September Children’s Books

Check out the book picks coming to the children’s library this September!

September 2019 Book List

Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is the Illinois K-3 Readers’ Choice Award. Book nominations are accepted statewide from school library media specialists, teachers, public librarians, and students.  Books are both fiction and non-fiction and include a range of interest and reading levels for students K-3. Come check out an Illinois Monarch Award winner today!

2020 Award Book List

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Bluestem Award

The Bluestem Award is the Illinois Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 3-5. Bluestem books are fiction and non-fiction , ranging interests and reading levels. Come check out a Bluestem Award book today!

2020 Award Book List

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Accelerated Reader Bookfinder:

Search for books to find the AR Level and points value. If the book is on this website, there is an AR test for it at your school!

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Cloud Library

The 3M Cloud Library app is available for Harrisburg District Library patrons to download e-books and e-audiobooks for free! All you need is your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN. The app is available for free download to iOS and Android devices. The Cloud Library has fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens, and adults.

https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

*Choose Illinois Heartland Library System when prompted to “Find Your Local Library.”

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TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is a fun and interactive library of books available right at your fingertips. It allows you to read along with an animated book or read on your own. TumbleBooks are created by taking story books and adding animation, sound, music, and movement to create an e-book. Find picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, videos, and more for children of all ages on TumbleBooks today!

Click to access TumbleBooks

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Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits is a database perfect for primary and elementary school learners. It features information on topics such as health, sports, plants, science, and literature. Click the photo to access with either your Harrisburg District Library card number and 4-digit PIN, or using har16592

Click to access Kids InfoBits

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Children can visit Harrisburg District Library for free access to ABC Mouse. ABC Mouse

offers activities to improve math, reading, and art skills. Visit the classroom, the zoo, the farm, and more! Access is only available in-house at the library.

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Ms. Emily’s Chapter Book Pick

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

This book is available at our library and as an ebook on the Cloud Library.

Find out more about this book with this synopsis from Goodreads below.

The Penderwick sisters busily discover the summertime magic of Arundel estate’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. Best of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, the perfect companion for their adventures. Icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is less pleased with the Penderwicks than Jeffrey, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Is that any fun? For sure the summer will be unforgettable.

Ms. Emily’s Pick of the Month

Ms. Emily’s Picture Book Pick

The Thank You Letter by Jane Cabrera

Available at our library.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads.

Encourage young readers to express their gratitude with this sweet story of a girl’s thank you letters. . . . and her town’s overwhelming response.

After her wonderful birthday party, Grace sits down to write thank-you letters to friends and family for all their lovely gifts. But why stop there? She writes to thank Mr. Jones for teaching her to read and write. She thanks her dog for his waggy tail. She even thanks the sky for being so perfectly blue.

This sweet story about the power of gratitude encourages young readers to write their own letters, and share their joy with friends, family, and loved ones. For anyone who has ever wanted to encourage children to write thank you notes, Grace’s sweet letters and the joyful way everyone in town receives them is the perfect, gentle lesson, and models how to respond to all kinds of gifts–including the intangible ones.

When Grace returns home after delivering her notes, she finds a wealth of affection–cards, letters, and notes from her neighbors and friends, expressing their love for Grace and appreciation for her letters. A beautifully illustrated gatefold page shows how deeply her letters have touched the hearts of everyone around them.

Beloved storyteller and illustrator Jane Cabrera’s vivid and textured acrylic paintings are filled with joyful cuteness and warmth. Collage elements, including patterns from the inside of envelopes, smartly add to the epistolary theme. This delightful celebration of mindful thankfulness and community togetherness is perfect for curling up in a cozy spot and sharing one-on-one

Ms. Krys’s Pick of the Month

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Available at our library.

Find out more with this synopsis from Goodreads below.

“Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied.” — Wilson Bentley (1865–1931)

From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley’s enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist’s vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.

Ms. Lisa’s Pick of the Month

Boom!: Big, Big Thunder and One Small Dog by Mary Lyn Ray.

Available at our library.

Check out the synopsis from Goodreads.

A lovable dog who isn’t afraid of anything suddenly finds herself feeling rather unbrave when she hears thunder. Beautifully written, this charming picture book addresses a common fear in an accessible way and introduces readers to a great new puppy protagonist with humor and charm.

Ms. Makenzie’s Pick of the Month

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Available at our library as a book, or ebook and audiobook via the Cloud Library app.

Check out the synopsis from Barnes and Noble.

For fans of Lemony Snicket and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, this first book in the bestselling, award-winning Mysterious Benedict Society Series is not to be missed!

“Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?” Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children—two boys and two girls—succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most intelligent and inventive children could complete. To accomplish it they will have to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. But what they’ll find in the hidden underground tunnels of the school is more than your average school supplies. So, if you’re gifted, creative, or happen to know Morse Code, they could probably use your help.