African-Americans You Should Know: Picture Book Biographies

As we celebrate African-American History Month each February, we often highlight well-known heroes of Black History like Sojourner Truth, Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman or Barack Obama. However, celebrating African-American History Month is an excellent opportunity to dig deeper to learn about others who made a big impact, but whose stories were previously untold…
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Valentine, Be Mine

Roses are red, Violets are blue. Valentine's day makes me think of you. That's my take on the famous rhyme. When I think of this holiday, heart-shaped cards and chocolate comes to mind. Curl up with some favorite book characters as they celebrate Valentine's Day. Find out how Minka surprises Mouse with Mouse's First Valentine. Can…
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Welcome the Year of the Pig

It's time for a new year again—Chinese New Year! If you didn't know, the Chinese zodiac is based on the cycle of the moon, which repeats every 12 years. Each year is linked to a different animal. According to legend, the 12 animals ran a race thousands of years ago to determine their order. Each…
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Over the Moon about the Moon

Do you know a kid who's fascinated with the moon? My youngest son absolutely loves the moon, or la luna, as it's known in Spanish. While in the car, he'd often shout, "Mami, look! I see la luna!" His fascination has continued to skyrocket and now he's anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first and only…
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Story Time in the Kitchen: Making Soup with Kids

Cooking soup as a family is a pleasant way to spend a winter afternoon. For kids, there's all kinds of learning in the kitchen—there's math in measuring, reading the recipe, science in mixing ingredients and all the teamwork involved in doing a project together. Plus, everyone gets to eat their efforts when you finish. Perfect for chilly weather, butternut…
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What Would Santa Read?

As snow starts to fall in Chicago, many of us are busy getting ready for the holidays. There are cookies to bake, decorations to hang and parties to plan. If our schedule is this full, Santa Claus must be really swamped! When I need a break, I try to find time to enjoy a good…
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