January Staff Picks

Check out what the staff of the Livingston Public Library is reading / listening to this month with our January staff picks…

Melanie:  The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna, and We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu

Sharon: The Deepest of Secrets by Kelley Armstrong, Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore, and Murder on the Spanish Seas by Wendy Church

Amanda: Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern by Jing Tsu, and Printer’s Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History by J.P. Romney

Archana: The Vibrant Years by Sonali Dev, and The Last Mona Lisa : A Novel by Jonathan Santlofer

Jessica: Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens

Jason: Replica by Lauren Oliver, The First Thing About You by Chaz Hayden (this author will be visiting February 4th!), and The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera

Hongmei: The Best Is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber (available as a book and  audiobook)

Melissa: Blood and Ink by Joe Pompeo, Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw, and Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Gina: From Scratch : A Memoir of Love, Loss and Finding Home in the Sicilian Countryside by Tembi Locke

Joe:  White Horse by Erika T. Wurth, and Sicker in the Head: More Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

Danielle: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote , and The Cruelest Month by Louise Penny

Winter Musical Storytime

Musical Storytime returns tomorrow! Every Tuesday in January starting at 4 P.M., come by our Program Room to enjoy a magnificent medley of music and storytelling: songs, picture books, puppet shows, dance parties, multimedia presentations, drum circles, egg-shaker jams, and so much more! This program is intended for children ages 2 to 5 years and their caregivers, and no registration is required.

Here is a preview of some of the books you can expect to see and hear this month. (Note: Descriptions are taken from the publishers)

Music Is… written by Brandon Stosuy, illustrated by Amy Martin

From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief Brandon Stosuy, comes an entertaining new board book that introduces the many moods, styles, and senses of music to the youngest audiophiles–because music is for everyone, and music is for you. Featuring Amy Martin’s dynamic art style, Music Is… explains music through our eyes and ears so that the sense of hearing is transformed into a visual experience. A pitch-perfect board book that is sure to strike a chord with readers of all ages.

Kat Writes a Song by Greg Foley

Kat writes a song to make things better on a gray and rainy day. After perfecting her magic song, she sings it out loud, and to her surprise, the rainy clouds go away! Kat is so pleased that she goes around her neighborhood singing her magic song. Will her song be able to help her friends too? A great read-aloud for parents and little ones to share, this sweet story proves that music has the power to bring friends together and let the sun shine through.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow

A New York Times best-selling masterpiece featuring a sing-song rhyming text and humorous energetic illustrations about a spirited child and outside-the-box, creative thinking. When the child gets caught painting everything from the ceiling to the floor, Mama says “Ya ain’t a-gonna paint no more!” But nothing will keep this artist from painting! Written to the familiar tune “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” the text bounces alongside vibrant stylized pen-and-ink drawings, while page-turns offer up a fun read-aloud guessing game in which kids will delightfully participate. What will the child paint next? “So I take some red and I paint my . . . HEAD!” Silliness paired with the ruckus read-aloud appeal will have every reader begging for repeat reads. 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

Read, row, and roar along – a newly imagined favorite will have everyone singing. In this vibrantly-painted rain forest, squeak, bark, and chatter along with a kitten and puppy rowing their way down the stream. Uncover one delightful animal surprise after another. Sheet music with guitar chords, along with Cabrera’s jaunty new verses, is included.

Today is Monday by Eric Carle

Learn the days of the week with bestselling author/illustrator Eric Carle through song! String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children’s song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world’s children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the page, munching on favorite dishes, and introducing young readers to the names of the days of the week. Both art and song invite children to join in the procession and sing along.

Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian