Tail Time!

Stories and songs for the wee . . .

     every Monday at 10:30 AM

          . . . guaranteed NOT to put you to sleep!

All are welcome! (That said, Tail Time is primarily geared towards the toddler and pre-schooler set.)

Tail Time is often busy, so if you are with a large group, please call us to schedule a time just for you. You will get a brief tour of the store and your very own story! We ask that you do not come during Tail Time, for our sanity and yours.

Is your anklebiter begging you to read a book from a past Tail Time? You're in luck: below are books that have been read at recent Tail Times.


Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780802723680
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - January 2nd, 2018

Tail Time rock and Tail Time roll. (1/20/20)

You can be a King. Stamp out hatred. Put your foot down and walk tall.

You can be a King. Beat the drum for justice. March to your own conscience.

Featuring a dual narrative of the key moments of Dr. King's life alongside a modern class as the students learn about him, Carole Weatherford's poetic text encapsulates the moments that readers today can reenact in their own lives. See a class of young students as they begin a school project inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn to follow his example, as he dealt with adversity and never lost hope that a future of equality and justice would soon be a reality. As times change, Dr. King's example remains, encouraging a new generation of children to take charge and change the world . . . to be a King.


I Love You Already! Cover Image
By Jory John, Benji Davies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062370952
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - December 22nd, 2015

Get Up. Everybody's gonna move their feet. Get down. Everybody's gonna leave their seat...(1/20/20)

From the award-winning creators of Goodnight Already!, Come Home Already!, and All Right Already!

Bear can't wait to spend a pleasant day by himself. But his persistent next-door neighbor, Duck, wants to take a morning stroll . . . with Bear.

He just wants Bear to like him already. . .

Jory John, author of Penguin Problems and The Bad Seed, and Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale, join together again to bring us this standout hilarious story of unrequited admiration that will leave children laughing at every page. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any story time!


Say Hello! Cover Image
By Rachel Isadora, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399252303
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 15th, 2010

Kara, Kara can't you see? Sometimes your books just hypnotize me. (1/20/20)

Carmelita loves to greet everyone in her colorful neighborhood. There are people from so many different cultures! They all like to say hello too, so now Carmelita can say hello in Spanish, English, French, Japanese, and many other languages. And her dog, Manny? Well, he seems to understand everyone, and gives a happy "Woof!" wherever he goes.

Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora's eyecatching collages are full of kid-friendly details like colorful storefronts, pigeons and an ice cream truck, making Carmelita's neighborhood fun to explore. Emphasizing the rich diversity of America's neighborhoods, this simple portrait of a child's day provides a great introduction to the joy of language.


The Word Collector Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545865029
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Orchard Books - January 30th, 2018

A hip hop, the hippie to the hippie, the hip hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it to the bang bang boogie, say up jump the boogie, to the rhythm of the boogie, the beat. (1/20/20)

From the beloved bestselling creator of The Dot and our own Happy Dreamer comes an inspiring story about the transformative and profound power of words.

A New York Times Bestseller

Named an Outstanding Literary Work for Children by the NAACP

Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. And Jerome? Jerome collected words . . .

In this extraordinary new tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him -- short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.

From the creator of The Dot, I Am Human, and Happy Dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words -- and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.


Grumpy Pants Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807530757
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2016

Kara is the champion, my friend. And she'll keep on reading til the end. Kara is the champion, Kara is the champion...of the world! (1/13/20)

Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.

Claire Messer is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art. She works by hand, using traditional printmaking processes to create her illustrations. She lives in the UK. This is her first book. Claire Messer is a recent graduate of the Cambridge School of Art. She works by hand, using traditional printmaking processes to create her illustrations. She lives in the UK. This is her first book.


Love, Z Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481496773
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 18th, 2018

Yesterday, Ta-il Ti-me seemed so far away. Now its here because it's Mo-onday... (1/13/20)

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”

When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.


A Day for Skating Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763696863
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - November 5th, 2019

Today was a good day, 'cause a lot of good books got read today.  (1/13/20)

In a sweet rhyming tale, a young child’s first skating adventure on a frozen pond ends with a cozy bedtime story.

Tap and step,
then slide and turn.
Whoops! Fall down.
That’s how we learn.

On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold. Back at home, warm bedtime rituals make for the end of a perfect day. But when darkness falls at the pond, who will come out to skate?


Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062404374
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2019

Clap your hands everybody, if you got what it takes. 'Cause it's Tail Time now and I want you to know that these are the books (1/13/20)!


A groovy New York Times bestseller!

From the bestselling Pete the Cat series, it’s a groovy pizza party that you don’t want to miss!

It’s a party, a party, a perfect pizza party!

That’s what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping—pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete’s perfect pizza be ruined? There’s only one way to find out!

