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Children’s Books

The Book Table has a lot to offer when it comes to children’s books. We have books for all ages and levels of reading. We have board books, picture books, early reader, early chapter books, and children’s novels.

Board Books

We have many of the classics in board book editions!



Picture Books

We carry both hardback and paperback picture books!



 Early Reader and Early Chapter Books



Children’s Novels



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Springtime and Easter Books

Our General Books manager always does a fantastic job at pulling in special occasion and holiday books, and this spring has been no exception.

We have an absolutely gorgeous Easter and springtime book display currently set up near our back door.Below we have listed some of our favorites. Be sure to come in and check them out!

Bashful Lamb’s Naptime by Jellycat Books

Bashful Lamb has had a long day, but when his mommy tells him it’s time for bed, he wants to continue playing! He tries to get his friends duckling and calf to play with him, but they’re too tired.

Will Bashful Lamb ever give into to his sleep eyes? Or will he stay awake despite his mom and his friends?

Complete with adorable artwork and rhyming sentences, Bashful Lamb’s Naptime is sure to please both children and adults alike.

Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends by Aaron Zenz

Here’s a puppy, there’s a kitten . . . yawning fawn and chuckling ducklings

The perfect introduction to animal names and animal groups for the youngest of kids, Chuckling Ducklings features babies of every variety. The bouncing text and adorable illustrations will become a favorite as the readers learn the special baby names that match all the grow-up animals they know and love.

Busy-Busy Little Chick by Janice N. Harrington 

Ideal for Easter and springtime, an exuberantly illustrated picture book by a New York Times bestselling artist!

Little Chick’s mother is all cluck and no action. Mama knows her old nest isn’t the cozy home she and her brood need. But whenever she vows to start building a new house, she’s distracted—by sweety-meaty worms, crunchy-munchy crickets, or picky-pecky corn. Luckily, her Little Chick is an industrious sort. While the rest of his family are stuffing themselves silly, he’s quietly working, bit by bit, day by day.

Janice N. Harrington’s retelling of a little-known Central African story is perfectly matched with Brian Pinkney’s jazzy depiction of a can-do little critter.

Easter Bunny on the Loose!: A Seek and Solve Mystery by Wendy Wax

The next On the Loose search and find book is here, and all hopped up for Easter!

The Easter Bunny can’t wait to hippity-hop his way to deliver all the Easter eggs this year! The only problem is . . . there are no eggs! Some-bunny has taken the Easter Bunny’s golden egg, and without the golden egg, Easter is on HOLD. Can you sort through all of the possible suspects hopping about Easterville and find the culprit who stole the golden egg? Be quick as a hare—time is running out!

Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier

Lucy Stone has always loved covering the annual Easter egg hunt for the Pennysaver. Hosted by elderly socialite Vivian Van Vorst at Pine Point, it’s a swanky event where the eggs are as likely to contain savings bonds as they are jelly beans. But when Lucy arrives, a man dressed as the Easter Bunny emerges, only to drop dead moments later. Lucy discovers the victim is VV’s grandson, and soon learns that not all is as it seems at idyllic Pine Point. Always a social butterfly, VV has been skipping lunch dates with friends, and her much-needed donations to local charities have stopped with no explanation. Maybe she’s going senile, or maybe her heirs are getting a little too anxious to take over her estate…

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Karen’s Picks for Picture Books February 2014

Karen is one of our most beloved book experts here at The Book Table. She especially loves our children’s books. We asked her to give us some recommendations for this month.

Journey by Aaron Becker

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

17262290A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.

Karens says, “This book is good for imagination!”

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Anne Isaacs

14823541When Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises, and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can’t possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a plan—and it just might work. This story filled with giant tortoises, 1,000 brides, bad guys, a smart widow, and even a little romance is sure to get kids laughing.

Karen says, “This book is so funny! This is a great book for introducing tall-tales.”

A Little Bit of Oomph! by Barney Saltzberg

17740629How do you make the ordinary extraordinary? With a little bit of oomph! An utterly inspiring and playful new book on creativity from Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful Oops!, A Little Bit of Oomph! teaches the invaluable lesson of throwing your heart into whatever you re doing and trying just a little bit harder because with a little extra effort and a lot of oomph, you can make anything beautiful. With a little bit of oomph you can help a sprinkle of seeds lift flap become a magical, three-dimensional bouquet of flowers. With a little bit of oomph, small notions like a goldfish in a little bowl open out to big oceans (just look through the peephole!). Oomph can transform a dog s tail into a funny tale (there s a miniature book involved). Oomph changes curiosity into discovery, daydreams into playthings, your singing into others dancing. A triumph of imagination, vibrant, colorful art, and paper engineering, A Little Bit of Oomph! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, spinning circles and gatefolds and, underlying every page, Barney s timeless message that creativity is for everyone. Just add a little bit of oomph.

Karen says, “This is such a creative book.”

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

6124878From the award-winning author of Little PeaLittle Hoot, and Little Oinkcomes a clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? Depends  on how you look at it! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s signature humor herethere’s also a subtle lesson for kids who don’t know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit!makes it easy to agree on one thingreading it again!

Karen says, “This book is great for teaching different view points.”

Karen works in our Children’s Books department, and she would love to recommend a book especially for you! Come in and say “hi!” 

Fun for Fall

Welcome, Fall!

Fall in Cache Valley means a lot of things. Usually the first thing that comes to mind is the gorgeous colors of the leaves on the trees in the mountains. The weather also gets cold, we usually get a fair amount of rain, and of course it is also harvest time!

