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Tales of Twin Sisters

Twins—a pair of aces, two of a kind, double trouble, peas in a pod, whatever you want to call them—have a companion for life, even if they bicker or banter or spend stretches of time apart. Here are a few favorite books about twins from our children's collection.Read More ›

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Library Books and Events

Happy Lunar New Year! For many people of Asian descent across the world, one of the most important holidays of the year is in full swing.Read More ›

Booktalking "Come, Llamas" by Jennifer Morris

Kinnaman Ranch in Alaska is home to many llamas, bears and JT.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Alice in Wonderland on December 13, 2015

A panel discussion about how Alice has influenced librarians, teachers, authors and illustrators in their crafts. Read More ›

14 Quotes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

I have finally completed year two of my Harry Potter journey. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling:Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Latino Literature on October 31, 2015

I was excited to learn about Latino literature for youth on October 31 at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. We had some very interesting panelists, including Daniel Jose Older, Adam Silvera, Sonia Manzano, Torrey Maldonado, and Crystal Velasquez. Read More ›

Hot Dogs in Space: Meet the Author Max Brallier

Max Brallier, author of Galactic Hot Dogs, is coming to KidsLIVE! November 13 at the Jerome Park Library. We asked him a 

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13 Quotes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I recently started reading the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling for the first time! Here are some of my favorite quotes from first book in the series.Read More ›

10 Children's Books by Your Favorite "Adult" Authors

Whether you're a parent hoping to bestow your children with a penchant for literature or just a reader looking to devour an author's ouevre whole, it's a treat to discover the books your favorite "adult" writers have written for younger readers.Read More ›

Booktalking "A Grand Old Tree" by Mary Newell DePalma

There once was a large tree that had deep roots that planted herself sturdily in the ground. She was a helpful part of the forest.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Very Best Pumpkin" by Mark Kimball Moulton

Pumpkin Hollow Farm is where Peter lives with his grandparents and parents. Life is delicious on the farm, and the boy enjoys corn, strawberries, and pumpkins when they are in season. Read More ›

Booktalking "Dogtag Summer" by Elizabeth Partridge

Her Vietnamese name sounds like the call of shorebirds, but they call her Tracy in America.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Worst Princess" by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie

Princess Sue has done all of the right things. She grew her braids long. She waited patiently and looked hopefully out the tower window for her prince.Read More ›

Booktalking "Pino and the Signora's Pasta" by Janet Pedersen

All of the feral cats of Rome eagerly anticipate the delicious pasta that is regularly brought by the Signora.Read More ›

My Favorite Dr. Seuss Quotes

I love all books by Dr. Seuss. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: Read More ›

Booktalking "Audition and Subtraction" by Amy Fellner Dominy

Tay-Lo. That's how Tatus and Lori's friends have referred to them for the longest time. They always seem to be together.Read More ›

Booktalking "Wanderville" by Wendy McClure

Driving a wagon with runaway horses, freedom from child labor, pining for parents to take care of them, and letting their imaginations run wild. The kids in this story have a bunch of fun…on their own.Read More ›

Booktalking "Guitar Notes" by Mary Amato

Lyla and Tripp share a guitar room, but only one person is allowed in the room at a time. Two would be a scandal. So, Lyla uses the room on even days and is "Ms. Even;" Tripp is known as "Mr. Odd."Read More ›

Booktalking "Gluten-Free Birthday for Me!" by Sue Fliess

Have to celebrate special occasions and birthdays with food intolerances? No problem. Gluten-free birthday cake is the answer to this dilemma! Rice and corn are often used in place of wheat flour in baking, but it can be rather dense if not treated carefully. The girl in this story solved the problem by baking a cake with her mother.

Piñatas, relay races, painted faces, removable tattoos, and even cake that gluten-free folks can eat. Sounds like a fabulous kids' birthday party to me! No one has to feel left out. Presents, party favors, and everyone goes 

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Booktalking "Red Thread Sisters" by Carol Antoinette Peacock

A Chinese legend decrees that a red thread connects those who are destined to meet, and it never breaks. A red thread connects Wen and Shu Ling, as close as sisters in their Chinese orphanage.Read More ›
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