Do you have an energetic toddler on your hands? Or how about a restless child who just won’t sit still for storytime? No need to fret, there are books for everyone! Here is a list of our favorite books for movers and shakers, guaranteed to get you and your child up and moving along with each story![Read more…] about Books for Movers and Shakers
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There are many ways to promote and encourage your child’s creativity at home. The good news is, you don’t need to call in HGTV to redesign your home to create an arts and crafts studio! Here are some ideas that can be done on a budget at the kitchen table or outside on the driveway or picnic table. Of course, if you do have the space and resources to create an art space at home go for it! Here are some aspects of learning and development that you may want to consider when gathering your art materials.[Read more…] about Arts and Crafts at Home
If your TARDIS, Time Turner, or DeLorean is in the shop, never fear! With your library card and a good book, time travel has never been easier. Here are some amazing time machines for kids you can check out for FREE at the library![Read more…] about Borrow a Time Machine for Kids From the Library
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
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
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
DISASTER! You’ve survived the Deathly Hallows, and now there’s nothing else to read! Never fear—whether it’s the school setting, the magic, or the adventure that kept you coming back to Hogwarts, there is undoubtedly another series out there, just waiting for you to stumble across it.
If you don’t believe me, here are a few series to check out to help with some of that post-wizarding blues…[Read more…] about A Very Potter Problem: What to Read Next
Growing up is hard and sometimes it is hard to find characters in the media that our young ones can look up to. It is never too early to teach our children about positive lifestyle choices, and what better way to begin teaching than with picture books from the library!
Here you will find a list of my favorite children’s books that promote positive role models and messages that every kid can relate to.[Read more…] about Picture Books with Positive Role Models
Looking to add something to your TBR? Not quite sure what to pick up next? We’ve got you covered!
- Give Me
Some Truth follows two Native American teens who are struggling to find
their identity both on and off the reservation. Carson thinks his best chance
to make his mark is by winning the local Battle of the Bands. Of course, it
might help if he actually has a band first. Maggi has just moved back to the
reservation and wants to create art outside of the traditional artwork her
family sells to tourists. Taking place in 1980, Give Me Some Truth explores identity, social justice, first love,
political, and pop culture, as well as two teens trying to reconcile the life
they have with the life they want.
- Book Notes: This book has strong ties to John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Beatles. There’s a lot of musical influence within the storyline. Like The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Gansworth’s novel introduces readers to tough topics that might turn off readers looking for a light-hearted read. With that said, this is definitely one to try out for music lovers, Alexie lovers, and even John Green fans!