Passover Is All About Food

Passover is all about the food. Yes, it's true, even though observing Passover for many Jews means not eating leavened bread for eight days. I prefer to think about all the delicious holiday foods I get to eat every year! Part of the seder, the ritual meal, is saying, "Let all who are hungry come…
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Puppy Love: Books for Kids

If you're a dog lover, you know puppy love is the sweetest. Those big eyes! Those silly puppy paws! Who can resist a puppy? I know I can't, even if that puppy is a robot. The kids and staff at Thomas Hughes Children's Library at Harold Washington Library Center are lucky, because we just got…
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A Sisterhood of Little Women

When I was growing up, I didn't have sisters, just two brothers, and it always seemed like there was something different about having sisters. So when I read Little Women, I fell in love with the March sisters. Reading about Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy made me feel like I had sisters, too. I loved…
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Stories of the High Holidays

The Jewish high holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends to tell stories. There is a long tradition of storytelling in the Jewish faith, especially stories with morals or reminders of proper behavior. Spend the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement…
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Armchair Time Travel for Kids

Will people ever be able to time travel? I don't know, but I hope so. Until then, I'm going to experience as much time travel as I can while sitting in my favorite reading chair. Experiment with the idea of jumping backwards in time and experiencing history firsthand. Or maybe you'll read about jumping forwards…
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School Days

School. We've all been there. If you live in Chicago, your school year is 180 days long. That's a lot of days! But if you do the math, that's only 49.3% of the days in the year. But don't worry—you can use your time outside of school to read some great stories about school. Here's…
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Twisted Fairy Tales

Once upon a time, there was a story about a princess. Does this story sound familiar to you? It's the beginning of a familiar fairy tale, one you've been told over and over again since you were little. But this time, there is something just a little bit different. Add a new twist and suddenly everything…
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