September 2018 Book List

eptember is National Library Card Sign-up Month. If you don’t have one, be sure to get a card at your local library to take advantage of books, music, programs and much more for the whole family! While you are there, check out some great reads…

The end of summer is the start of something exciting and new. Celebrate the “back to school” season and starting kindergarten:

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Julie Durrell

Written in the same lyrical style as the classic Christmas poem, this story shows how kids get ready for their first day of kindergarten. They pack their supplies, take their school pictures, and gear up for

their big day! Ages 4–7.

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Harry Bliss

There are only 10 days left until a little girl’s first day of kindergarten. From a first grader she learns a lot about what to expect from kindergarten. She can’t bring her cat, or toys — and she certainly can’t ask anyone for help! This charming story will put first-day anxiety to rest and show that it’s always okay to ask for help. Ages 4–7.

September 9 is National Grandparents Day! Honor the special grandmas and grandpas in your life with these books…

Little Critter: Grandma, Grandpa, and Me by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter goes to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for an exciting sleepover at their farm. There are so many fun things to do, like picking blueberries, milking cows, and even baking a pie for a pie contest! Will Little Critter win the pie-making contest? Ages 3–8.

The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas! by Sally Lloyd-Jones, illustrated by Michael Emberley

There are some good rules to follow when you have grandparents. For instance, you should always give them lots of hugs and kisses, dance and sing for them, and hold their hands when they walk across the street. This heartwarming book is a silly and charming look at what makes grandparents such a special part of the family. Ages 3–8.

The third week of September is National Farm Animals Awareness Week. Learn and have fun with the animals in these books…

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

How many sticks, eggs, baby chicks and hens can you find in the pages of this fun and colorful book? An amusing nursery rhyme that incorporates simple counting in its verses. Ages 2–3.

Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

What sounds do cows make? How about sheep? Or pigs? A hilarious story about the animals on the farm and the familiar (and not so familiar) sounds they make. Ages 0–3.

Does a Cow Say Boo? by Judy Hindley, illustrated by Brita Granström

Read aloud as a group of kids take a trip to the farm. They scratch dogs’ bellies, pet cats and listen to all the sounds that the farm animals make. Ages 0–3.

Arr, Matey! September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Get your eyepatch and shoulder parrot and read these fun books…

Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime by Marcie Wessels, illustrated by Tim Bowers

It is time for sleep, but the little pirate does not want to go to bed! He puts his toys away in the treasure chest, looks for the captain of the ship, and has a fun journey winding down for bedtime. Ages 3–7.

The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle

The Jolly-Rogers, a family of pirates, live on a quiet island as their ship is being repaired. But the island town does not know what to make of this unique family. They assume they are bad and there to cause trouble. Little do they know that the Jolly-Rogers have hidden something wonderful in everyone’s yards! A great story that shows the importance of not judging a book by its cover. Ages 2–7.

The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Lynne Avril

Ginny’s eyes see double! She reads double words and sees everything around her in doubles. The solution is a “pirate” eye patch, which will strengthen her weaker eye. With the eye patch, Ginny can see everything! Ages 4–7.

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