Books for Children, Books for Parents

10 Great New Holiday Picture Books for Kids

December 5, 2017

Holiday Books

Who doesn't love snuggling up on the couch on a cool December night with a great book to read together? Here are our picks for 10 fantastic holiday-themed kids picture books. Thanks to Clare Doornbos at Book Passage in Corte Madera for starting off our list with some of her picks for great new books. Find them all at your local Marin County library or bookstore.

Our Favorite Halloween Books for Kids

October 16, 2017

Halloween book cover collage

Fall is here, and what is a better way to celebrate its arrival than with a good book? My kids and I love to go to the library and pick out some great Halloween children's books to read together, and fall is definitely one of our favorite times of year.

Here are some of our favorites that we've enjoyed over the years. All of these books should be available at public libraries throughot Marin. You can look to see if your local library has these titles available at marinlibrary.org.

Celebrate Art and Storytelling with the Marin Comics Fest

September 9, 2017

Marin Comics Fest Celebrate art and storytelling at libraries across the county at the first Marin Comics Fest! Taking place starting today, September 9, 2017 and running through September 16, the Marin Comics Fest features fun family-friendly happenings at local Marin libraries and other venues, including Blue Moon Comics and Copperfield's Books in San Rafael.

Learn about comics, graphic novels, a from renowned cartoonists, artists, and writers like Art Roche, Thi Bui, Judd Winick, Serena Valentino, Brian Fies, and others. There will even be a Latino comics expo at the Novato Library on Saturday, September 16.

Check their page on the San Rafael Library's website for a full schedule of events and locations, and follow the Fest on Facebook for updates and info. The Marin Comics Fest is produced in in partnership with Friends of the San Rafael Public Library, Copperfield's, and Blue Moon Comics.

Summer Challenge for Kids and Teens at the Marin County Library!

June 10, 2017

Kids Summer Challenge Marin Library 

It's hard to believe that it's already the end of the school years. You can keep the learning—and fun—alive this summer by participating in the Marin County Free Library's 2017 summer learning program. To participate in the Kids Summer Learning Challenge, all you have to do is visit your local branch of the Marin County Free Library, pick up a summer reading folder, and start reading.

Young readers will earn a Book Buck for each 100 minutes that they read or are read to. Book Bucks can then be redeemed for a variety of prizes, and kids who complete the Learning Challenge will get a Gold Medal Reader button. Participants can also donate their Book Bucks to the library's Giving Program; this year the Friends of the Library will donate a dollar to Marin Foster Care Association for every Book Buck donated.

Teens can participate in the 2017 Teen Summer Challenge, where they can earn scratcher tickets by checking out books, writing book reviews, and attending teen events a the library. More visits to the library mean more chances to win!

Great Summer Reads for Kids from Diesel Bookstore in Larkspur

May 28, 2017

Summer books

Marin Mommies presents a guest article highlighting some fantastic summer reading selections from Clare Doornbos, the children's book expert at DIESEL bookstore in Larkspur. Diesel is located in Marin Country Mart at 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle. Visit their website at www.dieselbookstore.com or call them at (415) 785-8177.

School's almost out and summer is almost here! Your kids are booked into camp, the trip to Grandma's house is all planned out, and the beach is calling. Now you just need to get some books together. There are so many great books to choose from for toddlers to independent readers. You already know many of the classics, so Clare from Diesel bookstore in Larkspur has picked out some new books that will keep your kids reading all summer long.

2017 Best Books for Kids from the American Library Association

February 26, 2017

ALA Books

It's awards season: we've seen the Grammys and the Golden Globes and the Oscars take place tonight in Hollywood. But did you know it was awards season for kids' books, too? The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its annual youth media awards for 2017, including the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott medals for children's books.

Since 1922, the John Newbery Medal has been awarded to the author of the most distinguished American children's book by the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC), a division of the ALA. This year, the Newbury Medal goes to The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, published by Algonquin Young Readers. The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a coming-of-age fairy tale that tells the story of Luna, a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a tiny dragon. When the people of the Protectorate endanger the Xan, the kind, gentle, and unfortunately misunderstood witch who lives in the forest, it's up to Luna to save her. Find it at a local Marin library here.

10 Wonderful Valentine's Books for Children

January 30, 2017

My kids have always loved to go to the library and check out a big stack of books that relate to the current holiday or season. Valentine's Day of course is no exception, so here are some of our choices for great kids' books to read this week. Find them at your local library or bookstore. The links on each title take you to that book's listing on the Marin County Free Library website.

Llama Llama I Love You by Anne Dewdney
In this board book, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. It's a perfect introduction to Llama Llama for babies and toddlers.

Groggle's Monster Valentine by Diana Murray
Groggle has been up all night making a Valentine’s Day card. This isn’t just any Valentine, though, and it has to be perfect—it’s for Snarlina, his beast friend in the whole wide world. Will Groggle's monster impulses foil his plans? (The library doesn't have this book yet, but you can suggest it to them.)

Join Fraydo the Dragon Club! It’s FREE, EASY and FUN!

December 17, 2016

Fraydo the Dragon

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Little Fire Press, the local publishing house of Fraydo the Dragon: A Very Big Problem!

Fraydo the Dragon: A Very Big Problem! is a new picture book by local author Courtney Aragon. This popular, local favorite has already brought serious giggles and chuckles to children of all ages—from silly to super silly. After all, kids have lots of fun trying to figure out why big, lovable and goofy Fraydo the Dragon thinks he is a DOG!!

Just in Time for the Holidays: Best Kids' Books of 2016 from Diesel

December 8, 2016

A Most Magical GirlThe holidays are here, and great books always make fantastic gifts for kids! Clare Doornbos, the children's book expert at Diesel bookstore in Larkspur, saves us all a lot of time and stress by highlighting her picks for best kids' books of 2016.

You can join Clare for storytime at the bookstore every Thursday morning at 10:30 am, where she reads classics, new kids' books, and hidden treasures. It's perfect for families with children 5 and under. Diesel is located in Marin Country Mart at 2419 Larkspur Landing Circle in Larkspur. For more information about Diesel and a complete schedule of events, visit www.dieselbookstore.com/larkspur or call the store at (415) 785-8177.

Younger Picture Books (ages 0–4)

Touch Think Learn ABC by Xavier Deneux
A modern graphical alphabet book with luxurious thick board pages. What makes this book so extraordinary are the cut-outs from one page which correspond with a raised part of the facing page. It's almost like a pop-up book for the very young.

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