21 El Sereno
There is a lovely library in El Sereno on the Eastside of Los Angeles.
We headed straight for the children’s section, as usual, and were delighted to find books and new friends right away.
One of the first books Riley took off the shelf was Neville by Norton Juster and illustrated by G. Brian Karas. She carried this book around the house when we got home. I loved it at much as she did. I think anyone who has moved to a new neighborhood will love it too.
Another book was Bats at the Library written and illustrated by Brian Lies. I really liked the rhyming, and it’s a great book for this time of year. . . or any time of year!
You Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker and pictures by Ken Wilson-Max. A feel good board book about siblings.
Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson was a imaginative wordless book of cityscapes in shapes of letters (also a Caldecott Medal winner).
The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster and illustrated by Chris Raschka was another book Riley pulled from the shelf. It won a Caldecott Medal as well, and was a very sweet story about grandparents.
Three Little Ghosties by Pippa Goodhart, illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone – a cute ghost story that embraces rhymes and silliness (also good for reading in October)! Riley liked the voices I used for each ghost. . .
We chatted with the very nice librarian checking us out as we were leaving. She told us about one of her favorite branches where she used to work — I think it was branch 49. We look forward to getting there . . . sometime next year!?
I continue to be pleasantly surprised by some books I might not have ever found had Riley not carried them over to me. . . there are just so many children’s books! It is truly a pleasure visiting these library branches and finding book (and librarian) gems.
Check out all of the events taking place at the El Sereno Branch Library – including a Hollywood Make-Up Artist Demonstration on October 17th at 4:30pm!