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WINTER READ 2011-12: PAWS TO READ! Great Family Readalouds.


 Reading with your children works on so many levels: sharing stories starts conversations, answers questions, provides a laugh or a tear, and most importantly, gives you  time together without distraction.

“Paws” to read” with these great Read-Alouds. You will be happy you did.

The Childrens’ Services Staff at Naperville Public Library hopes you can share some of the following books this winter. Feel free to ask for more suggestions. We have lots of them.


Chrysanthemum (by Kevin Henkes). Chrysanthum loves her name until she goes to school and children make fun of it.

Frog and Toad Together (by Arnold Lobel).  Quite simply the truest stories of friendship ever written.

Jumanji (by Chris Van Allsburg). Playing a board game becomes quite adventurous!

No, David! (by David Shannon). Children will delight in, and identify with, David’s naughty ways.

Home for Christmas (by Jan Brett). In Brett’s newest book, a troll runs away from home and lives with various animals in the tundra. Great illustrations.                                    

The Princess and the Pig (by Jonathan Emmett). When a farmer’s new piglet and the baby princess are accidentally swtiched at birth, strange things happen!                               


The Tale of Despereaux: being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread. (by Kate DiCamillo).  This is a glorious adventure story, a coming of age story, and a romance. It is clever, funny, and heartrending. Great for ALL AGES!

Charlotte’s Web (by E. B. White). Read the book or watch the DVD. This is the classic tale highlighting the amazing friendship between a pig and a spider.

Beezus and Ramona (by Beverly Cleary). Also on DVD.  Ramona’s imagination leads her into troubling situations, especially with her older sister.

 Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Tough Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic (by Emily Jenkins). This is a gentle chapter book about the hidden lives of a little girl’s toys. Also suitable to read to younger children.

 Tumtum & Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall (by Emily Bearn). This chapter book  includes three adventures about a married mouse couple who live in a mouse mansion inside the forgotten broom closet of a small cottage. Suitable for younger listeners.


Catherine, Called Birdy (by Karen Cushman) This is a perfect story to share with “tween” girls: a clever 13-year old girl, living in England in the Middle Ages, plots ways to avoid marriage in her diary. Clever and knowing.

 Holes (by Louis Sachar). One of the most intricate stories ever written. It defies genre and will appeal to children and adults alike. Stanley Yelnats is sent to a horrendous correctional camp in the Texas desert, where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

 Walk Two Moons (by Sharon Creech). After her mother leaves home suddenly, 13-year old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother’s route. This one will tug at your heartstrings.

  The Thief Lord (by Cornelia Funke). Boys will especially love this story of a crew of homeless kids in Venice, Italy, headed by a young man called “The Thief Lord.”


Some children much prefer “facts” to fiction. Try some of these.

Tara and Bella: the Elephant and Dog that Became Best Friends (by Carol Buckley). A stray Labrador named Bella befriends Tara, a former circus elephant.

 One World, Many Religions (by Mary Pope Osborne).  An illustrated introduction to religions, including Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Great for discussion.

 Humphrey, the Lost Whale: a True Story (by Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall). Kids love this story about a migrating humpback whale who got lost in San Francisco Bay in 1985, and swam 64 miles inland before being led back to sea by caring people. For animal lovers of all ages.

 If You Lived Here: Houses of the World (by Giles Laroche). This is a great book for discussing how other cultures live. It may open your child’s eyes!

 Snowflake Bentley (by Jacqueline Briggs Martin). This is a unique biography about the scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes. The perfect winter read! 

  Families (by Susan Kuklin). Children, in their own words, tell the stories of their unique families. Is one like your family?

Runny Babbit: a Billy Sook (by Shel Silverstein). Welcome to the “wrazy corld” of Runny Babbit and his friends. They speak a topsy-turvy language all their own. This book of poems will keep you laughing all winter long!

The Night Before Christmas (by Clement C. Moore). “Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was sitrring, not even a mouse.” These traditional words are a wonderful, and comforting, way to snuggle down for your long winter reading.