Need Something to Read this Summer?

Every year I compile a list of recommended books for kids to read during the summer. I visit my local school district with booktalks (which are like book commercials only better) to get the students excited about reading something this summer. The books aren't required reading- they are just a jumping off point for a […]

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Not Your Everyday ABC Books

Alphabet Book

One alphabet book is just like any other. Right? Nope! People are endlessly creative when it comes to ABC books and you can find something unique and fun for your alphabet explorer. Some of them are meant for much older kids (G is for Googol for example) but most can be used with early learners as […]

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Gearing Up for Summer Reading

Summer Sun

What is an incredibly effective way to keep your child’s mind active and growing this summer?  Reading for fun. No kidding! Research shows that kids who read during the summer maintain or even grow their reading skills. Kids who don’t have access to books and reading lose up to three months’ worth of their reading skills… […]

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Get Outside and Play!

Kids in Nautre

Is it raining? It doesn't matter! We are proud and slightly soggy Pacific Northwesterners and WE DO NOT FEAR A LITTLE RAIN! You have to say that with great gusto while standing majestically in a windswept field... or something like that. Maybe just standing in your living room would work too. Either way, it's time to get […]

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10 to Try Challenge: Debut Authors

10 to try

Are you doing this challenge yet? I am having a blast exploring new authors this month through their debut novels. And to add a little twist to the process I looked for debut authors of color. If you read any of the books from this list you can mark off two categories at once! That's what we […]

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Birthday Books for All Ages

The King County Library System is celebrating its 75th birthday this year! We're going to be celebrating all year long so watch for events and activities to help us get this party started and keep it going strong. Of course, kids are particularly good at celebrating birthdays but everyone loves a party. In honor of the […]

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Potty Training Power!

Toddler reading book from Books to Grow On Potty set

Wouldn't it be lovely if there were such a thing as Potty Training Power? Like a super power where parents get to wear a cape and have the ability to make potty training super easy? Dream on, potty trainers. Yes, it is work but it is such necessary work and we're all proud of you […]

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Bookmarks and Landmarks Junior

Mary Olson Farm

Read the book and live the history! King County Library System, South King County Culture, and three fantastic local historical societies have collaborated on this unique book club opportunity for families. Bookmarks and Landmarks Junior allows families to really dive into the history of our area and explore a general store in Maple Valley, a mansion in Auburn, and […]

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Reading on the Go

bright eyed dog

As a librarian I do a lot of reading. Seriously. There is just no way that I could sit down and snuggle up with a cup of tea every time I wanted to read a book or article. There are dogs to be walked, lawns to be mowed, housework to be done. None of these […]

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The Gift of Books for Kids: Readers Ages 6-8

This is the final post in The Gift of Books for Kids series. There is a whole group of kids who are just starting out on their journey as readers that I've left for last. Happily there a a lot of engaging books for this wide range of reading enthusiasts. In my suggestions I start […]

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