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Inside Out and Back Again

Strength in the Face of Adversity

Books to inspire fortitude in readers of all ages

Are you looking for ways to build your bravery? Are you trying to figure out what hardships people have overcome in the past? Take a stand with these books that focus on children and adults staying true to their values despite their challenging and unjust circumstances.   For Younger Children (Pre-K to 3rd Grade)

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Taking Care of Our Furry Friends

Books for younger readers that touch upon the theme of responsibility

Teaching youth about responsibility can be a difficult task for any adult, but one method to get children invested in this concept is taking care of others - and there is no better place to start than with pet ownership. Among other holidays, February celebrates Responsible Pet Owner’s Month. If your child has been pestering you for a furry friend, then perhaps you will find these materials timely.

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Latino-themed Children's Books

An engaging resource for children and families seeking to celebrate la Latinidad.

DCPL children's collection contains hundreds of excellent children books that reflect the Latino experience. The following list brings together stories either written or illustrated by Latino authors and artists or tales that explore Latino characters and cultural identity. I have included an assortment of English, Spanish or bilingual titles in hopes that this list becomes a resource for children and families who want to read great stories that celebrate La Latinidad.

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Picture Books About Love

Children's Stories About Love

Is love too difficult of a concept to explain to a young child? Not at all! These pictures books explain different types of love simply and thoroughly.

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Tis' the Season for Tough Topics: Belief and Doubt

Whether prompted by the onset of holidays, political rhetoric or other circumstances, eventually young people become curious about imaginary vs. real concepts, religious or anti-religious sentiments, as well as the faith or the doubt that classmates, neighbors, family members, or even people on TV may express through their actions, conversations, mannerisms, clothing, celebrations, places of worship, etc. 

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New and Inspirational

Illustrated African American Biography

Leading up to the 2017 American Library Association Youth Media Awards on January 23, many in the book world revisited some of their favorite books from 2016.  I went back to some of my favorite books and narrowed my list around a theme: recent illustrated biographies of African Americans who did something extraordinary.  Some are famous, some not so famous.  Two of the biographies have won multiple awards, but all are outstanding in their original artwork and storytelling.  I invite you check them out and see for yourself.

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My Country 'Tis of Thee

Children's Books about Becoming President

As we embark on a journey with a new president, it is great to revisit all the hard work it takes to become president. Many of these books tell inspiring stories of children who dream of being president one day. Whether they dream of becoming the president of their class, school, or country, the consensus is that it is not a job that should be taken lightly.

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Picture Books About Inventing and Creating

Inventing, Designing, and Creating for a Young Audience

Here is a list of picture books about inventing and creating. These stories both stand on their own, but also will hopefully inspire you and your child's inner creative impulses!Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta

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Shapes, Shapes, We're Gonna Read Books on Shapes!

As a children's librarian, I am constantly asked for recommendations for early literacy concept books like shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc. One night as I worked with a mom to find great books on shapes, I realized that while there may be lots of shape books, not all of the shape books were GREAT! So, I rummaged through the shelves for the best books about shapes, and in turn, I created this list of my favorite shape books - just for you! Enjoy! 

The Gift of Nothing

Priceless Gifts

Picture Books That Counter Consumer Culture

Parenting amidst a commercial culture can be stressful, especially if you value imaginative play, frugality, ecological awareness, and the development of empathy.

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