Great reads to warm you up.

There are Cats in this Book
By Viviane Schwarz
Playful felines speak directly to the reader: "Are you nice? You look nice," and ask for pages to be turned so that yarn, cardboard boxes, and cozy pillows can be discovered. This beautifully crafted lift-the-flap book boasts layered flaps, with each revealing silly surprises and ... cats. Ages 2-5.


Imagine a Place
By Sarah L. Thomson
Short phrases provide starting points for discussing illustrations reminiscent of M.C. Escher and Chris van Allsburg. With each spread, Thomson asks us to imagine a new place, "where your mind opens wider than any walls around you." Tiny details and meticulous treatment make this book a source of endless discovery. Ages 4 and up.


Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face and other Poems
By Jack Prelutsky
More than 100 poems (15 new) occupy the beautifully illustrated pages of this collection by beloved children's poet laureate, Jack Prelutsky. An accompanying CD features Prelutsky reciting his poems. Ages 7-11.


Snake and Lizard
By Joy Cowley
In humorous short stories about an alliance forged after initial testing and conflict, Cowley captures the small, day-to-day events that pepper any close friendship. Full-color illustrations up the interest level in this first chapter book. Ages 6-10.


The Runaway Dolls
By Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin, and Brian Selznick
In this third installment of the Doll People series, Caldecott-winning illustrator Brian Selznick pulls readers in with spectacular images that set up the story. Text and image team up for the rest of the book to weave an adventurous story of dolls with a mystery to solve: is the new doll in town Annabelle's long-lost sister? Ages 8-12.


Impossible
By Nancy Werlin
Lucy is a 17-year-old girl facing seemingly impossible challenges, including saving herself and her estranged mother from what seems to be an inevitable and cursed fate. Juggling pregnancy, mysterious strangers and budding romance add to her already burdened situation. Werlin's expert writing makes this read worthwhile for adult readers, too. Teen.

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For children, parents and educators: Activities like Help Mr. Brown Color Letters and the Fox in Sox Matching Game help budding readers identify colors, letters and words. Printable coloring pages and activity sheets are in one section, and an interactive story maker allows children to use music, images and words to tell their own tale.


Reviews written by Melissa Fischer, Librarian, Center for Discovery, Columbus Metropolitan Library