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The Thank You Book


It’s Coming!  The FINAL title in the Elephant and Piggie series is on its way!  We purchased several copies for patrons to check out.  They will be available starting May 3rd for all the Babylon readers who love the series as much as we do, “We’re looking at you, Evangeline!” We can’t wait!

What Should I Read Next?

We’ve all been there…can’t make up your mind what to read next?  Check out this list from Time Magazine of the “100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time” and “100 Best Children’s Books of All Time”. The list includes some well-loved favorites you might not have read in a while and some you might have overlooked. From the children’s book list: Classics like“The Cat in the Hat”  and new favorites like “Press Here” by Herve Tullet. The Young Adult list includes titles: “A Wrinkle in Time”, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. See if any of your favorites made the list. (There’s even a section to vote for your favorite titles).


Time Magazine 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time


Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!


Apri 12, 2016

There’s something very appropriate and satisfying about Beverly Cleary reaching the milestone of 100 years. Her books have always had a timeless quality…sure, you might occasionally see a word that hints the events depicted took place a while ago; however, the sense of immediacy, the here and now that has always been an essential part of childhood has always been present in her books. “A present! thought Ramona, and knew at once she was going to like Miss Binney.”

As Ms. Cleary herself once said, “What year do your books take place?  And the only answer I can give is, in childhood.”

So, Happy Birthday, Ms. Cleary and thank you for giving us such memorable characters: Henry Huggins, Ribsy, Ralph the mouse (from the Mouse and the Motorcycle) Beezus and, of course, Ramona, who is not a pest! I know Ramona is still happily thinking up new adventures on Klickitat Street every time a reader opens up one of Ms. Cleary’s books for the first time.

Find out more about Ms. Cleary and her books on the  Beverly Cleary website

Check out some of the many Beverly Cleary titles at the Babylon Library. 

You can also get e-book Beverly Cleary titles  on Live-brary (accessible through the Babylon Library website).



Getting Graphic: Using Graphic Novels to Attract Reluctant Readers

Are you having trouble getting your son or daughter to pick up a book in their spare time? Don’t worry; it’s common in our day and age for children to blow off reading with all the technological alternatives out there. That’s not  to say though that parents can’t use certain books or genres to try and appeal to their kids at home and make reading seem more exciting. Graphic novels present a great opportunity for parents, educators and librarians to do just that.


Using graphic novels to promote literacy and reading rates has proven to be effective in schools and libraries alike. A wide variety of studies have shown that graphic novels not only help to foster a love of reading among children, but also help to improve language skills and literacy development. Throughout the month of April, Babylon Public Library will look to showcase some of their most popular titles, as graphic novels will take over the Library’s main display area. Looking for a graphic novel that your son or daughter might enjoy? Check out some of the staff’s favorite graphic novels (listed below) or come into the library and talk to a librarian today!

Graphic novels for Children: Grades K-5

Bone: Ghost Circles by Jeff Smith

The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

Hidden by Loic Dauvillier

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Graphic novels for Children: Grades 6 and up

Amazing Fantastic Incredible by Stan Lee

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

300 by Frank Miller


Thank You, Mo Willems

elephantAlright, its time to talk about the elephant (and piggie) in the room. Mo Willems, the author of the Knuffle Bunny, Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie series has completed his final Gerald and Piggie book. The 25th book in the series “The Thank You Book“, is apparently , sniff…the last in the series of adventures of  our favorite elephant and pig.

But, instead of being sad, reread some of these amazing and deceptively simple books.  The hard part is picking out your favorite in all the wonderful titles.  I personally love, “There Is a Bird on Your Head!” and “Should I Share My Ice Cream?” What are your favorite titles in the Gerald and Piggie series?

Even though saying good-bye is hard, we’ll have all the copies of their adventures at the library for you to check out whenever you want to revisit these old friends. Of course, we’ll have their final adventure, “The Thank You Book” which will be released May 3, 2016.

And if you’re still not ready to say goodbye, take a trip to the New York Historical Society Museum and library. “The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems”, is a tour throughout the writer/artists career from his work on Sesame Street, his bus obsessed pigeon, a girl and her bunny and, of course, the stories of friendship we have come to love with Gerald and Piggie. The exhibit runs from March 18-September 25, 2016.

Find out more about the exhibit at their website.