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Picture Book Highlights | Fall Is in the Air

Is Fall your favorite season? Many people would say yes! Where I grew up, we didn’t have very defined seasons. That is, seasons would blend one into another, without any clear sign that something different was happening in our…

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latinx Authors and Illustrators

Today, September 15, marks the beginning of National Hispanic American Heritage month. As part of the celebration, we want to highlight the works of Latinx authors and illustrators of picture books. These books will entertain, teach,…

Picture Books Highlights | Books and Reading

This year going back to school looks very different than ever before. No school buses, no first day back at school, no new classrooms, no field trips, etc. At least, not yet. It will take some adjusting, for sure. But through these…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in September!

Our recommendations for this month include kids' end of summer and back to school books, plus fictional and true stories about the struggle to belong and simply survive.   Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade) I Got The School…

Books for Emerging Readers | Snail and Worm by Tina Kügler

Beginning readers are books aimed at those who are just learning to read. They have easy to read text accompanied by illustrations that reinforce reading comprehension. These books are meant to instill a love of reading by introducing…

Picture Books Highlights | Let’s Learn About Birds

Have you ever gone bird watching? It’s amazing what you discover when you’re paying attention.  Birds living right in your backyard, on your street, in the park.  Once you start to notice them, there is…

Picture Book Highlights | Let's Go Hiking

In these times of social distancing and no indoor activities, what better way to spend time than venturing outside and going for a hike in the great outdoors? You don’t have to go far—here in Philly we have both Fairmount…

Graphic Novels All Summer

Some memoirs, some made up, some a mixture of both, but all delightful summer reading—these graphic novels are bold, fearless, and bound to reach readers. This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews Each year, during the Autumn Equinox…

Picture Book Highlights | Rain

Do rainy days get you down? For some people, rain seems to spoil the day. I used to think of rainy days as gloomy and gray, but these books have changed my mind.   Rain written by Linda Ashman ; illustrated by Christian Robinson…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in August!

Ready for some new reads to escape this long, hot summer? Read on for fun and inspiring books to help get you through the dog days of August. Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade) LIFT by Minh Lê Iris loves to push the elevator buttons…

Happy National Friendship Day!

It’s always time to celebrate friends, but did you know National Friendship Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of August? Friends make everything better, don't they? New and old friends, young and old, from your neighborhood…

Picture Book Highlights | Let's Talk About Bees!

Have you ever wondered how bees make honey? The books below will give you a good idea – and they are so much fun to read! Beehive by Jorey Hurley   ebook available via Overdrive With just one word on each page and the…

Picture ebooks Highlights | It's Summertime!

Do you have a favorite season? I do – mine is summer. What’s not to like, I say? Long days, open windows, warm weather, shorts and sandals, water and bathing suits, reading on hammocks… I could go on and on! Here are…

Picture ebooks Highlights | The Old Truck

We are back with another Picture ebook Highlight , a series where we put the spotlight on an ebook that you can read at home, using the Free Library's Digital Media portal. This time we are going to talk about a book published back…

Discover Black Folk Musicians

Although many people associate the term "folk music" with white musicians like Pete Seeger , there is a long tradition in the United States of Black folk musicians. In fact, without the spirituals sung by enslaved people, the…

New Titles Coming to the Free Library in July!

In this time of self-reflection and evaluation of our own and our society's biases and attitudes around race, our suggestions include new titles in which race is a central theme, as well as a primer on voting and why it matters. We…

Picture ebook Highlights | Author and Illustrator Jan Thomas

Some authors / illustrators have a special talent for creating stories perfect for storytime, for audience participation, and plenty of belly laughs. Today we will talk about one of them: Jan Thomas and her deceptively simple but…

Look Both Ways and Tell Your Story

You have a story to tell. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, people long to be heard, they are speaking up and speaking out. Author Jason Reynolds' award-recognized and highly-praised Look Both Ways (available in ebook…

There's More to #BlackLivesMatter Than Booklists

Right now, it seems like everyone is reading books about race. The New York Times  bestsellers list is currently made up almost entirely of books about race and racism, with the "big three" taking the top spots: How to Be…

Celebrating Families During Pride Month

Families come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. These wonderful ebooks can help you celebrate the richness and diversity of families today:   Baby’s First Words written by Stella Blackstone ; illustrated by Christiane Engel…