Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fiction and Non-Fiction Books for Kids in K-1 Grades

Try these great books for kids in kindergarten and first grade. For more suggested reading, check out our suggested reading lists here or visit the Somerset County Library Kids' Page.


Bradman, Tony
The Fairy Godmother Takes a Break (Series: After Happily Ever After)
Fair Godmother, the one that helps everyone out with their "happy ever after" has had enough. Can a fairy godmother quit her job? She will try and find out!

Brown, Jeff
Flat Stanley (series)
Stanley is a perfectly normal boy, except that a bulletin board fell on him and now he is flat as a pancake. He finds that being flat has its advantages.

Miss Daisy Is Crazy!Gutman, Dan
Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (My Weird School Series)
Miss Daisy, who teaches second grade, doesn't know how to add or subtract. Not only that, she doesn't know how to read or write either. In fact, all the grown-ups at A.J.'s school seem to have something wrong with them. What's going on here?

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking KidMcDonald, Megan
Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Series)
The shortest kid in the second grade, James Moody, also known as Stink, learns all about the shortest president of the United States, James Madison, when they celebrate Presidents' Day at school.

The Magic Tree House SeriesOsborne, Mary Pope
The Magic Tree House Series
Brother and sister, Jack and Annie, have many adventures traveling through time and history.


One Grain Of RiceJ398.20954 DEMI
One Grain Of Rice
A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl.

A Million DotsJ513.211 CLE
Clements, Andrew
A Million Dots
In this one-of-a-kind picture book, readers actually see what one million of something looks like as this book contains one million dots and 46 amazing facts, including how many shoeboxes it takes to make a stack as high as Mount Everest.

Digging Up DinosaursJ567.91 ALI
Digging Up Dinosaurs
Briefly introduces various types of dinosaurs whose skeletons and reconstructions are seen in museums and explains how scientists uncover, preserve, and study fossilized dinosaur bones.

The Shape Game
J708 BRO
Browne, Anthony
The Shape Game
The author/illustrator describes how his mother's wish to spend her birthday visiting an art museum with her family changed the course of his life forever.

The Magic School Bus(Various) Cole, Joanna
The Magic School Bus

Dogs and CatsJ636 JEN
Jenkins, Steve
Dogs and Cats
Here is an amazing book filled with great information, visual facts, and lots of animal history along with incredibly realistic illustrations on both dogs and cats.

Great Books for Young Readers K-1

Check out these wonderful books for kids in kindergarten and first grade. For more suggested reading, check out our suggested reading lists here or visit the Somerset County Library Kids' Page.

Picture Books

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
Aardema, Verna
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.

Miss Nelson Is Missing
Allard, Harry
Miss Nelson Is Missing
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

Snowmen at Night
Buehner, Caralyn
Snowmen at Night
Snowmen play games at night when no one is watching.

Book! Book! Book!
Bruss, Deborah
Book! Book! Book!
When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.

Cannon, Janell
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

The Great Kapok Tree
Cherry, Lynn
The Great Kapok Tree
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.

Strega Nona
DePaola, Tomie
Strega Nona
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Fleming, Candace
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Tough Boris
Fox, Mem
Tough Boris
Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris cries when his parrot dies.

The Girl Who Loved Wild HorsesGoble, Paul
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.

ChrysanthemumHenkes, Kevin
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

Whistle For WillieKeats, Ezra Jack
Whistle For Willie
A little boy wishes so much he could whistle.

FrederickLionni, Leo
Frederick, the poet mouse, stores up something special for the long cold winter.

Thunder CakePolacco, Patricia
Thunder Cake
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.

Long Night MoonRylant, Cynthia
Long Night Moon
Text and illustrations depict the varied seasonal full moons that change and assume personalities of their own throughout the year.

The True Story of the Three Little PigsScieszka, Jon
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Doctor De SotoSteig, William
Doctor De Soto
Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience SchoolTeague, Mark
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.

Easy Readers

Young Cam Jansen series
Adler, David
Young Cam Jansen series
Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to solve mysteries.

Hi! Fly Guy
Arnold, Tedd
Hi! Fly Guy
When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

Biscuit Goes to School
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin
Biscuit Goes to School
Even though dogs are not allowed in school, Biscuit is determined to see and do everything that takes place in school and wants to meet the teacher. What will the teacher do when Biscuit sneaks in?

