Make some hot cocoa, grab a blanket and curl up with family, friends, and a good book this winter

Board Books

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
(Board Book Baskets)
With a mix of bold illustration, rhyme, and song this is a great early literacy book. A mother dog sings to her puppy about how much she loves them. This book is an adorable choice for your next read aloud.

Mommy, Mama, and Me by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Carol Thompson
(Board Book Baskets)
In this board book, a baby enjoys a day of adventures with her two moms. Perfect for the little one who cannot get enough of illustrations of other babies.

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and illustrations by Julie Flett
(Board Book Baskets)
Perfect for family read alouds, this board book encourages all of us, babies and adults, to take a moment and appreciate the little things in life that make us happy.

I love you as much.. . by Laura Krauss Melmed
(Board Book Baskets)
Many different mothers tell their babies how much they love them. Another great pick for the baby who likes to see other babies. Be sure to tell your little one how much you love them after reading.

Picture Books

A Tree is a Home by Pamela Hickman and Zafouko Yamamoto
(New Picture Book Basket)
Take a look inside the world of all the animals that live in a tree. Follow six different animals as they go through the seasons of a year and build their families in the tree.

Saturdays at the Food Pantry by Diane O’Neill and illustrated by Brizida Magro.
(New Picture Book Basket)
Everyone needs a little help from time to time. Molly and her mother sometimes need to go to the food pantry rather than the store to get groceries. There Molly sees a school friend, Caitlin, who is embarrassed to need help. Through art, Molly and Citlin and others in line learn that it is okay to need help and that a simple act of kindness can make all the difference.

Mi Casa Is my Home by Laurenne Sala with pictures by Zara Gonzalez Hoang
(New Picture Book Basket)
Join Lucia on a bilingual tour of her lively home and loving family.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
(Classic Picture Book Basket)
This cozy classic follows a young boy exploring his neighborhood after the season’s first snow.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
(Classic Picture Book Basket)
If you are looking for a cozy Christmas tale, the Polar Express is a great choice. Curl up under the tree and follow the story of a boy who takes a magical train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa.

Youth Fiction

Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo
(PZ7.D5455 Ta 2003)
A perfect family read aloud to make predictions together along the way. Follow Despereaux the mouse who loves music, stories, and the princess of the castle he lives in. As his adventure goes on, stories of other characters begin to interconnect.

Anna Hibiscus Series by Atinuke
(PZ7.A858 Ann 2010)
Anna Hibiscus lives in Africa, amazing Africa! Join her and her family on many adventures. In the first book, join her as she splashes in the sea, prepares for a party, sells oranges, and hopes to one day see snow.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Series by by Karina Yan Glaser
(PZ7 .G48 Van 2017)
The Vanderbeekers have lived in their home on 141st street for so long it’s practically a member of the family. When their grouchy landlord decided to not renew their lease, the five siblings must find a way to convince him to let them stay. But they only have 11 days!

Telephone Tales by Gianni Rodari, illustrated by Valerio Vidali, translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar
(New Cart: PZ7.R5987 Te 2020)
Though he travels for work, Mr. Bianchi never misses a bedtime story for his daughter. He calls her every night from payphones around the world to tell her a story. Each story must fit in the time a coin can buy. Mr. Bianchi’s travels frame this wonderful collection of short stories.

The Animal Rescue Agency : Case file: Little claws by Eliot Schrefer and illustrated by Daniel Duncan
(New Cart: PZ7.S37845 An 2021)
Former notorious chicken snatcher, Esquire Fox has given up her life of crime to run the Animal Rescue Agency. In this first instalment of the upcoming series, Esquire and company head to the Arctic to rescue a polar bear cub from one of the biggest threats to nature: humans.

Greenglass House by Kate Milford with illustrations by Jaime Zollars.
(PZ7.M59948 Gr 2014)
The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet in the winter. Mio, the innkeepers’ son, is excited to have a nice relaxing winter break. But the first night of vacation brings a guest ringing the bell. Then another, and another. Soon the inn is full of odd, suspicious guests with twisting stories that all relate back to the building. As things go missing and tensions rise, Milo and his friend Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must follow clues and investigate to find out exactly what is going on.

Young Adult Books

Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
(PZ7.S855625 Sc 2011)
Every November, riders try to cling to their water horses to make it to the finish line in the Scorpio Races. Sean Kendrick is the stoic returning champion. Puck Connolly never planned on being in the Scorpio Races. But this year, she must compete (as the first girl ever to do so). She is in no way prepared for what is to come.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
(PZ7 .H185 To 2018)
Laura Jean has never admitted her crushes. Instead she writes them each a letter about how she felt, seals it, and puts it in a box under her bed along with her feelings. One day she discovers the box is gone, and her letters have been mailed! All of her past crushes come to confront her about the letters. To cover up the embarrassment of Peter knowing about her crush and help him make an ex jealous, Laura Jean and Peter begin fake dating. Maybe Laura Jean will get to see the good side of making your feelings known. With lots of troupe filled goodness, this romcom is sure to make your heart warm as a fireplace.

Spinning by Tillie Walden
(CT275.W1788 A3 2017)
In this graphic memoir, Walden explores what it was like to come of age and come out in the world of figure skating. Having been a figure skater for ten years, skating was a large part of her identity as a teen. When she changed schools, discovered a passion for art, and started seeing her first girlfriend, Walden began to question if she still wanted to skate. A beautifully illustrated look at changing identity and continually finding oneself, this graphic novel is a must read for anyone sorting out who they are and who they want to be.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
(PZ7.R79613 Fan 2013)
Cath is hoping college won’t change a thing between her and her twin sister, Wren. They are enrolled at the same school after all. Wren has other plans. Hoping to flourish on her own, she has requested that they not be roommates. Cath is left overwhelmed on her own. Her surly roommate with an ever present, overly friendly boyfriend doesn’t help her feel any more at home. She finds solace in writing fanfiction about her favorite fantasy world. But will she be able to find that same confidence in real life?