Kids' Books

Hanukkah Picture Books

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

A fully lit menorah


With Hanukkah approaching fast, it's time to make sure you have all the books you need to celebrate!  To help you find the perfect Hanukkah book this year, Rachel and Sam put together some of their favorite picture books.  Enjoy these with a young reader in your life to celebrate (or learn about) this holiday.

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Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Jerry Pinkney


Jerry Pinkney, one of America's most treasured illustrators, passed away on October 20th, at the age of 81.  You might have seen his renditions of Aesop's Fables or Noah's Ark, or one of his stunningly illustrated stories celebrating African American lives.  Explore his iconic illustrations and his life below.

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Brilliant Books Monthly Box Design Contest

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Brilliant Books' Box Design Contest

Think you have what it takes to design our 2022 Young Readers' Brilliant Books Monthly Welcome Box? Now's your chance to find out!

In this contest, we're inviting kids 12 and under to create their very own cover for the 2022 Welcome Box for Brilliant Books Monthly: Young Readers' Edition.  The sky is the limit on what these budding artists can create, as long as the design is their own work and relates to books and reading!

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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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