National Poetry Month for Kids

Out of Wonder book cover

In 2017, kids across Illinois awarded The Crossover the Rebecca Caudill Award, an honor given to the most outstanding book for fourth through eighth graders by fourth through eighth graders. If you somehow missed out on reading the multiple-award-winning book by Kwame Alexander, one thing you should know is that it was written in free verse. You know what […]

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Tale As Old As Time

Red Rose

Why is a fairy tale that was recorded nearly three hundred years ago so popular? Maybe because the lessons that it teaches never get old: love others for who they are, not how they appear; be brave; be kind. The version that most of us know today comes from France, but from China to Sweden, West Africa to the Americas, versions of the Beauty and the Beast story […]

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Share the Drama with Your Mama: Junior Adaptations of Adult Bestsellers

Hidden Figures

Have you ever been curious about what's on the other side of the library? The adult side? You don't have to wonder any longer. Now you can feed your curiosity with these junior adaptations of adult bestsellers. I have a feeling you've already heard of the first book on our list. Hidden Figures is the true story of […]

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Monstrous Love: Lovesick Movie Monsters

Cat People

As Valentine's Day approaches, tales of first kisses, secret admirers and first loves abound. But relationships aren't always candy hearts and chocolate kisses. In fact, in these cinematic classics, love turns downright monstrous. Dracula: "There are far worse things awaiting man than death," Count Dracula warns the beautiful Mina Harker. Eternal loneliness is inevitable when you just can't stop […]

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Revolting Recipes: Books for Kids

Revolting Recipes book cover

Do you love trying new foods? Are you the kind of kid who volunteers to try chocolate-dipped cockroaches or lutefisk? Then do I have some books for you! But beware, young foodies, what lies ahead is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach. Got a craving for food history? In Pass the Pandowdy, Please you'll meet historical […]

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Holiday Horror Movies

Christmas Candle

It's the most wonderful time of the year, with the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer It's the most wonderful time of the year! If the lyrics of Edward Pola and George Wyle's ubiquitous Christmas single are more apt to fill you with dread than cheer, you've come to the right […]

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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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