Siblings: No Returns, No Exchanges

Lola Reads to Leo book cover

Do you have a little brother or sister? Then you might relate to these fun reads about new siblings. Elmore has a sweet life. His very own room and no one messes with his toys...until IT arrives. Elmore wishes The New Small Person would go back where it came from. When the small person steps in […]

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Winter Solstice: 5 Articles to Welcome Winter

The cold weather has set in and it sure feels like winter, but the winter solstice is still around the corner. December 21 marks the beginning of winter and the longest night and shortest day of the year. Enjoy the following articles on winter found using CPL's Online Resources. If the article is available freely on […]

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Thank YOU Elephant & Piggie!

Let’s celebrate Thank-O-Rama month with the famous duo that showed us the true meaning of friendship and the person behind all the wonderful adventures these two shared. THANK YOU Mo Willems for bringing Elephant & Piggie to us.  You gave my beginning reader stories that he proudly and joyfully read aloud. Thank you for helping […]

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Hello Spring, Adios Winter

Winter, you've been good to us this year, but we will happily say goodbye. The weather outside may already feel like spring, but spring doesn't officially start until March 19. The kids are looking forward to finally enjoying some play time outside. I'm looking forward to seeing the blooming gardens. All around the forest everyone is busy preparing for […]

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New Hispanic Books to Share with Young Kids

Mango, Abuela, and Me book cover

I'm always on the lookout for new stories to read with my boys, especially books in Spanish or that are bilingual. This year seems to be a great one when it comes to Hispanic characters, authors and diversity in general. Here are some of our favorites so far this year. Mango, Abuela, and Me: Leaving behind […]

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Vacation Countdown

Most summers we stick around to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer, but this year we're packing our bags and heading to California. Coming along for the trip will be our Summer Learning Challenge Explorer’s Guide as we continue to read, discover and create. What vacation books or music are your favorites? Here are some things […]

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Ferris Wheels: A Chicago Original

Ferris Wheel, Navy Pier, Chicago

Are you ready to ride the sparkling new Ferris wheel coming to Chicago next year? If you've been to Navy Pier recently, you've seen all the construction taking place in honor of Navy Pier's centennial celebration in 2016. Among the changes will be a new 196-foot Ferris wheel. That's almost 50 feet taller than the Ferris wheel […]

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Cinco de Mayo 101

How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May)? People often confuse Mexican Independence day, which is September 16, with Cinco de Mayo. Growing up, my family attended the Mexican Independence Day parade every year, but we never did anything for Cinco de Mayo. So what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? Cinco […]

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¡Festejando Día! Celebrating Diversity in Action!

On April 30 join niños (children) all over the country for El día de los niños/el día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), also known as Día. When author Pat Mora heard that many countries observed Children's Day on April 30, she brilliantly decided to include books, culture, heritage and language to give us a new holiday […]

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Jolly Helpers

Elf on the shelf in hot air balloon

It's almost that time of the year again! Santa's workshop is in full swing as they get ready to deliver presents all over the world and children everywhere are on their best behavior to be sure to make it onto the nice list. We always think about dear old Santa, but what about all the others that […]

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