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9 Children’s Books About Elections and Voting

I have always been a voter. The main reason I've always voted is because my parents always voted. From an early age, the stressed to me how important it was to vote in every election, no matter the candidates or issues on the table. And so, as a parent, I take my...

11 Diverse Christmas Books for Kids

Recently, I was discussing Christmas books with some other parents in a Facebook group. One mom was really struggling to find books that featured an African-American Santa Claus. Most of the books she found were out of print and hard to locate. She was really hoping...

24 Days of Christmas Books

As soon as the calendar turns to December, my boys are ready to count down to Christmas. I love the countdown, too, and what better way to do it than with books? I took 24 of our favorite Christmas books and put them together into a "book advent calendar" of sorts, so...

21 Diverse Early Chapter Books

I always had a hard time finding early reader chapter books for my kids. I wanted something that wasn't too hard, but also wasn't too easy, but it also had to be engaging enough to hold their attention. On top of that, I was concerned with diversity. I wanted my boys...

8 Children’s Books About Haunted Houses

One of our favorite fall traditions is visiting the Haunted House at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis every year. My kids love that it's just scary enough to be fun, without overwhelming them. To get in the Haunted House spirit, we read some of these awesome...

12 Diverse Fall Picture Books

Fall is my favorite season, and I love reading about fall with my kids. There are hundreds of picture books about the autumn season, but not many that feature children of color in their illustrations. Representation matters; all children need to see diverse characters...

17 Children’s Books About Gender

As the mom of three boys, I deal with a lot of assumptions about my kids based on their gender. They must be wild, rough, and crazy, right? Not really. I mean, sure, sometimes they are wild, rough, and crazy. But as a former preschool teacher, I can assure you that...

11 Halloween Board Books

This year will be my youngest son's second Halloween, and his big brothers can't wait to dress him up in a cute costume and show him off. They've also generously offered to help him out by !helping him eat his candy! We've also pulled out some of our favorite...

25 Fun Picture Books for Halloween

  Fall is here, and with it comes all of the excitement about costumes, candy, and spooky surprises. There are lots of great books about Halloween, but my boys and I put together a list of our 25 absolute favorite Halloween picture books. We think you'll love...

9 Children’s Books About Pets Dying

My first real heartbreak was the loss of our beloved family dog, Sugar. She had been my constant companion for as long as I could remember, and then one day she wasn't there anymore. It was a hard thing for me to understand. The loss of a pet is a sad time for the...

7 YA LGBT Books

When I was growing up, I don’t think I read a single book with a LGBTQIA character as the protagonist. Most of these characters, when they did crop up, were side characters and often a punchline. But the young adult stories that are around today delve so much...

7 Diwali Books for Children

Diwali (also called Dipavali) is the Hindu festival of lights. It signifies the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. It is celebrated with lights, feasts, fireworks, gift-giving, and prayers to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. You may also like...

10 Handmade Harry Potter Gifts

There are few fandoms more dedicated than those of us who love Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling has built a beautiful world full of magic and mystery, and there are so many little details that make Harry's wizarding world special. There's a special kinship that Harry Potter...

17 Best Graphic Novels for Kids

When I was in third grade, we had free reading time every day. We could read pretty much whatever we wanted, but there was one rule: NO COMIC BOOKS. So for much of my life, I didn't consider comics and graphic novels "real" literature. However, the best graphic novels...

11 Children’s Books About Sukkot

We've put together a great list of books about Sukkot and Simchat Torah! Sukkot is a Jewish harvest celebration that honors the protection provided to the Israelites when they fled from Egypt. One of the most unique parts of this weeklong holiday is the sukkah, an...

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