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A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

Loneliness in Words and Pictures

Complex emotions for kids

Loneliness, a complex and strong human emotion, finds a home in everyone: children and adults alike.

Illustrated multicolored turtles in neat lines and rows

I Spy Read-Alikes

Riddles, rhymes, and puzzles, oh my!

I spy with my little eye… an awesome group of books! The I Spy series is the much-loved classic by Jean Marzollo that compels younger readers to pour over detailed photographs to find objects in riddles and rhymes. And while the library has many I Spy books to fit your fancy, if you want to challenge your scavenger skills try these read-alikes.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Picture Books for Adults

Catching up on children's literature

If you are an adult and you don't spend much time with children, it's probably been years since you've even thought about picture books. We all have our favorites from childhood, but as time goes on, so does the world of new children's literature. Here are a few recent books you won't regret spending some time with. They only take a couple minutes to read, and they're great mood enhancers - so don't be embarrassed to read them on Metro! 

Pete and Pickles

Picture Book Love Stories

For children and grownups alike

The following books were written for children but can be enjoyed equally by adults, who might appreciate the deeper meanings within the pages. For anyone who has been in love, they will tell a familiar story. Perhaps the plot will even remind you of your relationship with your significant other. The books explain love in a way that’s plain enough for children to understand, while avoiding shallowness. Love is simple, and these books get right to the point.

The Gruffalo

Vocabulary Skills

Early Literacy tips for parents and caretakers of young children

Researchers say that there are six skills that are important for children to learn before they are ready to read:

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Interactive Children's Books

Get your child involved in the story!

Whether you're trying to find the perfect, engaging book to use as your preschooler's classroom guest reader or you just want something that'll really grab and hold the attention of your little one, these titles that invite active participation will capture any child's imagination and have them begging you to read them "just one more time!"

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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Biographies and Autobiographies of Famous Children’s Authors

Learn more about the authors of your favorite children's books!

There’s something special about re-reading a book I loved as a child as an adult. I recently re-read one of my favorite books as a child, Anne of Green Gables, and while in the midst of the story I did a little background research on the author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Bookcover of Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Family Crafternoon

Make Your Own Cabinet of Wonder

In Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, 12-year old Ben keeps a collection of things that are important to him in a wooden box. After finding out about early museum collections and Cabinets of Wonder, Ben wonders whether he is a curator and whether his own Cabinet of Wonder is a museum box.

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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.

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