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Cover for When's My Birthday?

You Say It's Your Birthday

Books for Young Celebrants

We all have one, and if we're lucky, we have many more. But birthdays seem particularly special for our youngest readers - a time when everything is new and everybody gets to eat cake. Waiting for that one day a year can seem like it takes forever, but a few books on the topic may get your little ones excited to celebrate or stop them from asking about their presents (at least for a few minutes).

nico and lola

Sit and Stay

Dog Stories with a Lesson

Many people adore dogs. It’s no surprise dogs have begun to show up in schools, libraries, hospitals, senior centers and other places where their calm nature is put to work lifting spirits and building confidence. In a 2009 study of the SitStayRead program, a literacy project that brings therapy dogs into Chicago's public elementary schools, researchers saw a 20 percent increase in oral reading fluency among the 152 second graders studied.

Flashlight

Who Said Books Need Words?

Indulge in these fantastic wordless picture books!

Wordless picture books are a fantastic format to boost children’s literacy skills and to foster a rich imagination. These books allow children to interpret the illustrations and create their own stories as they “read” the book – one book can have countless stories within it! They also reinforce the fact that pictures tell as much of a story as words do, they help children develop storytelling skills, and when you “read” the book with them, you can introduce them to a plethora of new vocabulary.

One word from Sophia

Glorious Girls

Picture Books with Female Protagonists

Looking for something to read to your young one (or older one-- picture books know no age limit!) but sick of reading the same Fancy Nancy over and over again? Here is a list of some of my favorite picture books that feature fantastic strong females as their main character.

Thanking the Moon

Traditions and Tales of China

Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

On the fifteenth day of the Eighth Moon (October 15 in 2017) family members come together to honor the Moon Goddess, Chang E and enjoy an evening under the especially large Harvest Moon. Sharing poems and stories are a traditional activity of the holiday. The books listed below include beloved Chinese tales, stories of family, and books to help prepare for the day and evening of the seasonal event:

Kitten's First Full Moon

Me-Ow!

Picture books about cats

September is Happy Cat Month! Me-OW! If you know anything about librarians, you should know that we love cats! The picture books below were selected for their funny, adorable, and beautiful illustrations all about cats! Get ready to read by practicing your meows and purrs, and curl up like a cat with one or more of the following books! Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

School's First Day Of School

School Here We Come!

 It is that time of year again, the beginning of a new school year. For some parents and children this tradition has become routine, and for others it is the very first stage of growing and going to school for the very first time.  This joyous list of  books is sure to help parents calm children of their first day jitters and show them how much fun they will have on their first day of school and onward.  

Tap the Magic Tree

Interactive Picture Books

You can do more than just read along with your picture books!

One day, a dog will need your help convincing a dinosaur not to steal his ice cream! Or farm animals will want you to jump on a poor chicken's sofa! Or the zoo might send you mystery animals in the mail! Don't believe me? Well it's possible, with interactive picture books!Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Peace display

Tough Topics Read Feed: Peace and Conflict

When reflecting on the 2017 Summer Reading theme “Build a Better World" in the context of current events, the tough topics of “Peace” and "Conflict" come to mind. Why does it seem so difficult to grasp, embody and maintain? Ideally the books from this display will prompt family discussions about peace and the ways in which you can help to nurture and share it.

Faster, Higher, Smarter

Sports History for Teens and Tweens

Batter up!

Did you know that women and girls couldn’t always play sports like men and boys could? That African-Americans weren’t allowed to play major league baseball? That sports equipment used to be a lot less safe than it is now? Check out the following books about sports history for teens and tweens - and while you’re having fun, you might learn a thing or two!

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