Royal Baby Watch: Countdown with Books

Eagerly awaiting the birth of Prince William and Duchess Kate’s second royal bundle of joy? Get your Anglophile fix with these reads. Brush up on the expectant parents’ love story. William and Kate: A Royal Love Story and William & Kate: A Royal Love Story spill the juicy details of how the dashing prince fell for the sophisticated commoner. Relive their…
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Artists as Heroes in Fiction

Kavalier and Clay, the main characters in this year’s One Book, One Chicago selection, create larger-than-life comic book heroes like the Escapist. But in many of my favorite novels, creators themselves are the heroes, especially young artists struggling to find their way. Willa Cather once characterized them as the “hungry boys and girls who tramp…
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And They’re Off . . .

Question: What has the most exciting two minutes in sports and the most valuable trophy in American sports, and begins this weekend? Answer: It's horse racing's Triple Crown, which is the group of horse races made up of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. These races are set to be run this year on…
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Up, Up and Away

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's colorful kites flying in the sky! May 2 is the Chicago Kids and Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor. Celebrate this fun-filled day grab some books about kites! Start with Kite Day, a story that features characters who lose their kite in a tree. Learn where kites came from in The…
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April Showers

Rainy days may make parents rethink plans to take their kids to the park, but kids will jump at the chance to pull on their rain boots and splash in some puddles. Enjoy these great books about rain before you pop up your favorite umbrella and step outside to enjoy the next drizzly day. Blue on Blue uses…
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Kate Hannigan Q & A

Get to know April's Author of the Month, Kate Hannigan, as she talks about the inspiration behind her latest book, The Detective's Assistant, how she got her start in writing and her love of Chicago history.   Where did you get your idea for this book? I stumbled across a single sentence about Kate Warne while…
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