Here at the Book Table we have a couple of really fun tables that are filled with product designed to give your home that fall-feeling. We have cute story books, home decor, and recipe books.

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This table is located by the register in our General Books department. It is dedicated to adorable home decor, and features cute little wooden signs, metal pumpkins, and things to use in fall-themed baking such as pumpkin cupcake-liners.

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This table is also located in our General Books department. It is dedicated to the harvest side of fall, with a focus on apples. On this display we have cute books about apple-picking as well as blocks of Peter’s Caramel for apple-dipping, and a few recipe books.

Here are some of our favorite children’s books about fall!

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

It is Fall And for one little girl, that means the special joys of visiting the Comstock Farm: choosing the reddest apples from the trees and finding the best pumpkin in the patch.Back home, she helps her mother carve a funny jack-o’-lantern face and puts a glowing candle inside her prize new pumpkin…just in time for Halloween and an evening of lots of “trick or treats”

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Fall has come, the wind is gusting, and Leaf Man is on the move. Is he drifting east, over the marsh and ducks and geese? Or is he heading west, above the orchards, prairie meadows, and spotted cows? No one’s quite sure, but this much is certain: A Leaf Man’s got to go where the wind blows.

With illustrations made from actual fall leaves and die-cut pages on every spread that reveal gorgeous landscape vistas, here is a playful, whimsical, and evocative book that celebrates the natural world and the rich imaginative life of children.

Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia is sure she will love everything about autumn.
The colorful trees
Jumping in the leaves
Apples, apples, apples
Warm apple pie
Fun family projects
Amelia Bedelia can’t wait.
What could be better? Autumn! Hooray for apples and fall!

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Back-to-School Books

It’s that time of year again! Each August we have teachers and parents alike coming in to look at books to help their students transition into school. We have some great ones here at the Book Table. In the middle of our Children’s Books department we have a table laid out with a bunch of books about school. We’ve picked a few of our favorites to highlight below!

Monstergarten by Daniel J. Mahoney

Patrick is worried about his first day of monstergarten. Everyone knows you have to be SCARY in monstergarten. Patrick’s friend, Kevin, offers to show Patrick how to be scary – they roar, they sneak up on people, they bare their teeth. But Patrick still isn’t ready. His parents tell him to just be himself. But what if he’s not scary ENOUGH?

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester’s fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary. Since its first publication in 1993, this heartwarming book has become a children’s classic that has touched the lives of millions of children and their parents, especially at times of separation, whether starting school, entering daycare, or going to camp. It is widely used by kindergarten teachers on the first day of school. Stickers at the back will help children and their parents keep their Kissing Hand alive.

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

Sarah Jane is worried about going to a new school. She refuses to get out of bed because she keeps imagining all the bad things that can happen. Readers will understand and sympathize with Sarah’s feelings and laugh when they discover the surprise ending to this delightful story.

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Some Definite Must-Reads!

We love to read here at the Book Table, and summer is the perfect time to catch up on our reading! We asked a couple of our book specialists to recommend some great pool-side, sun-shine soaking, and roadtrip reads for the last month of the summer.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

“This one is about a girl named Turtle growing up in the Depression. Her mom gets a job as a housekeeper to someone who does not like kids, so Turtle is sent to Florida to live with her aunt and a bunch of her cousins. It is a good story that teaches even though there is much to be cynical about, there is much to be grateful for including family and sticking together in hard times. Turtle in Paradise is based on true stories of the author’s great-grandmother and is a good read for ages 8+.”

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

“As civil war is about to break out, three orphans are forced by a nobleman to take part in a treacherous plot to impersonate the long lost prince. The orphans have two choices: learn fast to be the prince, or be killed. There is a twist that makes the reader want to stay up late with a flashlight just to know what happens next. The False Prince is a good read for fans of Harry Potter, Rangers Apprentice, or Percy Jackson.”

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

“I read Leviathan in about a day it was so intriguing. If you’ve ever read anything else by Westerfeld, he has this way of making his worlds feel real. He creates a whole new jargon for his characters to use that help to set the stage of his novels. Leviathan takes place during World War I. Except it’s like what would happen if all of this different technology was available during the war. There are two groups that are at war with each other–the Clankers (the German Central Powers) and the Darwinists (the British Entente Powers). The Clankers have these super advanced war machines, and the Darwinists have manipulated animal DNA and now use modified animals as their warships and weapons. The main characters in this book are both in danger–Alek is the newly orphaned prince of Hapsburg, and Deryn is pretending to be a boy so that she can work on the Darwinist ships. If either one of these characters’ true identities become common knowledge, they will be killed. Even though they come from opposite sides of the war, they become unlikely friends and have to work together to survive. Leviathan is a great read, and as it’s the first of a series, readers will have more to look forward to after the first book comes to a close. Great for ages 9+.”

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Elephant & Piggie Books

We’ve recently brought in a fun collection of books by children’s author Mo Willems. The Elephant & Piggie books are fun, easy reads for young kids. Plus, each story teaches a lesson.

Gerald the Elephant and Piggie are best friends, and they love to have adventures and play. In “Let’s Go For a Drive!” Elephant and Piggie gather the necessary items for a car ride, everything but a car, that is. They learn to change plans and use their imagination. In “Today I Will Fly!” Piggie vows she will fly, and looks to others for help. Mo Willems is the master of slight humor and simple illustrations that tell the whole story. We highly recommend these books.