Kids' Books

Judy Blume On Screen

Thursday, March 16, 2023.

Judy Blume

Judy Blume is a celebrated, beloved, and highly challenged author of children's and young adults lit.  Her books have delighted readers across generations.

 Next month, a feature film adaptation of her most famous book is hitting the big screen!

 Explore this brilliant author, her impact, and the upcoming adaptation with us.

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Book Fairs Are Back!

Saturday, February 18, 2023

A Brilliant Books book fair set up in the hallway of an elementary school.  Colorful children's artwork hangs on the wall above tables filled with children's books.

On February 20th, we're kicking off our spring book fair season and we can't wait to get started!

Last fall was our first full-scale, in-person book fair season since the beginning of the pandemic and, rather to our surprise, it was also our biggest ever!  We had a record number of schools sign up—several even had to be deferred until spring!—and we brought in new fixtures and displays to help bring the magic of a bookstore directly into every school we visited.  The end result?  More than $7,000 raised for four different schools, including the TCAPS schools Eastern Elementary, Long Lake Elementary, and West Middle School, and Birch Street Elementary of Kalkaska Public Schools. For the spring season, we've got six schools lined up already, including three we've never worked with before, and several more in the preliminary planning stages.  We're confident that this season we can raise more than $10,000 by the time we've wrapped up our last fairs.  

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Picture Books for Valentine's Day

Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

Children hugging

Valentine's Day can be a fun holiday to celebrate with the whole family!  From making handmade cards to baking heart-shaped cookies, there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate love.

 This year, enjoy a Valentine's Day story time with some of Rachel's favorite children's books!  Explore the list for books about love, hugs, and friendship — plus the perfect kid-friendly book about consent.

Books About Hugs

The Birds of Kids Literature

Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Bird in branch

January 5th is a day to celebrate our winged friends.  Birds play an essential part in ecosystems around the world — plus they're fascinating (and beautiful) to watch from the window.

Introduce young readers to the joy of birds with some of our favorite bird-themed reads!  Take an aerial tour of children's literature to find feathery facts, avian adventures, and more.

Bird Books! 

Hanukkah for the Whole Family

Friday, December 2, 2022.

Smiling girl with present

Hannukah is only two weeks away and, all around the world, families are getting ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights with gatherings, tasty treats, and, of course, the lighting of the menorah.

 Whether you already observe Hanukkah as a family or want to introduce it to the kids, books are a wonderful way to celebrate together!

 Chosen by Rachel, our children's section director, these six books will bring Hanukkah to life for the whole family.

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Banned Books BINGO

Monday, September 19, 2022.

banned books bingo

Welcome to Banned Books Week!   What banned books are you and your family reading — and what are your thoughts on book censorship?

 Explore Banned books Week at Brilliant Books to:

 • Learn more about book bans
• Find the top 10 banned books of last year
• And play our very own Banned Books Bingo for Young Readers!

Banned Books Bingo & More

Halloween for Kids

Friday, September 16, 2022.

Kids reading under covers

Goodbye, ice cream and beach days, hello trick-or-treating & scary stories around the fire!  It's almost fall, which means we're getting close to the spookiest of holidays.

Get ready for the big day with some of our favorite Halloween books.  Perfect for all kinds of young goblins, ghouls, and witches, these books will get the whole family excited for Halloween!

Kids' Halloween Books!

Growing Future Readers with Graphic Novels

Saturday, August 27, 2022.

Child reading book

Over and over, we have seen parents and caregivers worried about “real reading”, encouraging their kids to find a lengthier novel without pictures.  But the truth is that graphic novels play an important role in growing readers!

Rachel, our Children's Section Director, shares her insights on graphic novels, plus recommendations to help even reluctant young readers discover the joy of a good book.

Why Go Graphic?

Back to School

Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

Elementary students

The beginning of the school year can be a tough time for students.  Summer is over, and it's time to head back indoors to sit & study.  Plus, heading into a new school or a new grade level can be quite scary!

If you know any young readers who are reluctant (or apprehensive) about the school year, check out our Back to School collection.  Picked out by our kids' section experts Sam & Rachel, these books will help your students get ready — and get excited — for the new school year!

Get Ready for School!