Books for Young Children
Sharing stories with your child can help you start conversations about how we relate to the world around us. In books, children can find mirrors that reflect their own identities and experiences as well as windows into the lives of those who are different from them.
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New Picture Books
That's My Sweater!
An outrageously funny sibling rivalry story with a hand-me-down twist
Olivia loves her favorite sweater. I mean, she really really loves it. So when her mom decides it's time to hand it down to Olivia's baby brother, Olivia vows that she will not rest until she and her beloved sweater are reunited.
In her riotously funny new picture book, Kevin the Unicorn creator Jessika von Innerebner puts an oh-so-satisfying spin on an age-old conflict that is bound to delight siblings of all stripes.
The Worst Teddy Ever
Meet Noa and the worst Teddy EVER in this sweet, funny debut about the unrecognized heroes in our lives, for fans of Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson. A Spanish edition, El peor Teddy del mundo, is also available for purchase.
Noa LOVES Teddy. But Teddy is ALWAYS tired! Why is Teddy always too sleepy to play with Noa during the day? It turns out that Teddy has a good reason, and Noa is in the dark about what's happening behind the scenes at night...when Teddy works tirelessly to protect his little boy from a colorful ensemble of unwelcome nighttime visitors!
At once laugh-out-loud funny and endearing, Marcelo Verdad's outstanding debut picture book explores how expectations don't always allow us to see others for who they truly are, and how sometimes what we want isn't always what we need.
Well Done, Mommy Penguin
With his vibrant, stylish art and spot-on visual storytelling, Chris Haughton turns to Antarctica for an irresistible ode to family bonds and awesome moms.
"She'll be back soon, won't she?"
"She sure will," says Daddy Penguin.
The sky may be dark over icy waters, but Mommy Penguin is off to catch some fish for dinner. As Daddy and Little Penguin watch in suspense, Mommy swims, jumps, and climbs up a slippery slope, barely avoiding a plunge back into the sea. Well done! There's just one more hurdle to overcome, past some grumpy, just-awakened seals, before she returns to her anxiously waiting family. With a nod to the fascinating nature of penguin parenting, this boldly illustrated adventure from the creator of Little Owl Lost and Oh No, George! will have little ones happily on the edge of their seats as they root for Mommy Penguin.
This Book Is Not a Present
A hilarious picture book companion to I Don't Want to Read This Book by actor Max Greenfield.
We all know kids who carry a book everywhere they go. Kids who can't stop reading, even if it's long after bedtime. Kids who love nothing more than sitting quietly in the corner, turning page after page...
This book is a love letter to all the other kids. The ones who wouldn't dream of asking for a book as a present. The ones who unwrap the box hoping to find anything--a dog, a skateboard, even socks--besides a book.
Packed with clever, fourth-wall-breaking gags from Max Greenfield (New Girl) and eye-popping art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Mike Lowery, this ideal read-aloud may not wag its tail or come with wheels, but it's sure to have even the most reluctant bibliophiles laughing all the way to the end.
The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose
A stunning and picture book reissue of the “brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) classic Mother Goose collection of over 300 rhymes illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Arnold Lobel.
This treasury of 302 timeless rhymes includes both favorite and less familiar verses that are the foundation of any child’s language development, such as “This little pig went to market” and “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.” In a starred review, School Library Journal said this gorgeous collection was “brimming over with energy…distinguished by abundant humor and a rich variety of moods and styles.”
Rainbow Fish and the Storyteller
A sparkling book about tall tales!
When Rainbow Fish meets a new friend, Humbert, he isn’t sure what to think. Humbert tells all kinds of strange stories: Somewhere at the bottom of the ocean there’s a plug!
There’s a blue whale living near here . . . and he’s going to eat up all of our food.
But before Rainbow Fish and his friends panic, they realize that Humbert just likes to make up tall tales. Rainbow Fish and his friends soon come up with an idea that might make them all happy—even Humbert.
A familiar bedtime story about a girl who can't sleep, not even when mom and dad do everything they can to help her. For sleepyheads ages 4 years and up.
Daisy can't sleep! Mommy read her a story and Daddy sung her a lullaby, but nothing helps. Daddy encourages Daisy to think of something lovely. Then she'll fall asleep. Will it work?
Ruffles and the Teeny, Tiny Kittens
Join Ruffles as he faces the trials and tribulations of preschool life in this bright picture book series from award-winning author and illustrator David Melling.
As Ruffles learns about the world around him, he discovers there are lots of things he likes . . . and some things he doesn't! He loves scratching, digging, and chewing, but he does not like the teeny, tiny kittens. No, no, no, no, NO! They pounce and purr and snore and chase and poop! Worst of all, they want to play with Ruffles's blue blanket, and Ruffles doesn't want to share. But the teeny, tiny kittens don't understand, and there's trouble when the blue blanket is accidentally ripped. Luckily, Ruffles's new feline friends show him how sharing together is the very best way to make friends and play.
I Am Picky
A laugh-out-loud picture book about a self-proclaimed picky eater of a raccoon—perfect for human picky eaters!
Don’t look at this raccoon and think she’ll eat just anything. Oh, no. She is picky! She’s been choosy forever—and listen, it’s a tough life. It’s not as though the perfect snacks just fall from the sky (except when they do). You’ve got to work to find the sourest milk, the crunchiest bumblebees, and the most delicious trash. Snacking while picky is a real challenge sometimes...but you never know where you’ll find the tastiest treats to try!
From children's author Kristen Tracy and rising star illustrator Erin Kraan, I AM PICKY is sure to delight even the choosiest of eaters—and readers.
Scaredy Squirrel Visits the Doctor
Scaredy Squirrel is exactly the character children need today--a little bit anxious, a lot adorable, and totally lovable. They will laugh along in this new picture book as Scaredy learns to brave the doctor for his regular check-up!
Scaredy exercises, eats healthy foods, and stays very, very safe. But even healthy squirrels need to get a regular check up! Going to the vet can be scaaary, especially if you're Scaredy.
As young listeners see Scaredy face his fears in the silliest of ways, they gain perspective and courage, empowering them to tackle their own worries with a big smile.
Library of Things
The Library has more than just books! Check out our robust Library of Things Collection which includes circulating collections for young kids.
The Library has passes that offer free and discounted visits to local museums. Visit our Museum Pass information page to learn more about how to visit museums with your kids.
Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)
Brookfield Zoo inspires guests through extraordinary connections with animals, nature, and each other. Set within a 216-acre nature park, the zoo has captivated and educated visitors since 1934. Brookfield, IL
Chicago Botanic Garden
With 27 spectacular gardens on 385 acres, the garden is a strollable place of ever-changing beauty. Glencoe, IL
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference. Skokie, IL
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Center for Conflict Resolution
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Illinois Department of Children & Family Services
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Jewish Child & Family Services
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