Story Garden

Entrance to the Story GardenThe Story Garden at Northwest Library features characters from classic children's literature, such as Cinderella, Corduroy and Humpty Dumpty. Northwest Library has the added feature of the Three Bears Cottage, where children and parents can find a chair that's just right for reading.

  • Alice in Wonderland
    While chasing a strange white rabbit, Alice falls into a world of odd characters and exciting adventures. Based on the illustrations by John Tenniel in the book by Lewis Carroll. (J FICTION)
  • Amelia Bedelia
    Amelia BedeliaNew maid Amelia Bedelia takes all instructions literally, leading her into one hilarious mishap after another. Based on the illustrations by Lynn Sweat in the stories by Peggy Parrish. (READER)
  • The Arnold Lobel book of Mother Goose
    Humpty Dumpty, a favorite mother goose character, illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Random House, 1997.
  • Charlotte's Web
    A lovable pig named Wilbur is saved by his friendship with a wise and caring spider named Charlotte. Based on the illustrations by Garth Williams in the book by E.B. White. (J FICTION)
  • Cinderella
    The story of a poor girl's transformation into a princess retold by Amy Ehrlich and illustrated by Susan Jeffers. Penguin, 1985.
  • Corduroy
    CorduroyWhen a department store closes at night, a teddy bear comes alive and has an adventure. Based on the story and illustrations by Don Freeman. Penguin, 1968.
  • Frog and Toad
    Join best friends Frog and Toad on their many funny adventures. Based on the stories and illustrations by Arnold Lobel. (READER)
  • The Gingerbread Man
    An excellent rendition of the familiar tale with words by Jim Aylesworth and illustrations by Barbara McClintock. Scholastic, 1998.
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    GoldilocksAn exciting rendition of the folk fairytale that finds a little girl searching for things that are just right in the home of three bears. Words by Jim Aylesworth and illustrations by Barbara McClintock. Scholastic, 2003.
  • Henry and Ribsy
    If Henry makes sure that his dog Ribsy behaves, Mr. Huggins promises to take him fishing. Ribsy can't get into trouble if Henry watches Ribsy every minute...or can he? Based on the illustrations by Louis Darling in the book by Beverly Clearly. (J FICTION)
  • Hilary Knight's Cinderella
    A retelling of the classic tale with gorgeous illustrations and words by Hilary Knight. Random House, 1981.
  • Homer Price
    Homer PriceDoughnuts out of Control! Robbers on the Loose! Small-town boy Homer Price saves the day in these and other funny adventures. Based on the story and illustrations by Robert McCloskey. (J FICTION)
  • John Henry
    From the day he was born, it was clear that John Henry was something special. What other baby could lift his cradle into the air like a feather? This story relates the legendary race between a machine and a man who wouldn't give up. Based on the illustrations by Jerry Pinkney in the book by Julius Lester (J398.22 LES)
  • Miss Spider's Tea Party
    The first of David Kirk's books about the loveable Miss Spider who eats flowers, not bugs, and drinks tea. Scholastic, 1994.
  • Peach Boy
    In this well-loved Japanese folk tale, a boy hatched from a peach joins forces with a monkey, a dog, and a bird to save his village from evil ogres. Based on illustrations by Makiko Nagano and Jeffrey Smith from the traditional folk tale. (J398.21 SAK)
  • Peter's Chair
    Peter's ChairPeter's parents want to paint all his old furniture pink for the new baby. When they decide to paint his favorite chair, Peter runs away! Based on the story and illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats. (PICTURE BOOK)
  • Rapunzel
    Rapunzel is trapped in a high tower by a wicked witch. Based on the illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman in the book by Barbara Rogasky. (J398.21 ROG)
  • Strega Nona
    Big Anthony is left to watch Strega Nona's magic pasta pot. He lets his hunger overcome his good sense and sings the magic verse with disastrous results. Based on the story and illustrations by Tomie dePaola. (PICTURE BOOK)
  • The Tale of Despereaux
    DespereauxDespereaux is a small mouse with a large destiny. Based on the illustrations by Timothy Basil Ering and story by Kate DiCamillo. Candlewick Press, 2003.
  • The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
    In order to hatch her eggs, Jemima enlists the help of a gentleman who looks suspiciously like a fox. Based on the illustrations of author Beatrix Potter. Penguin, 1908.
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    The classic tale of the curious little rabbit who nearly gets caught in Mr. McGregor's garden. His mother, as well as siblings Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, are also featured. Written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. Penguin, 1902.
  • Thumbelina
    ThumbelinaTiny Thumbelina is kidnapped by a toad and nearly freezes in winter's cold. But after nursing a wounded sparrow back to health, she escapes to a land where grass blades are like a forest, butterflies can pull boats, and summer never ends. Based on the illustrations by Wayne Anderson of the story by Hans Christian Andersen. (J FICTION)
  • The Velveteen Rabbit
    A stuffed rabbit comes to life in this heartwarming tale of the transformative power of love. Written by Margery Williams Bianco with illustrations by Michael Hague. Random House, 1983.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Very Hungry CaterpillarA hungry little caterpillar eats his way through a weeklong feast on his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Based on the story and illustrations by Eric Carle. (PICTURE BOOK)
  • Winnie-the-Pooh
    The classic story of Christopher Robin's favorite bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, and his adventures with friends, including Kanga and Roo. Based on the illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard from the book by A. A. Milne. Penguin, 1926.