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Poor Little Guy
Elanna Allen
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5 Stars

For a teeny, timid, glasses-wearing pufferfish, aquatic life is not easy. His main problem: he’s just too cute. He’s almost cute enough to eat, which is exactly what the bigger animals, like the octopus and shark, try to do. But while he might be small, he’s also mighty… and spiky when you make him mad enough. This picture book pairs a dreamy color palette with a witty message about making fishy foes your own size.

-Hannah
Posted 5/4/2022

What Does Bunny See? a book of colors and flowers
Linda Sue Park
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4 Stars

This book takes an enchanting hop-along approach to colors and beautiful garden blooms through the eyes of a bunny. There is an implied rhyme scheme and vibrant illustrations which introduce kids to the merriment of spring and the growth of flowers like morning glories, tiger lilies, poppies and primroses.

-Hannah
Posted 4/19/2022

Otto the Book Bear
Katie Cleminson
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5 Stars

Otto is not bound to life within his story’s pages. Once the book closes, he is free to wander. But when Otto’s book gets donated to other loving readers, he’s left to find a new place to call home. This sweet story is full of whimsical artwork that will delight readers of all ages as they consider the magic that goes on inside the library.

-Hannah
Posted 4/19/2022

Touch the Brightest Star
Christie Matheson
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5 Stars

When the sun goes down, curiosity about what happens in the dark goes up. The concept of nighttime is illuminated in this book with dreamy colors and interactive prompts like exploring owls, deer and fireflies. The book also weaves in prompts to be whisked off to sleep like closing your eyes and whispering a wish.

-Hannah
Posted 4/14/2022

I Love Bugs!
Emma Dodd
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5 Stars

This book introduces kids to the science of insect classification through a bright rhyme and color scheme. With illustrations cute enough to crawl off the page, it’s engaging to bugs and human beings alike. Plus, it has the added message that even though bugs look and do different things, they all have a purpose and a place they belong!

-Hannah
Posted 4/4/2022

Redwood and Ponytail
K. A. Holt
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4 Stars

Kate and Tam are two very different girls: Kate is the popular cheerleader trying to live up to her mom’s rigid expectations, and Tam tends to stick to herself and her best friend. When the two meet, a friendship sparks despite their differences—but as time passes, both realize that they might like each other a little more than friends. Redwood and Ponytail is a heartwarming LGBTQ+ novel told in verse about first queer crushes and being true to yourself. With relatable characters and engaging prose, it’s a story that doesn’t shy away from the angst of being a middle-schooler and the struggles of being who you are.

-Michelle J.
Posted 3/30/2022

Jump!
Scott M. Fischer
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4 Stars

This book starts small with one little bug. As the fly learns to jump, so do a series of bigger and bigger creatures as they catapult themselves from one page to the next. The rhyme, repetition and lively illustrations encourage kids to use their imagination. Jump! for joy as you pick up this book.

-Hannah
Posted 3/18/2022

Rooftoppers
Katherine Rundell
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4 Stars

Orphaned as a young child, Sophie is raised by a loving guardian named Charles. When authorities threaten to separate the two, Sophie comes up with a plan: travel to Paris and try to find her mother, who she has always believed is still alive. Though set firmly in reality, this whimsical novel of adventure has a touch of magic that reinforces Charles and Sophie’s belief: “Never ignore a possible.”

-Amity
Posted 3/16/2022

Fire Truck vs. Dragon
Chris Barton
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5 Stars

When Dragon makes s’mores with one exhale, Fire Truck is ready to extinguish the campfire fun. This duo seems like they would be at odds with each other. But really, they’re just an odd pair of battling buddies. This wacky and heartwarming picture book will have you examine three main elements: water, fire, and friendship.

-Hannah
Posted 3/11/2022

They Called Us Enemy
George Takei
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4 Stars

In They Called Us Enemy, George Takei of Star Trek fame reflects on somber memories and feelings surrounding his time in American internment camps during World War II. In homage to Takei’s Japanese heritage, this graphic novel implements grey-scale, manga-inspired illustrations in a tasteful manner that makes the adult nature of America’s racist history more accessible to younger readers.

-Colleen
Posted on 3/5/2022

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for something new for your child to read? Are you a teacher looking for something to read to your children? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend all sorts of genres and titles. Whether you’re looking for new authors similar to old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our staff is here to help. They organize fun programs like Toddler story and song time to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

Amity
Favorite genres:
Horror, Graphic Novels, Young Adult Literature, and Books about unusual animal friendships.
Amity’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
Hannah
Favorite Genres:
Contemporary romance, Mystery and Thrillers, and the occasional Young Adult novel
Hannah’s bookshelf on Goodreads
heidi gHeidi
Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction, Picture Books, and Fairy Tales.
Heidi’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
jean j_finalJean
Favorite Genres:
Books about animals that lose their hats and Mysteries.
Jean’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
Michelle
Favorite Genres:
YA, Fantasy, and anything LGBTQ+
Michelle’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Nancy
Favorite Genres:
Literary Fiction and Regional American History.
Nancy’s bookshelf on Goodreads.

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