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    Offbeat Children’s Books Destined to Become Classics

    Children’s Book Week is the perfect time to discover a new “read it again” storybook for your little one. While there are always the beloved, classic stories that we all remember from our childhood, it is worth taking a look at some of the more quirky and offbeat stories that have appeared over the last couple…

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    Happy Birthday Charlotte Brontë!

    Here are 10 facts to commemorate the 201st birthday of British novelist, Charlotte BrontĂ«, most famously known for writing Jane Eyre.   1. Charlotte BrontĂ« was born on April 21, 1816 in Thornton, England to an Anglican clergyman (Reverend Patrick Bronte) and Maria Branwell. She grew up in nearby Haworth, in a parsonage on the…

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    Books to Read with your Children in Honor of Autism Awareness Month

    Storybooks to Help Children Understand Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder April is National Autism Awareness Month and what better way to gain awareness than by reading and teaching your child about autism and sensory processing disorder. Whether your child is on the spectrum, you know someone who is autistic, or you simply wish to teach…

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    Book Buzz Recommendations: April

    (Ages 1-3) Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett Chameleon tries to fit in by changing colors and shapes. (Pre-K –K) Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando This cheerful story of juxtaposed personalities brings to light the adventure of sharing discoveries with a friend. (Grades 1-3) Telephone by Mac Barnett A string of birds on a…

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    YA Books for Adults

    YA novels have exploded in popularity within the last few years. From Hunger Games to The Fault in Our Stars, they cover a range of topics and offer a new look at the teenage years. Though they’re written with  a teenage audience in mind, that doesn’t mean adult readers don’t enjoy them as well. Here…

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    Asimov—A Pillar of Science Fiction: Part 1

    Isaac Asimov’s bibliography count is around 500 published books. The exact number depends on the source. Although he delved into subjects ranging from politics to astrophysics, in both fiction and non-fiction formats, Asimov is remembered most commonly for the three series that would help shape and define the genre of science fiction. These are the…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Five

    43 Forever Fashionistas Take a journey through time with the book, Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga by Jennifer Croll, to discover exactly what Cleopatra and Marie Antoinette were wearing and why. Admire the fashion sense of Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marlene Dietrich, and Diana Vreeland. Ponder the clothing choices…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Four

    As Beyonce sings, Run the World (Girls) From Pocahontas to Misty Copeland, Laurie Calkhoven writes about 50 significant women throughout American history in the book, Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans. Each two-page biographical overview is listed chronologically and includes a Fact File and highlighted text boxes that explain why these important ladies…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Three

    Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation Cokie Roberts, the American journalist and political commentator, adapts her 2007 book, Ladies of Liberty, for children in this non-fiction picture book of the same name. Roberts highlights unsung, yet influential women (writers, educators, reformers) from 1796 – 1828, emphasizing the importance of primary sources like…

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    Books to Read With Your Children in Celebration of Women’s History Month: Part Two

    Lady Ada’s Algorithm Imagine a baby girl, born in nineteenth century England, who studied music, French, and especially mathematics as a child, growing into a uniquely talented woman who is recognized today as the “world’s first computer programmer.” Her name is Ada Lovelace, and the book, Ada’s Ideas, by Fiona Robinson, beautifully illustrates her life…

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