Kids' Books

From Northern Michigan to You

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

And just like that, it's Memorial Day. The sun is shining and summer is just around the corner. I know everyone is looking forward to spending more time outside, enjoying Northern Michigan -- from a safe distance of course!

So, in honor of summer and our beautiful region, here's a collection of books celebrating Michigan and the Great Lakes.

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Storytime with Josh Gad

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Story time with your family is always great, but sometimes it's nice to hear stories read by other people too. That's why, over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing videos of our favorite children's books read by fantastic authors, celebrities, and book lovers all over the world! Who knows, maybe you'll be hearing from some of the Brilliant Books Staff too...

This week, we wanted to share this video of actor Josh Gad reading Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day written by Carmen Agra Deedy and Illustrated by Pete Oswald

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Trees For Kids and Their Grown Ups

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Spring has been cold and slow coming here in Northern Michigan. We've had little bits of warm weather, but as I wandered the woods this week, the trillium is just starting to open, and the trees were just starting to leaf out. Skunk cabbage is popping up with lovely chartreuse leaves and trout lilies are opening. 

I can't wait until those trees leaf out though with their perfect little leaves, in a rainbow of green. The kids and I will definitely be spending more time outside, taking it in. So in celebration of leaves, here's a collection of book all about trees!

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Storytime with Kate Winslet

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Story time with your family is always great, but sometimes it's nice to hear stories read by other people too. That's why, over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing videos of our favorite children's books read by fantastic authors, celebrities, and book lovers all over the world! Who knows, maybe you'll be hearing from some of the Brilliant Books Staff too...

This week, we wanted to share this video of Kate Winslet reading What Do You Do WIth an Idea? by Kobi Yamada.

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For Your Littlest Graduates

With the abrupt end to in school learning a lot of kids are preparing to go on to a new grade or a new school and won't have the opportunity to celebrate or make those transitions as they normally would. There are so many creative things happening as we learn new ways to celebrate, with virtual gatherings, yard signs, and car parades. One thing that has stayed the same though, is the gift of a book!

Storytime with James Marsden

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Story time with your family is always great, but sometimes it's nice to hear stories read by other people too. That's why, over the coming weeks, we'll be sharing videos of our favorite children's books read by fantastic authors, celebrities, and book lovers all over the world! Who knows, maybe you'll be hearing from some of the Brilliant Books Staff too...

This week, we wanted to share this spectacular video of actor James Marsden reading Maurice Sendak's beloved classic, Where the Wild Things Are.

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Myths for Kids

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

When my son Henry was five, we picked up a copy of D'Ullaires Book of Greek Myths, and he was hooked! Obsessed! He was particularly fond of Hermes, and spent the better part of that year sporting a stocking cap with some glued on wings that we threw together. At his very awesome school (which we miss much at the moment!) they have an end of year talent show that the kindergarteners through third graders participate in. Henry decided he was going to tell a greek myth story, and stood in front of the entire school and told the story of Hermes! It was amazing! 

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For Wings of Fire Fans

I know there are lots of Wings of Fire fans out there that will be excited about the release of Hive Queen, Book 12 in paperback. Why not work some learning fun into your school day with these Wings of Fire activity sheets, design a book cover and even write your own Wings of Fire poem! If you are looking for some creative ways to work on writing assignments, have your Wings of Fire enthusiast write a review for our community review wall, we'd love to hear what they think!

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