Children & Young Adult Staff Picks - June 2023

Welcome to our Children's Librarian Picks, where our passionate children's librarians handpick the most delightful, heartwarming, and engaging books for young readers. This month's selection are the kinds of books that you can read over and over with your little ones. They're great options for the 1,000 Books Before School programme. Happy reading, little bookworms!

Children's Picture Books

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is a funny and honest school story about teasing, self-esteem, and acceptance to share all year round ... Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect - until her first day of school. You're named after a flower! teases Victoria. Let's smell her, says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

A gentle bull who likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers is entered in a bullfight.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake--only to have to outwit that creature as well.

The Very Hungry Caterpillad by Eric Carle

This is the story of a very hungry caterpillar growing into a beautiful butterfly.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Lift the flaps and see what the zoo has sent: the perfect pet -- in the end!

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? by Bill Martin

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

When Max wears his wolf suit and makes mischief, he is sent to bed without his supper. But in his room a forest grew and Max sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.