By: Bari Ericson, Youth Programming Associate
If you have been in our temporary space this fall, you may have noticed that our Picture Book collection has developed a split personality!
In our old space, the books were organized by author. This was great when you were looking for Curious George stories that are all written by the same author, but not so great when you wanted a book about trucks. Then we had to search the catalog and take you through the collection hunting down truck books by Barton, Stickland, etc.
We are currently in the process of re-cataloging all 10,000+ of our picture books by subject. That means all of the truck books will be together under “Transportation Trucks.” Under the Changes category, you will find books to help your child adjust to a new sibling — “Changes New Baby,” a new house — “Changes Moving,” or a new school year — “Changes School.” In all, there are about 15 main categories, divided into 10 or more sub-categories each.
Not to worry, we have kept many of your favorite authors, like Eric Carle, and favorite characters, like Berenstain Bears together.
We have to admit, it has not always been easy to categorize each and every picture book! Just what does one do with a book about a Birthday party on a Train for Dinosaurs? We have done our best and think you will agree that it is easier to find the type of books your child wants. And you may discover new ones in the process!
If you are have any questions about the new organization, or are having trouble locating that book with the green cover that was on the bottom shelf of aisle two in the back – please don’t hesitate to ask!
The huge perk of this assignment has been getting to read through so many picture books! Here are some of my favorite discoveries!
Kaleidoscope by Salina Yoon (JP Activities Art Y) Turn the spinning kaleidoscope lens and watch each magical page transform before your eyes! Award-winning artist Salina Yoon invites readers on an unforgettable poetic journey filled with colorful surprises.
The Otter Who Loved to Hold Hands by Heidi Howarth (JP Animals Water H) Otto the otter feels safest when he holds hands with his family, and he needs something to persuade him to face his fears and finally let go.
Before After by Anne-Margo Ramstein (JP Concepts General R) Everyone knows that a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it’s also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow.
My Side of the Car by Kate Feiffer (JP Nature Weather F)Sadie and her father have been planning a trip to the zoo for a long time, so when they finally start out and her father sees some raindrops, Sadie insists there is no rain on her side of the car.
When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward (JP Places City W) Blue spends months seeking the mother of the strange white egg that appeared in her nest one winter’s day, enjoying New York City with her chilly friend, but as the weather grows warmer Egg becomes smaller.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman (JP Roles Siblings D) When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.
I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black (JP Stories Funny B) When a bored girl meets a potato who finds children tedius, she tries to prove him wrong by demonstrating all of the things they can do, from turning cartwheels to using their imaginations.
The Last Train by Gordon Titcomb (JP Transportation Trains T) The bygone era of the mighty iron horse are paired with detailed paintings that pay tribute to life around a little railroad station.