Kids' Books

Indigenous Storytellers

Friday, June 28th, 20234

Grid of book covers

Lately, we've noticed an exciting new trend in children's book publishing—an influx of stories about the indigenous cultures of America in all their myriad forms.  Even better, these stories are being told by members of those cultures, relaying experiences from their own lives as well as historical traditions, legends, and practices.

Traverse City (and much of northern Michigan) is the ancestral and contemporary home of the Anishinaabe and Odawa people.  Today, in our area, these groups are represented by the nations of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.  While the collection we've prepared does include stories from their traditions, you'll also find stories from indigenous cultures across the country.  What stories come from your hometown?

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Bookish Bingo: Summer 2024

ocean in summerFriday, May 24th, 2024

Summer reading is the perfect time to give yourself a bit of a challenge. Not in the sense that you need to focus only on "serious" reading, but rather to give yourself new ways to explore through literature. If you need a little prompting to help you on your way, we've created a summer reading bingo board with lots of challenges that are perfect for readers of all ages. Challenge your friends or family and see where your summer reading takes you!

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Summer Camp Stories

Monday, May 13, 2024


Summer is fast approaching — and with it, the promise of the good old days of summer camp, from sunny beach days to hiking in the great outdoors to campfires and, of course, s'mores!  Our Children's Department Director, Rachel, has selected a new collection of summertime stories for young readers, with picks perfect for both independent and adventurous readers and read-aloud options for the little ones.  Explore the list to find the books your young reader will devour this summer!

Summer Camp Reads

Rainbow Story Time

Rainbow story timeFriday, May 3, 2024

On Saturday June 8th, join Wild + Wonder, Miriam Pico (Mindful + Musical), local artist Laura Adams, and Brilliant Books for a kids' Pride event at the Dennos Museum of Art!

This family event will have it all: music, art, a read-aloud story time, and time for connection & book browsing from 10am to 11:00am.  We are so excited to celebrate with you and your young readers!

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Gifts for Graduates

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

From colleges and universities all the way down to preschool, graduation season is approaching fast!  As new graduates begin the next chapter of their lives— whether that's coping with a middle school schedule, finding a first "real" job, navigating the pitfalls of living with a roommate, or heading into the unknowns of high school—there are a lot of adjustments to make, and a little sage advice might come in handy. 

From the inspirational to the practical to the delightfully irreverent, we've got just the books to celebrate their accomplishments and give them a little guidance into the future.  Check out our collection of  booksellers' recommended reads for new graduates!

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The Great Solar Eclipse of 2024!

Thursday, April 4th, 2024.

Solar eclipse photo

Did you know that 99% of people who live in the US will be able to see a partial or total solar eclipse on April 8th, 2024?  According to NASA, every contiguous U.S. state, plus parts of Alaska and Hawaii, will experience at least a partial solar eclipse.  Because of this, we're going to be closed on April 8th so booksellers who want to travel to see the total eclipse can do so, as it might be a once in a lifetime opportunity!

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Book Fairs by the Numbers

book fairFriday, March 15th, 2024

Have you ever wondered exactly what goes into one of our school book fairs?  You might be surprised!  From the number of boxes we take to each fair (25, on average), to the number of volunteers required to run the fair (Zero!  We staff them ourselves!), here's a quick look behind the scenes at exactly what's happening with these events!

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Why Reading Matters

Teen readingFriday, March 8, 2024

Recent years have brought about a massive increase in book policing, particularly for young readers.  This can be as overt as legislation—Texas Law HB900, for example, though it is currently under review and cannot be enforced—or as subtle as requiring additional steps to access to certain books (parental permission, making books available only in certain grade levels, creating limited access "special collections" etc).  While there's lots of argument over what is or is not an appropriate level of oversight for young people's reading habits, there seems to be a major voice missing from the conversation: the kids themselves.  Legislators, parent groups, schools, librarians, professional groups, authors, publishers, even us booksellers get our say, but what do kids actually think about the books they read and how those books impact them?

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