Children’s Staff Picks

Myllicent F.

Myllicent is a lighting designer with an intense side-passion for children’s literature, poetry, realistic fiction and true crime. (Check out her lighting portfolio at myllicentfelder.com). She loves working in the children’s department, always looking to inspire young minds and to encourage self-expression and creativity. Hailing from Long Island, she’s been a New Yorker her whole life, and never plans to leave the city, or at least the state.

Reviews

Outstanding in the Rain by Frank Viva Outstanding in the Rain tells the story of a young birthday boy spending his big day in Coney Island. Holes cut out of the pages act like windows into the next page, allowing fun wordplay and rhyming. Take a look for yourself!

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The Moon is Going to Addy's House by Ida Pearle Watch as the moon follows Addy home. Find comfort in the fact that the moon is always there and when you look up, you have a friend. This beautifully illustrated picture book is fun for all ages

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Confessions Of An Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas This book brings a whole new light to the term “imaginary friend.” In this fun adventure, Jacques and his sister, Fleur, are best friends, until Jacques realizes he’s just a figment of Fleur’s imagination. After spending eight years of his life as Fleur’s brother, Jacques has to come to terms with his not being real.

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Peddles by Elizabeth Rose Stanton Peddles is a cute little pig, who just wants to dance his little hooves off. Follow along as he finds his dancing shoes, and gets everyone to dance along with him!

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Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet This was my favorite novel as a kid and it’s a great choice for the budding detective, artist or adventurer. Petra and Calder find themselves knee-deep in an international art heist. Can they find the culprit before the FBI?

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Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper Draper’s Out of My Mind tells the story of Melody, an awesomely smart, unforgettable ten-year-old girl who just happens to have cerebral palsy. Living most of her life without the luxury of reading, writing, and walking, she lives her life inside her head. After receiving a device to help her communicate, she is finally able to show the world who she truly is. This book will make you think twice about prematurely judging the people you meet in life.

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Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan With winter coming, it’s a perfect time to celebrate the changing of the seasons with Patricia MacLachlan’s Snowflakes Fall. This gorgeously illustrated picture book speaks to the promise of renewal in each passing year, with snowflakes turning into raindrops, which in turn waters the flowers. A beautiful gift for all ages.

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The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale Princess Magnolia is secretly the monster-fighting Princess in Black. But can she keep her secret from the snooping Duchess Wigtower and still keeping stopping the big bad monsters? Find out! Shannon Hale’s Princess in Black is the empowering, exciting chapter book that every princess should read.

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Hug Machine by Scott Campbell Everyone needs a hug sometimes, and the Hug Machine is just the one for the job. He hugs everyone and everything — big, small, spiky, inanimate. This beautifully illustrated picture book is basically like a hug in itself. Who have you hugged today?

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