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I Can Relate...

Books with Black Females as Lead Characters

We all love to read a book with characters similar to ourselves. The fun that they have, the friends they hang around, the ups and downs of life are all similar to our own experiences. These featured titles discuss different aspects of Black women's lives. Waiting to Exhale By: Terry McMillan

First Day Jitters

School Rules!

Titles to help get your student ready for school

Summer is coming to an end, which means a new school year is right around the corner. This time of year can cause anxiety in those moving to a new classroom. These titles remind us that we can all conquer the dreaded first day.First Day Jitters By: Julie Danneburg

Never Stop Singing

Build a Better World: Upper Elementary (4th-8th Grade) Children's Summer Reading List

In partnership with National Building Museum

This summer, DC Public Library has teamed up with the National Building Museum to create reading lists that connect our summer reading theme, "Build a Better World", to their mission to advance the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives.

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Love, Peace, and Happiness

Books to Assist in the Pursuit of a Life Filled with Love and Purpose

Life can be hard. We all are constantly searching for ways to feel more fulfilled. Ways to give and receive love. Ways to increase the peace we experience. Ways to be happy. These books provide ideas as to how to live an overall better life.The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

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My Country 'Tis of Thee

Children's Books about Becoming President

As we embark on a journey with a new president, it is great to revisit all the hard work it takes to become president. Many of these books tell inspiring stories of children who dream of being president one day. Whether they dream of becoming the president of their class, school, or country, the consensus is that it is not a job that should be taken lightly.

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The Beauty In Me

Picture Books that Celebrate Children of Color

Growing up my parents made it a point to provide me with books and toys that were a reflection of me. Although there was not a ton of options they found them. Mainstream media has come a long way when it comes to showing diverse imagery but there is still work to do. These featured titles celebrate black children and give them a chance to see themselves represented beautifully through literature. Suggested for ages 3-8. 

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You Can't Handle the Truth!

Novels that feature scenes in a courtroom

With television shows like Law and Order and How to Get Away with Murder bringing in amazing ratings, it would be no stretch to say that the average person enjoys fiction about the law. We all like to pretend we are involved in the case by defending the accused, piecing together clues, or even acting as a juror or judge handing down the final decision. We sit waiting until to the end of the episode to see what the truth will ultimately be.

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I've Got the Blues

Picture Books on Feeling Down

Children go through a wide range of emotions on a daily basis. Most of the time they seem genuinely happy and then other times they are not. Whenever they are feeling not so good grab one of these titles to help ease the pain. If they enjoy a good movie night be sure to browse our DVD selection for titles such as Inside Out.