Want to give that special child in your life a gift they’ll keep for years to come? The children’s librarians at the Dublin Library can help. We’ve put together a list of great books, all of them recently published and perfect for gift giving. You may not see these titles advertised everywhere, but that’s what makes them the ideal surprise. All of these books are available at the library, so come see us if you’d like to look before you buy.


You Push I Ride Board Book by Abby Levine ; pictures by Margot Apple (ages 18 months – 3 years)
Newly released with board pages, this classic tale is a slice of toddler life.

Ready for Anything by Keiko Kasza (ages 4 -7)
Raccoon is nervous about all of the things that could spoil a picnic, from bees to dragons, until Duck convinces him that surprises can be fun.

Jump! by Scott M. Fischer (ages 2 – 5)
Lively illustrations and rhythmic text have animals jump-jump-jumping every which way.

What if? By Laura Vaccaro Seeger (ages 3 – 6)
What if a boy found a beach ball and kicked it into the ocean? What if two seals found it and began to play? What if a third seal appeared on the beach looking for a friend? Enjoy this visit to the beach and the chance to guess what happens when different choices are made

A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton (ages 5 – 7)
A small but effervescent overnight guest tries the patience of a curmudgeonly bear who needs absolute quiet to fall asleep

Duck Rabbit by Amy Krouse Rosenthal ; illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld (ages 5 – 7)
Two unseen characters argue about whether the creature they are looking at is a rabbit or a duck

City Dog, Country Frog words, Mo Willems ; pictures, Jon J Muth (all ages)
Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock to play games with him, but during the winter things change for them both

Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck ; illustrations by Paul Rátz de Tagyos (ages 7 – 9)
When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite a guest to dinner, Maybelle the cockroach, who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up “splashing” into a big adventure.

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills; pictures by Heather Maione (ages 8 – 10)
Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help while his class is studying the solar system.

Jake by Audrey Couloumbis (ages 10 and up)
When ten-year-old Jake’s widowed mother breaks her leg just before Christmas while her sister and best friend are both away, a grandfather Jake barely remembers must come to Baltimore, Maryland, to help a neighbor take care of him.

What Happened on Fox Street by Tricia Springstubb (ages 10 and up)
Fox Street means everything to Mo Wren, who is nearly eleven, and so she is very upset when a land developer offers to buy her father’s house, especially since she has not yet found the fox she is sure lives in the nearby ravine.

Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder ; drawings by LeUyen Pham (ages 9 and up)
In the middle of an Iowa cornfield, four children find a magic wall that enables them to travel through time and space

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (ages 10 and up)
Eleven-year-old Delphine has it together. Even though her mother, Cecile, abandoned her and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, seven years ago. Even though her father and Big Ma will send them from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to stay with Cecile for the summer. And even though Delphine will have to take care of her sisters, as usual, and learn the truth about the missing pieces of the past.

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord (ages 10 – 12)
When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their island’s one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, eleven-year-old Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet-playing foster child, to increase the school’s population.

How I, Nicky Flynn, finally get a life (and a dog) by Art Corriveau (ages 12 and up)
Moving to inner-city Boston after his parents’ divorce, eleven-year-old Nicky struggles to cope with the changes in his life, including acquiring a former guide dog that leads to a mystery for Nicky to solve.

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (ages 11 and up)
Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

Rocky Road by Rose Kent (ages 12 and up)
Fashion-loving twelve-year-old Tess moves with her deaf younger brother and impulsive single mother to Schenectady, New York, where they open an ice-cream shop and lead a campaign for urban renewal.

Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton ; illustrated by Tony Persiani (all ages)
The creative Switzer brothers invent day-glo paint.

What Really Happened to Humpty? by Joe Dumpty as told to Jeanie Franz Ransom ; illustrated by Stephen Axelsen (all ages)
Detective Joe Dumpty rushes to investigate the mysterious circumstances under which his older brother, Humpty, fell from a wall on his first day as captain of the new Neighborhood Watch program. A hilarious send-up of detective fiction and nursery rhymes.