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Spotlight on the Collection: Juvenile Books


We all know the Sr. Helen Sheehan Library has books, and we know it has movies. We know about the computers, the WiFi, and the databases. But did you know that the library also has a collection of children’s picture books?

Tucked away in the far corner of Room 101, our juvenile collection (sometimes called the “Curriculum Library” in our catalog) boasts a great selection of fiction and nonfiction, including special sections for biographies and for award-winning titles.

Whether you’re an education student looking for curriculum materials, a parent on the hunt for new bedtime stories, or simply a child at heart, our collection of juvenile books is the place to go.  Stop by to browse the choices, including:

Kitten’s First Full Moon

Cover of Kitten's First Full MoonWritten & Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Winner of the 2005 Caldecott Medal (for picture books), this book follows the antics and struggles of a kitten who mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk in the sky. Ideal for children 2-7 years old, this book features simple black-and-white illustrations that will stun readers of all ages.


The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

The cover of The Tale of Despereaux.Written by Kate DiCamillo

This book tells the fantastical tale of a mouse named Despereaux and his hardships with love and adventure. Winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal (for chapter books), The Tale of Despereaux is best for kids 7-10 years old.



Make Way for Ducklings

The cover of Make Way for DucklingsRobert McCloskey

This time-honored classic — which won the Caldecott Medal in 1941 — tells the story of a family of ducks who make their home in Boston’s Public Garden. Perfect for youngsters 3-8 years old, this book is charmingly illustrated and a true children’s classic.



In Daddy’s Arms I am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers

The cover of In Daddy's Arms I Am TallIllustrated by Javaka Steptoe

Featuring work by a number of authors, this book of poems captures and explores the unique bond between parent and child. The illustrations — which are elaborate multimedia collages — earned illustrator Javaka Steptoe the 1998 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. Best for kids age 8 and up.


They may seem like small things, but kids’ books can make a big difference in the life of a child. (And they’re not bad for grown-ups, either!) For more information on the value of literacy and reading with children, check out our February 28 blog post for Read Across America. Otherwise, stop by and enjoy the juvenile collection.

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