St. Louis Storytelling Festival

Visit Central Library on Saturday May, 3rd to hear internationally renowned storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris (11:00am) and Motoko (2:00pm).  For more Storytelling Festival locations and times, visit the Festival’s website at



New Events Calendar!

You may have noticed the lack of weekly event calendars on the blog recently. Do not fear! There’s a new and improved way to find out what children’s events are happening at St. Louis Public Library. The new calendar of events at our main website can now be filtered by age group! Simply point your browser to and click on the calendar of events link at the top of the screen. From there you can select the age ranges you’d like to see programming for.


Book Weekend – Sloths!

13260645Author Lucy Cooke wants to share her discovery of the most adorable creature in the zoo – the sloth!  Her bright photographic picture book, the Little Book of Sloth is filled with baby sloths feeding, playing, napping and just hanging around.  She covers some facts about the two kinds of sloths, the three-toed and the five-toed.  But mostly she these hilarious and lazy little charmers speak for themselves, from Mateo, to baby Biscuit, to all the others.

More non-fiction books about sloths can be found at the St. Louis Public Library.

Three-Toed Sloths by R. Lynette can be found in the animal section at Carpenter and Central.

Zooborns: zoo babies from around the world by Andrew Blieman has more adorable pictures of baby sloths.

Ugly Cute Animals by Melvin Berger features the sloth front and center, alongside other unusual animals.

17471114 Sparky!,  a new picture books by Jenny Offill, sets the sloth in an awkward role.  When the girl orders a sloth online, she gets the perfect pet: one with no bathing, feeding or walking.  But her enjoyment of the sloth is tempered by other people underwhelming reaction to it’s lack-luster skills.  A pesky neighbor girl snubs her sloth for not being as clever as her dancing cat or talking parrot.  When the girl pushes the sloth into a performance, she’s faced with disappointment.  But as she joins her sloth to appreciate the sunset, his quiet companionship speaks volumes.    A perfect bedtime story for those who appreciate that silence is golden.   15817030Lost Sloth by J. Otto Seibold. A sloth dude wins a shopping spree but can he be fast enough to get there in time?

Hippity, Hoppity, READ!

If you aren’t already singing “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” or humming “Little Bunny Foo Foo,” these titles will have you chanting, “Rabbits, Bunnies, and Hares, oh my!” The chapter books are short enough for you to read aloud to your class after lunch or to your child before bed.


Junie B., First Grader: Dumb Bunny, by Barbara Park
It’s an Easter Egg-stravaganza! With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing–and reading–for over 20 years! In the 27th Junie B. Jones book, Lucille is having an Easter Egg Hunt at her rich expensive mansion! And guess what? The winner gets a play date to swim in Lucille’s heated indoor swimming pool! Only, here is the problem. How did Junie B. get stuck wearing a big dumb bunny suit? And how can she possibly find eggs when she keeps tripping over her huge big rabbit feet? Being a dumb bunny is definitely not as easy as it looks. Will Junie B. end up with egg on her face? Or will the day deliver some very uneggspected results?

Duck! Rabbit!, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s signature humor. There’s also a subtle lesson for kids who don’t know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing: reading it again!

The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
Nursery magic is very strange and wonderful, and only those playthings that are old and wise and experienced like the Skin Horse understand all about it. Like the Skin Horse, Margery Williams understood how toys–and people–become real through the wisdom and experience of love. This reissue of a favorite classic, with the original story and illustrations as they first appeared in 1922, will work its magic for all who read it.

The Tortoise & the Hare, by Jerry Pinkney
This companion to the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse is Jerry Pinkney’s most stunning masterpiece yet. Even the slowest tortoise can defeat the quickest hare, and even the proudest hare can learn a timeless lesson from the most humble tortoise: Slow and steady wins the race! Here is a superbly rendered journey from starting line to finish that embodies the bravery, perseverance, and humility we can all find inside ourselves.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo
Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. . . . Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

Rabbits, Pikas, and Hares, by Sara Swan Miller
What’s the difference between a rabbit and hare? This title from the Animals in Order series meets National Curriculum Standards for: Science: Life Science.

Kids will enjoy creating this Bunny Bookmark to keep their spots. Simple instructions can be found here.



Week of the Young Child

week-of-the-young-childApril 6th through 12th is the Week of the Young Child!  St. Louis Public Library is celebrating our community’s young children by displaying artwork from preschoolers at three Grace Hill Head Start programs.  Visit Central Library, Carondelet Branch, or Divoll Branch to see some fabulous works created by the youngest artists among us.


WOYClogo1_0To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s website.