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Kids Book Review- Staff’s 2021 Children Favorites

With 2021 coming to a close, Boone County Public Library staff shares their favorite children’s books published this year

Children’s Titles

What Will You Be?
by Yamile Saied Mendez
illustrated by Kate Alizadeh

When a young girl asks her Abuela what she should be when she grows up, we are taken on a journey through the ways people can be lots of different things all at once and make a difference. With beautiful illustrations, this book is great for discussing how we impact the world around us and what everyone would like to be when they grow up.
–Pamela Jayne, Youth Services Librarian, Florence Branch

Amari and the Night Brothers
by B.B. Alston

Amari’s brother Quinton has been missing for six months, but she knows he’s still alive. When she discovers her brother arranged for her to try out for the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, Amari knows this is her chance to find her brother — if she can handle magicians, fairies, aliens and more being real!  Perfect for fans of fantasy series and Percy Jackson fans! 
–Pamela Jayne, Youth Services Librarian, Florence Branch

Atticus Caticus
by Sarah Maizes

This fun picture book introduces rhyming and silly made-up words as a young boy and his cat roam about the house over the course of a day. 
— Adrianna Waters, Youth Services Associate, Hebron Branch

No Pants!
by Jacob Grant  

Pablo doesn’t want to wear pants to the big cookout.  It’s going to be a long day for his dad, as he tries to persuade Pablo to put on his pants.  Hilarity ensues!
–Ginger Stapp, Early Literacy Specialist, Main Library

Outside, Inside
by LeUyen Pham

This is a kind story that follows a little black cat as it wanders outside witnessing the change that occurred in 2020 as the world shut down and most everyone went inside. This is an engaging story to help young readers understand what happened. 
–Regina Groeschen, Public Services Associate, Florence Branch

The Nice Dream Truck
by Beth Ferry

A whimsical book that tackles an abstract topic in a developmentally appropriate and soothing way to toddlers and preschoolers. During a turbulent year, reading this book was a welcome tradition to our family’s evening routine as we shared what “flavor” of dreams we hoped to enjoy during each sleep.
— Krista King-Oaks, Youth Services Manager, Main Library

Carpenter’s Helper
by Sybil Rosen
illustrated by Camille Garoche

Renata is desperate to have a bubble bath in the clawfoot tub in the bathroom she and her father are remodeling, but a family of wrens has something else in mind!
— Cindy Yeager, Youth Collection Development Librarian, Main Library

Ham Helsing. Volume 1, Vampire Hunter
by Rich Moyer

“Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter” is an obvious parody of the character Van Helsing from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” but it’s a parody that is an adorable graphic novel, featuring an evil chicken, a ninja, treasure-seeking rats, and a child werewolf, whose ultimate goal is not the destruction of a vampire but discovering the power of friendship.
–Kevin Wadlow, Reference Librarian, Florence Branch

Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It)
by Carrie Finison
illustrated by Daniel Wiseman

Doug does not like to hug, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like you. This book is a great way to introduce the concept of consent to children because it simply states that Doug does not like to hug, encourages children to ask before hugging someone, and showcases other ways people might like to show affection (like with high-fives!). 
–Pamela Jayne, Youth Services Librarian, Florence Branch

Regina is Not a Little Dinosaur
by Andrea Zuill 

I’ll admit, I’m a little biassed on this one since the main character has my name. This is a humorous, but sweet story of a mother and daughter and the importance of not being eager to grow up. 
–Regina Groeschen, Public Services Associate, Florence Branch


-Selection compiled by Pamela Jayne, Youth Services Librarian, Florence Branch

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