Book Reviews

Books to Celebrate Father's Day and New Siblings

Mary Westbrook is a children's librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia. June ushers in the beginning of summer and Father’s Day. Changing seasons can also bring other changes, like pregnancy and new babies, into families’ lives. Celebrating a new…

Lots to Love About Books

February is the shortest month and is firmly set in winter. At this time, we’re dreaming of warmer, longer days. Summer fun and camps await us, but February is also a time to express love for family, friends and oneself.…

Chase Away the Winter Blues with Books

With winter upon us and the daylight hiding, January is the perfect month for indoor family fun. You may be thinking about warmer weather and sunnier skies. Why not dive into some books about summer camp? January is also National…

Being Grateful for All Good Things

As a children’s librarian, the change in season means sharing new books with my friends. When fall comes around, I begin to think about a new school year, giving thanks for all that I have and my friends and family.…

Tales of Chills and Thrills

One of my favorite parts of fall is Halloween and everything connected with the holiday. Reading Halloween stories by myself or for storytime is always fun. Explore some of my favorites on these pages. You can check them out at…

Arts and Education Books

I love children’s books — chapter books, graphic novels, middle grade novels and everything in between. For me, the best thing about these books is sharing them with children who might love them, too! Here are some of my favorites,…