Are Audiobooks Good for Kids?

With ubiquitous tablets and phones, a child’s first introduction to reading may be audiobooks. But does this help or hurt kids in the long run? While audiobooks are no substitute for reading aloud with your children, they can supplement that time. Audiobooks can help build imagination and reading skills. When a child is learning to […]

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Books for Spring Holidays

Three major holidays will be observed in communities around the world during April. An excellent way to explore a celebration you might not be familiar with is to read a children’s book together. These books can help introduce you to some of the traditions. Ramadan – For our Islamic friends, April 2-May 2 is the […]

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Science through Fiction

Don’t tell, but we’ve found some wonderful mid-grade fiction books that teach a little science along the way. Young readers will learn along with the characters and it most likely won’t even feel like an assignment. Bees on the Roof by Robbie Shell Sam needs to find a seventh-grade science fair project and a way […]

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Where do those stories come from?

Have you ever wondered where the ideas for characters and stories originate? The Night Buddies Adventures series started with author Sands Hetherington and his son John dreaming up Crosley the crocodile during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley until it occurred to Sands why it was that […]

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Lucky Superstitions

Since this week is both the Ides of March and St. Patrick’s Day, we’re taking a break from books and reading to have a fun look at lucky superstitions. Superstitions are light-hearted or trivial beliefs that we hold regardless of evidence. Examples of lucky superstitions include four-leaf clovers, knocking on wood, throwing salt over your […]

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3 Middle-Grade Reads for Women’s History Month

March 1987 was the first designated Women’s History Month in the United States. President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the week of March 8, 1980, as the first Women’s History Week. This was followed by additional Women’s History Week observances that eventually became the month-long celebration recognizing the achievements and contributions of women. We found three books […]

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Books to Help Parents and Kids Talk about War

With the war between Russia and Ukraine dominating the news cycle, your children may be asking questions. Why are they fighting? Why don’t they stop? Are we safe? Let your children guide the discussion. If the topic comes up, start by asking, “What do you know about the war?” We’ve found three books for middle-grade […]

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Exactly What is Mid-Grade Fiction?

If you have young readers in your home, you may have encountered terms like mid-grade, juvenile, young adult, or new adult to classify books, but what do they mean? The classifications are intended to help guide readers (and their parents) to age-appropriate books. None of the designations are carved in stone, but here are some […]

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Books to Help Kids Process COVID

It’s hard to believe, but COVID is still with us almost two years later. It’s still impacting how we live and work, and it’s affecting children’s daily routines. We’ve found three books to read with your children to help process the effects of life during a pandemic. When the World Turned Upside Down by K. […]

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A Book-Themed Valentines

The month of love is here and, according to research by Hallmark, Americans will send 145 million cards to their sweethearts. That doesn’t even count the millions of cards exchanged in classrooms next Tuesday. Teachers, Hallmark says, get the most valentines, and that seems appropriate. Want to give your Valentine’s Day a bookish twist? Here […]

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80 Years of Little Golden Books

I was wandering the aisles of my favorite big box store this week when I saw a display of Little Golden Books. I haven’t had young readers in my house for some time, so I wasn’t up to date on offerings from the imprint. Little Golden Books have been around since 1942 and has produced […]

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