School is winding down and that means one thing: our Summer Reading Challenge is gearing up! Pequot Library, Fairfield Public Library and Woods Library are working together, once again, to make all students stronger readers by highlighting books, activities and programs centered on creatures big and small.
That’s right. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Tails and Tales and we’ll kick it off with an Animal Party on Saturday, June 12. Who’ll be there? Oh, just a llama, two goats, two sheep, a donkey, two rabbits and hopefully YOU! This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Note: This event is weather permitting. For more information and to register, click here.
Participants of the Summer Reading Challenge 2021 will receive codes for attending any of Pequot Library’s summer programs. Codes equal more points on your reading log! Take a look at just some of our offerings below. For more information about our Summer Reading Challenge, and to register, click here.
For information about all of our summer programs, please visit our calendar at pequotlibrary.org.
I very much look forward to seeing you at Pequot Library this summer!
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Animal Tails and Tales for Every Age
For Ages 5 and under
A to Z by Sandra Boynton
Board book with a variety of humorous animal characters introduce the letters of the alphabet.
If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer
Describes how various baby animals come into the world and what happens when a human baby is born.
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent—a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?
Baby Animals Learn by Pamela Chanko
Shows various kinds of baby animals learning to do such things as run, climb, groom, and hunt.
Country Animals by Lucy Cousins
Presents illustrations of familiar animals, such as the squirrel, grasshopper, deer, and badger.
Pink, Red, Blue, What are You? By Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Brief rhyming text and illustrations of pigs, mice, alligators, foxes, bears, ducks, and birds introduce different colors.
Architecture Animals by Michael J. Crosbie and Steve Rosenthal
Presents photographs of animal sculptures and architectural details, accompanied by limericks.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.
Jump! By Tatsuhide Matsuoka
A frog jumps. Boing! A kitten jumps. Boi-ing! A dog jumps. Boiyyyyyyoiingg! “And I jump too–BOING!” This joyful book gets children joining in the fun of each animal’s jump–sharing the sounds and actions.
Big Dog and Little Dog by Dav Pilkey
Big Dog and Little Dog eat and then take a nap together.
For Ages 3+
ZooBorns! by Andrew Bleiman
Learn about baby animals from around the world.
Kangaroos have Joeys by Philippa-Alys Browne
Introduces various animals and their offspring through use of rhyming text and illustrations. Includes fact-filled notes on the lifestyle and breeding pattern of each animal.
Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert
Short, easy to read rhymes reveal what is unique about various animals, from ape to wolf.
House Mouse by Michael Hall
A clever and resourceful mouse, looking for a safe place to settle down, builds different shelters and learns that home is wherever you make it.
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
A bird, a fox, a dog, and a squirrel overcome minor setbacks to have a very good day.
See the Cat, Three Stories about a Dog by David LaRochelle
What happens when the book gets it wrong? Max is not a cat – Max is a dog!
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! by J. Patrick Lewis
Combines photography with lyrical text celebrating the animal world, in a compilation that includes works by such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling.
The Lost Little Bird by David McPhail
A little bird bumps his head and loses his memory about what kind of bird he is. He tries to find the answer from other birds.
If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder
lllustrations and rhyming text explore the fun and mayhem that could ensue if elephants, kangaroos, bats, and more were to come inside a little boy’s house.
A Bunny is Funny: And So Is This Book! by Harriet Ziefert
Short rhymes point out traits that characterize different animals such as an owl’s keen eyesight or the beauty of a butterfly’s wings.
For Ages 5+
Crinkleroot’s 25 More Animals Every Child Should Know by Jim Arnosky
The jovial woodsman Crinkleroot introduce twenty-five realistically drawn animals, including the frog, starfish, and grasshopper.
Life-Size Killer Creatures by Daniel Gilpin
Photographs and text provide information about a wide variety of the deadliest, scariest, and most fierce killer creatures you’ve ever seen!
Never Smile at a Monkey by Steve Jenkins
Discover how dangerous an animal can be when it feels threatened or trapped.
Time to Eat by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
Provides an introduction to what animals eat and how they collect, store, and digest their food.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay
Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has banned Lulu from bringing animals to school ever again.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Story about a mallard family who make their home near a pond in the Public Garden in Boston.
Earthquack by Margie Palatini
When Chucky Ducky feels the earth beneath him grumble and rumble, he runs to alert the other barnyard animals to the coming earthquake, but just as a wily weasel is about to take advantage of their fears, the true source of the rumbling is revealed.
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
Simple text follows a young boy and the many animals he meets on his adventure through the jungle.
Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals by Helene Rajcak
Explores how such animals as the giant beaver, the great auk, and the mamo came to be extinct, and examines the role of humans in the decline of several species.
For Ages 8-12
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate
Fans of The One and Only Ivan will want to read this earlier classic from Katherine Applegate about a boy named Kek, whose difficult journey from Africa to Minnesota is aided by new friends among them a cow whose name means “family” in Kek’s native language.
Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
Gaby Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her mother has been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She’s confident that her mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby’s favorite shelter cat together. But Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.
Circle of Heroes by Adam Jay Epstein
With Vastia under attack from Paksahara’s zombie army, the familiars Aldwyn the cat, Skylar the blue jay, and Gilbert the tree frog must gather seven descendants from the most ancient and powerful animals in the queendom to bring Paksahara down.
Babe: the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
A piglet destined for eventual butchering arrives at the farmyard, is adopted by an old sheep dog, and discovers a special secret to success.
Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.
Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid by Jerry Pallotta
Contains facts about whales and giant squid, comparing such aspects as their sizes, brain structure, and abilities.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White’s classic novel of friendship, love, life, and death will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.
For Ages 13+
Flip the Bird by Kym Brunner
A teenage falconer in training runs up against trouble when he finds himself falling for a girl who is part of a radical animal rights group.
Daisy to the Rescue by Jeff Campbell
Collects over fifty true stories of heroic animals rescuing people, including a pot-bellied pig, parrot, dolphin, and half-breed wolf, with current scientific research about the human-animal bond.
When Dogs Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs that Saved Them by Jesse Freidin
When Dogs Heal is a beautiful, unique collection of full-color portraits and personal accounts of love, connection, and survival, showcasing HIV-positive people who are thriving and celebrating life, thanks to the compassion and unconditional love of their dogs.
Redwall by Brian Jacques
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.
Half Brother by Kennth Oppel
In 1973, when a renowned Canadian behavioral psychologist pursues his latest research project–an experiment to determine whether chimpanzees can acquire advanced language skills–he brings home a baby chimp named Zan and asks his thirteen-year-old son to treat Zan like a little brother.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.
Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby
Inspired by the true story of a chimpanzee raised as a human.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
In all the years she has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house, Grace has been particularly drawn to an unusual yellow-eyed wolf who, in his turn, has been watching her with increasing intensity.
Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
Henry Whelp, son of the Big Bad Wolf, investigates what happened to the fairies that used to protect humans and animalia, and what role the corporation that manufactures synthetic fairy dust played in his father’s crime.
Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
Top notch Boy Scout Max “the Wolf” cannot remember how he came to be in a strange forest, but soon he and three talking animals are on the run from the Blue Cutters, hunters who will alter the foursome’s very essence if they can catch them.
Welcome to the Children’s Library, where things are really hopping!
Our space features a cozy reading room surrounded by books, a classroom, and tutoring rooms. There are so many wonderful ways for young readers to be involved here — through storytimes, family events, book clubs, after-school activities, volunteering, and more. Stop by to say hello and browse our collection.
The Children’s Library offers four 30-minute preschool storytime programs during the school year (September through May) for children of various ages:
- Babes on a Blanket (0-12 months) Stories, rhymes, songs, and playtime for baby’s first year of life. 20 minutes structured play, 25 minutes free play and socializing. No registration required.
- Music and Movement for Wigglers (0-5 years) Can’t sit still? This is the program for you! Jump, hop, dance and wiggle to the music. No registration required.
- Wee People (2-3 years) Theme-based storytime includes stories, finger plays, rhymes, and songs. No registration required.
- Crafty Kids (3-5 years) Get hands-on with theme-based stories and a related craft. Registration for the 6-week session required. Limited to 8 participants.
Searching for something fun to do after school? Pequot Library offers exciting recreational activities that will keep your child’s mind engaged while having loads of fun.
Scrabble Club welcomes all levels of experience, including beginners. Learn winning plays, key strategies, and new vocabulary in a fun and friendly environment. Classes led by Jonas Brown who won the National Scrabble Championship youth division and was part of the USA Youth Scrabble Team. For children in grades 3-12.
Kids Knit is a program for children ages 10+ who want to learn to knit, cast on, and bind off. This is an opportunity to have fun with friends while developing fine motor skills and spacial recognition. Supplies list available upon registration. Kids Knit is offered at various times throughout the year.
Secret Service is a volunteer program for children ages 10-18. Missions include: Candy Making Workshop, Easter Egg Roll, Miss Susan’s Summer Supper, Fourth of July Parade (pictured), Halloween Parade, and the Holiday Caroling Party. Each rewarding mission requires dedicated “agents” to assist in setting up, decorating, creating crafts, leading games, all while having fun with friends.
Friday Night Café offers young musicians, dancers, writers and singers and opportunity to perform on stage and shine! Friday Night Café is presented by Pequot Library and Music for Youth and takes place monthly throughout the school year. $5 fee covers food and drink. Registration required.
Seasonal Offerings: Look for more after-school activities including Lego Club, Fireside Tales, Edible Book Festival, Oscar Movies for Kids, and more by visiting our calendar.View the Schedule
“I love the quality selections in the kids department, and the small neighborhood feel.”
Workshops and Classes
Parenting discussions, college preparation seminars, writing workshops, and etiquette classes provide parents and their children the opportunity to discover new information and develop new skills.View the Schedule
Music and the Performing Arts
Irish Step Dancers, Shakespeare for Kids, and free concerts in the Auditorium and on the Great Lawn are but a few of our many cultural offerings for children and families throughout the year.View the Schedule
Please check back for information on our upcoming once-a-month book clubs.
Past book clubs have included:
- Mother/Daughter Book Club: Girls ages 8-12 and their mothers discuss some of the best that children’s literature has to offer.
- Banned Books Book Club: Students ages 9-12 discuss, among other things, why certain books are banned.
- The Magic Tree House Book Club: Students in grades 1-3 explore history and fantasy with Jack and Annie Smith on their numerous adventures and missions from their magical tree house.
Join your neighbors at one of Pequot’s many community events. The most popular are the Kids Candy-Making Workshop, Easter Egg Roll, Miss Susan’s Potluck and Campout, Fourth of July Bike Parade, Costumed People/Pet Parade, Holiday Caroling Party and Open House.View the Schedule