Kids love Brown Bear, Brown Bear - now they will love the farmer, brown cow, pink pig, and many more silly animals on the farm! Click here to view and print our template. We laminated and magnatized the objects for use during storytime!
Here's a perfect, year-round activity to play with your young ones! Whether it's in a storytime, classroom, or home, kids love deciding what objects are hot and which ones are cold. At the Cape May County Library, we printed our list, laminated them, and added magnets to use on a felt board. Depending on the size of your storytime, classroom, or home, you can either give each child a card to place under the appropriate category, or hold them up one at a time and have the kids yell out the appropriate temperate. Click here to view and print our "Hot or Cold" activity!
Animals are always a hit with kids of all ages! One of our favorite activities is "Farm or Zoo," where the kids get to decide who lives where. After printing, laminating, and adding magnets to the back of the animals, storytime attendees have had a great time figuring out the home of their animal. Depending on the size of the storytime group or classroom, each child can get a card and assign it a home, or they can be shown the card and yell out where it lives. Click here to download and print our "Farm or Zoo" activity!
We are so lucky to have read so many silly picture books this year! Check out a few of our funny favorites here. All are available for checkout from the Cape May County Library system.
Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman: “Meet Llama, the next great picture-book megastar, who has most definitely driven a bus and who loves tacos way more than you. He also loves cake, and that's where our story begins. On Monday, Llama discovers a pile of cake, which he promptly eats. On Tuesday, Llama squeezes into his dancing pants, which he promptly rips. The force of the rip creates a black hole (naturally). By Friday, Llama will (indirectly) destroy the world. So grab some cake and your dancing pants and prepare for Llama Destroys the World ... because THE TIME FOR LLAMA IS NIGH!”
Underwear! by Jennifer Harney: “A tired bear dad tries to herd his rambunctious bear cub who would rather play with his tighty whities into bed. Underwear makes great hair. It can even turn one into a superbear, or a goggle-wearing swimming bear. But beware of a big scare! Rhymes, homonyms, and conjunctions abound in this book that could be used to teach reading, but whose primary purpose is to make bedtime fun.”
The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood: “Every story needs a problem. But Panda doesn't have a problem. Unless . . . Panda is the problem. The New York Times bestselling author of Here Comes the Easter Cat and The Quiet Book loses control of the narrative in the funniest, most exuberant, most kid-delighting way in this adventurous ode to what makes a story--and what makes a story great.”
Cake by Sue Hendra: “In the tradition of I Want My Hat Back, this delicious story from Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet tells the story of a cake who's about to attend his very first party--but he has no idea what's coming! Cake has been invited to his very first birthday party! He buys just the right outfit--including the PERFECT hat. But as the candles on his perfect party hat begin to burn, and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he'd rather not be at…”
Dandy by Ame Dyckman: “From popular author Ame Dyckman and rising star Charles Santoso comes the laugh-out-loud story of a father desperate to destroy the dandelion marring his perfectly manicured lawn, and his daughter's fierce attempts to save it. When Daddy spots a solitary weed in his lawn, he's appalled (along with all of his neighborhood friends). But his daughter Sweetie has fallen in love with the beautiful flower, even going so far as to name it Charlotte. Racing against time and the mockery of his friends, Daddy has to find a way to get rid of the errant dandelion without breaking his little girl's heart.”
Teach Your Giraffe to Ski by Viviane Elbee: “Your giraffe wants to learn how to ski--but but not on the bunny hill. She wants to go down the big scary slope! Enjoy this riotous journey as the narrator tries to reign their giraffe in--and learns something about courage along the way.”
When a Tiger Comes to Dinner by Jessica Olien: “A funny interactive picture book that's great for reading aloud. Perfect for fans of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. A tiger is coming to dinner! Are you ready? Luckily, this book can help. Ask yourself, do tigers . . . Like to play a rousing game of Go Fish? Prefer peanut butter and jelly? Enjoy wearing party hats? Whatever you do, be sure to practice your ROAR! for when the tiger arrives!”
