Kids' Books

Watch That, Read This!

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

There's a part of me that truly believes that coming-of-age teen movies really are the universal language. Whether the movie is from 1982 or 2020, the teenage experience as depicted by Hollywood is universally entertaining, and with us all spending a bit more time inside, it may be a good time to go back and revisit some old favorites. Here's a list of books that you might enjoy based on the movies you already love.

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It's Activity Day in the Kids' Section

Thursday, March 26h, 2020

Our plushie friends are stuck in quarantine, and, like lots of families, they're looking for some exciting things to do.  Not everyone likes the same things, but that's okay!  They've got lots of different options to try, from science-y activities that involve physics and chemistry, to creative projects that will bring out your inner artist, to games that are just for fun.  Here's what they've picked for today!

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Fiction Fridays with Heather Shumaker

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

We had planned to host local author Heather Shumaker for several events this coming spring, but as with so many other plans, we've had to do some revising.  Luckily, Heather is hosting a weekly video show called Fiction Fridays, so even if you can't come meet her in person, you still have a chance to learn about the writing process, what it's like to be an author, and, of course, her books!

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On Being Mindful

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

We are all feeling it. I've heard from so many folks this week that after a week of a new routine, it really has started to hit home for adults and kids alike that this is not going to be over quickly. The stress is intense, and the restless energy is building. 

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Adventure is (Still) Out There!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

With our recent efforts at social distancing, a lot of folks are heading outside. I know my kids have really needed that, the fresh air and a place to run. Here in Michigan, the world outside is waking up, the robins have returned and the sap is running. As our schedules are more open and we are looking for ways to work with our kids on new skills --  this is the perfect time to slow down and spend a bit of time observing nature. 

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Storytime for the Whole Family

Friday, March 20, 2020

At the end of these days that feel strange and uncertain, my kids and I have really enjoyed our family reading time. While we all certainly have our own books we are reading on our own, we have found all climbing into bed together at the end of the day and sharing a good book to be great way to connect and find some comfort. Here are some of our recent favorites.

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Kits for Kids!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Parents, we have all suddenly found ourselves home with our kids and in need of some creative and educational activities. I know many of us are unsure of next steps and are looking for ways to lessen some of the stress while finding  ways to keep our kids busy, happy and learning.Here are some creative ways to incorporate some fun into that new homeschooling curriculum you are working on!

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It's Reading Month!

Friday, March 6th, 2020

 Hooray!

In honor of perennial favorite, Dr Suess' Birthday, March is National Reading Month! Kids everywhere are celebrating a love of books as they tally their minutes, participating in read-a-thons and other fun activities through schools and their communities. Here are some fun ways you can dive in and join the fun!

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Katherine Johnson, 1918-2020

Friday, February 28th, 2020

NASA mathematician and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Katherine Johnson passed away this week at the age of 101.

Johnson's work was instrumental to many of the most famous space flights in American history, from John Glenn's pioneering orbit to the Apollo 11 moon landing.  Despite the crucial nature of her calculations and her inimitable skill, her work, and that of other women of color working at NASA at the time, went largely unnoticed as the spotlight focused on their white, male counterparts.

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There's No Such Thing as "Boy" or "Girl" Books

Friday, February 28th, 2020

 

"I'm looking for a good book for a ten year old boy..."

Fantastic! There's nothing our booksellers like more than combing through our shelves to find a young reader his next favorite read.We'll ask a few questions -- does he prefer fantasy or realistic fiction? How does he feel about historical fiction? Are there any specific topics he loves or hobbies he has? -- and then we'll go ahead and start building our recommendations.

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