Saturday, March 14, 2015


No trick! Click here to place a hold on this title.

Well, I would say this is a promise and not a prank but actually it IS kind of a prank....
a whole hour of pranks, tricks, and stunts to amaze and delight all who know you. Although post-program they may not want to.

Please join me on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 to learn from the Master, Sam Bartlett. This program is definitely for older kids, 'tweens, & teens.  Dare I say these skills might come in useful on April 1st?!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Read-Aloud Marathon

Greetings dear readers! I hope my local library families will have a chance to join me on Saturday, February 28, 2105 at the Corte Madera branch of the Marin County Free Library for a marathon read-aloud session of Roald Dahl's classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'll be reading sometime around 2:00 but the day begins at 11:00am with a stellar line-up of talented readers.

My heart will surely break if you tell me you've seen this movie and this movie but have not read the book! You must! Perhaps this post from awhile ago will also tempt you. Naturally we will have real chocolate as well if that's what it takes.  Hope to see you there. xoxo Miss Kitty

Thursday, February 5, 2015

So much depends on a ® Pantone 200 Radish Red Wagon

Last week I had the luxury of spending most of a day with the other talented MCFL children's librarians to do nothing but talk about children's books and eat lentil soup and persimmon pudding. 

Alas, the notion that we librarians are able to spend our work days reading blissfully in silence at our desks is a lovely fantasy but quite far from reality.  So it's wonderful when we do get a chance to spend time talking about award winning books and reading recommendations and what great reads are not to be missed.

 Here are a few of my very favorite art books that are fantastic choices for all ages and especially artists and teachers looking for inspiration.

© 2012 Abrams Appleseed
This board book, Colors by Pantone, amuses me greatly. I don't know of many toddlers quite ready to delve into the ®Pantone color system, but this is a fantastic tool for any person studying color.  It  is especially wonderful for early learning with the bright illustrations on the right side of the book for your toddler to identify and the lush ®Pantone color spectrum on the left side of the book for you to surreptitiously dream about a serene color palette for your own secret getaway hideout sanctuary. 

©2008 Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

This sweet little red wagon made me think of sublime poet William Carlos Williams.
Melissa Sweet's 2008 picture book biography of him, A River of Words,  is not to be missed.
I've written about Melissa Sweet many times on this blog; I can't help it! I just love her work.

Let us take a look at how she illustrates the same lovely poem in the 2014 poetry book, Firefly July: year of very short poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko.

©2014 Candlewick Press

So much depends on a library card and access to beautiful books. The Usborne Book of Art Projects is one my favorite series for art technique. Here's a beautiful tissue paper collage from it to get you started on your own colorful path which I hope includes a library card but may or may not include white chickens.

©2004 Usborne Publishing

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A little storytime with Miss Kitty

Well my friends, the year is winding down for 2014. Here's one last story to read together before the New Year!

Copyright 2003. Peachtree Publishers

Let's read Santa's Last Present by Marie-Aude Murial and her sister, Elvire. Just like Winter and childhood, this blog post won't stay around permanently. But you CAN find this book at your library for quite some time to come and I hope you'll visit soon. I hope you'll also look for more books illustrated by Quentin Blake. 

I hope you keep the joy of reading your whole long lives and Happiest of Holidays to you all! xoxo Miss Kitty.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Turtle Who Couldn't Stop Talking

It's dark and rainy today in Marin. Let's curl up on the couch with some hot chocolate and I'll read you a quick story. This story is from our folk and fairy tale collection; it's called The Turtle Who Couldn't Stop Talking. You'll find this story and many others in Demi's lovely book The Pandas and their Chopsticks.

Illustrated by Demi. ©2014. Courtesy of

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Oh so Pinteresting

I do so hope you'll take a moment and follow my Pinterest boards. Together with the MCFL Kids board, we are migrating most of our reading lists to this platform. You'll find lots of great recommendations. We've included Accelerated Reader and Lexile Reading Levels to help you. Each "pin" will link you to our catalog. So sit down with a nice cup of hot chocolate and get inspired by all the great reading choices you can find our library.

Naturally being the wonderful person you are, dear reader, I'm sure you'll to want to take notes for some excellent HOLIDAY GIFTS this year!!! Print or electronic, there are some many wonderful things to read, listen, or view this season.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

I love this little skeleton doggy in a fun pop-up book Silly Skeletons that we read this week for our storytimes.

But our Civic Center Library has something even better.... our own skeleton man walking his doggy!!!!

It's grey and rainy on this Halloween day in beautiful Marin County. But fear not! You can download books and music and movies sitting in your jammies at home if it's raining too hard.
But walking in the rain is so nice too; there's still plenty of time to grab an umbrella and your pooch and walk over to the library. We have so many fun Halloween books for you to check out and that's just a treat isn't it?!