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Children's Librarians Share Their Favorite Award Winning Books

Tina Lerno, Librarian, Digital Content Team,
librarians holding up picture books
Librarians with their favorite books. Laurie Reese, Linda Israelson, Nailah Malik, Rita Law, Allison Alvarez, and Cynthia Palacios.

Our children’s librarians are all avid readers, but when it comes to choosing award-winning children's books, they can really play favorites. We talked to some of our children’s librarians in our branches to see what they love to read and why. Laurie Reese shared with me that “Everyone has different reasons for their choices, but I think what ties the books together is joy and love”. Linda Israelson echoed her thoughts and added that it's really the quality of the books and the children's immediate connection that swayed her choices. What lovely sentiments indeed.

  • Recommended by Laurie Reese, Felipe de Neve Branch Library
Good Night Owl
Pizzoli, Greg, author, illustrator.

  • Recommended by Laurie Reese, Felipe de Neve Branch Library
Du Iz Tak?
Ellis, Carson, 1975- author, illustrator.

  • Recommended by Linda Israelson, Children's Literature Department
The Day-Glo Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer's Bright Ideas and Brand-New Colors
Barton, Chris.

  • Recommended by Nailah Malik, Washington Irving Branch Library
The Secret Olivia Told Me
Joy, N.

  • Recommended by Cynthia Palacios, Fairfax Branch Library
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear
Mattick, Lindsay.

  • Recommended by Cynthia Palacios, Fairfax Branch Library
Niño Wrestles the World
Morales, Yuyi.

  • Recommended by Allison Alvarez, Edendale Branch Library
Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist
Wood, Susan

  • Recommended by Rita Law, Chinatown Branch Library
Big Cat, Little Cat
Cooper, Elisha

Do you have a favorite award-winning children's book?

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