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  • Two children
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Librarian Josh added a set of twins to his young family this spring. For parents or caregivers, he's got a great list of books he shared with his son that helped spark dialogue, ease stress, and foster an understanding of how the new humans would impact their lives.

  • Bird eating berry
    Posted on: Monday, April 25, 2016

    Children's librarian Josh admires birds because they are rarely in a hurry. Birds always take time to sing, sleep, hop, skip, dig in the dirt, and splash in puddles. He's put together a list of whimsical bird books you can enjoy with your little ones.

  • Girl at sunset
    Posted on: Monday, April 04, 2016

    It’s often very difficult to help a child cope with loss; sometimes we don’t know how to process the grief ourselves. Dealing with difficult subjects vicariously through the characters in stories can sometimes help us find the words to discuss what’s happened with our little ones. Sometimes there are no words. Sometimes there are just tears. And that’s okay too. Children's Librarian Josh has carefully selected a handful of books to help your family through the toughest times.


  • Squirrel
    Posted on: Monday, February 29, 2016

    An early Spring seems to be here to stay in this neck of the woods. There is but one word that epitomizes the feeling I get when I begin to see (and sniff) the first signs of Spring rebirth: squirrels. Whether at the zoo, park, in your own backyard, or in one of the following books, I hope you get the chance to visit a non-nibbling squirrel in the near future. Keep reading together!

  • Drawing of a heart
    Posted on: Tuesday, February 02, 2016

    If you're like children's librarian Josh, you're not in love with Valentine's Day. But he's positive if you take a minute to share one (or more!) of these books with the special little one in your life, you'll be sure to enjoy Valentine’s Day just the teensiest bit more this year.

  • Child
    Posted on: Monday, January 04, 2016

    Greetings fellow parents and caregivers of young readers! It’s officially 2016 and the dawning of a new year is almost universally a time in which we pause to reflect on the year that was. But, if you’re a resolution-maker, I wish you all the courage and strength it takes to reach your goals. I wish I was an expert about such things and could offer some useful advice, but sadly I am just a librarian with a stack of excellent children’s literature perched atop my desk that I’m anxious to share! Let’s get to it, shall we? The following lists celebrate all things new, refreshed, or otherwise transformed. I hope this year you’ll resolve to share a story or three with a young reader and I hope you’ll feel refreshed by these stories that celebrate new beginnings!

  • Girl in the snow
    Posted on: Friday, December 04, 2015

    Some of my fondest memories with my family are from snow days, including warm mugs of hot chocolate, movie-watching, hide and seek with Gus the cat, hours of story-telling, almost as many hours of nap-taking, blanket forts, and lots of outdoor excursions. In our home we make a habit of celebrating our goofy winter getups. This winter I hope you’ll celebrate too by overdressing, playing outside when it’s snowy, and reading some of the following books that highlight the many snuggly layers of winter.

  • Pete the Cat
    Posted on: Monday, November 23, 2015

    Pete the Cat is one of my spirit animals. His groovy approach to life is simple, refreshing, and just plain cool. When I’m having a tough day I like to channel all things Pete. Do I let the little things that I can’t control get me down and cause me worry? Goodness no! I just carry on, recommending books, and being the best librarian I can be. Whether you are new to this glorious cat we call Pete or your child’s spirit animal happens to be Pete the Cat, too, the titles below are sure to set your entire family on a groovy path to storytime success.

  • Child reading in Autumn
    Posted on: Monday, November 02, 2015

    Thanksgiving is typically a mix of emotions with me. Obligatory family gatherings inevitably (and often awkwardly) lead to chit-chat and cacophonous, gluttonous, carnivorous free-for-alls. I’ve never been especially fond of these traditions. I do, however, have a special place in my heart for the idea of giving thanks. Over the years I’ve found that children are generally pretty grateful beings, too. Here are books that honor thanksgiving—rather than Thanksgiving—with a theme of gratefulness (and by extension, kindness).  Just pop in to your local Metro Library and we can set you up! We’d love to see you!

  • father and son reading together
    Posted on: Monday, October 05, 2015

    Crisp air is the first of many signs that autumn is bound for arrival. It’s also a prelude; a gentle reminder that frosty days and nights aren’t far behind. I hope you enjoy this month’s selections! All of the selections have a “spooky” theme, but none of the books are too scary to share with your young readers. I hope you’re able to take some time this month to share a story with the little ones in your life!


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