Explore your favorite superheroes, make your own costume, read a Wonder or Crossover story in comics, and show some Guts with Raina Telgemeier’s latest. When it comes to graphic novels, the possibilities are endless! Check out these books by your favorite authors and experience epic adventures staring your favorite characters and more![Read more…] about Juvenile Graphic Novels Bring Epic Adventures
One of our most frequently asked questions is… “My child is growing tired of or has finished all of the Magic Tree House book series. What else can you recommend?”
Some of the book series that are similar to the Magic Tree House in reading level and theme include…
A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Three friends and their assorted pets and siblings, help their local police officer solve mysteries around town.[Read more…] about Magic Tree House Read-Alikes
When your child has a loss in their life, having resources to start a conversation with them can be difficult. This can be especially trying if you are also going through a loss. Typically, speaking about loss directly, with realistic words, is best. Not using imaginary situations will help your child confront the loss. Sending a dog to the “farm” will not help the child deal with that pet’s death in a healthy manner. A child can go through the stages of grief in a natural way, and it will allow them to handle it better when they get older.
From death, to changing of a life situation, there are many books that can help you start the conversation and the healing process.
When a Pet Dies by Fred Rogers
This book, written by the incomparable Fred Rogers, helps children share their feelings about the death of a pet. A reassuring book that grieving is a natural and healthy thing to do.[Read more…] about Talking to Your Child About Loss
Check out a Children’s Read-Along eBook from cloudLibrary today! Read-Alongs are a new picture book reading experience sure to captivate young readers. They are eBooks with professionally-recorded narration that plays along while your child reads. Many Read-Along eBooks will highlight text as the narrator reads, so kids can follow along.
With the new Read-Along feature, text, pictures, and sound come to life with page-turning titles. These titles combine the visual text of an eBook with a read-along capability to help readers better understand sentence structure, language flow, and syntax.
Read-Alongs are a wonderful way to get young children excited about reading and introduce them to technology and devices through interactive reading experiences. Explore available titles on our featured shelf in cloudLibrary. Read-Alongs are also available on Overdrive and Hoopla.
— Kathleen L., Collection Management Librarian
You can work with your children to cultivate mindfulness. This is, much like any exercise, something that requires practice. The practice of mindfulness can help your child promote happiness and relieve stress. They also will gain benefits further in their life to help them in their school and work life.
You can focus on general areas when you talk to your children about it and help them do exercises in relation to those areas. Here are some areas that are great to work on with your children:[Read more…] about Cultivating Mindfulness in Children
Have you been waiting on the edge of your seat for the next book in your favorite bestselling book series? Check out these noteworthy juvenile sequels that are on our shelves. All titles are also available digitally in cloudLibrary.[Read more…] about What’s Happening with Your Favorite Juvenile Series?
As we head into the end of the year — and the end of the decade! — it’s time for our annual Staff Picks. This is the fifth year we’ve asked staff to name their favorite books published in the calendar year. Here are the children’s books they enjoyed most. See other Staff Picks for 2019 here.
We also highly recommend the books listed in our annual Books Make Perfect Gifts feature, which includes titles for young readers, from babies to young adults.[Read more…] about Staff Picks 2019: Children’s Books
We’re thrilled to announce our new badge program for children ages 3—5: Let’s Play School!
With Let’s Play School children can complete challenges to earn cloth patches, and they’ll have fun while working on core language, motor, and cognitive skills.
Visit your branch to pick up Let’s Play School activity cards or download them from our website. Check our Events calendar, too, for information on special Let’s Play School storytimes taking place at our branches.
If you have young readers on your holiday shopping list, we’re here to help! From board books to picture books, from easy readers to graphic novels and young adult fiction, we have suggestions to help you find the perfect gifts.
To make it easier for you, we’ve created bookmarks listing these titles — take them along while shopping, then use them to mark your spot in whatever book you’re reading. Stop by your branch to pick up the bookmarks. We’ll have them while supplies last.[Read more…] about Books Make Perfect Gifts
Everyone recognizes the value of reading together with young children. A quick search through the archives on the library’s blog will show just how important it can be! But reading books out loud doesn’t have to stop once children are reading on their own. Did you know that many older children still enjoy being read to? In fact, according to Scholastic’s “Kids and Family Reading Report,” 83% of kids ages 6-17 said being read to was something they loved or liked a lot!
Reading out loud to older kids can lay the groundwork for a lifelong love of reading, establish a new way to spend family bonding time, and help encourage fun generational interaction. Being read to might help kids stretch to enjoy books that are above their current reading level, or facilitate important conversation on tough topics that might normally be difficult to bring up. It can also help expand a child’s vocabulary and encourage them to check out books and subjects they might not choose on their own. On top of all that, it’s FUN!
So gather ‘round, get comfy, and try some of these suggestions:[Read more…] about Read Alouds for Older Kids