Nonfiction

Crafty Kids

Have you ever stumbled upon the library’s collection of craft books for children? They’re in the 700s (near the art books), and chock full of great ideas for creative kiddos of all ages. Origami? Absolutely. Knitting? Indeed. Sewing? Mask-making? Scrapbooking? Ceramics? Yes, it’s all there! Check out some of these favorites, and let us know which craft books your kids adore:

Create with Maisy book coverKid Made Modern book coverKids Crochet book coverMartha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids book cover

1-2-3 Calligraphy! book coverOrganic Crafts book coverPaper Airplanes book coverSneaky Art book cover

Create with Maisy / Lucy Cousins

Kid Made Modern / Todd Oldham

Kids Crochet: Projects for Kids of All Ages / Kelli Ronci

Martha Stewart's Favorite Crafts for Kids

1-2-3 Calligraphy!: Letters and Projects for Beginners and Beyond / Eleanor Winters

Organic Crafts: 75 Earth-friendly Art Activities / Kimberly Monaghan

Paper Airplanes: Models to Build and Fly / Emery J. Kelly

Sneaky Art: Crafty Surprises to Hide in Plain Sight / Marthe Jocelyn

Mysteries of the Unknown

Come explore real-life ghost stories and other paranormal mysteries at the library…if you dare! They’re shelved together at the very start of the non-fiction section – look for the 001s and 133s or ask a staff member to point the way.

Ghosts book cover  Are you afraid yet? book cover  Haunted Histories book cover  Beastly Tales book cover  

Mystery of the bermuda triangle book cover  Are you psychic? book cover  Mystery of UFOs book cover  Encyclopedia Horrifica

Ghosts: a nonfiction companion to A good night for ghosts / by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Are you afraid yet?: the science behind scary stuff / written by Stephen James O'Meara; illustrated by Jeremy Kaposy

Haunted histories: creepy castles, dark dungeons, and powerful palaces / J. H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters

Beastly tales: Yeti, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster / written by Malcolm Yorke

The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle / Chris Oxlade

Are you psychic?: the official guide for kids / Helaine Becker; Claudia Dávila, illustrator

The mystery of UFOs / by Judith Herbst; illustrated by Greg Clarke

Encyclopedia horrifica: the terrifying truth! about vampires, ghosts, monsters, and more / Joshua Gee

Children’s Magazines

Have you discovered the children’s magazine section of your local library?

Zoobooks magazine cover    Babybug magazine coverBoys' Life magazine cover    Discovery Girls magazine cover     

Magazines are current, browsable, fun -- and OPL has a huge selection of them available to check-out for three weeks at a time. From American Girl to Zoobooks, magazines cover a broad range of topics for all ages. There’s pleasure reading to be found for everyone here!

Kiki magazine cover     Mad magazines at OPL     National Geographic Kids magazine cover     Ranger Rick magazine cover      Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine coverWWE Kids magazine cover      Your Big Backyard magazine cover

Babybug // Boys’ Life // Discovery Girls // Kiki // Mad // National Geographic Kids // Ranger Rick // Sports Illustrated for Kids // WWE Kids // Your Big Backyard

Children’s Author Spotlight: David Macaulay

When kids have questions, the books of David Macaulay are a solid place to start seeking answers. Macaulay’s nonfiction explores the art, design, and mechanics of buildings, technology, the human body, and more. His books are heavily illustrated and visually engaging, with clear writing that respects the interests and abilities of children. Come to the library to browse his fascinating work for yourself!

Classic Macaulay

New Way Things Work book cover   Castle book cover   Mosque book cover   Cathedral book cover   Building Big book cover   Pyramid book cover   Way We Work book cover

Building Big // Castle // Cathedral // Mosque // Pyramid

The new way things work

The way we work : getting to know the amazing human body

New and exciting -- for early readers!

 How it Works book cover    How it Works book cover

Castle: How it Works

Jet Plane: How it Works

Can’t get enough? Look for David Macaulay’s award-winning picture books on our shelves, and check out this awesome TED talk for a glimpse of his creative process:

 

Tis the season…For poetry!

The library circulates poetry books all year long, but April, National Poetry Month, is their time to shine. Whether you’re looking for a traditional poem in picture book form to share with preschoolers, or a collection of silly rhymes for older kids, the library has you covered! Make a visit to the nonfiction section of your local branch – especially the 811.54s – to discover these and other wonderful poetry books for children:

Won-Ton book cover   Joyful Noise book cover   Step Gently Out book cover   A Kick in the Head book cover      Muu, moo book coverThe Dragons are Singing Tonight book cover   All the World book cover   Swirl by Swirl book cover   Where the Sidewalk Ends book cover   My People book cover

All the World / written by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee

Creature Carnival / by Marilyn Singer; illustrations by Gris Grimly

The Dragons are Singing Tonight / written by Jack Prelutsky; pictures by Peter Sis

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices / written by Paul Fleischman; illustrated by Eric Beddows

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms / edited by Paul B. Janeczko; illustrated by Chris Raschka

¡Muu, moo!: Rimas de Animales = Animal Nursery Rhymes / selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy; English versions by Rosalma Zubizarreta; illustrated by Viví Escrivá

My People / written by Langston Hughes; photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Step Gently Out / poem by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Lieder

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature / written by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth Krommes

Where the Sidewalk Ends / by Shel Silverstein

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku / written by Lee Wardlaw; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

We're not foolin'!

Woohoo, April Fools' Day! Did your kiddos celebrate with a prank or two? Keep that funny bone tickled with these joke, riddle, and wordplay books for young tricksters:

Ha! Ha! Ha! book cover   Jokelopedia book cover   Knock! Knock! book cover   Palindromania! book cover   Riddle Me This! book cover   Six Sick Sheep book cover   Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? book cover   You Must Be Joking! book cover

Ha! ha! ha!: 1,000+ jokes, riddles, facts, and more by Lyn Thomas

Jokelopedia: the biggest, best, silliest, dumbest, joke book ever! by Ilana Weitzman, Eva Blank, and Rosanne Green

Knock, knock! by Saxton Freymann et al.

Palindromania! by Jon Agee

Riddle me this!: riddles and stories to challenge your mind by Hugh Lupton

Six sick sheep: 101 tongue twisters by Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson

Why did the chicken cross the road? by Marla Frazee et al.

You must be joking!: lots of cool jokes by Paul Brewer