by Supriya Kelkar

Gandhi asks for one member of each family to join the fight for independence from the British, and when ten-year-old Anjali’s mother is jailed for doing so, Anjali must step out of her comfort zone to take over her mother’s work.

Welcome Baby Bags

Do you have a new baby? Stop by the Children’s Services Department, downstairs at the library, for a Welcome Baby Bag and get your child started on the road to reading!

Rate This Read!

Come by the Children’s Services Department to tell us about a book you’ve read and put your starred review up on our desk. We’ve got the stars! You tell us if you think your book deserves one star (it was okay), two stars (it was good) or the coveted three stars (you loved it)!

Children’s Programming Survey

We want your feedback! As we head into a new programming session in the Children’s Department we’re already thinking about our next session! Please let us know your thoughts with this survey.

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Author Websites

Some of our favorite authors have GREAT websites for kids! Here are just a few:

Frank Asch

Listen to the author of Moonbear and many others read his books to you.

Eileen Christelow

Author of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Jeff Kinney

Author Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid website.

Dav Pilkey

Author of Captain Underpants and Dog Man

Mo Willems

Author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and the Elephant & Piggie Series

Pigeon Presents

Don’t let the pigeon use this site!


Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Medal

Newbery Medal & Honor Books

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Coretta Scott King Book Award

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.

Batchelder Award

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Pura Belpre medal copy

Pura Belpré Medal

The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Sibert Medal

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.


Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel Award

The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.


Américas Award

CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Program) founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.

Tween Services Webcast

Children’s Notable Lists

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos.

Meet the Children’s Team

Rose Hopkins-LaRocco

Children’s Services Director

Miss Rose has spent a good amount of her life in libraries. Her grandmother was a librarian and in high school, Miss Rose’s first job was as a page at her local library. She strayed briefly to receive a degree in Theater at Columbia College Chicago and work in children’s theater, but she always came back to the library. Some of Miss Rose’s favorite books are the Harry Potter series (don’t ask her to pick a favorite book from the series unless you want to have a really long conversation ;-), When I Reach You by Rebecca Stead, Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein, and Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler & R. Gregory Christie.

Margaret Whalen-Stec

Children’s Services Librarian

Before coming to The La Grange Park Library, Ms. Margaret worked in a bookstore and taught first grade for several years. She believes being a children’s librarian is the perfect mix of her two favorite things: books and children! Working in the library has been a great opportunity to use her teaching experience for planning story times, after school programs and reader’s advisory skills. She really enjoys connecting young readers to new books and developing their passion for reading. Some of her favorite childhood stories include: Millions of Cats, The Little House, The Secret Garden, James and the Giant Peach and Mouse Tales.

Jeri Murguia

Children’s Services Assistant

Miss Jeri is a long time resident of La Grange Park who has always loved the library! She loves to read and now especially enjoys sharing books and all the library has to offer with her three young boys. She also enjoys going to the zoo and eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream! Her favorite children’s authors include Pam Munoz Ryan and Sharon Creech.

Gianna Ziccarelli

Children’s Services Assistant

Miss Gianna has the height and the heart of a child, but the ambition to become a Children’s Librarian. Her favorite novel is always changing, but as of right now it’s Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. She will forever love the children’s book series Junie B. Jones and the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. You can usually identify Miss Gianna in the library by her fun, festive leggings or nail polish.

Christina McPhail

Children’s Services Assistant

Miss Christina has spent most of her life with a book in her hand. As a child, she would walk to the library almost every day, searching for a new story to read. Not much has changed since then, except that now she gets to help children find new stories that they will love! Her favorite children’s books are Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea. When she’s not reading a book, Miss Christina enjoys playing guitar and relaxing with her cat, Olive.