnson

“In nature, good defenses can mean the difference between surviving a predator’s attack and becoming its lunch.”

Meet the Hagfish, the Hoopoe and other amazing creatures from around the world who have very special ways of defending themselves from predators. …

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Square Foot Gardening with Kids

There is nothing quite like the look on a child’s face when she picks the very first tomato she’s ever grown. It’s plump and red, and sure to be juicy, and it’s all hers.

Mel Bartholomew adapted his …

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Kids are Weird by Jeffrey Brown

“Since you’re here I’m going to wash my hands for real”. This is just one of dozens of those sometimes shockingly truthful things that kids say to their parents, family and total strangers that Jeffrey Brown includes in his latest …

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Writing in the Margins: Summer 2014


It’s what drives us every day. We spent all of last year celebrating the fact that, in 1973, the people of Norridge and Harwood Heights decided that a public library was essential to their communities. We take that decision …

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