Unicorns are fascinating. At the library, it’s common to hear requests from kids in particular for books on this specific creature of legend.

What is it about unicorns that is so appealing to us? Some people like horses, and unicorns certainly fit the form with the added bonus of having a magical horn. Unicorns are also mysterious, elusive, and otherworldly…and nothing stokes curiosity like the unknown!

At the library, we have books starring a variety of unicorns from gentle and ethereal to silly and spunky. See below for a sample!

 

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Highlights:

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Uni the Unicorn
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real.

 

 

 

 

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The Prophecy
By Hilari Bell

Guided by the words of a prophecy, Prince Perryn, who loves books more than swords, sets out to slay the black dragon that is destroying his kingdom.

When you were a child, what was your favorite book? This is what I asked my colleagues at our library today, and was pleased at the amount of conversation it generated. For some there was a clear favorite, and others had to stop and think about it. Many of the responses were surprising. When I posed this question to a couple of clerks and pages, their answers included To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone with the Wind, The Iliad, and The Inferno. Of course I loved their answers, but had to ask them to modify their choices to something that could be found in the children’s section.

The librarians had great responses as well. One not only gave me the book’s title, but also provided an insightful reason as to why it was included among his favorites. The Children’s Librarian, who has experienced a lifelong passion for children’s literature, stared at me as if I had just asked her the meaning of life.

So the next time you want to learn more about a person, ask what his or her favorite book is. No doubt you will find out something about this person that you didn’t know before.

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September is Happy Cat Month! Started by the CATalyst Council, this month is dedicated to teaching cat owners how to have happy and healthy pets. Even if you don’t have a cat, you can still celebrate Happy Cat Month by reading stories and learning about them. Check for availability at our library below!

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Highlights:

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A Castle Full of Cats

By Ruth Sanderson

The queen is devoted to her cats and they know they are loved, but when they try to win the king’s affection, they drive him right out of the castle.

 

 

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The Cheshire Cheese Cat
By Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright

A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London’s Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration.

Many of us have grown up with fairy tales. Powerful images such as glass slippers, trails of breadcrumbs, and long hair flowing outside a tall tower are referenced again and again in places such as school, work, movies, and literature. But these adventures don’t have to begin and end the same way with each telling. In fact, some authors of children’s literature have taken inspiration from classic fairy tales such as “Rumpelstiltskin” and “Beauty and the Beast” to spin their own tales. Here are a few to get you started!

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Highlights:

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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

By Christopher Healy

The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom.

 

 

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Beauty and the Beast: The Only One Who Didn’t Run Away

By Wendy Mass

Struggling with looks that she thinks do not reflect her name, Beauty meets a gangly youth who lives in the shadow of his older brother.

Tomorrow is Percy Jackson’s birthday! Starring in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus, Percy is the son of a powerful Greek god. Unfortunately, this means that trouble has a way of finding him. He manages to get to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets other demigods and discovers that he plays the key role in a potentially world-ending prophecy.

We’ve lost count of how many times Percy’s life has been in danger, but close calls with immortal gods and monsters of old make for great stories. Since every year he survives is practically a miracle, we hope you’ll celebrate Percy’s birthday by reading up on Greek myths and legends! Click the images below for availability. Also check out Rick Riordan’s other series: The Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, and The Trials of Apollo.

 

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Highlights:

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Beast Keeper (Beasts of Olympus #1)
By Lucy Coats

Son of Pan and avid creature-lover,Pandemonious—otherwise known as Demon—becomes the Beast Keeper for the Stables of the Gods.

 

 

 

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Treasury of Greek Mythology
By Donna Jo Napoli

Read about some of the most wellknown figures in Greek mythology, such as Gaia, Apollo, Orion, and the “Lethal Beauty” Helen.

It’s that time again! Sometimes adjusting back into school mode is a little difficult after a long summer break, but here are some books to help you prepare.

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Highlights:

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Daddy’s Back-to-School Shopping Adventure

By Alan Lawrence Sitomer

A family goes back-to-school shopping, but they have trouble sticking to the list when there are so many cool things to buy.

 

 

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How Oliver Olson Changed the World
By Claudia Mills

Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, Oliver finally shows his overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things without their help.

The Summer Olympics start August 5th! Prepare yourself by reading up on the history of this international athletic event.

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The Wildest Race Ever

By Meghan McCarthy

The exciting and bizarre true story of the 1904 Olympic marathon, which took place at the St. Louis World’s Fair.

 

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Olympic Trivia
By Marty Gitlin

Test your knowledge about the history of the Summer and Winter Games and the amazing athletes who have participated in them.