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As many of you know, children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away today at the age of 83.  In a career that spanned more than 60 years, Sendak created some of the most beloved picture books ever written, including 1963’s ground-breaking Where the Wild Things Are.

Click here to read Margalit Fox’s wonderful Sendak tribute, which appears in today’s New York Times.

If you’re like me and would like to celebrate Sendak’s amazing career by reading some of his works, here are a few titles that the Robbins and Fox Libraries own:

Bumble-ardy (2011).  Bumble-ardy is a mischievous nine-year-old pig who has never had a birthday party… Until one crazy day full of hijinx!

Higglety Pigglety Pop! (1967).  This is Sendak’s tribute to his beloved dog, Jennie.  In the book, Jennie is a terrier who is not content with having everything, so she ventures out into the great wide world.

In the Night Kitchen (1970).  In this popular and controversial book, Mickey has a dream journey through a surreal baker’s kitchen.

Outside Over There (1981).  This tells the story of a girl named Ida, who must rescue her baby sister after she’s stolen by goblins.

The Nutshell Library (1962).  This is actually a treasury that consists of four different (tiny!) books, including Alligators All Around, Pierre, One Was Johnny, and Chicken Soup with Rice.

We’ll miss you, Maurice!


First of all, why do the words “weird” and “beard” even rhyme? Probably best not to think too deeply about it. Instead, come visit the Children’s Room this month and browse our display of weird books, like Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne, Princess Justina Albertina by Ellen Dee Davidson, Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligot AND MANY MORE.

And while you’re here, you just might see a donut with a mustache, or is that a toddler with a beard?

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FOOD.  It’s delicious!  It’s nutritious!  And in case you weren’t aware, it’s all over some of our very favorite children’s books!  In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we thought that it would be timely (and delicious) to share some of our favorite children’s books that do a wonderful job showcasing delicious, delicious food!

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett

Welcome to Chewandswallow, a town with some… unique weather patterns.  At breakfast, the sky rains pancakes and syrup!  At lunch, it’s soup!  And dinner brings anything from mashed potatoes to peas to MEATBALLS!  And life is ideal until the weather takes a turn for the worse and the food becomes GIGANTIC.  Read on to see how the citizens of Chewandswallow cope with the threat of massive hamburger and brussel sprout storms!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

This is the classic story of a very hungry little guy who wants to devour EVERYTHING until the day he eats just too much.  With a focus on counting, fruit, the days of the week, and the life cyle of a butterfuly, Carle’s beautifully illustrated book will entertain young and older audiences alike!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl

Willy Wonka’s enormous chocolate factory is home to some of the most delicious-sounding treats of all time: fizzy lemonade swimming pools, invisible chocolate bars for eating in class, strawberry-juice water pistols, and (everyone’s favorite) Everlasting Gobstoppers… My oh my!  Perfect for children of all ages, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a one-of-a-kind delight that’s stuffed with whimsical fantasy, childhood justice, and candy candy CANDY.

Strega Nona, by Tomi DePaola

Strega Nona is the source for a lot of amazing things in her little town, like cures and secret potions.  But she is best known for her splendid (and magical) pasta pot, which presents quite the temptation to Strega’s helper, Big Anthony.   He just can’t resist using the pot to feed the whole town.  If only he knew how to make it stop producing pasta– and prevent the pasta flood that results!

Raggedy Ann Stories, by Johnny Gruelle

This is a CLASSIC book… meaning that it was published a LONG time ago! The fun part about it is that after Raggedy Ann and Andy have their adventures, they have to pause for parties always includes ice cream, cake and cookies!  Delicious!

Bread and Jam for Frances, by Lillian and Russell Hoban

This is absolutely one of my all-time favorite picture books– it’s perfect for picky AND adventurous eaters!  Also, I really wish that I had little salt and pepper shakers that I could pack in my lunchbox. That Frances was so lucky!

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake, by Michael Kaplan

…so much she is going to marry it!  That must be SOME cake!  However, one of the most important lessons that Betty needs to learn is patience and self-control when yummy treats beckon.  With lively illustrations and delightful prose, this newly published book is one that your family won’t want to miss!

How To Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell

Disgusting, right? What would you do if your friends dared you to eat 15 worms in 15 days? Billy fries them, puts them in sandwiches and makes special sauces for his worms. What recipes would you dream up?

Farmer Boy, Laura Ingalls Wilder

In what is perhaps the king of all food books, Laura Ingalls Wilder describes her husband Almanzo’s childhood in 19th century upstate New York.  Almanzo’s childhood seems to center around food– a regular weekday dinner consists of roasted meats, stews, sweet and savory pies, creamy mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, and other delicious treats!  Not to mention what happens AFTER dinner: little Almanzo devours pies, doughnuts, cakes, apples, apple cider and popcorn.  Every day seems to be Thanksgiving at Almanzo’s house!

Mud Pies and Other Recipes, by Marjorie Winslow

Clear directions for delicacies such as stuffed sea shells, roasted rocks, fried water along with lovely line drawings to inspire young chefs.

We hope you enjoy these delicious recommendations!  And if you have a favorite food book, just let us know in the comments.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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