Becca Spotlights: Jan Brett

Author and illustrator Jan Brett has captured the hearts of adults and children alike over the past four decades. Her books often feature adorable animal characters getting into mischief and you can find a hedgehog either front and center or secretly hidden in many of her stories. You can check out many of Jan’s books…

Lisa Spotlights: The Scholastic Storybook Treasure Series

Do you want to bring some of the Scholastic Classic stories to life? Enjoy the Scholastic Storybook Treasure DVDs! There are 12 different topics including: Family Adventures, Nature Stories, Holiday Adventures and more! Each DVD includes 20 stories that come to life! Perfect to enjoy with the family! Titles currently available in the children’s DVD…

Lisa Spotlights Holiday Children’s Movies

Here’s a list of the top 30 Holiday Movies that the Danvers Children’s Room has available. These are in the interest of children under 8 years old, but could be older too. Enjoy some new movies and some classics! A personal favorite is Prep & Landing about Santa’s elves doing their job to get your…

Lisa Highlights: New Arrivals on Playaway for Children

True Tales of Childhood: by David Stabler & Robin Stevenson The Children’s Room recently added a new series to our Playaway collection: True Tales of Childhood by David Stabler and Robin Stevenson. There are six editions to borrow: Kid Presidents, Kid Authors, Kid Artists, Kid Athletes, Kid Activists, and Kid Scientists. Did you know that…

Patrick Recommends: Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Non-Fiction Graphic Novels

The Peabody Institute of Danvers not only has superhero graphic novels, but a growing collection of non-fiction titles. These books use sequential art to make complex topics more accessible. They work especially well with reluctant readers. Make no mistake; these books are complex, funny, and smart. Several of the titles have even made it onto…

Staff Review: Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Reviewed by Rachel By all accounts, Neil Gaiman’s children’s book Coraline is a strange and creepy piece of fiction. It features another set of parents for its protagonist, Coraline Jones, who live through the hallway behind the door that goes nowhere. Copies of her next door neighbors, Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, perform nightly for…