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Latinx Voices in Chapter Books

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are highlighting some recent notables by Latinx authors.  The Library endeavors to represent the diverse perspectives that make up our community and world all year long, but during this time we spotlight some phenomenal Latinx authors.

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Asian and Pacific Islander Voices

Looking for some great books by and about people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage? Here are some of our favorites to get you started.

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Girls Take the Lead

We've gathered together books for kids that feature girls and women taking the lead in their story. From nonfiction to chapter books, these stories center on the empowerment of women.

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Disability Visibility

We've gathered together books for different ages that feature young people with disabilities. Many are memoirs or fiction that draw upon the authors' own experiences.  We hope you find books here to share with your family that can serve as mirrors for children with disabilities and doorways to deepen understanding and empathy for all.

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Black Voices: Chapter Books

Discover great new kids books by Black authors, from early readers to chapter books.

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is an important celebration in many cultures. Find out more about this history and traditions of this holiday through short videos, books, and a craft.

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Reading Helps: Divorce for Kids

Navigating a divorce while parenting can be a complex, fraught challenge. While no book is a substitute for conversations and listening to your child, these titles seek to provide some support for both parent and child for understanding a new family structure.

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Indigenous Voices: Fiction and Nonfiction for Kids

Within the pages of these books, you will find diverse perspectives on the contemporary Indigenous experience as well as history from a Native American perspective.

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Road Trip Listening

Hitting the road this summer? Check out our suggestions of listens great for the whole family. Whether you check out audiobooks on CD in the library, or download them through either of our digital services, you’ll be able to listen up while you travel out into the world.

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Honoring Beverly Cleary

Discover picture book biographies of women who made their mark on history.

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Modern Classics

What makes a book a "classic?" Here are some of my recent favorites that I imagine will be finding readers for many, many years to come.

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Let’s Laugh!

Why do we love funny books? Because it feels good to laugh. When I'm reading a book that makes me crack up uncontrollably (I'm looking at you, Catwad!) I feel a kind of inner peace afterward, a happy glow that stays with me for awhile.

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Just One More Chapter!

Here are some of our favorite family read alouds, great for preschoolers through 3rd grade or so. Included is a rough estimate of how many sittings it might take to finish them. Whether you read to your child at breakfast, before dinner or at bedtime, it's all good!

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Audiobooks for Older Listeners

When children are young, it’s easy to see the benefit in parents reading out loud to their child. Children who are read to have better vocabularies, stronger reading skills and healthy social/emotional development. But why stop there?! Keep reading for some of our favorite books to listen to for upper elementary through middle school.

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Baking with Kids

Math, science, art...baking has it all! Whether you've got a toddler or tween, it's never too early to get in the kitchen and start baking together. Yes, there will be a mess, but it will be worth it! And there are some things you can do to minimize the potential wildness.

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Start a Family Book Club

Most parents are in the know about reading to their young child. But as kids grow up and start reading independently, did you know that it is still important to read together? And yes, it might feel strange to read Brown Bear, Brown Bear with your 4th grader. Good news, there are some amazing books you and your child can share! Here are our recommendations for starting your own family book club with your 3rd-8th grade family members.

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Rainbow Reads: Chapter Books

Looking for elementary and middle school books featuring LGBTQIA+ characters?   We’ve got you covered!  Here are a few new titles we love.   Chapter Books with Lesbian Characters The Mighty Heart ...  

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