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Picture Book Review: The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

The Midnight Library is a quiet, feel-good bedtime book celebrates libraries with a gentle story line about a patient librarian, her three assistant owls, and the visitors who keep them busy all night long.  Bold lines and a striking palette of gold, black, and dark blue lend a retro vibe...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin

Did you know that the U.S. Navy practiced segregation during WWII? Due to long-standing policies, African Americans enlistees were barred from combat and leadership roles and allowed to serve only as mess attendants and cargo loaders. At the Port Chicago naval base in the San Francisco Bay, legions...

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Picture Book Review: Stella's Starliner by Rosemary Wells

Stella's sparkling silver home may be small, but it's large enough to hold everything that Stella needs: a sofa that turns into a bed at the touch of a button and two loving parents. Stella is happy and proud to live in her "starliner"--until the neighborhood kids point out that her silver home is...

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Picture Book Review: I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora & Libby Martinez

A heartwarming story of the value of U.S. citizenship. Young Libby is learning the Pledge of Allegiance with her school class just as her great-aunt is practicing it for her citizenship ceremony. Children who listen to this book will have several opportunities to hear and practice the Pledge of...

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Youth Fiction Review: Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner

After the birth of their triplet daughters, Emily Vole's adoptive parents see her only as a source of free labor. Emily cleans, tends to endless piles of dirty clothes, cares for the triplets, and sleeps on an ironing board in the laundry room. The only bright spot in Emily's life is the quirky...

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Picture Book Review: How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler

Little Jumbo can't understand why his dad seems so grumpy. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with the raisins that Little Jumbo spit toward the ceiling, or the bath that Little Jumbo just simply did not need, or the brown overalls that Little Jumbo decided just not to wear...could it?...

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Youth Fiction Review: Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

After her mother is deported to Honduras, 6th grader Gaby Ramirez Howard struggles to adjust to life with her estranged father. Gaby's best friend, Alma, and her family regard Gaby as one of their own, but Gaby nevertheless misses her mom and longs for her return. A school service project--...

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Good Summer Reads: Kindergarten through High School

Looking for something good to read this summer? Last week, we presented this slideshow with about 40 titles to K-8th grade District 15 teachers. Part 1 includes titles for Junior High + (high school students and adults are welcome). Part 2 includes new fiction and nonfiction for K-6th grade. Enjoy...

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Youth Fiction Review: Bookmarks Are People Too! by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

When he learns that his class will be putting on a play, 2nd grader Hank Zipzer is worried. He isn't good at reading; whenever he tries to read, the words on the page swirl around and get all mixed-up. His teacher, Ms. Flowers, kindly creates a special part--a non-talking bookmark--for Hank. But...

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Summer Book Buddies!

Summer reading has begun and there's still room to sign up for our very popular Book Buddies program. Independent readers, grades 1 - 6, can develop their literacy skills with the guidance of a teen volunteer. Buddies will read stories, explore books, and enjoy tie-in activities each week. We...

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