In this hardcover picture book full of fun alliteration and tasty foods by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Kimberly and James Dean, Pete and the gang learn that the best kind of pizza is one you share with your friends.


Layla's Happiness Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781592702886
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 19th, 2019

Every piece of the world, rate the message of the worlds. All men, women, boys, and girls, hey our Tail Time is superb. Get on it. (1/6/20)

Spirited and observant, Layla's a child who's been given room to grow, making happiness both thoughtful and intimate. It's her dad talking about growing-up in South Carolina; her mom reading poetry; her best friend Juan, the community garden, and so much more. Written by poet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie and illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin, this is a story of flourishing within family and community.


Saturday Cover Image
By Oge Mora (By (artist))
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431279
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2019

Sweet Ta-il Time! Good times never seemed so good. I've been inclined to believe they never would. (1/6/20)

In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you expect....

In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong--ruining storytime, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they'd been looking forward to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown...until her loving daughter reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.

Author-artist Oge Mora's highly anticipated follow up to Caldecott Honor Thank You, Omu! features the same magnificently radiant artwork and celebration of sharing so beloved in her debut picture book.


Mr. Tiger Goes Wild Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316200639
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2013

Kara likes big books, she cannot lie. Those other readers can't deny.  When a book walks in with a itty bitty spine and a story in your face..(1/6/20)

Are you bored with being so proper?

Do you want to have more fun?

Mr. Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild.

But does he go too far?

From Caldecott Honor artist Peter Brown comes a story that shows there's a time and place for everything...even going wild.

Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including Children Make Terrible Pets, A Creepy Pair of Underwear, The Curious Garden, and The Wild Robot. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is www.peterbrownstudio.com.


Can You Make a Scary Face? Cover Image
By Jan Thomas, Jan Thomas (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781416985815
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beach Lane Books - August 4th, 2009

Kara has a fever, and the only prescription is this book. Which she read on 1/6/20.

What kind of a face would you make if a tickly green bug were sitting on your nose? Or if it were—eek!—inside your shirt? Could you make a scary face to frighten it away? Or, even better, stand up and do the chicken dance? Yes? Then better get to it! This exuberant, interactive picture book starring a bossy little ladybug and a GIANT hungry frog will have kids leaping up and down and out of their seats to dance and make silly scary faces of their own.


Small Walt Cover Image
By Elizabeth Verdick, Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481448451
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 31st, 2017

Read it good. Read it real good. (12/16/19)



A tiny snowplow determined to prove his worth battles a blizzard in this supremely charming story in the tradition of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Little Engine that Could.

My name is Walt,
I plow and I salt.
They say I’m small,
but I’ll show them all.


Small Walt and his driver, Gus, take on a blizzard! All the bigger snowplows doubt that Walt has what it takes to plow the roads in the storm, but Walt is determined to prove them wrong.

Brimming with onomatopoeia and Walt’s affirming chants, this sweet picture book shows that when it comes to strength, size doesn’t matter. Bestselling illustrator Marc Rosenthal’s wintry scenes make this book the perfect cozy read-aloud.


Small Walt and Mo the Tow Cover Image
By Elizabeth Verdick, Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481466608
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 30th, 2018

Tail Time rock and Tail Time roll. Kara reads with funk and soul. (12/16/19)

We’re Gus and Walt
We plow and we salt
We clear the snow so the
Cars can go!

A bitter blizzard. A snowbound town. When a car skids off the road, Small Walt and Gus might not have what it takes to save the day on their own. But who does? Mo the Tow to the rescue!

When we need a tow,
We call on Mo…
We can depend
On our new friend!


Text filled with onomatopoeia and Walt’s affirming chants make this story about friendship and accepting help from others a real winner.


Thank You, Omu! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316431248
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2018

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the bookstore they called “Wild Rumpus.”

The books, it was said, were the best ever read, story hour, Monday morn’ at 10:30.

They sing many songs that stay stuck all day long; rocked by Kara, don’t miss out, better hurry!

Tail Time, it is called, and it goes all yearlong; to find seats you had better come early! (12/9/19)

A 2019 Caldecott Honor Book
Winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award

In this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.

Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one, they follow their noses toward the scrumptious scent. And one by one, Omu offers a portion of her meal. Soon the pot is empty. Has she been so generous that she has nothing left for herself?

Debut author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. An author's note explains that "Omu" (pronounced AH-moo) means "queen" in the Igbo language of her parents, but growing up, she used it to mean "Grandma." This book was inspired by the strong female role models in Oge Mora's life.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780399208539
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: World of Eric Carle - October 15th, 1981

Monday, Monday so good to me. Monday, Monday, it was all I hoped it would be... (12/9/19)

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

Carle's classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

"The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..."
Mother's Manual

"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
The New York Times Book Review