There is still a month of SUMMER READING left at the library. Are you looking for something different for your child to read? Do you want to challenge your child to try something new? Why not READ THE RAINBOW?!? This month in the Children’s Special Selections there are books for all ages with color words in the title. Check some of these books out the next time you are at the library.
Red by Liesl Shurtliff

This follow up to the award winning book Rump, tells the story of Rumplestiltskin’s best friend, Red Riding Hood. Red is a witch, just like her Granny, and she isn’t afraid of anything, except magic. Red hasn’t had a lot of luck using magic and casting spells. When Granny falls ill, Red has to go deep into the woods to find a magical spell to help cure her. Liesl Shurtliff weaves together characters from several different fairy tales to tell this story of love, friendship, and adventure.

From the publisher: We all know nothing rhymes with orange, but how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out, obviously! When a fruit parade gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can’t help but feel like it’s impossible to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive.

In this wordless board book a yellow ribbon loosens itself from the braids of a little girl and transforms into a variety of everyday objects like a trapeze, a pencil, a cane, a flower, and so much more. Young children will enjoy finding the ribbon in the pictures and telling their own picture story.

This is just one of the books in the emergent reader series about Kylie Jean. In this story Kylie Jean wants to help clean up her town for Earth Day. It is a great book for kids who enjoy recycling and finding ways to be earth friendly.

Kylie Jean Green Queen by Marci Peschke

From the publisher: “Beep! Beep! Beep!” Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

Many years ago is was very difficult, and very expensive, to make purple dye for fabric. At the age of 15, a young chemist named William Perkins was working on a cure for malaria when he accidentally discovered another, less expensive way to make purple. He went on to make many other advances in science and medicine. If you are wearing something purple today you can thank a 15 year old boy for making it possible.

Perkins Perfect Purple by Tami Lewis Brown

All of these books and more can be found in the Special Selections display at the O’Fallon Public Library. For more information about Summer Reading visit

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