Children's Bookshelf - December 2015
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Cuddle Up with a Good Book
by Emily Jenkins

“I wished she’d never stop squeezing me. I wished I could spend the rest of my life as a child, being slightly crushed by someone who loved me.”
 — Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

It’s that time of year again, the time when days grow shorter, the nights longer and the weather grows colder. It’s a time when nothing sounds more appealing than curling up with your little ones. Be sure to stock up on great books to read together for the long wintry nights to come. Here are some books that go perfectly with a warm blanket, comfy jammies and lots of loving cuddles.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be
by Emily Winfield Martin
This book combines beautiful artwork and lovely rhythmic rhyming, while discussing the limitless possibilities that grown-ups see for their children’s future. The overall story is one that will leave you wanting to snuggle up and hug your little one.

by Kelly DiPucchio
A simple mix-up causes Gaston (a French bulldog) to be raised by a family of poodles. Gaston tries his very best to fit in, but when the family is presented with the opportunity to return him, they decide to take it. They quickly realize their mistake and rush to get their beloved bulldog back. This heart-warming story shows what it means to be a family and to accept everyone just the way they are.

No More Cuddles
by Jane Chapman
Our big hairy monster is every forest critter’s favorite cuddle buddy, but the monster has had enough! Snuggle up and enjoy the monster’s fruitless efforts to try and avoid the endless hugs.

Beastly Babies
by Ellen Jackson
Beastly Babies is anything but beastly in the traditional sense. This story presents an assortment of adorable animal babies and how their animal parents care for them, even when they are behaving rather — beastly! With gorgeous illustrations, simple rhyming text and a touching ending, this is sure to be a cuddling favorite.

Beep Beep Go to Sleep
by Todd Tarpley and John Rocco
Three little robots use any excuse they can find for not going to sleep, while their exhausted boy does his very best to ensure their comfort and happiness. The rhyming text and repetitive refrains will have you and your little ones cuddling up and beeping along with the story.

Bear Stays Up For Christmas
by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
Bear Stays Up is a sweet rhyming tale about Bear and his friends as they await Christmas together. The detailed illustrations and repetition will have you reading this holiday tale over and over as you too, wait for Christmas.

The Full Moon at the Napping House
by Audrey Wood
This follow up book to The Napping House is wonderful for anyone who has read and loved the original story, or has only just heard of the escapades inside the Napping House. Follow the story through repetitive narration and stunning, full page illustrations to find out what happens when everyone inside the Napping House gets restless.

I Wish You More
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
One wish can be an incredible gift if used correctly. This book helps to celebrate all of life’s wonderful possibilities with wishes for the simple things in life such as curiosity, friendship, laughter and peace.

Events at the North Haven Library
December is full of great events for children! Please visit the website for even more programs and registration information on the following programs.

  • Holiday Sing-Along: Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. Join Liz McNicholl as she presents a holiday sing-along for the whole family. All ages.
  • Creativity Club for Tweens and Teens: Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. Winter Craft — Dazzle your friends with handmade, beaded snowflake decorations for this wintry season! This custom craft will be unique to you and will come out beautifully, no matter your level of experience. Ages 10-14.
  • Tutu Tuesday: Tuesday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m. Time for too-too much fun on Tuesday at the library. If you, your baby or toddler have a tutu (or bow tie), wear it to add to the morning. Enjoy music, dancing, story and playtime. Ages 12-24 months.
  • Gingerbread Houses: Monday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. Decorate a gingerbread house using candy, frosting and marshmallows. Material fee is $2 and is due at the time of registration. You must register in person for this program. Ages 4-14.
  • LEGO™ Club: Tuesday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m. Drop by the library and create with LEGOs! We provide the LEGOs — you provide the imagination! Ages 4-12.

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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