Bruno, the Standing Cat by Nadine Robert: “Meet a silly and absurd cat who's like no cat you've ever met before. When a box arrives on Peter's doorstep, he opens it to find Bruno, a cat who is standing up on two legs. It is very odd. Bruno likes to chew bubblegum, play house, and skateboard--and refuses to engage in any catlike behavior. But Peter likes Bruno, and so they become friends and do everything they can think of together. Jean Jullien (illustrator of the picture-book version of John Lennon's song "Imagine") is an emerging picture-book creator who works in a signature thick black line and bold, flat color. His quirky, subversive humor is childlike at its core, and kids will delight in his light and irreverent approach.”
Undercover Ostrich by Joe Kulka: “Animals can be sneaky. But do you know who is especially sneaky? Undercover ostriches! They're everywhere, and they're masters at going undetected. You've probably seen one and just assumed it was another woodpecker or owl. The narrator of this book is on the case, following a single ostrich on his many adventures. Not until the final twist does author and illustrator Joe Kulka let the readers in on the narrator's true motivation: a peanut collection mission involving undercover elephants.”
Where is My Balloon? by Ariel Bernstein: “Owl and Monkey from I Have a Balloon are back! But what happened to Owl's balloon? Find out in this hilarious picture book about making mistakes and finding forgiveness. Owl has a balloon. Monkey has a sock with a star and a perfectly shaped hole. But then Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon, just for a second. What do you think happens? POP! When Owl returns and asks for his balloon, Monkey offers him everything under the sun...except for the balloon. Can their friendship survive this catastrophe?”
Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet by Sara O’Leary: “Did you know that chipmunks love to stay up past their bedtime? Or that dragons cry at happy endings? I bet you'd never have guessed that iguanas sometimes get homesick at sleepovers. Sara O'Leary pulls back the curtain on the animal world and gives us an absolutely charming little one-line "fact" about one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Kids will love to see their own quirks reflected in these adorably rendered creatures, and perhaps will be comforted to know that--just like them--narwhals can be perfectly happy all on their own and quail also get tired of being told to be quiet. This is more than just an alphabet book. It's a charming, hilarious, and touching look at the diversity of personalities in the world--worth many, many rereads.”
The Good Egg by John Jory: “From the bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect! Meet the good egg. He's a verrrrrry good egg indeed. But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol' rotten. As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect. So, he decides enough is enough! It's time for him to make a change… Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those who we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten). Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!”
Our library is constantly seeing kids coming in asking for popular titles such as Dog Man, anything by Raina Telgemeier, Pokemon, and so on. As a result, they fly off the shelves! Here is our new display offering read alikes. To view the PDF, click here!
Read the rainbow! Check out our newest display that features a rainbow of book covers. We are very excited to use the endcap to highlight a variety of beloved classics with new favorites. For a printable PDF of this display, click here!
Our library is constantly seeing kids coming in asking for popular titles such as Goosebumps, the Junie B. Jones Series, Wings of Fire, and so on. As a result, they fly off the shelves! Here is our new display offering read alikes. To view the PDF, click here!
Our library is constantly seeing kids coming in asking for popular titles such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the I Survived Series, Harry Potter, and so on. As a result, they fly off the shelves! Here is our new display offering read alikes. To view the PDF, click here!
Yo ho ho, the library life for us! Check out our favorite mermaid and pirate picture books for your own young seafarer!
Mermaids Fast Asleep by Robin Riding: “Silver mermaids with golden hair go to sleep in the sea, counting fish instead of sheep.”
Kindergarrrten Bus by Mike Ornstein: “After his parrot companion flies away, a rough and tough pirate experiences anxiety on his first day as a school bus driver, echoing some of the concerns expressed by the young students in his care.”
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love: “While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he's seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes -- and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?”
