Reviews and Blog Posts: picture books

Finding Your Child's Name in a Picture Book

My Name is Not Isabella book cover

Do you remember the first time you read a book with a character that had YOUR name? Wasn’t it a neat experience? Didn’t you feel special? Here are the top five (according to the Social Security Administration) girls' and boys' names in Colorado during 2013 and picture books that have characters with those names.

Top 5 Girl Names

Create 3D-Printed Picture Books in the ideaLAB!

Our family ideaLAB workshops in March will be a little different than usual - we're hosting the team from Tactile Picture Books Project for two days of workshops with the end goal of creating 3D printed tactile picture books for children with visual impairment.

November is National Picture Book Month!

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

It’s November, which means that readers and children’s book lovers around the country are celebrating National Picture Book Month. It is a celebration of print picture books, but it is also an international initiative to promote literacy and reading. Here at the library, we decided to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite picture books and why we love them.

Where in the World?

Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska

The world's most notorious criminal is on the run, and we need help catching her! Join us Saturday, September 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Central Library Children’s Pavilion for our Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego program. Kids can use their super sleuthing skills to decipher the clues about Carmen’s whereabouts, and try to catch her before she steals the world’s cities and landmarks!

A child's calendar

by John Updike

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A Child's Calendar presents a poem and corresponding illustration for each month of the year, great for teaching children about the seasons and the months of the year.  The illustrations, by Caldecott winner Trina Schart Hyman, of multicultural/multiracial families are especially nice for children who don't often see their families...

Ding-Dong! The 2014 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Winners Have Been Announced!

Open This Little Book by Jessie Klausmeier

Getting your children ready to learn how to read is as easy as reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing with them. These Early Literacy practices have been found to be some of the most simple and effective ways to build children's skills so that they will start school ready to become strong readers.

Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) is proud to support parents in these practices with a yearly list of award-winning books, the CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards. Created to honor five excellent picture books each year that support each of the five Early Literacy practices, the Bells are a great new award that give parents and caregivers even more options for selecting high-quality picture books to share with their children.

Take Home a Book Bundle Today!

Photo of Book Bundles Display

Maybe you only have a few minutes to stop by the library to pick out books, or maybe your child really, really loves books about dinosaurs. Either way, a Book Bundle from the Children's Library is just the ticket!

What's a Book Bundle? It's a bundle of 5 books on a topic hand-picked by our awesome librarians and tied up with a ribbon. Book Bundles can be checked out for three weeks, just like regular books. Some of the available topics include: trains, colors, zoos, numbers, elephants, ABC's, and siblings.

Stop by the Children's Library and check one out today!

Roundup at the Palace

by Kathleen Cook Waldron

A cute story of an escaped bull to share with your kids during Stock Show time, or any time! Zack and his dad are on the way to the National Western Stock Show with Buck the Bull when they have to detour through downtown Denver. Buck gets loose, and into...

Check Out Our New Book Lists for Some Great Recommendations!


Out of ideas for what to read with your kids next? We have lists of recommendations for a variety of interests and reading levels - birth through twelve.

We are gathering lists of books by topic, award books and grade level recommendations. If your little one is into dinosaurs we have a list for them. Maybe they like to explore the pictures, check out these wordless books. If you need a scary story we have that covered too.

When I Grow Up I Want to be Just Like My Dad! - Fun Father’s Day Books

Do you have something fun planned for Father's Day this year? How about sharing a book with dad? This special day is a great reminder of the importance dads play in their children's literacy development.

Children learn by watching and imitating. Be a positive male role model for the kids in your life by reading and sharing stories. This shows children that you think reading is valuable, achievable, and, most importantly, fun!

Looking for ways to share your enthusiasm for literacy beyond books? Check out the wonderful ideas from the folks at Reading Rockets, such as reciting nursery rhymes, singing songs, playing games with letters or words, and telling stories about your childhood.

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