Welcome to the Stratford Library Children’s Department.

  • School Support Tip – Readaloud Book Pairs

    school supportPrint & Audiobook Pairs

    Listening to an audiobook while simultaneously reading the print version of the book can be very beneficial for children: increasing their reading speed, expanding vocabulary, improving fluency and comprehension, teaching pronunciation and critical listening skills, boosting reading confidence, and allowing students to read above level.

    The Stratford Library offers audiobooks in several different formats: on CD, via our digital audiobook collections (Hoopla, OverDrive, and Tumblebook Library) and on Playaway. Playaways are small, battery-powered players. Children just plug in their personal earbuds and listen! The Stratford Library owns hundreds of Playaways, many of which have matching print books in the Children’s department. Here are some examples.

    Easy Readers and Picture Books

    I Spy Fly Guy! By Tedd Arnold

    Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

    In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

    Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

    Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

    Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

    Curious George Flies a Kite by Margret Rey

    Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

    Epossumondas by Coleen Salley

    Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

    The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

    Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells

    Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

    Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

    Chapter Fiction Books

    The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

    Posted by John David Anderson

    The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

    The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

    Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

    The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

    The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    Flat Stanley: Framed in France by Jeff Brown

    Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: The New Girl by Meg Cabot

    Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

    No Talking by Andrew Clements

    How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

    Blended by Sharon Draper

    The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

    Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire by Polly Horvath

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

    Judy Moody, Girl Detective by Megan McDonald

    The Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski

    Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

    The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

    The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Russell

    A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

    The I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

    The 39 Clues series

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  • DIY Storytime – Hats

    Celebrate Dr. Seuss day with a whimsical DIY Storytime on Hats – whenever is convenient for your family.

    Do-It-Yourself Storytime


    book old hatOld Hat New Hat
    • Written and illustrated by Jan and Stan Berenstain
    • Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
    • Presented by Mark Gooding
    Brother Bear wants a new hat, but nothing seems right.
    Jean Warren has some hat activities on her Preschool Express site:

    book whose hat is thisWhose Hat Is This?
    • Written by Sharon Katz Cooper
    • Illustrated by Amy Muehlenhardt
    • Published by Picture Window Books
    • Presented by Zest2Teach
    Learn about different hats that help people do their jobs.
    First Palette has templates and instructions for making a variety of paper hats:

    Do You Have a Hat?
    • Written by Eileen Spinelli
    • Illustrated by Geraldo Valerio
    • Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    • Presented by Art with Mrs. F.
    A fun look at hats worn by famous people in history.
    Here are more ideas for paper hats from How Stuff Works:


    Hats on Top by Macmillan Education

    My Hat Seasons Song by Love to Sing

    My Hat It Has Three Corners


    Silly Hat

    A silly hat, a silly hat
    I wear it on my head ‘cos that’s where it’s at
    And I know it looks as funny as can be.
    A silly hat, a silly hat
    I wear it on my head ‘cos that’s where it’s at
    And I like it ‘cos it feels like part of me.

    It may be too big or it may be too little
    It might even have a whole in the middle
    It might be colored red or blue or green

    And if someone saw my silly hat
    That I had on my head ‘cos that’s where it’s at
    They’d think it was the funniest thing they’d seen
    But I like it ‘cos it feels a part of me!

    Whose Hat Am I?

    hard hatI’m hard and yellow, sturdy as can be
    To protect your head – who wears me?

    baseball hat

    One, two, three strikes you’re out
    I am worn in the field and in the dugout.

    chef hatI’m tall and white, take a look
    Someone wears me when he cooks.

    magic hatHocus pocus, look about
    My master taps me and a rabbit jumps out!

    birthday hatOn your birthday, I’ll be there
    Sitting up atop your hair.

    crownI am special, you can see
    Worn by those of royalty.

    wizard hatTall with stars and a pointy peak
    Look for my owner if magic you seek.

    fire hatIf there’s a fire, I’ll be there
    Protecting my brave owner’s hair.

    straw hatI’m made of straw with a brim so wide
    Can you tell whose head will be inside?

    winter hatA knitted hat for young and old
    To keep a head warm in the cold.

    Hat Counting Rhyme

    5 hats on a rack at the formal store
    A lady bought the one with feathers, now there are four
    4 hats on a rack, perfect as can be
    A young man bought the black top hat, now there are three.
    3 hats on a rack, beautiful and new
    A dancer bought the bright tiara, now there are two.
    2 hats on the rack at the formal store
    An actor bought the velvet derby, now there is one.
    1 hat on the rack at the formal store
    You bought the one with sequins, now there are none.

