Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes with Books for Older Readers

Shoes in sand

When was the last time someone said to you, "Walk a mile in his shoes"? Reading is a way for us to see what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes. Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I'm recommending these books for older kids to help build empathy. After all, you never know […]

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Chilling Stories for Chilly Nights: Folktales for Kids

Winter landscape

Hey, kids! While there's still a chill in the air, why not send a chill down your spine? Chase away the last of winter's chills with these hair-raising stories guaranteed to give you goosebumps. The Tailypo: After a hunter cuts off a strange varmint's tale and eats it, he is visited by its ghost. Learn the […]

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Adoption Reads for Middle Graders

Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire book cover

Celebrate one of the unique ways that families are created with these great reads for National Adoption Awareness Month. Cleo Edison Oliver, Playground Millionaire is a spunky African-American girl with a white mother who learns to accept her nontraditional family while working on her fifth-grade Passions Project. Twelve-year-old Jaden's new sibling is Half A World Away in […]

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Top Picks for Zine Fest

Maybe you thought that zines, those self-published missives that pop up at independent media stores and events, were facing extinction because of computers and blogs. A trip to Chicago Zine Fest, April 29-30, would prove to you that the community is as vibrant and strong as ever. Many authors, and especially comic artists, started out in […]

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The Legacy of Ebertfest

Roger Ebert's passing left a hole in the world of film criticism, but his legacy will never die. "Roger, you would love Ebertfest 2016," his widow, Chaz Ebert, wrote in her blog. The festival's programmers have stayed true to his vision, curating a diverse and interesting lineup in his honor. If you can't attend Ebertfest […]

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B-Fest Is the Best

Skidoo DVD cover

It's that time of the year: Time to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies at Northwestern University. If you don't feel like spending the night in an auditorium, you may want to check out these films at home. What exactly is Skidoo? It is the only satire of the 1960s that brings […]

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Alice in the Movies

Lewis Carroll's mysterious tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been passed down for generations, and the girl who falls down the rabbit hole has been captured on film many times. If you'd like to view some of the movie adaptations of this favorite childhood story, check out the selections below. The classic Disney version, Alice in […]

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Using Humor to Cope with Tragedy

When fire spread at Second City Theater, Chicago's premier comedy training school, in late August, the theater sent out a characteristic tweet: "Yes, we know there's a fire. And we're working on it." The following books show how comedy works in all kinds of situations, including tragic ones. In Yes, and, Second City training executives Kelly Leonard […]

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Summer Fun with Science Fiction

Lego Astronauts being chased by an Lego skeleton astronaut

Hey kids! You've been learning cool things about space science all summer, but did you ever stop to think about how science and science fiction are related? Why not sit back, relax and enjoy these sci-fi stories before summer is over. We've all known some weird kids in school, but probably none like Bob and […]

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David Foster Wallace: The End of the Tour

David Foster Wallace

Perhaps the excellent new film The End of the Tour has you excited about David Foster Wallace or wondering about other tragic authors who met an untimely end. Here are a few avenues for you to explore. You could always check out out the source material for the film: reporter David Lipsky's Although of Course You End Up […]

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