Tagged Children's books

Happy Children's Book Day: Middle Grade Feels!

We read books for a lot of different reasons; to escape to another world, to learn something new, to be entertained, to invoke emotion. Children read books for the same reasons. I had a middle school patron ask me recently, "I want…

Remembering Tomie DePaola (1934 - 2020)

Tomie dePaola (1934 - 2020) knew how to tell a story. In person, he could keep you spellbound with his stories. His eyes would twinkle and he knew just the right moment to pause and let a joke or a witty observation hit and…

Step Aside Netflix, BookFlix Rules!

While many will be embracing their Netflix accounts for the foreseeable future, this is a great time to check out its intellectual counterpart for kids from Scholastic called BookFlix ! Bookflix is a digital resource available through…

Welcome Spring! How to Celebrate the Equinox with Kids

What is the Equinox? The word "equinox" comes from a Latin root meaning "equal night", and describes the days of the year when daytime is roughly equal to night. The equinox happens twice a year, once in autumn and…

Women's Work: Biographies of Women Well Worth Knowing for Young Readers

Have a genuine interest in reading about women who have influenced history from the Martha Washingtons and Madame Walkers to the Curies and the Clintons ? Don’t have time to get into a detailed biography? Need something short for…

Picture Book Highlights | Spring is in the Air

It’s early March and the Philadelphia Flower Show has just opened – a clear sign that spring is near! The spring equinox, which will arrive on March 19 this year, marks a new season, one that is all about new beginnings and…

Telling Her Story: Picture Books to Celebrate Women’s History Month

March of 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of our country’s nationally proclaimed Women’s History Month ! This year’s celebration is dedicated to the " Valiant Women of the Vote ," those who fought for the…

Black History Month | A Boys Booklist for Toddlers!

Have you been on the lookout for children’s books with little faces like the ones you love? This booklist offers ten of our favorite children’s books, from Coretta Scot King Book Award winners to magnificently illustrated…

Picture Book Highlights | Brown: A Deep and Varied Joy

Magnificence sometimes appears in the most commonplace observations. In the poetic celebration of self and nature,  Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration is a series of young brown girls admiring the many different browns…

Celebrating Everyday Experiences of Black Children and Families

Back in 2018, Denene Milner, children’s book writer and publisher, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times lamenting the scarcity of children’s books that "celebrate the humanity and everyday experiences of black…

Kick-Off Black History Month with Philadelphia’s African American Children’s Book Fair

At a moment of growing awareness around the importance of representation and diversity in children’s books , the African American Children’s Book Fair continues the effort it has been devoted to for nearly three decades:…

Picture Book Highlights | Mmm, Mmm, Soup!

It’s that time of the year. where winter has just started and with it more cold days and colder nights. Looking for something to warm up your heart and tummy? How about soup? Making soup together is a bonding experience: gathering…

The Doctor is In: Doctor Dolittle Revisited

I’m excited and intrigued by the upcoming release of the new Doctor Dolittle movie starring Robert Downey, Jr. — Dolittle ... The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle was one of the first novels I ever read as a young boy growing up…

There's a Rumbly in My Tumbly

Grab your honey pot, ‘cause it’s National Winnie the Pooh Day this upcoming Saturday, January 18! Author Alan Alexander Milne ’s birthday is also January 18, and for good reason, there is a holiday made in his stead.…

MLK Day of Service | When the Youth Lead

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a strongly celebrated day in Philadelphia. People of all ages come together to support their communities and uplift the values of MLK’s civil rights leadership during this nationally recognized Day of…

Picture Book Highlights | 'Tis the Season... and the Times

Sometimes you come across a small book that holds much more than what you see between the cover. Migrations: Open Hearts, Open Borders   is just such a wonder.  This timely and heartening work, the fruition of an exhibit by…

Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Book Award’s 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Award , honoring African American authors and illustrators in children’s and young adult literature. Noted by their familiar emblem, the Coretta Scott King Award…

Kids Need Green Time, Even in the Snow!

The Free Library is here to help your family find their Winter Wonderland! Nurture Minds and Spirits, Young and Old New research suggests that regular exposure to green spaces, or natural landscapes, can lower stress, combat depression…

Picture Book Highlights | Thanksgiving Edition

It’s all there in the name: Thanksgiving is about gratitude, it’s about paying attention, noticing all the good things in our lives and in the world, and choosing to be thankful. Thanksgiving is also about sharing and…

'Tis the Season for the Winter Reading Challenge

As the weather changes, there's no better company than reading a good book in a cozy space. Running from November 25 to February 29 , our Winter Reading Challenge invites readers of all ages to register and earn badges as they…