Kids' Books

Q&A with Mackenzi Lee

Monday, April 6th, 2020

The wait is finally over! Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Loki, Bygone Badass Broads, and more sat down to answer the questions you asked over on our instagram! From the authors that inspire her, to her outfit inspiration, to her future writing projects and beyond, check out the answers to your questions below!

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Q&A with Brittany Cavallaro

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

It's here! Author, poet and long-time friend of the store, Brittany Cavallaro so kindly sat down to answer all of the questions you left for us over on our social media. What songs did she write the Charlotte Holmes series to? What is she currently reading? Which of her books was the hardest for her to write? Check out the answers to all these questions and more!

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Tomie dePaola (1934-2020)

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Award-winning children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola has passed away at the age of 85.

Best known for works like Strega Nona, The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, and Quiet, dePaola wrote and illustrated more than 200 books.  He was an artist from a young age, earning a scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in New York City.  He worked in a wide variety of media, from acrylic paint to collage to pen and ink, creating relatable images with his young audience in mind.  “I try to be as clear and simple as I can be in my illustrations,” he told the Globe, “so that the child can tell what is going on and what the emotions are.”

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Have a Laugh!

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

The last few weeks haven't felt very funny. Even April Fools Day has been essentially cancelled. So for those youngsters (and young at heart!) who would love to share a few laughs, here are some joke books to share and enjoy.

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Are They Bored Yet?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

I think most of us have kids that are pretty restless these days, missing their friends, school and needing more stimulation. We've gone through the games, rediscovered old treasures, done the craft projects and certainly had an unhealthy amount of screen time (I've found working from home with a seven and ten years old = desperate measures!) Also, there is SO MUCH talking, all of the time! As an introvert, I'm starting to feel a bit desperate for some quiet time over here. For those of you in the same boat and looking for some quiet distractions for your kids, here are some options for you:

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Get Puzzled!

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Here in Traverse City, we are two weeks into our time at home. My family is definitely getting squirrelly! While I've attempted to keep up with something that resembles school, it is hard to do while also working. I am so grateful for my children's teachers and have realized, we need to rely on different ways of learning here at home. We've done crafts, built with legos, done plenty of coloring and of course, reading! This weekend's projects include seed starting, time in the woods and hopefully some quiet time for grown ups and kids working on puzzles. 

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Ready, Set, Chef!

Friday, March 27th, 2020

This is a really great time for our kids to learn some new skills at home. My ten year old has been practicing his math skills with some fraction practice -- in the kitchen! He has become quite the baker and has even given himself some added challenges by doubling the batch. Another added bonus we've found is that when you make it yourself, you are more willing to try new things. Fun projects with a delicious reward!

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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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