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Patch Picks: Books for Children

Bensalem librarian gives some recommendations.

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With the recent celebration of National Read Across America Day, this week we're focusing on some great children’s books. Bensalem Librarian Pat Stephenson recommended some picture and chapter books new to the Bucks County Library system.

Song for a Princess by Rachael Mortimer
When the birds in the palace garden realize the princess is sad, they decide to offer their best to make her smile again. The peacock tries first, proudly displaying his beautiful plumes, but the princess barely lifts her head to look.

Ten Little Hot Dogs by John Himmelman
One by one, more little hot dogs join the group until there are ten littlehot dogs on the chair. They play and play until...they all fall asleep. But then, one little hot dog wakes up, and one by one, guess what the other hot dogs do? Humorous illustrations rendered in watercolor and pencil and a playful narrative make it easy for young readers to count these hopping hot dogs from one to ten and down again from ten to one.

Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson
It's always somebody's bedtime, somewhere in the world. In this book it's bedtime for five little rabbits. They come in from outdoors, have a snack, brush their teeth, take a bath, put on nightclothes, and listen to a story before being tucked in for the night.

Write On, Callie Jones by Naomi Zucker
In this follow-up to "Callie Rules," Callie is writing for her school newspaper--untill the principal cancels Callie's article on school bomb scares. Maybe an online paper is the answer? The adventures of Callie Jones and her loveable, eccentric family continue as Callie takes on the school paper.

M Is for Mama's Boy by Michael Buckley
The Nerds make their return in this second installment of Buckley's series, and this time, the group must fight a villain so unlikely, he still lives with his mom. In other words, it's the Nerds against a nerd. Illustrations. NERDS combines all the excitement of international espionage with all the awkwardness of elementary school, and the results are hilarious.

D. Gephart March 04, 2011 at 04:08 AM
My funny middle grade book from Random House, How to Survive Middle School, is actually set in Bensalem. Donna Gephart www.donnagephart.com

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