Posts in “children-s-books” (134)

What does it mean to be beautiful? Our next pick for Picture Book Highlights —a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book that has been ordered for all our… continue reading

By Monica C.   January 10, 2017   

Drop by any library and look at some picture book covers. Every color, shape, age, and gender smile back at you, but are they really representing diversity? What and who define diversity? How has… continue reading

By Patti M.   January 6, 2017    1

Wow, 2016 just flew by!  We are now at the cusp of a brand new year, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a picture book? Our selection for this month's Picture Book… continue reading

By Monica C.   December 22, 2016   

Many of us have great, nostalgic memories of enjoying The Nutcracker as a child. Why not revisit the timeless classic this year? This holiday classic ballet based on   E.T.A.… continue reading

By Sarah S.   December 2, 2016   

December is a time for family and feasts! It’s a great time to celebrate what makes a family and what we love to share with each other. And even though it hasn’t snowed quite yet, it… continue reading

By Sarah S.   December 1, 2016   

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month ? No matter what picture book you open, you’ll find something to amuse, delight, and edify you, no matter how young or old you are.… continue reading

By Patti M.   November 28, 2016   

Movie goers will be whisked back into the wizarding world of the Harry Potter -verse this weekend when J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them magically appears across theater… continue reading

By Peter SM   November 18, 2016   

We are back with a new Picture Book Highlights , the series where we put the spotlight on a brand-new book that has been ordered for all of our libraries . This time it’s Owl Sees Owl ,… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 15, 2016   

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and is always a good time to remind ourselves to be grateful. Expressing appreciation for what we have, noticing the small and big things in our lives that are… continue reading

By Monica C.   November 10, 2016   

It’s National Native American Heritage Month and the Free Library of Philadelphia is celebrating by reading books by authors who write about their Native heritage. We’re especially… continue reading

By Becky F.   November 8, 2016    1

November is Native American Heritage Month , a great time to read books by and about Native Americans! This month’s book recommendations are by Native authors like Sherman Alexie , Cynthia… continue reading

By Sarah S.   November 3, 2016   

Years ago, a program called Poetry in Motion  placed poetry posters in transit systems of various cities all over the United States, including Philadelphia . You may have seen one of the… continue reading

By Monica C.   October 18, 2016    2

It’s time to think of costumes and go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood! How about getting ready for Halloween with some old friends? Join Llama Llama , Farmer Brown and the Barnyard… continue reading

By Monica C.   October 12, 2016   

Louise Fitzhugh is perhaps best known for her novel Harriet the Spy , published in 1964 and lauded today as a classic children’s fiction work. Both written and illustrated by Fitzhugh,… continue reading

By Becky F.   October 5, 2016   

At the beginning of every month, a new Early Literacy calendar —compiled by Free Library of Philadelphia’s children’s librarians—can be found on our blog. It is filled… continue reading

By Monica C.   October 4, 2016   

Ahhh… Fall is finally in the air! Time to get out your jackets, scarves, and galoshes! This month's Early Literacy calendar and links, compiled by Free Library of Philadelphia's… continue reading

By Sarah S.   October 3, 2016   

When the days start getting shorter and cooler, it means fall is in the air. Leaves begin to turn shades of yellow, orange, and red, carpeting the ground and changing the… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 22, 2016   

Children love to play with blocks—they begin by stacking and balancing, then they move on to building and engaging in pretend play. As an early literary  skill, play is an… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 13, 2016   

It’s school time again! For some, this will be their very first first day going to school. The first day of school is a day of many feelings: excitement, curiosity… and a little… continue reading

By Monica C.   September 7, 2016   

While older children are getting ready to go back to school next week here in Philadelphia, we haven't forgotten about our pre-k set! This month's Early Literacy calendar and links,… continue reading

By Peter SM   September 1, 2016