National Day of Listening for Kids

Their Great Gift

Ah, the day after Thanksgiving. It's the perfect time to sprawl out on your couch with a heaping plate of leftovers and catch up with the whole family. That's why StoryCorps and families across America have started celebrating the Friday after Thanksgiving as National Day of Listening. While you have your loved ones together, why not take turns asking questions like: What […]

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Caught Reading: Ghosts of Graceland Cemetery, October 2016

Graceland Cemetery

Last weekend I visited Graceland Cemetery, final resting place to many notable—and notorious—Chicagoans. As I walked, my thoughts turned to unfinished business, which is what I like to call the stack of books currently serving as my bedside table. It wasn't long before I was wildly speculating on the reading habits of Graceland's latest and greatest for this special Halloween […]

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Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Kitty-In-Boots Is Here

The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots cover

Once upon a time there was a serious, well-behaved young black cat. So begins the very last story ever written by legendary children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. The never-before-published story The Tale Of Kitty-In-Boots is finally available on the 150th anniversary of Potter's birth, with illustrations by Quentin Blake. You'll have to check out a copy […]

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Sure-to-Please Late Summer Reads

As Brave As You book cover

Losing myself in a good book is one of my favorite things to do on a lazy summer day, and I bet it's one of yours, too. So why not drag your vacation out just a little longer with one of these warm weather reads? As Brave as You:  Do you know the best way to clean up […]

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Here Comes The BFG

The BFG book cover

This July The BFG will make his big screen debut along with Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and clever Sophie. I can't wait to see it! If you can't wait either, try spending some time with these other scrumdiddlyumptious Dahl classics made into movies: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Who doesn't love the story of Charlie Bucket—the boy with […]

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Celebrate Father’s Day by Reading Together

Thunder Boy Jr book cover

It's that time of year again, time to celebrate all the awesome dads out there! Whether you're preparing breakfast in bed or grilling in the back yard, the day is all about celebrating one of the best guys around. How else can you celebrate? Become an unstoppable team like Thunder Boy Jr and his dad. Cuddle up […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Beats

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This post is the third in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and some of her most powerful tracks to date. […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Magical YA Fiction

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This post is the second in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and a distinct aesthetic. Love the way the style of Lemonade […]

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Remembering the Holocaust: Books for Kids

Always Remember Me book cover

This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, begins on the evening of May 4 and ends on the evening of May 5. During this time, people around the world will remember the millions of people who lost their lives. It is difficult to talk about the Holocaust, but everyone wants to make sure it […]

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