Kids

Getting ready for kindergarten book list

Posted on August 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

kindergarten_2015_feature By Rachel Edmondson Starting kindergarten can be both exciting and scary. What parent isn’t excited about the free time they will have while their kindergartner is at school, but also a little scared to let them go? This transition can be just as intimidating for a new kindergartner as it is for parents. Even if […]

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Asper-reads: Great books and resources about Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorders

Posted on August 6, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Aspergers By Sheri Boggs A few weeks after running a blog post on the We Need Diverse Books movement, I heard from Kathleen, a young reader in North Carolina who wrote that she has Asperger syndrome. “I’m trying to put together shareable resources to help empower others with autism to be confident, social, and able to […]

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Exploring the lives of imaginary friends: 5 books for kids & grown-ups

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ImaginaryFriends2 By Clarissa Fidler Bing Bong, Jacques Papier, Beekle, and Sean Murphy—what could those names possibly have in common? Are they even real? Well, believe it or not, the aforementioned names all belong to imaginary friends you’ll find in current books, TV shows, and movies. Studies report that over a third (37%) of children create an […]

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How to plan a last-minute staycation

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_Staycation By Rachel Edmondson With August only a few days away, the end of summer is coming way too fast. Or, if your kids are driving you crazy with their refrain of “I’m bored,” maybe it’s not coming fast enough! Either way, this is the time of year when I start to feel like summer is […]

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Why my children study a foreign language

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_ForeignLanguage By Gwendolyn Haley They don’t believe us when we tell them, but our children will thank us for this one day. You see, for the last few years, my husband and I have required our three daughters to study a foreign language; specifically, Mandarin Chinese. Why Chinese? We taught English for 18 months at a university in the People’s […]

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May the Force Be With You: 7 Star Wars Books for Kids

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_MayTheForce_Darth By Clarissa Fidler I confess that I don’t know a lot about Star Wars. Growing up my exposure to the “Force” was limited to a few viewings of Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi at a family friend’s house. Jabba the Hut always creeped me out but I loved Princess Leia’s strong character […]

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Kid-Friendly Fun with the Spokane Indians

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 6:00 am

Baseball in a Glove near the Baseball Bat By Rachel Edmondson When my oldest daughter was still in diapers, my husband and I decided to brave our first baseball game with a kid in tow. We packed our diaper bag to overflowing, slathered on the sunscreen, and, with a little trepidation, headed to a Spokane Indians baseball game with some friends. We weren’t […]

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Every Hero Has a Story

Posted on June 16, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EveryHero By Gwendolyn Haley There’s something about reading during the summer that’s just magical as a child. I remember one year, I spent an entire day in my treehouse with my friend Darcie. We had snacks and the complete Anne of Green Gables series. We must have read for over 10 hours; ok, maybe it wasn’t quite […]

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How to Eat Healthy on Vacation

Posted on June 11, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_EatingVacation By Kim Harshberger I put down my fork and survey the table, realizing it’s happened again; we just ate a meal when we weren’t even hungry. The husband and I are so stuffed we can’t move and the girls’ meals lay almost uneaten. I feel frustrated at the wasted money and irritated at my lack […]

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Liquid Lit: Summer Reading Edition

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

Closeup of chocolate chip cookies on stars bowl and milk glass over a wooden background. Image focused in cookie bite By Kelsey Hudson School’s almost out for the summer, which means a big jump in activity at the library from some of our youngest members. From picture books and graphic novels to easy readers and classic chapter books, they’ll be flying off the shelves as families swing into summer. Summer can be a great time to branch […]

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