Kids' Books

Back to School

Tuesday July 27, 2021

Photograph of a line of elementary school students walking outside. The children wear bright clothing and backpacks, and a chaperone walks alongside the line, her hands folded behind her back.


We can't believe how fast the summer has flown by!  In only a few weeks we'll be counting down to school, and students will be heading to first days before we know it.  To help get students and parents ready for this school year, we've put together a Back to School book list.  We hope you enjoy!

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A New Title for Melissa's Story

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021The cover of Alex Gino's book George with the title George crossed out in black and replaced with the words Melissa's Story.

Alex Gino's debut novel was a hit from the start.  With four starred reviews and a number of honors including a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, both critics and readers loved the story of Melissa, a middle grade girl who was then named George.  That book, of course, was George, which, since its release in 2015, has been a staple of LGBTQ+ reading lists, especially for young people.  But, as Gino has explained, this iconic book of support for the trans community is not without its flaws.

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Exploring Traverse City

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

A collage of six images of Traverse City.  Top row includes a picture of a rocky beach with a wave rolling in, the Traverse City Opera House exterior in downtown Traverse City, and the marquee sign of the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City.  The bottom row includes red cherries on a tree, a white woman in a straw hat and her daughter sitting on a bench in downtown Traverse City and a white man, white woman, and white child biking on the TART trail along Grand Traverse Bay with sailboats in the background.



Though the event schedule for the National Cherry Festival has been greatly reduced this year, that doesn't mean there aren't still lots of things to do and see in the Grand Traverse area.  We've assembled a few books and guides (for all ages!) that provide a little more insight into local history, architecture, wildlife, and more.

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Upcoming Graphic Novels

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021


It's hard to believe, but summer vacation will be back in a little over a month!  That means it's time to start stocking up your young readers' shelves to fend off summer boredom.  For fans of graphic novels, there's a wealth of new releases coming up.  Here are a few of our favorites to add to your preorder list!

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Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

First celebrated more than 50 years ago as the environmentalism movement of the 70s was taking off, Earth Day was created as a way to channel public action into helping the environment.  We've come a long way since then, thanks in large part to better education as a society as to how our actions and choices affect our planet, both now and into the future.

Today, we hope everyone takes the opportunity to appreciate the beautiful planet we call home, perhaps by exploring the great outdoors, sharing a story about nature with a young reader, or enjoying one yourself.  To that end, we've assembled some of our favorite Earth and environment-centric books for readers of all ages.  How will you celebrate Earth Day?

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