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While we certainly think every day should be a book day, there's one just for kids: April 2 is Children's Book Day. We took a moment to ask our staff for recommendations on their favorite kids' books, or movies based on a kids' book, and here's what they suggest.
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Saturday (2019)

by Oge Mora

This lovely picture book is about a mother and daughter whose special day together doesn't go quite as planned, but they appreciate and enjoy their time together anyway. — Allison Riggs, Teen Librarian

Kitten's First Full Moon (2004)

by Kevin Henkes

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes was a Caldecott Medal winner. This picture book is a sweet and simple story about a young kitten who thinks the full moon is a bowl of milk and wants to eat it. The kitten tries everything it can to get to it but fails and goes home upset to find a bowl of milk waiting! The kitten is adorable and the illustrations complement the text perfectly. — Gail Tobin, Hanover Park Branch Manager

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006)

by Kate DiCamillo

Edward Tulane, a haughty and aloof toy rabbit, gets separated from the young girl who loves him. His physical journey back to her, which takes place over many years, becomes an emotional journey as well because Edward learns what it means to love and be loved. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant

Make Way for Ducklings (1941)

by Robert McCloskey

This 1942 Caldecott Award winner is a true classic in my mind. The illustrations are simple yet beautiful and it is a heartwarming story. This story takes place in Boston Public Garden, and a bronze statue of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings can be found there in real life! I highly recommend this book that I have enjoyed for many years. — Jennifer Boehmer, Information Desk Assistant

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (2011)

by Warner Home Video

Is there a more appropriate fantasy for a child than gaining access to a secret world and winning a lifetime supply of chocolate? How about becoming the owner of the chocolate factory itself? But it will happen only to somebody who deserves it, and it's a hoot to see the good child prevail over the kids who don't appreciate the "golden" opportunity they have been given. — Kris Milhousen, Information Desk Assistant

Based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, the film offers Gene Wilder singing and dancing his way through the chocolate factory. The film does a wonderful job translating the amazement felt while reading the book onto the screen. — Sara Hanson, Information Desk Assistant

Coraline (2010)

by Alliance Films

Coraline is truly scary, with both the book and film being unnerving in the best way while still being for families. In my personal opinion, the movie has more levity and is visually stunning, and the book more creepiness and intensity. — Sarah Jasiak, Information Desk Assistant

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1994)

by C. S Lewis

It's a classic story with an epic film adaptation. — Eugene Avila, Circulation Assistant

Corduroy (1968)

by Don Freeman

Corduroy is one of the first books I remember reading and I made sure to introduce it to my own children. A classic about friendship and finding where you belong, my kids know that if it's my night to choose what we're reading, there's a good chance it's Corduroy again. — Sarah Strzalka, Digital Services Manager

Mary Poppins (2013)

by Buena Vista Distribution Co.

An Academy Award-winning, star cast classic with Julie Andrews playing a nanny who uses music, magic and adventure to help two children become closer to their father. — Janet Glatzhofer, Information Desk Assistant