Arrr, Mustache Baby! by Bridget Heos: “Arrr, babies! Mustache Baby and his first mate Beard Baby set sail on the high seas and turn into big bad pirates in this newest addition to the popular Mustache Baby books! In this swashbuckling tale, Mustache Baby and Beard Baby work hard to recover stolen treasure and convince baby buccaneers Captain Kid and Short John Silver to go legit. But when the scallywags refuse to play nice, Billy and Javier see red and go rogue, turning into bad guy pirates themselves. High spirits, plenty of pirate talk, and a mild message about not letting emotions get the best of you make for a rollicking read-aloud full of side-splitting, silly fun.”
Pearl by Molly Idle: “Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest ! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world. Caldecott Honor-winning author and artist Molly Idle has masterfully crafted a modern classic in this mesmerizing tale about the immense power of small actions.”
Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck by Brian Yanish: “A hilarious picture book about pirate chickens and their feared and feathered leader Redfoot! Lily is no ordinary chicken. She dreams of a life off the farm where she can put her grand plans into action. Her wish is granted when pirates recruit her and her fellow chickens and whisk them away to the open seas. Soon, Lily has taken charge and becomes captain of an all-chicken crew. But when Lily faces a mutiny,will she change her ways, or be forced to squawk the plank?”
Mermaid School by JoAnne Wetzel: “
Starting school is always exciting... especially when you're a mermaid! From schools of fish to the A B Seas, this whimsical underwater tale puts a fun twist on what to expect on the first day of school. It's Molly's first day at mermaid school, and there's so much to learn! Follow the mermaids as they count clamshells, recite the A B Seas, and make new friends. They even enjoy story time about children who walk on land! At the end of the day, it's time to sing the goodbye song and head home. With sweet, rhyming language and a peek into a fantastical undersea world, Mermaid School touches on all the major moments children will experience on their first day. And don't miss the mermaid school handbook in the back of this book for more mermaid fun!”
Pirate Stew by Lou Carter: “A quick-witted shrimp saves his friends from the pirates' cooking pot in this comical undersea caper about friendship, tolerance ...and CLEANING! Scrubadub the Shrimp LOVES to clean. He polishes the crabs, trims the reeds, shampoos the fish and grooms the frogs, until all his friends have had ENOUGH. But when the seafood friends are scooped from the sea by hungry pirates, only Scrubadub can save them from the stew pot ...using his super cleaning powers!”
How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace: “Many claim to have caught a mermaid, but can YOU? How do you catch a mermaid? You must be very clever. With mirrors, crowns, and pearls galore, this quest can't last forever!”
No Bath, No Cake: Polly’s Pirate Party by Matthias Weinert: “Ay, a pirates' life is dangerous n' dirty life! But when this motley crew gets an invitation to a little girl's birthday party, they're simply delighted. What could be better than cake? Just as they're about to walk the plank, their piratey parrot tells them--as only a parrot or a mother could--that they need to clean up their act. With a scrub-a-dub-dub, brand new clothes, and a doll for the birthday girl, the 'pirates' show up sparkling and clean. But they're in for a big surprise. What the birthday girl wants most of all are real pirates--black feet, messy hair, stinky clothes and all.”
The Mermaid by Jan Brett: “When Kiniro, a young mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, she is so curious that she goes inside. She's thrilled to find a just-right breakfast, pretty little chair, and, best of all, a comfy bed that rocks in the current. But when the Octopus family returns home, they are not happy to find that someone has been eating their food and breaking their things. Baby has the biggest shock when she finds the mermaid asleep in her bed! Luckily, shock turns to happiness when Kiniro gives her a thoughtful gift before escaping from the twenty-four arms coming her way. Vibrant, intricate scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Along with fun details that enrich the storytelling in Jan Brett's trademark borders, this visual treat will enchant readers of all ages.”
A Pirate Alphabet: The ABC’s of Piracy! by Anna Butzer: “Take young pirate fans on an alphabet adventure! They'll love learning about gangways and quartermasters while practising their pirate lingo. Whimsical illustrations and melodic text create an arrr-esistable early-learning experience.”
