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Tales from the "I Need a Good Book" Department
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Tales from the “I Need a Good Book” Department

As librarians, we often receive emails from friends and family members, looking for specific book suggestions…   This email arrived over the holidays: My dad’s been reading to a class of 3rd graders, and the assignment (instead of being a month) may last until the end of next academic year. I’d given him Neil Gaiman’s “Fortunately, the […]

Voting Rights: Collection Spotlight for Kids
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Voting Rights: Collection Spotlight for Kids

Voting is a powerful act, but it’s easy to take for granted. Reading these books about the women and men who worked to secure the right for all Americans to take part in our governance is a great way to remember how valuable that right is.

Martin Luther King, Jr. for Kids
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Martin Luther King, Jr. for Kids

Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Why Do We Celebrate Him? Talking to young children about the life and legacy of Dr. King is important, but can also be challenging. These books, films and websites can help. And don’t miss Arlington’s official tribute program on Jan. 17.   Websites Life in Pictures - Photos of Martin […]

Great Gifts: Chapter Books 2015
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Great Gifts: Chapter Books 2015

Our Youth Services Librarians have great gift suggestions for Elementary readers: Many of these are first in a series.   Anne at Westover Recommends: Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky This collection of six interconnected stories follows the adventures of three curious toys, Lumphy the toughy little buffalo, knowledgeable StingRay, […]

7 Kids Books about the Refugee and Immigrant Experience
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7 Kids Books about the Refugee and Immigrant Experience

Understanding Current Events Through Stories These books can help you talk to the kids in your life about what it means to be a refugee, and our county’s history as a global melting pot.  Read the County Board’s recent statement on Arlington’s responsibility to those driven from their homes.   I’m New Here by Anne […]

Lost In Space - With a Good Book!
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Lost In Space – With a Good Book!

One Small Step for the Imagination… Good books for kids in Grades 1-5, who can’t wait to explore the stars:   Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce 12-year old Liam looks like he’s thirty. Sometimes it’s not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he […]

Not-So-Spooky Books for Kids
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Not-So-Spooky Books for Kids

For Younger Elementary Schoolers Who Love Halloween – But Not Being Scared Ranging from laugh-out-loud hilarious to just a little bit creepy, these books will get you and your kids in the mood for Halloween: Check out Halloween books for younger kids.   Room on the Broom by by Julia Donaldson, pictures by Axel Scheffler […]

Reading about Hurricane Katrina with Kids and Teens
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Reading about Hurricane Katrina with Kids and Teens

These books and DVDs are a great way to help kids learn about an event that is all over the news, in age-appropriate ways:   Two Bobbies: a True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery, illustrated by Jean Cassels Ages 4-8. Bobbi (the dog) and Bob Cat are […]

Helping Kids Cope with Bullying
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Helping Kids Cope with Bullying

Has Your Child Had to Deal with a Bully? Kids aren’t born knowing how to handle bullies – or a friend who turns into a bully.   If you know a child struggling with another kid’s bad behavior, these stories can help him or her feel less alone – and help you both talk about […]

Back-to-School Picture Books to Soothe Anxious Kids...
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Back-to-School Picture Books to Soothe Anxious Kids…

And Parents! Summer is drawing to a close, and we know some kids need a little encouragement about starting school (or going back):   The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna Mr. Fish recalls how, on his very first day of school, he anxiously went to one classroom after […]