Kids' Books

International Cat Day

Monday, August 8, 2022.

Yellow cat

In honor of International Cat Day, we're highlighting some of our favorite kids' books that feature our feline friends!

We've got big cats and small cats, scaredy cats and groovy cats, plus a fun cat joke for the occasion (we just couldn't help ourselves).

Bookish Cats


Kids' Books in Space!

Friday, July 15, 2022.

Cartoon astronaut and planets

With this week's release of the images from James Webb Space Telescope, space is the talk of the town — or, rather, of the planet.

With all of the excitement around these new revelations and what they mean for our understanding of the universe, we thought we'd share a collection of space-themed books for astronauts, engineers, and sci-fi writers of tomorrow!

Explore space-themed kids books for all ages (and learn more about the James Webb Space Telescope) below.

Blast Off into Reading!


Kids Books About Dogs

Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

Dog reading book

It's no secret that the Brilliant Books team is fond of dogs.  We absolutely love to meet our customers' canine companions — and we're known for our Brilliant dog bowls out in front of the store (currently in safe-keeping during construction).  Plus, we just got in a whole bunch of signed books from W. Bruce Cameron, full of stories of precious pups!

But today we're sharing a very special category of canine chronicles: Brilliant dog books for young readers.

Jump Into the Dog Days of Summer


Rainbow Story Time

Thursday, June 9, 2022.

Girl with pride flag

This Saturday, Up North Pride is coming together with Wild + Wonder, Mindful + Musical, Dharamsala TC Yoga & Wellness Studio, and Brilliant Books to present Rainbow Story Time!

Come by the event to enjoy a morning of storybook reading for young readers, complete with craft time.  Don't miss our inclusive book sale at the event—10% of each purchase benefits Up North Pride!

We hope to see you there!

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Big Topics for the Little Ones

Friday, June 3, 2022.

Mental health for kids

There are lots of big and scary things happening in the world right now.  The school shooting in Uvalde, the invasion of Ukraine, systemic violence against people of color, the ongoing toll of the pandemic: these are hard things to deal with as an adult, let alone explain to a child.

Today, we're sharing some resources for discussing those big topics with kids.

Explore our article below to find expert articles on child psychology and age-appropriate books that will help open conversations about mental health — and give children space to explore, express, and work through those big, scary feelings.

Mental Health for Kids


Find Waldo Local 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Waldo wavingThe search for Waldo is once again coming to life in Downtown Traverse City!  Starting June 1st, Waldo will be visiting sixteen downtown stores and restaurants.  Pick up a passport at any of the participating locations (listed below), and collect a stamp or signature in your Waldo passport wherever you spot him.

More About the Event


Ramadan Kids' Books

Friday, April 1, 2022.

Ramadan books

Beginning with the first appearance of the crescent moon in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection for Muslim people around the world.  This is a time of reconnection and dedication for the followers of Islam—and it can be a difficult time for those fasting, so make sure to be extra considerate of your Muslim friends!

In recognition of Ramadan, we're highlighting some wonderful children's books that share Muslim stories.  From titles about Ramadan, to magical adventures, to the everyday lives of Muslim children, these books are sure to delight young readers.

See Them All

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