Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

We're celebrating International Children's Book Day by reading the books recognized by the 2018 Mildred L. Batchelder Award committee. Since 1966, the Batchelder Award has been awarded to children's books published in another language and country and then translated into English and published in the United States. The winner of the 2018 Batchelder Award is a swashbuckling…
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Leap into The Nutcracker

The ice rinks have opened, Zoolights has the Lincoln Park Zoo lit up, and with the Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker opening Friday, the holiday season is upon us. Whether you plan to go to the theater, watch a recorded version at home or dance-along, 'tis the season to catch Nutcrackermania! First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia…
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Festival of Lights: Diwali for Kids

This week people all over the world will begin cleaning their houses, exchanging gifts, eating sweets and lighting candles. Why? Because they're celebrating Diwali. Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists from India to Chicago will observe this festival of lights.  In Hindu tradition, Diwali is the celebration of the triumph of good over evil from…
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Top Picks: Art Books for Kids

From writing code to making sculptures out of trash, there are so many ways to make art. Think you've got what it takes to be a great artist? Why don't you step into my studio and give it a try? Let's start at the very beginning. Before you can paint a picture, you need something…
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Back to Wizarding School

The last weeks of summer can feel like an eternity. You're ready for new adventures, new challenges—and maybe, just maybe—you're ready for school? If your Hogwarts letter hasn't arrived, never fear, Hogwarts isn't the only magical school! Anne is counting down the days until she turns 13, leaves Saint Lupin's Institute for Perpetually Wicked and…
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