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The Napping House

Say it Again!

Picture books with repeated phrases

Early Literacy Skills are competencies that children need to develop before they begin reading and writing.* Choosing books to read with your child that have a repetitive phrase can aid in the development of many of the early literacy skills that children need in order to be ready to read:  Print Motivation Print Awareness Narrative Skills Vocabulary Letter Knowledge

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LGBTQ Books for Children

Inclusive books for every child

Perhaps your child has asked a question about different families, or you may want your child to be introduced to inclusive titles that present different topics for children. If so, then please peruse DC Public Library's many children's books titles that feature LGBTQ themes and information.

What's Your Favorite Animal

Awesome Animal Stories

To read alone or share with children

Are you an animal lover?  Here are some great animal reads with something for the youngest to the oldest, or both to share with each other.

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Your Friday Five

Stories in verse for fourth- to eighth-graders

We're wrapping up National Poetry Month, and while I've personally spent the month reveling in re-reading all of my favorite poems, I realize that not everyone loves poetry as much as I do. For some people, this disinterest -- or even distaste -- has to do with the fact that there isn't enough plot in a poem; people like a good narrative.

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Middle Grade Humor Books

Hilarious chapter books

When Internet memes and cute cat videos are not enough, it's time to turn to a hilarious book for a good laugh. The following list is guaranteed to make you fall out of a seated position laughing.   Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

Along a Long Road

Books for Beginner Bike Lovers

Picture books about bikes and biking

There is something intrinsically appealing about bike books. Bikes remind me of warm sunny days and the wonderful feeling of freedom and exploration. I think I share that trait with most of the younger population. What little kid doesn't like to go out and ride their bike? Finding a good book about bikes and bike riding can be a great way to draw in active reluctant readers as well as established book lovers. They can also be useful for teaching kids how to ride bikes and building confidence for beginner riders. Here are a few that I have enjoyed:

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Your Friday Five

Dark Comedies

My two favorite kinds of books are those that make me laugh and those that make me supremely uncomfortable. If a book can do both, it has my heart forever.  If you find dark comedies as satisfying as I do, you might want to try one or more of the following titles: The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

The Goose Girl

Fairy Tales Your Way

Updated fairy tales for middle grade readers

Because myths and fairy tales are so well known, they can make a great backdrop for an author to play with story. There are a lot of great children's books that take a common story as the base, but where the author makes the tale their own. Here are some of my favorites:

Comic Books

Parklands-Turner Comic Book Club

The Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library has a terrific collection of comic books and graphic novels.  Children and teens are encouraged you to come in and enjoy one of the comics on display, or select an item from the catalog from any library in the city and have it delivered to Parklands-turner, epsecially for you!

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