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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Crazy for You: Sweet Valentine’s Day Reads for Kids

Flowers shaped like hearts

Love is in the air this month with Valentine's Day close at hand. From sweet treats to red hearts, it's a time when people share feelings of love, affection and friendship with one another. Valentine's Day offers some warmth and happiness in an otherwise dreary season. This love-filled day is the perfect time to enjoy these […]

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Bilingual Books for Babies: English/Chinese

Numbers don't lie—bilingualism is in! Courtesy of the 2013 American Community Survey, we know that one in five people over age 5 speak a language other than English in their homes, and 44 percent of those were born in the United States. So if you're thinking of bringing up a bilingual baby, you are not alone. We recommend that […]

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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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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, We See You’re Turning 50!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? book cover

A family favorite across generations, Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle's classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is celebrating its 50th year delighting readers. The bright, colorful illustrations and rhythmic repetition of the text draw in young listeners, often followed by refrains of "Read it again!" Brown Bear, Brown Bear is available in multiple formats. Originally […]

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Peace Is a BIG Idea

Illustration of Earth with peace symbol

"Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal." - Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 Difficult to define and even harder to illustrate, peace is a timely message that needs to be shared again and again. What better way to celebrate the birthday of […]

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Let’s Have Some Winter Fun!

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It’s a magical time of year following the holidays and ringing in the New Year. But now that the kids' holiday excitement may be turning into boredom, how are you going to spend your time until they go back to school? If you don't have one already, I’ve got just the plan for you. Chicago is […]

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Winter Solstice: 5 Articles to Welcome Winter

The cold weather has set in and it sure feels like winter, but the winter solstice is still around the corner. December 21 marks the beginning of winter and the longest night and shortest day of the year. Enjoy the following articles on winter found using CPL's Online Resources. If the article is available freely on […]

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Celebrate 50 Years of Kwanzaa: Books for Kids

Kwanzaa altar with red, black and green candles, fruit, corn, goblet, books, and colorful cloth

Share in the 50th annual celebration of Kwanzaa! Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa celebrates family, culture and heritage. While it is rooted in African traditions, all people are invited to join in. Kwanzaa starts on December 26 and lasts for seven days, one for each of the Nguzo Saba ("seven principles" in Swahili). Learn more about Kwanzaa and […]

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Hanukkah Through the Ages: Books for Kids

Paper menorah

Jewish families have celebrated Hanukkah for thousands of years by lighting candles that celebrate miracles and the bravery of the Maccabees as they recaptured the Temple of Jerusalem. As a child, one of my favorite parts of the holiday was to light my special menorah—made out of fabric and Velcro so the candles "burned" all day and night […]

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