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Back to School Reads with The Washington Mystics

Picture books to get your family excited to head back to school!

This summer, DC Public Library is teaming up with the Washington Mystics to recommend great reads that you can check out with your library card! Each month we will be posting Read Feed entries that spotlight titles around a theme. August’s theme is Back to School!

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The Great Outdoors

Camping and hiking books for kids

The summer doesn’t have to be a drag because of the pandemic. How about hiking and camping? The whole family can move and have fun while observing social distancing guidelines! The books on this list tell inspiring stories and offer practical advice for enjoying the great outdoors.

Book Fiesta!

¡Día!/Children's Day/Book Day

Bilingual Books to Read to Your Children

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. What better way to celebrate this than reading bilingual books to children?

The cover of Rose and Snow. An illustration of two girls standing in front of each other with a key between them

Book Review: Snow & Rose

Destiny was enchanted by this literary retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairy tale

Review written by Destiny Hardy, teen volunteer. 

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Agatha and Clive

Classic Literary Anniversaries

This month, Agatha Christie and Clive S. (C.S.) Lewis published two of their best known novels. Both of their respective novels introduced classic characters and their later novels were adapted as movies or a television series. You can check out and download these two titles from the library system.

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Riordan Readalikes

What to Read After Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase, and Everything Else Rick Riordan Has Written

There’s no denying that Rick Riordan’s books are popular. But the man can only write so fast, so sooner or later you’re going to have to look somewhere else to get your fill of kids interacting with ancient gods and saving the world from destruction. Luckily, the library’s shelves are full of entertaining and action-packed stories that will absolutely meet your needs.

Abe Lincoln at Last

Abe Lincoln in Children's Literature

While most children are introduced to American history in the classroom, it’s never too early to introduce them to historical figures, like President Abraham Lincoln! Lincoln is one of the most recognizable presidents in American history, and even before they enter school children may recognize “Lincoln” in top hats, tall presidents and the Lincoln Memorial. Living in Washington, D.C. makes his presence even more obvious, for many.

The One and Only Ivan.

Newbery Winners Adapted to Film

The John Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association to the best children’s book published the previous year. Since its first awarding in 1922, numerous beloved books have been Newbery Medal winners or honor books, many have influenced children’s lives for the better, and several have been adapted to film. 

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The American Revolution for Kids

While most children in the United States learn about the American Revolution in school, you don’t have to wait until it is introduced in the classroom to talk to them about that moment in history, and you don’t have to rely on textbooks to do so! The DC Public Library has a great selection of books for children of all ages about the people and moments of the American Revolution. Try dipping your toe into one of these fascinating books and you may learn a thing or too!

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DC Family Reads Kicks-Off with New Kid by Jerry Craft

Get Psyched for Summer Challenge!

DC Family Reads is a new DC Public Library literacy program that compliments DC Reads, a program for adults and teens. DC Family Reads will include books that a family can enjoy reading, discussing and doing related activities together.

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