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  • Kids Books You May Have Missed – Friendship Stories

    new books you may have missed logoFRIENDSHIP STORIES

    Friends in school and at summer camp…
    Magical friends and animal friends…
    Breaking up and getting back together…
    Finding adventure and making trouble!

    Whether they are human, animal, or creatures of fantasy, the friends in these books support each other through good and bad times. Find some new friends in these wonderful Friendship Stories.

    Shop the whole list. 

    book before the ever after

    Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson (J Woodson)
    ZJ’s friends help him cope when his father, a beloved professional football player, suffers severe headaches and memory loss that spell the end of his career.

    The Big Break by Mark Tatulli (J Comic Big Break)
    Two ex-best friends get back together to hunt down the mythical Jersey Devil.

    Blue Daisy by Helen Frost (Bridge Books J Frost)
    Friends Sam and Katie try to help a stray dog and, in the process, bring their neighbors closer together. Includes a recipe for dog biscuits.

    book busted by breakfastBusted by Breakfast (Trouble at Table 5) by Tom Watson (Bridge Books J Watson)
    When Simon gets in trouble for talking at school, his best friends think up a plan to keep him from getting grounded at home. But will their big plan get him into more trouble?

    Camp by Kayla Miller (J Comic Click)
    Olive is quick to make friends with other campers, but Willow is having a hard time. Being Willow’s only friend is stressful for Olive. Will their friendship survive summer camp?

    Class Act by Jerry Craft (J Comic Class Act)
    A companion book to the award-winning New Kid. 8th grader Drew works hard to feel accepted at Riverdale Academy Day School.

    The Girls of Firefly Cabin by Cynthia Ellingsen (J Ellingsen)
    Four girls meet at camp. Will their new friendship survive rival cabins, distracting crushes, and their own secrets?

    book here in the realHere in the Real World by Sara Pennypacker (J Pennypacker)
    Ware prefers pretending the lot next to the church is a medieval castle to attending Rec camp. When developers want to sell the land, Ware and Jolene, who is planting a garden there, join forces to save their space.

    How to Test a Friendship (The Magnificent Makers) by Theanne Griffith (Bridge Books J Griffith)
    Violet, Pablo, and Deepak embark on an adventure in the Maker Maze, a magical laboratory full of robots, an antigravity chamber, 3D printers, and more.

    Marigold Star by Elise Primavera (J Primavera)
    When a girl from a magical realm accidently sends herself to the human world, she has to make friends with human children to find her way home.

    book narwhal's otter friendNarwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton (J Comic Narwhal)
    Exuberant Narwhal and skeptical Jelly test the waters of adding a new friend to their pod when they meet Otty the super-adventurous otter.

    Nessie Quest by Melissa Savage (J Savage)
    Ru reluctantly joins her parents in Scotland for the summer, where she meets new friends and searches for the Loch Ness Monster.

    Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths by by Graham Annable (J Comic Peter & Ernesto)
    Peter and Ernesto are sloths, friends, and nothing alike. Ernesto decides to go off on an adventure alone. Will the pals’ separation tear them apart or bring them closer together?

    book the shark reportThe Shark Report (Benny McGee and the Shark) by Derek Anderson (Bridge Books J Anderson)
    After learning about sharks in school, Benny McGee is afraid to swim in the ocean but a great white shark follows him home and they quickly become friends.

    Stella Diaz Never Gives Up by Angela Dominguez (J Dominguez)
    Stella loves marine animals. When she learns that the sea and its life forms are in danger due to pollution, she gets help from old and new friends to make a difference.

    The Story of Us (Our Friend Hedgehog) by Lauren Castillo (Bridge Books J Castillo)
    When a storm separates Hedgehog from her lifelong friend, Mutty, she bravely sets out to find him and makes some very good new friends in the process.

    That’s What Friends Do by Cathleen Barnhart (J Barnhart)
    Sammie and David’s long-term friendship is endangered when new student Luke begins flirting with Sammie just when David decides to confess his crush on her.

    We Could Be Heroes by Margaret Mary Finnegan (J Finnegan)
    Hank, a boy with autism, and Maisie become friends as they try to save a neighbor’s dog that is always tied to a tree.

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