Mom, Do I Have To? Books for Kids

Mother Daughter Mother Son book covers

How many times have you said "Mom, do I have to?" or even "Mom, do YOU have to?" These books for middle-grade readers show how kids from different types of families deal when problems come up with Mom. The Year Mom Won the Pennant: This fast-paced and funny story is not just for baseball fans. […]

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Embracing LGBTQ Pride for Kids

This Day in June book cover

There is such a great variety of diverse books embracing LGBTQ kids and families these days. Celebrate Pride Month by picking up one of these wonderful books for anyone! Experience going to a pride parade in This Day in June. The detailed and colorful illustrations, along with its simple text, are perfect for young readers. Older readers wanting to […]

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Exploring Asian Heritage for Kids

Angel Island book cover

Whenever people find out that I'm a quarter Filipino, they are always surprised. No, I don't speak Tagalog, as my mom was barely 3 years old when her family escaped the Philippines to the United States during World War II. When I was growing up, I always wondered, where do I fit in? In honor of Asian American […]

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Peeking into Van Gogh’s Bedroom

Painting of Vincent Van Gogh's bedroon

Psst, have you heard that you can peek inside Vincent Van Gogh's bedroom at the Art Institute of Chicago? Visit the exhibit to get a glimpse into the history behind this simple cozy room in the only house that Vincent ever thought of as home. Learn even more about this Post-Impressionist artist before, or after, your museum visit with these […]

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Haunted Reads for Halloween

Spooky house at night

Halloween is just around the corner. It's my favorite thing about autumn — what's not to like? Pumpkins, candy, costumes, trick-or-treating, haunted houses and corn mazes. If you like getting spooked, these books may just do the trick (or treat)! Go back in time with Virgil Dante, a ghostorian, in Haunted Histories and learn about famous ghosts, […]

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Fall into Autumn

Fall trees

I love the change of seasons, especially autumn. There is nothing like running through fallen leaves and hearing them crunch under your feet. Have you ever wondered why leaves change color in the fall or what to do with all the apples that are available during this season? Try these books to find all your […]

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Crafty Kids Found Here!

The weather is getting warmer, the kids are getting restless, and you still can't spend the whole day outside! Try these fun indoor activities to keep the family busy, get creative and messy, and fend off the winter blues. The Big Book of Things to Make has 100 projects to choose from. Divided into three categories (Make […]

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Once Upon a Christmas

Scrooge looking through window

There is no time like the holidays to cuddle up with classic Christmas stories. I still remember when I first saw A Christmas Carol as a young girl. Seeing Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol this month gave me the same thrill. Wanting to continue that magic, I was inspired to re-read this classic Dickens tale. Though there […]

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Dreaming of Flying

Wright brothers first flight

November is a great time to learn more about aviation, from the hot air balloon to the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers as we celebrate National Aviation Month. Since the first time man was able to successfully fly on December 17, 1903, the way the world lives has changed – from the […]

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Pizza! Pizza!

Slice of pizza

Pizza is a great food any time of year, but especially during October when we celebrate National Pizza Month. Hold the Anchovies!: Find out more about what goes into making pizza whether you like anchovies on top or not. Cool Pizza to Make & Bake: This book, from one of my favorite cooking series Cool Cooking, […]

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