Tagged Children's books

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…

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

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…

Bring Your Furry Friend to Free Library Dog Day, Featuring Author-Illustrator Sarah Jacoby!

Each year, the Free Library celebrates the "Dog Days of Summer" with a social media campaign, inviting our community members to post pictures of their dogs who love to read and tag them with #FLPDogDays ! This year, the…

Picture Book Highlights | Fun in the Water!

Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post suggesting books that can help kids feel comfortable playing in the water. Some of us have no problem getting in the water from the get-go, while others need a little time and encouragement, and that is…

Picture Book Highlights | Trees

What is it like to be a tree? Trees grow tall and strong, they create shade and provide protection, they connect to the world and to each other, offering us food and comfort. Can we be like trees? Can a tree be a special and unique…

Picture Books Highlights | Summer=Outdoors!

And we are back to my favorite season of the year ! There’s so much to do when the weather is warm, when sunshine lasts long through the day, and there’s all kinds of things to be done outside: playing, exploring, swimming,…

Palestinian Stories in Literature for Young People

by Erin H . and Kayla H. What does it feel like to be a child living through war and displacement? How can young people in the United States learn to develop empathy for young people around the world? How do we explain to our children…

LGBTQ+ Middle Grade and YA ebooks and Audiobooks

Here are five ebook and audiobook titles about identity, acceptance, love, and loss to consider this month as we celebrate those journeys with our friends, families, and ourselves.   King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callander…

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

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…

Christina “Steenz” Stewart Draws the Heart of the City

The comic strip  Heart of the City , set in Philadelphia, dates back to when everyone read the daily funnies on newsprint. A year ago, then 29-year-old Christina “Steenz” Stewart assumed Heart's…

Picture Book Highlights | Immigrant Heritage Month

How does it feel to be an immigrant? Imagine yourself leaving your home, your family and your country to settle in a completely different one.  How would you feel? What would you miss? And how would you define home? Whether…

Picture Book Highlights | Celebrate Pride Month!

Looking for books to celebrate Pride month? Look no further than these titles bursting with love and pride! These picture books have it all, with families finding homes, love, and adventures along the way, and are sure to find a place…

Readers and Dreamers: Kick Off Summer of Wonder with Local Author Stephany Coakley

The Parkway Central Children’s Department is excited to announce a series of outdoor author visits for Summer of Wonder 2021! Please join us in kicking off this summer's festivities with Readers and Dreamers, featuring local…

Own More: 19 Voices and Five Books for Middle Grade Readers

We're sharing with you another batch of #ownvoices titles by diverse authors writing from their own experience! Like our previous post , all of these titles can be found in multiple formats through our catalog.   Ancestor…

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

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…