Kids' Books

Not-So-Cuddly Kids' Book Creatures

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

Picture books are filled with animal characters who happily swim, fly, slither, clip-clop, and stroll through their pages.  While plenty are genuinely cute and cuddly creatures like mice, rabbits, cats, and dogs, some, as Anthony points out, are a little more intimidating in the real world.


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For Your Valentine

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

No doubt about it, Valentine's Day picture books are some of the sweetest stories around.  They make a great gifts, not only for the little ones, but for Valentines of every age!  Here are some of our favorites.

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2021 Printz Award

Tuesday January 26th, 2021

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting as part of the Youth Media Awards and is celebrated with a program and reception each year at the ALA Annual Conference.

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2021 Newbery Medal

Tuesday January 26th, 2021

The Newbery Medal: A bright golden circle with the text "John Newbery Medal" across the top.  In the middle is an open book with the text "For the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children".


The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

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2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners and Honorees

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

Book cover: Before the Ever After

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.  There are seperate awards for authors and illustrators, as well as the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.  They are awarded annually by the American Library Association as part of the Youth Media Awards.

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On Power and Protest

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

My family has been diving deep this week into discussions of the first amendment and what a healthy protest looks like. There has been a lot to unpack for all of us, and these aren't straightforward conversations, especially for young people.  That makes them all the more important, however.  There is so much responsibility in being a good citizen.  We need to understand our rights and how our actions affect those around us.

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Back to School

One of the many fun jobs we get as booksellers is seasonally changing displays, pulling out old favorites and bringing in new additions with the changing of season, holidays and special events.  Normally with the approach of summer's end, we start gathering our return to school and fall favorites, books for calming nervous jitters and to welcome the changing seasons. 

90 Seconds: Easy Chapter Books for 1st and 2nd Graders

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Since we can't have dozens of customers in store as we usually would this time of year, we've come up with other ways to keep our booksellers' recommending skills sharp.  The latest challenge?  The 90 second book list.  Here's how it works.  Each bookseller gets a topic and 90 seconds to find as many books as fit that topic as possible.

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