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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.

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Works of Art

Children's Novels Featuring Art and Artists

I've always been a big art fan, so I love when I come across a children's novel that incorporates artwork, artists, or museums in one way or another. The following titles have so much to offer - in addition to their gripping storylines, these books introduce readers to various artists, specific paintings, and styles and movements throughout art history. I hope this list will encourage you to learn even more about the topic at hand, and perhaps inspire future trips to museums near and far!

Now & Ben

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

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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Parklands-Turner Junior Comic Book Club

The Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library has a terrific collection of comic books and graphic novels.  Each month, library staff will select a popular title for you to enjoy. Children are encouraged to visit and read in the library, or check out the selected comics on display.  Better still, kids can select any comic titles from any library across the city and have them delivered to Parklands-Turner, especially for you!

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Autumn's Tough Topic: Emotional Resiliency

At the start of a new school season, children’s emotions can run the gamut. Although many children feel excited and confident about beginning school with new clothes or new supplies, some may display a bit of anxiety when it’s time to say goodbye to a parent at drop off. Early in the school year, returning students may feel reticent and unsure about interacting with different teachers and classmates, or their assignments may seem intimidating.

book cover for "The Manny files" by Christian Burch.

Kids Support #OrlandoUnited

“Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” – U. Thant Children are the key to a safer and more tolerant future for our nation. Only through education and understating will our future leaders be able to lead a nation full of promise, diversity, and freedom.  Chapter Books:

Diary of Anne Frank

Injustice

Concentration and Internment Camps

My mother was recently reminiscing about her travels in Europe.  We got to talking about Amsterdam and the Secret Annex.  (See below for the web address.)  She has been there as both a teenager and an adult, and the experiences proved to be very different from each other.  That conversation led me to explore books about the experiences of children and teens in concentration and internment camps.

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The Beauty In Me

Picture Books that Celebrate Children of Color

Growing up my parents made it a point to provide me with books and toys that were a reflection of me. Although there was not a ton of options they found them. Mainstream media has come a long way when it comes to showing diverse imagery but there is still work to do. These featured titles celebrate black children and give them a chance to see themselves represented beautifully through literature. Suggested for ages 3-8. 

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Books for the Artsy Child

Fiction for children ages birth - 6

Whimsical, artistic, original... there are lots of ways to describe a creative child. However, when it comes to finding material to engage this type of reader, where does one start? Here are a selection of books that suggest various topics to inspire your little one.

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