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Notes from a Children's Librarian

Carefully selected books according to curriculum and theme.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: An April (Foolish) Book List

by Julie Booker

An eclectic list of books about pranks, hoaxes, and tricksters.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Valentine’s Day Picture Books

by Julie Booker

Special picks for Kindergarten and Grade One.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: On Activism

by Julie Booker

Children, like everyone, are all too aware of bad news and the state of the world right now. These books might give kids a sense of agency in the face …

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Islamic Culture

by Julie Booker

From Ramadan to Eid, to prayer, to the hijab—myriad aspects of Muslim life are depicted in these picture books, nonfiction texts, poetry and short stories. …

Notes from a Children's Librarian: The Mooncake Festival

by Julie Booker

East and Southeast Asian families come together in mid-Autumn to celebrate the Mooncake Festival and give thanks for the harvest.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Physics with Chris Ferrie

by Julie Booker

At first glance, "The Everyday Science Academy" series, by Chris Ferrie, appears to be for very young children. But the series brilliantly simplifies …

Notes from a Children’s Librarian: Satisfying Endings

by Julie Booker

How do you create a sense of satisfaction in a story’s finale? The following books pull it off!

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Jewish Heritage

by Julie Booker

Compelling stories showcasing Jewish Heritage to be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Stories for Asian Heritage Month

by Julie Booker

Great picture books celebrating Asian heritage.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Life Sciences

by Julie Booker

Celebrate Earth Day with these fun and inspiring picture books.

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