In the Stacks

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2002

Here are some more new summer reading suggestions for kids from the Juneau Public Libraries!

"Bear Snores on," by Karma Wilson. In this delightful rhyming story, a bear's den becomes the place to party on a cold winter night. Though a mouse lights a small fire and is soon joined by a hare, badger, mole, gopher, raven and wren, the bear snores on. As the animals warm up (with the help of black tea and popcorn!), a bit of pepper from the stew they are preparing wakes up the bear, with happy results. (picture book)

"Tell me what it's like to be big," by Joyce Dunbar. Little Willa is big enough to dress herself, but too small to get her own breakfast. As her big brother helps her out, he tells her all the things she'll be able to do by herself when she gets bigger, like turn on the light and brush her teeth.

Lovely illustrations and a sweet story. (picture book)

"Humphrey's Bedtime," by Sally Hunter. Another big/little story that follows Humphrey through his bedtime routine, with big sister Lottie trailing along behind, gleeful that she is a big girl and doesn't have to go to bed yet. By the time Humphrey is bathed, pajama-ed, fed, read to and tucked in, Lottie is tired and grumpy, and happily allows herself to be carried off to bed in her father's arms. (picture book)

"Katje, the Windmill Cat," by Gretchen Woelfle, illustrated by Nicola Bayley, of "Mousehold Cat" fame. Katje's idyllic life as the cat of Nico the miller ends when Nico marries. At night, Lena sleeps on the soft pillow that used to be Katje's. During the day, Lena tries to sweep Katje out of the house with the flour dust. But when the dike breaks and the mill is flooded, Katje rescues baby Anneke and finds herself welcomed back into the house. (picture book)

"A Huge Hog is a Big Pig," by Francis McCall and Patricia Keeler. Photos illustrate this book of word riddles for younger kids. From wet dogs to wandering geese, have fun thinking up answers to these rhyming riddles. (picture book)

"What is God?" by Etan Boritzer. Though this book is not meant for everyone, it is a great discussion starter for parents of children becoming aware of their spirituality. In a very inclusive and open way, differences between religions are mentioned, but Boritzer's real emphasis is on the things Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism share: the Golden Rule.

Very quick read, lots of discussion potential. (nonfiction)

"Bravo! Brava! A Night at the Opera," by Anne Siberell. Calling all opera fans! Find out what stories the music tells, discover why opera is almost always sung in Italian, what stage managers and costumers do, and learn about some of the most famous composers. (nonfiction)

Harry Potter has arrived at the public libraries on video and DVD! If you've been wanting to watch the movie again, get your name on the holds list soon!

Come back next week for a peek at new books on tape!

If you'd like to place a hold on any of these titles, call the Juneau Public Library at 586-5249. If you have Internet access, your library card, and a PIN, you may place your own holds by going to our website, (, and looking at our catalog.

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