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

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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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It’s All Good in the Hood: Mr. Rogers’ Legacy Lives On

As a kid I loved Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I have fond memories of watching the opening scenes where Mr. Rogers would come into his "house," strip off his outdoor shoes, slip on his indoor shoes and change into one of his iconic sweaters. There was something wholesome and soothing about Fred Rogers’ persona. But it really […]

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Mom, Do I Have To? Books for Kids

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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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Meet Chicago Children’s Author Andrea Beaty

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This week is Children's Book Week, but at CPL we celebrate the joy of books every day. We'll be featuring a different Chicago children's author each month to spread that joy. I'd like to introduce to you one of my favorite Chicago authors, Andrea Beaty. When I think about Andrea Beaty's books, the words "rollicking," "hilarious" […]

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Dìa Every Day: Help Kids Learn About Other Cultures

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El día de los niños/El día de los libros = Children's Day/Book Day, or Dìa for short, is a national movement to celebrate children and childhood! How do you Dìa? It's simple. All you have to do is read and share books from different countries and ethnicities. Celebrating Dìa is a year-round commitment to literacy that is […]

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National Poetry Month for Kids

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In 2017, kids across Illinois awarded The Crossover the Rebecca Caudill Award, an honor given to the most outstanding book for fourth through eighth graders by fourth through eighth graders. If you somehow missed out on reading the multiple-award-winning book by Kwame Alexander, one thing you should know is that it was written in free verse. You know what […]

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Siblings: No Returns, No Exchanges

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Do you have a little brother or sister? Then you might relate to these fun reads about new siblings. Elmore has a sweet life. His very own room and no one messes with his toys...until IT arrives. Elmore wishes The New Small Person would go back where it came from. When the small person steps in […]

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Celebrate International Children’s Book Day

Over the Ocean book cover

Have you ever read a book from another country? We celebrate International Children's Book Day on or around April 2 every year, so this is a great time to try a book from another place. And of course we have ideas to get you started. Each year, a group of children's librarians gives the Mildred A. […]

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Remembering Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Chicagoan Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things. This winter, as she battled ovarian cancer, she wrote a memorable Modern Love column for the New York Times that was both a dating profile for and a love letter to her husband. Prior to that, Rosenthal, who died Monday, March 13, at 51, was best […]

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Tale As Old As Time

Red Rose

Why is a fairy tale that was recorded nearly three hundred years ago so popular? Maybe because the lessons that it teaches never get old: love others for who they are, not how they appear; be brave; be kind. The version that most of us know today comes from France, but from China to Sweden, West Africa to the Americas, versions of the Beauty and the Beast story […]

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