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Frank Brings the Creepy: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 64


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This week on TLII, Frank has a creepy middle-grade/YA novel that's great for adults, and Gwen has a not-at-all-creepy chapter book for preschoolers and early readers that's sure to also delight parents. 

What We're Reading Now

Thornhill by Pam Smy


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan


That giant Frog & Toad  compendium by Arnold Lobel

Non-Book Recommendations

Gwen: The Dinopedia app (and the book!)

Herrerasaurus is hungry, apparently.

Frank: The Secret Garden films from 1949 and 1987


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Such a fun episode!

This episode was, if possible, even more fun to listen to than usual! Gwen... if Cynthia Rylant's Mr. Putter and Tabby series in't on your read-alouds-to-try list already, I highly recommend adding it. Along with the Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo. Can't go wrong with either one!

thank you

Two great recommendations -- thank you, I'll check them out!

recommendation for Gwen

My 3 kids (4 yo twins and a 7 yo) are like yours and LOVE Frog and Toad... and also the George and Martha series by James Marshall (so this might be something for your son to check out as well if you haven't read them to him already). These books are hilarious and teach great lessons about friendship and also work in some sophisticated vocabulary words for the pre-school/early elementary set. We are looking forward to checking out Barkus, so thanks so much for the recommendation. I love your podcast!


Yes! We love George and Martha too, but we've only read those first four short stories... will need to take a look for more. Thank you, and thanks for listening!


I just recently read Thornhill. So creepy! Those black pages get more and more ominous as the story progresses. I think you all mentioned this but it bears repeating how much the adults in this book totally fail the children in their care.

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