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The Story of Fish & Snail
Deborah Freedman
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5 Stars

Fish, the brave friend, loves to gather exciting tales to regale his friend, Snail. But when Fish implies that Snail is a snore who never looks beyond his watery comfort zone, the pair decides to sever ties. Can the two overcome their differences? This picture book is packed to the gills with a message that friendship can challenge us and bring about positive growth.

-Hannah
Posted 11/27/2022

Who Loves the Fall?
Bob Raczka
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5 Stars

It’s time to celebrate all the fall festivities– big and small– that this season has to offer! From sipping apple cider to trick-or-treating, there is something for everyone to love. Exuberant rhyming and colors that leap off the page like kids into a leaf pile make this the perfect autumnal read.

-Hannah
Posted 11/20/2022

Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One
Maggie Horne
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5 Stars

7th grader Hazel Hill doesn’t have any friends, and she’s okay with that—she’s too focused on winning the speech competition because she lost to her nemesis Ella Quinn last year after mispronouncing “hyperbole” as “hyper-bowl.” But when the popular boy Tyler Harris starts harassing Ella Quinn online and no one believes her, Hazel has to put aside her pride and help Ella Quinn take Tyler down. Maggie Horne’s middle-grade debut novel is a powerful book about friendship, standing up for your friends, and doing the right thing– even when the odds are stacked against you. Hazel also identifies as a lesbian, which is great representation in a middle-grade novel. The book provides an important message to girls everywhere that sexual harassment is not okay and that they are not alone. Horne’s novel is sure to empower girls who read it to not only stick up for themselves, but to stand up for those who can’t.

-Michelle J.
Posted 11/10/2022

Kitten's First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes
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5 Stars

Kitten is over the moon about seeing the big and bright nighttime sight… until it’s mistaken for a big bowl of milk. In many sweet and silly antics, Kitten tries to lap up its favorite treat. Simplistic yet stunning black and white illustrations are paired with a message that good things come to those who wait.

-Hannah
Posted 10/25/2022

The Hiccupotamus
Aaron Zenz
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5 Stars

Hippo has a frustrating disturbance in his day-to-day life: hiccups! He enlists the help of friends like rhinoceros, elephant, centipede and buffalo to scare, shimmy and shake them out of him. Try not to catch a case of the hiccups from laughing aloud at the hijinks throughout Zenz’s bright, rip-roaring rhyming book.

-Hannah
Posted 10/20/2022

Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories
Max Brallier
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4 Stars

Prepare to be scared! Five spooky standalone stories – each with its own creepy twist ending – are featured in this excellent first volume of a fun series for early chapter book readers who love scary stories. Full-color illustrations support the reader in interpreting the text, and add to the haunting atmosphere. This short story collection is the perfect precursor to Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

-Amity
Posted 10/18/2022

Winter Is Here
Kevin Henkes
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5 Stars

The snowy, blowy season is made idyllic through Henkes’ prose and illustrations as we learn the ways winter alerts us to its presence. It hunkers in doorways, sits high atop snowmen’s heads and gives a reason to have a cup of hot cocoa or two. Cozy up to learn about changing weather in this book that feels like a big, warm blanket.

-Hannah
Posted 10/10/2022

Everyone Loves Bacon
Kelly DiPucchio
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4 Stars

This slice of bacon is a real ham. He loves to catch his reflection in a spoon-mirror and flirt with the condiments at the soda fountain. But can having fans be better than having friends? This sweet story has a funny ending and illustrations cute enough to chomp.

-Hannah
Posted 9/27/2022

Night Owl
Toni Yuly
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5 Stars

Baby Owl is all ready for bed… until he can’t find Mommy! In the process, Baby Owl learns all the sounds of his forest friends as he listens closely for the voice he loves most: M-O-M! This book is a hoot for introductory animal imitations paired with a sweet message about parenthood.

-Hannah
Posted 9/23/2022

You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?
Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
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4 Stars

Tooth Fairy is fed up with all the molar-grinding misconceptions about her job. And she’s here to set the record (and those new big adult teeth growing in) straight. Filled with sassy one-liners and important lessons about oral hygiene, readers’ eyes will be tooth-pasted to each page!

-Hannah
Posted 9/23/2022

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.