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Inspire your kids to go outside, and de-stress, with books on nature

By Cindy Hudson

Check out this great selection of books showing people from different walks of life experiencing nature and discovering what it means to them. There’s also a book for parents with easy ways to get their kids outside and active every day.

6 books to read with your kids during
Women’s History Month

By Cindy Hudson

March is Women’s History Month, a perfect time to read with your daughter or son about famous women from history. These books can help you talk about ways that women pushed the boundaries in the work they sought to do, the rights they held in society – like the right to vote and the right to own property – and more. Here are a few ideas for great books (fiction and nonfiction) for kids from age 5 to teen. Check with your local librarian for even more suggestions.

11 Short Classic Books for Teens

For many teens, reading is a luxury that often gets squeezed out of a schedule that can include hours of nightly homework, sports practice, music lessons, household chores and more. In fact, many teens say they would love to read if only they had the time. Short classics, also sometimes called novellas, may be just the solution they are looking for.

Award-winning picture books

Looking for excellent picture books to purchase for your kids? Here’s a selection of nine award-winners. Each one has been honored with the prestigious Caldecott Medal, which is awarded annually to the most distinguished American picture book for children.

11 Laugh-Out-Loud Books for Kids and Teens

By Cindy Hudson

It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine, and when it comes to kids and reading, getting a dose of humor can go a long way. Kids love to laugh, and the more they laugh when they read, the more likely they will want to keep reading. Humorous books can carry as much weight as serious ones when it comes to helping kids develop good reading skills. Plus, your children are likely to read serious books in school, which makes it especially important that you let them have fun reading at home.

Here’s a selection of titles that may make your young readers snort, chuckle and laugh out loud.

25 Can’t Miss Stories for Family
Reading/Movie Time

By Cindy Hudson

The best family films appeal to two or sometimes even three generations, letting the grandparents get involved too. Often, the key to finding these movies is looking for a great book the movie is based on.

6 Books to Introduce Your Children to
Other Cultures

By Cindy Hudson

Travel is not the only way to expose your children to other cultures. Many great books for children have rich descriptions of how others live, dress, eat, work and play. They also may tell universal tales that kids can relate to, with stories of growing up, making friends, helping family and making discoveries about themselves.

Six Memoirs Kids Will Love

By Cindy Hudson

Memoir, a popular genre for adults, is less thought of for children. Yet good memoirs written for kids can hook young readers, especially reluctant ones, with stories about things that happened to other children at different times in history and different parts of the world. Life stories aimed at the younger set may be scarcer than those written for adults, but there are some great ones. The list below highlights some of the best to check out at your local library or bookstore.

Books for baby to drool over

Designed for interactive fun, cloth books are the perfect way to let babies explore the world on their own terms, with little hands – and mouths! Here are some great picks for cloth books that are drool-proof, chewable and generally washable. They also make great gifts for baby showers, birthdays and holidays.

Never-be-bored Books

This winter season, if you need some creative ideas for occupying your kids (or just tearing them away from the TV and computer), these books are for you! Find hundreds of activities, arts and crafts and games to help entertain, educate and engage kids of all ages.

Back-to-school Books

Get kids ready for back to school with these books to help them get excited about learning, deal with those first-day jitters, and laugh a little too.

The Great Outdoors

It's a great BIG world out there; let's read about it!

Great Alaska Children's Books

Instill a love of reading while sharing Alaska's wild and wondrous life with your children. And what better way to share the fun, the facts and the folklore of our great state than with beautifully written and illustrated books by Alaskans. Here are a few of our favorites.

Once Upon a Time

Special stories for babies, toddlers and preschoolers Foster your kids' love of reading with enjoyable, engaging books. Here are just a few of the many wonderful stories you can discover together with your child.