Tagged Children's books

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

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 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all…

Best Books of 2021 Selected by Parkway Central Children's Librarians

Which were the best books you read this year? The Children’s Librarians at Parkway Central Children’s Department have all the extremely specific book awards and recommended reads you never knew you needed!   Ms.…

bell hooks and picture books

You may know bell hooks for her innovative and tranformative works in literature, poetry, and feminist studies.  Did you know she also wrote picture books?  These titles are not to be missed! Homemade Love…

Picture Book Highlights | The Nutcracker

It’s a well-established tradition at the end of the year that ballet companies everywhere offer performances of The Nutcracker . The Philadelphia Ballet presentation of this seasonal performance is for all ages and a perfect…

Celebrating in December | Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa

December is chockful of celebrations, with windows filled with lights and decorations, and a communal feeling of anticipation and joy.   Find picture books for the holidays you celebrate and learn about other annual…

Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving

Sharing a meal is at the heart of Thanksgiving. Be it with friends or family, with new neighbors or with those in the larger community, the act of cooking and eating together brings us all together in gratefulness... just like these…

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

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 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all…

November is Picture Book Month!

Back in 2012, a group of authors and illustrators came together to promote picture books and... Picture Book Month was born! During this time in November, we celebrate this magical format of text and pictures coming…

Kids’ Wellness Day in Shakespeare Park, Featuring Author Stacey Woodson, MS, RD, LDN

Join us for an afternoon of delicious and nutritious food, reading, movement, cooking, and activities on Saturday, November 13 at the Free Library Kids' Wellness Day! This free,  multigenerational, outdoor event is a…

Remembering Jerry Pinkney

We were very saddened to hear about Jerry Pinkney’s sudden passing yesterday at the age of 81. He was a Philadelphian by birth and spoke at the Free Library numerous times to share his beautiful books and art. So much so that…

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

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 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all…

Picture Book Highlights | Indigenous Peoples' Day

This year, for the first time, Philadelphia will celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day on the 2nd Monday of October. It is a welcome and important step in recognizing and rethinking Native American history. It is also a celebration and…

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

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 12 participating libraries across Philadelphia to reach caregivers of all…

Picture Book Highlights | 16 Great Latinx Picture Books

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place over two months, from September 15 to October 15, and as in previous years we wanted to share with you recent works by the many talented Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books. We are sure…

Nourishing Literacy | Books and Cooks: Strong Rocks

Books and Cooks, a collaboration between the Parkway Central Library Children’s Department and the Culinary Literacy Center’s Nourishing Literacy team, offers an afterschool series of story read-alouds, cooking ideas,…

Picture Books Highlights | Grandparents Day

The bond between grandchildren and grandparents is strong. This unique connection, across time and generations, can stretch across countries as well. It’s no surprise that National Grandparents Day is celebrated around the world…

Picture Book Highlights | Back to School

A new school year is upon us and so many new experiences on the horizon! Starting something new can include a mix of excitement and butterflies-in-your-tummy. What better way to get ready than by reading a book that reflects those…

Picture Book Highlights | National Dog Day

I’m a dog person (but hey, I love cats too!). I love all animals, really, but I do have a soft spot for dogs: big or small, young or old, even the cranky ones. Dogs never fail to make me feel better. Whenever I’m on a walk,…

Picture Book Highlights | Family Reunions

Summer is for get-togethers—the perfect time for vacations, celebrations, and family reunions. This is especially true this year, as the pandemic postponed many events, so getting together now is even sweeter. Is your family…

Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go to the Beach!

It’s beach time! Grab your bathing suits, towels, sunscreen, and go to the beach. Here are some books to get you in the mood for some sand, sun, and fun!   Board Books Beach Baby written by Laurie Elmquist ; illustrated by…