When bedtime rolls around it can feel like a never-ending process…baths, teeth to be brushed, pajamas, and then storytime. Doesn’t it feel like the kids always pick the longest book ever? Why not make storytime fun for you as well by reading the following books together? [Read more…] about Kids Books That’ll Make Grown-Ups Laugh, Too!
Have you heard of the Month of the Young Child? In April children, parents, and teachers focus on fun, creative ways to learn and grow. Join in with the 14th annual One Book, Every Young Child celebration, when libraries, child care centers, and early learning programs throughout Pennsylvania will share common books with children to promote the joy and benefits of reading. [Read more…] about One Book Every Young Child
Baby Sign Language is a unique form of wordless communication that lets babies as young as six months old, express to their caregivers their wants or needs. Non-verbal young children usually cry when trying to communicate and cannot be understood. However, learning and using Baby Sign Language will break the communication barrier, and the crying and frustration between the young child and their caregiver will disappear. When using Baby Sign Language with your child you are helping to create a connection. [Read more…] about Discover Baby Sign Language
Celebrate Women’s History Month with your child with these new picture books written about strong women who made a difference in our world.
Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillibrand
This is an inspiring picture book with gorgeous illustrations about ten suffragists who fought for women’s right to vote.
Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker
This book tells the bold story of Katherine Johnson, an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race and was depicted in the film Hidden Figures.
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome
Enjoy this inspirational story and vibrant artwork about two tennis legends who were fierce competitors on the courts, but close sisters above all.
This book tells the true story of eighteenth-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who stopped at nothing to solve the unsolvable and achieve her dream.
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton
This book is the companion to Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger’s number one New York Times bestseller She Persisted. It is perfect for tiny activists, mini feminists, and little kids who are ready to take on the world.
Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor
The first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor, tells her own story for young readers for the very first time.
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice, and she knew how to use it. Learn all about her amazing career in this illuminating and inspiring picture book biography of the lawyer, educator, politician, and civil rights leader.
Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone
This picture book biography tells the true story of Ada Lovelace, the woman recognized today as history’s first computer programmer.
– Recommended by Kathleen L., Collection Management Librarian
The Oscars, the Emmys, the Tonys, the Grammys…these are world famous award ceremonies viewed by millions. But have you ever heard of the ALA Youth Media Awards?
The American Library Association Youth Media Awards, including the Caldecott, Newbery, Coretta Scott King, and Printz Awards, represent the best literature and media for youth. They are selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts. Let’s take a look at the 2019 winners. [Read more…] about Celebrating the Best Literature for Kids
Do you remember the first time you started a new book and encountered a character who looked just like you? It can be a magical experience to read about someone who has hair or eyes or freckles like yours going on wonderful, thrilling adventures. For many of us, it’s an experience that’s easy to take for granted. But unfortunately, it’s an experience that not everyone gets to have.
Fortunately, literature for children and young adults has made great strides in diversifying the stories that are told, but we have a long way to go until everyone’s experiences and identities are reflected in the books available to them. Until we get there, check out these books: they might show you someone who looks just like you, or someone you’ve never met before. [Read more…] about Diverse Books: Seeing Yourself in Literature
Celebrate Black History Month with these reads for kids and teens. Titles include biographies of well-known and lesser-known historical figures, graphic novels, and picture books. [Read more…] about Children’s and Young Adult Books for Black History Month
Hoopla is a digital service that brings to your devices an enormous selection of music, movies, audiobooks, comics, and television shows. No placing holds, no waiting for delivery, no disappointed kids – you can borrow instantly up to 10 items per month with your library card.
The selections are vast – so I am going to focus on the fun of choosing materials for children of all ages. Have you ever been trapped in a car with a grumpy toddler on a long road trip? Waited for a long time in the doctor’s office waiting room? Here are some fun ways to make that time fly. [Read more…] about Hoopla for Kids
We’re excited to announce our Staff Picks for 2018! For the past four years, we’ve asked staff to recommend their favorite books published in the calendar year. Here are the children’s books they loved most in 2018. Staff Picks for young adults and adults will be published over the next week.
If you are looking for more suggestions for children’s books, stop into your local branch and ask for our Holiday bookmarks that list titles perfect for gifting to younger book lovers.
See 2018 Staff Picks for: Young Adult Literature, Adult Fiction, and Adult Nonfiction.
[Read more…] about Staff Picks 2018: Best Children’s Books
Children are naturally active, but like adults, they’ll move more if they’re having fun doing it. If you’d like to encourage your child to get physically [Read more…] about Roar like a Lion, Jump like a Frog