Posts in “children-s-books” (176)

Amy Ignatow , author of The Popularity Papers and The Mighty Odds series recently spoke to 400 students at the Free Library of Philadelphia about her career as an author/illustrator. While… continue reading

By Chris B.   November 17, 2017   

As part of my bi-weekly Baby & Toddler Storytime  Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Children's Department of Parkway Central Library , I have to keep the attention of the… continue reading

By Mary W.   November 15, 2017   

November 14 is Young Readers Day, and while we believe that every day should be spent celebrating and encouraging our city’s littlest learners, we’re happy to take this opportunity to… continue reading

By Kate C.   November 14, 2017   

This October, first and second grade students in the Building Bridges with Books program (a partnership between the Free Library and the School District of Philadelphia) got a unique glimpse into… continue reading

By Jess P.   November 9, 2017   

Many believe that December is the "most wonderful time of the year" but for a children’s librarian, it’s any time we can share our love for reading. This especially applies… continue reading

By Mary W.   November 7, 2017   

This month, we are celebrating Native American Heritage Month , and the unique contributions to children’s books made by Native/First Nations authors and illustrators. When you were little,… continue reading

By Sarah S.   November 1, 2017   

Author  Jen Bryant recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia and spoke to nearly 400 students about her career as an author and the nuances of her writing process. While visiting the… continue reading

By Chris B.   October 26, 2017   

And we're back, for a new Picture Book Hightlighs , a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a new picture book that has been ordered for all agencies. Years ago, we wrote a blog post… continue reading

By Monica C.   October 26, 2017   

A grandmother and child share a trip to the city to visit the museum and buy ingredients for pasteles , the traditional Puerto Rican Christmas delicacy. A young boy uses his speedy typing skills… continue reading

By Sarah S.   October 18, 2017   

Author Martha Freeman recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia and entertained nearly 400 students with stories about her career and her writing process. While visiting the library,… continue reading

By Chris B.   October 11, 2017   

October is here and we are fall ing into lots of fun and free Fall activities and events here at the Free Library! Traditional and unique holidays throughout October include World Smile Day the… continue reading

By Sarah S.   October 4, 2017   

If you were to view the most frequently challenged or banned books each year, you may notice that 5 of the 10 most challenged books are usually children’s books. In 2016, This One Summer by… continue reading

By Mary W.   September 28, 2017   

Can you believe it? Summer is almost over! For some people (I'll admit it, me!) it can be hard to say goodbye to summer. But there is something that makes it easier: all the fall colors. I… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 21, 2017   

Rosh Hashanah —the celebration of the Jewish new year—begins at sundown on Wednesday night, September 20. Even those not celebrating the holiday may be preparing, as Philadelphia… continue reading

By Julie B.   September 18, 2017   

As a young girl, I loved fairy tales—especially those centered on princesses. But I was also drawn to strong female characters. So, I decided to re-read  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson… continue reading

By Lo I.   September 7, 2017   

Feel that cool fall air? That means it’s September, and time for a new Early Literacy Calendar! September is the time we head back to school (or start school for the first time) and begin to… continue reading

By Sarah S.   September 1, 2017   

Do you ever have dreams or memories that are just flashes of a scene that you vaguely remember but don’t know how or why? When that happens to me, I can usually trace it back to a book or… continue reading

By Dena   August 31, 2017   

Little Pig Robinson , published in 1930, is the last book in Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit series , though it was one of the first to be written. In a letter from 1893, Potter described… continue reading

By Andrew W.   August 24, 2017   

The Summer of Wonder is happening across the city at every Free Library of Philadelphia location . It’s also happening online through the end of August. But did you know that the Summer of… continue reading

By Becky F.   August 4, 2017   

I have always been fascinated by wild animals. We are not alone in this world – we have always shared it with animals: big and small, domesticated and wild. We are surrounded by life… continue reading

By Monica C.   August 3, 2017   

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