Children's Bookshelf - April 2020

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Buffet of Books
by Ashley Donecker, Children’s Librarian at the Manchester Public Library.

Who doesn’t love talking about food? From salads to donuts, these scrumptious stories have something for everyone!



by Dashka Slater  

Join a “beautiful” French snail’s journey to the salad at the end of the book (with a few croutons, a light vinaigrette and absolutely NO carrots!). The interactive elements and Escargot’s light-hearted banter draws you into the story and makes you feel like you’re taking a stroll with your new best friend. By the time you reach the salad, the snail will be your favorite animal! 


Thank You, Omu!
by Oge Mora


Omu has made a big pot of delicious stew for her dinner, and she’s sure that it will be her best one yet! While she waits for the evening to come, she is visited by numerous members of her neighborhood wondering about the delicious smell coming from her apartment. Omu feeds each guest until the pot is empty. Now what will Omu do for her dinner? This sweet story of sharing and community will leave you hungry for more.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace

A Big Mooncake
by Grace Lin


Little Star and her mama have baked a delicious Big Mooncake, but mama tells Little Star that she must do her best to make the mooncake last. Little Star tries to do as mama asks, but she finds out pretty quickly that she cannot resist taking a tiny bite! Each night Little Star nibbles away at her Big Mooncake (demonstrating the phases of the moon) until it is all gone and it’s time to make a new one. Little Star’s playful and sparkly personality ensures that this tale will become an instant favorite. 


I'll Wait, Mr. Panda
by Steve Antony


Mr. Panda is cooking up something extra special, but he’s having trouble finding a friend who is willing to wait to find out what it is! Everyone is curious about what Mr. Panda is up to, but once he tells them that it’s a surprise and they have to wait, they quickly dismiss the idea because waiting is too hard. The only friend who sticks around is a little penguin who, after some time, learns that having a little patience really pays off.

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Events at the Manchester Public Library

April is a very busy month at the Manchester Public Library! For more information, view our full calendar of events at or call the Children’s Room at 860-645-0577.   The Manchester Public Library will have a spring Book Voyagers program for children in grades 1-4. This program is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities and the spring theme is “Tales From Around the World.” In this four-book series, children will see how folktales help us learn about the world around us and, at the same time, about ourselves. No registration is required and the first 20 children at each session will receive a free copy of the book presented that day. No siblings outside of age range, please.


Mary Cheney Events (586 Main St.)  

• R.E.A.D. to a Dog with Andy & Grant: Wednesdays, April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 3:30-4:45 p.m.  

• Preschool Dance Party: Tuesday, April 7, 10 a.m.  

• Potty Training Boot Camp: Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m., adults only and registration required.  

• Yoga with Melissa (ticketed): Monday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. (ages 3-5); and 11:10 a.m. (grades K-3).  

• Block Party: Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.  

• Artsy Thursday: Thursday, April 16, 10:30 a.m., recommended for ages 3-5.  

• Dancin’ with Hoops: Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.  

• Book Voyagers: Thursday, April 16, 2 p.m. and Thursday, April 23, 4 p.m.


Whiton Branch Library Events (100 North Main St.)  

• Picture BINGO: Monday, April 13, 2 p.m., recommended for preschool age children.  

• Crafts for Kids: Wednesday, April 15, 2 p.m.  

• Book Voyagers: Wednesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday, April 22, 4 p.m.