Book Reviews

Books to Celebrate Differences

Different children have fun in different ways, learn in different ways and see the world in  different ways. These books feature these unique children. All are available to check out from the Free Library of Philadelphia. board book “I Like…

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…

Holiday Stories and Tales for the New Year

A new year means a new beginning. Perhaps you’ll make a pledge to read more, be more helpful, be a better friend or eat more healthy foods. The new year is full of hope, promises and happiness. This time of…

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.…

5 Helpful Halloween Books for Kids

“Go Away, Big Green Monster!” by Ed Emberley This classic interactive book has been helping children come to terms with their bedtime fears for more than 25 years. The storyline…

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,…

Books to Celebrate Pride Month

It's never too early to teach your kids about love and acceptance. This Pride Month is the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the wide variety of children's books…

Books for Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! One way to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with your kids this May is by reading books by Asian American authors and illustrators.…

The Best Summer Books for Kids

From picture books to teen literature, The Horn Book provides its list of the best books for kids of all ages to read over summer break.

Pennsylvania Boy Named Library of Congress Contest Winner

A Pennsylvania boy was named the Grand Prize winner in the 2018 Library of Congress Summer Writing Contest. Tyler Williams, who entered through Spring City Free Library in Chester County, wrote about the Harry Potter series on the theme of "A…

Local Author's Newbery-Medal Acceptance Speech

Erin Entrada Kelly is a professor of children's literature at Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, PA. Her book, Hello, Universe, won the 2018 Newbery Medal and this is an excerpt of the acceptance speech she gave this week. It was…

Philadelphia Free Library Summer Program Motivates Kids to Read

The Free Library of Philadelphia kicked off its Summer of Wonder series in style Thursday with an event that included special guests and fun activities. Third graders from three different Philadelphia elementary schools came to the library to learn about…

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