Archive for the 'Holiday Staff Favorites' Category

The Gray-Nosed Kitten by Miriam E. Mason

Monday, November 21st, 2011

A book review by Patty

This is a book written long ago, but an overlooked timely classic about an unwanted kitten who brings a lonely boy and a town together to form friendships.  It proves that even a gray-nosed kitten can do great things.  A must read for all ages!

It is interesting to note the book was illustrated by Marie C. Nichols and published in 1950 by Houghton Mifflin Company.  Patty is a yet  undiscovered illustrator who works part-time at the West Deptford Free Public Library circulation desk.   In browsing the book’s hand drawn illustrations,  I suspect this was a childhood favorite that had a strong influence on Patty’s artistic development.

Library Staff selections ring in the New Year!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Here are a few more seasonal children’s favorites courtesy of West Deptford Free Public Library staffers.
Wishing everyone Happy New Year
The Library doors will open once again on Tuesday, January 4, 2011.

A Christmas Tree
by Eve Bunting

A charming children’s story about a family going into the woods to find their favorite tree.  This is one of my all time favorite stories.  It can be read and enjoyed all winter.

The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry

I would recommend it.  I’ve always liked this story because the true gift didn’t cost money, it was their love for each other.

The Polar Express
by Chris Van Allsburg

The theme of “Believe” is true for all of us.  The book is imaginative and the bell is something tangible for little ones.


WDFPL Staff Holiday Favorites

Friday, December 24th, 2010



Mr.Willowby’s Christmas Tree
by Robert E. Barry

I’ve always enjoyed the sharing aspect of this story – all creatures large and small getting a piece of the tree.  I think even small children would enjoy the rhymes and illustrations.


Red Ranger Came Calling
by Berkeley  Breathed

I love the quirky illustrations and the surprise ending. This is not a typical cheery Christmas story but one that could appeal to adults as well as a mature young reader.


Christmas on Jane Street
by Billy Romp with Wande Unbanske

This is a true story about a Vermont family that comes to New York City every Christmas to see Christmas trees in Greenwich Village.   This is a very sweet story about the country coming to the city.


Where’s Little Bunny?
Frances Cordon

I liked it as a child. It’s about a little girl on an Easter Egg hunt who loses her bunny and rather than look for the eggs she looks for the bunny she loves and finds the golden egg which is prize to the bike of her dreams.


Lemony Snicket’s The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming
by Daniel Handler

Author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) writes a funny and satirical story about an angry potato pancake who screams evn before he hits the hot oil. The story points out differences and similarities of the Christian-Judean holidays and how everyone just wants to be accepted in the world. A very cute and imaginative story for all ages.


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

I love the storyline of A Christmas Carol because it serves as a great reminder of what Christmas should be about – love and giving. I recommend this book to anyone of any age because the message is timeless and applicable to all!


The Mitten
by Jan Brett

Any title by this author is a win. 

Happy Reading!