Tagged Children's books

Picture Book Highlights | Water

Did you know that water makes up 71 percent of our world and is a vital component of all forms of life on Earth? Look at a globe and you’ll see our continents surrounded by oceans. When seen from space, our planet looks blue due…

Literacy in Early Learning Spaces | How does reading out loud help young children learn to talk?

Literacy in Early Learning Spaces is a Free Library project focused on literacy and language development in children from birth through 5 years old. We partner with childcare programs across Philadelphia and are funded through a…

Time Travel to the Beginning of the Universe

Interested in time travel? The superpowered James Webb Telescope has released its first images this month, giving us a window into distant space and the distant past. It’s dazzling. The Carina Nebula, a birthing ground for stars,…

Picture Book Highlights | National Ice Cream Month

Here's one more reason to love July: it's National Ice Cream Month! There's something special about having ice cream in the summer -- a cool, delicious, creamy treat for the hot days of the year. Here are some picture books…

Literacy in Early Learning Spaces | How do young children interact with books?

Literacy in Early Learning Spaces is a Free Library project focused on literacy and language development in children from birth through 5 years old. We partner with childcare programs across Philadelphia and are funded through a…

Picture Book Highlights | Celebrate Pride Month

Celebrate Pride month with these new picture books, where you will find stories of love, family and joy, told with humor and tenderness. And there's more — be sure to check our booklist for additional titles available at your…

Picture Book Highlights | Father's Day

Father’s Day can be celebrated in many different ways – with a day full of activities or as quiet day filled with longing and memories.  For all those celebrating Father’s Day, together or apart, here’s a…

New Children's Books for Celebrating Juneteenth!

In 2020, the city of Philadelphia declared June 19th a city holiday in recognition of Juneteenth, an important day in the history of African Americans and our country. New children's books have been released in the last couple of…

Read, Baby, Read Presents Early Literacy Ideas: Babies!

Read, Baby, Read is a Free Library initiative focused on encouraging early literacy development among infants and young toddlers under two years old. We work with 17 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all…

Mapping Adventure - Three Thrilling Titles for Middle Grades

Do the longer days, warmer weather, end of the school year stir your sense of adventure? I know I’m thinking more about trying new activities, visiting places in Philadelphia and beyond that I’ve never visited or…

Start Summer of Wonder with a Treasure Hunt

There’s treasure in your neighborhood if you know where to look! Southwest Philadelphia families are invited to hunt down treasure troves of books to kick-off Summer of Wonder in June. Saturday, June 4th, starting at 10am until…

Picture Book Highlights | Mother's Day

Mother’s Day can be so many things! For some it is a day for celebrating together as a family, for others it may be a phone or zoom call from far away, and for others still it is a day of remembering. Picture books are…

Picture Book Highlights | Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month ! As part of the celebration, let’s again dive into recent picture books created by Asian authors and/or illustrators. This is just a small sample – for many more titles, be sure…

Children's Book Week & the Free Library

From May 2nd to May 8th, the country will be celebrating Children's Book Week , an annual celebration that promotes the joy of reading to children and young people. The event began a little over 100 years ago when Franklin K.…

Four Young Ladies Show Courage

You’ve most likely noticed when you visit your neighborhood library, all the books intended for school age children have a “j” label placed on the spine (sometimes “j” with a number if the subject of the…

Up Above: Thinking about the "Little Old Lady Tost Up in a Basket"

Just in time for spring cleaning, N. C. Wyeth's The Old Woman Tost Up in a Basket is back on display in Up Above: Thinking About the Skies in Parkway Central Library. Creating and researching an exhibition is always an…

Picture Book Highlights | National Bookmobile Day

It should come as no surprise that libraries are one of my favorite places in the whole wide world! Wherever I go, I always have to check out the local public library! I always feel welcomed and lucky to be in a…

Novels-In-Verse Recommendations for Poetry Month

Ah, Spring, that magical season when a young person's mind turns to thoughts of friendship, feelings, and free verse. No wonder April is Poetry Month! Here in Philadelphia, the days are getting longer, the temperatures are getting…

Picture Book Highlights | Gardening

Happy spring, Philadelphia! It’s time to go out and work on our gardens – in our yards, balconies, or community gardens! Let’s all get our hands dirty with soil and bring beauty and sustenance into the world…

What's New in Women's History

March is Women’s History Month, and it’s a wonderful time to delve into some of the previously untold history of the women of our world. Did you know that recent archaeological discoveries in the Americas have turned the…