Spooky Halloween Reads

The door slowly creaks open. In the dim light, we see walls covered with cobwebs and bookshelves. It’s clear no one has ventured over the threshold since last year. We take a deep breath to gather our courage and enter the room. We are more than ready to pull the dusty tomes from the shelves […]

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Best Middle-Grade Fiction 2022, Part 2

Today we bring you part two of librarians’ picks for the best middle-grade fiction of 2022. Each year, the School Library Journal names its top books. We share four more of their selections for readers eight through twelve with your today. The books are presented in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. Descriptions come […]

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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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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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Books to Help Kids Learn Gratitude

Make Thanksgiving a season of practicing gratitude. These books help elementary-age children recognize and begin to develop gratitude as a life-long habit. The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edward Written by Julie Andrews (yes, that Julie Andrews of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music), this fantastical tale originally written in […]

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