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A Dog’s Purpose (2017) PG

81i2yytjxl-_sy445_When we are first introduced to Bailey, the lovable narrator in A Dog’s Purpose, he’s a spunky newborn pup full of wonder and curiosity.  He asks, “What is this place and why am I here?”  As his story unfolds, these questions are answered, and we come to understand all the wonderful reasons dogs exist in our lives.  This movie weaves together the separate stories of Bailey’s nine lives and explains how the humans he accompanies on each life’s journey have a unique reason for needing and loving a dog.

I loved this sweet movie for the message it shared, but be warned, it will leave you and your children in tears.  Keep a box of tissues nearby! If you love A Dog’s Purpose as much as I did, you’ll find more movies featuring our furry, four-legged friends here.
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Top Ten Picture Books of 2018

The covers of Miss Katie's picks for Top Ten Picture Books of 2018.
Asking a librarian to pick a favorite book is one of the most difficult questions to answer. In fact, even coming up with a top ten list for the year involves feeling like you've betrayed the other books you've loved. That being said, these are my favorite picture books of 2018, in alphabetical order. I'll give you a little reason why with each title.

 

  1. A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin: A story about the cycle of the moon, with a folk tale-esque feel. This book is filled with gorgeous pictures.
  2. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan: A spectacular shapes books that includes more than the basics (square, triangle, circle). This title works fantastic for older preschoolers and grade-school children.
  3. Drawn Together by Minh Lê: A beautiful story about a grandfather and grandson who use art to overcome their language, cultural, and generational differences. This one will inspire children to draw their own stories with family.
  4. Dreamers by Yuyi Morales: An immigrant story where the library becomes a safe haven and place of learning for both mother and son. Spend some time with these illustrations; you can even look through to find familiar book covers.
  5. Gator! Gator! Gator! by Daniel Bernstrom: The rhythm of this picture book begs to be read aloud in storytime. The guessing game with animals in shadows really invites readers to participate in the journey taken.
  6. I Really Want to See You, Grandma by Tarō Gomi: Yumi and Grandma really want to see each other, but what happens when they both leave at the same time is a funny story for friends paying close attention to the illustrations.
  7. Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: This story of familial acceptance is filled with joy and gorgeous illustrations from debut author/illustrator Love.
  8. A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes: This picture book is perfect for beginning readers as they learn about concepts while following the elephants through their day.
  9. Play This Book by Jessica Young: Our favorite new title from Shake, Shimmy, & Dance this year is a celebration of musical instruments merged with the interaction that made Hervé Tullet's Press Here a hit.
  10. Shake the Tree! by Chirara Vignocchi: A fun story that changes from horizontal to vertical page spread as animals shake the tree to get at what they'd like to eat. Great opportunity for kids to play along.


If you need any recommendations for more great picture books, stop by the Kids & Teens "Ask Us" desk!

 
 
 
 
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Tokyo Godfathers (2003) PG-13

51bscqabq0l-_sy445_The ultimate Christmas movie, Tokyo Godfathersfollows homeless denizens of Tokyo, Gin, Hana, and Miyuki.  They find a lost baby girl one fateful Christmas Eve, which launches a chain of hi jinks and frustration in order to find her lost mother.  Through it all, the trio teaches the audience about creating a family where you can find it and that the hope of a second chance can be just around the corner.  You will laugh, you will definitely cry, and you’ll find yourself hitting that play button every Christmas season to come.

 
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WTTW Kids BIG IDEA Traveling Show

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Join us for an exciting 45-minute FREE live show, perfect for children 2 to 7 years old, bringing to life the fun and learning from WTTW Kids’ most popular and beloved children’s shows.

Hosted by the WTTW Kids Lab Guys, children will be inspired to discover their own BIG IDEAS using our very own recipe of Wonder, Watch & Learn More! The exciting show will engage kids to explore themes like emotions, life cycles, recycling, the natural world, and more as we discover everyday BIG IDEAS. We’ll also learn about great children’s books that support the show’s themes and experience a few fun surprises along the way. Some shows will include a character Meet & Greet following the performance.

What’s the BIG IDEA?

A BIG IDEA is a solution to a problem, an answer to a question, or something that has opened your mind to a new understanding. When you’re a kid, the world is full of new things to learn. BIG IDEAs help us to solve every day conundrums, large and small.

What’s the recipe for a BIG IDEA?

WONDER: A question in your mind or a curiosity to learn more.
WATCH: Observe how something is done or how it works. Absorb information and consider the possibilities.
LEARN MORE: Read a book, watch a video, visit a library or a zoo, or talk with someone who might have more information to share.
Then, voila! You have a BIG IDEA!

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Cowboy Bebop. The Complete Series (1998-2003) TV-MA

51x5myp3xxl-1If you’re a Firefly fan, then you’ll definitely love Cowboy Bebop.  Both are space-westerns with a sassy, devil-may-care crew.  Join Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, Jet Black, Edward, and last but not least welsh corgi, Ein, on their adventures bounty-hunting their way through space.  If you enjoy comedic action/adventures with a dramatic flair, this is the anime for you.
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The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (2017)

indexAll Emma Gladstone wants is to be paid for the wedding dress she was commissioned to create, and all the Duke of Ashbury wants is an heir for his title. In a match of wits, they come to a deal—Emma and the Duke will marry, but she only has to live with him until she can produce an heir.

