Legos for a rainy day…

Here are some book to inspire kids at home.  Lego Ideas Book by DK Publishing promises to unlock your imagination.  Large full color pictures are fun to browse.  Some designs are taken apart to show detail, but for the most part, this book offers inspiration, not instructions.



Sean Kennedy is an official Lego inventor – how cool is that?!  His books show step by step instructions to build a wide variety of cool cars and trucks.  Also check out his book Cool Robots, and coming soon, Cool City for more lego instructions to fire up your imagination.









Nikki Grimes

Meet Nikki Grimes, noted author, and winner of several Coretta Scott King awards and honors. Nikki is the inaugural author for Reading Pays—Pass It On, sponsored by the St. Louis Community Credit Union. Reading Pays is a new initiative for St. Louis Public Library, designed to get kids 3rd-5th grade excited about reading. In the past few weeks, several hundreds of copies of Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel have been given to kids who visited the Library. (Copies are still available.) Of course, Nikki will talk about all her books including her newest, A Girl Named Mister and Planet Middle School. Children, teens and adults are all welcome. Nikki will be at Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid in the Central West End, at 6 p.m. Parking is available in the garage or at meters on the street. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Halloween Books

 On the first night of Halloween, what does your mummy give to you?  A bright shiny Skeleton Key!

The 13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Valisovich.




Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann.  Sam doesn’t feel like doing much after his dog, Ella, dies.  But on Halloween night, he puts on his costume and goes out anyway.  When a gang of ghostly skeletons surround him, a bone dog comes to his rescue – a bone dog named Ella!

This tender story is both spooky and touching , and is enjoyable for kids grade 1-3.  (brave Pre-K – K will love it, too!)

Halloween Surprise by Corinne Demas.

Lily has lots of ideas about what she’s going to be for Halloween, but how can she choose?  By making it herself!  This fun read-aloud celebrates the creative freedom of Halloween without the spookiness.