Tagged Children's books

Concept Books | Learning about Numbers & Counting

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Concept Books | Learning about Colors

Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books play an important part in early literacy and…

Concept Books | Learning about the Alphabet

What is a concept book?  Concept books are a type of picture book that introduces basic ideas, or concepts, to young children. They are sometimes described as informational picture books for preschoolers. These books present…

Picture Book Highlights | Winter is Almost Here!

Winter is almost here... and I’m NOT happy about it! There, I said it. The truth is, winter is my least favorite season. I don’t like the short days, I don’t like the cold, I don’t like wearing layer upon layer…

Spotlight on School Storytimes: A Visit to Dunbar Elementary

On a recent Monday morning,  Paul L. Dunbar School’s kindergarten storytime got a special guest—librarian Kayla H. from the Cecil B. Moore neighborhood library . Dunbar Elementary’s Community Partnerships…

It's Time for the Winter Reading Challenge!

December is here and that means it’s time for the  Winter Reading Challenge ! Adults, parents, and students can create accounts online to track reading minutes, practice writing book reviews, and read book reviews completed…

Picture Book Highlights | The Truly Brave Princesses

In traditional fairy tales, princesses are usually the ones in need of rescue. That’s one way to think of princesses, but certainly not the only one! There are new princesses in town: they have agency, they have choices, and they…

Pondering Madeleine L’Engle’s Legacy and Works on Her 100th Birthday

Today marks 100 years since the birth of children's and young adult author Madeleine L'Engle , and some of our resident book lovers are pondering her legacy – and her best-known book, A Wrinkle In Time – to…

This Sixth Grade "Battle" Was One for the Books!

On Tuesday, October 30, Parkway Central Library ’s Skyline Room was abuzz with the cheers of sixth graders, the sound of buzzers and music, and the roar of applause. The cause? A "Book Battle," a Jeopardy-style…

Thanksgiving & Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for all the little and big things that happen in our lives. And that’s a very good thing: feeling thankful helps us to stay positive! When we focus on little acts of kindness and moments of…

Picture Book Highlights | Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month—a time to celebrate the rich histories, cultures, and traditions of all First Nations. We have compiled a booklist of board books and picture books written by and about Native peoples.…

My Favorite Jewish (and Half Jewish) Family Children's Books!

Growing up in New Jersey, I was super aware that I was what my family calls a “halfie” – half Jewish, half Lutheran. There are tons of different ways to be a halfie, and that was ours. We celebrated Christmas AND…

November is Picture Book Month!

November is Picture Book Month – a whole month to share and celebrate the awesomeness of the mighty picture book! The advent of ebooks changed the publishing landscape. In those early days, there was some concern about picture…

Picture Book Highlights | Thank You, Omu!

Summer is over, fall is in full swing, and the weather is beginning to turn cold. Some days it almost feels like it’s winter already! That’s when we start thinking of warm comfort food, something hearty and tasty to fill our…

How John Cena and the Free Library Inspired My Love of Professional Wrestling

***Event Information Update | October 9, 2018*** Book sales will begin at 4:00 p.m. Books purchased will include a signed bookplate.   The event has been moved from the Montgomery Auditorium to the Parkway Central Library lobby…

Banned Books Week | LGTBQI+ Picture Books

Many subjects can cause the challenge or ban of a book, especially a book intended for children. Most challenged and banned book instances occur in school libraries and are brought forth from parents. Books are here to teach and…

It's Not All Bad News... There Are Helpers All Around Us!

The world can be a pretty rough place sometimes. Sad things can happen to you or your friends, to people close by, or to people that live far, far away, all over the world. It’s easy to be overwhelmed, to feel small and scared.…

Picture Book Highlights | Happy National Stepfamily Day!

Hail to families, all kinds of families! And on September 16 we'll honor a very special family unit—the blended family. Families that come together: mothers, fathers, and children to create a new and enriched home. To all of…

Celebrate Grandparents Day with Some Grand Picture Books!

Did you know? The first Sunday after Labor Day is National Grandparents Day ! The relationship between grandparents and grandkids is a very special one. For grandparents, it brings back memories of when their kids were little, and opens…

Picture Book Highlights | Back to School Edition

It's that time of year again—the start of a new school year! For all little ones, this is always a time of excitement and some nervousness. It’s only natural though, as new experiences can be hard for everyone. Maybe…