Tagged Children's books

More Dog Days of Summer!

I’ve always loved this expression – probably because it includes two of my favorite things: the summer season and dogs! As an idiom, the dog days are the hottest, most humid days of summer: days when all one wants to do is…

Celebrate the Wonderful World and Characters of Children's Writer E.B. White

Happy birthday to the beloved children’s writer—and the voice in the ears of editors everywhere— E.B. White ! A regular essayist for the New Yorker for half a century, White is best remembered for three remarkable…

Celebrate Independence Day | The Statue of Liberty

In celebration of Independence Day, let’s take a look at one of America’s greatest national monuments: The Statue of Liberty . Recognized internationally as a symbol of freedom, it is a powerful representation of our country…

New LGBTQ+ Children's Books for 2019!

2019 has been a great year for children’s books so far. We are seeing so many own-voices books, although there is still a long way to go. Some of my favorites from the first half of the year have a common theme—LGBTQ+. I…

Celebrate Father's Day with Picture Books!

Are you looking for ideas on fun things to do for Father's Day?  How about cuddling with the perfect picture book? We have loads of wonderful picture books celebrating the bonds between fathers and children. And to get you…

Take a Free Family Tour of Our Five Senses, a Fully-Interactive Exhibition

Take a free tour of Our 5 Senses , a fully-interactive exhibition that connects the science of the senses with the mind and the literary experience. Tours begin at 3:00 p.m.and finish at 3:45 p.m. Visitors may view…

Conversations in Color: The Coretta Scott King Awards Celebrate 50 Years of Excellence

Parkway Central Library Senior Services will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards for excellence in African American children’s literature with a five-part discussion series called Conversations In…

Happy Birthday to Children's Author Margaret Wise Brown!

When I noticed that May 23 is the birthdate of one of our great children’s authors – Margaret Wise Brown , of The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon fame – I immediately thought of my son. Even though those two books,…

The 5th Annual Free Library Comic Con!

This year, Free Library Comic Con celebrates its 5th anniversary with our annual event at the Parkway Central Library on May 11, 2019! When you arrive, you’ll first encounter our Vendor Hall which will be chock full of an array of…

Children's Books for Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan!)

Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, begins on May 5. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar and all over the world Muslim families celebrate with daily fasting and prayer. For families that observe the holiday and for…

Our Five Senses | A New Family Friendly, Fully-Interactive Exhibition

On May 13, the Free Library's Special Collections Division will present Our Five Senses , the first family friendly, fully-interactive exhibition at the Free Library. The exhibition connects the science of the senses with the mind…

Picture Book Highlights | Owls Are Good At Keeping Secrets

We’re back for another edition of Picture Book Highlights – a series where we put the spotlight on a book that has been ordered for all neighborhood libraries . Earlier this year we did a series of blog posts on concept…

Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Andersen!

Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805. Sure, he died in 1874, but let's focus on the positive. If HC were still alive today, he'd still be marching to the beat of his own drum. It's something he did…

Book Donation to Recognize and Celebrate Polish Literature

The Free Library was fortunate to recently receive a donation of books by Polish authors that were translated into English, along with books in Polish for both adults and children. The books were donated by the Polish Book Institute , a…

Celebrate the Free Library at This Year’s Family Fest!

Every year, the Free Library of Philadelphia hosts a Family Fest —a celebration just for children and their families in the historic Parkway Central Library . Open to the public, this very special fundraiser features activities…

Books for Rising Readers: Strengthening Early Literacy in Philadelphia with a Shared Reading Experience

Though our One Book, One Philadelphia 2018-2019 season is now over, the Free Library will keep connecting readers through a shared text all spring long! We are thrilled to be launching an ambitious pilot program called Books for Rising…

Women’s History Month | 2020 Women Presidential Candidates

It’s still early in the race for the presidency 2020, but already we have 4 (four!) women candidates for the presidency: Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Senator…

Remembering Author, Artist, and Illustrator Tomi Ungerer (1931 - 2019)

Tomi Ungerer (November 28, 1931 - February 8, 2019) was a complex man. His artwork reflected that complexity.   Ungerer’s work has often been called subversive for its themes of war, sexuality, and social commentary.…

Problematic Favorites | Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie Series

It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder's Birthday today, February 7, and like many people born in the 1970s and who grew up in the 1980s, I read (and by read, I mean devoured) the Little House on the Prairie book series. I know it's…

#ownvoices: Celebrating Black History Month and Picture Books

February is Black History Month – an annual commemoration that recognizes and celebrates the heritage, culture, contributions and achievements of African Americans to American history and life. Join us (and our younger readers!)…