Tessa Dare’s The Duchess Deal is a fun, playful romp that goes by far too quickly. For readers who love fast-paced banter, well-developed characters, and sensuously steamy situations (and book 2 of the Girl Meets Duke series—The Governess Game—is available now). Readers of Nalini Singh will definitely enjoy this as well.
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NieR: Automata (2017) M

nierautomataSet in the year 11945 AD after humanity was forced to flee to the moon after an invasion of machines from outer space, humans sent out a group of androids, YoRHa, to fight the war for them in order to recapture their home. 2B and 9S (two of these androids) encounter surprises from the machines that they never expected.

NieR: Automata is an action role-playing game brought to you by the same developer as Bayonetta and it definitely shows: dark themes, gorgeous visuals, fun characters, entrancing music, the works. If you’re new to the genre of action-RPGs, it’s highly recommended to play the game on beginner. The intro is very intense and can be difficult even on normal settings! If it gets too easy after that, feel free to change the difficulty at any time.

Check out the PS4 game today to help 2B and 9S fight back these machine invaders—for the glory of humankind.
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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (2012)

shattermeImagine what it would do to a person to never feel the touch of another human being. Not because of loneliness, but out of fear. Something in Juliette’s body causes anyone who makes contact with her skin to undergo such excruciating pain that if contact has been made long enough, they will die.

In and out of doctors’ offices, psychiatric care, and more, her parents just want to rid themselves of their burden after the unspeakable happens. Juliette’s in an asylum—this is her life now. Until a government official takes interest in her and takes her in. Perhaps he can make use of this…gift. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi is filled with anticipation, heartache, and maybe, just maybe, a chance for Juliette to find love. This is her story.
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The Shape of Water (2017) R

shapeofwaterGuillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor’s masterpiece is as beautiful as it is heart-wrenching. The cinematography is matched only by Alexandre Desplat’s score that captures and enhances the emotions in each scene. Elisa (Sally Hawkins), who has been mute since she was a baby, works as a janitor at a top-secret government research facility; there, she encounters something that changes the course of her life. At its core, The Shape of Water is a story that questions just what is it that makes us human.

The Shape of Water won four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Original Score, and Production Design) and was nominated in nine other categories.
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Midsomer Murders (1997-2018) TV-14

midsomermurdersAh, the idyllic English countryside. There’s nothing more peaceful—or is there? Lurking beneath the surface, there may be a murderer among us. Sweet and kindly grandmothers, cherubic children, your next-door neighbor Bob—no one is safe from suspicion. It’s up to Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and his faithful Detective Sergeant to put the pieces together before someone else meets their untimely demise in the long-running British TV series Midsomer Murders.
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Aggretsuko (2018) TV-14

aggrestukoMeet Retsuko. She’s just your average red panda accountant, except for one thing. Retsuko has a secret. In order to release all the rage from her humdrum 9-5 job, she performs karaoke death metal. But shh, don’t tell. No one else can know.

Experience Retsuko’s life with her and all her friends in Aggretsuko on Netflix! Check out one of our Rokus to use the library’s Netflix subscription.
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The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer (2017)

scribeofsienaIn the present day, neurosurgeon Beatrice travels to Siena after her brother, a medieval historian, dies. Somehow, Beatrice travels in time to medieval Siena during the plague (around 1350). As you read The Scribe of Siena, you’ll feel that you were there too—the writing and descriptions are so vivid. Check out Melodie Winawer’s captivating debut novel today. For fans of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
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The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (2018)

womaninthewindowA suspense-filled, attention-grabbing story that kept me riveted from beginning to end. I couldn’t wait to get back to The Woman in the Window when I wasn’t listening to it on CD. Check out A. J. Finn’s debut novel today if you enjoy psychological suspense or Hitchcock films. For similar novels, check out our list.
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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (2017)

wishtreeRed, a wishtree, has been around her community for a long time. She's seen people come together and now she is seeing her community torn apart by a single word carved into her trunk: LEAVE. Red—and her residents, which include owls, skunks, possums, raccoons, and a crow—work to bring their community back together.

Wishtree was recommended to me by one of the K&T librarians, Monica, and it did NOT disappoint!

Katherine Applegate's writing style is accessible and natural. Her words flow and easily tell the story. I was utterly captivated by the history of the wishtree and all that Red has seen in her life. And I love the idea of bringing a community together, so needless to say, I was rooting for everyone!

I listened to this book on audio and it would make a great car trip read for families. I think that fans of Erin Hunter's Warriors series or of Applegate's Newbery winner The One and Only Ivan would absolutely enjoy this title as well.

 
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Craft in America (2007-2017)

craftamericaThe PBS series Craft in America presents artists currently working in the U.S.: furniture makers, blacksmiths, weavers, jewelry makers, glass blowers, and more. Often times, artists have learned their craft from parents and grandparents, and it’s inspiring to see that these traditions can be kept alive from generation to generation—the way other skills such as cooking or gardening can be passed down. If you want an inside look at how a craft object is created—from the materials used, and the design process, to the workshop where it all comes together—you’ll want to check out Craft in America!