Books Librarians LOVE

*A longer version of this article was published in the February 2018 issue of Tulsa Kids magazine.

Librarians love books. (Big surprise!)

Children's librarians, in particular, love picture books - and we are very fond of sharing them with children and parents.

For your Valentine's Day pleasure, here are 5 books that Tulsa City-County Library children's staff loved last year...

How Long Is A Whale? written and illustrated by Alison Limentani

Even adults sometimes have a hard time conceptualizing the size of things. This nonfiction title perfectly captures the sizes of various sea creatures (dolphins, sea lions) and how that compares to a tiny human sea diver, on every page.

Stack the Cats written and illustrated by Susie Ghahremani

A perfect book for young children learning to count, with illustrations reminiscent of Japanese cartoons. However, do not try this at home! Real cats do NOT like to be stacked.

Things To Do With Dad written and illustrated by Sam Zuppardi

A to-do list becomes a ta-DA! list for a young boy and his creative father. Bright, colorful, scribbly drawings captures the energy and excitement of Dad and son at play. This book just might inspire your kids to do their chores cheerfully!

If Your Monster Won't Go to Bed written by Denise Vega and illustrated by Zachariah OHora

This "handbook" for caring for monsters is sly and funny - parents will recognize some parenting manual tropes, while kids will enjoy the bold artwork of mind-bendingly imaginative monsters.

Those Darn Squirrels written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Dan Salmieri

A fun family read aloud, with playful illustrations that grab your attention. The story itself is zany yet heartfelt as Old Man Fookwire comes around to seeing the advantageous qualities of those darn squirrels.

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