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The Nice Dream Truck
Beth Ferry; Brigette Barrager
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4 Stars

I scream, you scream, we all scream for this sugary-sweet bedtime story! With fanciful, flavorful illustrations and a rhyme as smooth as soft serve, these kids’ imaginations swirl together in a way that’s sure to scoop them off to sleep shortly.

-Hannah
Posted 8/8/2022

Pocket Full of Colors : The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire
Amy Guglielmo
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5 Stars

This delightful biography of Mary Blair chronicles her vivid art and even brighter future. Along the way, Blair encountered rejection and naysayers, but this did not stop her. She used it as inspiration to create a space she felt completely accepted: the beloved Disney ride, It’s a Small World! Guglielmo’s book shows us that being true to yourself is sometimes the biggest masterpiece of all.

-Hannah
Posted 8/8/2022

Bear Counts
Karma Wilson
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4 Stars

Bear gets a lesson in 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in this nature counting book that will turn readers into natural number lovers. With a simple yet impactful repeated phrase, “Can YOU count with Bear?” each page introduces new animals with detailed and delightful illustrations.

-Hannah
Posted 8/1/2022

Garlic & the Vampire
Bree Paulsen
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5 Stars

In a quaint farming community, a kind witch named Agnes tends the fields with her produce pals. Within this fresh, close-knit family is Carrot, who is fiercely protective of Garlic. But when a supposedly villainous vampire moves into town, Garlic is crushed to learn she might be the only one for the job to drive the blood-thirsty bad guy out. Equal parts encouraging and entertaining, this illustrated novel packs a pungent punch about believing in your own abilities.

-Hannah
Posted 8/1/2022

Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty
Leigh Hodgkinson
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4 Stars

Goldilocks is tired of diapers! She decides to wear big-girl underpants, but some are too silly and others are too frilly. And once she finds the perfect pair, she must now find the perfect potty to match. This cute and clever book introduces the topic of potty training in a unique way for parents and kids alike.

-Hannah
Posted 7/25/2022

After Squidnight
Jonathan Fenske
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5 Stars

Stealthy cephalopods are sneaking into your house as you sleep, but you’ll be relieved to know the only damage done is some inky doodles. Black and stormy blue illustrations are a complement to Fenske’s rhyme scheme that flows like squid ink. Weird and whimsical, these squids will sucker their way into your heart.

-Hannah
Posted 7/18/2022

Duck Tents
Lynne Berry
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4 Stars

With a quirky, quacky rhyme scheme and idyllic illustrations of the great outdoors, we watch five fuzzy duck buddies embark on a camping adventure. But it’s a lot of work. The ducks go through all the steps like packing up gear, assembling their tents and taking part in outdoor activities like fishing and fire-building. And through it all, they learn that camping is better done together.

-Hannah
Posted 7/11/2022

1, 2, 3, Jump!
Lisl H. Detlefsen
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4 Stars

Ever wonder why pools make a gurgling, monster-like sound every once in a while? Or why you can’t swim in a three-piece tuxedo suit? What about the likelihood of doing laps alongside mermaids? Swim lessons are all about overcoming uncharted waters. Through relatable illustrations and encouraging prose, this book addresses the natural nerves that come with learning to swim and the steps it takes to be a splashing success.

-Hannah
Posted 7/5/2022

Worms for Lunch?
Leonid Gore
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4 Stars

Get hungry for hijinks as big and small animals alike try to get served a mouthful of worms for a midday meal. This book prompts active reading and responses as curiosity grows with each page flip. With easy-to-digest illustrations and simple question-and-answer format, this book is a perfect introduction to a variety of animals and their typical diets… which almost always does not include wriggling worms.

-Hannah
Posted 6/30/2022

Boat Works
Tom Slaughter
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4 Stars

This book is sure to float your boat as you explore curiosities about water transport from big barges to tiny tugboats. Fold-out pages make this an engaging and educational book with waves of bright colors and clues to guess what boat will sail on by next.

-Hannah
Posted 6/22/2022

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