Tagged Children's books

Explore New Audio-Enabled Books at the Free Library!

Nine Free Library of Philadelphia locations are testing out a fun new take on an old classic! These new audio-enabled books from Vox Books are picture books combined with an audio recording of someone reading the story. But, wait!…

Interactive Picture Books | Lift the Flap!

Reading a book can be a very tactile experience: holding the book in your hands or lap, turning the pages, feeling the paper, pouring over the art and text. With electronic readers, one can carry tons of books with them anywhere, but…

May 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

Once you take a break from all of the great reading suggestions during this year's Children's Book Week , May is also a great month to get outside and play! We have lots to celebrate this month, including Cinco de Mayo on May 5,…

#MysteryMonday: Children's Mysteries

“My child loves mysteries and solving riddles. What’s a good series?” Oh how I love this question. Mystery readers can be a difficult group to please. The books recommended have to have the right combination of…

"Pay to Benjamin Franklin, for Printing"

We all know Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia's everyman. Poor Richard . Diplomat of the Revolution . Inventor of the Glass Harmonica . Postmaster General . Guy Who Flew A Kite in a Thunderstorm. Founder of the University of…

Hey, Kids! Want to Get Smart About Money?

Here at The Free Library of Philadelphia, we talk a lot about literacy. Literacy, as you may know, is all about learning to read and improving your reading skills. But there's another kind of literacy also important to your…

Picture Book Highlights | Anywhere Farm

Farming in the city? Well, yes! And it is happening right here in Philadelphia: in community gardens, parks, backyards, and plots. There is Farm Philly , a program by Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreations, that aims to support…

The Art of Katherine Milhous

Katherine Milhous (1894-1977) wore many hats in her time: a supervisor for the Federal Art Project ; an artist for the Pennsylvania Art Project (a subsidiary of the Federal Art Project, which itself was formed under the…

April 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

Happy April, everyone, whether you are an April Fool or not! April brings some fun holidays and celebrations, like Easter on April 16, Earth Day on April 22 – hey, you can never be too young to help save the earth! – and…

Picture Books Highlights | Noisy Night

City living can be noisy. And sometimes, neighbors can keep you up at night. For our next Picture Book Highlights – a series of posts where we put the spotlight on a brand-new picture book that has been ordered for all agencies…

A Neat Sweet for a Holiday Treat—Getting Ready for Purim!

by Jamie Bowers , Culinary Literacy Center and Julie Berger , Free Library Foundation Purim Is Coming! The Jewish holiday of Purim , celebrating the triumph of the Jewish people over an evil ruler, begins Saturday night. It is…

March 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

We’ve got a lot to celebrate throughout the month of March: Dr. Seuss ' birthday and National Read Across America Day are March 2. Check out our events calendar for a Dr. Seuss event happening at your local neighborhood…

Picture Book Highlights | One Proud Penny

Philadelphia is home to the nation’s first Mint facility , and it is here that the largest number of U.S. pennies is manufactured. Pretty cool, right? Which links nicely with our next selection for Picture Book Highlights —a…

February 2017 Early Literacy Calendar

February may be short on days but it is long on holidays and events to celebrate throughout Philadelphia , including Chinese New Year , Presidents' Day , Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), and the most love-ly holiday during the month…

Picture Book Highlights | Beautiful

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 libraries—provides an answer to this…

Diversity in Picture Books

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 our understanding of diversity changed…

Picture Book Highlights | Hap-pea All Year

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 Highlights , a series of posts where we put the…

Family Holiday Traditions: The Nutcracker!

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. Hoffman's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse…

December 2016 Early Literacy Calendar

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 is a great time to learn more about the…

November is Picture Book Month

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. Illustrated books, especially for children, …