Potty training can be a stressful time for everyone - the new potty-user included. Check out some of our favorite toilet-themed titles to help your little one feel the potty power!
How to Potty Train Your Monster by DiPucchio: “Congratulations! Your monster is growing up…and up…and UP! Now it’s time to potty train him! Potty training is not always the easiest task to navigate—especially for growing monsters. Thankfully, with the help of this easy-to-use guide, young ones can be sure not to forget any steps in the process. With hilarious text and playful, energetic illustrations this potty training guide is a must-have for little kids and little monsters everywhere.”
Duck Goes Potty by Dahl: “Little Duck learns to go potty all by himself, but not without a few accidents. This lighthearted board book makes potty training a little more fun. A must have for all new parents!”
Don’t Go There! by Willis: “Lid up, pants down, bottom on the seat! They must not have toilets in outer space, because this baby Martian keeps going in the wrong place: a bird bath, a bin, an upturned hat. Perhaps if he masters "The Toilet Song," he might learn where to go!”
Skip to the Loo!: A Potty Book by Lloyd-Jones: “Everyone is invited to celebrate -- from a lonely dodo to a wibbly woo, from Lord and Lady Huff Puff to an elephant in a tutu. But when the party is in full swing and everyone's on their potty, Bunny sees that someone very important is missing. Who could it be?”
Once Upon a Potty by Frankel: “This is THE potty training book. It has it all, bright graphics, simple language, fun story and an anatomically correct hero. With an edition for each gender, the book relates directly to the child, making the potty-training process relatable and easy to understand.”
Pottytime for Chickies by Trasler: “Learning to go potty is tricky for the Chickies! This lovable, heartwarming series makes a great gift for any new family. Experience all of the big parenting milestones with the Chickies. With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, these books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy.”
Potty Animals: What to Know When You’ve Got to Go! by Vestergaard: “Meet Wilbur, who won't wash his hands after going potty. Wilma, who waits too long...and sometimes doesn't make it in time. And Freddie, who's afraid to flush. These are just a few of the preschool animals who need a little help with their bathroom etiquette! With wit and good humor, Hope Vestergaard presents a unique "toilet basics" guide for toddlers. It covers everything from lifting the seat and closing the door to planning ahead when you're on a trip. All told in cheerful rhyme, with hilarious illustrations, it's a fun way to handle a serious subject.”
Danny is Done with Diapers: a Potty ABC by O’Connell: “Adam avoids accidents. Brianna is busy in the bathroom. Caleb is comfy and clean! Danny and his friends know twenty-six ways to be done with diapers. Rebecca O'Connell's fun, familiar examples and Amanda Gulliver's bright, cheery art help kids practice their potty knowledge and learn their letters, too!”
I Use the Potty by Van Lieshout: “Babies wear diapers. Do big kids? No! Big kids use the potty! Every child's life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.”
Poop or Get Off the Potty! by McNamara: “When Mason and Mia were babies, they pooped a lot--always in their diapers. Now that they're big kids, it's time to use the potty. But what is the potty for? Naps? NO. Books? NO. Playing the drums? No, no, no! Mason and Mia look ahead to official big-kid territory in Poop or Get off the Potty!, this hilarious, instructive story from with special emphasis on that momentous toddler milestone: pooping in the potty!”
Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Shea: “Dinosaur doesn't need to use the potty. Even when he's making lemonade, running through the sprinkler, having a three-juice-box lunch, and splashing in rain puddles. See? He's doing his victory dance. Wait . . . that's not a victory dance-it looks like a POTTY DANCE! Run, Dinosaur, run! Can he make it in time? Potty wins! Close one, Dinosaur. Real, real close.”
Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty by Hodgkinson: “Little Goldilocks wants to wear big-girl underwear that's not too silly and not too frilly, but just right. But that means she also needs to find the "just right" potty. Will she know when she needs to go? And will she get to the potty in time? Find out in this light hearted story that will have parents and their little ones feeling ready to tackle toilet training.”