Press Here

“Press Here” by Herve Tullet is an innovative book that encourages children (and adults) to press, shake, and blow on a  book to make dots appear, disappear, and move all over the page. But this isn’t a book with plastic buttons or lift the flaps or pop-ups.  This is an interactive book that will have you pressing an illustration of a yellow dot, just to see what will happen on the next page.


St. Louis Storytelling Festival


The 32nd annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival is May 4-7! This a great opportunity to see both local and national storytellers at various venues throughout St. Louis. You can see a variety of tellers at various St. Louis Public Library locations!

Weds. May 4th at 10:00 a.m., Jeanne Crews & Diann Joy Bank will be at the Cabanne Branch.

Weds. May 4th at 3:00 p.m., Steve Otto & Karen Young will be at the Baden Branch.

Thurs. May 5th at 10:00 a.m., Kunama Mtendali & Karen Young will be at the Buder Branch.

Thurs. May 5th at 10:00 a.m., Sara Northern & Annette Harrison will be at the Kingshighway Branch.

You can view the full storytelling schedule here! The festival will culminate in special performance of all the featured tellers at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on Saturday May 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-a-likes

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney is enormously popular among boys and girls of a variety of ages. Once your child has devoured all the books in the series, what’s next? Here’s a short list of other hilarious series, graphic novels, and stand alone titles to satisfy your reader.

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“David Mortimore Baxter” series by Karen Tayleur

“Horrid Henry” series by Francesca Simon

“Dear Dumb Diary” by Jim Benton

“Amelia Rules” by Jimmy Gownley

“How Angel Peterson Got His Name” by Gary Paulsen

“Babymouse” by Jennifer Holm

“Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf” by Jennifer Holm

“Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time” by Lisa Yee

“Stink: the Incredible Shrinking Kid” by Megan McDonald

“Loser List” by H.N. Kowitt

Earth Day

Earth Day is today and your child may be wondering what they can do to help the earth! Melanie Walsh suggests easy ways kids can help in  “10 Things I Can Do to Help My World”. Almost any child can use both sides of the paper when they are drawing or remember to throw away their trash! And who doesn’t like making a toy out of old boxes?

A fun craft that incorporates many of the tips in “10 Things I Can Do to Help My World” is tin can herb pots (from the excellent site, Children learn about recycling, making something new out of something old, and growing, all at the same time!

Bilingual Spanish Picture Books

Have your own El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros celebration (the official day is April 30th, but you can read these books any time!) with Spanish bilingual books! And don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish. Most of these books use simple words and have pronunciation guides in the back of the book.

The founder of El Dia, Pat Mora, has authored several excellent bilingual books such as “Book Fiesta: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day”, “Marimba! Animals from A to Z”, and “Uno, Dos Tres = One, Two, Three”.

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Some other simple bilingual books are “Fiesta” by Ginger Guy, “Counting Ovejas” by Sarah Weeks, and “Hola, Jalapeno” by Amy Sanger.

El Dia de los Ninos / El Dia de los Libros

St. Louis Public Library will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) with special programming at the Julia Davis, Machacek, and Carpenter branches.

El Dia is a special day that is held every April 30th to honor children, introduce them to the joy of reading, and learn about world cultures and languages.

St. Louis Public Library will be part of the celebration by hosting Mexican folklore artist Eileen Wolfington. Eileen will share bilingual stories and Mexican folktales, customs, and traditions. You can see her at the following branches:

Julia Davis Branch on Wednesday April 27th at 10:00 a.m.

Machacek Branch on Wednesday April 27th at 7:00 p.m.

Carpenter Branch on Saturday April 30 at 2:00 p.m.

All ages are welcome and we hope to see you!

Crochet for Kids

I am an avid crocheter in my free time and have taught a few simple crochet classes for kids at the library with my co-workers. I am always on the lookout for crochet books for kids that illustrate the stitches clearly and have patterns that would appeal to boys and girls.

“Kids Learn to Crochet” by Lucinda Guy and Francois Hall doesn’t have a lot of patterns, but it has some really clear stitch illustrations. Even as an adult, I find this book helpful for learning basic stitches like single crochet, double crochet, changing colors, and crocheting in the round. After learning a new stitch, the authors include a simple pattern that incorporates what they just learned.

“Kids Crochet” by Kelli Ronci has a lot of patterns and is definitely a more advanced crochet book. What I really love about this book is it shows girls AND boys crocheting and includes projects that appeal to both, such as juggling balls, winter hats, and toys.

-Eliza Pope