Autumn Read Alouds for Kids

Falling leaves, crisp days, cold nights, waning daylight hours and the holidays fast approaching. Fall is the perfect time to take a pause and snuggle up with your kids for some family reading time. And if you think reading to your children is just for your pre-readers, think again. According to an article from Rasmussen…
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Day of the Dead or Halloween?

While family films like Coco have helped increase appreciation and understanding of the cultural origins of the Day of the Dead, colorful Day of the Dead inspired skeleton makeup and dresses are once again trending as popular Halloween costumes in the consumer world. While Day of the Dead parallels All Saints Day origins of Halloween, the way that Halloween…
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Global Reading Challenge

Read, practice teamwork, and have fun with other readers! Each year, King County Library System partners with local schools for a competition called Global Reading Challenge (GRC). Teams of 4th and 5th graders read six selected books and then answer questions about the books. The winning team from each participating school moves on to face teams from…
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Mock Newbery 2018-19

Awards season is coming! While some may care most about the Oscars, the Super Bowl or the Westminster Dog Show, I am all about the Newbery. It's the award every children's author dreams of winning. It's difficult to predict the winner, but fun to try. We even pick our own local winner -- we call it…
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Online Games for Kids

Looking for online games for your child? Here are some options hand-picked by your local children's librarians. ABCya! Educational games and apps. BBC Bitesize – Dance Mat Typing An introduction to touch typing. CBeebies Preschooler games, clips, songs, and things to make with your favorite CBeebies characters. Design Squad Nation Engineering and science activities, games, videos, and…
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Discover Yuyi Morales

If you are unfamiliar with Yuyi Morales' work, her picture books are definitely something to experience— colorful, dreamy illustrations combine with charming stories to create that special magic that happens when an artist has a true gift for the medium.  Over the past 15 years that gift has been recognized by readers and book awards…
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Cardboard Challenge

Don't just recycle cardboard boxes -- play with them!  You can get together with friends and host a Cardboard Challenge using resources from the Imagination Foundation. Their official Day of Play is on October 6 this year. Or search for library events that include cardboard crafts and construction.  If you don't have a lot of…
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