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Children's Bookshelf - September 2019

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Seasons Change
by Marcy Goldman

September is a time of transition for many families. Summer is ending, children and teachers are back to school, sports are starting and extra leisure time is winding down. Some will celebrate the arrival of autumn, while others will mourn the loss of summer. Most of us have a favorite season and we all associate distinct sounds, tastes and smells with each one. Whether you love the sand between your toes, the leaves changing color, or the crackling of a fire, here are some books that celebrate the wonders of all four seasons. 

Fort-Building Time
by Megan Wagner Lloyd 

A group of children build forts throughout the seasons in this cheerfully illustrated picture book. We are taken from season to season as the children use different materials to build their fort. Made from ice or sand or twigs or fabric, each fort is the perfect place to cozy up and read, no matter what time of year.     


by Britta Teckentrup

An owl sits alone in a bare winter tree watching the forest landscape and its inhabitants change with the seasons. With the turn of each page, the tree begins to change. Buds come out in the spring and leaves change color in the fall. The peek-a-boo cut outs in the tree reveal new animals that emerge with each season until we are once again left with the wise old owl who is witness to it all. A feast for the eyes.

Secrets of the Seasons: Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld


In this informational picture book, two friends begin to notice that summer is ending and the days are growing shorter. Soon they discover that the reason this happens has to do with the Earth’s orbit around the sun. Children will learn about the Earth’s axis and why the seasons change, along with other scientific facts.

The Great Blue House
by Kate Banks


It’s summer at the great blue house. The crickets are singing, children are laughing and the house is alive with activity. Soon it’s time for the family to leave, but the house is not alone. A mouse creeps out from the kitchen, a stray cat moves in and a bird nests in the attic. We see the landscape of the house change as we are taken through winter and spring. Finally it’s summer again as the family arrives back at the great blue house.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn
by Kenard Pak


A young girl goes for a walk on a late summer morning saying hello to the many animals and summer things she passes along the way. Everyone is busy getting ready for autumn. The air begins to cool and the leaves begin to change color. People begin to wear scarves and cozy sweaters. The story ends with the young girl sitting on the steps of her house looking at the colors and saying hello to autumn. The series continues with Goodbye, Autumn, Hello Winter and the soon to be published Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring.

The Village Garage
by G. Brian Karas


There is no rest for the workers at the village garage. No matter what the season there is work to be done. Spring means cleaning up the sticks and sand left over from the winter storms; summer means it’s time to mow the grass and fix the roads; autumn brings leaf clean up; and winter is time for the snowplows. This book takes a different look at the seasons through the eyes of the hard workers who keep our towns and cities clean.

Upcoming Events at the Hamden Public Library

  • Music Together Demo Class (babies up to 5 years) on Friday, September 6 at 10:15 a.m.

  • and 11 a.m.

  • STEM Time Story and Activity: Ice Cream (ages 6-8) on Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m.

  • Tinkering Tots: Presented by Hamden Hall Early Childhood Program (ages 2- 5) on Fridays at 10:15 a.m. Listen to a story and tinker with different materials to create an open-ended piece of art.

  • Fall Craft (ages 4 and up) on Thursday, September 19 at 4 p.m.

  • LEGO® Club (ages 4 and up) on Friday, September 27 at 2:30 p.m. Come get creative and build with our LEGO bricks.


Hamden Public Library hosts story time sessions for specific age groups. All story time sessions run for approximately five weeks throughout the school year. Registration is required in person or by phone. Please call 203-230-3770 or visit the children’s page of the website for more information about story time.


The Hamden Public Library is located at 2901 Dixwell Ave. For more information and to register for our programs, call, 203-230-3770, or visit www.hamdenlibrary.org.

Marcy Goldman is the Head of Children’s Services at the Hamden Public Library.