Do Wordless Books Count as Reading?

Book cover of The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Yes! They do! Every spring I visit elementary schools to tell kids about Summer Reading at KCLS. I urge kids to use our reading log to keep track of the minutes they read over the summer. And then I tell them EVERY KIND OF READING COUNTS. Still I get asked, "What about magazines?" "What about […]

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The Best Database You’re Not Using

Testing & Education Reference Center is an amazingly useful resource. It's especially great for students, job seekers, and anyone preparing to take a big test. You can use it to build résumés, take online practice tests, read Peterson test prep ebooks, and more. It's definitely in my Top 5 Favorite Premium Databases. (Side note: You know you're […]

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

Stuffed animals read the book Froggy's Sleepover

What is a Stuffed Animal Sleepover? Kids bring their stuffed animals to the library for a special story time, then leave the stuffed animals overnight for a sleepover party (under close librarian supervision). When the kids return the next day to pick up their stuffed animals, they find pictures of what their stuffed animals did at […]

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Remembering Amy

Beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal has died at the age of 51. She leaves behind two sons, a daughter, a husband, and many beautiful books for children and adults. In a last flash of brilliance, Amy wrote a Modern Love article for the New York Times that went viral: You May Want to Marry My Husband. […]

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Must-Reads for New Parents

Expecting a new addition to your family? If so, you may be inclined to hit the books to prepare yourself for parenthood. The library is here to help! Here are five categories that parents-to-be can explore. 1. Books about different parenting styles. It's certainly not necessary to devote yourself to one specific school of parenting, but it's […]

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Not Boy Books. Not Girl Books. Just Books.

(via GIPHY) Is it true that boys only want to read books about boys? Or that girls only want to read "girl" books? Of course it's not true. Gender alone does not determine our taste in books (or toys), right? And yet this happens all the time: someone holds up a children's book and asks, "Is this a […]

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“Firsts” for Kids

Many parents rejoice in documenting their child's milestones. First tooth! First steps! First day of school! Did you know that reading and talking about first experiences before they happen can ease a child's anxieties and help them process new experiences? Here are some fun books about those great leaps forward that make us grown-ups proud […]

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More Controversy in Kid Lit

Kid lit superstar Raina Telgemeier is in some hot water for her depiction of California missions and Día de los Muertos in her new graphic novel Ghosts. This book is already a bestseller and has a huge holds lists at KCLS. Many, many kids will read it. And what will they learn about Día de los […]

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Announcing Our Mock Newbery Winner!

The 2017 KCLS Mock Newbery winner is... The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. Congratulations to Mr. Brown and thank you to everyone who participated in Mock Newbery this year by reading, discussing and voting. The real Newbery winner will be announced on Monday January 23. What is Mock Newbery? Each year, a committee of KCLS children's librarians […]

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4 New Kids’ Books Grown-Ups Should Read

Children's books are so, so good right now. Compelling, sophisticated, thought-provoking. Everything you'd want in a grown-up book in a kid-friendly package. So there is no good reason why a reader of a certain age can't enjoy them. Here are some newer titles that are located in the children's section but are not, in the pejorative sense, […]

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