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Defiant Damsels of Historical Fiction

These gritty grrrls defy the damsel in distress trope!

Young people's literature is filled with characters of emotional depth and range, internal conflict, conviction, and courage that impressionable young girls can relate to and/or draw inspiration from. As this is the season for doling out awards to film, TV, and books, I am sharing my favorite historical fiction books teeming with gritty grrrls and intrepid womenfolk who defy the "damsel in distress" trope despite their complicated circumstances.

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Out of Africa: Prose from the African Diaspora

For Black History Month and beyond

The African diaspora is comprised of global communities whose ancestry descends from the abduction/exile/immigration/relocation of people from the African continent. Whether the stories take root in the Americas, the Caribbean or Europe, the characters in these books have African parental origins, yet their riveting, colorful life experiences run the gamut. In celebration of the African diaspora during Black History Month and beyond, check out this assortment of intriguing tales, some almost lyrically told, with characters you will cheer, chasten and/or comfort.

rhythm ride by andrea pinkney

The Black Experience, New and Noteworthy Children's Books

The books listed here are all inspirational and true.  They take the reader through lives that may seem like our own, but become extraordinary through the individual’s creativity or inventiveness, singular devotion to improving their lives and the lives of others, and or the individual’s supportive family and community.  Some have won recent national awards.  Some have been passed around a lot. Some are meant to be read aloud.  Some are visually stunning.  All are worth enjoying.

Pierre: a cautionary tale in five chapters and a prologue

Characters as Cuisine

Cautionary Tales with a Bite

If you are a Stephen Colbert fan, or watched The Revenant this year, you know that bears are no joke. And if you are familiar with classic folk tales, you should know that there are certain types of characters and situations one should always avoid.  Don't mess with bears. Ever. Don't take their hats, Don't take their toys. Don't wake them up from naps. Don't try to sell them lemonade.

Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Dear Reader

Children's Chapter Books Told Through Letters

As a kid, I was always writing notes to my friends and seeking out pen pals. To this day, I still love to send (and get!) letters in the mail. Much like letters in real life, epistolary novels (or stories told through letters, journal entries, and other documents) give readers the chance to hear someone else's thoughts and feelings in a format that feels both personal and familiar. If you're a child, parent, or kid-at-heart who's looking for a chapter book with an interesting structure and relatable characters, then try one of these novels told through letters:

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December's Tough Topic-- Empathy and Charity ("Giving Versus Getting")

A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussion.

The month of December sparks within some people feelings of warmth, cheer, anticipation and celebration. Within others, it may stir up feelings of depression or anxiety and obligation. Additionally, the winter holiday season brings with it long-established social customs, commercials, advertisements, store displays and other promotional marketing that can easily seduce children into an "expectation of receiving" without any appreciation for the many privileges they enjoy.

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November's Tough Topic--Adoption

A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussion

November is National Adoption Month! Below I've listed several age-appropriate books that tackle the sometimes tough topic of adoption in interesting ways. Try setting aside 25 minutes with your children to read and have ongoing discussions of these and other topical books. As always, feel free to click the book titles of choice in order to place a hold on each one. You will receive an email when your requested books are available at the library for pick up!

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October's Tough Topic: Anti-Bullying

A specially curated selection of materials to facilitate family discussions.

First introduced two years ago by Ms. Tammeric, "Tough Topics" is a monthly series of carefully curated materials covering a specific difficult theme in order to prompt and facilitate important family discussions. All children deserve to be happy, healthy, secure and care-free as they live and learn. However, as life would have it, issues and challenges inevitably come our way and despite our best protective efforts children are not immune to experiencing them as well.

Cover of This Place Has No Atmosphere shows a girl wearing '80s fashion looking at the Earth from the moon.

Books for '80s Kids to Share With the Kids in Their Lives

Ah, the 1980s--era of Rainbow Brite, the Electric Company, and the after-school special. Ronald Reagan was our president, the Cold War was still on, and computers were just beginning to be more than a curiosity to the average person.  In children's literature, the '80s sometimes get a bad rap for being the era of the "problem novel"; basically, an after-school special in book form.  Still, some pretty great books were published during that decade.

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Dragons and Unicorns and Monsters...Oh My!

(Stories and Activities for Fantasy Fankids)

Calling all fantasy fankids ages 5 - 9, join us on Monday, October 19 at 4 p.m. The stories, basic crafts and activity pages will feature mythical creatures--some beautiful, some bizarre... A curated selection of age-appropriate books will also be available for checkout.

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