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African American Poetry for Children

The triumphs and tragedies of the African American experience are discussed in these illustrated poetry collections. Studies show that reading and writing poetry helps children develop vocabulary, phonetic awareness and an ability to talk constructively about their feelings. Please see the Library's Black Studies database collection to find additional information about African American history.

What's In There

And Then There Were Two

What To Read to Your First When You're Expecting Your Second

When you were expecting your first child, you likely picked up books on pregnancy, parenting, adoption or raising children for yourself. Now that you're expecting a second (or a third, or a fourth child) you might be seeking books to read to your younger children about what to expect with this new baby--from what is going on, where baby's come from, what's going to change and what isn't, and what babies can and can't do. These ten picture books are a great place to start when talking about pregnancy, being a sibling or welcoming a new family member. 

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Trouble in the Middle

Contemporary Realistic Fiction for Middle Readers

For a taste of some of the best middle grade reads of the past year try one of the books listed below. Each book focuses on issues surrounding tweens and adolescents, including growing independence, friendship and advocacy. Perfectly paced and timely these novels will capture the most casual readers of the realistic fiction, of all ages. Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Books by Jason Reynolds

Being a Book Lover with Miss Annie

Learning to love to read!

Welcome back to Annie’s blog.  It might have been William Shakespeare who said, “Some people are born readers, some learn how to be readers, and others have reading thrust upon them.” Well, something like that. 

April 1 is Census Day #GetCountedDC

Ask Us About the 2020 Census

DC Census Ambassadors at Tenley Library

Once every decade, the federal government conducts a census of the entire population to count everyone in the United States and record basic information about them. In other words, every 10 years all of us #GetCounted.  

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Grow your Creativity, Grow your World

Books to help spark new ideas

Everyone (even kids!) can feel stuck at times. Whether you're facing a tough homework problem, or a challenge that seems insurmountable, sometimes the answer requires taking a new perspective. That's where creativity enters the picture. Treating creativity as a practice allows new perspectives and options to enter the world. The books below can help stretch the mind and develop new insights. For children birth to 5

Ready Set Baby

New Baby Books

introducing a sibling to a new baby

It can be hard to become a new sibling. You used to be the center of attention, but now there's this new loud crying tiny thing taking up your parents attention. Luckily, there are lots of books out there to help explain to new big siblings how to help and why that new baby isn't so bad after all. My colleague Abby made a list last year, but there are tons of books on this topic so I wanted to share some of my favorites as well!  

Being Thankful with Annie

What I love, and why

Welcome back to Annie’s blog. ‘Tis the season for a lot of things. Cold weather, wind and rain, and maybe even a few flakes if we’re lucky enough to get them. It’s the season for coughs and sneezes (which abound in the children’s room). It’s the season for snuggling up with thick books, thick blankets and thick socks.

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by L Pichon

Zoo-Wee-Mama!

Series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid

There’s no doubt that Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is massively popular. Keeping the books on library shelves can be a huge challenge, and it’s always tough when we (the library staff) have to tell eager kids that the book in the series they’re seeking isn’t currently available.

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Community Art for Thanksgiving

Deanwood kids are getting ready for Thanksgiving by thinking about the things they are thankful for. Stop in by Nov. 27 to contribute to our fall-themed interactive artwork. 

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