Even Kids Can Recycle

Hey kids, did you know America Recycles Day is on November 15? Recycling is an important way to re-use items that would otherwise end up as garbage. Take the pledge to "give your garbage another life" and learn how you can reduce, reuse and recycle. What Happens to Our Trash?: Did you know that the average…
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I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts

With the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters recently celebrated in theaters across the country and Halloween season upon us, it seems like a perfect time to investigate the paranormal for curious kids. Scary stories are fine, but some children may want "real ghost" books and for them these nonfiction titles may satisfy that need. In A Dark, Dark…
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The Books of Our Fathers

Celebrate dads of all types with these preteen reads to get you thinking about that all-important father figure in your life. Bud, Not Buddy: 10-year-old Bud has had a rough go of it as a black kid growing up in foster homes in Depression-era Flint, Michigan. He expects his luck to change when he meets his father…
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Mother, May I Read A Good Book?

Mother's come in all shapes and sizes. Here are a few recommended reads for preteens that feature an influential maternal figure. Coraline: Fans of the macabre may appreciate Coraline's creepy journey through a door in her house that leads to a mysterious world. Like many stories about fantastic quests, her experiences with the "Other Mother" (complete…
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Siblings On Screen

April 10, 2014 is National Siblings Day, and there have been a number of these sticky relationships depicted with finesse on the silver screen. Check out these titles for a peek into the secret world of siblings. Your Sister's Sister: Indie directress Lynn Shelton employs her minimalist mumblecore techniques to maximum effect in this contemporary look at Iris…
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