Mercy Watson to the Rescue
DiCamillo, Kate
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

Danny and the Dinosaur
Hoff, Syd
Danny and the Dinosaur
A little boy is surprised and pleased when one of the dinosaurs from the museum agrees to play with him.

Frog and Toad All Year
Lobel, Arnold
Frog and Toad All Year
Two friends share experiences in each season of the year.

Amelia Bedelia
Parish, Peggy
Amelia Bedelia (and other books in series)
A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

Puppy Mudge
Rylant, Cynthia
Puppy Mudge books

Henry and Mudge
Rylant, Cynthia
Henry and Mudge books

Mr. Putter and Tabby
Rylant, Cynthia
Mr. Putter and Tabby books

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Holiday Closing

The Warren Township Library, as well as ALL branches of the 
Somerset County Library System,  will be
Friday, July 4th, 2014 in observance of Independence Day.

Regular business hours resume Saturday, July 5th at 9:30 am

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday!

Monday, February 3, 2014


Mon. Feb 3rd - The Warren Library, and ALL branches of the Somerset County Library System will remain CLOSED today due to the winter storm and hazardous road conditions. Regular hours of operation will resume as soon as possible, but before making plans to visit the library tomorrow on Tuesday, Feb 4, please call 908 754-5554 or visit website for updates.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Fulfill Your New Year's Resolutions with Warren Township Library Programs

Keep up your momentum with New Year's Resolutions with several programs at the Warren Township Library.

Improve your nutrition with a program run by Michele Caws, a holistic health counselor, at 7 pm on Wed., Jan. 29.  Learn simple tips for getting back on track with health and nutrition. Caws also will discuss an optional, gentle three-day cleanse to rejuvenate your metabolism and restore balance. Registration is required and can be done by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or sign up online.

Caws will return to the library at 7 pm on Feb. 12 with "Stay Healthy All Winter Long."  Attendees will explore natural, alternative remedies to support your health. She will share ways to keep colds away and optimize your energy. Register by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or online.

You also can rejuvenate yourself this winter with our chair/seated yoga sessions with Jilian.Sessions will be 11 am to noon on Thursdays Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The class is limited to 25 participants only and registration is required. Register by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or sign up online.

If your New Year's Resolution is to get more organized, than you won't want to miss "50 Things You Can Throw Away - Today" at 6 pm on Feb. 26. Michael Ivankovich, a Home Downsizing Specialist, will help you let go of some of the items you don't really need but clutter your life and home. Register by calling 907-754-5554 ext. 64 or sign up online.

There are lots of other adult offerings at the library from book clubs and movie discussions to historical programs and musical performances. See our Adult Calendar for details, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and patrons can join our email list.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Author to Discuss Meeting Martin Luther King, Kennedys and more at the Warren Township Library

Michael Aaron Rockland, a professor of American Studies at Rutgers University and author of 13 published books, will share his fascinating experiences during his diplomatic career at 7 pm on January 23 at the Warren Township Library. Rockland's anecdotes, from his book An American Diplomat in Franco Spain, include the day he spent with Martin Luther King Jr. during his visit to Madrid, while Rockland was working at the Embassy.

Other stories from the book include the near disaster when four American hydrogen bombs, luckily unarmed, rained down on Spain and Rockland's involvement, as a cultural attache, in mitigating the effects of the crisis. The book also concerns the making of the movie, Dr. Zhivago, almost entirely shot in Spain, and for which his young son was chosen for the role of Zhivago's son, Sasha.

He spent years in the U.S. diplomatic service as a cultural attache at embassies in Argentina and Spain. His overseas experience also included senior Fulbright lectureships in Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, and Norway.

Among his many books are four on New Jersey. His latest book, "Navy Crazy," a memoir of his military service, is due in April. Rockland also has written for magazines such as Philadelphia, Adventure Travel, Explorer's Journal, Big, Preservation and New Jersey Monthly, where he has long been a regular contributor.

Rockland is the recipient of the 2013 Richard Hughes Award for contributions to NJ life and culture, bestowed by the State Historical Commission. He also has received several teaching awards.

Rockland's appearance at the Warren Township Library is free but registration is required. People can call the library at 908-754-5554 EXT 64 or sign up online.

Friday, January 17, 2014


The Warren Library will be
on Monday, January 20th, 2014 in 
observance of Martin Luther King Day. 

 For your convenience, the Bridgewater Branch will be open 9 am to 5 pm.
Don't forget, you can always visit us on the web at

Regular business hours resume Tuesday morning at 9:30 am