Library takes a look at staff's favorite children's books

Posted: Jul. 3, 2014 2:12 pm Updated: Jul. 31, 2014 3:15 pm

The Boxcar Children series

In anticipation of our 125th anniversary celebration, the staff of the Quincy Public Library has shared its favorite books encompassing all genres and age levels. Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting a few of those books. This week we are featuring our favorite children's books ญญญ-- some new, some old, but all adored and the perfect way to share a love of reading with the little ones in your life.

We start off with a longtime favorite ญญ-- The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. First published in 1942, these books have fascinated children over the generations. The first book, "The Boxcar Children," introduces readers to Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden, who have run away and live in a boxcar. Along the way, they find their grandfather who opens his home to them and provides a safe haven as they solve mysteries and puzzles with each new adventure. With more than 150 books in both the original Boxcar Children series and the special series, you won't run out of books to read for a long while!

"Skippyjon Jones"

"Skippyjon Jones" by Judy Schachner is the first book in this entertaining series about a Siamese cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua. With each book, he embarks on amazing imaginary crime-fighting adventures. His hyper-activities and bouncy rhymes make this the perfect book to read out loud to kids of all ages.

"Fox in Socks"

What children's book list would be complete without a Dr. Seuss book? One of our favorites is "Fox in Socks." Full of tongue-twisters and ridiculous rhymes, kids love to follow the Fox as he tries to get the Knox to say his tongue-twisters and become just as silly as he is. The Knox doesn't think he can, but in the end he even manages to come up with a few twists of his very own to surprise the Fox.

"The One and Only Ivan"

"The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate was inspired by a true story. Ivan is a silverback gorilla who is content to live in captivity in the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Arcade with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. When Ruby the baby elephant is brought to the mall and a little girl named Julia starts to visits him, Ivan begins to rethink his life and remembers what it was like in the jungle. Thanks to Julia, the media becomes aware of Ivan. Suddenly he is taken away from his friends and moved to a better home in a zoo, but it's still not the jungle and he misses his friends. Young readers will learn about courage, family, and living life as you choose as Ivan narrates his story in this 2013 Newbery Medal book.

"Go, Dog, Go!"

P. D. Eastman's wildly popular book "Go, Dog, Go!" is another great book to read out loud. All types of dogs inhabit this book -- big dogs, little dogs, blue, red, pink, yellow, black and white dogs. All of them having fun as they ride on a ferris wheel, zoom around in a fast car, row a boat, or play baseball, with the dogs asking, "Do you like my hat?" The question is answered at the very end as all the dogs gather for a huge party in a tree. This book is a great vocabulary builder and a way to learn about opposites for early readers.

All of these books are available for checkout at the Quincy Public Library if you have a current Quincy or Tri-Quincy Area Public Library District card. Reciprocal borrowing cards from other area libraries will be honored as well. You may also place reserves on library materials and check your patron record online at

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