There’s something uniquely exciting about browsing the library shelves and picking up a book you’ve never heard of before, whether it’s because the cover catches your eye or the blurb on the back grabs your attention. But it can be scary too, especially if you like to avoid books with a lot of violence, language, or intimate relationships. It can be overwhelming knowing where to even start, whether you are just making your first forays into the Young Adult section or if you’re just looking for something new! Don’t worry, we’re here to help with this list of books that are exciting, engaging, and safe for any level of content–comfortableness–all at the same time![Read more…] about Wholesome Teen Reads
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
What to learn more about the world beyond the borders of your own country? Start with these books, a sampler of stories from other countries.[Read more…] about Around the World in Books
Start your 2020 reading year off with these graphic novels. Written for young adults, these stories will appeal to some adult readers, also.[Read more…] about Have You Read These Graphic Novels for Young Adults?
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?
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
Seasons are changing. Kids are in school, and we’re coming in from the outdoors and getting ready for winter. One of the things that may change is what foods we choose to eat, how we prepare them, and share them with our friends and families. If you feel that you are stuck in a rut, below are some cookbooks that may inspire you to expand your horizons.[Read more…] about Stuck in a Cooking Rut? These Cookbooks Can Help!
Getting ready to take part in NaNoWriMo*? Did you know that the library can help you hone your writing skills? Lynda.com (LinkedIn Learning) offers courses in writing – free for BCFL library card holders! Check out the list of all Lynda.com writing courses here. To get started, try Writing: The Craft of Story, which aims to teach participants how to create a story that readers respond to, using includes specific examples and practice exercises.[Read more…] about Use Your Library Card to Succeed with NaNoWriMo
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