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Posted on: January 12, 2018

Staff Picks 2017: Children's Books

Best Kids Books 2017

Irving’s Children’s librarians are quite lucky, because through the nature of their work, they are able to read and interact with so many great books. We couldn’t possibly list them all, but we have compiled a short list of books that captured the imaginations of our fantastic Irving Public Children’s librarians in 2017. Perhaps one of them will become your child’s next favorite, too!


When's My Birthday by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson
Do you get excited about birthdays? This story's narrator counts down all the reasons why her birthday is the best! Besides being a favorite of ours, it was named to the best books of the year list by School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, National Public Radio and the Chicago Public Library.


Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez
Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras (professional women wrestlers), but is unsure she can stay true to her heritage and fight for what is right, if she must reveal the identity behind her mask.


Noisy Night by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Brian Biggs
It's a noisy night in this city building! The residents of each floor can hear their neighbors above them, and are wondering what's going on above their heads. Climb floor by floor and page by page to find out whose singing, dancing, cheering, and cooing are keeping a grumpy old man awake.


Love the World by Todd Parr, author and illustrator
Whether looking at one's own nose and toes, helping others, or exploring the world, there is always something to love.


Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani, author and illustrator
Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, yawn, and stretch across the pages of this playful counting book. And every now and then, some of them pile into the purrfect cat stack!


The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
The mayor of the noisy city of La Paz institutes new laws forbidding all singing, but a brave little rooster decides he must sing, sparking a revolution among the town's silenced populace.


Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He's not afraid of the dark, and he's definitely not afraid of something as silly as underwear . But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. If Jasper didn't know any better he'd say his undies were a little, well, creepy.


Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
News alert! It has just been discovered that there are NO MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. If only there was a way for the dragons to travel back in time, to before tacos went extinct.


Happy Reading!

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