Children's Bookshelf - November 2018
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A Feast of Family Books
by Emily Jenkins

“So for what’s big and for what’s small and all that’s in between, every day or special day, we wrap a hug around each day — to say another thank you.”
— The Thank You Book by Mary Lyn Ray

Family is a single word with so many different meanings. Family is love. Family is fun. Family is thankfulness, forgiveness and acceptance. Families are mommies, daddies, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, caregivers and friends. November is a time to be thankful and join together as a family. Here are some great books to help you discover just what family means to you.

You Made Me a Mother
by Laurenne Sala
This celebration of motherhood combines gorgeous artwork and simple, lovely text to describe the emotional roller-coaster of parenthood. From the first butterfly flutter of a baby’s kicks to the moment a child strikes out on their own, this book is a beautiful message of love that might just bring a tear to the reader’s eye.

Tell Me a Tattoo Story
by Alison McGhee
A father tells his young son the stories behind each of his tattoos. Each spot of ink represents a different important moment the father will always remember, including his favorite tattoo: the one that represents the day he became a Daddy. This conversation between parent and child uses some very special tattoos to illustrate family and love.

A Family is a Family is a Family
by Sara O’Leary
This is a warm and whimsical look at the many different types of families. While each of the families are different in many ways, they are all the same in the one way that matters the most — love.

Littles and How They Grow
by Kelly DiPucchio
“Littles grow BIG in the blink of an eye….” This multicultural story represents many adorable babies and helps us remember what makes our littlest family members just so special. With gorgeous illustrations, simple rhyming text and a touching ending, this is sure to be a family favorite.

Drawn Together
by Minh Le
This simple story has minimal words but stunning illustrations that show a beautiful relationship between grandfather and grandson. Although they may not speak the same language, these two family members find another form of communication that draws them together.

The Thank You Book
by Mary Lyn Ray
“Thank you” is a wonderful phrase that can be used in any number of moments and any number of ways. This book’s adorably colorful illustrations take readers through the day and shows that you can be thankful for so much from the sunrise in the morning to a cozy nightlight at bedtime.

His Royal Highness King Baby
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Getting a sibling can be tough for some children. The new baby gets all of the attention, all of the toys, and sometimes it seems, all of the love. This book follows the story of an older sister who will stop at nothing to be rid of the new ‘King Baby,’ but ultimately finds that she is the only one who knows how to come to his rescue.

by Alison McGhee
Get ready for another heartfelt, touching story of what it means to be a parent. This story illustrates watching your little one grow from their very first day through adulthood and beyond. Beginning to end, this story is truly a journey of love and family.

Events at the North Haven Library

November is full of great events for families! Visit our website for information on the following programs as well as additional events.

Parachute Playtime: Thursday, November 1 or Friday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m., ages 2-6. Get some energy out by shakin’ our parachute at this loosely structured, gross-motor activity class.

Dance Party: Friday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. or Monday, November 19 at 5:45 p.m., ages 12 months-5 years. Come dance off some extra energy, sing and play with instruments.

Apple Turkeys: Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m., ages 5-10. Gobble, Gobble. Transform an apple into a festive feathered friend.

Full of Joy Yoga: Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 and Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m., ages 3-6. Classes with Lani Rosen of Full of Joy Yoga combine music, games and stories to give kids all the benefits of yoga. Join your child as you both stretch and relax.

Pokémon™ Club: Saturday, November 10 at 2:30 p.m. or Monday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m., ages 6-12. Do you have what it takes to be a Pokémon Master? Drop in and play Pokémon with your peers and make new friends! Bring your own cards.

The North Haven Memorial Library is located at 17 Elm Street. For more information, call 203-239-5803 or visit

Emily Jenkins is Head of Children’s Services at the North Haven Library.



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