Story Tags

Look both ways: a tale told in ten blocks

Spotlight on Jason Reynolds

Are you interested in learning how to write? If so, you might be interested in the Grab the Mic initiative presented by Jason Reynolds at the Library of Congress. In this series, Jason Reynolds will talk to young people directly and present various activities to help build your creativity.

If Elephants Disappeared

Save These Endangered Animals

Children's books on animal conservation

We all have the responsibility of keeping the Earth, its resources, its habitats, and its animals safe from extinction for both ourselves and future generations. Unfortunately, according to a recent Forbes article ranking countries with endangered species, the United States is number six in the world.

Mistress of the Revolution

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"

Modern Historical Fiction set in the French Revolution

The trials and challenges of life become even more difficult if you are living in a turbulent time, for example during the French Revolution. If you are interested in imagining life during the French Revolution, check out these modern adult and YA novels, all of which are set during the French Revolution, but which approach this significant historical event in a variety of ways. 

The Mermaid's Daughter

Swim With The Mermaids!

Novels to take you even further under the sea

Even though summer is over, it’s not too late to swim and splash with the mermaids!  Are you an adult or teen who loves mermaids and wants to read about them? Do you want more options other than picture books or Disney’s tale of Ariel? If so, please check out these books written for you as the audience in mind.

Red, White, and Boom

Celebrate the Fourth of July!

Independence Day picture books

Help your child learn about and celebrate the Fourth of July as you read these patriotic picture books together! The books tell why and how we celebrate the Fourth of July, and some of the books show how the holiday is celebrated differently in different parts of America. Red, White, and Boom by Lee Wardlaw

The Serpent King

Northern Virginia Teen Book Festival Authors

Journey with these characters before you journey to NoVa

The Northern Virginia (NoVa) Teen Book Festival is on Saturday, March 30th at the George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA. You can take the metro to the school or drive to it. It's a fun free event, and I'm going to tell you a little bit about some of the books by the festival's featured authors. 

Lucia and the Light

Winter Folklore and Fairy Tales

Winter has always been a difficult time of the year for me. It’s cold, it’s dreary, and when is the last time that I’ve seen the sun instead of gray skies? To me the only saving grace of winter is the holidays that occur during the season. The holiday spirit of giving, sharing, and caring brings joy to my heart.