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It's Hard To Be Five

Picture Books About Self-Control

Control, emotional management, and patience

Here are some picture books about managing our feelings and self-control.   It's Hard to Be Five by Jamie Lee Curtis

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Brave & Daring Girls

Fiction for Ages 8 to 12

At the Southeast Library, our Kids’ Book Club meets once a month to discuss a book, enjoy snacks, and do an interactive activity (ages 8 to 12, last Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. – check out our calendar!). As much fun as the meetings are, my favorite part comes at the end: the participating kids vote on which book they will read and discuss the following month.

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Tales Magical and Grim

Fairy Tales Reimagined

As a lover of fairy tales from the cut-off-your-heels Grim(m) version of Cinderella to the cheerful Disney rendition of Mulan, I'm willing to be swept away by fairy tales with drama

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Calling All Dr. Seuss Fans

Novel read-a-likes to engage even the most devoted enthusiasts!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as the beloved children’s book author Dr. Seuss, celebrated a birthday this March. Dr. Seuss’s books have long delighted audiences with their imagination and whimsy. But if your child has exhausted these classics, why not try some of these texts to discover some new read-a-likes?

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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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